Research and Resources (April 2022)

March 31, 2022

National Endowment for the Arts

New data released in March by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) provide insights into the impact on the arts and cultural sector by COVID-19. The Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account (ACPSA) tracks the annual economic impact of arts and cultural production from 35 industries, both commercial and nonprofit. These data describe the national and state-level contributions of the arts and cultural sector to the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2020, the first year of the pandemic.

In 2020, arts and culture added $876.7 billion, or 4.2 percent, to national GDP. Between 2019 and 2020, the U.S. arts economy shrank at nearly twice the rate of the economy as a whole: arts and cultural production fell by 6.4 percent when adjusted for inflation, compared with a 3.4 decline in the overall economy. While the size and diversity of the arts and culture sector helped it to remain a major contributor to the economy, certain arts industries saw enormous declines.

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National Endowment for the Arts

State-Level Estimates of the Arts’ Economic Value and Employment (2001-2020)

This profile features state-level estimates of arts and cultural value added, employment, and compensation derived from the Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account (ACPSA), which is produced jointly by the NEA’s Office of Research & Analysis and the Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Commerce Department. State-level arts and cultural estimates are available for total arts and cultural production, and for the 34 ACPSA industries. On the NEA website, for each U.S. state, view an interactive map that illustrates: the amount and percentage of arts’ value- added as a share of the state’s economy; the number of workers employed by arts and cultural industries; and compensation (earnings and benefits) paid to these workers.

Algorithmic Arts Workshop Recordings

An “Algorithmic Arts” workshop, held by the College of Charleston on July 11-12—and cosponsored by the NEA and the National Science Foundation—is now available for viewing. The workshop was convened to explore “hybrid practices of innovation through computer science and the arts.” View online:

Go Hawaiʻi Island Event Calendars features event calendars for each island, listing events representing Hawaiʻi’s culture, art and music, cuisine, sports, and festivals. Find events or register to post event information for free. GoHawaii is operated by the Hawaiʻi Visitors and Convention Bureau, with a mission to create sustainable, diversified, travel destination demand for the Hawaiian Islands.

University of Hawaiʻi-Hilo’s Kaniʻāina Spoken Hawaiian Language Repository at Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language at UH Hilo is partnering with Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies at UH-Mānoa to bring Nā Hulu Kūpuna (The Esteemed Kūpuna) to the community via the Kaniʻāina website. This collection is a set of oral history video interviews with 19 kūpuna from Hawaiʻi to Niʻihau who are native speakers of Hawaiian and encompasses topics from saddle making and steel guitars, to lau hala weaving. For more information, please visit the Kaniʻāina website:

Kuhikuhi is a directory of Native Hawaiian owned businesses, including shops, restaurants, and services. Building upon a shared commitment to growing Native Hawaiian-owned businesses in Hawaiʻi, Kuhikuhi is a collective project of Hawaiʻi’s Native Hawaiian Chambers of Commerce and the Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association, supported by the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority, Kamehameha Schools, Movers & Shakas, and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. Search the directory at

ʻUluʻulu is a moving image archive of Hawaiʻi, with holdings that include over 45,000 videotapes and motion picture film reels about Hawaiʻi from the 1920’s – 2000s. The collection focus is on unique, primary source material not widely available or commercially distributed. The archive has been working to create a representative digital collection of Hawaiian film and video. Some video clips are available to view online; full-length videos can be viewed by appointment at the archive, which is based on the University of Hawaiʻi-West Oʻahu campus. For more information, please visit the website:

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