A new initiative that will explore different ways to grow Illinois' creative economy was launched Tuesday by state officials.
The announcement was made by Governor Pat Quinn at the Illinois Arts Alliance's "Make Art Work" forum.
The initiative will be led by Ra Joy, the executive director of the Illinois Arts Alliance. He will work to gather stakeholders together to find and execute strategies to boost arts and strengthen the role of arts in the state's economy.
The arts contribute at least $2.75 billion every year to Illinois' economy, and also create over $300 million in state and local tax revenue which supports 78,000 full-time equivalent jobs for artists, managers, marketers, designers, carpenters, and more.
In 2011, a record 93.3 million out-of-state visitors came to Illinois, up ten percent from 2010.
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