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Date posted:  November 1, 2015

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The Aronoff Center for the Arts Celebrates 20 Years of Arts
and Major Economic Impact in Cincinnati
Cincinnati, a haven for the arts, is home to the Aronoff Center for the Arts, a
major contributor to the local vibrant art scene.  During its’ 2015 – 2016
season, the Aronoff Center will have a year-long celebration of its’ 20 year
milestone of being one of the Tri-state’s finest performing and visual arts

“As we celebrate this milestone, we are proud not only of the economic
impact of the Aronoff Center, but also of its educational and cultural impact
on our community,” said Steve Loftin, president and executive director of
the Cincinnati Arts Association (CAA), the not-for-profit organization that
oversees the programming and management of the Aronoff and Music Hall.

CAA commissioned an economic impact study by the University of
Cincinnati Economics Center which revealed that the Aronoff Center for the
Arts’ has had an economic impact of more than $365 million since it opened
in 1995.

“The Aronoff Center has had a substantial economic impact every year for 20
years,” said Jeff Rexhausen, senior research associate at the UC Economics
Center. “It has also been a stimulus for downtown revitalization.”

Key findings from the study include:
      • The Aronoff has reached a collective audience total of 8.81 million people.
      • The Aronoff has hosted more than 13,000 events.
      • More than $6.53 million spent at downtown restaurants and bars in conjunction with attending a performance during the 2013-2014 season.
              => One in six of these patrons comes from outside the Cincinnati Metropolitan Statistical Area, and patrons’ dining at restaurants,
                  combined with other spending for parking, hotel stays and other retail purchases, produced a total of $6.71 million in visitor spending.
                  The result of visitor spending had an economic impact of almost $13.9 million and approximately 170 jobs with total earnings of $4.15
      • The combined economic impact of the Aronoff and visitor spending amounts to over $34.3 million in fiscal year 2014.
      • The combination of spending by the Aronoff and non-local visitors directly produced $1.45 million in local tax revenues for the city and
        county in the 2014 fiscal year.

“It [Aronoff Center] partnership with community education and healthcare organizations” said Rexhausen, “has brought the arts into the lives of
many people who otherwise may not have had the opportunity.”

A great venue for great performances, lasting memories, the Aronoff Center is home to three versatile performance spaces with a combined total
seating capacity of 3,287 patrons!  Several arts organizations call the Aronoff Center home including the Cincinnati Ballet and Contemporary Dance
Theater.  Broadway in Cincinnati, the touring Broadway shows enchanting audiences nationwide, also graces the Aronoff Center’s stages and thrill
Cincinnatians with Broadway performances one would see in New York City.

“This center has been a special place for artists, patrons, children and so many others.” said Steve Loftin.  “We look forward to creating wonderful
memories for this community for years to come.”

For more information, or to read the entire economic impact study, visit

For more information about the Aronoff Center, visit http://www.cincinnatiarts.org/aronoff-center.

Highfives to the Aronoff Center on 20 years of artistic tradition and impact!