A new study from Americans for the Arts claims that each year in America the nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $166 billion in economic activity. Our guests this week are leading efforts to make sure their cities get a big piece of that action.

We’ll talk to Vincent Kitch about Austin’s strategies to promote film and music, Ginger White about Denver’s programs to support art and space for artists, and Jair Lynch in Washington about his attempts to develop artist housing. Plus, we’ll find out how arts organizations are finding new audiences from Surale Phillips.

Vincent Kitch is Cultural Arts Program Manager for the City of Austin. Ginger White is Senior Economic Development Specialist for the City of Denver’s Office of Cultural Affairs. Jair Lynch heads Jair Lynch Companies, a development firm in Washington, D.C. And Surale Phillips is President of Decision Support Partners in Bozeman, Montana.

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