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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 4, 2013

Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
(603) 271-3136
shelly.angers@dcr.nh.gov
Twitter: @NHCulture

“Creative Solutions” to explore the economic impact of N.H.’s cultural nonprofit organizations

On March 13, 2013, the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts is hosting a special event in Concord to discuss how New Hampshire’s nonprofit cultural organizations impact the state’s economy.

“Creative Solutions: A look at the economic impact of New Hampshire’s cultural nonprofits” takes place from 1 – 3:30 p.m. at the Capitol Center for the Arts’ Governor’s Hall. Community and business leaders, city planners, culture and tourism providers, arts administrators, arts and cultural organizations, artists, patrons and others who are interested in how culture supports New Hampshire’s economy are encouraged to attend.

Randy Cohen, vice president of research and policy for Americans for the Arts and one of the country’s most-noted experts in the field of using the arts to address community development issues, will present information from the recent “Arts & Economic Prosperity IV” report, which for the first time included statewide data from New Hampshire. Five New Hampshire communities also participated in the survey for more detailed findings: the City of Portsmouth, the City of Rochester, Greater Concord, Newmarket and the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire for the North Country.

National Endowment for the Arts presidential appointee Paul Hodes will offer opening remarks. In addition to Cohen’s presentation, a panel of experts from New Hampshire’s cultural and business communities will discuss their experiences with how culture supports New Hampshire’s economy. Closing out the program, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in roundtable discussions to help inform the State Arts Council’s upcoming strategic plan.

Twenty-one percent of the 773 New Hampshire nonprofit cultural organizations contacted participated in “Arts & Economic Prosperity IV.” They reported supporting the equivalent of 3,493 full-time jobs, creating $115.1 million of total economic activity and generating $11.6 million in local and state government revenue.

The survey found that 19.8 percent of audience members at cultural events were non-residents, and that they spent an average of $34.70 per event on non-ticket items such as hotel rooms, meals, parking, shopping and other purchases.

For-profit arts and culture venues, including the Verizon Center and Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion, as well as individual artists and the film industry, were not included in the study, which was underwritten through private donations from Tom Putnam and the Putnam Foundation.

“New Hampshire’s cultural organizations have always been able to tell anecdotal stories about how their activities positively impact the economy, both directly and indirectly,” said Lynn Martin Graton, acting director of the New Hampshire State Council in the Arts. “This study provides the first statewide empirical evidence on how nonprofit cultural organizations impact New Hampshire’s economy.”

“Creative Solutions: A look at the economic impact of New Hampshire’s cultural nonprofits” is open to the public. Please RSVP to Julianne Morse at the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, julianne.morse@dcr.nh.gov, (603) 271-0791.

The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts is a publicly funded agency within the New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources. It began in 1965 with legislation designed “to insure that the role of the arts in the life of our communities will continue to grow and play an ever more significant part in the education and welfare of our citizens.” Funding comes from state appropriations, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Conservation License Plate fund. Learn more about the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts at www.nh.gov/nharts.

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