(WICHITA, Kan.) — It goes beyond the cost of the ticket. The groups Americans for the Arts and the Wichita Arts Council looked at the impact arts has on the city and the state.
The study showed the arts not only generates tax revenue from people visiting restaurants and buying souvenirs, but also impacts tourism. The study found nearly 25 percent of attendees at arts events in Wichita were tourists.
According to the study, money was generated when people bought drinks, meals, childcare, souvenirs, and hotels.
The groups plan to use the data to convince lawmakers to continue to funding the arts.
"I think the issue is to give the elected the information so as they make their decisions they have that data in front of them making those types of decisions," said John D'Angelo, the director off the Division of Arts and Cultural Services.
The complete results of the study will be presented next week.