MEASURING ART'S ECONOMIC IMPACT IN OUR COMMUNITIESby Written by WAA Members on 03/29/16
By Mary K Donahoe, past WAA president
The North Carolina Arts Council is the organization promoting art in North Carolina. They believe the arts contribute not only to the quality of life here, but also to the local economy.
We’re always, as official starving artists, trying to do more with less. But even our frugal efforts make living in and visiting Southeastern North Carolina more attractive, encouraging people to settle here and to visit the area as tourists. I know before I moved here the notice of WAA paint-ins in the local paper made me want to get here soon!
NC Arts Council is participating in a year-long effort to measure the economic impact of art in our communities. This effort is part of a nationwide survey spearheaded by the Americans for the Arts (AFTA).
The NC Arts Council does offer grants to local arts groups and individuals, some of which have benefitted our members and our organization directly. Providing them with this information allows them to make a stronger case for state and local funding for the arts and to continue their service to the local arts community.
The next quarter will find me surveying those at our Annual Exhibit in May. Let’s hope many art sales happen and our economic impact is felt. But regardless of the bottom line, we know and value the arts in our lives.