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18 | Ann Markusen - How Do We Know Creative Placemaking is Working?
Mar 18, 2015
Ann Markusen leads a discussion in an attempt to answer the following important questions: What are the missions of creative placemaking? How can we monitor progress over short periods of time? What research methods are best suited to the challenge? Who are the audiences for evaluation? What's your best story about how research and evaluation led to better outcomes, and for whom?
Ann Markusen is Director of the Arts Economy Initiative and the Project on Regional and Industrial Economics at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and Principal of Markusen Economic Research. She is a researcher, frequent public speaker, and advisor to public agencies, policymakers, businesses, economic developers, and nonprofit organizations across the US, in Europe, Japan, Korea, Australia and Brazil. Her expertise is in economic development at the state and local level, where she brings analytical skills to bear on the ways that industries and occupations shape possibilities for creating good work. Markusen is currently serving as research and writing consultant for the Minnesota House of Representatives' Select Committee on Living Wage Jobs.
In recent years, Markusen's research and consulting has focused on artists, arts organizations, and creative placemaking. Her publications include "The Arts, Consumption, and Innovation in Regional Development" (2013), City Creative Industry Strategies: the State of the Art (2012), California's Arts and Cultural Ecology (2011), Nurturing California's Next Generation Arts and Cultural Leaders (2011), Creative Placemaking (2010), Los Angeles: America's Artist Super City (2010); Native Artists: Careers, Resources, Space, Gifts (2009), San Jose Artists' Resource and Space Study (2008), Leveraging Investments in Creativity Artist Data User Guide (2008), Crossover: How Artists Build Careers across Commercial, Non-profit and Community Work (2006), Artists' Centers (2006), and The Artistic Dividend (2003). In addition, she is the author of leading edge op eds and policy papers published in Grantmakers for the Arts Reader, the Createquity blog, and in international publications, including Japan, UK, Australia, Slovakia, Portugal, and Brazil.
Markusen's research and policy work has also been directly toward pressing economic development issues at national and local scales, including business tax incentives (Reining in the Competition for Capital, 2007), minimum wage legislation, military i