I wasn’t able to attend last night’s Pecha Kucha. You can read more about the inaugural “show-and-tell” for “cultural creatives” here. Though I couldn’t make it, Dan Conover did. Conover is a careful reporter and thoughtful essayist. He used to be a staffer at The Post and Courier. He’s currently on his own, as the host of Xark, a blog that doesn’t believe in unrelated subjects. He wrapped up what happened last night and succinctly summarizes why Charleston needs to put to work its burgeoning “creative class”:
Why fund a show-and-tell happy hour for a bunch of artsy types? Because in the 21st century, in a city like ours, the people in that room represent an underutilized resource. We can’t get by on tourism alone, but we can’t add a bunch of smokestack industries, either. We need economic development that emphasizes the arts, communications, our creative culture, the sciences, technology, etc.
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