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"Of course it is possible to live without the arts, but to do so compromises the very art of living." -Johnnetta B. Cole

Performing Arts Economic Impact Studies | ArtsFund

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Economic Impact Studies

The arts are big business in our region. Together the activity of nonprofit arts organizations and their patrons in King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish Counties alone generates close to $2 billion in the Central Puget Sound's economy creating 32,520 jobs, $882 million in labor income and $83 million in taxes.

With a night out on the town or outing to an exhibit, patrons support restaurants, retail stores and hotels, among hundreds of other businesses. The arts and cultural groups also keep our urban communities alive and welcoming on evenings and weekends. The average annual attendance at cultural organizations for 2009 was 13.2 million. 

This study was made possible by a major grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and authored by Professor William Beyers of the University of Washington with research collaboration with GMA Research.  ArtsFund also thanks The Boeing Company for additional support of the project as well as tremendous cooperation from many public arts commissions. 

For more information, please contact Graham Mills at 206.281.9050 or graham@artsfund.org.


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