Ideum Creative Director, Jim Spadaccini on PBS New Mexico in Focus

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CEO and Creative Director Jim Spadaccini discusses the impact Arts and Culture have on New Mexico's economy in this PBS series.

The latest episode of the PBS show New Mexico in Focus looked at the Economic Impact of Arts and Culture in the state. Ideum CEO and Creative Director Jim Spadaccini appeared on the panel along with Jeff Mitchell of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research, Loie Fecteau of New Mexico Arts, and Alice Loy of Creative Startups.

Here’s the description and video of the show.

NMiF Producer Megan Kamerick looks at a new study on the economic impact of the arts and cultural industries. These industries pay $1.37 billion in wages and salaries and employ 43,031 New Mexicans – roughly equal to the state’s construction industry and more than the manufacturing sector. The report’s author, Jeff Mitchell of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research, argues that arts and culture have become an essential precondition of prosperity and economic development, but the state needs to do more to grow this sector.

Here is the Web Extra piece.

Producer Megan Kamerick continues the discussion with Jeff Mitchell of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research, Loie Fecteau of New Mexico Arts, Alice Loy of Creative Startups and Jim Spadaccini of Ideum. The discuss the Building Creative Communities Conference, why there isn’t more crossover between traditional economic development and the creative communities, and how fostering creativity helps businesses grow. They also talk about how curtailing arts-related curriculum in schools is harming educational outcomes.

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