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Nick Fish

Commissioner, City of Portland

phone: 503-823-3589

fax: 503-823-3596

1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

The arts and culture industry

The National Endowment for the Arts published several reports about the arts and culture industry – and, it’s flourishing!

One of the reports, The Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account, examines how the arts and culture industry has impacted the U.S. economy. 

In 2012, arts and culture brought in nearly $700 billion nationally! Across the U.S., 4.5 million people work in the production of arts and cultural goods, and receive over $330 billion in compensation.  

The arts and cultural industry isn’t just beneficial for the national economy - it’s also great for local economies.  For every 100 jobs created by demand for the Arts, 62 more jobs are also created. 

Other reports focus on what motivates people to attend arts events, and why. 

Exposure to arts during childhood is a strong predictor for attending arts and culture events as adults – more so than education, gender, age, or income.  Over half of all American adults attended at least one arts and culture performance or exhibit last year.  That’s 120 million people!

People typically go to socialize with friends and family, learn new things, and to support their community. 

In Portland, we are fortunate to have a thriving arts and culture scene. 

Nick is proud to be Council liaison to the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC).  RACC provides many arts and culture grants to local artists, arts organizations, and schools in the greater Portland area. They also offer a plethora of opportunities for the public to enjoy diverse arts and culture events, exhibits, and programs.  The City of Portland – through our taxpayers – is RACC’s largest source of funding.

Visit the National Endowment for the Arts website for more information about the reports.  Check out RACC’s calendar for local arts and culture events.


Photo courtesy of the National Endowment for the Arts.