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New York is the beating heart of a breadth of creative industries. From film to fashion, community theaters to Broadway, painters in loft spaces to advertising agencies on Madison Avenue, New York’s “creative core” can be found in every borough and neighborhood and in the efforts of community-based organizations and Fortune 500 multinational businesses. What are the issues that draw these disparate entities together? What are the common opportunities they can forge and what are the challenges they face to keep themselves vibrant for years to come? These are the questions to be raised at a major conference for 200 invited guests representing a cross section of these industries to be held at the Museum of Modern Art on Tuesday April 4th. The Center for an Urban Future, sister organization to City Limits, is co-hosting the conference with the Rockefeller Foundation, the Partnership for New York City and the City of New York. It follows on “Creative New York,” a study produced by the Center in partnership with Mt. Auburn Associates last December. Panelists will include IAC Chairman and CEO Barry Diller, Time Inc. Chairman and CEO Ann Moore, choreographer Bill T. Jones and producer of Brokeback Mountain and president of Focus Features, James Schamus. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Department of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate Levin and Deputy Mayor Dan Doctoroff will also be participating. (A. Breslau)

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