“The arts don’t really help San Diego at all. In fact, arts and culture is a money loser so we should probably just focus all our energy on keeping a sports team that seems hell-bent on leaving the city, no matter the cost,” said no one at last week’s press conference unveiling the results of the Arts and Culture Economic and Community Impact Report.
We’ve been covering the Chargers drama closely, including the tantrums, ultimatums and desperate moves to get them to stay. It’s like watching the worst breakup in history slowly unfold, with every mascara-tinged teardrop there for us all to see.
That brings us to the arts. The arts are just as good as sports, some even prefer them. The arts bring in revenue. The arts aren’t trying to dump you for a faster, hotter city.
Some numbers from the report, which tracked fiscal year 2014:
• Eighty arts and culture nonprofits receive $6.4 million from the Commission for Arts and Culture
• Local arts and culture nonprofits spent $191 million
• 1.6 million visitors participated in arts and culture events
• Arts and culture nonprofits support 6,268 jobs
“World-class arts and cultural programs are a vital component of a great city, not only because they enrich the lives of our residents, but because they also support thousands of good-paying jobs and attract millions of dollars for our economy. The revenue we generate from our investment in cultural tourism helps fund our neighborhood services – our parks, fire stations, libraries and streets,” said Councilwoman Lorie Zapf at the press conference.
That’s not to say that when it comes to football and the arts, it has to be one or the other.
If there are no Chargers, then there is no valid excuse for me to eat more than a dozen buffalo wings in one sitting, and I need that. Even Mick Jagger thinks the Chargers are making a mistake by courting Los Angeles. Mick. Jagger. With all this drama, perhaps the arts deserve to stop getting picked last for dodgeball when they’re actually bringing some good to the city. Just sayin’.
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