New England Council To Be Honored By Arts & Business Council For Creative Economy Initiative

Award commemorates 10 year anniversary of study on the impact of arts and culture on the New England economy

Boston, MA (June 21, 2010)—The New England Council will be honored this week by the Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston for its work to design, develop, and promote the creative economy in New England. President & CEO James Brett will accept the award at the Arts & Business Council’s “Martinis & Masterpieces” event, this Wednesday, June 23.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Council’s groundbreaking report The Creative Economy: The Role of Arts and Culture in New England’s Economic Competitiveness, which defined a little known and unrecognized sector of the economy in New England. The New England Foundation for the Arts, which co-sponsored the report with the New England Council, is also being honored at the event.
“We at the New England Council have believed for many years that creative workers, industries, and communities play an integral role in building our economy, particularly in this region,” said James Brett, President & CEO of the New England Council. “Now, ten years after we began our work studying the impact of the creative economy, it’s exciting to see that business leaders, politicians, and other community leaders have all embraced the role of the creative economy, not only in New England, but across the country and around the world. I am delighted to be accepting this award on behalf of the New England Council and the Creative Economy Initiative.”

“This award recognizes the leadership and vision it took from Jim Brett and the New England Council to help make the creative economy a part of our collective vocabulary and focus. The creative economy is one of our most important economic engines and these studies started a conversation and advocacy that still exists today,” said Jim Grace, Executive Director of the Arts & Business Council.
In June 2000, the New England Council released a study that redefined the cultural economy of New England. The Creative Economy: The Role of Arts and Culture in New England’s Economic Competitiveness established the creative sector as a major economic force in the New England economy. The research provided new information and understanding of the creative economy and paved the way for growth opportunities in that sector. Despite the fact that creativity manifests itself in enterprises, occupations, and communities throughout New England, the study was the first step toward quantifying the actual economic impact of this sector, a critical prerequisite to developing and dedicating policies and resources to enable growth. The study led to the creation, one year later in 2001, of a blueprint for investment in New England’s creative economy. The blueprint paved the way for enhanced collaboration among the region’s business, government, and arts community leaders to foster growth in the creative economy.

The awards will be presented to the New England Council and the New England Foundation for the Arts on Wednesday, June 23, at 5:30 p.m., at the Arts and Business Council’s “Martinis & Masterpieces” event. The event will be held at Mohr & McPherson and the Thayer Street Galleries, in the SoWa district of South Boston.

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