Creative Economy and the Arts

Global in scope, the Creative Economy and the Arts working group seeks to examine, through interdisciplinary discussion, the definition and application of the term “creative economy” as it relates to arts policy, the international art market, and urban development. The idea of creative economy relates to similar concepts, including creative industry and creative class, that have been, in the last fifteen years, taken up by governments throughout the world as a stimulant for economic development. By organizing a series of topically relevant presentations by faculty and graduate students interested in this topic, the working group aspires to function as a forum, exposing group members in different disciplines to current research trends in this rapidly expanding field of inquiry.

Our meetings will be held bi-weekly on Wednesdays from 5:30-7:00 in 425 Doe Library. During each meeting we will discuss selected readings in relation to the following topics: 

September 23 – What is creative economy?

October 7 – Notions of Creativity

October 21 – Art Worlds and Creative Economy

November 4 – Questions of precarity and labor

November 18 – Creative placemaking in the city

As the semester progresses these meetings will include presentations by Berkeley Faculty Dr. Michael O’Hare (Goldman School of Public Policy) and Dr. Shannon Steen (Theatre and Performance Studies) as well as Bay Area scholars interested in and actively involved in research on these topics. We welcome graduate students from departments across campus to all working group events. 

For more information or questions, please contact Susan Eberhard (Art History) at or Katie Bruhn (South and Southeast Asian Studies)

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