YOUR TWO CENTS - Can help Portland's creative economy

The Portland Arts and Cultural Alliance is taking an "inventory" of creativity, seeking to include information about artists of all types, as well as local arts-related nonprofits and businesses. You can join by visiting PACA's Web site,

The hope appears to be that in addition to having a contact list (available online), PACA will be able to use that information as part of the city's ongoing discussion about the "creative economy" (see the previous blog entry "CREATIVITY - Path from the Summit").

A note from Andy Graham, owner of Portland Color and a student at the Muskie School at USM, to members of creativity-based businesses says in part, "Industries like tourism, shipping, real estate development, and health care have all received special attention from the city and state because they have a high profile and quantifiable economic effect. If the creative economy can demonstrate that it is an industry with a large number of workers and significant financial impact then perhaps our issues will addressed by the policy-makers."

Graham's note does not specify what those "issues" are, or how they might be "addressed by the policy-makers."

But if you're an artist or in a creativity-related organization, it certainly wouldn't hurt to at least see what you can offer.

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