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Oregon arts – $250M impact

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Nonprofit arts groups contribute $100 million in direct spending in Oregon, and generate an overall economic impact of more than $250 million, the Associated Press reported Feb. 17.

While state funding for the arts in Oregon remained among the lowest in the U.S., a new report found, contributions from private donors are up 94 percent since 1997, AP said.

Individuals gave the most private support, followed by corporations and foundations.

Those donations helped boost the collective budgets of state arts groups by nearly 19 percent in the last three years.

The report, “The Economic Impact of Oregon’s Nonprofit Arts Sector,” was conducted by the Western States Arts Federation and commissioned by Northwest Business for Culture and the Arts, the Oregon Arts Commission and the Regional Arts and Cultural Council.

For full story, go to kgw.com.

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