The Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account (ACPSA) is a two-year project conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and the National Endowment for the Arts. It is the first comprehensive and detailed measure of the arts and culture’s contribution to the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP). Results from the first wave of the study were achieved in 2013. The second wave is planned for 2014.
The Guide to the U.S. Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account accompanies the release of the ACPSA preliminary estimates for 1998-2011 and consists of two parts: one explains the background and inner working of the account — including an explanation of methods used and international sources consulted — and the other advances a new framework for understanding the arts/cultural labor force with comparable rigor, as well as how to estimate arts volunteers’ contributions to the U.S. economy.
The report was cited in an article in the March 10, 2014 online edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education. The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) was mentioned in the article which was titled “Who Knew? Arts Education Fuels the Economy.”
Accounting for the Nation’s Arts and Cultural Goods and Services
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