A press release by BGSU
Arts, culture industries play notable role in Ohio economy
BOWLING GREEN, O.-The arts are big business in Ohio, a comprehensive economic impact study of arts and culture industries in the state has found.
Those industries generate more than $25 billion in economic activity in Ohio per year, according to the study by Dr. Michael Carroll, an economist and director of Bowling Green State University's Center for Regional Development (CRD). They also help produce nearly $2.84 billion in federal, state and local tax revenue, and support more than 231,000 jobs.
The results of the study, titled "Ohio's Arts: A Foundation of Innovation, Creativity and Economic Strength," were announced April 1 by the nonprofit Ohio Citizens for the Arts.
The findings are relevant, Carroll said, "because there is a growing body of research that shows a thriving arts community is crucial for the health and vitality of regions. The quality of life within a region, of which the arts are an essential component, is inextricably linked to a firm's decision about location. If Ohio hopes to secure a vibrant economic future, a quantifiable measure of arts activities is needed to retain and recruit companies within the state."
Annually in Ohio, his report indicated, arts and creative industries:
- Generate $1.78 billion in federal tax revenue.
- Generate $1.06 billion in state and local tax revenues.
- Support 231,200 jobs.
Much has been written about which industries should be labeled "creative." To simplify the analysis and give the study a sense of continuity, the industries selected are those identified by Americans for the Arts, a national research and advocacy group for the arts.
The industries generally fall into six main categories
- Museums and Collections
- Performing Arts
- Visual Arts/Photography
- Film, Radio and Television
- Design and Publishing
- Schools and Services.