Elgin was chosen to be part of the most comprehensive economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry ever conducted in the United States
Americans for the Arts is conducting an Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 study, which will include a survey of audiences who attend arts events in Elgin between May 2022 and April 2023.
The data collected will contribute to the pool of information collected through similar surveys conducted in 387 communities across the United States and the District of Columbia. An estimated 250,000 surveys will be conducted between January and April 2023.
“Elgin is known for its support of the arts and this study helps us quantify that,” said Amanda Harris, Elgin’s assistant city manager for special projects and the arts.
“We know the arts bring us joy, but the data gathered through this study will help all of our organizations in the region better tell the story of how their programs bring real dollars to Elgin and have a impact on our community pride and cultural identity.
The study is conducted every five years to gauge the economic impact of events and programs offered by nonprofit arts and culture organizations on the money their audiences spend in a community, according to a statement from hurry.
A 2017 study found that the arts industry generated $166.3 billion in economic activity and supported 4.6 million jobs and $27.5 billion in government revenue, the statement said.
The arts are economic catalysts that strengthen the economy by creating jobs, generating government revenue and boosting tourism, said Nolen V. Bivens, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts.
“Community is where the arts make a difference, and while the national impact data is impressive, at its core (the national study) is a local story,” Bivens said. “I look forward to seeing its results, which will be essential in persuading policy makers that the arts benefit everyone in all communities.”
This year’s study will focus on equity and inclusion by collecting data from Black, Indigenous and People of Color communities as well as African, Latina, Asian, Arab and Native American communities, a segment of the arts and the nonprofit culture that has been underrepresented in the past. studies, according to the statement.
Gloria Casas is a freelance journalist for The Courier-News.