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Creative Jobs in Houston: Are Workers Seeing Economic Benefits?

A recent report by the Houston Arts Alliance says €“ despite a downturn in other industries €“ Houston€™s arts community is thriving and has a significant economic impact. The study is titled The Creative Economy of Houston 2. It is a follow up to a report that was first done in 2011. It says Houston€™s […]

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A recent report by the Houston Arts Alliance says €“ despite a downturn in other industries €“ Houston€™s arts community is thriving and has a significant economic impact. The study is titled The Creative Economy of Houston 2. It is a follow up to a report that was first done in 2011.

It says Houston€™s €œcreative economy€ is thriving and has a significant economic impact on our city €” so much so that it€™s bigger than the Texas Medical Center€™s impact. But, what about the artists? Are they also seeing the financial benefit, or is the cliché €œthe struggling artist€ still very much true within the arts community? And what can the city do to support the overall creative economy?

We talk with Jonathan Glus, president and CEO of the Houston Arts Alliance; Amy Bishop, News 88.7’s arts and culture reporter; and Clark Kellogg, owner and designer of Kellogg Furniture.

MORE: Study: Billions Of Dollars Generated By Houston’s Creative Economy (News 88.7, Sept. 24, 2015)

Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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