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From the Chamber: The economic impact of arts and culture

Thank you to the Northwest Hills Council of Governments, the NWCT Community Foundation and the NW CT Arts Council who collaborated in creating the “Arts & Economic Prosperity 5”. The publication includes good news.

“Understanding and acknowledging the incredible economic impact of the nonprofit arts and culture, we must always remember their fundamental value. They foster beauty, creativity, originality, and vitality. The arts inspire us, sooth us, provoke us, and connect us. But they also create jobs and contribute to the economy. “ — Robert L. Lynch, President and CEO of American for the Arts.

The nonprofits arts and culture sector is a $34.5 million industry in the Northwest Connecticut region – one that supports 812 full-time equivalent jobs and generates $3.4 million in local and state government revenue. $12.9 million in additional spending by cultural audiences brings revenue into all local businesses. Every $1 invested returns $9.30 in state and local revenue.

We found some very telling statistics:

Nearly 2,000,000 visitors come to the Litchfield Hills annually to enjoy recreational, heritage and arts attractions.

The Warner Theatre continues to draw record crowds numbering 80,000 to 100,000 annually from every city and town in Connecticut, 36 states in the U.S. and Canada. This gem is the only theatre in Connecticut that presents, produces and has an onsite school for the arts offering classes year round. It owns and maintains two buildings on Main Street, one on the National Registry of Historic Places. Facilities include two theatres, education facility with rehearsal spaces and classrooms and an 8,000 square foot costume shop. In 2016-17, the Warner…

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