Join us at the Double Tree by Hilton on September 12th at 11:30 am for our “State of Arts Luncheon”. Guest speaker Randy Cohen from Americans for the Arts will speak to us about the impact of the arts here in Leon County! Space is limited to 100 guests, so please register today! Tickets are $15 for COCA members, and $20 for non-members. (Become a COCA member here). Tickets can be purchased here
Here is more about the AEP5 study that COCA implemented in our area in partnership with Americans for the Arts. Local data for our own community will be presented at the luncheon!
Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 is Americans for the Arts’ fifth study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry’s impact on the economy. It documents the economic contributions of the arts in 341 diverse communities and regions across the country, representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Nationally, the nonprofit arts and culture industry generated $166.3 billion of economic activity in 2015—$63.8 billion in spending by arts and cultural organizations and an additional $102.5 billion in event-related expenditures by their audiences. This activity supported 4.6 million jobs and generated $27.5 billion in revenue to local, state, and federal governments (a yield well beyond their collective $5 billion in arts allocations). By every measure, the results are impressive. This study puts to rest a misconception that communities support arts and culture at the expense of local economic development. In fact, communities are investing in an industry that supports jobs, generates government revenue, and is the cornerstone of tourism.
Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 shows conclusively that, locally as well as nationally, the arts mean business!