Focus on the Arts

Keeping the arts alive: KLRU and CultureMap examine Austin's creative community

Keeping the arts alive: KLRU and CultureMap examine Austin's creative community

How important is the creative class — artists, musicians, filmmakers and those who support them — to Austin? A recent study by the city suggests there are over four billion reasons the creative sector is important, 4.35 billion actually, as in dollars.

The study, updated earlier this year, covered the 2010 economic impact of the creative sector. Besides that dollar figure, the creative sector includes 49,000 jobs. One-third of those dollars come from tourism.

This week KLRU, the Austin Creative Alliance, CultureMap and other arts organizations will explore the economic and cultural importance of the arts in Austin with Civic Summit: Arts in Context. This television program, to be recorded Wednesday evening and moderated by CultureMap, will look at the economic impact of Austin’s creative sector and discuss the future of the Arts in Austin. It will air on KLRU at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, August 23.

The importance of the creative sector to Austin's economy demands attention to ensure the creative economy continues to thrive. And there are issues: downtown residential development conflicts with music venues, greater film production competition from incentives by other cities and states, many non-profit arts organizations struggle to bring in enough donations to stay afloat and artists themselves often cannot make a living wage or afford healthcare.

This discussion will cover all of that. We'll be talking to wide and diverse group of artists and organizations and the public is invited to attend and participate. Summit leaders will discuss the current state of the arts and the city's support of them as well as what it's like to live and work as an artist in Austin and what the future holds.

As part of the show, you are invited to record a video describing how you support Austin's creative sector. As the video above states, we might include your video on the show or online. We hope you'll be part of the event.

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Civic Summit: Arts in Context takes place Wednesday, August 22 at 7 p.m. (doors at 6:30 p.m.) at KLRU's Studio 6A. The event is free to the public, but an RSVP is required. RSVP here.