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No bull's-eye

Carl Hall July 31st, 2013

In “Darts at arts” (News, Molly Evans, July 10, Oklahoma Gazette), we were told, “Every dollar of public funding generates about $8 in tax revenue for Oklahoma, according to [Oklahoma Arts Council].”

I wrote to Amber Sharples, OAC executive director, and asked what study or report backs up that statistic. She didn’t reply, so I suspect it is one of those things “everyone knows” for which there is no proof.

—Carl Hall, Edmond

Editor’s note: The statistic comes from a 2008 Oklahoma economic impact study conducted by Americans for the Arts in collaboration with OAC. The full study is available at

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08.01.2013 at 10:10 Reply

Carl, thank you for your interest in knowing more about the tax revenue generated by our grant funding.

The full Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts & Culture Organizations in Oklahoma study is available here:

In short, the $3.6 million in grants provided by our agency funds festivals, performances and exhibitions throughout the state that generate $29.4 million in state and local taxes.

The rigorous methodology used for the study was developed by highly regarded economists from the Georgia Institute of Technology. The methodology employs a relatively conservative multiplier. 

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at or (405) 521-2931. Thanks again.

- Oklahoma Arts Council