DECEMBER 22 2018 @ 7:00PM
Nuyorican Poets Cafe
236 East 3rd Street
New York, NY 10009
Creatives Networking Event & Forum
No Cover. Limited Capacity. Please RSVP.
In positive psychology, flow, also known colloquially as being in the zone, is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. In essence, flow is characterized by complete absorption in what one does, and a resulting loss in one's sense of space and time.
JANUARY 27 2019 @ 2:00PM
Adrian Center for the Arts
2300 North Adrian Highway
Adrian, MI 49221
Metaphorically, 2018 has become the unraveling of my external self and the finding of home, the real identity, the true meaning of being me. In reality, being welcomed home, to the small town I was born in, where the majority of my family still resides. This, this is special.
Fellow Creatives and Art Enthusiasts,
I have drawn since childhood, but I have had a career in Quality Control longer than I have been a professional artist. I hope to combine both backgrounds to form a statistical analysis for my first Six Sigma Project. This is why I am attempting to set up exhibitions, shows and forums around the world, starting with NY Flow: Paint & Poetry Show this December 22nd in New York, New York and Familia in Adrian, Michigan next January 27th, the place of my birth. God willing, granted the time, Athens, Greece, Toronto, Canada, Mexico.
There has been a movement to base much of the local economic development upon the arts and artists. Most of us appreciate the intrinsic benefits of the arts—their beauty and vision; how they inspire, soothe, provoke, and connect us. When it comes time to make tough funding choices, however, elected officials and business leaders need to have strong and credible data that demonstrate the economic benefits of a vibrant arts and culture industry.
By every measure, the results are impressive, Nationally, the arts and culture industry generates $166.2 billion in economic activity annually—a 24 percent increase in just the past five years. That amount is greater than the Gross Domestic Product of most countries. This spending supports 5.7 million full-time jobs right here in the United States—an increase of 850,000 jobs since our 2002 study. What’s more, because arts and culture organizations are strongly rooted in their communities, these are jobs that necessarily remain local and cannot be shipped overseas.
Our industry also generates nearly $30 billion in revenue to local, state, and federal governments every year. By comparison, the three levels of government collectively spend less than $4 billion annually to support arts and culture—a spectacular 7:1 return on investment that would even thrill Wall Street veterans.
Arts and culture organizations—businesses in their own right—leverage additional event-related spending by their audiences that pumps vital revenue into restaurants, hotels, retail stores, and other local businesses. When patrons attend a performing arts event, for example, they may park their car in a toll garage, purchase dinner at a restaurant, and eat dessert after the show. Valuable commerce is generated for local merchants. Studies show that the typical attendee spends $27.79 per person, per event, in addition to the cost of admission. When a community attracts cultural tourists, it harnesses even greater economic rewards. Nonlocal audiences spend twice as much as their local counterparts ($40.19 vs. $19.53). Arts and culture are magnets for tourists, and tourism research repeatedly shows that cultural travelers stay longer and spend more.
Whether serving the local community or out-of-town visitors, a vibrant arts and culture industry helps local businesses thrive. Right now, cities around the world are competing to attract new businesses as well as our brightest young professionals. International studies show that the winners will be communities that offer an abundance of arts and culture opportunities. As the arts flourish, so will creativity and innovation—the fuel that drives our global economy. This is inspiring news for those whose daily task is to strengthen the economy and enrich quality of life. No longer do business and elected leaders need to choose between arts and economic prosperity. Nationally, as well as locally, the arts mean business.
I am asking the creative community to help me with this project by please taking 3 minutes of their time to fill out a survey or share. Be it visual artists, poets, writers, musicians, show producers or art enthusiasts. The more data collected can have a significant impact on understanding our unique industry.
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