The concept of creative economy is the income-earning potential of creative activities and ideas. The creative economy encompasses careers in photography, graphic design, fashion design, filmmaking, architecture, publishing, video games, and more. According to the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, the arts and cultural sector jobs in America accounted for 3 percent of all U.S. jobs in 2015, for a total of 4.9 million jobs.
The duties of the Washington State Arts Commission, as provided in statute, are to meet, study, plan, and advise the Governor, the various departments of the state and the Legislature, and to make such recommendations as it deems proper for the cultural development of the state of Washington.
A workgroup to create a strategic plan for the Washington State creative economy is established.
Chair of the Workgroup. The chair of the workgroup is to be a director of a non-profit with the following qualifications:
Members of the Workgroup. Other members of the workgroup should be selected to ensure representation of the range of demographic diversity across the state, and will include representatives of the following entities:
Workgroup Deliverables and Timelines. Workgroup deliverables and timelines are as follows:
Workgroup Budget. The workgroup is appropriated $250,000 through the Department of Commerce, annually, for the 2021-23 biennium. Commerce is directed to enter into a contract with a non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to focus on creative arts. Commerce must create a private local account to receive non-state funds and state funds, other than general fund state funds, contributed to Commerce for creating the strategic plan.