The Value of the Arts
Arts strengthen the economy.
The production of arts and cultural goods in the U.S. added $730 billion to the economy in 2014, with a $30B international trade surplus.
Attendees at nonprofit arts events spend $31.47 per person, per event, beyond the cost of admission. Arts travelers stay longer and spend more to seek out authenticity.
67 percent of Americans believe “the arts unify our communities regardless of age, race, and ethnicity” and 62 percent agree that the arts “helps me understand other cultures better.”
Arts spark creativity
Creativity is among the top 5 applied skills sought by business leaders. Nobel laureates in the sciences are 17 times more likely to be actively engaged in the arts.
Arts improve individual well-being.
63 percent of the population believe the arts “lift me up beyond everyday experiences,” 64 percent feel the arts give them “pure pleasure to experience and participate in.”
Arts are fundamental
to our humanity.
They ennoble and inspire us—fostering creativity, goodness, and beauty. The arts bring us joy, help us express our values, and build bridges between cultures.
From Americans for the Arts
Cultural Organizations Collaborate
ArtsNYS provides a support network and source of information for the field, fosters relationships between arts/cultural leaders and those in other sectors, promotes inclusiveness, diversity, and accessibility, and leads state-wide advocacy efforts.