Arts in Buncombe County = $43.7 Million/YearBy
…and that’s just the non-profit organizations! From the City of Asheville:
The nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $43.7 million in annual economic activity in Buncombe County. This spending — $16.9 million by nonprofit arts and culture organizations and an additional $26.8 million in event-related spending by their audiences—supports 1,427 full-time equivalent jobs, generates $32.5 million in household income to local residents, and delivers $4.8 million in local and state government revenue, according to recently released findings from a nation-wide study released this week.
The findings are from Arts & Economic Prosperity IV — a national impact study conducted by Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts. The City of Asheville Cultural Arts Division served as the study partner with Americans for the Arts and collaborated with local nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and their audiences in gathering the data for the study.
“We were pleased to lead the study for Buncombe County,” says Diane Ruggiero, Superintendent of Cultural Arts for the City of Asheville. “It is great to see in the results of the study that even in a down economy the arts are a thriving industry in Buncombe County.”