Art and commerce
make successful pair
Express Staff Writer
money in art? If you’re a descendant of Picasso, perhaps—or in the
non-profit arts industry, which annually has a revenue of $36.8 billion.
Now, when dear old dad suggests that you get a real job, throw that number
The arts in
the 21st century has emerged into its rightful place as perhaps
one of the most important factors in a community’s economic health, said
Dan Harpole, director of the Idaho Commission on the Arts, at a talk last
week in Hailey. The Wood River Arts Alliance and the Hailey Economic
Society sponsored the talk.
related statistics to a group at the Old County Courthouse, including the
fact that cultural tourists spend more money than the average traveler and
stay for longer periods of times.
Wood River Valley community, that means that cultural events
here—including the Sun Valley Center’s Arts and Crafts Fair, The Sun
Valley Summer Symphony, various plays and concerts, gallery walks and the
Swingin’ Dixie Jamboree¾ all bring people into the valley who fall into
the cultural tourist category.
stressed that by increasing arts and cultural activities in a community,
businesses reap the benefits.
attract not just tourists to communities but families, companies looking
to relocate, new employees for those companies and infrastructure entities
to support those companies and families.
reminded the audience that the Idaho Commission on the Arts had various
grants to be given out, thanks in part to the National Endowment for the
Arts, which had its biggest budget increase last year in 10 years.
"Public funding for the arts makes it so that the arts are not an
small investment, he said, to get the arts back to the people.