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BCA 10 Honoree on the Economic Impact of Public Art

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BCA 10 Honoree on the Economic Impact of Public Art

“I believe that a community’s economic vitality and quality of life are directly proportionate to its commitment to and investment in arts and culture. The arts provides a powerful economic return.” – Joe Ritchey, Principal, Prospective Inc.

 

For Joe Ritchey of Prospective Inc., a one-person commercial real-estate brokerage and consulting firm in Reston, VA that has been selected as a BCA 10 honoree this year for partnering with the arts, having a thriving local arts scene is an essential part of his company’s success and the city’s growth. Not only does Prospective lease office space in Reston Town Center, Ritchey has also been instrumental in transforming Reston Town Center into a vibrant public space with outdoor concerts and public art.

 

In his recent post on Americans for the Arts’ ARTSblog, Ritchey discusses how public art has helped transform Reston into a place where people want to live and work.

 

Join us for a webinar on September 9 at 3 p.m. ET to hear Ritchey talk more about public art’s economic return. He will be joined by the Director of the Initiative for Public Art– Reston (IPAR), an organization which he founded.

 

Learn more about IPAR by watching this video, which was part of "Reston: The Art of Community," displayed at Dulles International Airport in 2014.

 

 

Photo: © Initiative for Public Art – Reston.

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