The Cultural Alliance plays an important role in advocating for the support of cultural organizations and artists. Through meetings with legislators, testimony at committee
meetings, and coordinated initiatives with other statewide leaders we make the case to show how funding provided to Fairfield County non-profit cultural organizations and artists contributes to the quality of
life and economy of the region. We provide timely information to our constituents through e-blasts on the National and State issues affecting
the cultural community. Delivering important and timely calls-to-action engages the region in the issues relevant to their success.
June 13, 2012
Fairfield County's Nonprofit Arts and Culture Industry Generates $130 million in Economic Activity and Supports nearly 4,000 Jobs Annually According to Americans for the Arts
Arts Industry Returns $10.5 million in Revenue to Local and State Coffers
The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County announced the national and Fairfield County results of Arts & Economic Prosperity IV, a national research study conducted by Americans for the Arts, America's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts. The study evaluates the impact spending, by nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences, has on the economy. The results were presented at a legislative breakfast by Steve Wolff, founding Principal of AMS Planning & Research Corp. and AMS Analytics, and the chair of the Arts Committee of the Fairfield County Community Foundation. CT Senators Bob Duff and John McKinney and U.S. Congressman Jim Himes made remarks on the findings.
The study shows conclusively that the arts are big business. Nationally, the arts and culture industry is an economic engine, generating $135.2 billion dollars of economic activity—$61.1 billion in spending by nonprofit arts and culture organizations, plus an additional $74.1 billion in spending by their audiences. The arts and culture industry also supports 4.1 million full-time jobs, and generates $22.2 billion in revenue to local, state, and federal governments every year—a yield well beyond their collective $4 billion in arts allocations. The arts and culture sector is the cornerstone of tourism. Read more
To view the Fairfield County results visit this link.
To view the national results visit this link.
For more information about this study visit Americans for the Arts
Arts & Economic Prosperity IV Web site.
Below is a general overview of the budget.
ARTS & CULTURE OVERVIEW: The Appropriations Committee’s Budget includes full restoration of Arts & Culture Grants, which were previously reduced or eliminated in the Governor’s Budget. The Committee’s budget does include a reduction to the Statewide Marketing line item, of $12,289,982 (approximately 50%) In addition, the Committee recommends the transfer of funds for the Connecticut Humanities Council, from the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) to the Connecticut State Library (total transfer of $2,272,633.)
Information compiled by the CT Association of Nonprofits.
Read more about DECD's new strategic direction here.
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