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Washington DC Nonprofit Arts Organizations Generate $1.51 Billion in Local Economic Activity

Friday, September 7, 2012

Economic Impact Study, Prosperity IV: The Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts and Culture Organizations and Their Audiences in the Greater Washington DC Region, conducted by Americans for the Arts was released today at a press conference by the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington and the local arts councils and commissions. The report documents that patrons of the arts in Greater Washington DC and nonprofit arts organizations spent $1.51 billion in 2010, and the spending supported 29,003 full-time equivalent industry jobs. Arts and culture organizations spent $946.53 million annually, leveraging $563.7 million in additional spending by 12.1 million arts and culture audience members. The data, collected from 299 eligible nonprofit arts and culture organizations and 4351 audience members in the Greater Washington DC Region did not include data from the Smithsonian Institution.

The Smithsonian Institution’s IRS form 990 documents $1.09 billion in organizational expenditures and 30.2 million in attendance during fiscal year 2010, more than the aggregate findings for the rest of the Greater Washington DC region combined. When attendance related audience spending is estimated, the Smithsonian accounted for $2.1 billion in total cultural spending in 2010, representing 58 percent of the industry total for the Greater Washington region.

An analysis of in-kind contributions shows more than 33,000 volunteers donated 1.5 million hours to Greater Washington DC Region’s participating nonprofit arts and culture organizations. This represents a donation of time with an estimated aggregate value of more than $33 million; this voluntarism has an enormous impact on the nonprofit arts industry.

Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America, conducted studies in 182 communities throughout the United States. Support for the Greater Washington DC study was provided by Alexandria Arts Council, Arlington Cultural Affairs, and Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Arts Council of Fairfax, and Prince George’s Arts & Humanities Council. The Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington coordinated the Greater Washington DC regional study and each arts council and commission collected data for their jurisdictions.

The Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington is a leader in supporting, developing and promoting the Metropolitan Washington DC region as the arts and culture capital of our nation. The organization is 34 years old and serves over 300 artists and arts organizations in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

The full study may be downloaded on September 12, 2012 at www.cultural-alliance.org. The study will be available to the press at the conference.

The Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington in partnership with Alexandria Arts Council, Arlington Cultural Affairs, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Arts Council of Fairfax County, Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, and Prince George's Arts and Humanities Council present:

A Press Conference: :Highlighting the Greater Washington Regional Data From the Americans For the Arts Economic Impact Study, Prosperity IV

When: Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Where: The Burke Theater
Naval Memorial Foundation
701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC (Metro Archives on the Green line)


9:00 am - Coffee and Networking
9:30 am - Comparison of Greater Washington's Data to Other Regions: Jay Dick, Senior Director of State and Local Government  Affairs - Americans for the Arts
10:00 am - Panel of Experts: James Dinegar, President & CEO, Greater Washington Board of Trade; Dr. Gerald L. Gordon, President  & CEO, Fairfax County Economic Development Authority; Elliott Ferguson, President & CEO, Destination DC
10:30 am - Press Q&A
RSVP By September 10th: [email protected]