Study Examines Economic Impact Of Arts In Athens

Fred Kight

Updated Wed, Jun 27, 2012 3:37 pm

A new study says art and cultural events generated more than 700 jobs in Athens County last year.

The study also says these events had an economic impact of more than $24 million.
It was released today by the Athens Municipal Arts Commission and the group Americans for the Arts, which also did a national study.
The report presents "quantitative data supporting the economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture in Athens County."
Another finding: $2.2 million in revenue for local and state government.
A news release says the study has a clear message: "Leaders who care about community and economic development can feel good about choosing to invest in the arts."
The release goes on to say, "this study shows that the arts are an industry that support local jobs, generates government revenue, and is the cornerstone of tourism."