It wasn’t “strictly business” at Tuesday’s Clatsop County 2019 Arts Summit, but anyone doubting the financial element in bringing art to the public learned otherwise at the afternoon event, “The Business of Art: Artists Teaching Artists.”

“Art Sales and Systems,” “Business Essentials,” “Business Outside the Box,” “Copyright Issues, “Creative Capital” and “Exploring Income Streams” were topics of the event, presented by the Arts Council of Clatsop County at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center.

The Arts Council, formed in 2014, “is thriving,” county commissioner Sarah Nebeker told the audience. “I expect it will continue to grow and offer more opportunities for the arts and artists in our county.”

The arts bring a better quality of life and economic prosperity, she said. “This arts council has exceeded my expectations and hopes. I’m very grateful to them.”

“The arts mean business in Clatsop County,” arts council vice chairman Don Frank said.

Frank presented survey information indicating the impact of arts spending in the county.

The 2017 Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 study indicated that nonprofit arts and culture sector is a significant industry in Clatsop County — one that generates $13.7 million in total economic activity.

This spending — $2.9 million by nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and an additional $10.8 million in event-related spending by their audiences — supports 359 full-time equivalent jobs, generates $6.7 million in household income to local residents, and delivers $1.3 million in local and state government revenue.

An updated study — Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 — is in the works, he said.

Joe Schulte, market president of Lewis & Clark Bank and a guitarist, shared how music offers positive effects for students, in education, test scores, self-esteem and attendance.

“Resources are at a premium for particularly education and music, as well as all the arts in the school system,” Schulte said. “I would encourage everyone to be vocal, support the arts community and arts education.”

Getting people together from all parts of the county, from all areas of arts, business and civic sector is “the key,” Frank said.

Artist Keri Rosebraugh, a Tigard native now exhibiting her work in Gearhart, described her own artistic journey.

“Being an artist is a difficult profession,” Rosebraugh said. “Being an artist is not just waving a magic wand. We need to be able to market ourselves, and our work. It’s important to set goals, think strategically, and lay out our resources.”

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