By Matthew Tota, Correspondent
Telegram & Gazette
Nov 26, 2017
WORCESTER – When Erin Williams describes how the city’s arts and culture scene contributes to the local economy, she makes sure to mention the location of the Worcester Arts Council within City Hall: on the fourth floor, in the Executive Office of Economic Development.
It’s important to note, said Ms. Williams, the city’s culture development officer, because the nine-member council is a crucial division of the economic development office.
Those city officials in charge of jolting the economy believe the arts can play a role, but they have not had the comprehensive data to define it.
Enter stage left: the Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 study.
The recent study paints the arts and cultural events and organizations in the city as a serious business, one that generates $125.7 million in economic activity annually, including $9.9 million in local and state revenue.
The study can bolster the idea that the arts are essential to the social fabric of the city and not merely “the gilding on the frame,” Ms. Williams said…