The AC Digs Into: How Can Culture Be Part of the Post COVID Economic Recovery?
May 27, 2020
May 27, 2020
Governments attempting to rebuild in the wake of COVID-19’s economic devastation would be unwise to dismiss the arts and culture sector as an inessential burden. Even setting aside its incalculable sociocultural benefits, the sector has long since proven its worth as an economic engine, fueling the U.S. economy with over $875 billion—around 4.5% of the national GDP—each year. As a post-COVID market force, it could be powerful enough to significantly contribute to the rebuilding of local neighborhoods and the global economy—but only if we, as a society, provide it the support it needs to survive these uncertain times.
This concept was explored by a panel of experts in a recent Antiquities Coalition webinar, titled “How Can Culture Be Part of the Post COVID Economic Recovery?” The May 27 event, moderated by Antiquities Coalition Founder and Chair Deborah Lehr, featured the thoughts of Cultural Heritage Finance Alliance Founder and President Bonnie Burnham, Smithsonian Institution Distinguished Scholar and Ambassador-at-Large Dr. Richard Kurin, and Heritage Strategies International President Donovan Rypkema.
Key takeaways included: