Advocate for Arts & Culture
Results of the 2016 Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 Study for Northwest Connecticut have ARRIVED!!
The Northwest Connecticut Arts Council supports a $34.4 million non-profit arts and cultural industry in the region. This sector supports 812 full-time equivalent jobs and generates $3.4 million in local and state government revenue.
Click HERE for more info.
As our legislators work hard and go back to the table again to develop a state budget for the next two years, it is important that we help them fully understand the role that the CT Office of the Arts plays, and the full impact of the creative sector.
Please contact State Senator Craig Miner (Craig.Miner@cga.ct.gov) and your State Representative (click to find who that is), if you agree with the points expressed below, and more fully described in the recently released Position Statement from the CT Arts Alliance. #CTArtsMatter
The arts and cultural sector has proven to have a solid return on the state's investment, generating many more times in state revenue than what the state awards through grants. Read the Position Statement at the link above for more details.
The Connecticut Arts Alliance (CAA), a state-wide nonprofit organization that advocates on behalf of the arts, is working to restore previous, higher levels of public funding from the state to arts organizations.
CT Places Coalition - #CTPlaces - Advocates for CT's Humanities, Libraries, History & Preservation.
Aha! YOU did this…
The actual statistical results are now available to prove that if you donated to any nonprofit arts or cultural organization in Connecticut, you can be confident that your contribution had a much larger impact than you probably imagined. The Arts & Economic Prosperity report, an in-depth research study conducted by Americans for the Arts, shows that Connecticut’s nonprofit arts and culture industry annually:
- Generates $653 million in total economic activity
- Supports 18,314 full-time equivalent local jobs
- Generates $462.5 million in local household income to residents
- Delivers $59.1 million in local and state government revenue
These impressive numbers are actually understated due to less-than-a-100 percent response rate from Connecticut’s arts and culture organizations (329 out of approximately 1,138 in CT responded). What makes this industry’s economic impact different from others? Unlike most other sectors, the arts and culture industry activates large amounts of related spending by their audiences. Nonprofit arts and culture event attendees spend an average of $23.10 per person, excluding the cost of admission. The report estimates that of Connecticut’s 9.2 million nonprofit arts attendees, 88.5% were residents and 11.5% were non-residents. The cultural sector attracts out-of-state visitors to Connecticut. In fact, 66.9% of all non-residents survey respondents claimed that the major motive for their trip was "specifically to attend this arts/cultural event.” These visitors spend an average of 65% more than local attendees ($35.39 vs. $21.50) as a consequence of their attending cultural events.
The Arts & Economic Prosperity report dismisses the common misconception that financial support of arts and culture is a burden to local communities. In fact, communities are investing in an industry that supports jobs, generates government revenue and is a cornerstone of tourism. The arts mean business!
So, kudos to YOU for supporting the cultural sector so that it can, in turn, support our communities.
P.S. If you want the full report, click here.
More Advocacy Avenues and Resources/Talking points:
Americans for the Arts is the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. With more than 40 years of service, it is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts.
Americans for the Arts has a great tool that allows you to VERY efficiently and quickly communicate to Congress about supporting the arts and arts education. It's a great way to GET INVOLVED.
You can sign up for OUR EMAILS and click the ADVOCACY selection. This way you can be kept in the loop regarding state and local issues.
There are other ways that YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE especially with regards to Arts Education.