Advocacy Tools (studies, stats, and articles)

Arts are Economical

When discussing the importance of funding for the arts with leadership in the political and economic communities, it helps to have hard numbers. Fortunately for us, the numbers supporting the importance of arts and culture are indisputable.

The Arts and Economic Prosperity IV report gives empirical data about how the arts are an economic catalyst nationwide and in local communities. Americans for the Arts has this report and other fantastic tools for arts advocacy.

“Nationally, the industry generated $135.2 billion of economic activity—$61.1 billion by th© Copyright 2015 Corbis Corporatione nation’s nonprofit arts and culture organizations in addition to $74.1 billion in event-related expenditures by their audiences. This economic activity supports 4.13 million full-time jobs and generates $86.68 billion in resident household income. Our industry also generates $22.3 billion in revenue to local, state, and federal governments every year—a yield well beyond their collective $4 billion in arts allocations. Despite the economic headwinds that our country faced in 2010, the results are impressive.” -Americans for the Arts

The Washington State Arts Commission is producing the Creative Vitality Index. This study demonstrates the power of arts as an economic catalyst in the state and as a source of new jobs.

Arts are good for us! The following articles explain why.

“The Importance of The Creative Arts for Children and Teens”

“10 Reasons to Support the Arts”

“How being a child artist helped me become a better business leader”

Archive of data

Clark Creativity Support has heard many, many folks working in performing arts in Clark County voice their concern about a lack of professional performing art space available  in our community. In fact, there is no performing art center in our area for audiences and artists to utilize. A grassroots conversation rose up out of these concerns.

The following data was collected in a survey from those most effected by this community need: professional performing artists. A follow up conversation was had February 18, 2017.

Survey Results

What do performing artists of all kinds need for performance space in Clark County?

1. What kinds of performing arts are you involved with?

Music       53.85%

Theater      34.62%

Dance     42.31%

Spoken word      23.08%

other     19.23%

2. How large of a performance space do you or your organization require for events?

50-100 seats       26.09%

101-200 seats      17.39%

201-300 seats      17.39%

301-500 seats       13.04%

501-700 seats       21.74%

More than 700 seats     4.35%

3. Where in Clark County would be ideal for a community performance space?

Vancouver Arts District     67%

East Vancouver      12.50%

Camas/Washougal      8.33%

Battle Ground/North County      0.00%

Unincorporated Clark County  12.50%

4. How often would you or your organization use a community performance space?

12-24 times a year     13.04%

About once a month      13.04%

Once a quarter      30.43%

Once or twice a year      43.48%

Never     0.00

5. How much do you or your organization spend on space rental for events a year?

More than $10,000     13.04%

$7,000 to $$9,999       8.70%

$4,000-$6,999             8.70%

$2,000-$3,999           4.35%

$800-$1,999              26.09%

Less than $800 a year     39.13%

6. What kinds of amenities do you or your organization require?

Classroom space    40.91%

Rehearsal space    63.64%

Storage space        27.27%

Large stage      68.18%

Green Room      45.45%

7. Do you or your organization lose constituents due to a lack of performance space?

Yes 39.13%

No   17.39%

I don’t know    43.48%

8. Would you be interested in participating in a community panel about performance space?

Yes    62.50%

No      12.50%

Maybe     25.00%

Additional input… 

“Another issue is ample parking and acoustics of the actual performance space. I direct choirs and acoustics are a HUGE issue for us. And, with the exception of school performing spaces, parking is always an issue as you have a need for parking for both performers and those attending the event.”

“My thought is that it would be great for smaller studios and organizations to have a lower cost space to perform in…most of the better quality stages in the area are at schools, and renting those spaces is of high cost as well as challenging in terms of
scheduling, etc. Especially for dance, it would be especially nice to have a stage with a “dance-able” surface-smooth, non-slippery…”

“We actually need floor space more than performance space. As a folk dance group, we’re more about dancing together than having people watch us. That being said, dance floors are getting more and more difficult to find at a reasonable cost.”

“My opinion is that the arts scene in SW WA is active and varied enough to warrant a multi-purpose space, one that is flexible and affordable enough for classes, performances, art shows, etc.”

Arts and Business data

CCS created a survey for artists and arts advocates in Clark County. Information was gathered in early 2015 and the rate of responses was strong enough to draw some conclusions about what the creative community needs. Below are some of the results.

1. Rate the area you need the most support with now:

Legal advice
Business planning

3. What kinds of events would you be the most interested in attending?

Networking socials
3 hour professional development workshops
Makers Fairs
Performing arts
Literary arts

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