- If a community isn’t seen as ‘cool’ it is not going to progress in the future.
- Access to the arts engenders critical and creative thinking, a top criteria in hiring among 60 Fortune 500 CEOs surveyed in an IBM study.
- Arts patrons do not recognize geographic boundaries when pursuing their interests.
- The arts are perceived as a “luxury that perhaps people cannot afford” in the current economy.
These key findings from the Metro Atlanta Cultural Assessment, released in 2012 by the Metro Atlanta Arts & Culture Coalition and the Atlanta Regional Commission, suggest that it’s time for a conversation about how we leverage and nurture our region’s cultural assets to create a vibrant sense of place, enhance quality of life, and foster unmatched talent and innovation in our workforce -- so let's start talking!
Carol Coletta is president of ArtPlace, a national initiative to accelerate creative placemaking by investing in art and culture at the heart of a portfolio of integrated strategies that can drive vibrancy and diversity so powerful that it transforms communities. Since 2011, ArtPlace has awarded 80 grants to 76 organizations in 46 communities across the U.S. for a total of $26.9 million. The organization is a collaboration of 13 leading national and regional foundations and six of the nation’s largest banks.
Ms. Coletta will be joined by a panel of metro area leaders including Mayor Nancy Harris, City of Duluth; Barbara Griffin, Senior Vice President - Image Management, Turner Broadcasting System; Dave Peterson, founder and former CEO, The North Highland Company; and Charisse Williams, Executive Director, Young Audiences of Atlanta.
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The Civic League for Regional Atlanta
The Civic League for Regional Atlanta is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that is educating, engaging and empowering the people of metropolitan Atlanta to address shared issues and achieve common goals.
Movers, Shakers & Policymakers briefings feature local and nationally-recognized speakers and/or panel discussions pertaining to the Civic League’s current focus areas.* Past topics have included the tri-state water wars, the economic impact of transit investment and creating more vibrant communities through creative placemaking. Future topics under consideration include poverty and education in the Atlanta region, building public trust and advances in clean energy.
Audiences consist of metro Atlanta’s established and emerging business, civic and nonprofit leaders and elected officials from communities around the region. Movers, Shakers & Policymakers sponsors have included the Atlanta Regional Commission, Georgia Tech, IBM, Jacobs, Metro Atlanta Chamber, Turner Broadcasting and Wells Fargo.
*Movers, Shakers & Policymaker: Water under the Gold Dome is presented in collaboration with the Regional Business Coalition.