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Americans for the Arts Study: Irving’s Nonprofit Arts & Culture Industry

Irving’s Nonprofit Arts & Culture Industry Generates $25.5mm in Economic Activity; Supports 1,000+ Jobs Annually According to Americans for the Arts Study

IRVING, TEXAS. — The nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $25.5 million in annual economic activity in Irving, Texas, supporting 1,031 full-time equivalent jobs and generating $2.6 million in local and state government revenues, according to the Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 national economic impact study. The most comprehensive economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry ever conducted in the United States, Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 was conducted by Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education.

Irving’s Investment in the Arts Shows Great Returns

Results show that nonprofit arts and culture organizations spent $24.2 million during fiscal year 2015. This spending is far-reaching: organizations pay employees, purchase supplies, contract for services and acquire assets within their community. Those dollars, in turn, generated $20.2 million in household income for local residents and more than $1 million in local and state government revenues.

“Art, like water, raises all ships. The data from the Arts and Economic Prosperity study proves that the impact of the arts in Irving goes beyond the benefits of community engagement and quality of life, it bolsters the economic well-being of our city, says Todd Eric Hawkins, Executive Director of the City of Irving’s Department of Arts & Culture. “The arts not only builds metaphorical bridges in the community, it literally contributes to building bridges in Irving.”

National Impact of the Arts
Nationwide, the Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 reveals that the nonprofit arts industry produces $166.3 billion in economic activity every year, resulting in $63.8 billion in federal, state and local tax revenues. In addition, it supports 4.6 million full-time equivalent jobs and generates $27.5 billion in government revenue.

“This study demonstrates that the arts are an economic and employment powerhouse both locally and across the nation,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “A vibrant arts and culture industry helps local businesses thrive and helps local communities become stronger and healthier places to live. Leaders who care about community and economic vitality can feel good about choosing to invest in the arts. Nationally as well as locally, the arts mean business.”

Arts Industry Boon for Local Businesses
In addition to spending by organizations, the nonprofit arts and culture industry leverages $1.3 million in event-related spending by its audiences. That spending pumps vital revenue into restaurants, hotels, retail stores, and other local businesses. In Irving, these dollars support 1,031 full-time equivalent jobs and generate $2.6 million in local and state government revenues.

Methodology, Participation, and Regional Announce
(June 28)
The Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 study was conducted by Americans for the Arts and supported by The Ruth Lilly Fund of Americans for the Arts. Americans for the Arts’ local, regional, and statewide project partners contributed both time and financial support to the study. Financial information from organizations was collected in partnership with DataArts™, using a new online survey interface. For a full list of the communities who participated in the Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 study, visit www.AmericansForTheArts.org/AEP5Partners.

On Wednesday, June 28 from 6-8 p.m. at Dallas City Performance Hall the public is invited to a regional announcement of the Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 study. The event is hosted by the Business Council for the Arts, City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs and the Dallas Arts District as well as local partners: Irving Arts Center/Irving Department of Arts & Culture, the City of Richardson, the Arts Council of Fort Worth, and the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater. The event is free to attend but registration is required. Visit ntbca.org for more information.

ABOUT IRVING ARTS CENTER / DEPARTMENT OF ARTS AND CULTURE
Irving Arts Center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is now part of City of Irving’s Department of Arts and Culture. Irving Arts Center alone hosts approximately 1,400 events annually, including 200+ performances and 25+ exhibitions, welcoming more than 100,000 visitors. Parking is free and the facility is open daily. For more information, call (972) 252-7558 or visit www.IrvingArtsCenter.com.

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Super Family Day: Be a Hero for the Arts in Denton Nov. 12

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Enjoy a fun-filled day of celebrating the power of arts in our community! Families are invited to experience a full day of activities including Saturday morning cartoons, comics making, recycled costume contest with SCRAP Denton, and more.

Saturday, November 12, 2016 @ 11 a.m. http://dentonarts.org

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VAST Merging Visions opens April 15 in Denton

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MERGING VISIONS 2016

Meadows Gallery, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, Denton TX
April 15 – June 5, 2016, FREE

The Visual Arts Society of Texas collaborates with the Denton Poets’ Assembly, the Greater Denton Arts Council, and the Denton Public Library to create an annual exhibit of paired original art work and poetry in celebration of National Poetry Month. This exhibition is held at Patterson-Appleton Arts Center with part of the exhibit traveling to various library locations.

The opening reception — also free and open to the public — will be held on April 15th from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

For more information see http://vastarts.org/index.php/exhibitions/merging-visions  and http://dentonpoetsassembly.weebly.com/merging-visions.html

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International Nightscapes: Bob Chilton Reception May 5

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First Fridays at the Arts Center
International Nightscapes:

Recent Works by Bob Chilton Opening Reception
Friday, May 5, 6-8 PM, FREE, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, Denton TX
Explore the world through the lens of photographer Bob Chilton. Learn more at dentonarts.com

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For more about the artist, see his website: http://www.bobchilton.com/

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Thin Line Fest Photography Festival Feb. 17 – 22 in Denton

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Festival Hall, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
February 17 – 22, 2016; FREE

The 2016 Thin Line Photography Exhibit is a competitive and curated festival, which will showcase the best and most promising talent in Texas and beyond. Selected artists will have their work displayed in print and digital galleries featuring works in the 2016 categories of Natural Beauty, It’s About People, What Moves Us, There’s a Thin Line, and Zef. Additionally, the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center will also host Thin Line educational workshops and local film screenings including a visual history of Denton, Texas 2015 called “Our Town: Denton.”

The 9th Annual Thin Line documentary Film Fest will take place at Campus Theater February 17-22, 2016. Thin Line will show one-of-a-kind documentaries from around the world at affordable prices. All-Access, Film and Day passes are also available for the ultimate Thin Line festival experience. Please visit www.thinline.us for more information and scheduling details. http://www.thinlinefilmfest.com/

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Ricochet 15: “Celebrating Edge-to-Edge Creativity” in Richardson Oct. 16 & 17

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AIR (Arts Incubator of Richardson) and Richardson Symphony Orchestra (RSO) present

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“Celebrating Edge-to-Edge Creativity”

 

October 16-17, 2015

Various venues throughout the City of Richardson, Texas

http://www.artsincubatorrichardson.org

Ricochet15 is a city-wide focus on the arts featuring arts organizations, individual artists and other creatives in the region. Presented as a collaborative effort between AIR (Arts Incubator of Richardson) and the Richardson Symphony Orchestra (RSO), Ricochet15 is the basis for creating a “culture map” of the City while also creating awareness for National Arts & Humanities Month in October.

Ricochet15 is designed to be an annual event focused on the arts and creativity.

From a kickoff social event on Friday night to all-day events on Saturday (10:00am – 5:00pm – all FREE), the ricochet effect will be exhibited as lovers of all types of creativity go from place to place across Richardson enjoying and engaging in a variety of creative activities. The different venues (parks, retail, sidewalk, schools) will exemplify the long-range strategic plan for the arts’ concept of creative clusters and public art.

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Kickoff party:

Friday, October 16, 7:00-10:00pm

Venue: SpringHill Suites by Marriott

3251 E. President George Bush Turnpike

Richardson TX 75082

Tickets are $20/person, adults only, through Eventbrite at: https://www.eventbrite.com/d/tx– richardson/ricochet15/?view=list

 

Food: BBQ from Ten50BBQ and pizza and salad from i Fratelli

Craft beer: Four Bullets Brewery in Richardson

Entertainment: The award-winning Jolie Holliday Trio

 

Ricochet15 Events on Saturday, October 17 (all free and family-friendly!):

Venues range from the University of Texas at Dallas to Alamo Drafthouse Cinema/DFW to McKamy Spring Park and all sorts of spots in between. At each venue there will be a variety of activities and performances exemplifying the artistic and creative vibe that “is” Richardson. Home base for the event is the Richardson Public Library where there will be a major yarn bombing, information desk, and a temporary public art installation of “BIRD” in partnership with sculptor Brad Oldham.

While Brad Oldham’s “BIRD” graces the exterior of the library near the city hall fountain, a group of artists from Urban Sketchers will be sketching the scene for the day as well as a plethora of plein air artists will capture the natural beauty of the area.

To the northeast, at Crowley Park, there will be a daylong PopUP Art Event coupled with various musical events during the day. Seven artists will be exhibiting and selling their works and musical accompaniment will be provided by ensembles from Lone Star Wind Orchestra as well as Casmi and Company and others.

Heading south around noon, stop at Four Bullets Brewery, Richardson Food Truck Park or Tavern on Main Street to satisfy those creative hunger pangs.

Venture on south afterwards to Richland College and enjoy the steel drum band, dance performances and create some art with Chartreuse using recycled and repurposed materials. Make a swing by McKamy Spring Park to hear a string quartet from the RSO, the Contemporary Chorale and a theatrical display by actors from the Richardson Theatre Centre. There will be no drought of things artistic and creative to do at Ricochet15! [See complete listing of venues and activities at the end of this release.] Event maps will be distributed the week of October 5 at the Richardson Chamber of Commerce, the Richardson Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts and the Richardson Public Library.

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The RSO and AIR developed Ricochet15 having received a 50% challenge grant from the City of Richardson Cultural Arts Commission to create a new collaborative arts initiative that would bring greater awareness of the arts, as well as bring artists and arts organizations together.

Major underwriters are Alamo Drafthouse Cinema/DFW and Richardson Living magazine. Other sponsors include Hall Financial Group, Corner Bakery, Ebby Halliday Realtors, Four Bullets Brewery, iFratelli Pizza, SpringHill Suites by Marriott, Ten50BBQ and Brown Graphics.

For more information, contact: Kitty Goddard, AIR President

972.690.1355 kitty@artsincubatorrichardson.org http://www.artsincubatorrichardson.org

 

Laurie Garvie

Executive Director and President, Richardson

Symphony Orchestra

972.234.4195 phone      972.238.7514 fax lgarvie@richardsonsymphony.org

 

Ricochet15 social media: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: Ricochet_15

 

Ricochet15 Locations / Events Saturday, October 17, 2015 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Richardson, Texas

 

Richland College – all day – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

12800 Abrams Road

  • Chartreuse – hands-on art activities using recycled/repurposed materials
  • Steel Drums (Richland musicians)
  • Various performances including dance and theatre throughout the day

 

University of Texas / Dallas – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

800 West Campbell Road

  • Jindal School of Management
  • Artwork to visit – Bowman, Oldham and McGreal sculptures
  • ATEC Lobby – various performances including dance, theatre and video exhibits
  • Coloring station

 

Alamo Drafthouse 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

100 South Central Expressway

  • Yarn bomb bike racks and columns
  • Performance in lobby – Avant Chamber Ballet with RSO musician accompaniment
  • Coloring station on patio
  • Chalk artists to embellish sidewalks at Alamo Drafthouse and Half Price Books – theme

“Goosebumps” the series

  • Rich-Tones to perform as flash mob in Heights Village

 

Richardson Library – all day outdoors – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

900 Civic Center Drive

12:00 – 4:00 p.m. indoors – Basement Program Room

  • Temporary installation of public art – “BIRD” in partnership with sculptor Brad Oldham
  • Yarn Bomb in Reading Garden and Front Entrance
  • Information Center
  • Corner Bakery to distribute cookies and lemonade from 2:00-4:00
  • Performances in Program Room – Chamberlain Ballet, Pegasus Theatre, Dallas Chinese Community Center – art demonstration

 

Northrich Park – 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

1301 Custer Road

  • Storyteller/puppeteer – Lynn Baskind
  • Coloring station

 

McKamy Spring Park Pavilion – 2:00-5:00 p.m.

744 Brick Row (North of Spring Valley / east of Central – on Brick Row property)

  • RSO String Quartet – 2:00 -3:30 pm
  • Richardson Theater Center – 3:30 – 4:15pm
  • Contemporary Chorale – 4:15 – 5:00pm

 

Richardson Dog Park (Barkway) – 10:00 am – noon

SW corner of George Bush Freeway and Central Expressway access road

  • Caricature Artist – pets and their people
  • Recorded music presented by Alchemy Music Academy

 

West Junior High’s Visual Arts Magnet – 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

1309 Holly Drive

  • Hands-on art activities – teacher and student-led

 

Crowley Park – all day – 10:00 am – 5:00pm

  • PopUp Art festival featuring artists Liz Conrad, mixed media; Ginny Marsh, stoneware and porcelain vessels; Carrie Fox and Tya-Mae Julien, photography; drawings by student Olivia Yost; sketch artist Edwin Chavez; fused glass artist and sculptor, Nan Phillips.
  • Lone Star Wind Orchestra ensemble – 1:00 – 2:00 pm
  • Casmi and Company musical group

 

Huffhines Park

  • Yarn bombing of grove of trees

 

Richardson Mercantile – 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Dal Rich Village, 101 S. Coit Rd #50

  • Academic Suspension – band composed of Collin College professors
  • Poetry Slam (Collin College professors)

 

Food and watering spots:

Four Bullets – Watering spot – afternoon only / noon – 6:00 pm

640 N. Interurban St.

 

Food Truck Park – Feeding and watering spot

522 Bishop Ave.

  • Dyer St. Band to perform here – noon – 2:00 pm

 

Tavern on Main Street – Feeding and watering spot

115 E. Main St.

 

Also open for browsing during the day are The Bonny Studio, The Encaustic Center and O’Keefe Studio Center, plus these three studios are hosting an Open House that evening from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. All are located at 580 W Arapaho Rd, Richardson 75080.

 

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