Design, Innovation, and Rural Creative Places: Are the Arts the Cherry on Top, or the Secret Sauce?

Timothy R. Wojan & Bonnie Nichols

October 9, 2020

There is a strong association between local arts and economic dynamism in rural areas. Research also links arts training of scientists & engineers to an increased capacity for finding non-obvious solutions provides. There is evidence of a functional role for the arts in an arts-innovation nexus.

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