Advocacy Talking Points

Feel free to use any of the following talking points as your talk to your elected officials about the importance of arts, humanities, and cultural businesses:

  • As cultural businesses, we employ over 51,000 Utahns.
  • UT’s cultural businesses generate over $3 billion in earnings (data as of 2014).
  • Nationally, we represent 4.2% of the GDP which is bigger than transportation, tourism, and agriculture.
  • Rich tradition of support for arts, humanities, cultural heritage in Utah: Utah is the #1 state in the country for arts participation. oldest arts council in the country, our public lands house the largest collection of Native American rock art in the world, and a theatre was built by the pioneers before any other structure.
  • UT arts organizations received $1,196,000 from the NEA in 2016. There are recipients in all four of Utah’s Congressional districts.
  • UT cultural organizations received over $700,000 from the NEH in 2016
  • $9,400,410 million dollars comes annually to UT via Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
  • $1,853,000 comes to Utah from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
  • That $13,149,410 in annual federal funding for UT organizations is a significant part of our success.
  • Collectively, NEA and NEH funds represent just 0.008 percent of the budget Federal dollars are controlled locally.
  • 40% ($47.3 million) of the NEA budget is given directly to state arts agencies.
  • Federal agencies such as NEH, NEA, CPB, and IMLS are important policy makers, preservationists and archivists, and collect data vital to making our case.