We are diligently working in partnership with other local organizations to culturally enhance the mid-valley and establish the Historic Downtown Basalt as an art and intellectual center.
The economic benefit of a rich cultural and artistic presence within a community is no small matter. A combination of arts organizations, cultural events, and creative businesses has been shown to dramatically increase the financial vibrancy of the towns and cities in which they are located.
In times of economic recovery, the arts offer inspiration and entertainment. People travel to participate in arts activities and events bringing with them their need for meals, lodging and shopping. The rippling economic effect of arts tourism can be felt across all sectors of the local economy by creating jobs, building economic independence and vitality.
An investment in the arts is an investment in our community. Arts events and programming add value to our town by drawing visitors, creating inspiring public spaces, and leaving something beautiful in their wake. A high concentration of the arts in a community leads to higher civic engagement, more social cohesion, higher child welfare and lower poverty rates, regardless of socioeconomic status.
Creativity is a renewable resource that if used freely, invigorates and energizes communities. The importance of creative thinking expands the ability to help resolve social and environmental issues. The evidence shows that the arts mean business.