Arts and culture in Des Moines are ‘big business’ In 2015, the arts and culture sector generated about $185 million in total economic activity and supported 5,677 full-time equivalent jobs in the greater Des Moines region, according to a new report released by Americans for the Arts, a national nonprofit that advocates for and connects organizations supporting the arts in America. The report came out Thursday, a day before the start of the annual award-winning Des Moines Arts Festival. The regionalized report was completed in partnership with Bravo Greater Des Moines, a nonprofit that works with 17 central Iowa governments to invest hotel/motel tax dollars into arts, culture and heritage organizations in the region. The $185 million in economic activity represents a huge leap from the estimated $54.1 million economic output the sector produced in 2003, according to a Bravo-commissioned report and even a jump from the $120.9 million economic impact found in a separate Bravo-commissioned report released in December. The $185 million in economic activity represents a huge leap from the estimated $54.1 million economic output the sector produced in 2003, according to a Bravo-commissioned report and even a jump from the $120.9 million economic impact found in a separate Bravo-commissioned report released in December… “Arts and culture can sometimes be perceived as these nice-to-have amenities,” (Bravo’s executive director Sally Dix) said. “Sort of like, isn’t it great that we have a science center for people who like that or isn’t it great that we have a botanic garden for people who like that. What we are saying and what we can use this study to show is that all these organizations and institutions work together to create significant economic impact. “It’s further validation that this is an industry and this is an economic sector all its own,” she continued. http://ift.tt/2sz6mMc

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