National Endowment for the Arts Research and Analysis Director Sunil Iyengar visited the University of Iowa campus Sept. 21, 2015 to deliver the third lecture in the Creative Matters series sponsored by the UI Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development. Below are stories, text, video, photos, and other materials chronicling and related to the visit.
Sunil Iyengar spoke on “Measuring the Creative Economy: Motives, Methods, and Results.” Iyengar, who joined the NEA in 2006, has led the agency in conducting groundbreaking analyses of how the arts impact society and influence the sciences, including a unique study on the U.S. creative economy.
“The Rise of Iowa’s Creative Economy,” a discussion with emerging leaders in the Creative Corridor
Prior to Sunil’s public lecture, he joined a discussion with emerging leaders in the Creative Corridor on “The Rise of Iowa’s Creative Economy.” The goal of the conversation was to bring together leaders from across the Corridor’s artistic industry verticals/mediums, sectors, geographies, and generations. They met in the space which will become Merge in downtown Iowa City, a gathering space to foster new partnerships and collaborations.
The following individuals delivered brief presentations about how their work is growing the creative economy in Iowa.
Tom Cilek, West Bank and the father of Iowa’s creative economy
Katie Roche, Englert Theatre, Mission Creek, Witching Hour
Simeon Talley, Iowa Fashion Project
Andrea Wilson, Iowa Writer’s House
Leslie Nolte, Nolte Academy
Ryan West, West Music
Arts/cultural commodities account for half the total economic
value of all U.S. copyright-intensive industries
Copyright-intensive arts/cultural goods and service
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Photos by Miranda Meyer, Leslie Weatherhead.
Creative Matters is an initiative of the UI Arts Advancement Committee and is sponsored by the UI Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development.
Five speakers have been confirmed so far, and detailed information is available online at http://creativematters.research.uiowa.edu
All events are free and open to the public.
The Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development provides resources and support to researchers and scholars at the University of Iowa and to businesses across Iowa with the goal of forging new frontiers of discovery and innovation and promoting a culture of creativity that benefits the campus, the state, and the world.