Executive Director’s Letter
October 23rd, 2012
Many thanks to those of you who came out to the Mayor’s Town Hall Meeting last week. Be sure to take a look, or a second look at GBCA’s Arts Impact video, which celebrates the emerging arts community, as well as the organizations and institutions that have created an environment in which they can flourish. The video will be posted to our website soon–be on the lookout!
In case you weren’t there last week, we heard from Randy Cohen of Americans for the Arts that the sector in Baltimore:
Generated $388.2 million in economic impact.
Supported 9,505 full-time equivalent jobs.
Generated $266.3 million in spending by nonprofit arts and culture organizations.
The arts and culture sector has an amazing story to tell and we make a powerful contribution to Baltimore. In a period of economic distress, you kept the sector vital and vibrant. Even in this time of economic transformation for major institutions such as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, we are working together to make sure that world class work continues to thrive in our region. We look forward to working with the Mayor to do even more.
Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts is working on a follow up to some questions that were not answered last week. In the meantime, for those of you who are interested to know about the City’s strategy for marketing the sector, Visit Baltimore is in a second phase of its cultural tourism strategic plan. GBCA will keep you posted on developments there.
Thank you for all your wonderful, creative, and important work,
P.S. If you missed the Town Hall meeting, you can listen to the Mayor’s interview with Tom Hall on WYPR.