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Greg Baeker

Greg Baeker

Dr. Greg Baeker is one of Canada’s leading thinkers and practitioners in cultural development, with over 35 years working in senior leadership positions in the cultural sector in Canada. Greg is the founder of AuthentiCity, a nationally recognized leader in cultural planning and development which in 2010 merged with Millier Dickinson Blais to form the Cultural Development Division. Greg believes passionately in the central role of culture in city-building and economic development. He has developed cultural plans for communities of all sizes and circumstances. He completed the first PhD in Canada focused on cultural planning and the integration of culture in local and regional planning systems. Greg lives in Toronto and is a self-professed tennis fanatic!

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Articles Posted by Greg Baeker

The arts and culture as economic drivers: Ideas and US best practices

A series of reports have focused on the role of cultural resources in advancing economic and broader community development agendas. Rust Belt to Artists Belt: Challenges More...

A Toronto-Edinburgh exchange on culture and economic development

In February 2013, Millier Dickinson Blais collaborated with InclusionUS to organize a study visit from the City of Edinburgh to learn about Toronto’s approach to culture-led economic More...

Arts organizations attract many diverse Canadians

Recent research conducted by Hill Strategies Research offers interesting insights into participation by a range of different categories of arts participants in specific arts activities. There is More...

Fourth Pillar of Sustainability

Culture and Sustainability The notion of culture as the ‘fourth pillar’ of sustainability has been part of the cultural planning and policy landscape for many More...

Creative Vitality in Detroit: The Detroit Cultural Asset Mapping Project

Few cities in the world symbolize the challenges confronting cities due to economic restructuring and associated issues of social and economic stratification and urban decline More...

Creative Economy Report 2013: Widening Local Development Pathways

In a previous blog I reported on findings from the 2010 the United Nations report The Creative Economy Report built on a 3-year international study More...

Colin Mercer (1952-2013): In Memoriam

As 2013 draws to a close, it seems appropriate to reflect on the highs and lows of the past year. In July, the world lost More...

Review: Place, Community and Continuity

Canadian municipalities are increasingly embracing cultural mapping, a systematic approach to building information on a community’s cultural resources, as an essential planning and economic development tool. More...

Art is to culture as baseball is to sport: the ‘Arts Plus Swindle’

Deborah Mills, a leading researcher and analyst of cultural planning in Australia, wrote a wonderfully rich and revealing article in 2002 entitled Cultural Planning – More...

The cultural economy and its global reach

There’s been no shortage of attention in Canada and the United States about the growing importance of creative cultural industries in economic development at a More...

Assessing Impacts in Creative Placemaking

My last blog dealt with ‘creative placemaking’, which is receiving increased attention in both Canada and the United. The belief is that creative placemaking can More...

Creative Placemaking

Most of my work in cultural planning has operated at a ‘macro level’ of community or city-wide plans. While this will continue to be a More...