Arts Advocacy Day 2011
NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS (NEA)
PROMOTING CREATIVITY AND PUBLIC ACCESS TO THE ARTS
We urge Congress:
To support a budget of $167.5 million for the NEA in the FY 2012 Interior Appropriations bill to
widen citizen access to the cultural, educational, and economic benefits of the arts, and to advancecreativity and innovation in communities across the United States.
NEA Annual Appropriations, FY 1992 to present (in millions of dollars)
‘92 ‘93 ‘94 ‘95‘96/’97‘98/‘99‘00 ‘01 ‘02 ‘03 ‘04 ‘05‘06/‘07‘08 ‘09 ‘10 ‘11
176.0 174.5 170.2 162.3 99.5 98.0 97.6 104.8115.2115.7121.0121.3 124.4 144.7155 167.5TBD
Note: Figures above are not adjusted for inflation. Source: NEA
The NEA contributes to the economic growth and development of communities nationwide
The arts help communities prosper.
The arts are part of a diversified 21st-century economy. Along withnonprofit arts organizations, creative enterprises make significant contributions to state and local economies,generating employment and tax revenues and providing goods and services in high demand by the public.
The arts are a business magnet.
A strong arts sector is an economic asset that stimulates business activity,attracting companies that want to offer their employees and clients a creative climate and an attractivecommunity with high amenity value. The arts have been shown to be a successful and sustainable strategy forrevitalizing rural areas, inner cities, and populations struggling with poverty. Arts organizations purchase goodsand services that help local merchants thrive. Arts audiences also spend money—more than $100 billion—onadmissions, transportation, food, lodging, and souvenirs that boost local economies. (Source: Americans for theArts,
Arts & Economic Prosperity III
The arts put people to work.
Nationally, there are 668,267 businesses in the United States involved in thecreation or distribution of the arts. These businesses employ 2.9 million people, including visual artists,performing artists, managers, marketers, technicians, teachers, designers, carpenters, and workers in a widevariety of other trades and professions. Artists represent a larger group in the workforce than the legalprofession, medical doctors, or agricultural workers. Like other jobs, arts jobs help to pay mortgages and sendchildren to college. (Sources: Americans for the Arts,
2010; National Endowment for theArts,
Artists in the Workforce
The arts create jobs and produce tax revenue.
The nonprofit arts industry generates $166.2 billion annuallyin economic activity, supports 5.7 million full-time equivalent jobs in the arts and related industries, and returns$12.6 billion in federal income taxes. Measured against direct federal cultural spending of about $1.4 billion,that's a return of nearly nine to one. (Source: Americans for the Arts,
Arts & Economic Prosperity III
The arts attract tourism revenue.
Cultural tourism is a huge market, comprised of some 118 million culturaltravelers—78 percent of U.S. travelers—who include arts and heritage in their trips each year. Cultural touristsstay longer and spend 36 percent more money at their destinations than other kinds of travelers, contributingmore than $192 billion annually to the U.S. economy. (Source: U.S. Cultural & Heritage Tourism MarketingCouncil, U.S. Department of Commerce,
Cultural and Heritage Traveler Research
America’s arts are leading exports.
Estimated overseas sales of America’s cultural products total more than$30 billion annually. Public spending on the arts helps position the United States to compete globally.
U.S. Department of Commerce
, Cultural and Heritage Traveler Research,
NEA grants help foster our country’s creative advantage.
Support from the NEA helps maximize theeconomic and social contributions made by arts organizations, state and local arts agencies, and institutions of higher education to their communities.