The arts have a major economic impact in Texas, but is the state doing enough to support them? The Texas Cultural Trust (TXCT) is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to maintaining and increasing support for a vibrant Texas where the arts promote economic growth, creativity and excellence. To demonstrate the economic impact of investing in the arts, TXCT conducted a study by leading researchers. The data collected serves as the basis for all Texas Cultural Trust programs and initiatives to increase public funding and support for arts and culture in the state. The Houston Arts Alliance released a needs assessment report in July that quantified the social and economic value of the arts, the degree of access to the arts in Texas schools and communities, and highlighted the growing use of the arts to improve health and well-being and improve social and emotional learning (SEL).
During the COVID-19 crisis, Houston visual arts organizations have turned to digital programming to keep their customers engaged. Local artists and designers have been using their skills in other industries, such as mask manufacturing. Supporters are critical to the success of leading a united voice for the arts in the areas of education, promotion and economic impact in Texas, highlighting the state's artistic excellence. It is estimated that more than three-quarters (80%) of all lost sales and two-thirds (68%) of all jobs lost in the creative industries will occur in metropolitan areas with populations of more than 1 million, including Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin. The TXCT's programs include the Texas Medal of the Arts, Arts Access, Art Can, Texas Young Masters, Texas Women for Art and Partners in the Arts.
Art Can serves as an invaluable resource for parents, educators, the public, policy makers, and private entities in Texas. The organization is committed to supporting and increasing access to and awareness of the arts across the state. The economic benefits of investing in art are clear. It can help create jobs, stimulate local economies, increase access to art education for students, and provide a platform for artists to showcase their work. Investing in art can also help build community pride and bring people together.
With its many advantages, it's no wonder that Harris County has seen an increase in art-related activities over recent years. The state of Texas has made some efforts to support art initiatives but there is still much more that can be done. Investing more money into art programs would help create jobs, stimulate local economies, increase access to art education for students, provide a platform for artists to showcase their work, build community pride and bring people together. With its many benefits, it's no wonder that Harris County has seen an increase in art-related activities over recent years.