The 2015 Cultural Times Report issued by Ernst+Young, UNESCO, CISAC and the United Nations says creative industries contribute $2T annually to the global economy. Performing arts and visual art combined contribute $518B.
Social media metrics also indicate the popularity of Creative Culture. A hashtag search on Instagram for #art, #design, #architecture and #streetart reveal compelling data: 400m, 144m, 87.5m and 39.8m respectively.
The numbers above show the popularity and power of the creative arts as a key driver of the global economy and popular culture. Working in the arts for over 30 years, I know first hand the magic my fellow creators make around the world everyday — often with little notoriety or compensation.
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