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Arts Commission announces research study on creative economic and employment impact
Start Date: 2/2/2017 All Day
End Date: 2/2/2017
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Arts Commission releases details from statewide arts economic and employment impact study     


(Indianapolis, Indiana)The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) announced today the results of the first statewide research study into the economic and employment impact of the arts in Indiana.


Some key employment findings of the research revealed:


  • More than 160,000 Hoosiers are employed in the Creative Economy of Indiana


  • Creative Economy jobs exist in both traditional creative sectors like arts organizations, galleries, design firms, and photography studios, as well as non-creative sectors of Indiana’s workforce


  • Indiana has a much larger population of self-employed creative workers than the national average with 57-percent of its creative workforce self-employed. Nationally, 20-percent of the creative economy workforce is identified as self-employed. In fact, since the economic recovery of 2010, self-employed creatives have largely outpaced payroll creatives in the Hoosier workforce


  • Creative economy employment tends to be concentrated in more urban areas of Indiana (e.g. Indianapolis, Fort Wayne), and to somewhat smaller populated areas like Bloomington and Nashville.


“Whether working for a traditional or non-traditional creative employer, or self-employed, Indiana’s creative workforce represents a significant contribution to the economic vitality of our state,” said Lewis C. Ricci, Executive Director of the IAC. “Among the opportunities we intend to address with our new strategic plan are helping the creative economy worker thrive in their chosen field, and assist in finding ways to bring creative economy employment to more rural areas of Indiana.”


The study findings were revealed during a grant awards program today at the Indiana Statehouse rotunda.


“The artists, many of them self-employed, and the nonprofit organizations highlighted in today’s program are but a small sample of the creative economy of our state,” Ricci said. “The research included these, as well as private sector employers.”


The economic and employment impact study was conducted by researchers from Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne, and evolved from a regional study commissioned by Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne. Arts United is the IAC’s Regional Arts Partner in northeast Indiana. Additional collaboration on the project was provided by the Indiana University Public Policy Institute.


To learn more about the report, visit


The Indiana Arts Commission is dedicated to the vision of the arts everywhere, every day, for everyone in Indiana.





Contact Information:
Name: Rex A. Van Zant
Phone: 317-232-1273
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    Arts Commission, Indiana

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