Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account (ACPSA)—state-level estimates.


Launched in 2013, the ACPSA is intended as an annual product. Complete state estimates, corresponding with the national account, first became available in 2018.


Partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts’ Office of Research & Analysis and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

Research Topic

Arts and cultural contributions to Gross State Product (GSP); employment and compensation by arts and cultural industries

Notable Features

State-level estimates of arts and cultural value-added, employment, and compensation by industry

Full time-series spans state data from 2001 to 2020, with estimates also including:

Location quotients (i.e., a state’s concentration of arts and cultural value-added, employment, or compensation indexed to the overall U.S. share of 1.0)


Between 2019 and 2020, as COVID-19 spread across the nation, nearly all U.S. states experienced declines in the economic value added by arts and culture.  The states whose arts economies withstood the sharpest declines included Nevada, Tennessee, New Mexico, and Georgia.

Washington was the only state to witness growth in its arts economy in 2020, the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic.

State patterns in arts and cultural value-added tend to mirror the national experience. Performing arts industries, as well as motion picture and video production, dropped precipitously in 2020. States where these industries account for relatively large shares of the arts economy tended to face the steepest declines.

Nationally, web publishing and streaming was the only arts and cultural industry to grow robustly between 2019 and 2020.  In Washington, web publishing/streaming accounts for an above-average share of its overall arts economy.