How many people are employed in creative occupations and how is their work
impacting the community around them?
In an effort to answer these and other questions, the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative
Economy commissioned the Creative Vitality Index (CVI) from the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF). A creative sector progress report, the 2010 CVI uses readily available, inexpensive
data on employment and community participation to measure Philadelphia’s arts-related creative
sector from 2006 to 2008 and compares our performance to national benchmarks.
So how does Philadelphia compare? Overall, in three years of measuring Philadelphia’s creative
sector, the city has consistently performed above the national average of 1.0, with a CVI score of
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