Councilmember Lorie Zapf joined the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture (Commission), the San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Coalition, and the San Diego Tourism Authority to release the results of the 2014 Economic and Community Impact of Nonprofit Arts and Culture Organizations in San Diego, which highlights the value of arts and culture as tool for inspiring future leaders and innovation.
The report, 2014 Economic and Community Impact of Nonprofit Arts and Culture Organizations in San Diego, provides evidence that arts and cultural organizations are instrumental in making San Diego a vibrant city. The report found that the 80 arts and culture nonprofit organizations received $6.4 million in funding from the Commission for Arts and Culture and stimulated the economy with over $191 million in expenditures. These nonprofits employ a workforce of 6,268 employees supported by 12,853 volunteers. This investment provided opportunities for 468,440 for people to participate in school and community group visits, giving youth first-hand exposure to the arts, and 43 neighborhood events, which encourage residents to participate in a creative, engaged, civic life.
The report notes that economic activity created by cultural tourists – visitors who spend more and stay longer than the average tourist – is particularly important to San Diego. In 2013-2014, 1.6 million visitors participated in arts and cultural events, supporting the local economy, including spending money on hotel accommodations that directly contribute to Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) revenue (which directly supports the city’s infrastructure and essential neighborhood services). In April 2015, the San Diego was recognized by the National Geographic Channel documentary, “World’s Smart Cities: San Diego,” for strong its technology sector, local innovators, and smart planning, it is San Diego’s lifestyle rich in art, cultural diversity and natural beauty.
View the full report, visit www.vibrantcityvibrantculture.com
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