This study provides compelling new evidence that the nonprofit arts and culture are a significant industry in the State of Oklahoma—one that generates $314.8 million in local economic activity. This spending–$176.5 million by nonprofit arts and culture organizations and an additional $138.3 million in event-related spending by their audiences—supports 10,156 full-time equivalent jobs, generates $211 million in household income to local residents, and delivers $29.4 million in local and state government revenue. This economic impact study sends a strong signal that when we support the arts, we not only enhance our quality of life, but we also invest in the State of Oklahoma’s economic well-being. Check out: Arts & Economic Prosperity IV: The Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts and Culture Organizations & Their Audiences
This study documents the key role played by the nonprofit arts and culture industry in strengthening our nation’s economy. This study demonstrates that the nonprofit arts and culture industry is an economic driver in communities—a growth industry that supports jobs, generates government revenue, and is the cornerstone of tourism. Ready for distribution June 2012.
In Rise of the Creative Class, Richard Florida said human creativity is the ultimate economic resource. The creative economy is that sector of the economy that comprises advertising, architecture, art, crafts, design, fashion, film, music, performing arts, publishing, research and development, software, toys, games, TV, radio and video games. To learn more about how it works in Oklahoma, schedule a presentation with OFTA Director Jennifer Jams McCollum, 405.413.1175.
As the world becomes more and more dependent on the generation of knowledge through creativity and innovation, the more important it will be for Oklahoma communities to invest in arts, culture and arts education.
Did you know that research indicates that by 2016, Oklahoma will need an additional 2,700 artists to meet demands? There will nearly 8,000 job openings based on retirements and turnover. Learn more about these statistics in a 2011 report of the arts and culture industry in Oklahoma including numbers of people employed in the creative industries and future growth and outlook of the creative economy. Oklahoma Creative Industries Report
"Mayors who work in thriving communities fully understand the connection between the arts industry and city revenues. Besides providing jobs, the arts industry generates government and business revenues. The arts have played an important role in the economic revitalization of many of our states' cities and is a window to the spirit of our people." Mike Burdge Mayor of Sand Springs, Oklahoma President, Mayors Council of Oklahoma
Oklahoma Arts Profile via Americans for the Arts and the Oklahoma Department of Commerce