Related News: Rust Belt to Artist Belt Conference

March 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

“Detroit and its “rust belt” peers have the assets to be global centers of design and creative innovation. The mission of the 2011 Rust Belt to Artist Belt conference is to create the foundation for a sustained dialogue that connects an entire creative supply chain; from creative practitioners such as individual artists and designers, to creative sector business owners, to advanced manufacturers and prototypers. This creative supply chain will serve as a catalyst for economic growth in rust belt cities that have experienced financial losses due to the downturn in the manufacturing industry. It will also serve to connect post-industrial cities to viable growing cultures that, properly incentivized, can improve aesthetics and grow population as employment opportunities in the creative supply chain increase. The conference was conceived in 2007 by the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (“CPAC”) in Cleveland, and in 2010, CPAC awarded the conference to Detroit. The initial development of the conference series was made possible through the generous support and guidance of Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC) and the Ford Foundation.” from the Conference web site – about page


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