ECONOMIC IMPACT STUDY
Thank you to our sponsors:
Kirkpatrick Family Fund
Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation
THANK YOU TO OUR CONTRIBUTING PARTNERS:
ARTS ALLIANCE TULSA
ARTS COUNCIL OKC
CITY OF OKLAHOMA CITY
CITY OF TULSA
GRACEFUL ARTS CENTER
NORMAN ARTS COUNCIL
OKLAHOMA ARTS COUNCIL
OKLAHOMA MUSEUMS ASSOCIATION
PONCA CITY ARTS CENTER
THE ARTS IN GUTHRIE
TULSA ARTS COMMISSION
TULSA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER TRUST
Research has shown that communities that invest in the arts reap the additional benefits of jobs, economic growth, and a quality of life that positions those communities to compete in a 21st century creative economy. The Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 study will result in updated and well-founded data, illustrating the full picture of how nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences contribute to our statewide economy. The resulting reports will become a critical branding and advocacy tool for the sector, helping to grow public and private resources for arts and culture statewide.
Through this effort, we’ll learn about the investments Oklahoma’s nonprofit arts and culture organizations are making in our state's economy. We’ll also assess how audiences spend their money attending cultural events around the state.
The project is part of Americans for the Arts national study, led locally by Oklahomans for the Arts and a number of statewide partners. Learn more about the impact of this study here.
The last study of this kind was released in 2009. Click here to view the report.
THROUGHOUT 2016: AUDIENCE SURVEYS DISTRIBUTED AT CULTURAL EVENTS ACROSS THE STATE
FALL 2016: NONPROFIT ARTS AND CULTURE ORGANIZATIONS RESPOND TO SURVEY ABOUT EXPENDITURES
JUNE 2017: LOCAL AND NATIONAL FINDINGS RELEASED BY AMERICANS FOR THE ARTS
Project Manager: Kelsey Karper
Economic impact of arts and culture in Greater OKC
Economic impact of arts and culture in Alva
Economic impact of arts and culture in Greater Tulsa
Economic impact of arts and culture in Norman
Oklahomans for the Arts Announces Results of National Study of the Economic Impact of
Spending by Nonprofit Arts and Culture Organizations and Their Audiences
Thanks to the following 133 Oklahoma arts & cultural organizations who have completed their surveys for the Arts & Economic Prosperity report.
The survey asks for organization’s direct expenditures and audience numbers. It is irreplaceable to gather the economic impact of the arts so we can report a total impact for the state’s arts and culture industry.
Our participation will allow us to quantify the economic impact of the arts and culture industry in Oklahoma. This important research project will tell us just how many jobs and how much money we help generate.
Beginning January 1, 2016, Oklahomans for the Arts (OFTA) will launch a yearlong intensive effort to gather data about Oklahoma’s nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences. Through this effort, we’ll learn about the investments these organizations are making in Oklahoma’s economy. We’ll also assess how audiences spend their money attending cultural events around the state. The Oklahoma study is part of Americans for the Arts‘ national Arts & Economic Prosperity 5.
“As a field, economics deals with complex processes and studies substantial amounts of information. Economists use assumptions in order to simplify economic processes so that it is easier to understand.” (Source: Boundless Economics)
In a standing room only session at the recent Oklahoma Arts Conference, panelists: Thomas A. Anderson, Kay Decker, PhD, and John Robertson discussed the big picture of our economy and local ways to record the arts sector’s impact on economies.