Tag: the arts

Economic Impact of the Arts in Maryland

Last year around this time, I wrote a blog post highlighting the work the Regional Economic Studies Institute at Towson University was performing to quantify the impact that Maryland’s Arts and Entertainment (A&E) Districts have on the state’s economy. Since the impacts stemming from just the A&E Districts are significant—approximately 6,000 jobs, $571.4 million in state GDP, $198.5 million in wages, and $38.5 million in state and local taxes supported annually throughout Maryland—I thought it would be interesting to examine the impact and influence of the broader arts community in the state. According to a report released by the...

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Rock ‘n’ Roll, Race, and Society

Daryl Davis, noted American R&B and blues musician, author, actor and bandleader, recently taught a “Rock ‘n’ Roll, Race, and Society” course at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Towson University. Davis provided Osher students a unique blend of academic insight into the origins of rock ‘n’ roll and amazing first-hand accounts from the instructor’s life. Not Just Rock ‘n’ Roll Daryl Davis earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Howard University. Davis has played piano with music legends Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bo Diddley, Percy Sledge, and more. His respect and knowledge of these greats and their...

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BTU Showcase: A Vibrant Arts and Cultural Community

As I promised in my last blog post, over the next few weeks leading up to the BTU Showcase, I will feature some of the great projects and centers that will be represented at this year’s event. Each post will focus on one of the five BTU Impact Areas: High-Quality and equitable education Lifelong health and well-being Strong neighborhoods and sustainable communities Thriving and competitive economy Vibrant arts and cultural community A Vibrant Arts and Cultural Community Recognized as a thriving cultural center for Maryland, Towson University is committed to enhancing access to the arts. The following centers and projects...

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Arts & Entertainment Districts: Economic and Fiscal Impacts

The Regional Economic Studies Institute (RESI) at Towson University has the expertise to complete a wide array of projects, ranging from impact (or economic benefit) studies (as Daraius discussed in a previous post), supply and demand analysis, survey analysis, and advocacy support, just to name a few. While many of our projects focus on one area, we often have the opportunity to draw on multiple skills for a single client. This is the case for RESI’s work for the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC). Maryland State Arts Council A&E Districts For those who are unfamiliar with the organization, MSAC...

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Five Questions with Moving to Learn

In my last blog post, I wrote about how TU is supporting education across Maryland. I highlighted three partnerships that are advancing education in a variety of ways. For this post, the second in my ongoing partnership series, I wanted to delve deeper into another partnership that is providing education in a unique way by combining the arts with science. Moving to Learn: Growing Up Great with Dance and Environmental Science Moving to Learn: Growing Up Great with Dance and Environmental Science integrates developmentally appropriate dance methodologies with key concepts in pre-K standards in environmental science that improve school...

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University-Community Partnerships: Supporting Education

Welcome to my new blog series all about university-community partnerships and relationships at Towson University! Back in October, I wrote a post about the Community Partnerships and Relationships 2015 Status Report. That report gave a snapshot of the current status of university-community partnerships and relationships at Towson University, including how many there are, where they’re happening, their outcomes, and their impacts. I wanted to build upon this report and take some time to highlight some of our biggest impact areas, as well as a few individual partnerships within each area. This month, I’m focusing on how our university-community partnerships...

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Guest Post: Is Arts Entrepreneurship a Real Field of Study?

Finding My Place in the World In 2001 I graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting & Drawing. I had perfected my skills as an artist, believed deeply that I had something of value to offer the world, and yet, I had no clear path to financial stability. I knew galleries and museums offered limited options for steady income and that art super stars like Jeff Koons or Yo-Yo Ma did not represent a typical path for the average working artist. My story is not unique and every year thousands...

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The Charm of a Gritty City: Baltimore as an Entrepreneurship Hub

Some people ask me Why Baltimore? Couldn’t you do what you do from anywhere in the U.S.? Isn’t this the place where the acclaimed HBO series The Wire was filmed? Has Baltimore ever been on a tech entrepreneur-friendly list? Aren’t there more voluminous entrepreneurial hubs? While the concise response is pegged to an authentic and ever-congealing entrepreneurial ecosystem more focused on the act of doing (the scoreboard) than a Top Ten List, the more interesting answer is found in an array of professional and personal attributes. Let me paint a picture as to why Baltimore is a great city...

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