The Crested Butte Arts Festival is a proud member of the Arts Alliance of the East River Valley. We are pleased to share this exciting information regarding Crested Butte’s nonprofit arts and culture industry! 

A press release distributed by the Arts Alliance of the East River Valley and the Crested Butte Creative District in September announced that the nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $10.2 million in annual economic activity in the community and supports over 250 full-time equivalent jobs. These findings are according to the Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 national economic impact study, which is based on data collected from fiscal year 2015. The study found that the economic impact of Crested Butte’s cultural organizations is nearly twice the median of similarly sized communities (pop. 50,000 or less: $10.2 million versus $5.3 million). As Chair of the Arts Alliance and Executive Director of the Crested Butte Center for the Arts Jenny Birnie stated, “Crested Butte blows similarly sized communities out of the water in terms of the economic impact of our cultural organizations.” The most comprehensive economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry ever conducted in the United States, Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 was conducted by Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education.

Read the full press release here.

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