This is Derek Miller Speaking on Business. In Utah there are over 155,000 people employed in the arts, humanities, and cultural sector who generate an amazing $7.2 billion in revenue each year. Crystal Young, with the Utah Cultural Alliance, has more about efforts to enhance such opportunities in the Beehive State.
The Utah Cultural Alliance was founded in 1980 to advance the arts, entertainment, museums, and humanities. Today as the industry association, we represent over 400 organizations and businesses, and thousands of creative professionals, and support them through our foundation and advocacy efforts.
Studies show that students who participate in the arts and humanities are more likely to have higher grades and graduation rates, making Utah an attractive place for companies to locate and grow.
The Utah Cultural Alliance works to enhance the commitment to the arts by meeting with government leaders to help them understand the positive impacts cultural efforts can have. As part of that outreach, we help those interested draft community cultural plans to improve the lives of Utah citizens.
We also manage NowPlayingUtah.com, a statewide calendar of everything to see and do here. It gets over four million hits a year. Go enjoy the business of living.
The National Endowment for the Arts reports that Utah is the number one state for art participation and number two for attending live performances. We enjoy over 350 museums and more, thanks in part to the Utah Cultural Alliance. I’m Derek Miller with the Salt Lake Chamber, Speaking on Business.