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Historic Yuma Theatre to host event discussing findings of arts’ impact on the economy


The City of Yuma, through the Parks and Recreation’s Arts and Culture division, invites the public to an event that releases findings that connect the arts to the economy.

The in-depth results of the latest Arts and Economic Prosperity Study (AEP6) will be shared from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 29 at the Historic Yuma Theatre, 254 S. Main St. in Yuma.

AEP6 is Americans for the Arts study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry’s impact on the economy. The City’s Arts and Culture division participated in AEP6, which documents the economic contributions of the arts in 373 diverse communities and regions across the country, representing all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

The keynote presentation will be given by Randy Cohen, Vice President of Research at Americans for the Arts. Participants are invited to network before the program begins. Hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Please register before attending this event by visiting https://forms.gle/goGgyDBuaMbw7kKR6.

“The AEP6 findings confirm the economic value of arts and culture,” said Arts and Culture Program Manager Ana Padilla.

“Arts and culture activities are economic drivers for local economies by prompting consumer spending at restaurants, hotels, and other local businesses. Arts tourists spend twice as much and stay twice as long when they travel. By supporting the arts, communities can better attract businesses and personnel.”

The full national report, a map of the 373 study regions, and a two-page economic impact summary for each can be found at AEP6.AmericansForTheArts.org.

Americans for the Arts is a nonprofit organization whose primary focus is advancing the arts and arts education in the United States over the past 50-plus years. Find more information about them at https://www.americansforthearts.org/.


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