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Arts & Economic Prosperity IV - Summit

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Over seventy five arts, culture and business leaders attended the official release of the Montgomery County data from the AEP IV study at the Montgomery County Arts & Economic Prosperity IV Summit!

Date and location

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 from 3:00 to 6:30 pm
United Therapeutics Corporation Headquarters, Silver Spring, MD

Featured guest speakers included:

  • Secretary Christian Johansson, Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development
  • Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett
  • Steve Silverman, Montgomery County Department of Economic Development
  • Randy Cohen, Americans for the Arts
  • Mitch Menchaca, Americans for the Arts
  • Dan Lurie, Senior Advisor and Director of Strategic Partnerships, National Endowment for the Arts
  • Kelly Groff, Conference and Visitors Bureau of Montgomery County
  • Suzan Jenkins, Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County
  • Click here to learn more about the speakers.

What's Being Said About AEPIV?

"The arts are good business."
- County Executive Isiah Leggett
 
"Governor O'Malley recognizes the arts as a key business in Maryland. At the State level, the economic impact of arts and culture is $1 billion dollars and creates nearly 11,000 jobs. In tough times, we can justify support for the arts, because the arts are good for Maryland and Maryland business."
- Secretary Christian Johansson, Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development 
 

We need to bring the ability for arts and culture to create jobs front and center and move away from traditional discussions about the arts. It's about jobs, jobs, jobs. Most employers in Montgomery County are small businesses, so the fact that cumulatively arts and culture generate 3,000 jobs is huge." 
- Steve Silverman, Montgomery County Department of Economic Development

 

 

"Arts organizations are businesses. Unlike other businesses, the arts generate event-related spending. A vibrant arts community is good for local businesses.
- Randy Cohen, Americans for the Arts

 

"Arts are important to attract and retain a workforce."
- Marilyn Balcombe, President and CEO of the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce

 

 

"The arts and humanities [are seen] as takers rather than givers, but this study blows the lid off that. I feel I have strength in hand when we go to corporate donors, because we are an income generator."
 - Tom Kuehhas, Executive Director of the Montgomery County Historical Society

 

 

 
We were happy to donate art supplies brought by attendees to support art therapy workshops offered at the Easter Seals Adult Day Center and Early Childhood Center in Silver Spring. These workshops serve seniors and adults with a variety of health problems including physical disabilities, depression, and Alzheimer's disease.

Representatives from arts and humanities organizations attended the AEP IV Training Workshop prior to the Summit to learn more about how this data can be used.

Schedule of events

  • 3:00 pm - Welcome and Press Conference with County Executive Leggett, Steve Silverman and Randy Cohen
  • 3:30 pm - Keynote Address by Secretary Christian Johansson
  • 4:00 pm - Panel Discussion
  • 5:00-6:30 pm - Wine Reception

 

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