State’s arts growth adds jobs, rev­enue

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - BUSINESS & FARM - — Rob­bie Neiswanger

The non­profit arts and cul­ture sec­tor ac­counted for $131.2 mil­lion in eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity in North­west Arkansas dur­ing fis­cal 2015, ac­cord­ing to a study con­ducted by Amer­i­cans for the Arts.

The Arts and Eco­nomic Pros­per­ity study, con­ducted na­tion­ally ev­ery five years, also de­ter­mined the art in­dus­try in Benton and Wash­ing­ton coun­ties ac­counted for 4,647 full-time jobs and gen­er­ated $14.3 mil­lion in lo­cal and state gov­ern­ment rev­enue.

Non­profit arts and cul­tural or­ga­ni­za­tions in North­west Arkansas spent $67.5 mil­lion dur­ing 2015, while au­di­ences spent $63.7 mil­lion. The Wal­ton Arts Cen­ter com­piled data from 23 lo­cal non­profit arts and cul­tural or­ga­ni­za­tions. Pa­trons also were sur­veyed about their spend­ing.

The North­west Arkansas re­sults were an in­crease from 2010 when the sec­tor had a to­tal eco­nomic im­pact of $45.5 mil­lion — $30.9 mil­lion spent by or­ga­ni­za­tions and $14.6 mil­lion by au­di­ences — and sup­ported 1,488 full­time jobs.

Na­tion­ally, the in­dus­try gen­er­ated $166.3 bil­lion of eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity, sup­ported 4.6 mil­lion jobs and pro­duced $27.5 bil­lion in gov­ern­ment rev­enue.

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