Which came first, business or culture? In Kansas City, MO, true partnerships between arts and cultural organizations and the business community have resulted in a thriving economy and strong cultural sphere. A recent article in the Kansas City Star discusses how the arts have helped to shape the local economy and how businesses are benefiting, featuring quotes from the Kansas City Ballet, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and other arts and business leaders from the community.
ArtsKC, a regional arts council since 1999 and member of Americans for the Arts’ Private Sector Network, was highlighted in the article for its work in bolstering business support for the arts in the city. The article quotes President and CEO Harlan Brownlee: “A lot of businesses have come to conclude that if they are going to drive the talent they need, they need an attractor. We don’t have oceans or mountains, but we do have a vibrant arts community. Young professionals want a stimulating, creative environment. A number of businesses have moved downtown because that is the place to be.”
Jim Heeter, President and Chief Executive of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, explainshow thriving arts community offers both tangible and intangible benefits to businesses, pointing to corporate support shifting between charitable contributions and marketing sponsorships.
In the past 15 years, Kansas City has worked on strategic partnerships between the arts and business communities to leverage the full potential of economic and cultural development, resulting in a hub for businesses, arts and culture to thrive. Read the full article here.
Photo: courtesy of ArtsKC.