Arts & Culture businesses employ thousands of workers and contribute millions of dollars annually to the regional economy.

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Why are arts and culture significant to economic prosperity?

Communities that offer a wide variety of artistic and cultural outlets, as well as an awareness and celebration of their traditions, values and history, are able to build on these assets to enhance placemaking activities, which help to create a vibrant, unique, and recognizable sense of place. Community support for arts and cultural organizations, businesses, and activities can also act as an important economic development strategy in efforts to retain and attract a workforce and build tourism.

Source: A Framework for Arts & Culture in Nortwest Michigan