The Culture Industry and Creative Economy: From an Individual Artist and Art Educator’s Perspective

By Janet Stahle-Fraser.

Published by The Arts Collection

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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

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp.203-210. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 619.054KB).

Janet Stahle-Fraser

Professor, Fine Art Dept., Nipissing University, Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada

Janet graduated with a M.A. in Philosophy (Aesthetics) from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. She also studied fine art at U. of Guelph and at several other institutions. Since 1985 she has been a full-time practising artist with a studio in the cottage district of Muskoka Ontario concentrating on painting and printmaking and merging these mediums with digital technology. She teaches fine art courses at Nipissing University (Muskoka campus) in Bracebridge, Ontario. Janet views herself as an intrepid explorer of new media.


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