Building your Creative Economy

On Wednesday, delegates learned from local government and community representatives about the social and economic value of growing BC’s creative economy.

Minister Fassbender opened the clinic and spoke to the extent to which arts and culture are vital to BC’s economy and how the skills and talents of the creative class are critical to the future of the province. This message is echoed in the three-year Creative Economy Strategy launched by the provincial government in February 2016.

Local government and community representatives from Kelowna, Burns Lake and Tofino also shared their experiences.  Two key themes emerged: the essential role of youth in building the creative economy and fundamental link between the social and economic benefit of arts and culture. The panel spoke to the intrinsic value of the arts in linking local businesses with non-profit organizations, especially in small communities, and how these linkages build local sustainability.

From the tech sector in Kelowna and arts council in Burns Lake, to a carving festival in Tofino, the discussion encouraged delegates to support the natural capacity of all artists in their communities through partnerships, creativity and a genuine recognition of the value of arts and culture.

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