This paper by Dr Dennie Palmer Wolf and Dr Steven Holochwost from US cultural consultancy WolfBrown draws on new understandings of creativity, as well as a number of WolfBrown projects, to suggest that a focus on building creative capital is a powerful way to think about planning for, executing, and measuring the impact of the arts and culture. By way of example, they examine how this framework has informed and energised one of the most active sectors of WolfBrown’s work: arts and cultural education. They begin by considering what ‘creative capital’ means in its broadest sense and argue the case for arts education in a paper that succinctly packs punch.
- Building the infrastructure: Creative capital flourishes not just because individuals are talented but because social and civic infrastructures value and support it. Think about jazz in the Marsalis family, draftsmanship among the Wyeths, design in 20th century Scandinavia, or technology in Silicon Valley. We need to better understand, value, and build the elements that comprise such supportive architectures.