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Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu Announces Details of Louisiana's First Cultural Economy Conference -- 010/29/2004
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October 29, 2004
Contact: Judy Morse
LT. GOVERNOR MITCH LANDRIEU ANNOUNCES DETAILS OF LOUISIANA'S FIRST CULTURAL ECONOMY CONFERENCE
Focus: The Business of Louisiana’s Arts and Culture
Baton Rouge, LA -- On December 9 and 10, 2004, Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu will convene leaders in the arts, business, government, tourism and hospitality and academia from across Louisiana to discuss the business of arts and culture at the first annual Cultural Economy Conference. The conference will be held in New Orleans at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Hall F. The event will define what a Cultural Economy is, highlighting local, state, national and international models. Conference speakers are experts in their fields and will bring local, national and international knowledge and experience to bear. The conference agenda and registration form are attached and are also available online at www.crt.state.la.us/culturaleconomy
"At this time and in this place, Louisiana's exceptional cultural resources and raw talent are primed to become a viable sector of the economy," Landrieu said. "This sector, driven by arts and culture, can create more economic growth and community development for our state."
The primary goal of this historic two-day event is to engage attendees in a discussion of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges associated with developing a business infrastructure that can add value to arts and cultural enterprises across the state. Areas to be covered include visual art, film, music, performing arts, culinary arts, design, and others.
"Other parts of the country have discovered the important role of arts and culture and what this industry can do for a community and an economy," Landrieu said. "There is no other place in the world that can compete with Louisiana's rich and diverse history and culture. We must stop exporting our unique and unparalleled assets before adding value to them here in Louisiana first. This is the purpose of developing Louisiana's Cultural Economy."
The Cultural Economy Conference is one component of the Cultural Economy Initiative, a major effort of Lt. Governor Landrieu's office and the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, which he oversees. The Initiative, announced in March, will research Louisiana's potential to further develop the cultural component of the state's overall economy. Unlike other efforts that focus on creativity alone, the Cultural Economy Initiative is the first intensive, statewide effort in the South to include culture.
The National Endowment for the Arts is funding the study, which is being conducted by Mt. Auburn and Associates. Mt. Auburn has lead creative economy research for New York, New England and Great Britain. Louisiana’s study, which began in September, is expected to span ten months. A report on the study's progress will be given at the Cultural Economy Conference.
"The Conference is an integral part of the overall initiative effort," said Angéle Davis, Secretary of the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism. “The information that we collect from individuals, organizations, the business community and universities throughout the state will further inform the study."
The first day of the conference, December 9, will feature presentations and panel discussions including:
• Michael Kane and Beth Siegel, Mount Auburn & Associates
• Jonathan Katz, National Association of State Arts Agencies
• Jim Clinton, Southern Growth Policies Board
• Pam Atchison, Shreveport Regional Arts Council
• Jeanne Nathan, Creative Industry
• Tom Reese, Tulane University Latin American Studies
• Charles Landry, Economics of Innovation
• Cheryl Hargrove, Handmade in America
• Marty Ashby, Manchester Craftsmans Guild
• Sara Nics, Maine Arts Commission
• Shirley Trusty Corey, Arts Council of New Orleans
In order to shine the light on some of Louisiana’s best examples of art and culture there will be a Showcase featuring food tastings, music, art, film screenings, and a special presentation by Louisiana CrossRoads from Lafayette.
The following day, December 10, will include facilitated workgroup sessions in the following areas:
• Cultural Institutions and Venues, Museums and Galleries
• Design (Architecture, Interior and Landscape Design)
• Folk & Traditional Artforms
• Literature & Publishing
• Film, Digital Media and Graphics Design
• Preservation, Main Street and Archaeology
• Theatre and Dance
• Visual Arts, Crafts, Jewelry and Fashion
Lt. Governor Landrieu will serve as the conference moderator. “We invite anyone who is interested in developing and supporting arts and culture in Louisiana to attend this conference. This will be a tremendous opportunity to learn more about what is happening across the state, to get a national and international perspective on Louisiana’s potential and to establish invaluable partnerships,” Landrieu said.
For more information or to register for the Cultural Economy Conference, please visit the Cultural Economy website at www.crt.state.la.us/culturaleconomy