At the Arvada Center, we believe that the arts are a vital part of Colorado’s economy. Our industry creates jobs, employs artists, strengthens our communities, and inspires creativity.
In Colorado, the arts contribute over $15 billion to the state with over 103,000 jobs. Nationally, 5.1 million people work in the arts, and the industry provides $877 billion value added to the economy. Our sector is a cornerstone of the larger U.S. economy, making up 4.5% of GDP.
Because of COVID-19's impacts on live events, 94% of arts workers are experiencing income loss of some kind.
According to the Brookings Institute economic report: "Lost art: Measuring COVID-19’s devastating impact on America’s creative economy," they estimate a loss of 2.7 million jobs and more than $150 billion in sales of goods and services for creative industries nationwide, representing nearly a third of all jobs in those industries. These estimated losses represent 50% of all jobs in those industries and more than a quarter of all lost sales nationwide.