How Universities Train Artists as Makers, Creators, and Doers

June 25, 2018

Universities are likely the greatest arts patrons in the United States, with an estimated investment of more than 5 billion dollars. Universities house art museums, theatre companies, symphony orchestras, film studios, and publishing outlets, just to name of a few of the kinds of arts organizations that live under the higher education umbrella. Despite their contributions, there’s little research about their evolving role in the regional arts ecology.

TBR Research presents insights and excerpts from peer-reviewed scholarship.

Higher education institutions are part of a national and global movement to leverage the arts to achieve economic development and community growth (AED) through innovative policies, programs, and investments. State economic development agencies and municipal arts and culture departments across the United States are experimenting with artist tax incentives, film/design production tax breaks, entrepreneurship business loans, creative districts, maker spaces, artist/live/create zoning, cultural tax sharing programs, and a variety of other people and place-based investments to support AED. Colorado, in particular, is seen as an AED leader, thanks in part to its Colorado Creative Industries, a division of the State’s Office of Economic Development & International Trade. Read more: