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Radio Smart Talk: The Economic Impact of the Arts in PA

Written by Megan Lello, witf Reporter and Producer | Oct 25, 2012 11:31 AM

Radio Smart Talk for Friday, Oct. 26:

A new study conducted by Americans for the Arts has been released by Citizens for the Arts in PA which details the impact of Pennsylvania's non-profit arts industry. The report, Arts and Economic Prosperity in the State of Pennsylvania, is available for download in full, or by region.  



On Friday’s Radio Smart Talk, with guest host Cary Burkett from the witf Arts and Culture Desk, we’ll discuss the findings of the new report, take a look at the economic importance of maintaining a vibrant arts community, and talk about how the arts might be a pathway for creating jobs in the future.

We’ll hear from Jenny Hershour, managing director of Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania, Alan Hineline, CEO of Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and Robert Welsh, executive director of Jump Street.

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2012-10-26 08:36

    Email from Steve, York PA

    Great topic,
    In all of this, PLEASE let's not forget to support local artists & musicians. Too often, the mindset is that to get real talent we have to go outside Central PA, but there is so much talent here that is too often overlooked.

    For instance, I have tried to get the Lancaster Long's Park summer concert series to use local talent to open up for the main act - at NO COST to them, yet they would not talk to me.

  • Lisa img 2012-10-26 08:57

    Two years ago our school board voted to greatly reduce the stringed instrument program in our school. They showed a complete lack of understanding of the benefits and despite many, many community members speaking out in favor of this arts program, including professional musicians, music educators, and others who all began with this program, it was cut. One of the observations made was that cuts should be made to the athletics program. The school board response was that athletics kept kids in school who would otherwise quit whereas music was for kids who were already good students and not at risk of dropping out. A short-sighted view in light of comments here today. Good program.

  • Hannah Jay img 2012-10-26 09:33

    Loved the program this morning. I'm a home school student who participates in the arts at our local high school, Tulpehocken High School. I drive to the school at least once a day for my music classes and to me it's totally worth it. I love the many programs our school has offered. Because of them I have grown as a musician and as a student as well. I've developed confidence and discipline;I'm able to manage my time more easily, and I understand how to work towards a goal. If the arts were cut from school I believe it would have a much larger impact on the students than the economy.

  • Joe Ostrander img 2012-10-26 09:57

    Thank you for covering this topic today. The economic impact of the non-profit arts is huge, as is the impact of all non-profits. Non-profits are important employers throughout in Pennsylvania and throughout the country. Of the PA's Top 50 employers, 18 are non-profits.

    Non-profits employ people, people who pay taxes and spend their salaries boosting our economy. Non-profits also DO pay taxes. Plus who would want to live in a community without non-profits? It would mean no hospitals, universities, senior centers, churches, civic groups, sports leagues, park systems, social services and of course arts and entertainment.

    A recent CNN article ( discusses the importance of non-profits is job growth and the economy.

    "...the sector generates almost $1.5 trillion in spending per year and employs about one in 10 American workers, or 13.5 million people. It is the third largest labor force behind retail trade and manufacturing. While nonprofits are known for employing social workers, they also need managers, human resource professionals, educators, artists, computer programmers, marketers, accountants, athletes, carpenters, researchers, cooks and many other skilled workers."

    Non-profits are a crucial part of local communities and contribute to the economy. That CNN article poses one very important policy question when it comes to funding priorities in PA and Washington:

    "When there are proposals to cut defense or other federal programs that fund businesses, Congress often protects them because those cuts kill private-sector jobs. Shouldn't Congress likewise protect cuts in federal funds that eliminate middle-class jobs that provide health, education, opportunity, safety and culture for our communities?"

    Thanks again for a great topic, and a great show.

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