The latest data showing arts and culture spending in the Philadelphia region provides a multibillion-dollar boost to the local economy follows other recent surveys that prove supporting the arts is a sound public investment.
With detailed findings to be unveiled Monday, the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance report should be the impetus for renewing the push toward more predictable funding for Philadelphia-area arts troupes, museums, parks, and the like. That has long been a dream.
Pittsburgh, Denver, and other metro areas have had regional funds in place for years, but the idea has yet to catch on elsewhere in Pennsylvania. Indeed, area cultural leaders in recent years have come away from Harrisburg's bruising budget battles considering it a victory when state arts programs were level-funded.