The Economic Impact of Montana Artists
The art community is an often overlooked sector when discussions of economic importance to a state are initiated. Many people view art as a "hobby" that artists engage in and discount its value as an economic engine. This study explores the economic impact that artists have on the economy of Montana, based on self- reported income and sales, in order to provide a realistic assessment of the contribution of Montana artists to the state's economic well-being. Industries that have a significant economic impact provide an opportunity for job creation and expansion as well as serve as a basis for economic growth for smaller communities. It is time that the goods and services sold by the artists of Montana are recognized for their importance and contribution to the economic well-being of the state.