Economic & Social Impact Statement

2016 Economic & Social Impact Statement for Bedminster, Somerset County & Surrounding Region
Data is based on the 2016 expense budget of $520,864 

LOCAL JOBS:  The Center for Contemporary Art (“The Center”) employed 69 local residents

  • 10 employees worked year round (4 full time & 6 part time)
  • 59 art teachers worked year round

GOODS AND SERVICES: The Center contributed nearly $80,000 into the local economy:

  • Art Supplies
  • Printing Companies, Postal Services & Print Advertising
  • General Repairs and Maintenance Services
  • Caterers, Supermarkets, Coffee and Liquor Stores
  • Public Utilities & Services
  • Sponsorship Support of Community Events

FREE LOCAL EVENTS: The Center hosted 17 free events that drew thousands to the area:

  • 533 young artists and their families attended Youth Art Month receptions
  • 396 people of all ages attended “Hooray for May!” free family art day
  • 3,249 people visited art exhibitions and attended public opening receptions

EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES FOR LOCAL STUDENTS: The Center’s education program offered 189 classes and workshops for adults and classes for children, and 49 summer art camps attended by:

  • 1,075 adults in classes and workshops
  • 655 children and teens in classes and art camps
  • 20 teen volunteers fulfilled community service hours
  • 5 college student internships

EXHIBITIONS OPPORTUNITIES FOR LOCAL ARTISTS: The Center’s 12 on site and 5 off-site exhibitions featured the work of 493 artists including:

  • 434 New Jersey artists
  • 144 members, 60% from Somerset County
  • 237 Somerset County school children

COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAMS: The Center’s 6 outreach programs met 106 times and were attended by 267 members of the community who needed them the most:

  • Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other special needs
  • Adults with disabilities at the Midland School
  • People affected by cancer from The Cancer Support Community
  • Seniors at Somerset County Senior Centers
  • Teens in recovery from substance abuse – new in 2016
  • Temporarily homeless teens – new in 2016