2017 September – The Arts Mean Business

Speaker: Linda Sullivan, President & CEO, Arts Council of Fairfax County
 Thursday September 21, 7:00-9:00

The arts industry is a hidden economic powerhouse in Fairfax, generating more than $271 million annually in economic activity. A new national study sheds more light on the economic impacts of the arts in Fairfax.

Linda Sullivan, President and CEO of the Arts Council of Fairfax, will talk about the results of the Arts and Economic Prosperity study conducted by the Americans for the Arts, which documented the impact of the arts on hundreds of communities in the United States including the County of Fairfax, Falls Church and the City of Fairfax.

The study indicates total expenditures in the arts industry, the economic impact of spending by arts and cultural organizations and their audiences, event-related spending by arts and cultural audiences and the amount spent by attendees of nonprofit arts and cultural events. The strength of the arts in the community has become a major attractor of businesses and contributes much to the quality of life of residents, as well as generating significant economic benefits. Please join us to hear the results of this important study.

To pay by credit card, request an invoice in your RSVP message.

Dinner Cost:  Members – $39  Non-Members – $49
Payment can be made by credit card in advance — or at the event with check or cash.

Please state your meal preference with your RSVP 
Fish, Chicken, Beef, or Vegetarian

About the speaker:


Linda Sullivan serves as President & CEO of the Arts Council of Fairfax County (since March of 2010). Prior to coming to the Arts Council, Ms. Sullivan served the greater Washington area as an arts management consultant since 2001.  Ms. Sullivan served as Executive Director of the Mississippi Museum of Art, the Academy of the Arts (now Academy Art Museum) in Easton, Maryland, and Executive and Capital Project Director of BlackRock Center for the Arts in Montgomery County.  Ms. Sullivan has also served on the Board of the Writer’s Center and on the Executive Committee of ArtTable’s DC Chapter.  She holds an MFA in Arts Administration from Columbia University and has served as a National Endowment for the Arts – Arts Management Fellow.

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