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Fact Sheet - Arts, Culture, & the Massachusetts Creative Economy

Nonprofit arts, humanities, and science organizations in Massachusetts generate more than 45,000 jobs, spend $2.1 billion annually, and generate another $2.5 billion of economic activity.1

A five-year, $50 million state investment in the Mass. Cultural Facilities Fund (CFF) leveraged more than $800 million in construction spending, provided more than 11,000 building jobs, and helped cultural organizations attract an estimated 14 million annual visitors – many from out of state.2

Nonprofit arts, science, and history organizations in Massachusetts provided more than 18 million free admissions, and served 3.6 million children through education programs, in one recent year.3

Seven in ten voters in a recent MassINC poll consider community arts and culture very important, eighty percent support government funding for such events, and nearly eighty percent support public funding to renovate arts and cultural buildings.4

Arts education has proven to be “an effective tool for school-wide reform and fixing some of our biggest educational challenges” in schools across America.5

At-risk students who have access to the arts in or out of school also have better academic results, better workforce opportunities, and are more engaged in their community.6

1Report commissioned by Boston-based New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA). 2011

2Surveys of nonprofits by Mass. Cultural Facilities Fund, 2011

3Massachusetts Cultural Data Project, 2009

4“Creative Places: Public Perceptions of Arts, Culture and Economic Development in the Gateway Cities.” MassINC Polling Group, 2012

5"Reinvesting in Arts Education: Winning America’s Future through Creative Schools,” U.S. President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, 2011

6The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth: Findings from Four Longitudinal Studies, National Endowment for the Arts, 2012

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