Who Knew? Arts Education Fuels the Economy

  • March 10, 2014
  • By a2ru      
New figures from the federal government point to the value of art beyond cultural enrichment; a2ru cited for leading the way.


The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis released preliminary estimates from the nation’s first Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account. The account traces the relationship of arts and cultural industries, goods, and services to the nation’s gross domestic product.

While businesses and educators seem to agree on the significance of creativity and innovation to the U.S. economy, the higher-education community is wisely investing more strategically in understanding those ties. The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru),  an organization comprised of nearly thirty top tier research universities, is leading the way.

The organization seeks to transform the character of academic research institutions by harnessing “new energy within the arts as well as the infusion of arts and design practices in other disciplines and methods.”

Co-authors Sunil Iyengar and Ayanna Hudson, who work for the National Endowment of the Arts, see change on the horizon. “We anticipate a time when arts education is universally valued, on its own terms, as integral to higher education.”

Link to Full Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education