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AEP5 Study on the Front Page

Posted on: Sep 1, 2017

Today, results from Americans for the Arts' Arts in Economic Prosperity 5 (AEP5) study, were featured on the front page, above the fold, of the Herald-Journal in Spartanburg, SC.

The article points to figures found in the AEP5 study, specifically drawing attention the the arts as a $32 million industry in the Spartanburg region. The arts sector in Spartanburg generates $2.7 million in local and state tax revenues, and supports 1,130 full-time jobs.

The full article can be read here. Americans for the Arts' Arts in Economic Prosperity 5 report can be read here

The article mentions the arts and cultural organizations that took part in the study, including the Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg Science Center, the Hub City Writers Project, Hatcher Garden, organizers of festivals such as Spring Fling, and area colleges, among others. 

Jennifer Evins, president and CEO of the cultural center, is quoted as saying "It’s so much more than quality of life — the return on investment is just as important as other economic strategies.” “We want to be able to say this is an economic engine, not just a quality of life engine.” She also aluded to Spartanburg's recent growth, connecting the study's findings with potential for city-wide growth.