Published: February 05, 2013 12:00 PM
“The innovative cities of the coming age will develop a creative union of technology, arts and civics.” – Sir Peter Hall, renowned geographer and authority on the economic, demographic, cultural and management issues facing cities.
Sir Peter Hall lives half a world away in England and may not be a household name here, but the work he has done over decades will have a big impact on our community in the years to come. Hall helped pioneer many of the concepts behind modern cities and in particular of the influence that “creative classes” have on a community.
And for a community like ours, when it comes to arts and culture, the importance of the sector can’t be overstated. Beyond its contribution to the fabric of our community, giving us the opportunity to expand our minds and enrich our lives, it plays a significant role in our economic prosperity as well. The economic impact is felt in many different ways, through the goods and services arts organizations consume, the wages they pay and the new visitors (read: dollars) they bring to our community. All have a significant economic benefit to Nanaimo and region.