By the Numbers: CT Arts and Culture

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Pre-COVID Numbers

3.5% of the state’s economy
58,932 nonprofit arts and culture jobs
$9 billion in revenue
Returns $7 for every state dollar invested

Read the reports:
Arts – Connecticut.pdf (
Arts & Economic Prosperity 5

COVID-19 Impact Data

The key statistics:
$2.4 billion in lost sales in the creative economy
33,258 lost creative economy jobs
$400 million in lost revenue for arts & cultural nonprofits

Read the reports:
Lost art: Measuring COVID-19’s devastating impact on America’s creative economy (
COVID-19’s Impact on The Arts Research | Americans for the Arts

CAA’s 2021 Legislative Agenda

The highlights:
CT can’t recover without the arts. Legislative action is required to prevent further economic injury and job losses, address the impact of shutdown and accumulated losses, and help accelerate recovery, not only for the sector but for all of Connecticut.

According to the Office of Policy Management in November “the Tourism Fund will end FY 2021 with a $13.8 million negative fund balance.”

Read more about the Talking Points for the 2021 legislative session.

How Funding in CT Stacks Up

The interactive chart below shows where CT ranks in comparison to all other states.

You can choose your own numbers to see how an adjusted total appropriations affects state rankings.

To learn more about line items, see our CT State Funding resources.