The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Friday, October 31, 2014

National Arts Policy Leader Visits Houston
HOUSTON, TX.-Arts, tourism and business have more in common than most Houstonians realize according to Americans for the Arts Vice President of Policy and Research, Randy Cohen. Cohen presented the findings of a recent study that measured the financial impact of the non-profit arts industry nationally as well as here in Houston to the leadership from more than 200 Houston arts organizations, economic development leaders and tourism leaders. Utilizing the results, Cohen advised how to influence greater investment in the arts to expand tourism, create jobs and attract high-paying corporations to the region.

The findings are the result of the third such national survey conducted by Washington, D.C. based Americans for the Arts, in partnership with nearly 150 cities and counties. The study, Arts & Economic Prosperity III, depicts the economic activity of non-profit arts organizations as well as their audiences.

“The importance of this study nationally is that it demonstrates the size, impact and growth of the arts sector within the broader economy,” said Houston Arts Alliance CEO, Jonathon Glus. “As the American economy has shifted to become increasingly more knowledge-based, the arts stand out as a disproportionately large growth area. Randy conceptualized and managed each of the three studies and has spent hundreds of hours tracking how the findings have been used in various cities to further the non-profit arts sector. By inviting Randy to Houston, we bring the best informed resource in the country.”

The research, based on data gathered from non-profit arts and cultural organizations, showed the following:
On the national level, the arts industry grew by more than 24 percent in the past five years, while the Gross Domestic Product grew at 12 percent;
In Houston, the non-profit arts are a $626.3 million industry , which generates $69.5 million in local and state government revenue;
The non-profit arts in Houston support 14,115 jobs, which is nearly the size of the City of Bellaire as well as The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

“I want people to realize cultural and arts organizations in Houston are an industry,” said Cohen in a presentation. “Arts and culture organizations are good businesses for a city, because they are involved deeply in the community. They are not a luxury. In addition to quality-of-life, education and youth-at-risk issues, they are good for attracting and retaining quality employees. Also, people can work anywhere now. My research has discovered that desirable potential hires will seek out cities where arts and culture flourish and business follow these valuable workers.”

The study confirmed that arts tourists visiting Houston spend an average of $82.10 per visit versus local event attendees who spend $24.82. These expenditures do not include the price of event admission, but rather the monies spent on transit, food, lodging, etc., all of which create an economic ripple through many other business sectors. The report showed that 15 percent of the people enjoying Houston’s arts and culture activities and venues are visitors to the region, which produces $1.6 million. Though substantial in real dollars, the 15 percent figure is low by comparison to other major cities in the United States.

“Arts and culture organizations are a cornerstone of tourism. They bring more money into the regional economy per capita than almost all other types of tourists,” said Glus, “The arts in Houston are one of the greatest hidden cultural gems in the country and continue to grow rapidly. The findings underscore the opportunity we have to position Houston on the national stage as a must-see cultural city.”

Today's News

December 28, 2007

Sotheby's Announces It Will Introduce London Contemporary Art Week in February 2008

Van Gogh Museum Closes 2007 With More Than 1.5 Million Visitors

Alfred Dreyfus: The Fight for Justice at Yeshiva University Museum

State Russian Museum Presents Arkhip Kuindzhi - From the Collection

Made in China: Contemporary Chinese Art at the Israel Museum

Las Vegas Diaspora: The Emergence of Contemporary Art from the Neon Homeland

Public Sculpture by Conceptual Artist Dennis Oppenheim in Philadelphia

Picasso's Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings and Sculpture, A Comprehensive Illustrated Catalogue

National Arts Policy Leader Visits Houston

Gallery Exhibition Spotlights Art By People With Disabilities

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Image of a Christ without a beard, short hair and wearing a toga unearthed in Spain

2.- Giant mosaic unearthed in mysterious tomb in Amphipolis in northern Macedonia

3.- Bonhams sale of 18th century French decorative arts to benefit Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

4.- Paris flustered by erection of 'sex-toy' sculpture; Paul McCarthy slapped by a passer-by

5.- High art or vile pornography? Marquis de Sade explored in Orsay museum exhibition

6.- 'Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection' opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

7.- Greek culture minister says Elgin Marbles return a matter of 'global heritage'

8.- Vandals deflate Paris 'sex-toy' sculpture by American artist Paul McCarthy after outrage

9.- Exhibition at National Gallery in London explores Rembrandt's final years of painting

10.- 'Hans Memling: A Flemish Renaissance' opens at the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome

Related Stories

Important Judaica and Israeli & international art bring a combined $7.9 million at Sotheby's New York

Tunisia to auction ousted despot's treasures

Andy Warhol's Mao portraits excluded from the Beijing and Shanghai shows next year

China criticises French Qing dynasty seal auction

Christie's announces auction marking the first half century of the popular and luxurious interiors shop Guinevere

Nine new exhibits debut at San Diego International Airport

Rembrandt masterpiece "Portrait of Catrina Hooghsaet" back on display at National Museum Cardiff

Amber: 40-million-year-old fossilised tree resin is Baltic gold

Egyptian artist Iman Issa wins the Ist FHN Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona Award

The main chapel of the Basilica of Santa Croce open for visits after five year restoration

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site