CREATIVE ECONOMY

Support for the creative sector

Visual artists, painters, sculptors, muralists, photographers, performing artists, musicians, designers, makers, culinary artists, literary, nonprofits and for profit creative businesses, dancers, theater performers, comedy, video, film, galleries, architects, and others who contribute to the creative ecosystem…

The Creative Notebook Series has operated in-person and customized training for many years. Since the pandemic, we pivoted to online professional development workshops for 2021 directed to the creative economy. Trainings are developed by arts and business professionals and they provide career, organizational and confidence building tools to help leaders be more self-sufficient and resilient. Over the past eight years, we’ve worked with more than 2,500 artists and creative business leaders in the 10-town region.

Since 2008, The Accessible Art Project has been a successful collaboration of the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut and various public and private venues in Western CT. Prior to the pandemic, the project offers a series of indoor art exhibits in nontraditional spaces throughout the year. It’s an opportunity for creatives to show work and for business leaders to connect with the creative sector for engagement. After a hiatus in 2020 due to Covid-19, the Accessible Art Project returns to exhibit work at the bucolic outdoor setting of Aquila’s Nest Vineyards in Newtown CT. A sculpture exhibit opening on June 18th.

QUALITY OF LIFE AND ECONOMY

Why Partner with Arts Organizations?

The arts helps business leaders recruit and maintain employees through partnering with organizations with common needs and goals.

Danbury Museum and Historical Society

A vibrant arts community contributes to a strong business environment by enhancing the quality of life, providing creative outlets, and promoting cultural diversity. 

— George W. Buckley, Chairman, President and CEO, 3M.

Socrates Sculpture Park
In Long Island City, the Socrates Sculpture Park, created in the 1980’s, has recently experienced a renaissance, expanding its offerings to provide free community arts events, from out-sized sculpture and other arts exhibits, to performing arts. It also promotes healthy living with a green market and fitness classes. The Sculpture Garden partners with Plant Specialists, a local landscape business. The relationship grew from Plant Specialists contributing pro-bono landscaping, to now running a Community Works Initiative, that has helped reduce the areas unemployment rate. Plant Specialists credits the program to providing 33 new hires. but it has also brought a unique a free arts experience to the community.
Guido's Fresh Market Place

A family roadside produce stand in The Berkshires has grown into Guido’s Fresh Marketplace, a place for shoppers to buy fresh produce, meats, flowers, and food, with two stores and partners, Bella Flora, Mazzeo’s Meat and Seafood, The Chef’s Shop, and The Marketplace Specialty Foods. Because of Guido’s family history, the company maintains a love of community and place. The place, Western Massachusetts is renown for the arts.

Yet, national arts funding was in jeopardy. So, in 2017, the company decided to support the arts with a new program; #ArtFeedsUs campaign, which partnered with ten arts organizations in the area. With Guido’s vision, over 200 customers and members of arts organizations celebrated the arts at their Pittsfield location. Each arts organization provided access to an array of arts events through raffles. Since the success of #ArtFeedsUs campaign, they have held a Staff Art Show, which will become an annual event and a unique way to celebrate employees. The program was deemed a success and is now an annual event with more partners and art offerings to the community.

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