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Arts Commission News

For Immediate Release

Contact: Anna Ehrgott, Communications Director (aehrgott@arts.ms.gov / 601-359-6546)

Arts Account for More Than $1B in Compensation to Mississippians


Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account study released

JACKSON, MISS. – May 3, 2017 – According to a new study released through the Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account, Mississippians received more than $1 billion in compensation in 2014 from arts and cultural industries in the state. The ACPSA, a collaboration of the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis, also reports Mississippi experienced growth in arts and cultural employment from 2013 to 2014.

Data from the ACPSA represents the first federal effort to provide in-depth analysis of the arts and cultural sector’s contributions to the U.S. economy. Findings from the study show the arts and cultural sector contributed $729.6 billion or 4.2 percent to the U.S. economy in 2014.

Interestingly, Mississippi celebrated the “Year of the Creative Economy,” as proclaimed by Gov. Phil Bryant in 2014, the same year data was collected for the ACPSA study. Through a partnership between the Mississippi Arts Commission and Mississippi Development Authority, the state conducted a thorough study of the impact of Mississippi’s creative economy, which was published in 2011 with an update to the study published in 2014.

“In terms of quantifying the importance of the creative economy, Mississippi is ahead of the curve,” said Malcolm White, executive director of MAC. “The ACPSA data adds to our ongoing, rich, statewide conversation about the importance of the arts and cultural economic sector and the importance of telling the Mississippi story as a community development tool and a source of civil pride. This report reinforces what we already know from our comprehensive research of the creative economy in Mississippi: The creative spirit of our people strengthens and diversifies our state’s economy.”

The ACPSA identifies and measures 35 industries that constitute the larger arts and cultural sector. The employment and compensation totals for these industries are represented as national and state-level numbers with the latter relative to the national rate. Self-employed workers, military personnel, culinary employees and creative workers in non-creative industries were not included in the study.

To view the report, visit https://www.arts.gov/sites/default/files/NEAartsandeconomy_April2017_FINAL.pdf.

To view state profiles, visit http://www.nasaa-arts.org/Research/Key-Topics/Creative-Economic-Development/Creative-Work-Force-State-Profiles.html.

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The Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC) is a state agency serving more than two million people through grants and special initiatives that enhance communities, assist artists and arts organizations, promote arts education and celebrate Mississippi’s cultural heritage. MAC is funded by the Mississippi Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mississippi Endowment for the Arts at the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson and other private sources. For more information, visit www.arts.ms.gov.

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"I’ve received excellent training from MAC over the years, ranging from workshops on keeping financial records as an independent artist, to understanding how to teach teachers to use the arts in all core subjects, to how to work specifically with special education students,” said Maisel. “MAC supports arts organizations like the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi, two groups that I consider not only central to my work life, but that I call family."

Find Maisel’s art at www.elainemaisel.com and on Facebook at FeatherMore.

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The Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC) is a state agency serving more than two million people through grants and special initiatives that enhance communities, assist artists and arts organizations, promote arts education and celebrate Mississippi’s cultural heritage. MAC is funded by the Mississippi Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mississippi Endowment for the Arts at the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson and other private sources. For more information, visit www.arts.ms.gov.

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