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Creative Montco: Montgomery County's New Cultural Initiative

In the midst of a still rocky financial landscape, one suburban Philadelphia county is investing in the arts as a path to a more vibrant local economy. This fall, Montgomery County unveiled “Creative Montco” – an initiative created by a collaboration of  cultural groups, county government, community planners, and business, education, and foundation leaders. The 10-year master plan for cultural and economic development is based on findings from a year of community research, including interviews, surveys, town hall meetings, and other feedback about the role that arts and culture play in people’s lives.

WRTI’s Susan Lewis talks with Pa. Council on the Arts Executive Director Phillip Horn, and Creative Montco Steering Committee Chair Karen Stout, about the benefits of a new county agency for the arts, which, for its first three years, will occupy office space at Montgomery County Community College's Center for Entrepreneurial Studies in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania.  

What do you think about this new venture? Please share your thoughts below...

Susan writes and produces stories about music and the arts. She’s host and producer of WRTI’s TIME IN online interview series, and contributes weekly intermission interviews for The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert series. She’s also been a regular host of WRTI’s Live from the Performance Studio sessions.