Americans For The Arts Study Provides Numbers And Facts About North Texas Arts Community’s Economic Impact Using The B-Word

There are those who scoff at the economic muscle of the nonprofit sector. Perhaps it is because they think back to their days when they equated nonprofits with saving pennies for Savings Bonds. However, the nonprofit organizations have become powerhouses of businesses that translate into more than supporting and growing communities. They also provide big bucks across the board.

On Wednesday, June 28, at the Dallas City Performance Hall, the Business Council for the Arts, the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs and the Dallas Arts District provided numbers and facts that the arts of North Texas alone “generated $1,473,366,015 in annual economic activity.” Check that number again. In addition to the dollars, it also supported 52,848 full-time equivalent jobs and generated $167.2M in local and state government revenues.

The trio didn’t just pull those numbers of their proverbial hats. An “exhaustive national economic impact study, Arts and Economic Prosperity 5,” was conducted by the Americans for the Arts with the Business Council for the Arts gathering the research in this region. The study is conducted to “examine cities, counties and states nationwide every five years. This year, for a regional perspective, six North Texas cities and cultural districts participated with Business Council for the Arts, demonstrating the reach and impact of arts and culture in neighborhoods and communities across the region.”

Katherine Wagner (File photo)

According to Business Council for the Arts CEO Katherine Wagner, “This study shows, in power numbers, just what a critical role arts and culture also play in keeping our national, state and local economies vibrant and growing. Reflecting our population and business growth, our region is now the third largest arts economy in the nation.”

Highlights from the study included the following:

North Texas Highlights

  • The Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington MSA came in third, measured against other multi-county regions in the country.
  • The economic impact of arts and culture organizations in North Texas more than tripled between the previously published study in 2012 and the current study – from $428,512,328 to $1,473,366,015.
  • In the region, the nonprofit arts and culture sector equated to 52,848 FTE jobs supported, translating into $1.3 billion in annual salaries.
  • North Texas cultural audience attendance numbers totaled 13,970,000 in 2015, contributing $473,856,433 to the economy.

City of Dallas Highlights

The study found that the City of Dallas, which also participated in the 2010 study, is seeing robust returns from its annual and long-term investment in the arts, including triple-digit growth in economic impact, jobs and audiences, as well as generating even more revenue for state and local government. In FY 2015:

  • Total economic activity tied to Dallas arts and culture was $891 million, up from the $321 million in the 2010 study – a 2.8-fold increase.
  • Dallas arts organizations and audiences supported 33,554 jobs, a nearly 3-fold increase over data collected in 2010.
  • Dallas arts and culture generated revenue of $97 million to local and state governments.

Dallas Arts District Highlights

  • The economic activity of the Dallas Arts District alone has tripled in five years, going from $128.6 million to $395.8 million.
  • The revenue generated for local government from Dallas Arts District arts organizations and audiences was $19 million in 2015.
  • 14,932 jobs are supported by Dallas Arts District arts organizations and audiences.

According to Americans for the Arts President/CEO Robert L. Lynch, “This study demonstrates that the arts are an economic and employment powerhouse both locally and across the nation. A vibrant arts and culture industry helps local businesses thrive and helps local communities become stronger and healthier places to live. Leaders who care about community and economic vitality can feel good about choosing to invest in the arts. Nationally as well as locally, the arts mean business.”

While these numbers and results are staggering, they are also just a snapshot of one sector within the incredible North Texas nonprofit world.


With Willy-Nilly Bill Gone With The Wind, Dallas Arts District’s 2015 Summer Block Party Is In Full Throttle For Tonight

It appears that the Dallas Arts District has more pull than most folks realize. With days and days of off-again, on-again rain thanks to Bill, tonight appears to be pretty clear just in time for the 2015 Summer Block Party.

Dallas Arts District Summer Block Party*

Dallas Arts District Summer Block Party*

It’s a true neighborhood gathering, with the Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center and Klyde Warren Park opening their doors for family-friendly entertainment from 6 p.m. to midnight, and most of it is free. Of course, you want to know what attractions will be on hand in addition to performers from Dallas Solstice and United Dance Academy and a pop-up station for Cantoinette Studios to provide wearing art for the night. Here’s a smattering:

  • Crow Collection of Asian Art — In addition to At Home and At Court: Chinese and Japanese Paintings, the Crow Collection After Dark will have a documentary screening, community prayer flags and free meditation in preparation for the Dalai Lama’s visit next month.
  • Dallas Museum of ArtLate Nights at the DMA kicks off with a double feature night at the DMA with Tim Burton’s Batman showing at the Ross Avenue Plaza at 9 p.m. and The Avengers at 9:30 in the Horchow Auditorium. For those more active types, the DMA will have yoga, self-guided tours, a ceremonial bar provided by Deep Ellum Brewery, “an after-hours musical showcase featuring Cassie Holt and the Lost Souls” and so much more. In the Fleischner Courtyard, there will be an Arts District Courtyard Sale with “selected discounted merchandise from the CMA, the Nasher, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Crow Collection.”
  • til Midnight  at the Nasher**

    til Midnight at the Nasher**

    Nasher Sculpture Center — The annual ‘til Midnight launches its summer program with live performances in the Nasher Garden with The Walden Twins at 6 p.m. and SXSW 2014 Rock Band of the Year Quiet Company on stage at 7 p.m. To top off the evening there will be a showing of “A Fish Called Wanda” at 9 p.m.

