Creative Economy Policy Summit: Growth Opportunities for Michigan

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9am-7pm
College for Creative Studies
A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education, 11th Floor GM Auditorium
485 W. Milwaukee Street, Detroit, MI 48202

 

The creative and design industries are an important driver of innovation, social impact and the economy in the 21st Century. With a mixture of national, regional, and local presenters, this one-day policy summit facilitates an exchange of ideas designed to build economic and social opportunity in the creative sector for a competitive Michigan.

Taking place during the 2015 Detroit Design Festival Industry Days, join us on this day to learn, be informed and share your thoughts with other creative, cultural, government, industry and business leaders on the role and importance of the creative economy.

 

Watch the event here (Video by Detroit Public Television):

 

Photos from the Summit (All Photos by Sarah Nesbitt, Creative Many Michigan):

 

 

9:00 am Registration and Networking

10:00 am Welcoming Remarks

John Willems, Board Chair, Creative Many Michigan
Richard Rogers, President, College for Creative Studies
Jennifer H. Goulet, President and CEO, Creative Many Michigan

 

10:15 am Strategic Growth Opportunities for Michigan’s Creative Economy 

Since 2012, Creative Many’s Creative State MI research has affirmed the growing economic and social contributions of Michigan’s creative economy – the arts, culture and creative and design industries. Phase 2 of this research, the new Creative and Design Industries study, will share the latest data/analysis and define leading opportunities to cultivate increased growth through these industries statewide. This session sets the framework for Summit dialogue and shares advance highlights of this groundbreaking new research, considers external forces that influence creative sector growth and explores the fundamental role of the creative economy in Michigan.

Speaker:

Helen Kerr, President, Kerr Smith Design
Jennifer H. Goulet, President and CEO, Creative Many Michigan, Introduction

 

11:00 am Research + Policy for Growth

Why is research into the creative economy important?  Does research contribute to better policymaking, advocacy and strategies for support and growth in the creative economy?  This session invites national, international, regional and industry thought leaders to address these questions with an emphasis on turning research into actionable policies, practices and programs that stimulate growth.

Panelists:

Sunil Iyengar, Director Office of Research & Analysis, National Endowment for the Arts
Trinidad Zaldivar, Chief, Division of Cultural Affairs, Solidarity and Creativity, Inter-American Development Bank
Dennis Cheek, PhD., Executive Director, National Creativity Network
Cézanne Charles, Director of Creative Industries, Creative Many Michigan
Ellie Schneider, Interim Executive Director, Detroit Creative Corridor Center
Helen Kerr, President, Kerr Smith Design, Moderator
Kenneth Krayer, Executive Director, Design West Michigan, Introduction

 

12:30 pm Lunch Break and Networking

12:50 pm Remarks from the Governor’s Office

Michael A. Finney, Special Advisor for Economic Growth, Governor’s Office
Ara Topouzian, President and CEO, Troy Chamber of Commerce,
Introduction

 

1:00 pm The Power of Creativity in Place

It is increasingly understood that the economy is only one of the factors at play in creating a vibrant, prosperous and inclusive community.  In addition to understanding the economic development roles and contributions of the creative sector, it is also necessary to understand the other ways that artists, institutions, designers and creative businesses open new opportunities for communities to directly engage in defining their own futures, shape and connect to vibrant places and establish new possibilities for economic growth. This conversation between two leaders in national philanthropy will explore how the creative ecosystem can and must be leveraged for greater influence and impact in the development of resilient, equitable and distinctive places.  How must we cultivate and invest in our creative assets as leaders engaging the diversity of community voices to influence economic growth, and where might the for-profit, nonprofit and public sectors work more collaboratively?

Speakers:

Rip Rapson, President and CEO, The Kresge Foundation
Jamie Bennett, Executive Director, ArtPlace America
Katy Locker, Program Director/Detroit, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Introduction

 

2:00 pm Investing in the Creative Sector

This panel features regional and national thought-leaders discussing investments, collaborations and partnerships in the creative sector that lead to positive social, civic and economic transformations. Specifically, the panel will focus on new models for strategic investments and public/private partnerships and the importance of leveraging creative works to revitalize communities, expand access and opportunity and develop 21st century talent and skills.

Panelists:
Dave Egner, President and CEO, New Economy Initiative
Helen Davis Johnson, Program Officer, The Kresge Foundation
Kristopher Larson, Director, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc.
Helen Leung, Co-Executive Director, LA-Más
Jennifer M. Acree, Associate Program Officer, C.S. Mott Foundation, Moderator
Debra Polich, President and CEO, The Arts Alliance & Artrain, Introduction

 

3:00 pm Cultivating Creativity through Creative Education

Michigan’s creative and design industries are sustaining and opening doors to economic growth across the state – through entrepreneurial start-ups, small business development, job creation, the industrial supply chain and competitive export opportunities. This continued growth is reliant on the ability to develop, retain and attract creative talent as the business sector places increasing value on creativity for a competitive advantage. This panel will discuss the imperative of providing all students with a creative education to develop critical thinking, collaborative and creative skills in preparation for an ever-changing, diverse global economy.

Panelists:
Curt Bailey, President, Sundberg Ferar
Brian Cloyd, VP Global Corporation & Community Relations, Steelcase
Cindy Todd, PhD, Program Chair- Arts Education, Kendall College of Art & Design at Ferris State University
Patricia Wayne, Program Director, CREATE CA
Deborah Parizek, Executive Director, Henry Ford Learning Institute, Moderator
Sarah Gonzales Triplett, Director of Public Policy, Creative Many Michigan, Introduction

 

4:00 pm BUILD THE FUTURE

Expect to participate in an engaging session that addresses how the creative sector is generating societal and economic value that contributes to resilient future-making for Michigan and beyond.

Facilitators:

Cezanne Charles, Director of Creative Industries, Creative Many Michigan
Helen Kerr, President, Kerr Smith Design

 

4:55 pm Closing Remarks

Jennifer H. Goulet, President and CEO, Creative Many Michigan

 

5:00 – 7:00 pm Post-Summit Reception
Sponsored by Vitamin T and Creative Many Michigan
Valade Gallery – 1st Floor
College for Creative Studies A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education

 

The Summit is part of Creative Many’s Phase 2 Creative and Design Industries Research Study initiative slated for release in late fall 2015 and made possible by generous funding and support from the U.S. Economic Development AdministrationThe Kresge FoundationMasco Corporation FoundationCharles Stewart Mott FoundationMichigan Economic Development CorporationDetroit Creative Corridor Center and Prima Civitas.

 

OUR LEAD SPONSOR:

Kresge

OUR SUPPORTING SPONSORS:

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RESEARCH PROJECT SUPPORTERS:

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