Proving the arts mean business.

The arts play an important role in our community: driving the economy of Greater Hartford. The arts have a real impact on our local economy—from supporting thousands of full-time jobs to generating millions in economic and tax revenue for our cities, towns and the State of Connecticut. 

Arts & Economic Prosperity Study

Conducted by Americans for the Arts and commissioned by the Greater Hartford Arts Council, this report is the most comprehensive look at the economic impact of the cultural community of Hartford and Tolland counties. The Arts & Economic Prosperity Study demonstrates the link between strong, vibrant arts organizations and a thriving local economy.

Key Findings:

  • The Arts Industry of Greater Hartford generates $230.4 million in economic activity
  • Supports 6,879 local full-time equivalent jobs
  • Delivers $21.4 million in state & local tax revenue
  • Arts audiences generate an additional $82 million in event-related spending

The Ripple Effect

When we talk about the importance of the arts, we have to mention the ripple effect of a strong, vibrant creative economy— one rich in cultural diversity and artistic excellence. Creative communities attract creative residents, and businesses reap the benefits of a creative workforce. CEOs and hiring managers overwhelmingly identify “creativity” as a vital skill when recruiting new employees.

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The Arts & Economic Prosperity Report was conducted from 2010–2011 on both the national and local levels.

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Covers Hartford & Tolland counties

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