Facing the loss of public funding, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), in one desperate struggle for survival, has published impressive figures to show arts-killer Trump, what arts represent in terms of economic value. « For each recent year on record, the total economic value from the production of arts and cultural goods and services has represented more than 4 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP)—$763.6 billion in 2015, the latest year for which data are available. This figure is known as ‘value added.’ Each year, the arts’ value added to the U.S. economy is greater than that of massive industries such as construction, transportation and warehousing, and agriculture, to name a few. (…) And, unlike the case for most sectors, the arts is running a trade surplus: in 2015, nearly $20 billion more in arts and cultural goods and services were exported than imported. » A vast overview is to be published on March 6, yet there is little hope that the principal addressee will read it. One only can transform what Gov. Jay Inslee’s recently told Trump: We need a little less tweeting and a little more reading.

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