The arts increase your likelihood of rising to the top of your field. Research has shown that the top scientists in the world, particularly Nobel prize winners, are 2.85 times as likely than average people to have an artistic hobby.
The density of arts organizations and prevalence of arts events plays a role in attracting residents and businesses to (re)locate to a community by improving its image and making it more appealing.
A history of arts participation correlates with career success: 90% of CEOs reported participating in the arts in school.
Employers rank arts study second (following self-employment experience) as an indicator of the kind of creativity they are looking for in employees.
Arts and cultural production in 2015 represented 4.3% of the US economy, produced $689.7 billion and created 4.7 million jobs.