2003 Adopted Resolutions
71st Annual Meeting
Denver

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LOCAL ARTS AGENCIES

WHEREAS, there are over 4,000 public and private local arts agencies in the United States; and

WHEREAS, local arts agencies strive to make the arts a part of the daily fabric of community living; and

WHEREAS, local arts agencies have a unique understanding of local artists and arts organizations and the cultural needs of the community; and

WHEREAS, 88 percent of local arts agencies present cultural programming in the form of music, dance, drama, visual arts, arts in education, art in public places, festivals, literature readings, and more; and

WHEREAS, 80 percent of local arts agencies provide public and private financial support to arts organizations and artists; and

WHEREAS 74.7 percent of local arts agencies partner with local school districts to improve the quality and quantity of arts education received by children; and

WHEREAS, business people and corporate citizens consider arts and culture as important factors in deciding where to establish operations; and

WHEREAS, a 2002 study sponsored by Americans for the Arts shows that local arts agencies and the arts organizations that they support have a major impact on national, state, and local economies, including:

Total Expenditures: $134.0 billion
Full-Time Jobs: $4.85 million
Household Income: $89.4 billion
Local Government Revenue: $6.6 billion
State Government Revenue: $7.3 billion
Federal Income Tax Revenue: $10.5 billion

WHEREAS, reducing support for the arts will result in reduced economic activity, less vitality in towns and cities, lower returns to federal, state, and local treasuries,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors reaffirms the positive economic, educational and societal contributions and roles that these local arts agencies serve in communities across the country.