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The Arts Ripple Effect

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The Arts Ripple Effect

  1. 1. The Arts Ripple Effect “It is in the best interest of every business – no matter its size – to support the arts. Beyond their intrinsic value, the arts add to the economic vitality and quality of life of our communities. They also unleash creative ideas in and out of the workplace, foster dialogues and increase understanding among people.” - Henry W. Bloch
  2. 2. The Arts Ripple Effect• Benefits to our Region –Economic Driver –Building Community“A creative economy is the fuel of magnificence.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson
  3. 3. Facts about the Arts and Economic Development in the Kansas City Region• Tourism in Greater Kansas City generated $641 M tax revenue in 2010 – $135 million in state taxes – $179 million in local taxes – $329 million in Federal taxes• Near 43,500 jobs with associated income of $1.4 billion were sustained by visitors to the Kansas City region last year Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association 2010
  4. 4. Facts about the Arts and Economic Development in the Kansas City Region• Kansas City hosted 21.6 million visitors in 2010; up 3.7% in 2010, after a 5.7% decline in 2009• Slightly less than half of guests arrived (48%) for overnight visits• Among the 10.4 million overnight guests, 83% came for leisure• Visitors to Kansas City spent $2.6 billion in 2010 Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association 2010
  5. 5. Community Building• Arts create a place where people want to be• The arts magnetize communities by creating shared experience• The arts can also build a community through intergenerational activity
  6. 6. Governors Summit
  7. 7. The Growing Creative Industries • Creative class studies have focused on the arts as an environmental attraction – The artistic cachet of a city is an important asset that supports the lifestyle of the creative workers – Neighborhoods with higher concentrations of arts activity have higher levels of neighborhood commitment and involvement
  8. 8. 21st Century Work Skills• Innovation & Design will drive the economy of the future• The four C’s of the 21st Century – Creativity – Collaboration – Communication – Critical Thinking
  9. 9. 21st Century Work Skills• Artists engage in creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking on many levels - The four C’s are at the heart of many artistic processes - The arts act as a means of inspiring creativity and innovation
  10. 10. Private Public Partnerships• The vision of Business and Civic Leadership – Growing Recognition that arts/culture and business all work together – The Arts and Artists as Creative Place Makers
  11. 11. Creative Place Making • Business, civic, and nonprofit sectors of the community come together – Plan and create vibrant and thriving public and private spaces in a neighborhood, town, city, or region – Creative initiatives foster cultural corridors or hubs where arts and business intersect – Decentralizes a grouping of cultural institutions – The historical or ethnic character of a place is a strength
  12. 12. Creative Place Making • Mid America Regional Council Planning – Cultural Corridors • Avenue of the Arts • Arnold Hall in Lee’s Summit • Englewood Corridor in Independence • Cross Roads Arts District
  13. 13. The Crossroads Arts District• Large Institutions created Capacity – UMKC Conservatory of Music & Dance – Kansas City Art Institute – Hallmark Cards• Public & Private Partnership – 1.5M in tax abatements – 1% for Public Art Program – Sprint Center – Bonds – Downtown Council• Establishment of Artists – Renovated Building – Creative workers followed – Urban Housing & Revitalization
  14. 14. One Success led to the Next• 900M in Capital Investment – The Bloch Building – Nelson Atkins – AMC – Main street – Renovation of the Midland – The Power & Light District – The Kansas City Repertory Theater and Copaken Stage – Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity – The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts• The excellence and variety of arts choices has attracted a higher level of attention to Kansas City as a destination.
  15. 15. Next Steps• Collaborative branding Kansas City as a destination for Arts & Culture – Convention and Visitors Association – Kansas City Area Development Council – Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce – Kansas City Downtown Council – Arts Council of Johnson County – Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City
  16. 16. Next Steps• The Need for Public Support – Needed for the long-term growth and sustainability of the Arts • Continued support and growth of the ArtsKC Fund run by the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City • Office of Cultural Affairs and Cultural Development • Cultural plan for the region

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