Listen Frontier: Arts and culture are fun, but did you know they mean big dollars for Tulsa?

The nonprofit arts and culture industry generates nearly $230 million in economic activity and supports 7,876 full-time equivalent jobs in the greater Tulsa region, a national study has found.


Officials from the local arts community joined Mayor G.T Bynum on Friday to announce the findings of a national study on the economic impact of nonprofit arts and cultural organizations.

There were a lot of big numbers thrown around, but the sign affixed to the front of the podium captured the study’s findings better than any number could: Arts Means Business.

On this week’s edition of the Listen Frontier podcast, we sit down with Todd Cunningham, executive director of Arts Alliance Tulsa, and City Councilor Phil Lakin, a founding member of the alliance, to discuss what the study had to say about Tulsa’s arts and cultural community.

We also discuss Arts Alliance Tulsa, which in three years has become a leading advocate, promoter and fundraiser for the local nonprofit arts and cultural community.

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