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Arts & Economic Prosperity in Maine

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The Maine Arts Commission is proud to host a special statewide luncheon on the economic impact of Maine’s arts and cultural sectors, featuring guest speakers Randy Cohen, Americans for the Arts' Vice President of Research and Policy, and Dee Schneidman, the New England for the Arts' Program Director for Research and the Creative Economy. The luncheon will also include the first release of membership information for ArtsEngageME, the Arts Commission’s new nonprofit support and advocacy organization.

Randy will deliver his trademark engaging and informative stories summarizing Arts & Economic Prosperity 5, Americans for the Arts’ fifth study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry's impact on the economy released in June 2017. This is the first AEP study in which the Arts Commission organized participation throughout Maine, including partnerships with five specific regions who also received independent data: Bangor, Belfast, High Peaks/Western Mountains, Portland, and Waterville. Nationally, the nonprofit arts and culture industry generated $166.3 billion of economic activity during 2015. In Maine, with only 20% of eligible nonprofits reporting, the study documents more than $151 million in activity generated by these industries; with the creative sector employing more than 3% of all workers. Randy will talk about the national study and provide regional and statewide insight into the economic contributions of the arts and culture industry across Maine.

"We appreciate the arts, they improve our quality of life. But the fact is they are businesses. They employ people locally, they purchase goods and services in the community, they're members of the chamber of commerce, they're involved in the marketing and promotion of the city and the region. Arts organizations are good business citizens," Cohen said in a recent interview.

Dee will bring to life Maine's creative workforce-related data as documented in NEFA's 2017 study, The Jobs in New England's Creative Economy and Why They Matter.


Randy Cohen, Vice President of Research & Policy at Americans for the Arts

Randy Cohen is Vice President of Research and Policy at Americans for the Arts, the nation's advocacy organization for the arts. A member of the staff since 1991, Randy stands out as a noted expert in the field of arts funding, research, policy, and using the arts to address community development issues. He recently published Americans Speak Out About the Arts, a national study about the public’s opinions and participation in the arts. He publishes The National Arts Index, the annual measure of the health and vitality of arts as well as the two premier economic studies of the arts industry—Arts & Economic Prosperity, the national impact study of nonprofit arts organizations and their audiences; and Creative Industries, an annual mapping study of the nation’s 703,000 arts establishments and their employees. A sought after speaker, Randy has given speeches in 49 states, and regularly appears in the news media—including the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and on C-SPAN, CNN, CNBC, and NPR.

As NEFA’s Program Director for Research and Creative Economy, Dee Schneidman oversees data collection, documentation, and creative economy activities at NEFA. These include the New England Creative Economy Reports on the creative sector and its nonprofit subset; CreativeGround: New England’s online directory of creative enterprises and artists; regional events such as the Creative Communities Exchange (CCX); knowledge-sharing projects and NEFA program evaluation.

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