Arts and Economic Prosperity Report 5
Arts Generated $172.5 Million in Hamilton County in 2015
A new national study by Americans for the Arts finds that the Hamilton County nonprofit arts and culture industry generated $172.5 million in economic activity in 2015—$64.8 million in spending by arts and cultural organizations and an additional $107.7 million in event-related spending by their audiences. This activity supported 6,345 jobs and generated $19.9 million in government revenue.
Arts & Economic Prosperity® 5 (AEP5) is the largest study of its kind ever conducted. AEP5 documents the economic contributions of the nonprofit arts industry nationally as well as in 341 study regions, representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Data was gathered from 14,439 arts and cultural organizations and from 212,691 members of their audiences. Project economists customized input-output models for each study region to ensure reliable and actionable localized results.
Advocate for the Arts
It might sound intimidating; however, anyone can be an arts advocate. In fact, you’re probably advocating for the arts already without realizing it. Here are a few ways you can help:
- Share your support of the arts with friends and family
- Send copies of articles about the arts and arts education to legislative/policy makers
- Respond to action alerts from an advocacy network like the Tennesseans for the Arts
- Meet with legislators, school board members and other policy makers:
- Write letters and articles for the local newspaper about the arts and arts education
- Recruit others to advocate for the arts
- Attend Arts Advocacy Day in Nashville
Other Ways You Can Help
Buy a Specialty License Plate
Did you know that a percentage of revenue from all specialty license plates sold in Tennessee goes directly back to local arts organizations in the form of grant awards? More than 70% of the money used to fund the 800+ grants from the Tennessee Arts Commission last year was from the sale of these specialty license plates. Consequently, purchasing a specialty plate is one of the easiest and most important things you can do to ensure funding for the arts in Tennessee! Visit Tennesseans for the Arts for more information on ordering a specialty plate.
Attend an Arts or Cultural Event
Sounds easy, right? It is! Chattanooga offers some of the best arts and cultural events in the region, and they are right here in our backyard. Attend a performance, visit a museum, or purchase art from a local artist. The hardest part is deciding which incredible event to attend! Visit our events calendar for a list of current arts and cultural events.