I have two reading recommendations for anyone on city council who requires economic justification for supporting the arts: Richard Florida books like THE RISE OF THE CREATIVE CLASS or WHO'S YOUR CITY?, or for shorter bathroom visits 2007 Business Week article "Bohemian Today, High-Rent Tomorrow".
"Openness to experience is the only personality type that plays a consistent role in regional economic development. It is highly correlated with jobs in computing, science, arts, design, and entertainment; with overall human capital levels, high-tech industry, income, and housing values." - Quote from WHO'S YOUR CITY? by Florida.
Since Florida made the leap over the border and moved from the US to head the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, I was thinking of buying several copies of his book and distributing them to city council...but then, the financial snag:
I'm an artist!
Maybe that's what our city needs. A creative leader with a vision!! I hear the pay's better than the average artist salary. Any takers?!