Creative Arts

Ulster County understands the arts are a powerful force that play a key role as a direct and indirect contributor to its economy.  The caliber of music, theater, dance and visual arts programs rival major metropolitan areas and draw audiences from all over the region.

A 2014 study conducted by the Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach at the State University of New York at New Paltz found that the total economic impact of Ulster County’s arts and culture in 2011 was $23.5 million. Direct expenditures of $15 million by arts and culture organizations generated indirect spending of $8.5 million that created jobs in other sectors. Ulster County arts and culture organizations attracted 1.4 million visitors to the region for events, which in turn injected $161 million directly into Ulster’s economy.

View the full report here: Mid-Hudson Arts & Culture: The Economic Impact

The arts are well-integrated with other sectors of Ulster County’s business economy, allowing businesses to thrive by providing a vibrant place for employees to enjoy after work. The arts organizations of the area attract tourists who spend money in restaurants and hotels. These creative businesses also enhance property values while maintaining vitality in downtown areas.