The successes of North Carolina’s arts community are praised. The state has seen an increase in funding for the arts in the state despite the recession. The arts community has also seen their political influence grow as they have been successful in linking creativity to commerce and education. Proving that creativity is wanted by employers, jobs in the creative industry have grown and account for 41.4 billion in goods and services each year. Not known for lobbying, the arts activists in North Carolina finding great success in promoting and funding the arts programs and serve as a model for other states.