Written by Holly Blondin, Founder of Arts Meet Bizness
1. You Are Worth $2.25 trillion
Your work is significant to the world economy, and it has been proven. If you work in Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI), you are a part of the Creative Economy. In 2013 the creative economy employed nearly 30 million people worldwide and generated $2.25 trillion in revenue. That is 3 percent of the world’s GDP. More, the work of CCI has an impact on other industries, like tourism and manufacturing, which also make important contributions to the world economy.
2. Your Talents and Expertise Are Helping Shape Human Development
Studies have shown that arts learning and engagement improve behavioral and academic outcomes as well providing health benefits. Yet the arts have been cut from educational programs for over two decades. Thanks to the continuous work of arts advocates, arts educators, and researchers to prove the importance the arts have in human development, the arts are finally making a comeback in education. Education is evolving, and putting creativity and arts in the forefront. The development of programs like STEAM, which adds ‘ART’ to the STEM program (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), and the implementation of Design Thinking in K-12 programs, are making great progress in education to engage students in the benefits of arts learning. These new educational systems need innovative minds to design them, and qualified teachers to educate the students of future generations.
3. There’s No Business Like Your Business
In the new global marketplace big businesses have become dependent on innovation in order to sustain their competitive advantage. They rely heavily on creative teams for innovation. The field of design has especially taken a leading role in this transformation. In recent years there has been a race by Fortune 500 companies to acquire design firms and leading creative talent, and build their own in-house design teams. Bottom line: Big Businesses need creative minds. And that means more employment opportunities for artists.
4. You Bring People Together
The activities of arts and culture have long been recognized for building and improving communities. Museums, libraries, performing arts institutions, public arts organizations, arts councils, and other civic institutions not only bring people together physically, but they also act as facilitators for collaboration and social change in local communities. Additionally, arts and cultural festivals around the globe celebrate cultural diversity, and provide a place for artists to share their work and an opportunity for the development of new ideas. Most important about your work as an artist in bringing people together is the strengthening of relationships between people, which is essential to the health and well being of individuals and the greater good of society.
5. The World is Waiting to Hear Your Voice
While some are learning to be more creative, and trying to improve their cognitive brain function, artists naturally possess these characteristics. Your talents are your gifts, and your expression is unique. What you have to say is important, so waste no time in sharing it.
6. The Future Depends on You
We live in a complicated world in transition. Technology and globalization have changed the ways in which we communicate, do business, and interact with other cultures. We are facing a rapid increase in population, severe changes to the environment, and a decrease in natural resources. These global problems are forcing us to make significant social changes. Artists possess an emotional intelligence necessary for social innovation. This emotional awareness and ability to harness emotions to problem solve and lead others are key to building a sustainable future. This is why artists are needed now more than ever. The future is for artists to create.
7. What You DO Matters to YOU
It’s your life, isn’t it? How you live it is up to you. If what you do with your life matters to you, then it matters. Simple as that. And let’s face it, who wants to imagine a world without dance, music, poetry, art, or design?
Many of the statistics and facts mentioned above came from the following articles and their authors.
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