Arts Mean Business
A healthy arts community is directly related to a vibrant economy. "Arts & Economic Prosperity III", a 2005 study conducted by Lincoln Arts Council with generous local support from the Woods Charitable Foundation, found that the arts generated more than $36 million in economic activity yearly in Lincoln. We were one of 156 cities to participate in the study, which was the largest of its kind. Lincoln supported nearly 1,081 full-time equivalent jobs, providing $22 million in household income and delivering $3 million in local and state government revenue. Download a brief summary of the study: Arts Mean Business.
"This report confirms that the arts and culture are an important part of our local economy. It also reinforces the importance of arts and culture in our economic development efforts. Businesses understand that generating new ideas is crucial to their organizations, and they want to locate in communities that value and foster creativity. We also can keep our talented young people in Lincoln and attract more by providing the kinds of activities and events that are important to their quality of life."
-Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler
The need for corporate support is vital. More than 80% of Lincoln Arts Council's operating budget revenue is received from contributions, grants and donations, and event income. A corporate membership shows your customers that you care about keeping Lincoln a vibrant community that is economically healthy. The arts benefit their lives and your business. We need your contribution to insure Lincoln continues to be a city with a rich arts culture that attracts tourism and recruits new business.
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