Lexington part of national arts-economy study

LexArts will be one of 200 arts councils around the United States participating in “The Arts & Economic Prosperity IV,” an economic impact study of the arts conducted by Americans for the Arts, a national ­organization that supports the arts and ­culture through private and public resource development.

The study seeks to ­document in specific detail the role of the arts in the economy. It will be conducted throughout 2011, and is scheduled to be published in mid-2012.

Americans for the Arts bills the study as “the most ­comprehensive economic impact study of the nation’s non-profit arts and culture industry ever conducted,” says a LexArts release. “It alters the perception the arts are luxuries worth supporting in prosperous times but hard to justify when the economy is struggling.”

LexArts president and CEO Jim Clark is vice chair of Americans for the Arts’ private sector council, which develops strategies for not-for-profit arts groups to increase private ­sector support.

LexArts says it is currently­seeking area groups interested in participating in the study, which will include detailed information from participating groups and audience surveys. A steering committee will be formed late in thelater this summer, with marketing and communications plans beingto be developed in the fall.

For more information on the study, call (859) 255-2951.

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