The nation’s art agencies, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), have joined together to celebrate the 35th anniversary of National Arts and Humanities Month. Throughout October, the agencies will highlight how the arts and culture help to rebuild the economy, promote health and well-being of individuals and communities, and unite our nation.
Throughout our nation’s history, the arts and humanities have showcased the creativity of our communities, made significant contributions to the wellness of young and old alike, and helped bring people together. In addition, a thriving creative economy is essential to America’s economy. Before the pandemic, the arts and culture sector was approaching a $1 trillion industry that directly employed 5.2 million people and indirectly supported millions more.
Utah’s arts and humanities industries employ 155,500 workers, earning wages and benefits of $4.5 billion, with $16.1 billion in aggregate sales, which, in turn, translates to $337 million in state sales tax. Utah is number one in the nation for art creation and number three in live event attendance.
Now more than ever, our state and nation need the arts and humanities to rebuild, heal, and unite.