Over the last decade, cities and countries worldwide have studied how creative industries like design, media, film, theater, architecture and more influence technology, workforce and economies.
In Arlington, VA the creative economy has a significant impact – Americans for the Arts calculates the direct economic impact of our nonprofit arts industry at more than $97 million.
Arlington Economic Development’s Return on Creativity series features professionals and educators who are spearheading business and workforce growth through the application of creativity. Driving this program is the belief that art is good for business — encouraging creativity leads to a more productive and engaged workforce.
Return on Creativity programs offer networking opportunities, first-hand insights and compelling evidence that Arlington is an accelerator to personal and organizational growth and prosperity. Watch the events calendar or subscribe to our newsletter to find out about up-coming events.
Made in Arlington pop-up markets are a signature program of Arlington Economic Development’s Creative Economy program. These pop-up retail markets showcase the beautiful, wearable and edible items created by innovators and artisans right here in Arlington, VA.
In partnership with Arlington Public Library, locally made Arlington items are frequently sold at the Plaza Library location in the Courthouse neighborhood. You can find Made in Arlington vendors in the Small Business Directory and view many of their products on the Made in Arlington Instagram page.
Support Arlington's most creative small businesses, our Made in Arlington artisans, makers and crafts vendors. Locally crafted products are available directly from the artisans, many of whom offer shipping and special delivery options. Contact information for each Made in Arlington vendor is provided in the Small Business Directory.
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In partnership with the Agile World, Arlington Economic Development’s Return on Creativity taps speakers, leaders in government and technology, creatives and educators in lively conversation.
April 18, 2022
Area 2 Farms uses proprietary indoor growing technology that incorporates micro-robotics, and more efficiently manages heat and humidity, allowing the facility to produce hundreds of different crops — while using 25% fewer LED lights than typical indoor farms.
January 20, 2022
Fresh Impact Farms, Arlington's only commercial farm, is calling its rapidly-growing enterprise of urban hydroponic growing "the future of farming."
June 30, 2021
The July 13 Return on Creativity event will host industry leaders and officials facing changes to what returning to work might look like. Expect the unexpected.
Director, Creative Economy
Susan oversees Arlington’s creative economy program, facilitating collaborations between creative industries and the local community. Reach out for more information on Arlington’s resources for the creative economy.
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