The purpose of Creative Houston is to share information about Houston for creative professionals, especially those who have never experienced Houston.
By creative professionals, we mean individuals and enterprises who create art, products or technology, as well as those who innovate new solutions to problems. Our goal is to provide insight into the creativity support available in Houston, and help them see value in visiting and living in Houston.
Secondary audiences include people and enterprises who recruit talent to Houston or encourage creative professionals to visit Houston.
Our success is defined by the ability of our audience to find the resources they need to support their creative activities while visiting or living in Houston. We do not plan to offer a comprehensive view of all creativity in Houston but rather to provide guidance for members of our audience who want to go deeper or broader.
This is how the U.S. Dept. of Labor defines a creative professional:
The employee’s primary duty must be the performance of work requiring invention, imagination, originality or talent in a recognized field of artistic or creative endeavor.
Florida says that the creative class is a class of workers whose job is to create meaningful new forms (2002). It is composed of scientists and engineers, university professors, poets and architects, and also includes "people in design, education, arts, music and entertainment, whose economic function is to create new ideas, new technology and/or creative content" (Florida, 2002, p. 8).
The designs of this group are seen as broadly transferable and useful. Another sector of the Creative Class includes positions that are knowledge intensive; these usually require a high degree of formal education (Florida, 2002). Examples of workers in this sector are health professionals and business managers, who are considered part of the sub-group called Creative Professionals. Their primary job is to think and create new approaches to problems.
Atropos Key by Hannah Stewart, 1972 stands in Miller Outdoor Theater in Hermann Park in Houston
Photo credit: "Atropos Key" © Brandon Price, 2015, CC BY 2.0