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Welcome to Creative Economy Week in Eau Claire!

During Creative Economy Week we’ll shine a spotlight on the strong and growing arts and culture economy in Eau Claire and the Chippewa Valley. We want to recognize the efforts and importance of the creative class workers that add to the quality of life we enjoy in Eau Claire.

The creative economy is a powerful engine of growth and community vitality. Together, artists, cultural nonprofits, and creative businesses produce and distribute cultural goods and services that generate jobs, revenue, and quality of life. A thriving cultural sector leads to thriving communities. The arts and culture sector in the U.S. is a $699 billion industry, providing 4.3 percent of the nation’s GDP. This impact drives economic development on the national, state, regional, and local level.

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Karen Drydyk

Chippewa Falls Senior High School
English & Communications Teacher
Chippewa Falls, WI
Karen Drydyk is a high school English teacher in Chippewa Falls. She has taught junior and senior level writing, literature, and communications courses since 2011. She recently collaborated with her coworkers to develop a creative writing course, and it will debut next fall. Recently, she's been brushing up on her poetry chops and was published in a local poetry zine, twig.