Skip to main content

Study Shows Impact of the Arts on Jobs, Government and More in Fort Myers & Surrounding Areas

Jul 08, 2017 12:15PM ● Published by Kevin

Courtesy of the Alliance for the Arts Facebook page.

Fort Myers, Lee County, Sarasota County and Collier County were included in a report recently released by nonprofit organization The Americans for the Arts. The report is called Arts & Economic Prosperity 5: The Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts & Cultural Organizations and Their Audiences and it was released in June.

It is a 542-page document looking at metrics such as: "how much cultural organizations and their audiences spend, how many jobs they support and how much they pump into local, state and the national coffers," as reported by Jennifer Reed of Gulfshore Life. "The study relied on audience surveys and financial data provided by 14,439 organizations in 341 counties and municipalities, including Collier, Lee and the City of Fort Myers."

According to the Reed's recap of the report:
  • "The arts and culture sector supported 2,923 full-time equivalent jobs in Collier and 3,875 in Lee (1,389 of which were in the City of Fort Myers).
  • "Lee County arts organizations and their audiences spent $140 million; Collier’s spent $107.7 million.
  • "Direct expenditures by Lee and Collier arts organizations and audiences generated $3.6 million in local government revenue for Collier and $7.6 million in for Lee. A total of $18.4 million from the two counties went to the state."
As for Sarasota County, local arts and cultural organizations added $295 million into the economy in 2015. This was a 64-percent increase from $180 million in 2010, according to Carrie Seidman's article in the Herald-Tribune.

"Nationally, the nonprofit arts and culture industry generated $166.3 billion of economic activity during 2015—$63.8 billion in spending by arts and cultural organizations and an additional $102.5 billion in event-related expenditures by their audiences," according to AmericansForTheArts.org. "This activity supported 4.6 million jobs and generated $27.5 billion in revenue to local, state, and federal governments (a yield well beyond their collective $5 billion in arts allocations)."

For more information, visit the official website of Americans for the Arts.
Life+Leisure rankings art studies Lee County
  • Open Painting at The Paint Escape

    11/21/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Ceramic painting for children and adults, create a decorative item. Friday night offers ladie...


  • Surfside Sunset Market

    11/21/2017
    01:00PM — 06:00PM

    The Surfside Sunset Market is located at The Shops at Surfside. From November through April, the ...


  • After-school Clique, 3rd-5th grades

    11/21/2017
    03:00PM — 04:00PM

    avorite books, new books, never-knew-existed books plus puzzles, games, crafts and more! Geared s...


  • Complete original art while enjoying friends, music and favorite beverages. Materials provided, o...


  • Wines One

    11/21/2017
    07:00PM — 09:00PM

    An introduction to the pleasures of wine. Food & wine parings. Taste over a dozen wines - many ma...


  • Each year on the Friday following Thanksgiving, ’Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa hosts one o...


  • Like a Broadway spectacular, this holiday tradition has it all — glorious sets and costumes, magi...


  • Broadway On The Beach

    11/29/2017
    06:00PM

    JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort is pleased to host the world premiere of Broadway on the Be...


  • Like a Broadway spectacular, this holiday tradition has it all — glorious sets and costumes, magi...


  • LeAnn Rimes

    12/04/2017
    08:00PM

    LeAnn Rimes sings holiday classics and her country hits! A mainstay on the country and pop charts...


  • Christmas in the Park

    12/08/2017
    04:00PM — 10:00PM

    The City of Fort Myers celebrates the season with Christmas in the Park from 4 to 10 p.m. on Dece...


  • Night Lights in the Garden

    12/08/2017
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    More lights on more nights are planned for the annual Night Lights in the Garden at the Naples Bo...


  • Naples Christmas Boat Parade

    12/09/2017
    06:15PM

    There’s nothing cooler and truly Southwest Floridian during the holiday season than the Naples Ch...


  • Echoes

    12/09/2017
    08:00PM

    Tillie and Samira were born 175 years apart, but their parallel stories eerily mirror one another...


Proudly Brought To You By These Community Sponsors