Report shows effect of arts on economy in Lynchburg

{News and Advance] A report released today by the city of Lynchburg shows the nonprofit arts and culture industry generates about $10.9 million in annual economic activity.

“A lot of people value the arts because it brings beauty into their life, whether that’s through music, through sculpture, through painting,” said Jennifer Woofter, president of the James River Council for the Arts and Humanities. “But what this report shows us is that the arts also bring economic security into our lives and into our communities. I think the report makes a compelling case that an investment in the arts is an investment in downtown revitalization.”

The report was part of The Arts & Economic Prosperity 5, a wider study conducted by national advocacy nonprofit Americans for the Arts to document the effect of the arts and culture industry across the country. (Read More)