The arts mean business

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We knew Eugene had a lively arts scene. But we recently learned that it’s a vibrant part of the local economy, too.

Nonprofit arts groups are a $45.6 million industry in Eugene – that’s everything from Eugene Symphony to Saturday Market. All of that buying and selling supports more than 1,700 jobs here.

Both of those statistics are about double the median of similarly sized communities, according to Arts & Economic Prosperity IV, a new study on the economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations.

Eugene also does better than its peers in attendance at arts events and in the number of hours volunteers donate to arts groups.

We’ve helped the Arts and Business Alliance of Eugene get the word out, as in this Register-Guard editorial.

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Liz Cawood

Liz Cawood


Liz’s creative outlet is writing – and gardening. She’s dabbled in fabric arts and done a few oils, and even did some rock painting for “Flood the Streets with Art” last November. She’s a voracious consumer of content and enjoys the mental gymnastics of playing with ideas.