New Report Highlights Impact of Arts Community


Arts Matter to the Greater Boston region’s economy and quality of life

June 10, 2014—MASSCreative today praised a new report released by ArtBoston titled “The Arts Factor 2014 Report,” for quantifying the impact of arts, culture, and creativity on the Greater Boston region.

Using information from the Massachusetts Cultural Data Project, which collects longitudinal data about the arts and cultural sector, ArtsBoston found that arts and cultural organizations in the Greater Boston region support 26,000 jobs and account for $1 billion of economic activity. More than 18 million people attend arts events annually, which is more than four times the total combined attendance for the Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, Boston Bruins, and Boston Celtics.

“This report shows that arts matter in Massachusetts. The arts and cultural sector is an important driver of the local economy and it is the glue that knits communities together,” said Matt Wilson, Executive Director of MASSCreative. “Lawmakers in the House and Senate are currently finalizing next year’s budget. This report shows the vital role that public investment in the arts plays in the health of the Commonwealth. Twenty-five years ago, the state invested $27 million in the creative community; 10 years ago that investment was $19 million. Today, it stands at $11.1 million. We are urging lawmakers to allocate $12 million for the Massachusetts Cultural Council.”

The full report is available online here.


Founded in 2012, MASSCreative works with creative leaders and entrepreneurs, working artists, arts educators, and arts and cultural supporters to empower creative organizations and the public with a powerful voice to advocate for the resources and support necessary to build vibrant and connected communities.

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