The arts bring much more than social enrichment to the community — they generate significant economic benefit too.


According to the 2012 Arts & Economic Prosperity IV study*, the nonprofit arts and culture provide a significant positive economic impact for the City of Baltimore


Neighboring counties should be taking serious note of the significant positive economic impact of the nonprofit arts.


*Source:  2012 Arts & Economic Prosperity IV  Prepared by Americans for the Arts

why we all need the arts  —


  • The arts foster a positive learning environment where teaching and study are highly valued – making our children better students and promoting more

          consistent attendance.


  • The arts support diversity, where participants of varied economic, social, and cultural backgrounds work together, learning to respect and appreciate each other's differences.


  • The arts teach children to be a good neighbor creating a long-term valued member of the greater community.


  • The arts build character, infusing its participants with self-esteem, as well as tolerance and humility.


  • And, the arts are fun – where participants are infused with the joy of working together on a theater production or in a drama, music, or dance class.


the arts bring SIGNIFICANT

economic benefit

CONNECTION TO ACADEMIC SUCCESS

A 2012 study commissioned by the National Endowment for the Arts found significant connections between high involvement in arts learning and general academic success, including lower dropout rates. The study also found that the arts:

—  reach students who might otherwise slip through the cracks
—  reach students with different learning styles
—  create a feeling of connection and cooperation between students
—  create schools that are exciting places for learning and discovery

Another study by the National Endowment for the Arts showed that students who take four years of arts and music classes (rather than only one-half year or less):

—  average almost 100 points better on their SAT scores

—  are 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement
—  are 4 times more likely to participate in a math and science fair
—  are 3 times more likely to win an award for school attendance
—  are 3 times more likely to be elected to class office


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The arts enrich the lives of everyone involved — performers, instructors, stage crew, volunteers, audience members, and residents of the community.


  • Generated $388.2 million total economic activity in 2010 – $266.3 million in direct expenditures by nonprofit arts and culture organizations and an additional $121.9 million in event-related spending by their audiences.


  • Supports the equivalent of 9,505 full-time jobs.


  • Generates $260.4 million in household income to local residents.


  • Delivers $33.9 million in local and state government revenue.