The Colorado Council on the Arts has released a report entitled “Colorado: State-of-the-Art, Key Findings from The State of Colorado’s Creative Economy.” The report shows that there are 186,251 people employed within creative jobs and enterprises. This makes the creative sector the 5th largest in the Colorado job market. It is nearly the size of biotechnology and telecommunications fields, and it is larger than the defense sector or the food processing and agribusiness sector.
Colorado is a magnet for creative talent, ranking 5th among all states for concentration of artists. Only New York, California, Massachusetts and Vermont have a higher concentration of creative talent. Colorado ranks 2nd in concentration of architects, 7th in concentration of writers, designers, entertainers and performers, and 8th in concentration of photographers.
The study categorized creative industries into six sub-groups: design, film and media, heritage, literary and publishing, performing arts, and visual arts and crafts. Colorado’s strengths are design, literary and publishing, and film and media which represent 73% of all creative industry jobs.
Interesting stuff. Read the all the report details here.