Arts Martha’s Vineyard Presents Creative Economy Brown Bag Lunch Speaker Series

First session takes place on Tuesday, October 2nd with Clare O’Connor from the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce

Arts Martha's Vineyard is very pleased to announce an important Creative Economy Speaker Series with several key statewide and local representatives who, through their hard work, expand and clarify the value of creative people and initiatives throughout the state of Massachusetts.

Every Tuesday in October, at the Harbor View Hotel, you will hear and learn about the value of creative economy and what we can do to focus and expand our "creative industries" here on Martha's Vineyard.

The first session takes place on October 2nd from 11:30 am – 1 pm and features Clare O’Connor, Director of Economic Initiatives, Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce. The Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce and Coastal Community Capital, partnering with the Nantucket Island and Martha’s Vineyard Chambers of Commerce and the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, have recently been awarded an economic development grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council to develop a mobile Arts App. Research shows 52% of US Leisure travelers have mobile devices; 63% use them in planning their trip, while 89.2% use them during travel. Locally, we estimate that 2 million of our visitors, residents, and second homeowners can or do use apps. This Arts App, being developed by TapWalk, allows us to use new technologies to drive these potential buyers into the studios and galleries of local artists. 

We are seeking local artists and artisans, galleries, art centers and museums to join this effort to bring the Cape & Islands Arts and Artisans Trails into the digital age. The app will include a map, with mobile listings for each stop, a directory, calendar, news, and twitter link. It allows us to reach potential customers immediately with changes in hours and offerings, and is an easy way to share calendars of openings, workshops, and special events with a broad audience.  Tuesday’s session will explain the project and insure the Arts App best meets local needs.

Our Creative economy — the total impact of arts, culture and design-related initiatives, organizations and businesses — is over 10 percent of out Island's economy. With added focus, economic, legislative and media initiatives that portion can grow. And with the wealth of creative people and a history of strong creative capacity we will benefit from understanding best practices statewide — from the Berkshires to the Cape.

Series takes place every Tuesday in October at the Harbor View Hotel from 11:30am-1:00pm. All are welcome and encouraged bring a brown bag lunch, an open mind, great questions and enthusiasm for the Vineyard. RSVP to Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce 508.693.0085 ext. 0 Or, Arts Martha's Vineyard: info@artsmarthasvineyard.org

Full Calendar of Series is as follows:

October 2

Martha’s Vineyard Arts and Artisan’s Trail Mobile App

Clare O’Connor, Director of Economic Initiatives, Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce. Calling all artists, artisans, galleries, art centers and museums to join this effort to bring the Cape & Islands Arts and Artisans Trails into the digital age.
Harbor View Hotel. 11:30am-1:00pm.
For more information, contact Clare O’Connor: clare@capecodchamber.org, 508-776-6810.

October 9

Building Martha’s Vineyard’s Creative Economy, with Helena Fruscio

Creative Economy Industry Director, Commonwealth of MA Department of Housing and Economic Development will speak about Building Martha’s Vineyard Creative Economy.

October 16

Martha’s Vineyard Legislative Delegation

State Senator Dan Wolf, State Representative Tim Madden, and State Representative Sarah Peake, Co-Chair of the legislature’s Arts, Culture and Tourism Committee will speak about how Massachusetts supports arts and culture in the State and on Martha’s Vineyard.

October 23

Creative Economy, Media and the Arts

Representatives from the Cape and Islands NPR, Martha’s Vineyard Patch, MVTV, the Martha’s Vineyard Times, the Vineyard Gazette, WMVY Radio will engage in a panel discussion about Media and the Arts on Martha’s Vineyard


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