Why the arts matter, and what we can do to keep both alive in South Florida.
Dara and Jarett Levan had a great piece in the Sun-Sentinel last Saturday about the importance of the local arts community. Some stats that jumped out at me were: "In Broward County, non-profit arts organizations generate over $150 million in total economic activity annually, with almost $90 million benefiting local restaurants, hotels, retailers, parking garages, and countless other businesses. There is also a significant increase in spending from "cultural tourists," compared to tourists who don't attend an arts event."
They even have some suggestions for how to get involved:
Support your favorite arts organization by becoming a member or subscriber, sponsoring an event or making a charitable donation.
Buy local art for gifts to friends and family.
Purchase tickets to area performances and give them as gifts.
Encourage your workplace to sponsor an arts organization or event.
Work to elect leaders who support arts and culture and understand the importance of creating a vibrant community.
Write an editorial about the value of arts education to your community.
Join an arts advocacy organization, such as the Arts Action Alliance of Broward or Funding Arts Broward (FAB!).
Link to Sun-Sentinel Article
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