Friday, November 21, 2008

The Arts: Contributing to Denver's Economy

"Denver's arts and cultural community created $1.69 billion in total economic activity in 2007, up 19% from 2005."

- Colorado Business Committee for the Arts

A lot has happened since my last post, especially regarding the economy. It is important to remember that while many arts organizations are not-for-profit, they contribute greatly to economic as well as cultural vitality. This is especially important with regards to arts education. I recently learned of a local orchestra's cancellation of educational concerts due to budget shortfalls. Not only will this impact the economy now, but the future health of Colorado's arts and economy.

Please consider donating to local arts organizations, or patronizing them generously during the holidays. Season tickets make great gifts! Take a friend to a concert or recital, *especially* if they have never experienced anything like it before.

Surf on over to Tenly's Blog and click around for some wonderful organizations that contribute to the health and vitality of Colorado's culture AND economy.