Make Art Work

The nonprofit arts are a $2.75 billion industry in Illinois

Just like any promising economic sector, the arts need industry-specific policies and incentives to thrive. We need a statewide strategy to strengthen our artists and creative enterprises. That's why we launched Make Art Work. Here's what we accomplished together:

  • More than 6,000 people signed our petition to state-level leaders in Illinois urging them to endorse the Make Art Work principles, and we sent more than 1,000 messages to members of the Illinois General Assembly!
  • Governor Pat Quinn went above and beyond our call to action, announcing the launch of a Creative Economy Initiative to identify the best policies and incentives to strengthen the arts industry in Illinois.
  • The Illinois Office of Tourism, the State Board of Education, mayors across the state, and key members of the General Assembly committed to work with us to grow jobs in the creative economy, leverage the arts to strengthen the workforce, and incorporate the arts into community planning.
  • We went on a statewide tour to spread the word that the arts are a $2.75 billion industry that support more than 78,000 jobs in Illinois.
  • We collected case studies about the impact of the arts on our economy and communities from the Loop to Bloomington-Normal, Kenwood to Quincy, Lincoln Park to Mt. Vernon.