ASSESSING STUDENT SUCCESS IN THE CREATIVE ECONOMY
The Arts Area sponsored the survey research project "Assessing Student Success in the Creative Economy." The survey study explored the experiences and perceived level of success and satisfaction attained in the academic and professional careers of over 5,000 current and former local college students from creative industry programs. The study indicated that local artists are most in need of access to professional networks, workspace, and equipment, while the largest deterrent to their careers has been the lack of adequate sustainable income opportunities in the creative industries. The results of the study provide data to assist in aligning programs and services with the needs and aspirations of local artists, arts and cultural institutions, and creative industry businesses. The survey was conducted in November and December of 2016.