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Washington D.C. Art Jobs Contribute to Economy

Posted on April 6, 2009

Washington D.C. art jobs contribute a lot to the District‘s economy.

According to a recent assessment by the DC Office of Planning and Washington DC Economic Partnership, the District’s creative industries generate more than $5 billion in income every year.

“The economic significance of the creative sector is clear – creative enterprises play a key role in contributing to the District’s economic vibrancy through tourism, income generation, and business incubation,” Harriet Tregoning, director of the Office of Planning, said in a press release. “Now, more than ever, we have an opportunity to harness the extensive talent in the city in a way that will position the District as a global leader in creative industries.”

There are currently more than 75,000 direct jobs in D.C.‘s creative sector, which make up more than 10 percent of the city’s overall employment. The creative sector includes building arts, design, media, communications, performing and visual arts, museum management and culinary arts. The majority of the District’s creative jobs are in commercial enterprises focused on a subset of the creative economy, which includes media, culinary arts, museum management and design.

The assessment further revealed that the District’s international assets, including the presence of embassies, international non-governmental organizations and diversity of residents, position it for expanding the existing creative niche with unique cultural assets that have international appeal.

“In this challenged economy, it is important for us to know that we have an incredible creative base of individuals and unique businesses that can be leveraged in ways we have not done before,” Steve Moore, president of the Washington DC Economic Partnership, said in the press release.

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