New Arts Research: Serious Business for Kentucky Economy

Jan 28, 2014

Daniel Dimartile Louisville-based artist of innovative wood work, at the 2013 Paducah LowerTown Arts and Music Festival

A national measurement of arts and culture's impact on the economics of our country is welcome news for the Kentucky Arts Council whose grants impact so many of our communities and artists in western Kentucky. Kate Lochte speaks with KAC Communications Director Emily Moses about the new research and what it means for Kentucky. 

"One of the things that we always say is that the arts create jobs--and they do, not just for artists, but for other sectors, also. That's actually one of the things that we're going to be looking at, and we're commissioning a state-wide study of the arts and culture sector."

Today, on Arts Day in Kentucky, Emily Moses speaks to Kate about the arts' impact on our state's economy and festivities to celebrate Arts Day. The Kentucky Arts Council is commissioning a Creative Industry Study to look at just how much, and in what way, the arts in Kentucky actually impact aspects of the state's economy. Governor Steve Beshear has announced Jan. 28th as Arts Day in Kentucky, and there were a variety of shows and festivities in the capitol rotunda in Frankfort today.

Emily Moses is the Communications Director of the Kentucky Arts Council. Check out "Arts Mean Business" at the Kentucky Arts Council website for facts like "Kentucky's more than 8,228 arts businesses and entrepreneurs employ 27,648 people - nearly four times as many as Toyota and six times as many as Ford.