The arts play a huge role in supporting our economy and diversifying the communities we live in. In light of current challenges, we need to remember how vital the arts are in reigniting economic growth.
We are excited to announce new Arts and Economic Recovery research, conducted in collaboration with the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) and Douglas Noonan of Indiana University, demonstrating how the arts strengthen the economy following periods of acute economic distress. In addition to utilizing Creative Vitality Suite™ data and in-depth qualitative research, WESTAF’s report, Creative Economies and Economic Recovery: Case Studies of Arts-Led Recovery and Resilience, features a collection of stories that show how communities small and large are harnessing their creative assets to grow economic opportunities and rebound from hard times.
Profiles of diverse communities in Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington, and West Virginia showcase the creative economy in action. The report provides timely tools for cultural leaders looking to participate in recovery initiatives and advocate for federal, state, and local investment in the arts. At this time of economic uncertainty, the findings of this report offer the field evidence that the arts are an agile and resilient sector with the capacity to ignite job growth, reduce economic risk through diversification, stimulate commerce, and attract tourism.