The Case for Funding the Arts and Resetting the Creative Economy
Bigger than transportation, agriculture, and tourism, the arts and culture industry contributes $878 billion to our national economy, represents 4.5% of our GDP, and employs over 5 million people. Yet its economic impact, jobs creation potential, and essential role in American society are often overlooked. One of the first to shut down and possibly the last to fully reopen, the creative industry has been imperiled by COVID-19. How can we ensure its economic stability going forward? Featuring New York Times Art Critic Jason Farago, Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Artistic Director Nataki Garrett, playwright Jeremy O. Harris, and Principal of Cultural Assets Management at Bloomberg Associates Kate Levin in conversation with Anna Deavere Smith.