Western CT: One of America’s Leading Art Hubs

Residents and visitors love the art scene in Western CT, and now we have the numbers to prove how amazing and vital it truly is. With programs in the arts at Western Connecticut State University and resources like the Weir Farm National Historic Site, a strong art scene could not help but grow here. The Danbury area is a part of the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). This region is the 5th largest hub for all art jobs in the USA and 6th largest hub for employed artists. 

CityLab’s Richard Florida used data organized by the economic data and modeling firm, Emsi, to measure the concentration of artists in America’s 100 largest metros. The data, which span 2011 to 2016, cover both employed and self-employed fine artists (including painters, sculptors, and illustrators), craft artists, multimedia artists and animators, and other artists and related workers. In 2016, there were more than 200,000 artists working in these large metro areas, a 12 percent increase since 2011.

We ranked America’s leading art scenes using a measure called “location quotient” or “LQ,” a ratio that compares a metro’s share of working artists to the national share. (An LQ of 1 means that a metro’s regional share is the same as the national average; an LQ lower than 1 means that the concentration of artists is less than the national average, and an LQ higher than 1 means that it is more than the national average.)

According to Florida, the top 10 arts hubs are home to more than 40 percent (42.3 percent) of artists, the top five nearly a third (32 percent), and the top three more than a quarter (26.2 percent). Even though artists can in theory locate anywhere, artists and arts hubs are among the spikiest and most concentrated of all jobs and economic activity in today’s economy.

The original article can be found here.