Sacramento County's growing arts scene is generating millions of dollars for the economy, according to a new report.
The Americans For The Arts study says the arts drive $166.7 million in spending in Sacramento each year. Slightly more than half is spent by people on arts events and on other things like dinner, drinks and babysitting.
"That's a myth buster for people," said Randy Cohen with Americans For The Arts. "We all love the arts, right? They inspire us. They engage us. They create the kind of communities we want to live in and work in. But, the fact is, they're businesses that employ people locally (and) purchase goods and services in the community. Arts organizations are members of the chamber of commerce. They drive tourism. The arts are good business citizens.”
Cohen said there were more than 3 million attendees of arts events in the county and the arts support 5,888 jobs.
The City says the report shows an increase of $50 million in economic impact compared to 2010.
Sacramento was one of 341 regions in the country that were studied. The City pays Americans For The Arts $12,000 to create a report on Sacramento every five years.