2013-Creative-Sector-Summit-ad-and-flyerThe Creative Sector Summit is an opportunity for networking and creative problem solving: for cross pollination, education, creation of sector advocacy, collaboration on initiatives and programs, to maximize funding opportunities, and as an opportunity for non-arts organizations and economic drivers to work with the sector more effectively. With more and more national organizations realizing the incredible community building and economic development powers of creativity and the arts, it is imperative that Asheville (and beyond) galvanize and cooperate to make the most of the opportunities this recognition and its associated funds and resources represents.

The 2013 Creative Sector Summit focused on the importance of the relationship between arts and economic development, by bringing into focus opportunities to create jobs in the arts and how to utilize the vitalizing qualities of arts and culture to building community and the economy. A feature of te 2013 Summit was arts and culture based development, an exciting national trend building partnerships between local governments, economic drivers, nonprofit arts and culture organizations, and private investors, to build vibrant American communities.


March 6th – Asheville Community Theatre

8:30am – 11:30am: Creativity and Development Breakfast – Golden Belt: A Case Study Blending Arts, Sustainability and Business

  • Dr. Gary Kueber, COO, Scientific Properties/Golden BELT
  • Sponsored by: Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce

Jack Cecil of Biltmore Farms and the Economic Development Coalition’s 5×5 Plan will facilitated a discussion with Dr. Gary Kueber, COO of Scientific Properties. Opportunity to learn about Durham’s Golden Belt, a signature example of Creative Placemaking, bringing creativity and energy efficiency together in a unique arts-based development.

1pm – 3:30pm: Living as Art: Creative Placemaking in Buncombe County Panel

  • Moderator: Stephanie Monson, Urban Planner, City of Asheville’s Office of Economic Development
  • Jack Cecil, Biltmore Farms
  • Rob Pulleyn, Marshall High Studio
  • Randy Shull, Pink Dog Creative
  • Wayne Martin, NC Arts Council
  • Chris Beecham, NC Arts Council
  • Cindy Visnich Weeks, Mountain Housing Opportunities
  • Stephanie Swepson-Twitty, Eagle Market Streets Development Corporation
  • Sponsored by: The Asheville Community Theatre

Panel representatives of the business community who have had a hand in changing the landscape and the economy of the region through great creativity based projects or who work with arts and culture in their endeavors, speaking on the topics of arts and economic development, the role of government, the pitfalls and the good stuff, what worked, what didn’t.

3pm – 3:30pm: Special Presentation

  • Arthur Fleming, 1st VP/Director of Community Investment Services, FHLBank Atlanta

March 7th – Asheville Community Theatre

9am – 11:30am: Initiatives and Opportunities in Arts Based Development

  • Stephanie Monson, City of Asheville’s Riverfront Redevelopment Coordinator
  • Tom Gallaher, President of Heritage Directions, LLC
  • Lucy Crown, Project Coordinator of County of Buncombe Parks and Recreation’s Greenways Plan
  • Kitty Love, Executive Director Asheville Area Arts Council

An overview of municipal plans and initiatives with opportunities for arts collaboration, and introduction to resources nationally and statewide for funding and technique. Identifying funding and capturing opportunities for community and economic development through the arts.

12pm – 1pm: Lunch at Magnolia’s

  • Sponsored by: The City of Asheville, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department

1:30pm – 3:30pm: The Buncombe Cultural Task Force

A call for partners to create cultural Task Force, charging local governments, arts organizations, economic drivers, and the creative community to bring valuable resources to Buncombe County. The Buncombe Cultural Task Force will represent the diversity of partnerships required to develop a unified and strategic approach to creative placemaking in Asheville and Buncombe County. Local governments, arts organizations, private investment and the creative community are all needed to advance the creative sector as a stimulant for community and economic development.

March 8th – Asheville Art Museum

Creative Community Resource Day – FREE

11am – 4pm: Presentations

  • David Starkey, Asheville Lyric Opera
  • Mountain BizWorks featuring Sharon Oxendine and Wendy Outland
  • Heidi Reiber, Chamber/EDC: 5×5 Initiatives in Arts and Culture
  • Stephanie Swepson-Twitty, Eagle Market Streets Development Corporation
  • Carrie Runser-Turner, GroWNC Cultural Alliance of WNC
  • Pam Myers, Asheville Art Museum
  • OPEN Asheville

A community forum catalyzing Creative Placemaking for and with Asheville’s contemporary culture and local business economies.

11am – 11:45am: Finding Your Target Market

  • Yoko Morris, Entrepreneurship Program Manager of HandMade in America

1:30pm – 2:15pm: How to Tell Your Story

  • Gwynne Rukenbrod, Executive Director of HandMade in America

2:30pm – 3:15pm: How to Engage a Visitor in Your Studio

  • Wendy H. Outland, WHO Knows Art

3:30pm – 4pm: Buckminster Fuller Marketing

  • Ben Mack

March 8th – HandMade in America

12pm – 1pm: Lunch
1:30pm – 3:30pm: Arts Advocacy Training with Arts North Carolina (limited to 50)

  • Karen Wells, Executive Director of Arts North Carolina
  • Sponsored by: Arts North Carolina and Handmade in America

Advocacy is how we make a difference when we unify around shared goals and values. Conclude Creative Sector Summit 2013 with an invigorated call to action. Expect to take away tools and strategies enabling you to work more effectively with our municipality and with our elected state leaders.


A place at the table: Art and commerce collide in Asheville
by Jake Frankel, Mountain Xpress, March 18, 2013

Thank You to Our Sponsors:

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