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How artists build careers in arts-rich rural Minnesota

Last week, I spent a day at University of Colorado’s College of Arts and Media. I’d been invited by their dean, Larry Kaptain, to present my work on artists’ careers. Since 2002, I’ve been studying artists’ careers and contributions to community, using Minnesota as my laboratory.

We met informally with the college’s provost, who posed lots of intriguing questions about how an arts and media school can serve its larger community. How can they position their students for careers in a rapidly changing visual and electronic world? How to prepare them for nontraditional work settings — as entrepren...