Centrum and the Creative Economy

We noted this week the kind words about Centrum in Arts Works – an online publication of the National Endowment for the Arts. Penned by Kris Tucker, the Executive Director of the Washington State Arts Commission, the post talked about the economic impact of the arts:

When I talk about the creative economy, I often refer to Port Townsend and Centrum. Since Centrum was established in 1974 it’s been a place where artists go to create new work and to work with other artists, for students to immerse themselves in the arts, for teachers to refresh their skills and where audiences (like me) can take it all in. And for the local economy, I know that Centrum means jobs, hotel stays, tax revenue, retail sales, and related events downtown and throughout the community.

You can read the rest of the post on the Arts Works website. The publication is devoting significant attention to the arts in Washington state this week, including an interview with our friends at Copper Canyon Press.