Title

Piece on how Maine's museums are partnering with businesses in a collaboration t

Authors

James McCarthy

Source

Mainebiz

Date

9-17-2012

Pages

16-19

Abstract

Piece on how Maine's museums are partnering with businesses in a collaboration that is fueling the state's creative economy. Museum visitors spent nearly $71 million in Maine during the summer of 2009 and indirectly supported about 1,300 jobs. Maine's arts and cultural organizations themselves employ over 5,200 people. With a discussion of Maine Maritime Museum's partnerships with businesses large and small (from BIW to local restaurants), the Portland Museum of Art's recent acquisition of the Winslow Homer studio, and the Colby College Art Museum, which, with the help of donations from foundations, is constructing a 26,000-square-foot addition. With sidebar on Chuck Lawton, chief economist at Planning Decisions Inc., on the complexity of defining the term "creative economy," and a chart showing the spending patterns of museum visitors in Maine in 2009.

Subjects

Museums, Creative economy

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