IN THE BEGINNING
The Upstate Alliance for the Creative Economy (ACE!) originated from long-term discussions with a broad spectrum of stakeholders representing Capital Region arts organizations, private corporations, philanthropists, economic development, chambers of commerce, non-profit organizations, financial organizations, media, and educational institutions. The stakeholders recognize creative enterprises are of vital economic importance in terms of employment, community empowerment, economic competitiveness, enhanced quality of life, and skill building – all leading to the community’s increased well-being.
ACE! Is an advocate and storyteller for the outsized leveraging power of the Creative Economy. It accomplishes this mission through 3 core approaches
Tell the Stories of the Creative Economy = Raise Awareness of Real Impacts to a Larger Audience
Make Connections Across Institutions = Create Inter-organizational Community / Resilience
Work on connecting academic institutional resources with arts and cultural ones
Our 2024 Mission Focus is focused on the following key areas: Building Strength and Resiliency in Our Regional Arts and Cultural Asset Leadership, STEAM Advocation and Institutional Best Practice Sharing.