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Why Support the Arts? 

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Here's why you should support the arts:

  • The Arts and Culture Industry generates $5.5 billion for our state’s economy, and contributes $343.7 million in state sales tax revenue annually. 

  • This impact on the statewide economy has grown steadily since 2003, increasing 24.6 percent over the past 10 years.

  • Students who complete one or more art classes have up to 15% higher pass rates on standardized tests than students with fewer art classes

  • At-risk high school students who complete more than one art class are half as likely to drop out. 

  • 9 out of 10 Texas parents support INCREASED FUNDING FOR THE ARTS in their schools. 89% of Texas parents believe that art and music electives are as important as athletics.


For the full Texas Cultural Trust 2017 State of the Arts Report click HERE.


Research was provided by the Texas Cultural Trust. They are promoting their “Invest in the Arts” campaign to detail the economic and educational impact of the arts on the state of Texas. The data is simultaneously insightful, substantial, and inspirational. It is their hope that all Texans will know, understand and appreciate that the arts provide a vital economic engine for Texas, and will help to ensure a successful future for students in Texas.


For more information on the Texas Cultural Trust visit:

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