Economic announcement scheduled

KNOXVILLE, TN – On Monday, September 11, 2017 at 4:45 PM, the Arts & Culture Alliance and the Tennessee Arts Commission will hold a joint presentation to announce the results of the recent Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 (AEP5) study that measured the cumulative economic impact of the non-profit arts sector in the region and across the state. The presentation will be held at the Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World’s Fair Park Drive. Presenters include Anne Pope, Executive Director of the Tennessee Arts Commission and Liza Zenni, Executive Director of the Arts & Culture Alliance.

“We are delighted to be able to have our economic impact figures validated by the professionals with Americans for the Arts,” says Liza Zenni. “Community leaders should no longer be surprised when outside experts, number crunchers and data collectors tell them that 9 percent of Greater Knoxville’s population is employed in an arts-related job.”

“By every measure, the results of Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 prove that the arts are an industry—a generator of government revenue, a cornerstone of tourism, and an employment powerhouse both locally and across the nation,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “Leaders who care about community and economic vitality, growing tourism, attracting an innovative workforce, and community engagement can feel good about choosing to invest in the arts.”

The Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 study was conducted by Americans for the Arts and supported by The Ruth Lilly Fund of Americans for the Arts.