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17.03.2006 SPEECH – New York City as a Creative City

Conference by Robin Keegan, member of the Center for an Urban Future (New York City), at the annual Culture Montreal members’ General Assembly

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Today I was asked to speak about New York City as a creative city, to share its best practices and lessons that can be learned from this powerhouse of creative energy. The invitation came after the release of my latest report, Creative New York, which was released in December and focuses on the state of New York’s creative sector.

New York is full of great examples of arts being used as a catalytic and sustainable driver of economic and community development. I want to share some of these today.

It is no surprise to this audience that the arts have long been a tool for revitalizing neighborhoods, sparking economic growth and transforming the lives of people living in cities with a strong arts and cultural presence. As cities face an increasingly competitive global marketplace and continued decline in traditional industries, it is critical that they find new ways to compete. Cities across North America and the world are therefore looking to their artistic and cultural assets to revitalize downtowns and neighborhoods, to develop new talent, and to provide new directions in business development and economic growth.



Member of the Center for an Urban Future, an independant New York City based think-tank, Robin Keegan is an independant consultant and co-author of the Creative New York report.

Documents to download:
Speech CM – Robin Keegan NY Creative City (17-03-2006) (153 kb)

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