We hope you had a fantastic weekend! Just wanted to share some info. about a new Allied Arts partnership that will serve to strengthen arts planning and resources locally.
Below are the details, including a few AMAZING stats re: the economic impact of the arts in Oklahoma County…
Allied Arts and the Cultural Development Corporation (CDC) recently joined forces to offer better coordination and collaboration for the Central Oklahoma arts community. Although the CDC remains an autonomous organization, Allied Arts now houses the organization and provides key support to CDC committee members.
What Does the CDC Do?
The CDC’s next major initiative includes presenting a three-year cultural plan to city officials this month. The organization remains committed to addressing the primary issues faced by art organizations, including: marketing, education, facilities, leadership and resource development.
Local Arts Stats – Trust Us, They’re Worth Reading!
One of the CDC’s primary projects includes measuring the economic impact of the arts as an industry in Oklahoma County. A recent study, commissioned by the CDC and conducted by the Americans for the Arts, revealed the powerful impact the arts has on the local economy. Below are just a few study findings, all specific to Oklahoma County:
• 4,033 full-time equivalent jobs supported by arts organizations
• $4,555,000 in income generated to local governments by arts groups and their audiences
• 1,852,941 attendees to local arts and culture events (45% non-residents)
• $32.73 spent locally by individual non-residents attending arts events (excluding the cost of admission)
To request a full copy of “Arts & Economic Prosperity III: The Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts and Culture Organizations and Their Audiences in Oklahoma County” study, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
And because today’s post is all about strengthening the local art scene, we had to show-off a t-shirt designed by a local artist, promoting shopping local. This shirt is available at Collected Thread (use your OKCityCard to receive 10% off!).
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