A brand new research discovered arts and cultural teams in downtown Arlington contribute greater than $118 million to the native financial system every year, together with tens of hundreds of thousands in salaries.
The outcomes of the research, commissioned by the Downtown Arlington Administration Company (‘DAMC’), had been launched this week. The research sampled eight arts teams in downtown Arlington and examined information from 2019.
DAMC President and CEO Maggie Campbell mentioned the research thought of components reminiscent of direct and oblique jobs and salaries, direct and oblique financial output or cash that the organizations and their actions pumped into Arlington’s financial system, taxable gross sales, and lodge room gross sales generated by out-of-town guests.
“We want to have the ability to make a enterprise case for why it’s vital to reinvest within the arts as a lot as we do different elements of our financial system,” Campbell mentioned. “I believe the true impression is it offers every certainly one of our arts organizations a enterprise case to strategy funders, to strategy grant organizations, and to display their worth.”
One of many eight teams sampled was the Arlington Museum of Artwork. Lily Williams, the museum’s director of communication and schooling, mentioned the outcomes of the research had been promising particularly as companies shift towards pre-pandemic fashions.
“Arlington actually does present up for the humanities. It’s good to have that extra sense of proof like we’re right here, we matter,” Williams mentioned. “We now have fact-based proof that the humanities are vital and the humanities do financially profit our neighborhood.”
In keeping with Williams, about 30% of the museum’s friends are out-of-state guests. The museum reopened final August and their newest exhibition opened in late Could. Friends have been progressively returning, she mentioned.
“It’s unimaginable to see how persons are able to work together with artwork once more. I believe we had been trapped inside for thus lengthy, everyone seems to be champing on the bit for one thing to do,” she mentioned.
Arlington Music Corridor additionally participated within the research. The corridor is owned by Fort Price Metropolis Councilman Cary Moon and reopened in Could after staying closed for 14 months underneath pandemic restrictions. The corridor has two reveals per week scheduled for the remainder of 2021, Moon mentioned.
“With live shows, there’s an anticipation. There’s a future date that’s set and there’s a build-up for that live performance. There’s plenty of advertising, there’s plenty of advancing of that present,” he mentioned. “We really feel comfy sufficient that individuals will come out and benefit from the stay music to go forward and put reveals on the calendar.”
Along with whole financial output, the research additionally discovered that the entire variety of jobs instantly and not directly supported by the humanities in downtown Arlington whole 1,218. In keeping with the DAMC, this represents annual salaries of practically $29 million.