It's not always the most obvious connection in the world, but arts and culture actually do have significant economic impact on communities, as a recent ArtServe report shows.
The intrinsic value of arts and cultural organizations has long been recognized, but a new report reinforces what the sector has long trumpeted: They have significant economic impact, as well.
For every $1 the state invested in nonprofit arts and cultural groups in 2009, those organizations pumped more than $51 into Michigan's economy through spending on rent, programs, travel and salaries.
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Source: Crain's Detroit Business