The Creative Industries economic sector generates 30 million jobs globally and $704.2 billion in U.S. GDP alone. It is also one of the fastest growing economic sectors.

What does this mean for New Orleans? As a global leader in original creative content, it should mean we are poised to become a leading global economic center. How can we do this? What is the role of creatives and other economic development business and civic leaders? What can the average citizen do to help?

These are questions the Creative Alliance of New Orleans (CANO), Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation (LCEF) and the Downtown Development District (DDD) are addressing with the special program, "Creative Industries Day" that opens on the first day of New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, Monday, March 20 at 11:00am., continuing through to 8:30pm, at the Contemporary Arts Center and at the Ogden Museum. A special invite-only event and reception will be held at the Ogden Museum, 6:30-8:30pm.

CANO and LCEF are hosting two forums beginning at 11:00 AM and 1:15 PM focused on strategies to help build and grow the creative economy, and strategies for building creative industry businesses. CANO's first panel presents leaders from UNESCO, Pittsburgh and other innovative initiatives to "Report on Creative Commerce Trends." LCEF will host the second panel, "Why Cultural Entrepreneurship is a Win Win for All." Five finalists will compete for over $40,000 in cash and services offered by the Downtown Development District at 2:30pm.

From major new festivals, co-op network and funding, to creative marketing strategies, expert speakers reveal the astounding changes in just the past few years on how seriously many cities, states and nations are taking the economic implications of cultural and creative industries development. A reception with updates from arts groups and creative industry leaders caps the day from 6:30 - 8:30 PM. This session is by invitation. If interested in this closing event call 504.218.4807. See details on the day's program at For information on guest speakers and how to register go to


Kim Chestney The Creative Industries Network
Director of Creative Industries Acceleration
Mitchell Gaudet Studio Inferno
Artist & Entrepreneur
Steve Martin art + design new orleans
Eric Morgan Morgan & Co
Jeanne Nathan Creative Alliance of New Orleans
Executive Director
Senior Administrative Assistant
Matt Schwartz The Domain Companies
Co-Founder and Principal
Aimee Smallwood Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation
Ethel Williams Cocoa & Cream