Why the arts matter, and what we can do to keep both alive in South Florida.
Dara and Jarett Levan had a great piece in the Sun-Sentinel last Saturday about the importance of the local arts community. Some stats that jumped out at me were: "In Broward County, non-profit arts organizations generate over $150 million in total economic activity annually, with almost $90 million benefiting local restaurants, hotels, retailers, parking garages, and countless other businesses. There is also a significant increase in spending from "cultural tourists," compared to tourists who don't attend an arts event."
They even have some suggestions for how to get involved:
- Support your favorite arts organization by becoming a member or subscriber, sponsoring an event or making a charitable donation.
- Buy local art for gifts to friends and family.
- Purchase tickets to area performances and give them as gifts.
- Encourage your workplace to sponsor an arts organization or event.
- Work to elect leaders who support arts and culture and understand the importance of creating a vibrant community.
- Write an editorial about the value of arts education to your community.
- Join an arts advocacy organization, such as the Arts Action Alliance of Broward or Funding Arts Broward (FAB!).