While most indicators point to mineral extraction, tourism and agriculture as the State's leading industries, Wyoming’s Arts Community is a driving force in the State’s economy and compares favorably with its neighbors in the Rocky Mountain west and nationally. This is according to a Creative Vitality Index report released recently by the Western States Arts Federation.
Information for the CVI is collected through a variety of agencies including the IRS, department of labor and state, local and regional organizations. Governor Dave Freudenthal, first lady Nancy Freudenthal and members of the Wyoming Arts Council released the findings of the CVI during a Media Conference at the Governors’ Residence.
The Creative Vitality Index is an annual measure of the economic health of an area’s creative economy through year-to-year and geographical comparisons based on data from a selection of creative occupations and arts organization income figures.