The San Jose Mercury News reports:
Non-profit arts groups in Santa Clara County annually generate $229.1 million in revenue, through everything from ticket sales to money spent by employees on rent and groceries, according to an economic-impact study released by the California Arts Council on Thursday.
California, which spends 3 cents per capita on the arts, ranks last in the nation in state arts funding. The recent economic downturn led the state to slash the 2003-04 funding for the arts council to $1 million in general funds from $18 million in 2002-03. Because of its drastic budget decrease, the agency has shifted its emphasis from distributing grants to arts advocacy
America (and especially California) being such a high advocate of culture sure doesn’t show it much in it’s failing to support the arts. This study shows that art is beneficial to everyone. So support the arts!Powered by Sidelines