Eclectic Curiosity

Posted on October 13th, 2002, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Uncategorized. No Comments

Yesterday’s Boston Globe had a good opinion piece about how Supporting the Arts Pays Dividends. It counters the arts budget cutbacks in many U.S. states (61% in Massachusetts, 41% in California) with findings from a Georgia Institute of Technology for Americans for the Arts study that found that the arts generates $134 billion in economic activity nationally every year (non-profits, on average have an 8 to 1 return on government investment). The article not only makes an economic argument against these cuts but also points out the irony of slashing a sector that has so clearly “played a major role in healing the nation – with thousands of organizations holding free cultural events and activities throughout the year to help Americans come to terms with the Sept. 11 attacks”.

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