The nonprofit arts and culture industry in Florida generated $4.68 billion in total economic activity in 2015, up from $3.1 billion in 2009, a roughly 51 percent increase, according to the new Arts and Economic Prosperity 5 report by Americans for the Arts.

The nonprofit arts and culture industry in the Sunshine State also supported 132,366 jobs and generated $492.3 million in revenue for state and local governments, according to the report.

Other highlights about nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in Florida from the report include:

  • In 2015, 121,264 volunteers donated a total of 6.5 million hours to them.
  • They received in-kind contributions worth an estimated $71.1 million in 2015.

South Florida has a thriving arts scene whose profile is rising globally. The region is home to North America’s only Art Basel show, which attracts about 100,000 visitors from all over the world to Miami Beach. The annual December event has spawned smaller, satellite art shows that draw their own fair share of visitors.

About 1 million visitors each year visit Miami’s Wynwood, famous for the Wynwood Walls art murals that made the neighborhood the thriving destination it is now. Broward County and Palm Beach County each have their own thriving arts districts, including FAT Village in Fort Lauderdale and Delray Beach’s Pineapple Grove.

A recent addition to South Florida’s robust museum offerings, which includes the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens and the Pérez Art Museum Miami, is the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, which opened in May. Click here to take a photo tour.

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