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The Impact for the Arts + Creative Industries

The Facts Make the Case

Recommended Reading and Resources

The following reports and resources offer information and data on the Arts + Creative Industries in Washtenaw County, the State of Michigan and the U.S.A.

Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) Comparisons in Arts & Cultural Production from 2019, 2020 and 2021

2021 State of Michigan BEA Report - Arts & Cultural Production

2021 USA - 4.4% Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and $1.2 Trillion Industry- According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis 3.15.23 release, the US Arts + Creative Industries output is higher than tourism, transportation and construction. Released March 15, 2023.

    • $1.2 trillion industry
    • 4.59 million wage‐and‐salary workers (not including gig workers)
    • $5.04 billion in wages not including gig workers.

2021 Michigan - 2.7% of Output and $15.5 Billion Economic Value Added - According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis 3.15.23 release, Michigan's arts + creative industries output is higher than its transportation, utilities, agriculture, educational services and mining.

    • $15.5 billion industry
    • 2.7% "GDP"
    • 109,943 jobs.
    • $8.14 billion in compensation, not including creative gig workers - (2.7% of total state compensation)

Recovering from COVID-19 - Points to Ponder

    • Audience Outlook Monitor - When will Audiences feel Safe and Return?
      For top researchers, funders, service organizations, and hundreds of cultural organizations who want to make informed decisions about how and when to re-start programming based on rigorous research data. Bookmark this website as the go-to source of information on research findings, scenario planning, and critical thinking about audiences and programming

Produced or recommended by Creative Washtenaw

Includes statistics about the companies, jobs, wages and economic impact in Washtenaw, Michigan and the U.S.

The Arts + Creative Industries defined

2023 Cultural Advocacy Network (CAN) Advocacy Day Issue Areas

2023 Michigan Arts + Creative Industries Advocacy Day - March 17, 2023 with Washtenaw County Elected Officials

State-Level Estimates of the Arts' Economic Value and Employment (2001-2021)

Arts + Creative Education Integration for Student Excellence - (ACEISE) Washtenaw Intermediate School District Report on Inequity and Access to arts + creative education.

The Creative Industries in Washtenaw County, Creative Many Michigan

The Impact of Federal Funds on Music & Arts Education: Results from 2022 Survey

2017-2018 Creative Washtenaw Counts - Nonprofits

The Arts + Creative Industries Guide (Washtenaw County)

$100 Million Economic Impact Nonprofit Arts Report. Washtenaw County

Jonathan Spector, CEO of the Conference Board, Congressional Testimony on the Economy, Jobs and the Arts

Americans for the Arts (AFTA) Creative Industry Reports & Tools

2022 Congressional Arts Handbook
Facts, figures, related legislation, research, talking points, and more to help inform you on the major policy issues we are working to positively impact.

National Arts & Economic Prosperity V Report

Arts + Social Impact Explorer
Explore the intersection of the arts + creative industries with 30 sectors to gather resource to educate decision makers about the social impact of the arts + creative industries and encourage more supportive policy action at the local level. 

  • Spin the Explorer wheel and review a snapshot of arts + creative industries social impact through sample projects, impact points and selected publications.
  • Search for projects that are having significant social impact at the local level and add your own projects and stories to the Local Project database.
  • Make your case and Build a Fact Sheet to present to decision makers that includes your own organization’s projects and pulls from resources in the Explorer.
  • Find publications and studies in the National Arts Publication Database, your one stop publications bibliography of arts administration, policy, and practice for Arts Administrators.

Spin the interactive wheel!

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