ARTS & ECONOMIC PROSPERITY IN BALTIMORE CITY REPORT RELEASED
The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts announces that today the Americans for the Arts has officially released the study Arts & Economic Prosperity 5: The Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts & Cultural Organizations & Their Audiences in the City of Baltimore. The report states that the city’s nonprofit arts and culture sector is a $606 million industry supporting more than 15,000 full-time jobs and generating $54.5 million in local and state revenue. Also, it emphasizes that the arts are an investment that delivers both community well-being and economic vitality.
“It’s extremely important to have this data that highlights our creative economy showing the growth of this important sector. Over the past ten years, we have more than doubled in all areas including spending, revenue and jobs. This is a real indication of the growth of Baltimore’s arts & cultural community,” said Mayor Catherine E. Pugh.
In the past ten years, the nonprofit arts and culture industry expanded from $270 million in spending noted in the 2007 report to more than $606 million indicated in the 2017 report. In addition, full-time support jobs increased from 6,418 to 15,052, and total local and state revenue grew from $23 million to $54.5 million.
“The cultural industry is extremely important to Baltimore’s economic health and vibrancy by not only providing creative activities and programs but also by providing jobs to residents and local revenue to Baltimore City’s economy,” said Bill Gilmore, Chief Executive Officer of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts.
The Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 study was conducted by Americans for the Arts to document the economic impact of the nonprofit arts and culture industry in 341 communities and regions (113 cities, 115 counties, 81 multicity or multicounty regions, 10 states, and 12 individual arts districts)—representing all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. Americans for the Arts partnered with 250 local, regional, and statewide organizations that represent the 341 study regions (30 partners included multiple study regions as part of their participation). To complete this customized analysis for the City of Baltimore, the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts joined the study as one of the 250 partners.
The Baltimore Office of Promotion &The Arts is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization which serves as Baltimore City’s arts council, film office, and events agency. By producing large-scale events such as Light City, Artscape and the Baltimore Book Festival, and providing funding and support to artists, arts programs and organizations across the city, BOPA’s goal is to make Baltimore a more vibrant and creative city.