NC officials to announce arts-economy program

DURHAM, NC (AP) – The secretary of the state Department of Cultural Resources is making an announcement about a new arts-driven economic development program at the American Tobacco Campus in Durham.

Secretary Linda Carlisle will give details about the SmART Initiative, which will map out ways for communities to use the arts to increase the number of jobs, the quality of life and overall economic growth. Capitol Broadcasting CEO Jim Goodmon will be the chairman of the SmART Initiative Task Force and will also attend the announcement, which is scheduled for Tuesday.

Carlisle appointed the task force in fall 2010 to examine arts-driven economic development in North Carolina and around the country. The N.C. Arts Council will administer the initiative.

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