Invest in the Arts

Impact

The Texas Cultural Trust has undertaken a series of research and public policy initiatives to quantify the impact the cultural arts and creative sector have on the Texas economy.
Invest in the Arts.
The Arts Perform.
Arts Fuel the Texas Economy.

The Arts provide a vital economic engine for Texas, and help ensure a successful future for students.

The Arts generate $5.5 billion for our state’s economy now and prepare students to be key contributors to our economy in the future.

Students who complete more arts classes have up to 15% higher pass rates on standardized tests than students with fewer arts classes.

The Arts contributed nearly $343.7 million in state sales tax revenue annually.

At-risk high school students who complete more than one art class are half as likely to drop out.

80% of Texas voters support increased funding for The Arts in schools.

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he Texas Cultural Trust has undertaken a series of research and public policy initiatives to quantify the impact the cultural arts and creative sector have on the Texas economy. By building upon previous studies, we can highlight how the cultural arts positively impact the social and economic wellbeing of communities throughout the state. As part of an overall research program, the Texas Cultural Trust collects and updates datasets that illustrate the long-term growth and importance of Texas’ cultural arts sector. These economic briefs focus on three aspects of the creative economy: tax impact and revenue; tourism spending; and employment and wages related to non-profit arts and culture.

The Art of Fueling Our State Economy

Texas’ Arts and Culture Industry plays a major role in the state’s overall economy. The 42 industry sectors that comprise the Arts and Culture Industry create, distribute, and sell products and services to national and international markets. The 10,000 Arts and Culture Industry businesses located throughout Texas employ nearly 120,000 workers.

The Arts and Culture Industry generates $5.5 billion of our state’s economy and contributes nearly $343.7 million in state sales tax revenue annually.

The Art of Creating Jobs

Texas’ creative sector (defined by occupations) currently employs nearly 800,000 innovation workers in good, high paying jobs.. Almost 1 in 15 Texas workers are employed in creative occupation jobs. According to occupation employment forecasts produced by the Texas Workforce Commission, Texas’ creative sector employment is projected to increase by 20% or 160,000 net new jobs by 2024.

The Art of Attracting Tourists

Total travel and tourism spending in Texas surpassed $67.5 billion in 2013. Last year, travel-generated employment was 601,300 jobs with earnings in excess of $20.4 billion. Out-of-state visitors travel to Texas for a variety of reasons, but Arts and Culture are a major reason tourists come to Texas.

  • Museums, Art Exhibits, etc (13%)
  • Concerts/Theatre/Dance, etc (8.1%)
  • Festivals/Fairs (State, Craft, etc) (7.9%)

Roughly one in 7 Texas visitors enjoys cultural activities while on vacation.

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