Creative Industries Impact

Creative Industries Impact

Advocacy for creativity and arts in Colorado is crucial for growth and maintaining a healthy creative industry.

Key Creative Industries Impact in Colorado

  • Arts and cultural production accounts for $15.6B and 4.5% of the Colorado economy, contributing 103,401 jobs, more than mining or transportation (2017).
  • Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) attracts roughly $800,000 annually in federal investment for the state of Colorado from the National Endowment for the Arts with a required state match.
  • Click here to view the full Colorado Creative Economy state profile produced by the US Bureau of Economic Analysis and the National Endowment for the Arts. 
  • State certified Creative Districts contribute to over 31,000 jobs and $1.8B in total creative industry earnings. Certified Creative Districts CVSuite snapshot-report.
  • Colorado leads the nation in art performance and exhibition attendance.
  • Colorado is #1 for percentage of residents who personally perform and create art.

Creative Industries as an economic recovery asset

  • As a designated state arts agency, Colorado Creative Industries is an essential partner in distributing federal COVID-19 relief and sustaining the creative economy.
  • Creative industries are an agile industry cluster that was an engine of growth following the last recession and is a proven asset for rural as well as urban economic development.
  • Creative businesses in Colorado like Alpacka Rafts and Redline, are pivoting to address supply critical supply chain issues.
  • Click here for a full brief of the Creative Industries as an economic recovery asset.

The Colorado General Assembly has 100 state legislators; 35 Senators and 65 Representatives. To find out who your legislator is, click here.

Advocacy Organizations

Americans for the Arts builds recognition and support for the extraordinary and dynamic value of the arts and to lead, serve, and advance the diverse networks of organizations and individuals who cultivate the arts in America.

Arts for Colorado is Colorado’s primary advocacy organization dedicated to improving the climate for creative industries throughout the state, facilitating advocacy for Colorado’s arts and culture, and preserving and expanding state-level public- and private-sector support for the arts.

Colorado Business Committee for the Arts advances Colorado’s creative economy by connecting business and the arts.

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies  professional association of the nation’s 56 state and jurisdictional arts agencies. NASAA is a national, not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization that champions public support for the arts in America

WESTAF is a regional nonprofit arts service organization dedicated to strengthening the financial, organizational, and policy infrastructure of the arts in the West.