WHAT IS THE CREATIVE ECONOMY?
The creative industries have been seen to become increasingly important to economic well-being, proponents suggesting that “human creativity is the ultimate economic resource, “and that the industries of the twenty-first century will depend increasingly on the generation of knowledge through creativity and innovation.
OBJECTIVE: to increase the sector’s capacity to succeed by producing a major creative economy summit and a yearly calendar of networking events to address public/private partnerships, business and technical skills, and practical information about available resources. The plan includes a 2-day creative economy summit with speakers and discussions that are meaningful to the sector and related industries/businesses. Topics span from successful examples, proven models and available resources to discussions by leaders in arts organizations and government officials who share their experiences and perspectives. The venue incorporated a local downtown community using unique spaces for workshops, meetings and exhibition spaces. The first Creative Economy Summit was held in 2006 at Greenfield Community College, followed by the village of Shelburne Falls in 2011, and last year in downtown Greenfield. Plans for the current one are underway and it will be held on March 22 & 23, 2013, in downtown Turners Falls.
UNIQUE TO 2013: Sponsorship funds enable us to invite a keynote speaker, TBD.
SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: $250, $500, and $1,000
• Connect with the creative sector (4% of the 10% creative sector in MA live in Franklin County)
• Align with other businesses and organizations that support and value the creative sector
• Display your logo on the poster, website, press materials and at the summit.
• Expand the creative sector to strengthen the economy in Franklin County and Pioneer Valley.
• Receive complimentary tickets to the summit
Logo must be provided: sized 192 wide x 148 high
FACP STEERING and SUMMIT COMMITTEES:
Chair, Amy Shapiro, Franklin County Community Development Corporation
Treasurer, Ann Hamilton, Franklin County Chamber of Commerce
Lisa Davol, Turners Falls River Culture
Mary Vilbon, Shelburne Falls Area Business Association
Michael Baines, Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board
Diane Clancy, Artisans of Western MA & Artists of Franklin County
Rich Roth, TNR Global/Thrives Media/We Love Museums
Hannah Jarrell, Double Edge Theatre
Beth Reynolds, Basecampphoto
Bruce Kahn, Artist
Dr. Mary Clare Powell, Poet, Lesley University
Leo Hwang-Carlos, Greenfield Community College
Kirby Lacey, North Quabbin Woods
Becky George, Summit Coordinator