March 24, 2015. Feels like a normal Tuesday, doesn't it?
Think again! In Washington, DC, hundreds of civic and cultural representatives are gathering together to advocate for the arts at the Federal level. Here in Thousand Oaks, we are advocating for the Arts on a local level.
Why are the Arts Important?
Check out our favorites from the ARTSblog in celebration of Arts Advocacy Day, sponsored by Americans for the Arts.
1. Arts promote true prosperity. The arts are fundamental to our humanity. They ennoble and inspire us—fostering creativity, goodness, and beauty. The arts help us express our values, build bridges between cultures, and bring us together regardless of ethnicity, religion, or age. When times are tough, art is salve for the ache.
4. Arts are good for local merchants. Attendees at nonprofit arts events spend $24.60 per person, per event, beyond the cost of admission on items such as meals, parking, and babysitters. Attendees who live outside the county in which the arts event takes place spend twice as much as their local counterparts ($39.96 vs. $17.42)—valuable revenue for local businesses and the community.
9. Arts improve healthcare. Nearly one-half of the nation’s healthcare institutions provide arts programming for patients, families, and even staff. 78 percent deliver these programs because of their healing benefits to patients—shorter hospital stays, better pain management, and less medication.
These are just a few reasons we LOVE the arts, and spend so much time making sure each and every individual in Ventura county has access to professional and community theatre and dance. To get involved in Arts Advocacy Day, why not Become an Alliance Member at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza?