National study puts S.A. arts groups’ impact in the millions

By swebadmin | Jun 8 2012

Nonprofit arts and cultural institutions in San Antonio had an economic impact of more than $134 million in 2010, according to a new national study by Americans for the Arts.

San Antonio is one of 182 areas across the country represented in the study. The arts advocacy group released the numbers Friday during its annual convention, which is in San Antonio.

The study shows a total impact across the country of $135.2 billion. That includes $61.1 billion in spending by arts and cultural organizations and $74.1 billion in event-related spending by audiences.

“It’s an important study that really defines the nonprofit sector of the arts as an important contributor to the economy,” said Felix Padrón, executive director of the city’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “That’s very difficult for us to capture.”

Among other things, the study shows that San Antonio audiences spent almost $72 million attending arts and cultural events in 2010. That figure does not include admission fees — instead, it looks at spending on transportation, lodging, food and other ancillary expenses. Continue Reading

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