The report covers creative work encompassing visual art and crafts, graphic design, film and media, folk arts, writing, advertising, music, theater, web design, product design, dance, architecture and interior design.
The day-long event included an overview of the new report and panels discussing creative enterprises: jobs created through the arts and the economic impact of artists; creative placemaking: how vibrant communities attract residents and desirable industry by fostering a creative workforce; and creative convergence: how other industries benefit from creative minds.
- Kentucky's creative industries provided more than 60,000 jobs and nearly $2 billion in total earnings in 2013.
- More people were employed statewide by the creative industries than in auto manufacturing or tourism.
- The report gives the council a long to-do list in the form of recommendations. These include staging an annual creative industry conference starting in October; using creative resources to assist schools in implementing the National Core Arts Standards in the K-12 school system; expanding business services and workshops for entrepreneurs in the creative industry; establishing a Kentucky business advisory group on art and design; and connecting artists and artisans to architects and builders.
Kim Baker, president of The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts and an alumna of the Center's Governor's School for the Arts, described findings in the report as "eye-opening," especially in regard to the economic impact of the creative sector.
In an op-ed piece in today's C-J, Baker states "this report provides an initial baseline assessment of Kentucky's creative industry using measurements and terms that include employment and earnings data, industry concentrations and GDP measurements. My hope is that by sharing the report's findings, by igniting this statewide conversation, we can use this data as a call to action as well as a baseline to work from as we move forward."