Creative Columbus: a Picture of the Creative Economy of Central Ohio was released on June 12, 2009. The report, developed for the Columbus College of Art & Design by Community Research Partners, takes an in-depth look at central Ohio’s creative services sector to determine its size, characteristics, magnitude, and direct economic value. Supporting funders of the project include the Columbus Foundation, Compete Columbus, the Franklin County Commissioners, the Greater Columbus Arts Council, and The Ohio State University.
Creative Columbus is a unique project that studies both creative industries and occupations, drills down to the neighborhood level, and supplements these findings with primary data from a survey of a range of stakeholders in the creative economy. CRP used online networking sites and local blogs to generate awareness about the project. Offline, we had conversations with the creative community, whose support for this project providers impetus for future action.
A key component of the project has been an online survey of creative businesses, organizations, and individuals. With the help of project stakeholders, CRP used traditional means of outreach such as business contact databases and e-mail to generate survey participation. CRP also used online social media and networks not only to let the creative community know about the survey, but also to offer them opportunities to participate in a dialogue and submit creative content such as images, video, and music.
See the publications section below for the report and press release.
The project may also be found on the CCAD web site.