Arts and Culture
Creative thinking and self-expression are at the very heart of the academic mission. At SUNY we challenge our students, no matter what they're studying, to develop their expressive skills and become more creative thinkers. But arts and cultural programs can also be powerful economic engines, critical stepping stones in the development of a new creative economy. Our campuses provide access to music, theater and visual art opportunities that would not otherwise exist in many communities.
This Conversation explores the ways in which the creative industries are having real economic effects that ripple through society, producing businesses, generating jobs, revitalizing infrastructure, fueling innovation, and giving communities new promise and renewal. But how can we best leverage our creative resources? Should we be working with local arts organizations to give our students more real world exposure to professional opportunities? Developing our curricula in arts management, arts administration and the other areas of the creative economy?
We'll be looking for your ideas about how to make arts and culture not only the means for creative expression but also incubators for ideas and industries that contribute to a new economy based on cultural production.