Sioux Falls Arts Industry gets A+

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The Sioux Falls art scene just got a glowing report from a national study aimed at highlighting the economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture.

“If we could get an A+ report card, we got it,” said Kara Dirkson, Executive Director of the Sioux Falls Arts Council.

Sioux Falls’ nonprofit arts sector contributes approximately $105.4 million in total economic activity every year, according to a recent study commissioned by the Sioux Falls Arts Council.

The findings also reveal support for 3,567 full-time equivalent jobs, generates $71.1 million in household income and $3.3 million in revenue to local government.

The Arts and Economic Prosperity Study is a recurring review of the nonprofit arts and culture industry that communities across the county can take part in once every five years. In partnership with Americans for the Arts, it’s the second time Sioux Falls has participated in this study.

Conducted over a period of 12 months concluding in January, the study looks at the full circle economy cycle which includes the amount of money nonprofits pump directly into the economy, as well as the indirect spending of attendees.

The study is good news across the board with Sioux Falls performing above average in most categories measured by the study. Overall attendance is up with the total number of attendees at an impressive 2.5 million, compared to 886,000 in the 2012 study.

The economic impact of the arts in Sioux Falls is higher today than it was five years ago when the country was still recovering from the recession…

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