Arts Heritage Alliance seeks village, town support

— Nonprofit arts and culture organizations are a $5 million industry in Cazenovia that supports more than 200 full-time equivalent jobs and generates more than $700,000 in local and government state revenue, according to the results of a recent economic impact study.

These results, presented to a joint meeting of the village and town boards by members of the Cazenovia Arts Heritage Alliance last week, “lay to rest the misconception that communities support the arts and culture at the expense of local economic development,” and are a solid indication of the need for local government support of the arts and culture industry, said organization members Sarah Webster, Barbara Bartlett, Geoff Navais and Jack Rooney, who made the presentation.

“We are anxious for you to participate with us,” Rooney, CAHA member and former president of the Cultural Resources Council of Onondaga County, told the two boards, adding that an improved fostering of arts and culture will “increase income and generate a wonderful sense of place in our community.”

The Cazenovia Arts and Heritage Alliance is an organization consisting of numerous arts, cultural, and heritage groups in the greater Cazenovia area that meets monthly to work to promote their local industry. Its mission is to “celebrate Cazenovia’s unique history, create and support new artistic endeavors, and work to engage and enliven the citizenship through the arts.”

The alliance’s first major endeavor has been to complete an economic impact study of the arts on Cazenovia. The results were presented April 3 to a standing room only, joint meeting of the Cazenovia village and town boards.

The study was conducted by Dr. Ronald Wright, a business analytics professor at Le Moyne College, who recently oversaw the nationally recognized “Americans for the Arts” economic impact study conducted for Onondaga County. Wright presented the study findings to the April 3 joint meeting.

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