Arts And Culture Sector Is A $1.1 Billion Industry In Greater Houston

A new study by Americans for the Arts also finds this industry supports over 25,000 jobs in our region


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The Houston Arts Alliance and the Greater Houston Partnership organized an event about the economic impact of the arts and culture sector in the region.

The arts and culture sector is a $1.1 billion industry in the Houston region and it generates $119 million in local and state government revenue.

That is one of the main findings of the latest edition of the Arts & Economic Prosperity study prepared by the organization Americans for the Arts, which was presented Friday during an event organized by the Houston Arts Alliance and the Greater Houston Partnership.

Randy Cohen, vice president of Research and Policy of Americans for the Arts, highlighted during a presentation of the study that this sector supports 25,800 jobs locally and promotes tourism.

"Right here, in Harris County, one out of five attendees to an arts event comes from outside the county and one out of ten comes from outside the ten county region," said Cohen.

Those visitors, the expert added, spend their money at local businesses, much of it in restaurants, hotels and other types of lodging.

Cohen and other experts also said the devastation Hurricane Harvey caused to many local theaters and venues gives an opportunity to re-think how they are built.

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