“Art, in short, is good for business.” - New York Times
Business leaders from Medici to Bloomberg have understood that the arts play an important role in economic development. The arts create jobs, boost tourism, promote consumer spending, and generate “buzz.”
An arts-rich community has higher social engagement and lower crime rates.
Arts and culture enhance our quality of life, build bridges between cultures and foster deeper understanding across racial and ethnic lines. A vibrant arts community attracts new business and new residents.
Study of the arts has a positive impact on academic achievement, and it shapes the way our students understand themselves and the world around them. Through both the creative and reflective learning process, students gain greater capacity to question, interpret, and influence their own lives.
Jobs, jobs, jobs.
And, the arts mean business. In Arlington alone, economists estimate that nonprofit arts organizations generate more than $97 million in total expenditures, more than 2500 jobs, and about $4 million in tax revenue annually.
Arlington County gets it.
Since 1972, Arlington County has provided more than $65 million in general fund support for arts programming, including nearly $4.5 million in direct financial grants to 61 artists and 76 arts organizations, according to Arlington Economic Development.
Art is everywhere.
Additionally, the Arlington community has benefitted from more than $9 million in public art contributions from developers and other sources, and now has a collection of more than 65 permanent works of art found throughout Arlington County.
Sing. Dance. Paint. Sculpt. Write. Act. Play!
What’s your passion? Chances are, there’s an Arlington arts organization waiting for you to get involved. Currently, there are more than 60 supported arts organizations in Arlington, including visual art, music, dance, theater, film, heritage arts and more.
There’s no time like the present! Get to know the arts in Arlington.
Whatever your passion, you can find it in Arlington. And we look forward to meeting you at the next exciting Arlington cultural event.