Arts For Idaho -- An Important Investment In Our Future ... Support for the arts can no longer be thought of as purely an act of charity. Yes, there is something inspiring about giving to our national culture, our national identity, and one of our broadest national acts of charity--but it should also be realized that for every dollar invested in the arts, $7-$12 is generated in the local economy. One study shows that the arts industry generates $134 billion in economic activity in the United States every year. The arts are clearly a smart investment in our economy, in our children, and in our community. Arts for Idaho Lobbyist: Teresa Molitor.