Beyond the canvas, art has the power to shape communities. It can drive public discussion, bring awareness to social issues, and create community connections. Art has been used for neighborhood revitalization, in memoriam of loved ones lost, for the purpose of propoganda, and much more.
The arts also have a particularly strong economic impact here in RVA. Did you know that the Richmond and Tri-Cities’ nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $360.1 million in economic impact? Our local non-profit arts economy supports more than 10,000 full-time equivalent jobs and has generated $31.6 million in government revenues. (Read full study here)