THE ARTS EQUAL BIG BUSINESS


The creative industries are much more than a regional amenity; they have become significant economic engines. Ohio’s creative industries have experienced significant growth in the past few years. They now account for more than $41 billion in economic activity while supporting nearly 290,000 jobs annually, and every creative category has experienced an increase in output since 2015.

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Ohio Citizens

For The Arts

Arts and creative industries are MAJOR economic drivers in the state of Ohio – creating jobs, attracting talent, forming tourism destinations and adding revenue. We know how important it is to advocate for the arts in Ohio and this study, in conjunction with the Center for Regional Development and Bowling Green State University, helps capture the true power and impact of Ohio’s creative industries for everyone to share. Learn more about our arts advocacy efforts here >


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70% of the creative industries’ impact was located in Ohio’s six metropolitan areas. Select a region for more details.

Cleveland

Columbus

Cincinnati

Akron

Toledo

Youngstown