Creative Economy Resource Center

Facts and figures
Toolkits and planning handbooks
Readings, talks, and inspiration
Wisconsin models
Models beyond Wisconsin
Creative placemaking

updated 8-10-17

Facts and figures about the creative economy in Wisconsin and beyond:

Toolkits and planning handbooks:

  • Arts and Culture Toolkit: Created by the regional planning unit for seven Chicago counties to help municipalities incorporate art and culture into their planning.
  • The Cultural Mapping Toolkit reviews mapping as a valuable first step in generating new perspectives and preparing the ground for effective cultural planning.  From the partnership between 2010 Legacies Now and the Creative City Network of Canada.
  • The Cultural Planning Toolkit includes an overview of key characteristics of a good cultural plan and a step-by-step guide to getting there.
  • The Creative Community Builder’s Handbook: How to Transform Communities Using Local Assets, Arts and Culture by Tom Borrup, 2006.  Assesses 20 arts-centered community development projects and provides a step-by-step guide to building the economic, social, civic and physical infrastructure of communities through the arts. The book includes case studies from urban, rural and suburban communities and best practices related to ten successful community building strategies.
  • Effective Community Arts Development: Fifty Years, Fifty Tips by Maryo Gard Ewell “reminds us of where we’ve been, what we’ve learned along the way, and how to best equip ourselves for securing the future of the arts in America through effective community arts development by local arts agencies nationwide.”
  • Community Cultural Planning: A Guidebook for Community Leaders (Americans for the Arts) outlines five steps to developing a cultural plan, provides profiles of seven communities and their plans, and recommendations for effective planning.
  • The Arts in the Small Community by Maryo Gard Ewell and Michael F. Warlum, 2006.  An updated version of the seminal The Arts in the Small Community, a National Plan, developed in the 1960s, follows up on the original five test communities and adds contemporary examples.
  • A Toolkit for Starting a Non-Profit Gallery from the Macon Arts Alliance of Macon, GA. Based on their experience running The Gallery, a community-driven arts space, this toolkit helps prospective gallerists think through their conceptual and practical needs. Get it here.
  • From the Arts Extension Service, UMass-Amherst:

Readings, talks, and inspiration

Resources and ideas from thought-leaders, decision-makers and institutions:

Creative economy programs/projects/initiatives in Wisconsin:

Models beyond Wisconsin:  resources, ideas, and creative economy programs/projects/initiatives nationally and globally

Creative placemaking