This paper formed out of a draft prepared by the author for a panel discussion on "The Culture Industry" in the tourist region of the Muskoka district located 200 km north of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The purpose of the panel discussion was to come up with ways in which local towns, businesses and creative sectors could develop a culture industry in Muskoka. The author discusses the reciprocal relationship between the culture industry and the creative industry within the new creative economy paradigm. The creative industry is at the heart of the culture industry. It is only after creative ideas have germinated and grown that the culture industry can take over and begin to market the products of the creative industry. These products are the artist’s gift to culture - like water is nature’s gift. Products of the creative industry become interwoven with the culture industry and these two industries must exist in a circle of gifting if the fabric of our creative economy is to remain strong and vital. Exploitation of the arts, old capitalistic economic models, lack of funding and validation for creativity, mass marketing of the arts to preprogrammed consumers are also discussed.
|Keywords:||Creativity, Culture Industry, Creative Industry, Creative Economy, Cultural Economics, Popular Culture, Capitalism, Funding, Reciprocity, Humanities, Art Education Funding, Art Education, Mass culture, Consumer, Mainstream art, Cutting Edge, Muskoka, Tourism, Art Colonies, Validating creativity|
Professor, Fine Art Dept., Nipissing University, Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada
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