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How Investing in the Arts Could Drive Innovation in Houston

Urban planning expert Elizabeth Currid-Halkett explains why Houston could benefit from further investment in the arts.


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When we hear about "innovation," we may automatically think of technology hubs like Silicon Valley or Austin. But what about arts and culture? How do they drive innovation?

That's what author and urban scholar and Elizabeth Currid-Halkett studies. She's a professor of public policy at the University of Southern California's Price School of Public Policy. She's speaking at a Rice University event tonight about the importance of cities investing in innovation for a competitive advantage.

In the audio above, Houston Matters producer Maggie Martin talks with Currid-Halkett about how Houston can invest more in the arts and why she says we'll ultimately come out ahead for doing so.

The event is tonight from 7 to 8:30 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, located at 1001 Bissonnet Street.

Elizabeth Currid-Halkett
Elizabeth Currid-Halkett, chair in urban and regional planning at the University of South California’s Price School of Public Policy.