The Creative Economy
CREATIVE ECONOMY COALITION CO-FOUNDER LEADS PANEL + WORKSHOP ADDRESSING HOUSTON’S CREATIVE ECONOMY
November 11, 2015
HOUSTON, TX (November 11, 2015) – Creativity fuels every city, and the depth of its creative talent determines how far a city will travel. Houston has discovered that it has an economic engine in its creative workforce – through defining and measuring creative businesses and creative talent as its own economic industry cluster, which can be compared to all other industry clusters.
Houston Arts Alliance will explore the potential of Houston’s creative economy when Christine Harris, co-founder of the Creative Economy Coalition, moderates a panel of experts on Thursday, November 19, 2015, at 4 p.m. at Gensler, 711 Louisiana. The panel discussion – 180,000 and Counting: Houston’s Creative Workforce on the Rise – will examine the findings of HAA’s recent Creative Economy 2 study and how it relates to the national creative economy story.
Harris will be joined by Susanne Behrens, President, Art Institute of Texas; James E. Furr, Managing Principal Emeritus, Gensler; and Patrick Jankowski, Region Economist, Vice President of Research, Greater Houston Partnership. The panel will discuss why the creative economy matters to Houston – what it means for economic diversity, economic stability, and how it impacts the attraction, retention and development of talent.
Harris will also lead The Creative Community: Learn How to Champion Your Industry, A Workshop on the Creative Economy for Creative Workers/Artists on Wednesday, November 18, 2015, from 9:30 – 11 a.m. at Houston Arts Alliance, 3201 Allen Parkway. Especially designed for local creatives, the goal of the workshop is two-fold: to develop a shared understanding of the role of the creative economic industry cluster in advancing talent and economic capacity of greater Houston, and to build collective support for advancing the recognition of the value and contribution of the creative community to greater Houston and beyond.
Both events are free and open to the public with reservations required. For reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org
This workshop and panel come on the heels of the release of Creative Economy 2 study, commissioned by Houston Arts Alliance’s Arts & Business Council of Greater Houston and conducted by data-and-economic analysis specialists EMSI (Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc.). The study is a comprehensive review of creative-sector industries and creative occupations and their impact on the Houston economy. Despite fluctuations in other industry sectors, the study found Houston’s creative industry economy remains robust—with demand growing by 25% since first measured in 2011. Over the three-year period between studies, a shift in how creative workers are employed occurred with creatives becoming more integral to businesses across an array of diverse industries, marking an important change in Houston’s current workforce.
For more information, visit http://houstonartsalliance.com/engagement/creativeworkforce/.