The Role of Creative Entrepreneurs in Creative Placemaking and Community Growth

APA New Jersey Chapter


Friday, May 5, 2017
11:10 a.m. - 12:40 p.m. EDT

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Communities today are experiencing unprecedented economic disruptions as digital technologies proliferate and efficiencies in global markets expand. Startups in the creative industries increasingly lead economic opportunities for regions as art and cultural goods easily move across digital platforms around the globe, creating more diverse communities than ever. Artists and creative entrepreneurs exist at the heart of both creative placemaking efforts and economic revitalization. This session will examine the critical relationship between fostering creative entrepreneurship and developing creative cities and creative placemaking initiatives. Creative Startups is the leading accelerator for creative entrepreneurs, and using case studies from our work we will examine issues such as creative placemaking and cultural sustainability on Native American Tribal lands; the impact of artists and arts spaces on communities and questions of gentrification; and ways of engaging government officials and higher education institutions in placemaking initiatives.

We aim to increase participants’ knowledge in the areas of the creative economy, working with rural communities, and growing public-private partnerships.


Julia Youngs


Ginny Sterpka


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