Following the excitement over the World Series, check out this ARTSblog post from Ben Burdick, comparing the economic impacts of the arts with that of pro sports.
Here’s an excerpt:
“While you may not hear names like Picasso and Monet making clutch hits for the New York Mets, they’re definitely hitting homeruns for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. According to its study and survey of attendees, the Metropolitan Museum’s summer 2009 opening of its New American Wing, along with the concurrent presentation of three highly acclaimed and widely attended special exhibitions—Roxy Paine on the Roof: Maelstrom; Francis Bacon: A Centenary Retrospective; and The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion—generated $593 million in spending by regional, national, and foreign tourists to New York. This resulted in the generation of $59.3 million in revenue for the city and state.”