Status and trends of the arts and crafts business sectors in Benton, Lane, Linn, and Lincoln Counties: an analysis of survey data
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In the winter of 2003 the University of Oregon Program for Watershed and Community Health completed an assessment of the local arts and craft sectors at the request of the Oregon Council for Business Education. The goal of the project was to determine the economic impact of the arts and craft sectors in Benton, Lane, Linn, and Lincoln counties, and to determine the potential for growing the sectors. Based on the data we received, we drew six overall conclusions: 1. The arts and crafts businesses make an important economic contribution—especially for certain populations. 2. The sectors represent businesses with a diversity of locations, ages, educational attainment, and art and craft media. 3. The sectors appear to be making a particularly important economic contribution to low income residents. 4. Arts and crafts businesses are an important source of income for women who are single wage earners. 5. The potential seems to exist for growing the sectors. 6. A suite of strategies may be helpful to grow the sectors.