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Study Reveals Arts Impact In City And County

Evening Edition

Randy Cohen with Americans for the Arts and Seema Sueko with the San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Coalition talk to KPBS about the economic impact of the arts.

Aired 6/26/12 on KPBS Midday Edition.

Randy Cohen, Americans for the Arts

Seema Sueko, San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Coalition

A national study reveals the impact of arts spending in San Diego city and county. The national study also provides comparisons to cities and counties of comparable size.


"Moby-Dick" at the San Diego Opera.
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Above: "Moby-Dick" at the San Diego Opera.

A study released earlier this month reveals the economic impact of San Diego's non-profit arts and culture industry. When compared to many cities and regions of comparable size, San Diego's arts industry stacks up pretty well.

In fact, San Diego's arts industry (organization + audience spending) spends more than twice the median of what some similar sized cities spend. For example, the city of Phoenix is slightly bigger than San Diego, but our arts industry spends almost twice as much.

The study, conducted by the non-profit Americans for the Arts, is being called the most comprehensive economic impact study of arts spending ever conducted in the United States.

Randy Cohen is one of the study's authors and joins us in studio to talk about the study. Seema Sueko is the artistic director at Mo'olelo Performing Arts Company and co-chair of the San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Coalition. She joins the conversation and talks about the study's findings in the context of the mayoral race and the local theater scene.

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