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Economic study released for non-profit arts

An study showing the economic impact of non-profit arts in Oklahoma was released on Wednesday. (KOKH/Will Maetzold)

The Arts and Economic Prosperity report is a collection of data from across the country for 2015.

It shows Oklahoma's non-profit arts was responsible for more than $872 million in total spending that year.

Audiences are up more than 7 million people from the last time the study was done in 2008.

"One of the great things is, it's all about local," Julia Kirt, the executive director of Oklahomans for the Arts, said. "It may include national or international touring but it's about local people being employed, working, being creative and experiencing the arts."

That's exactly what this study is showing. It shows nearly 30,000 jobs are supported through the arts in the state.

It also shows a person who attends an arts event spends an average of just under $40 not including the price of admission.

"We did this study, in part, to show that the arts and culture non-profit - that they add to the community," Kirt said. "We add to education, we build community."

They also want to continue to show money should go towards arts programs.

"Local governments and our state governments invest in the arts," Kirt said. "So they might run a cultural facility and then there might be direct funding to support arts events. We want to show that has a good return in tax revenue."

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