SAN DIEGO — Those arts-impact reports are paying off.
In the wake of a recent study by the Americans for the Arts showing the “nonprofit arts and culture industry” in the City of San Diego generated $579 million in annual economic activity and supported 17,817 jobs, the San Diego City Council this week approved Mayor Jerry Sanders’ recommendation to increase the city’s allocation to the arts by 5 percent.
That represents a roughly half-million dollar addition to the budget of the San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, from $7,297,983 (last year) to $7,742,108.
“We know that nonprofit arts and culture organizations have a significant impact on our communities, businesses, families, visitors and our economic future,” Sanders said in a prepared statement. “Our city is well served by our nonprofit art and cultural organizations. They enhance our quality of life, attract visitors, create jobs and attract skilled workers, enhance our communities and help educate our children.”
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