Meeting Archive:
Creative Districts: An Economic Catalyst


Meeting Description:
Creative Districts: An Economic Catalyst
 
Key takeaways:
  • Economic benefits of creative districts
  • How to measure success
  • Best practices to implement a district program

Creative Vitality™ Suite is happy to welcome Margaret Hunt, the executive director of Colorado Creative Industries, and Karen Hanan, the executive director of ArtsWA, two experts in the field of creative districts. They will discuss the economic impact of cultural district programs. This conversation will be of special interest to economic development departments, state arts agencies, city planners, and emerging and established creative districts. The webinar will take place on Tuesday, February 20, 12pm MST/ 2pm EST.
Details
Date: Tue, Feb 20, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM MST
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Creative Vitality Suite
 Presenter Information
Margaret Hunt
 
Executive Director | Colorado Creative Industries
 
Margaret Hunt is the executive director of Colorado Creative Industries. Previously, she served as the executive director of the Utah Division of Arts and Museums for eight years. Other positions she has held include director of community and economic development for Salt Lake City government, manager of economic development programs for PacifiCorp/Rocky Mountain Power Company, director of the international microfinance training program at Naropa University, and vice president of a Utah-based fundraising consulting group for nonprofit organizations. Currently, Hunt serves on the board of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, Take Note Colorado, and the Denver Theatre District. She has received numerous leadership awards over the years and is also a visual artist. Hunt’s artwork can be found in the Salt Lake City International Airport Collection.

Karen Hanan
 
Executive Director | ArtsWA
 
Karen Hanan is the executive director of ArtsWA (The Washington State Arts Commission). Prior to this, she was the executive director of Arts Northwest, the regional organization for the performing arts in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Hanan is well known as a resource to the greater arts community in the Pacific Northwest and in 2014 she was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by Arts Northwest in recognition of “exceptional leadership and dedication to the field.” In 2016-17, Hanan worked closely with the Washington Legislature to pass a bill for the development of a Creative Districts Certification Program. The CVSuite and its capacity to track multiple layers of data will be key to tracking the creative economy for an aspiring or certified creative district. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in Spanish, French, and sociology from Leeds Beckett University in Leeds, England.