Creative Economy and Massachusetts
"Massachusetts defines the creative economy to include without limitation the many interlocking industry sectors that center on providing creative services such as advertising, architecture or creating and promoting intellectual property products such as arts, film, computer games, multimedia, or design. Our Commonwealth is on the leading edge in supporting our cultural non-profits, individual artists, and creative industries, which we see as among the most important keys to economic development in the Commonwealth."
"New England's creativity is a critical asset when it comes to employment, community empowerment, enhanced quality of life and education - we have the opportunity, and the tools, to maximize it."
UMass Creative Economy Fund
The Creative Economy Initiatives Fund was established in 2007 to support faculty initiatives in the arts, humanities and social sciences that benefit the State's economy and improve its quality of life. During its first five years, the Fund has made a total of 49 awards. Among other projects, the Fund has supported the preservation of the W.E.B Du Bois boyhood home in Great Barrington, introduced public school students to the study of architecture in Springfield, helped establish the Lowell Youth Orchestra and a permanent Jack Kerouac education and tourism site in Lowell, generated major studies of the film and electronic gaming industries in Massachusetts, sponsored community dance and theatre performances, and supported creation of women artisans' cooperative in New Bedford.
Criteria for Awards:
Each year the fund is available, the Request for Concept Papers and schedule are sent to each campus via the Chancellor or Chief Research Officer's Office for campus distribution. Announcements of awards are made on or around June 1st.