Arts, Culture & Economic Prosperity

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Arts, Culture & Economic Prosperity

March 21, 26, and 28, 2013 

Answer:  $135.2 billion nationwide, $2.56 billion in Pennsylvania, and $686 million in Allegheny County.

Question:  What's the economic impact of our nonprofit arts and culture industry?

Interesting.  But where do these figures come from?  How do these dollars advance economic prosperity in our region?   What roles can arts-based education, urban development, and/or college/community collaboration play? 

For answers and to learn new, effective arts/arts education advocacy strategies, please join the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council and your fellow arts administrators, artists, educators, funders, and policymakers at one (or more) of three interactive (and fun!) Research & Advocacy events upcoming this March.  

All events are free and open to the public and include a light continental breakfast.  Attendees will receive many takeaways (i.e., both new ideas and goodies).  Overall, a very wise investment of your time.  Pre-registration is strongly encouraged.  

Dates and Locations

kaufmanncenter1Thursday, March 21 (Special focus: Arts & Urban Development)9:30 am - Noon
Kaufmann Center/Hillman Auditorium
1835 Centre Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Co-sponsor: The Hill House Association 

  • Free parking is available in Ebeneezer Baptist Church lot at 2001 Wylie Ave.  The church is approximately 1 block over and behind the Kaufmann Center.  To get to the auditorium, use the walkway that runs down the hill near the playground, then cross in front of the Hill House to get to the Kaufmann Center. Please enter through the front (Centre Ave) doors rather than the side Cafe doors. 
  • There is a bus stop directly in front of the Kaufmann Center, for those who will be taking public transportation. Routes 81, 82, and 83 service this stop. Check the PAT website for more information on these routes.
Tuesday, March 26 (Special focus: College and Community Arts Connections) 
9:30 am - Noon
Succop Theater, Main Campus
BC3 at Butler County Community College
107 College Drive
Butler, PA 16001
Co-sponsors: Butler Arts Council and BC3 at Butler County Community College
  • Free parking is available in the Community College lots, on a first-come, first-served basis. The lot closest to the Theater will fill up quickly, but the campus has many other lots that will provide ample parking. The campus is easily walkable from the additional lots. Click here for a campus parking map. 

Thursday, March 28 (Special focus: Arts Education and Workforce Development)
9:30 am - Noon 
Kara Alumni House, California University of PA
611 2nd Street
California, PA 15419
Co-sponsor: Arts Education Collaborative

  • Free parking is available on campus in the the River Lot (Lot #4), which is a short walk from the Kara Alumni House. Download a campus parking mappdf here .

    This session presented in conjunction with Arts Education Collaborative Logo

Learn More

For more information about these events, please contact David Pankratz, Research & Policy Director, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, 




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