Recommended Reading

Think of this as your personal research library. We hope these reports and articles are helpful in your creative endeavors. Send us your favorites and we’ll share them with our community.

From the Alabama State Council on the Arts
Creative Industries in Alabama

From Americans for the Arts
Do-It-Yourself Community Visioning Forum Workbook & Toolkit

From The Atlantic Magazine
The Death of the Artist and the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur

From the American Planning Association
Economic Vitality: How the Arts and Culture Sector Catalyzes Economic Vitality

From the Center for Creative Economy
America’s Creative Economy: A Study of Recent Conceptions, Definitions, and Approaches to Measurement

From Community Development Investment Review
Creative Placemaking: How to Do It Well

From McKinsey & Company
Building the Creative Economy: An Interview with Richard Florida

From MDC’s State of the South
Building an Infrastructure of Opportunity for the Next Generation

From the National Governors Association
New Engines of Growth: Five Roles for Arts, Culture and Design

From the Project for Public Spaces
All Placemaking is Creative: How a Shared Focus on Place Builds Vibrant Destinations

From SouthArts
Creative Economies in the South
Arts Education in the South: Public School Data and Principals’ Perspectives


Create Birmingham constructs avenues for creative pursuit in community spaces, education, and workforce development with support from community investors including the Daniel Foundation of Alabama, Vulcan Materials Company Foundation, Protective Life Foundation, Jemison Investment Co., Regions Bank, and the C. Eugene Ireland Foundation. A complete list of our partners can be found here.