It's not surprising that Emmy-award-winning TV star Tim Daly would offer a smart and informative interview on how the arts impact the economy.
An actor and advocate who takes his dual role seriously, Daly's passion for creativity is infused with his professional life and his work as a Creative Coalition board member. Art is a part of everything we do, he believes, and that means we need creative thinkers to take business, innovation and invention to a new level.
Why? Creativity allows business to "leap over the competition."
His example: Tesla opened in the stock market at $15 per share and quickly jumped to $115 based on the company's innovative use of smart design and an unconventional form of efficient energy - electricity. This kind of innovation takes creative thinking by brilliant minds - often with a background in the arts. And since the world is changing so rapidly, Daly argues that we need artists to make sense of the dizzying possibilities that exist.
These opportunities, however, remain rare because the field of art suffers from being highly misunderstood, according to Daly. The National Endowment for the Arts brings in a 700 percent profit for every dollar invested, for example, yet remains one of the most highly misunderstood and publicly conflicted programs.