Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014
This study about the creative class in rural America. I was drawn to it because I recently was engrossed in some cultural values, creative industries, and their impact on economic development. There’s a solid argument for diversity breeding innovation, and this is can be a reason why cities are traditionally foster the creative class.
Coming from a “rural” area when I occasionally return home to be greeted with new creative businesses, urban re-development plans integrating the arts, and more I’m always heartened…and admittedly shocked. However, according to this study, my hometown county seems stacked for success. My county is on the map, near a metro country, and has both natural amenities and two colleges.
I think the implications of this study are interesting to consider in the context of the internet as a fuel for importing diversity into many homogenous rural areas. Also, how does this influence the model of arts supply and demand? How technology be leveraged to benefit other counties that don’t have all “the things” going for them?