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Can We Put A Price On The Arts And Culture Industry In Boston?22:27
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The Museum of Fine Arts welcomes one million visitors each year, including about 200,000 Boston residents. (Rodrigo Blanco/Flickr)
The Museum of Fine Arts welcomes one million visitors each year, including about 200,000 Boston residents. (Rodrigo Blanco/Flickr)
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Which industry in Greater Boston provides 26,000 jobs, attracts millions of visitors and pumps nearly $1 billion a year into the local economy? A lot of industries might come to mind, from academia to life sciences to beer.

But those numbers come from ArtsBoston -- and the answer is the arts and culture industry.

Yet as big as those numbers are, many arts advocates will tell you, the value of the industry goes far beyond economic measures.

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Julie Burros, chief of arts and culture for the City of Boston. She tweets @JulieBurros.

Matthew Wilson, executive director of MASSCreative.

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ArtsBoston: The Arts Factor

  • "Arts and culture attendees spend nearly half a billion dollars annually beyond admissionprices in support of local businesses including restaurants, transportation, and parking. In turn, regional arts and cultural organizations infuse nearly $1 billion into the local economy each year through direct spending and provide 26,000 jobs."

The Boston Globe: In Discussing Olympic Bid’s Demise, Don’t Forget Arts and Culture

  • "Over 170,000 activities, 40,000 artists, and 5,370 new works resulted in 43 million public experiences with the arts during the London Cultural Olympiad. What most of us remember from the Beijing Games was not the athletic competition, but the pageantry and showcasing of Chinese music, art, and dance as well as the world-class architecture of many of the new facilities. Might the arts have been an effective organizing tool to engage public interest and investment in Boston 2024 Olympics?"

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