The fourth annual report on Arts and Economic Prosperity—a national breakdown of how institutional arts economics fit in with the rest of the economy—was released this summer. You can check out its findings over here. It has a few nuggets worth noticing. The Seattle arts economy, for example, supports the equivalent of around 11,000 full-time jobs—roughly the same number as Dallas, even though Dallas's population is twice as large.

And as you head to—or avoid—Bumbershoot this weekend, you can think about the jobs it supports and this graph:

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  • artsusa.org

Strange that the US has more people working in arts and culture administration than police officers and firefighters put together. And strange that they don't have a more influential lobbying presence.