It may not sound like much, but more than one percent of the American workforce is supported by nonprofit arts groups. That means more people make their living from the arts than from accountancy and law. The field of arts employs more people than the nation’s police forces, farms, and fisheries. Arts workers outnumber computer programmers, postal workers, and firefighters. When viewed in the proper context, the number of arts workers is staggering….
In 2002, the city’s [Boston’s] so-called creative industry — its seventh largest industry– added $10.7 billion to Boston’s total economic output, and $12.7 billion to the greater metro area.
Shame on the governor and legislature. This is penny-wise and pound-foolish.