Untapped Potential of Arts in Fairfax

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Thursday, June 28, 2007

"Arts and Economic Prosperity," a study issued last month by Americans for the Arts, a nonprofit advocacy group, concluded that nonprofit arts and culture ventures are responsible for a lot of money and jobs across the country.

It found that, nationally, they generate $166 billion in annual economic activity and 5.7 million jobs.

The study took a detailed look at Fairfax County and found that the arts:

· Are a $77.5 million industry.

· Support 1,693 jobs.

· Generate $4.59 million in local and state revenue.

Even so, those dollar amounts are well below the national average, which is more than $267 million annually in similar regions with populations over 1 million.

-- C. WOODROW IRVIN


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