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The Miami Observatory on Communication and Creative Industries

Miami Observatory

The Miami Observatory on Communication and Creative Industries (CCI) conducts research on the social and economic contributions of the arts, film, music, publishing, TV; architecture, design, new media, Internet, advertising, software, videogames, etc.

The goal is to gather as well as generate data and analysis on CCI contributions to local, national and transnational economies, employment, monitoring of democratic processes, quality of public access to the diversity of cultural expressions, institution-building (particularly micro, small and medium enterprises – MSMEs), artistic development, citizen participation and social cohesion, audience appeal, socioeconomic and political (in)equality, education, skilling, urban development, crime reduction and rehabilitation of delinquent youth.

Additionally, CCI researchers track the funding sources, business arrangements, legislation and public policies that sustain and regulate CCI and make them more responsive and responsible to democratic culture.

The Observatory also focuses on culture and development projects in conjunction with community actors, whether in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) or the US (and in particular South Florida). Among the Observatory’s projects are:

  • The US-Latin American cultural development network with a focus on corporate social responsibility  aimed at Central American culture industries.
  • Mapping Culture & Creative Industries (in South Florida, Central America, and Latino US).
  • The State of Latino Media and Music in the US.
  • New Media and Technology: Focuses on the use of the Internet and New Media for the development of cultural and social initiatives as well as e-publications.
  • Mapping culture-based urban development in small and medium-size cities in LAC.
  • The Kozeayiti Community Media Initiative is a grass roots coalition that uses media and communication to help unite the Haitian-American community in Miami-Dade County in the aftermath of the January 12th earthquake.
  • Spanish in Miami tracks the use of Spanish among various generations of Latin American and Caribbean migrants and their children and grandchildren, as well as the use of Spanish among non native South Floridians.
  • Entertainment law, legal services for cultural workers.
  • Independent and Indigenous Media in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Miami Observatory Working Paper Series; CCI working paper series
  • Miami Journal of Communication and Creative Industries.
  • The Cuban Theater Digital Archive (for this item, Carlos, you will simply provide a link to the site: