Building a bigger, broader, creative class

U-M professors of theater, social work and art recently collaborated to build a broader creative class in communities such as Trout Lake, Brimley and Bay Mills in Chippewa County and in Detroit. Creativity, the researchers say, creates a sense of optimism and opportunity in communities.

Faculty from the U-M School of Social Work, Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design and the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance worked together on the research project funded by MCubed.

Statistically, the U-M researchers found, if you can achieve a population in which six percent identifies as creative, the community can create greater resilience, economic advantage and agency for citizens.

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