Philly Ranks #1 US in Cultural Job Creation

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For Immediate Release
September 26, 2012

(Philadelphia, PA)Excerpted from a release announcing findings from the Arts, Culture + Economic Prosperity report issued Monday, September 24, 2012 the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance:

Philadelphia’s arts and cultural sector has a profound $3.3 billion impact on the region’s economy and is outperforming the nation as a whole, according to research published by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. The Arts, Culture and Economic Prosperity in Greater Philadelphia report details how spending by cultural organizations and their audiences ripples through the economy, generating revenues for businesses, families and local governments.

The report also compares Philadelphia against 181 other cities, regions and communities to show how Philadelphia and its cultural community stack up against the rest of the country. Among participating regions, Southeastern Pennsylvania’s cultural sector ranks first in job creation, accounting for 11 jobs per thousand residents, nearly double the national average. The City of Philadelphia is third in per-capita cultural expenditures in a ranking of major cities, coming in below Washington, DC and San Francisco, but above Chicago, Seattle and Atlanta.

The benefits of Philadelphia’s vibrant arts and cultural sector are felt widely. According to the report, the cultural sector generates 44,000 jobs. And it returns $1 billion to local residents in the form of paychecks and household income. Local business owners and workers are not the only ones to benefit; arts and culture generates $169 million in tax revenues for state and local governments.

“In many places, culture is viewed as an amenity. Here in Philadelphia, it’s interwoven into the fabric of everything we do,” says Cultural Alliance President Tom Kaiden. “Arts and culture is a vital regional asset that supports thousands of jobs, benefits business in every industry and helps grow our economy.”

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Moore College of Art & Design educates students for inspiring careers in art and design. Founded in 1848, Moore is the nation's first and only women's art college. Moore's career-focused environment and professionally active faculty form a dynamic community in the heart of Philadelphia's cultural district. The College offers nine Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees for women. A coeducational Graduate Studies program was launched in summer, 2009. In addition, Moore provides many valuable opportunities in the arts through The Galleries at Moore, a Continuing Education Certificate program for adults, the 91-year-old acclaimed Youth Art Program for girls and boys grades 1-12, The Art Shop and the Sculpture Park. For more information about Moore, visit

Published on September 26th, 2012