Maximizing the Arts’ Economic Impact for Pinellas County

After a year-long county-wide arts and culture economic impact study, the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance and Creative Pinellas will announce the outcomes at the Regional Arts Summit – Maximizing the Arts Economic Impact for Pinellas County at the EpiCenter, 13805 58th St. N. in Clearwater on July 21.

St. Petersburg Arts Alliance and Creative Pinellas joined forces, working with Americans for the Arts to focus on the economic impact of the arts for Pinellas County. The Arts Alliance conducted 800 countywide audience intercept surveys, and examined budgets of non-profit cultural organizations for analysis by American for the Arts Economic Prosperity Report 5. The study measured the economic impact of the nonprofit arts and culture industry and its audiences.

Randy Cohen, Vice President of Research and Policy at Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading advocacy organization for the arts will be the Summit’s keynote speaker. Mr. Cohen will present the results of the Arts & Economic Prosperity Study, a key driver for raising the profile of the arts within communities and highlighting powerful economic contribution that the nonprofit arts sector makes. Mr. Cohen will return to Tampa Bay to present for the Arts Council of Hillsborough County on September 14, and again for the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County on October 26-27.

The conference is designed to reach all those interested in the economic impact of our arts community – tourism, arts employment and creative business successes and the indirect benefit of many other businesses as a result of performance, museum and gallery attendance. Panel sessions will also include Meet the Sponsors and Meet the Grant Makers for the non-profit administrators.

“The arts are a powerful tool that help communities thrive while educating and enriching,” said Bill Goede, Tampa Bay market president for Bank of America, an Arts Summit sponsor. “The study and the Arts Summit help quantify and disseminate the value of a thriving arts county and will be useful in ensuring that our creative industries are sustained.”