We need your help to advocate for the Arts.


Arts funding is on the cutting block every year. The Arts are an economic powerhouse, yet local, state, and national governments don't see the benefits of investing in them. Let's educate them!  


It's never been easier to advocate for the Arts. You can write a letter, call, email, text, or send your representatives a social media message to let them know how beneficial the arts are to the economy and well-being of your city, county, state, and to the country as a whole.


Combine your favorite arts facts and a personal story to make the message more meaningful to you.


Our representatives work for us and are always waiting to hear what our priorities are. Let's make sure they know how important the Arts are to Bay County.

Find your representatives on the Supervisor of Elections site.

Arts Facts

In 2015, the nation’s nonprofit arts and culture industry generated $166.3 billion in economic activity.


$63.8 billion in spending by the organizations themselves, which leveraged an additional $102.5 billion in event-related spending by their audiences.


The impact of this economic activity is significant, supporting 4.6 million jobs and generating $27.5 billion in government revenue.

In 2015, arts organizations supported 2.3 million jobs, providing $49.4 billion in household income, and generating $11.9 billion in total government revenue.

Arts and cultural organizations are valued members of the business community. They employ people locally, purchase goods and services from within the community, are members of their Chambers of Commerce, and promote their regions.

"Investments in arts and culture enhance the quality of life, the third-highest measurement businesses use when gauging development trends —behind skilled labor and highway accessibility, but ahead of other factors such as corporate tax rates and incentives.


These investments are breathing new life into our downtown areas, creating educational opportunities, and attracting businesses and highly skilled workers to Iowa. Today, nearly 6,000 arts organizations employ 23,000 people in Iowa, and that number jumps to 73,000 when all creative fields are counted. In all, that’s about four percent of our workforce.” –Governor Kim Reynolds, Iowa

The arts and culture industry represents .83 percent of the US workforce—a significant share of the nation's labor force when compared to the size of other sectors.


The industry is highly labor intensive, with half (52.8 percent) of the typical organization’s expenditures spent on artists and personnel costs. Of the 2.3 million jobs supported by arts organizations across the country, 1.15 million were a result of their actual direct expenditures. In total, these organizations support more jobs than that of the legal or public safety sectors.

Multiple research studies have shown that travelers who include arts and culture on their trips are ideal tourists and differ from other US travelers in several important ways. Arts and culture travelers...


  • spend more than other travelers.

  • are more likely to stay in a hotel or bed & breakfast.

  • are more likely to spend $1,000 or more during their stay.

  • stay longer than other travelers.

According to the US Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), the arts and culture sector is a $730 billion industry, which represents 4.2 percent of the nation’s GDP—a larger share of the economy than transportation, tourism, agriculture, and construction. The BEA’s report takes into account the full breadth of the nation’s arts and culture industries—nonprofit, public sector, commercial, entertainment, university education programs, etc.


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