The Arts Matter in Our Daily Lives

According to new data, the arts and cultural sector contributed more than the agriculture, transportation, or warehousing sectors to the American economy in 2015 (the latest year for which data is available), reports Isaac Kaplan for Artsy.

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NEA chairman Jane Chu said in a statement: “The data confirm that the arts play a meaningful role in our daily lives, including through the jobs we have, the products we purchase, and the experiences we share.”

These findings are important because as Kaplan writes, “The economic impact analysis comes as the NEA is facing severe cuts under U.S. President Donald Trump’s proposed budget, and one year after the agency staved off the threat of total elimination by his administration. For industry advocates, the findings underscore the key role of the arts in the American economy.”

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