Study finds arts and humanities have positive impact on Lynchburg's economy

[WDBJ7] In Lynchburg, The arts are thriving. At least that's what the results of a new study measuring art's impact on the economy is saying. The study, Arts & Economic Prosperity 5, was conducted by Americans for the Arts and lasted through 2016.

It revealed that the nonprofit arts and culture industry in Lynchburg generates more than 10.8 million dollars a year and supports 241 full time jobs in the city. It also returns more than $962,000 in revenue for local and state government.

"It shows that we contribute more than to just the quality of life and enhancing the quality of life...we actually contribute to the bottom line," said Kim Soerensen, Board Member of the James River Council for the Arts & Humanities. (read more)