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In its efforts to promote and advocate on behalf of the arts in Delaware, the Division of the Arts periodically commissions research studies and issues reports related to the arts and their impact on all Delawareans.
This 2017 Delaware study reveals the impact the arts have on the First State’s economy.
“Understanding and acknowledging the incredible economic impact of the nonprofit arts and culture, we must always remember their fundamental value. They foster beauty, creativity, originality, and vitality. The arts inspire us, sooth us, provoke us, involve us, and connect us. But they also create jobs and contribute to the economy.”
— Robert Lynch, President & CEO, Americans for the Arts
“A vibrant arts environment stimulates and sustains a richer quality of life and economic health. In Delaware, where the arts are among our top 10 employers, we see how the arts contribute to the renaissance of downtown areas, enhance our educational system, and attract new businesses and residents to the state.”
— Former Governor Jack A. Markell, Chair, National Governors Association
“Understanding and acknowledging the incredible economic impact of the nonprofit arts, we must always remember the fundamental value of the arts. They foster beauty, creativity, originality, and vitality. The arts inspire us, sooth us, provoke us, involve us, and connect us…but they also create jobs and contribute to the economy.”
— Robert L. Lynch, President and CEO, Americans for the Arts
Using concrete examples from many states, this report from the National Governors’ Association details benefits provided by the creative industries – including job creation, increased tourism, and ways the arts give businesses a creative edge.