From Another Angle
American Census data informed a study published in February titled "The Origins of Creativity: The Case for the Arts in the United States since 1850." Karol Jan Borowiecki, a professor of economics at the University of Southern Denmark, explored trends in social mobility and racial and gender inequality of those who are employed as creatives vs. those employed as noncreatives.
In examining "clustering" of artists, the professor found that "The proximity to other fellow artists or musicians is very important, and so is interacting with other creatives. It doesn't have to be a big city, but it has to be a place with a 'scene'."
His research also revealed that
- American women's share in creative occupations--relative to men--has typically been higher than in noncreative fields
- Musicians are found to be the most racially mixed group of creatives
- For every $10,000 in total family income, a person is about 2% more likely to go into a creative occupation