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Culture as a factor of socio-economic innovation in rural areas: the case of the artistic craftwork cluster of La Città Europea dei Mestieri d’Arte (CITEMA)

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Culture as a factor of socio-economic innovation in rural areas: the case of the artistic craftwork cluster of La Città Europea dei Mestieri d’Arte (CITEMA)
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Publication: AGER: Journal of Depopulation and Rural Development Studies
Publisher: Centro de Estudios de Despoblación y Desarrollo de Areas Rurales
Issue: 20
First page: 1
Last page: 32
ISSN: 1578-7168
DOI: 10.4422/ager.2015.15
Keywords: Actividades culturales, desarrollo, competitividad, mundo rural, movilidad artística,

Abstract: Cultural and creative activities are a factor of growing relevance for the development of territories. Competitiveness in times of globalization requires public policies that promote social and economic innovation. This phenomenon places culture and creativity at the center of regional and local development strategies. Cultural organizations and agents thus emerge as major promoters of innovation. The rural world is no stranger to this dynamic, although it has its own specificities. Cultural entrepreneurship in relation to a cluster of artistic crafts in the Chiana Valley (Tuscany, Italy) serves to illustrate and analyze these and other issues. To do so, we turn to the main results generated by the project: the promotion of the handicraft sector and artistic mobility, the international projection of the territory, social awareness and dynamization, and the improvement of institutional coordination through the establishment of networking actions.

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