Talking Points

The Arts are an economic engine. The arts create jobs and produce tax revenue. A strong arts sector is an economic asset that stimulates business activity, attracts tourism revenue, retains high quality work force and stabilizes property values.

Arts Education is important. The Arts encourage creativity, problem-solving and lateral thinking which help create the rounded education that will give students the best opportunities to succeed in the workplace. Students who study arts or music enjoy better SAT scores.

The Arts attract tourism. The continued increase in cultural tourism has meant millions of dollars for the local economy and helps to put the region on the map.

The Arts create engagement and vitality within the community. The Arts connect people to their community and neighborhood, making for safer environments and more responsible community members.

The Arts foster long-term prosperity. The Arts are fundamental to our humanity, they ennoble and inspire us and should be included not as a privilege, but as a cornerstone of any healthy and prosperous community.

Quick Facts

  • In the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, the data shows the arts to be an annual $698.7 billion industry or 4.32 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product.
  • In Missouri, non-profit arts and culture organizations generate $1.1billion in economic activity each year.
  • In Kansas non-profit arts and cultural sector is a $273 million industry
  • Arts and culture organizations produce $279 million in economic impact for the Kansas City Metropolitan region.
  • 4.4 million arts attendees spent $85.6 million in services and businesses outside of admission costs or souvenirs and gifts (i.e. transportation, lodging, meals/refreshments)

Sources: Arts & Economic Prosperity III, Americans for the Arts. The Arts in Kansas: A Return on Investment, Kansas Arts Commission. Local Arts Index & Economic Impact Study, Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City/Americans for the Arts