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.
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.