Arts Education Fuels the Economy
Interesting Op-Ed piece in Chronicle of Higher Education this week. My perspective around Arts Education is steeped in the academic, aesthetic, and life-enriching aspects of high quality Arts experiences for students. This perspective by Sunil Iyengar and Ayanna Hudson reveal other material benefits of Arts Education. Notably:
- The total economic output (gross revenue and expenses) for arts education in 2011, the most recent year for which data are available, was $104-billion. Arts education thus claims the second largest share of output for all U.S. arts and cultural commodities, after the creative services within advertising.
- In 2011, arts education added $7.6-billion to the nation’s GDP.
- In that year alone, arts education as an industry employed 17,900 workers whose salaries and wages totaled $5.9-billion.
- For every dollar consumers spend on arts education, an additional 56 cents is generated elsewhere in the U.S. economy.