Lee County’s nonprofit arts and culture industry generated $68.3 million in annual economic activity in 2010 – supporting 2,038 full-time equivalent jobs and generating $9.4 million in local and state government revenues, according to the new Arts & Economic Prosperity IV national economic impact study. The most comprehensive economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry ever conducted in the United States, Arts & Economic Prosperity IV was directed by Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, and administered locally by the Lee County Alliance for the Arts.
This study definitively confirms that the arts mean business. The arts inspire us and entertain us, but what is less known is that they’re a crucial aspect of our economy. Click the links below for more information. Visit the Americans for the Arts website to see the national study results.
Thank you to all of the nonprofit arts & culture organizations who participated in this important study:
Alva Community Center; Art Council of Southwest Florida; Art League of Fort Myers; Art of the Olympians; Art Quilters Unlimited; ArtFest Fort Myers; Arts for ACT Gallery; Bailey Matthews Shell Museum and Educational Foundation; BIG ARTS; Bob Rauschenberg Gallery;Bonita Springs Concert Band; Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium;Cape Coral Arts Studio; Cape Coral Historical Society; Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs; Creative Theater Workshop; Cultural Park Theatre; Edison & Ford Winter Estates; Edison Festival of Light;Sidney & Berne Davis Arts Center; Florida Repertory Theatre; Fort Myers Beach Art Association; Fort Myers Community Concerts; Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers; Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra;Imaginarium Science Center; Lee County Alliance for the Arts; Lehigh Acres Art League; North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts; Sanibel Music Festival; Southwest Florida Historical Society; Southwest Florida Museum of History; Southwest Florida Symphony; The Heights Foundation; The Laboratory Theater of Florida; Theatre Conspiracy;Weavers of Char-Lee; WGCU Public Media; and Young Artists Awards.
This study could not have been completed without local support from:
The City of Fort Myers; Lee County Alliance for the Arts; Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau; Florida Division of Cultural Affairs; and the Southwest Florida Community Foundation. Thanks also to hundreds of hours of volunteer time and effort by: Chris Black; Lydia Black; Valerie Black; Katherine Boren; Marie Code; Santiago de Choch; Toni Ferrell; Craig Garrett; Jamie Golob; Carolyn Gora; Jamie Haugh; Shirley McLaren; Marilyn Mecca; Jerry & Portia Rouby; Sandra Stone; Pamela Truesdell; and others who we may have forgotten.