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National Study: City’s Nonprofit Arts, Culture Industry Generates $103M Impact

The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD) recently participated in Arts & Economic Prosperity 5, a national study measuring the economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences, which demonstrated that the nonprofit arts and culture industry generates more than $103 million in annual economic activity in El Paso.

“When businesses look at El Paso, they consider what type of quality of life their employees will have in our community. By investing in arts and culture, El Paso is demonstrating how this sector of our economy completes the big picture of what we have to offer,” said Deputy City Manager for Economic Development and Tourism Cary Westin.

The industry also supports 4,193 full-time jobs and generates $5.9 million in local and state government revenues, an increase of more than 13 percent from the original study in 2007.

This includes $24 million in economic impact to local bars and restaurants and $1.8 million in economic impact to hotels.

“The arts are engrained in the culture of El Paso, and it is big part of who we are as a community,” said Director of MCAD Tracey Jerome. “This study demonstrates how supporting the arts has a direct correlation with the economic development and growth in our community.”

In order to create a complete picture of how arts and culture activities affects the local economy, the MCAD collected detailed financial data about local nonprofit arts and culture organizations such as theater and dance companies, museums, festivals, and arts education organizations.

The department also collected surveys from attendees at arts events using a short, anonymous questionnaire that asks how much money they spent on items such as meals, parking and transportation, and retail shopping specifically as a result of attending the event.

The most comprehensive economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry ever conducted in the United States, Arts & Economic Prosperity V was conducted by Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education.

‘The Cloud’ Honored as One of the Outstanding Public Arts Projects in the Nation

The El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD) is proud to announce that The Cloud  art sculpture has been recognized as one of the nation’s Outstanding Public Arts Projects for 2016 by the Americans for the Arts.

The interactive sculpture, created by Donald Lipski, is one of 49 outstanding public art projects recognized through the Public Art Network’s Year in Review program.

The artwork for the Spur 1966 roundabout speaks to both motorists and pedestrians moving through the road and sidewalk that comprise the installation site. Inspiration for The Cloud was drawn from the iconic Bhutanese architecture used prominently throughout the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) campus. The artwork pays reverence to both the country of Bhutan, also known as the “Kingdom in the Clouds,” and to the City of El Paso’s open skies, which feature equally impressive cloud formations.

“In the past 10 years, El Paso’s public art program has installed iconic art pieces throughout the city. The goal of our program, and public art, is to reach everybody and bring art into public spaces. The Cloud floating over the UTEP campus has become a landmark for students as they walk through campus, as well as for citizens and visitors as they drive by I-10,” said Public Art Program Supervisor Aidee Cosme.

The artist spent months searching for a picture of the perfect cloud that was then rendered into individual, kinetic panels. Thousands of hinged, stainless steel flaps make up The Cloud. When wind fills the atmosphere, the flaps participate in a kinetic illusion mimicking the movement of actual clouds.

Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, honors 49 outstanding public arts projects created in 2016 through the Public Art Network (PAN) Year in Review program, the only national program that specifically recognizes the most compelling public art. The works were chosen from entries from across the country and were recently recognized at Americans for the Arts’ 2017 Annual Convention in San Francisco.

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