  • Klyde Warren Park — Need you even wonder? It will be a parade of food trucks and the usual activities that never dull the senses.

BTW, at 7 p.m. Twitter will be the place to be #ArtHunt “to win prize bags from the participating organizations.”

Thank-you notes for all these festivities and the good weather should be sent to the Texas Commission on the Arts and The Dallas Foundation.

FYI: If you’re downtown, remember that starting at 3 p.m. North Harwood Street will be closed from Ross Avenue to Woodall Rodgers and Flora Street will be closed from Harwood to Pearl streets. And if you’re not going to Uber, here is parking info.

* Graphic courtesy of the Dallas Arts District 
** Graphic courtesy of Nasher Sculpture Center

FREEBIE FUN: Dallas Arts District Starts The Weekend Partying Tonight And Greenville Avenue Picks It Up Saturday

The Dallas Arts District folks are closing out Spring Break and kicking off St. Patrick’s Day weekend with one of our fav four-letter words  — FREE! Here’s the info that Downtown Dallas’ Maria Munoz-Blanco sent out with “Free” mentioned more times that beer trucks on Greenville Avenue. . .  well, almost as many. For more details, check out the Dallas Arts District’s website. It’s loaded with info!

We’re closing out Spring Break by throwing our annual Spring Break Block Party and closing down Flora and Harwood Streets. Join us from 6p-midnight for food trucks, FREE street music, movies and more! Admission to the Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher and Crow Collection will be FREE. Mark your calendars, it’s an event not to be missed!

Also, document your Spring Break Block Party experience with goofy props in color, black and white or vintage sepia tone prints in this FREE photo booth.

Date: Friday, March 15, 2013
Time: 6 p.m. to midnight

  • FREE (food available for purchase from local food trucks or indoors at Nasher Cafe and DMA Cafe) Parking: Click for nearby options. FREE admission to the Crow Collection of Asian Art (Highlights: Japanese art activities, tea ceremony, karaoke)    
  •  FREE admission to the Nasher Sculpture Center (Highlights: Live performance by The King Bucks & film showing of The Fantastic Mr. Fox)
  • FREE general admission to the Dallas Museum of Art (Highlights: Wizard of Oz theme, Resounding Harmony performance, film showing of Return to Oz, live performance by The Beaten Sea)

Suggestion: If you have somebody you’re trying to impress with your party-hearty ways or looking for someone who likes a really good time, start in the Arts District tonight, take a quick nap and head to Greenville Avenue for Saturday’s parade. The weather is going to be perfect, so don’t forget your sunscreen for that cute face of yours. It’s also a great intro to meet folks.

TACA RBC Wealth Management Custom Auction Item #2: Behind-The-Scenes Ultimate Arts Package

If you think you know the AT&T Performing Arts District, you may just surprise yourself and a guest with the offerings in this TACA auction package.

Behind-the-Scenes Ultimate Arts Package (Value: Priceless)

Dallas Arts District

When the AT&T Performing Arts Center was created, it provided a playground where artists and lovers of art could celebrate the performing arts. However, for even the most high-ranking ticket holders, there were certain off-limits reserved for the performers and management. That was until now. Thanks to the AT&T Performing Arts Center, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Theater Center, The Dallas Opera and TITAS, two people will have these five opportunities to witness the PAC from the other side of the curtain.

  1. Tickets and backstage tour of AT&T PAC’s In the Heights (March 13-25, 2012) at the Winspear
  2. On-stage participation with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra during a rehearsal with Maestro Jaap van Zweden at the Meyerson
  3. A bird’s-eye view from two floors above the stage in the stage manager’s booth for the DTC’s production of The Tempest (September 27 -October 9, 2011) at the Wyly
  4. Viewing of the sitzprobe of The Dallas Opera’s The Magic Flute (April 9, 2012) at the Winspear
  5. Premier seats to TITAS’ La Fete du Ballet Gala Command Performance on March 9, 2012, at the Winspear and post-dress rehearsal private dinner with the dance stars in a private home on March 8, 2012.

This package will change the way you look at theater from now on.