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A separate report ranked the State of Arizona 42nd for per capita spending on the arts A separate report ranked the State of Arizona 42nd for per capita spending on the arts

Arts and Culture Tourism Contributing to Arizona’s Economy

According to new data released on March 06 by US Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Arizona’s arts and culture industries are contributing to the state’s economy.

The data showed that Arizona receives USD9 billion from arts and culture, employing 90,000 Arizonans who earned a combined USD4.9 billion during 2015.

Nationally, arts contributed USD763.6 billion to the US economy, more than agriculture, transportation, or warehousing, and employ 4.9 million workers across the country.

“Newly-released data show what those of us who work in Arizona’s arts sector already know; our sector’s potential to positively contribute to the health and vibrancy of local and state economies is tremendous, and that our capacity to contribute can be strengthened with focussed investment,” said Jaime Dempsey, executive director, Arizona Commission on the Arts.