Funding the Arts Strengthens Our Communities

People of all ages and backgrounds enjoy the arts and in Iowa, and especially Des Moines, there is a thriving arts scene. 

A recent national study "estimates that arts and cultural attractions pump $185 million into the Greater Des Moines economy each year." 

In Des Moines alone, the arts supported 5,677 full-time equivalent jobs and over $120 million in household income. 

Not only is it important for our communities to support the arts; art education must be a priority of our education funding. 

There are options for local cities and counties to take to build up and support the arts. One of the ways is through the use of Local Option Sales Taxes (LOST) or the local Hotel-Motel Tax.