Study says the arts have big economic impact in Black Hills Region

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A new study says the arts have a big economic impact on the Black Hills Region.
The study from Americans for the Arts says that impact is more than $114 million a year.

Pepper Massey of the Rapid City Arts Council says the study began in late 2015.
She says even they were surprised at how big the numbers were.
The research found that the arts and culture industry here supports 3,573 full time equivalent jobs and generates $10 million in tax revenue.

Massey says, "We hear a lot about people sending their dollars elsewhere, purchasing things online, driving businesses away. The arts draw people and dollars back into communities and support a number of different kids of businesses, in addition to supporting the arts organizations and functions they attend."

Massey says she hopes the study makes people aware of the importance of the arts, which need support by virtue of who they area.
In this research, the Black Hills includes Butte, Custer, Fall River, Lawrence, Meade, Oglala Lakota and Pennington Counties.