Friday, May 25, 2007

'Pan Cogito! If You're A Cultural Economist, As You Claim To Be, Why Don't You Ever Talk About Economics And The Arts?'

"Americans for the Arts is proud to announce the release of Arts & Economic Prosperity III, our third study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry's impact on the nation's economy. These studies are the most potent and oft-cited advocacy tool used to justify public- and private-sector support to nonprofit arts organizations. This new study is our largest ever, featuring findings from 156 study regions (116 cities and counties, 35 multicounty regions, and five states). Data were collected from a remarkable 6,080 nonprofit arts and culture organizations and 94,478 of their attendees across all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

America's nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $166.2 billion in economic activity every year— $63.1 billion in spending by organizations and an additional $103.1 billion in event-related spending by audiences.

The economic activity from America's nonprofit arts and culture industry supports 5.7 million jobs nationally and generates $29.6 billion in government revenue. Between 2000 and 2005, the nonprofit arts and culture industry grew 24 percent, from $134 billion to $166.2 billion.

Event-related spending by the audiences of nonprofit arts and culture organizations boasts an even greater increase of 28 percent—from $80.8 billion in 2000 to $103.1 billion in 2005."


House Bill Would Give Arts and Humanities Endowments Bigger Budgets in 2008

"An appropriations panel of the U.S. House of Representatives endorsed legislation on Wednesday that would provide the largest spending increase ever for the National Endowment for the Arts.

The bill, which still faces votes by the full Appropriations Committee as well as the entire House and U.S. Senate, would provide $160-million for the arts endowment in the 2008 fiscal year, a $35-million increase over the 2007 figure and $32-million above President Bush’s request.

The bill would also provide $160-million for the National Endowment for the Humanities, $19-million over the president’s request. The provisions for the cultural endowments are part of broader legislation to finance the Interior Department and other agencies in the next fiscal year, which begins on October 1."

Kelly Field News Blog of The Chronicle of Higher Education May 24, 2007

Mariinsky Cultural Center, New Holland
St. Petersburg, Russia

Samitaur Constructs, Developer

St. Petersburg is not an assemblage of discrete buildings. Rather it is a chronology of monumental spaces that sweeps one along from plaza and canal to building and monument. Buildings originated in different eras and were built in various styles. But the consistent lessons are scale and power. There is no consigning the asymmetry of those public spaces to a sedate conclusion. To architecturally intervene in the area is to exploit its spatial message. The tradition of long diagonal views and expansive public space is open ended. There is room for more.

The reconstitution of New Holland is not merely a location for new building “events” in the historic center of St. Petersburg, but rather an attempt to understand the site as an extension of the existing organization of the historic district. The city’s historic center consists of a linear arrangement of the Winter Palace and Hermitage, Palace Square with Alexander’s Column, the Admiralty, and St. Issac’s Cathedral along a west-east axis. The grand tree-line dnogvardeiskiy Boulevard continues west from these landmarks and terminates at New Holland, making it a pivotal site in St. Petersburg that can both continue the cultural corridor as well as create new ones.

Caption and photo credits: (c) With thanks.


David Throsby, 2005. "On the Sustainability of Cultural Capital," Research Papers 0510, Macquarie University, Department of Economics.



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