2016 GIA Conference
Saint Paul, MN   October 16–19
A Confluence of People, Cultures, and Ideas


Congress Considers the Creative Economy

Monday, October 17, 2:00pm – 3:15pm

State III

Organized and moderated by Narric Rome, Vice President of Government Affairs & Arts Education, Americans for the Arts.

Presented by Jennifer Goulet, President and CEO, Creative Many Michigan; and Gina Sekelsky, Owner, Lettergirl.

A ground-breaking piece of legislation has been introduced in the US Congress to support artists, arts organizations, and entrepreneurs. The “CREATE Act” (S.2648, “Comprehensive Resources for Entrepreneurs in the Arts to Transform the Economy”) seeks to boost federal program support through economic development programs at the Small Business Administration, US Department of Commerce, US Department of the Treasury, and the Federal Emergency Management Administration. This session will help participants craft a new approach to building public and private funding support for artists and arts organizations that could dramatically change the way cities and states use federal and state dollars to shape their creative economy.