Community Involvement and Revitalization

 

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Our youth and the entire community are encouraged to become active participants in all of the events and projects that ARTSNCT offers. The support of the  local area has been overwhelmingly positive and strong thus far. 

The arts are not a frill. The arts are a response to our individuality and our nature, and help to shape our identity. What is there that can transcend deep difference and stubborn divisions? The arts. They have a wonderful universality. Art has the potential to unify. It can speak in many languages without a translator. The arts do not discriminate.  The arts can lift us up.
— Former Texas Congresswoman Barbara Jordan 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT & REVITALIZATION

ARTSNCT is and will be a major part of the revitalization of Newcomerstown. It will have an economic impact on the area, as well as a social impact, and promote new tourism and growth.

 The arts are the best insurance policy a city can take on itself.
— Woody Dumas, former Mayor of Baton Rouge, LA 
 
In the third year of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln ordered work to go ahead on the completion of the dome of the Capitol. When critics protested the diversion of labor and money from the prosecution of the war, Lincoln said, ‘If people see the capitol going on, it is a sign that we intend this Union shall go on.’ Franklin Roosevelt recalled this story in 1941 when, with the world in the blaze of war, he dedicated the National Gallery in Washington. And John Kennedy recalled both these stories when he asked for public support for the arts in 1962. Lincoln and Roosevelt, Kennedy said, ‘understood that the life of the arts, far from being an interruption, a distraction, in the life of the nation, is very close to the center of a nation’s purpose- and is a test of the quality of a nation’s civilization.
— Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

Arts & Culture Contribute More to U.S. Economy than Tourism

Art for art's sake or art for society's sake? Whichever argument you prefer, a new study - the first of it's kind - shows that art and culture are big contributors to the U.S. economy.

As the federal government reported: 

"The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) released prototype estimates today from the Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account (ACPSA). This is the first federal effort to provide in-depth analysis of the arts and cultural sector's contributions to current-dollar gross domestic product (GDP), a measure of the final dollar value of all goods and services produced in the United States. According to  these new estimates, 3.2 percent -- or $504 billion -- of current-dollar GDP in 2011 was attributable to arts and culture."

That is considerably more than many other industries, including travel and tourism. and the performing arts were among the top contributors in the art and culture sector. 

Further, "In 2011, the production of arts and cultural goods and services employed 2.0 million workers and generated $289.5 billion in employee compensation in the form of wages, salaries and supplements."

"Art and culture is a significant part of the U.S. economy. Not just its contributions of ideas and creativity to the innovation economy, but also as an important part of the labor force and our country's GDP," said NEA Senior Deputy Chairman Joan Shigekawa. "The Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account is an unprecedented resource for detailed, reliable data on the economic value associated with arts and cultural activity."

So for everyone who thinks that the arts are frivolous, for those Members of Congress who thought arts support didn't belong in the stimulus package during the economic crisis, know that art is valuable as art, but it is also an important American business. This study makes it clear that arts and culture grow our economy as well as our souls, and an investment in the arts pays off with substantial returns.

Read the full report at ARTS.gov

 

ARTSNCT is and will be a major part of the revitalization of Newcomerstown. It will have an economic impact on the area, as well as a social impact, and promote new tourism and growth.


A Win-Win Situation for Our Community

100% of ALL PROCEEDS from ARTSNCT and Newcomerstown.com stay in Newcomerstown to support and ensure the success of ARTSNCT for our youth and our community.

All funds and assets of ARTSNCT are guaranteed to stay in Newcomerstown.

If, for any reason in the future, ARTSNCT should cease operations and dissolve the organization, its funds and assets will be transferred to another 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in Newcomerstown, such as the Thomas Little Community Fund, Newcomerstown Historical Society, or Newcomerstown Music Boosters.

Federal law requires property to be transferred from one nonprofit to another during a dissolution, but ARTSNCT bylaws go one step further by stipulating that the other nonprofit must be in Newcomerstown.