The Arts Play an Important Role in Economic Prosperity

July 28, 2017


I recently attended an informative event  about the Americans for the Arts fifth study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry’s impact on the economy. The study documents the economic contributions of the arts in 341 diverse communities and regions across the country, representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

I believe the arts are not only the universal language of humanity that crosses all boundaries, but also are important to business, jobs and the economy. There is no endeavor that does not increasingly use art in some way. Color, performance, design, and sound have all become vital components in in medicine, engineering, mechanics, building, finance, science, retail, education, film, media, web…the list is endless. I discussed how arts education can increase creative and flexible thinking in our future workforce and should be a part of the curriculum in all our K-12 schools.

This event was recorded by the Connecticut Network and can be viewed here:

If you would like to review specific materials on the Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 Study, it can be found at: