TEMPLE BAR -- We discuss the contribution of the arts to society every Friday in Studio 6 of Temple Bar Gallery and Studios. Part of the coffee chat today dealt with an econometric impact study released by the California Arts Council this week. The report looked at non-profit arts groups in Santa Clara County annually and documented that they generate $229.1 million in revenue, "through everything from ticket sales to money spent by employees on rent and groceries."
California's non-profit arts organizations produced $5.4 billion, employed 160,000 people and generated $300 million in state and local taxes in 2001-02, according to the study, funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the council. A 1994 report found that non-profit arts groups contributed $2.15 billion to the state's economy. There are similar impacts that could be documented in the case of the Kilkenny Arts Festival.
Mark de la Viña -- "Study details revenue generated by Arts Groups" in Mercury News.