SPRINGFIELD, MO (07/12/17) - Arts and culture has one of the highest impacts of economic growth in Springfield. The Springfield Regional Arts Council shows that more than 1,000 full-time jobs were provided from the arts.
“The total economic impact of the arts and culture sector in Springfield is $26.9 million," says the Springfield art council member Leslie Forrester.
Last year, the arts council participated in the Americans for the Arts and Economic Prosperity study. The results showed that Springfield generated more than $1.2 million for the local government.
Nonprofit art organizations spent $9.8 million back in 2015. Now, that vital revenue went to local restaurants, hotels, and businesses in the downtown Springfield area.
The council says that the art and culture of Springfield drives tourism.
“It’s, also, well documented that cultural tourists spend more when they travel compared to the typical tourist," says Tracy Kimberlin, CEO of convention and visitors bureau.
Kimberlin says that non-residents spend 28 percent more on event related activities like food, lodging, and transportation.
On average, the arts council says that a resident of springfield will spend $20 at an arts event while a non-resident would spend $30. Making the total spending of the 222,000 non-residents who came to Springfield for an art event almost $7 million.
“And we’ve, always, known that the arts and culture impact lives and support local businesses," says Forrester.
The study the arts council participated in consisted of 24 art and culture organizations, making this the largest art and economic study in the state of Missouri.