NHIA President Launches Arts and Economy Talks

Jennifer Robertson on 09.09.16

New Hampshire Institute of Art President meets with New Hampshire Chambers to discuss 21st Century Arts Programs

If society and the economy have changed dramatically over the last 100 years, should it come as any surprise that the arts have changed as well? Recognizing the changing landscape of arts and design and the increasing role they play as an engine of economic expansion worldwide, New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA) President Kent Devereaux will meet with New Hampshire Chambers of Commerce to make the case for the necessity of a healthy arts community as an essential ingredient in creating a thriving economy.

“The concept of the starving artist is a myth. Just ask many thriving high-tech business owners what type of employee they seek,” explains Devereaux. “In many different fields, today’s successful business owners seek creative minds who can find innovative solutions to today’s real-world problems.” Entire communities also benefit from the increased cultural diversity and vibrancy that the arts contribute offerings because that attracts a more diverse workforce of millennials who are willing to put down roots and raise their families here. “A shortage of young, skilled workforce is the greatest threat to the continued growth of New Hampshire’s economy. The arts can be a part of the solution. The arts have always played a significant role in economic development and urban renewal,” explains President Devereaux. “You can see that transformation underway right now in Manchester.”

Devereaux’s speaking schedule is detailed below. All events will begin at 7:30am.

1. Concord Chamber of Commerce, September 27, 2016

2. Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce, September 28, 2016

3. Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce, September 29, 2016

4. Keene Chamber of Commerce, September 30, 2016

5. Nashua Chamber of Commerce, October 11, 2016

6. Greater Derry Chamber of Commerce, November 3, 2016