Creative Many to host Creative Economy Policy Summit 9/23; will be Livestreamed- Encore Michigan

Creative Many Michigan (formerly ArtServe Michigan), the statewide economic development organization for the arts, culture and creative and design industries, will host the Creative Economy Policy Summit: Growth Opportunities for Michigan to share updated data, analysis and growth opportunities for the economic contributions of creative and design industries in Michigan, and in key regions including Detroit, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor and Flint.

CREATIVE-MANYThis comprehensive analysis is a component of Creative Many’s ongoing Phase 2 Creative and Design Industries Research initiative in 2015 with major funding support from the U.S. Economic Development Administration and other partners.

Bringing together leading national, state and regional presenters, the Summit is formatted as a series of facilitated conversations and exchange of ideas to build economic and social opportunity in and through the creative and design sector in Michigan. Creative Many also will be engaging community and industry leaders to define challenges and opportunities in the cultivation of economic growth in jobs and businesses in the creative and design industries.

The Summit will take place Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, during the 2015 Detroit Design Festival Industry Days, at the College for Creative Studies A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education in Detroit. Programming for the expected 150-200 attendees will be presented from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., followed by post-reception networking from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

“Michigan’s creative sector is making major contributions to our state’s economy – creating jobs, inviting investment, generating considerable revenues and shaping vibrant communities that attract and retain talent,” said Jennifer Goulet, president and CEO of Creative Many. “With Michigan’s rich legacy in design and innovation, our state and its communities are strategically positioned for competitive advantage if we elevate growth opportunities through our creative and design industries.”

Creative Many will live-tweet the event using #CEPSummit and offer live-stream access to the sessions via partnership with Detroit Public Television. Creative Economy Policy Summit streamed content will be available at during the conference and will be stored at the same website following the Summit. Embed codes are available to websites that wish to stream coverage.

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To conclude the event, Creative Many will facilitate a participative session engaging panelists and audience to share their ideas, strategies and examples of how the creative sector is generating societal and economic value that contributes to resilient future-making for Michigan and beyond.

The Phase 2 Creative and Design Industries study is supported by the U.S. Economic Development Administration, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, The Kresge Foundation, Masco Corporation Foundation, C.S. Mott Foundation, Detroit Creative Corridor Center and Prima Civitas. The final report is slated for late 2015 release and will be available online at

Creative Many Michigan, formerly ArtServe Michigan, is a statewide economic development organization focused on the mission to develop creative people, creative places and the creative economy for a competitive Michigan. Creative Many Michigan emphasizes the power of creativity through advocacy/public policy, research/reporting, professional practice programs, strategic communications and networking for the greater good of the arts, culture and creative and design industries. Contact Creative Many Michigan at 313-483-5705 or visit