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Talk on arts' economic impact at Sunrise Rotary

Published 6:01 pm, Tuesday, October 2, 2012
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The Westport Sunrise Rotary will host a talk by Steven Wolff, chairman of the Arts Committee of the Fairfield County Community Foundation, at its breakfast meeting on Friday, Oct. 5, at 7:30 a.m. at Bobby Q's Bodacious Bar & Grill, 42 Main St.

Wolff, founding principal of AMS Planning & Research Corp. and AMS Analytics, will present the results of a study of the arts' economic impact in the county on behalf of the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County, a Fairfield organization supported by the foundation. The national research study was conducted by Americans for the Arts, a nonprofit organization focused on advancing the arts, according to a release.

The study shows that the 77 nonprofit arts and culture organizations surveyed generated $130 million in consumer spending in 2011 and provided almost 4,000 full-time jobs. They also generated an additional $10.5 million in local and state government revenue, and consumers spent an average of $25.84 per arts and cultural event they attended, excluding ticket costs.

Fairfield County is one of 182 regions across the nation that participated in the study.

Guests are welcome. There is a $12 fee, which includes a breakfast buffet.

For information, visit westportsunriserotary.com; contact Sheila Keenan, membership, at 203-856-9172, sheilafkeenan@aol.com; or attend a meeting any Friday meeting at Bobby Q's.