Bravo North Texas for showing a three-fold increase in the economic impact of the nonprofit arts and culture industry with a nearly $1.5 billion in total industry expenditures as reported with the release of the Arts&Economic Prosperity5 study conducted by the Americans for the Arts in collaboration with the Business Council for the Arts (BCA), the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) and the Dallas Arts District (DAD)! The report was unveiled this week at the City Performance Hall by arts leaders Katherine Wagner, North Texas Region CEO for BCA, Jennifer Scripps, OCA Director and Lily Weiss, DAD’s Executive Director. The study is based on FY 2015 and was last done in 2010.
This means that the North Texas arts community generated 54,848 full-time jobs in the arts with nearly 14 million citizens in this area attending cultural events, including classes and other programming at the Creative Arts Center! This data is astounding news for those of us who raise money for arts organizations and especially relevant for those of us in smaller to mid-size groups as it validates what many of us have been saying for a long time – North Texas is a vibrant arts and culture center and is impacting our local and state economy in major ways!
Perhaps the most remarkable thing is that there was a 92% participation in the Arts&Economic Prosperity5 survey from Dallas arts organizations, and as Jennifer Scipps said, “Imagine what we could do with 92% voting rates.”