Watchworthy Wednesday: Fighting for the Arts

With the arts potentially on the federal funding chopping block, Americans for the Arts Action Fund has mobilized to heighten awareness of the benefits provided by the arts. It has released the below infographic, spelling out the value of the arts to jobs and the economy, among other civic engagement actions. Among the infographic highlights:

The arts and culture sector is a $730 billion industry, representing 4.2 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product — a larger share of the economy than construction ($672 billion) or transportation and ($510 billion), according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Internationally, U.S. exports of arts goods (e.g. movies, paintings, jewelry) grew to $60 billion in 2014 — a $30 billion arts trade surplus, according to the BEA. Nationally, 702,711 businesses employ 2.9 million people who are involved in the creation or

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