Arts & the Workforce
This essay looks at changes in the American economy and the workforce and the role the arts may play in positively impacting those changes over the next 10–15 years and beyond. In particular, this essay proposes the following trends and associated arts interventions:
- Devices will become more prevalent and more active, creating ubiquitous connectivity and a new paradigm for engaging with each other. Artists and creatives will be a driving force for dictating the design, structure, and nature of that new paradigm.
- The rise of 3-D printing and similar technology will usher in an era of mass customization of products and services. The creative worker will drive that customization, and the unleashing of creative and personalized impulses among the larger population will drive a general artistic renaissance and the return of the artisan.
- An explosion in the mobility of the workforce and a shift in the nature of work will catapult artists and creative workers to the forefront in terms of redefining where, when, and what people do to be productive economic drivers. The result will be a new era defined by creativity and anchored in the creative impulse.
Excerpted from Arts & America: Arts, Culture, and the Future of America’s Communities. This essay looks at changes in the American economy and the workforce and the role the arts may play in positively impacting those changes over the next 10–15 years and beyond. The full book of essays can be purchased in Americans for the Arts online store.