Arts and Culture and Economic Growth in Pennsylvania

While the state of the economy is center stage this election season, there has been little discussion of the importance of nonprofits, particularly those in the arts sector, in job creation and economic growth. A new study, Arts & Economic Prosperity IV: The Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts and Culture Organizations and Their Audiences in the State of Pennsylvania, conducted by Americans for the Arts demonstrates the clear correlation between support of  the arts and employment and revenue generation in the Commonwealth.

According to the report, in 2010, Pennsylvania had $2,545,382,269 in total expenditures between art and culture organizations and their patrons. This spending supported more than 81,000 full-time jobs and sent over $201 million in revenue to the state government.

In Allegheny County, 2010 arts and culture industry expenditures totaled $685,602,764, with event attendees spending an average of $21.44 per person, not including the cost of event admission. As would be expected, people living outside of Allegheny County spent more on meals, gifts or souvenirs and lodging.  The data indicate that this patronage of cultural events and activities in and around the city of Pittsburgh supports over 20,500 full-time jobs and generates $31,448,000 in revenue to the local government.

Read the complete report or the regional summaries at the Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania webpage (all are available for download). Then make plans for dinner and a show!