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Arts & the economy

Key Findings in Connecticut

Creative professions accounted for 58,000 jobs in our state in 2019
Creative professions account for 49,000 jobs in our state in 2020
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Arts and culture added $9.3 billion to the state's economy in 2019
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Arts and culture represents adds $8.9 billion to the state's economy in 2020
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Arts and culture represented 3.5% of the state's GDP in 2019
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Arts and culture represents 3.4% of the state's GDP in 2020

Above statistics drawn from: Bureau of Economic Analysis: Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account, 2022
Americans for the Arts Action Fund: Why the Arts Matter in Connecticut

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(2022) Bureau of Economic Analysis: Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account | Connecticut

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(2021) Americans for the Arts Action Fund: Why the Arts Matter in Connecticut

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(2015) The Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts and Cultural Organizations in CT

How CT Funding Compares

The interactive chart below shows where CT ranks in comparison to all states with and without line items. Tap on a state to see more details on its appropriations.

Federal Arts Landscape

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4.6 million arts and cultural jobs in the nation
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Arts and culture represents 4.2% of the nation's GDP
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Arts and culture contributes 876.7 billion to the nation's economy

Above statistics drawn from: Bureau of Economic Analysis: Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account, 2020 | National Data

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(2022) Bureau of Economic Analysis: Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account | National Data

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(2021) National Assembly of State Arts Agencies: State Arts Agency Revenues

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Americans for the Arts: Arts + Social Impact Explorer Fact Sheet