This is the first federal effort to analyze the arts and cultural sector’s contributions to the GDP.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the film and television industries, along with other arts and cultural activities, contribute more to the nation’s economy than travel and tourism.
“Art and culture is a significant part of the U.S. economy — not just its contributions of ideas and creativity to the innovation economy but also as an important part of the labor force and our country’s GDP,” NEA Senior Deputy Chairman Joan Shigekawa said in a statement.
Hollywood movies and video services, the advertising industry and cable TV production were leading contributors to GDP in the creative sector, the researchers found, followed by broadcasting, publishing and the performing arts. On their own, the movie and video industries contributed $47 billion in value-added to the economy in 2011.
The total output from arts and cultural production, another measure of economic activity, was $916 billion in 2011, analysts found. That includes $200 billion from creative development in advertising, $104 billion from arts education including college art departments, $100 billion from cable TV and $83 billion from movies and video services.
The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and the NEA plan to update the report each year.
Imagine a performer reciting Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” while accompanying himself on viola. It sounds difficult but very intriguing to Mankato musician and music teacher Amanda Wirig. Amanda’s going to see the Mankato Symphony Orchestra’s Candy Cane Concert, which includes a performance by Chicago musician and actor Frank Babbit of the Dickens holiday classic. Sunday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m.
Choreographer and performer Chris Schlichting has always loved the high brow/low brow tension in the work of the Minneapolis dance partnership, Hijack, and its unpredictability. Hijack is celebrating 20 years of performance with a new piece entitled “Redundant, Ready, Reading, Radish, Redeye.” Dec. 5 – 7 at the Walker Art Center’s McGuire Theater.
The traveling exhibition “A Peace of My Mind,”is making a stop at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis on Thursday, Dec. 5. Minneapolis photographer Sara Rubenstein thinks it shouldn’t be missed. Minnesota Photographer John Noltner shot penetrating portraits of a range of subjects from different backgrounds and asked them what ‘peace’ meant to them. The event will culminate with a square dance, with music provided by the Roe Family Singers.
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What’s in a number? Walking Shadow Theatre Company’s latest production, “The Sexual Lives of Savages,” looks at our relationships and the sexual politics that arise when a man finds out he has a lot less experience in bed than his girlfriend.
It’s not a perfect presentation, but in approaching the subject with a maximum of humor and insight and a minimum of titillation, the play does a great deal well… Director Amy Rummenie is able to defuse much of the dramaturgical misfiring with smooth, confident and well-cast staging. Joe Bombard — skinny, bespectacled, with a perpetually furrowed brow — is spot-on as Hal. He articulately walks us through the struggles of a guy who really wants to understand the swirl of sexual energies around him but simply is not wired to do so.
Unfortunately, Ian MacAllister-McDonald‘s play, to put it mildly, disappoints. The major character, Hal (Joe Bombard), is a reedy nebbish, a jealous, insecure, and thoroughly unlikable worm who “slut-shames” his decent girlfriend, Jean (a terrific turn by Meghan Kreidler), by obsessing on her past sexual dalliances: “You had twenty-five lovers?” he exclaims, shocked.
MacAllister-McDonald’s script doesn’t exactly bring all of these ideas into focus. With five characters fighting for space, some of them take long stretches of time out of the spotlight… Amy Rummenie directs the Walking Shadow Theatre Company cast with a solid hand, bridging the episodes of the script into a cohesive whole. All of the five actors not only find strong personal space, but work together as a company of sexually obsessed characters.
The term “difficult year” came up again and again during the annual meeting of the St Paul Chamber Society on Tuesday, but the speakers were all looking to the future. While they all acknowledged that includes financial challenges, by and large what they see is bright. Speaking just before the meeting President and Managing Director Bruce Coppock Read more →
In today’s society people can do anything in the blink of an eye with their phone. Given the focus on immediate gratification, fewer people are likely to buy into the hours of focus and dedication required to master a musical instrument, or a complicated score, worries John Halle, Director of Studies in Music Theory Read more →
The Guthrie Theater has appointed Adam W. Cox as its next chief administrative officer. Cox joins the Guthrie from Dallas, where he served as chief financial officer for the Dallas Opera for three years. Cox will serve on the Guthrie’s senior management team, which includes Director Joe Dowling, Production Director Frank Butler, External Relations Director Read more →
Who will forget Osmo Vanska’s emotionally charged final concerts conducting the musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra at the University of Minnesota’s Ted Mann Concert Hall in October? Well, it turns out they weren’t a farewell after all. Vanska and the musicians will return to the stage on May 2, 2014 at the U’s newly renovated Read more →