Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Featured eBooks: Creative Communities

Creative Communities: Art Works in Economic Development   by Michael Rushton, Brookings Institution Press, 2013

Urban and regional planners, elected officials, and other decision makers are increasingly focused on what makes places livable. Access to the arts inevitably appears high on that list, but knowledge about how culture and the arts can act as a tool of economic development is sadly lacking. This important sector must be considered not only as a source of amenities or pleasant diversions, but also as a wholly integrated part of local economies. Employing original data produced through both quantitative and qualitative research, Creative Communities provides a greater understanding of how art works as an engine for transforming communities.

Global Creative Industries   by Terry Flew, Wiley, 2013

The creative industries are the subject of growing attention among policy-makers, academics, activists, artists and development specialists worldwide. This engaging book provides a global overview of developments in the creative industries, and analyses how these developments relate to wider debates about globalization, cities, culture and the global creative economy.

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