The arts and culture sector in New Jersey contributes a not too shabby $22.1 billion to the state’s economy, representing 3.8 percent of gross domestic product. To put that in context, the construction sector contributes $22.4 billion, according to the most recent figures from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. There were 19,264 arts-related businesses in the state employing 80,233 people, a 2017 report by Americans for the Arts stated.
“Art, in all its varied forms, is important to New Jerseyans. It ultimately shines a light on all aspects of society by lifting our spirits, beautifying communities, and attracting visitors,” said Secretary of State Tahesha Way.
Last week, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts awarded more than $15.7 million in grants to 700 arts organizations, projects and artists throughout the state.