The arts are a long-tem investment in economic sustainability Not based on readings- synthesis using class materials to inform my research in sustainability practices in the arts industry. Shows how people in various fields can use sustainability practices to inform their own research and analysis. Questions throughout? Ask me and I’ll either explain or tell you where you can find the information.
What we’ll be looking at today.
Video introducing a particular study Good for explaining the field, though
U.S. Model Nonprofit is a model where all income goes back into the organization Both of these types of arts organizations generate revenue!
The arts are a good long-term investment for both economic and social sustainability
Inspiration for this project Video introduction
Survey of economic situation nonprofit arts industry
Group 1: For-profit arts (Think Broadway, pop music, radio stations, fashion designers, architects…) Group 2: Non-profit arts (Think community theater, community galleries, inexpensive dance programs, community arts organizations and spaces…) Questions? I will walk around to help.
CNU: We already have the requirement to take at least one arts class Publicize information Art Works campaign on campus, job skills, creativity, innovation Hire arts students on campus for different projects With our sustainability education, we can make a lot of change in the way people view the world.
Long Term Economic Growth and Sustainability by Investing in the Arts
INVESTING IN THE ARTS
By Chelsea Casanave
Christopher Newport University
Long-Term Economic Growth and
Sustainability by Investing in the Arts
• A look at the arts industry in America
• What is sustainability?
• The arts in relation to sustainability.
• A study of the economic impact of the arts
How Will We Define the Arts?
“The Arts” is a phrase that includes a variety of activities:
Understanding For-Profit vs. Nonprofit Arts
in the U.S.
Commercial industries Registered 501(c)3 organizations
Purpose: Profit Purpose: Education
Survives on sales Survives on sales as well as donors,
members, government/private funding,
endowments, and partnerships.
Products: Shows, merchandise, in some
Products: Shows, merchandise, in some
cases, food, community programs,
educational programs, cultural
What is Sustainability?
• Sustainability is an organization’s chances of existing in the future
“Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of
the present without compromising the ability of future generations
to meet their own needs.”
•Economic sustainability refers to an organization’s income as
well as its impacts on the economy as a whole.
•Social sustainability refers to an organization’s ability to manage
stakeholders in an ethical and sustainable way.
•Environmental sustainability refers to an organization’s use
of and impact on the environment.
Benefits of the Arts by Sustainability Category
• Improve academic performance
• Spark creativity and innovation, a
job skill requested by 72% of
• Social impact: Higher civic
engagement, more social
cohesion, higher child welfare, and
lower poverty rates
• Improved healthcare (healing and
• Strengthen the economy
• Good for local merchants and
• Drive tourism
• Are an export industry (In 2011,
arts exports totaled 72 billion vs.
arts imports, 25 billion)
• Employ 3.1million people in the
United States (2014)
Americans for the Arts Study
Arts and Economic Prosperity IV
The most comprehensive U.S. nonprofit arts impact study to date
• 182 regions
• All 50 states
• Population 1,600 to 4 million
• Rural to urban
Americans for the Arts Study
• In 2010, nonprofit arts and culture organizations contributed 6.1
billion dollars to the U.S. economy.
• The average audience member spends $24.60 per event, not
counting the cost of admission.
the Arts Study
spend twice as much.
• The benefits reaped from the arts are long-term in nature.
• The presence of the arts in a community will increase economic
sustainability both directly and indirectly.
• For example, people raised in an arts community, as we have seen in social and
economic sustainability comparisons, will do better in life. They will get better
scores and better jobs. By living and spending in that community, they increase
This method of examining the interconnectedness of all systems is
called Systems Thinking.
“Sustainability development is multi-faceted, and, as a result, it requires a
• Every group of two people will represent either a for-profit or a
non-profit arts organization
• Within your group, write down three systems that the arts are a
part of and how the arts contribute to the systems.
• What variables will impact the arts in this system?
• What variables will the arts impact in this system?
System: Restaurant Industry
Variables: Having a community theater near a restaurant increases business
for both. People often go to community organizations for classes, so they
might spend money at a restaurant.
• How do people regard the arts? Would this data change their
• What makes the arts unique as an industry?
• How do the arts function from a business standpoint?
• The arts are often considered “stuck in the past” or for cultural
appreciation only. While the benefits of practicing the arts are
clear, how can we continue to develop the arts industry so that it
grows and changes with the times?
• For example, the Punchdrunk theater company offers its participants an
experience they cannot get anywhere else: Interactive theater where you wander
around the set and experience the action as you wish.
• How can we make use of the positive social change the arts
• For example, the NEA partnered with the departments of Justice and Juvenile
Delinquency to create “Arts Conflict resolution” Education
• How can universities such as CNU be at the forefront of change in
Arts Education and growth?
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Christopher Newport University. (n.d.) Ferguson Center Exterior [jpg]. Retrieved
April 7th, 2014, from http://fergusoncenter.org/about/.
Dr. Thomas Riley Kennedy O’Connor. (n.d.) Systems Thinking Chart [jpg]. Retrieved
April 7th, 2014, from http://drtomoconnor.com/4000/4000lect01.htm.
Ten Reasons to Support the Arts. (2013). [PDF]
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The Art in Peacemaking. (2002). [PDF]
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