The Alberta Founation for the Arts proudly releases Arts Impact 2014: Ripple Effects from the Arts Sector, following up the first Arts Impact Alberta with 2 more years of info.
In 2012, the AFA was proud to announce the release of the first Arts Impact Alberta: Ripple Effects from the Arts Sector, a five-year summary of the impacts and activities of the organizations that receive operational funding from the AFA. The publication demonstrated the positive and powerful contributions arts organizations make to Albertans’ quality of life. These contributions are reflected in a variety of important ways: simply put, the arts matter to Albertans; the arts matter to volunteers; and, the arts matter to the economy.
The AFA has now updated Arts Impact Alberta with two more years of data. See how the arts sector impacted Alberta through a seven-year lens and AFA operational funding is contributing to the health of the sector.
Highlights from the Executive Summary include:
- Albertans are extremely engaged with the arts. Attendance at arts events and participation in the arts is the norm for Albertans.
- A strong nonprofit arts sector is essential in providing opportunities for public engagement with the arts.
- Nonprofit arts organizations in Alberta present an average of 24,000 events per year throughout the province.
- Albertans express their commitment to the arts by volunteering. Each year, about 50,000 Albertans, the equivalent of an entire medium sized city such as Medicine Hat or St. Albert, volunteer for arts organizations that receive operational funding from the AFA.
- The direct GDP contribution of the sector to Alberta’s economy is estimated at $110 million, resulting from approximately $203 million in total economic activity generated by nonprofit arts organizations.