The Orange County Arts Commission (OCAC) announced last week the nonprofit arts and culture sector is a $130.3 million industry in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough.
This sector also supports 5,001 full-time jobs and generated $12.5 million in local and state government revenue in 2015, according to the report. Director of the Orange County Arts Commission Katie Murray said the arts are vital to the local community.
“The arts are important for every part of our lives; they impact everything, from the success rates of our children in schools to crime rates to the economy,” she said.
Orange County is a hub for the arts. Murray said there are 170 arts and cultural related nonprofits in the county. She also said because Orange County is part of the Triangle region, it would be easy to think that people want to go to Durham Performing Arts Center, Durham or one of the several large art centers in Raleigh. However, the study done shows that many Orange County nonprofit arts attendees are not from the local area.
Carolyn Allmendinger, director of academic programs at the Ackland Art Museum, said the report is both surprising and rewarding.