Friday, August 4, 2017
Ohio’s nonprofit arts and culture sector isn’t a charity—it’s a bona fide industry. In the Greater Columbus area, nonprofit arts and culture organizations generate $412 million in economic activity per year, support nearly 15,000 full-time equivalent jobs, and provide $373.4 million in annual household income for Ohio residents.
These figures come from a new study called Arts and Economic Prosperity 5, a project by Americans for the Arts which examined the economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations in communities around the country. The Greater Columbus Arts Council joined the study as one of 250 partners to analyze the data for Franklin County.
Tom Katzenmeyer, president and CEO of the Arts Council, is thrilled by the results. “This study confirms the importance of the contributions made by the non-profit arts and cultural sector to our community and our economy,” he said.