Impact of the Arts

Economic Impact:

$216 million by nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and an additional $126.5 million in event related spending by their audiences—supports 8,705 full-time equivalent jobs, generates $244.6 million in household income to local residents, and delivers $38.2 million in local and state government revenue

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During fiscal year 2015, spending by both the Greater Sarasota/Bradenton Area’s nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and their audiences totaled $342.4 million

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Spending by nonprofit arts and cultural organizations totaled
$216 million in the Greater Sarasota/Bradenton Area during
fiscal year 2015

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Event-related spending by these attendees totaled $126.5 million in the Greater Sarasota/Bradenton Area during fiscal year 2015, excluding the cost of event admission

In the Greater Sarasota/Bradenton Area, researchers estimate that 68.2 percent of the 3.6 million nonprofit arts attendees were residents; 31.8 percent were nonresidents

Non-resident attendees spent an average of 101 percent more per person than local attendees ($55.29 vs. $27.45) as a result of their attendance to cultural events

From “The Economic Impact of the Nonprofit Arts and Culture Industry in the Greater Sarasota/Bradenton Area” (Arts & Economic Prosperity 5, 2017). Full report available: Click here.

Arts Education Impact:

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Increasing students’ arts educational experiences reduces the proportion of students receiving a disciplinary infraction by 3.6 percentage points

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Increases school engagement, college aspirations, arts-facilitated empathy, disposition for arts transfer and perceived value of the arts

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Arts learning experiences benefit students in terms of social, emotional, and academic areas

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Increases students’ compassion for others

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Increases writing achievement

From “Investigating Causal Effects of Art Education Experiences” (Rice University, Houston Education Research Consortium, 2019). Full report available: Click here.

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