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The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise, founded in November 2012 and hosted by the Aspen Institute, is a collaborative effort of over 70 artisan businesses, artisan support organizations, corporations, government agencies, and other partners who are working together to promote the full potential of the global artisan sector.  

The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise was created to elevate the importance of the artisan sector, support and grow artisan businesses, and share best practices in a collaborative learning community. 

Creative Places and Businesses: Catalyzing Growth in Communities

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Creative Places and Businesses: Catalyzing Growth in Communities

Gina Rogari


"Creative Places & Businesses: Catalyzing Growth in Communities" is a 2017 research report by Upstart Co-Lab.

Institutions that value the arts, storytelling and creativity and art lovers, art collectors, and artists themselves are looking for opportunities to align their capital with their priorities. Impact investing wealth advisors confirm that their clients are asking for opportunities to invest in the arts and the creative economy. To date, there have been only private opportunities, no products, funds or manager strategies are available.

This report looks at investable opportunities in the Creative Economy with the potential to stabilize threatened communities and benefit regions looking to attract and develop quality jobs. This report suggests that impact investment can be used to shape a Creative Economy that is inclusive, equitable and sustainable.

Read the full report here