In April 2010, Rocco Landesman, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, told a Boise audience: "Arts are an important part of economic recovery."
His theory is about to be tested.
Tuesday, the City of Boise's Department of Arts and History announced it would participate in Arts & Economic Prosperity IV. The research study is being conducted by Americans for the Arts. The evaluation will gauge the impact spending by non-profit arts organizations and their audiences has on local economies.
Boise is one of 200 study partners, each providing event attendance data. In Boise, more than 800 patrons will be surveyed at arts and culture events in 2011.
In the last study, performed in 2005, it was estimated that arts and culture organizations and their audiences had a $38 million impact on the Boise area economy. The industry employed over 1,200 local residents.