Fulton study gauges economic impact of the arts

Fulton County has joined a national study that will measure the economic impact of nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and their audiences on local economies.

The Fulton Departments of Arts and Culture is one of nearly 300 study partners across the country participating in the study, Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 — the fifth such study in 20 years by Americans for the Arts, a nonprofit advocate for the arts and art education.

A 2010 study by the organization showed the nonprofit arts industry generated $135.2 billion in total economic activity and supported 4.1 million full-time equivalent jobs, resulting in $22.3 billion in federal, state and local government revenues.

“This study will make clear that the arts are a formidable industry in our community,” said County Manager Dick Anderson.

Fulton will survey attendees at arts events, asking how much money they spent on meals, parking, transportation and other items, and if they did retail shopping specifically as a result of the event.