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A Review of Creative Communities: Art Works in Economic Development

Mark Hager

Abstract


Every cited volume has a creation story. According to the foreword and editor Michael Rushton's introductory chapter, Creative Communities owes its origins to interest within the National Endowment for the Art (NEA) to bolster research and theory on the economic value of arts and culture and its value to local communities. This led to a May 2012 Brookings Institution symposium, and ultimately to this compendium of chapters. So, to some extent, this edited volume aggregates people who were at the right place at the right time, raised their hands, and were able to put their foot forward.

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