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NEA Chairman cites CDP data before Congress

  • Posted Apr 13, 2010

Rocco Landesman, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, cited Pennsylvania CDP data in a statement he delivered today to the Appropriation Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies.

When describing his “Art Works” tour, Mr. Landesman said, “I was in Pennsylvania last week, and the Governor cited the Pennsylvania Cultural Data Project, which reports that in Pennsylvania alone, nonprofit cultural organizations and their audiences had direct expenditures of $1.99 billion, which supports over 48,000 full-time equivalent jobs and means over $900,000,000 in resident household income.”

The statistic illustrates the third meaning ascribed to “Art Works,” which is that “arts workers have real jobs that are a vital part of this country’s economy,” and was originally used in the Americans for the Arts’ Arts & Economic Prosperity III report, which relied heavily on CDP data.

Read the Chairman’s prepared statement here.

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