Sarasota Event to Reveal National, Local Findings on Economic Impact of the Arts

October 2012

Randy Cohen of Americans for the Arts, one of the nation’s leading arts advocacy groups, will be the keynote speaker at a luncheon event on the economic impact of the arts and cultural industry in Sarasota County on October 23, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Presented by the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County (EDC) and the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County, Cohen will reveal findings of a comprehensive study conducted by Americans for the Arts on the national and local economic impact of the non-profit arts and cultural industry.

The event also will include a panel discussion including Cohen; Mark Huey, EDC president and chief executive officer; and Larry Thompson, president of the Ringling College of Art and Design. The cost to attend is $45 for individuals. Half and full corporate tables also are available. Register online at www.edcsarasotacounty.com/calendar.asp or call 309-1200 ext. 103.

More than 100,000 nonprofit arts and culture organizations act as economic drivers in the United States -- creating a vibrant industry that supports jobs, generates government revenue, and is a key element of the tourism industry. Cohen, vice president for research and public policy at Americans for the Arts, will discuss results of a comprehensive study conducted every four years by the organization. The analysis documents the vital role played by the nonprofit arts and culture industry, and their audiences, in strengthening our national and local economy.

The event’s presenting sponsor is Gulf Coast Community Foundation. Additional sponsors include Mauldin & Jenkins LLC, Biz(941), Visit Sarasota County and Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. 

The EDC of Sarasota County is the private, not-for-profit corporation leading the community’s economic development strategy to add high-wage jobs and diversify the local economy. The EDC provides business assistance to companies in Sarasota County and helps forge solutions to community challenges that affect quality of life. The EDC works in partnership with chambers of commerce, local governments and other organizations throughout the county and the region. For more information, visit www.edcsarasotacounty.com.

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