LT. GOV. LANDRIEU ANNOUNCES CULTURAL ECONOMY INITATIVE SUMMIT II, “LOUISIANA’S NEXT STEPS” -- 07/12/2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JULY 12, 2005
Set to Unveil Results of National Endowment for the Arts Study
Baton Rouge, LA – Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu today announces that the Cultural Economy Initiative Summit II will be held on Thursday, August 25, 2005 in New Orleans. Landrieu’s Cultural Economy Initiative began in 2004, with the presentation of a vision for Louisiana’s artistic and cultural industries and the announcement of a study funded buy the National Endowment for the Arts to define the potential of art and culture as a viable sector of the state’s overall economy. The Cultural Economy Initiative’s most public expression was a conference held last December in New Orleans, where more than 1100 leaders in art, art administration, culture, business and economic development, workforce development, preservation, and academia gathered to learn and share dialogue.
“On August 25, we will convene again to hear the results of a study of Louisiana’s cultural and economic potential,” said Landrieu. “These results will further inform the process of strategically building a strong and vibrant economy to make Louisiana a great place to live, work and play.”
“It is my belief that this conference will yield volumes of important feedback from the varied creative industries across the state,” said Angele Davis, Secretary of Culture, Recreation and Tourism. “To make this a reality, we need strong community participation.”
All interested parties are invited to attend the one-day conference held at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel located at 500 Canal Street. For more information and to register, call 504.888.7608 or visit www.crt.state.la.us/culturaleconomy.
“Louisiana is unique among places and cultures of the world, and we are working to create avenues of prosperity for Louisiana’s arts community,” Landrieu added. “The Louisiana Cultural Economy is an idea whose time has come.”