...it isn't - at least in the United States. Just when Stats Can's Performing Arts survey is on its way out due to federal government cuts, the US Bureau of Economic Analysis is working with the National Endowment for the Arts to measure the full economic impact of the Arts. It's huge step forward.
If you'd like to read the Bloomberg article, it can be found here.
I've long wished for Canadian versions of the research that is available in the US on such things as Arts participation, economic impact, the measurable impact of arts activity and participation on communities, and so on. I'm going to keep wishing the governments and foundations will start to care enough to fund these, and that Canadian researchers will have the time and funding to do it.
A New Year's Resolution, perhaps? Or a wish?
(A quick "p.s.": Life and work have kept me away from blogging for a long while, and while they still might, I'll continue to post when I see things like the above...or have something worthwhile to say.)