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Arts economy rises on the Southwest prairie

Ann Markusen addresses the potential for art to bring vibrancy to small towns in Minnesota.

Efforts to build economic strength through the arts can seem small, but there is evidence to suggest the strategy works, according to University of Minnesota researcher Ann Markusen. She heads the Humphrey School's Project on Regional and Industrial Economics and has co-authored studies on creative placemaking. Markusen cites the northwestern Minnesota city of New York Mills, which boosted its economy by establishing an arts retreat and regional cultural center, drawing artists from across the country and establishing an annual "Great American Think-Off."

Minnesota Public Radio
March 5, 2012

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