Connecticut can’t recover without the arts, so we partnered with the CT Arts Alliance and our sister organizations and designated regional partners for “Create The Vote“, a statewide campaign to focus attention on the importance of the arts and culture.
Create The Vote Candidates Forum
The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut hosted a candidates forum on October 22, 2020 in an effort to connect voters and candidates. We invited candidates who completed the Create The Vote survey to discuss their plans to strengthen the arts and culture sector in the region and State.
QUALITY OF LIFE AND ECONOMY
The data shows when you partner with local arts and culture, you impact the entire community. Especially now, the arts remain indispensable to local communities, states, and the nation. We have been privileged to experience the arts infuse our communities with economic growth, jobs, and renewal in the form of new businesses, tourism dollars, and an environment that attracts skilled and educated workers.
“Understanding and acknowledging the incredible impact of the nonprofit arts and culture
we must always remember their fundamental value. They foster beauty, creativity, originality, and vitality. The arts inspire us, soothe us, provoke us, involve us, and connect us. But they also create jobs and contribute to the economy.”
– Robert L. Lynch, President & CEO
According to the study, the nonprofit arts generated $166.3 billion of economic activity in 2015.
BILLION In event-related expenditures by their audiences
BILLION In spending by Arts & Cultural Organizations
BILLION generated in revenue to local, state, and federal governments
MILLION jobs were supported
Why Partner with Arts Organizations?
Socrates Sculpture Park
Guido's Fresh Market Place
Yet, national arts funding was in jeopardy. So, in 2017, the company decided to support the arts with a new program; #ArtFeedsUs campaign, which partnered with ten arts organizations in the area. With Guido’s vision, over 200 customers and members of arts organizations celebrated the arts at their Pittsfield location. Each arts organization provided access to an array of arts events through raffles. Since the success of #ArtFeedsUs campaign, they have held a Staff Art Show, which will become an annual event and a unique way to celebrate employees. The program was deemed a success and is now an annual event with more partners and art offerings to the community.