The Community Arts Council of Blount County has a long tradition of trying to invest, establish, promote, and provide to the citizens of Blount County a productive education for the Arts and Humanities. In order to achieve this goal, the Community Arts Council of Blount County has independently operated on a self-sufficient budget while utilizing different resources found throughout the entire county at large.
The community en masse has been very supportive in the efforts to help employ, as well as foster techniques and processes that have been needed to assist the Arts Council in improving artistic literacy throughout this county. According to recent studies, there are several benefits that have been proven that show a correlation between a community that invests in the arts and to how it improves the overall community at large. It is our belief that by investing in the Community Arts Council of Blount County, the following tenants will be achieved:
- Arts strengthen the economy. The arts and culture sector is a $730 billion industry, which represents 4.2 percent of the nation’s GDP—a larger share of the economy than transportation, tourism, and agriculture. The nonprofit arts industry alone generates $135 billion in economic activity annually (spending by organizations and their audiences), which supports 4.1 million jobs and generates $22.3 billion in government revenue.
Arts are good for local businesses. Attendees at nonprofit arts events spend $24.60 per person, per event, beyond the cost of admission on items such as meals, parking, and babysitters—valuable revenue for local commerce and the community.
Arts are an export industry. The arts and culture industries posted a $30 billion international trade surplus in 2017, according to the BEA. U.S. exports of arts goods (e.g., movies, paintings, jewelry) exceeded $60 billion.)
Arts drive tourism. Arts travelers are ideal tourists, staying longer and spending more to seek out authentic cultural experiences. Arts destinations grow the economy by attracting foreign visitor spending. The U.S. Department of Commerce reports that, between 2003-2015, the percentage of international travelers including “art gallery and museum visits” on their trip grew from 17 to 29 percent, and the share attending “concerts, plays, and musicals” increased from 13 to 16 percent.
The Community Arts Council of Blount County is looking at methods at which they can improve their outreach in order to meet their overall mission of improving artistic literacy throughout the entire county. Since we are the longest running Arts Council that resides in Blount County, we feel that we need to have a permanent fixture within the county. We are looking at a significant piece of property with acreage located outside of Oneonta where we can conduct our business of bringing the arts and humanities to Blount County.
We know that this is going to be something that is going to be gigantic for all of Blount County. With a permanent fixture we will be able to invest, establish, promote, and provide to the citizens of Blount County with a place where the Arts and Humanities can flourish. The ramifications of this endeavor will have a positive turnaround for the industrial and commercial developments throughout Blount County.
With an initial influx of assistance in acquiring this property, the Community Arts Council can and will grow and be able to do much, much, much more. We will still operate within our means from revenue generated throughout our theatrical seasons, Covered Bridge Runs, Art in the Park and Movie in the Park events, as well as other events that will be planned and can be done with the acquisition of this building.
Please help us help all of the citizens of Blount County by providing them with universal access to Arts of Humanities that the world has to offer.