Palm Beach County has also seen strong numbers. According to the Palm Beach Cultural Council, which is connected to more than 200 countywide cultural institutions, 15,543 jobs were created because of the arts and 300,000 hotel rooms were filled by cultural tourists, with $525 million in annual economic impact. "These numbers show that the arts are for everybody," says Rena Blades, CEO of the council. "This is a sector that community leaders should take notice of. These numbers indicate that the arts should be included in the conversation when creating a healthy economy."
DEVELOPING A COMMUNITY
While the AEP5 report showcases important facts and figures, Bosworth is equally interested in the significance beyond the numbers. The eye-opening data indicates that the effort put forth by the Broward Cultural Division is making impacts not only in the present, but also in the future of the arts in Broward County. "The numbers show that we’re going to see a lot of emerging talent from the County," Bosworth says. "While we’re incredibly proud of what we have accomplished thus far, in our line of work, it’s important that we always keep in front of us a picture of a stronger, continually evolving arts environment and always work toward that. Our job is never done." 32
...Florida is in the top five states for the fastestgrowing arts and culture job markets in the nation.
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