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Theaters, art, and museums help restart South Florida’s economy – CBS Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Theaters and museums have always been at the forefront of Florida’s resurgent economy. Museums are already attracting crowds and theaters are ramping up their programming as visitors feel more comfortable visiting public places despite the recent surge in COVID cases.

Probably the first visible evidence of South Florida’s improving economy is outdoor dining, but a major player is the arts.

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“Our idea is that art would help get the economy going again,” said Michael Spring, director of Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs. “The reason for this is that museums and theaters are good safe ways for people to get back to personal activities.”

Museums and theaters, by their nature and structure, worked well as places that led the emergence of isolated, tired people.

“The very first thing that reopened was museums because they could do it safely, they could control the flow of people through the galleries,” explained Spring.

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Spring oversees the county-operated venues and helps fund support for large arts organizations. He cites the economic impact of the arts sector.

“In Miami-Dade County alone, the arts contribute more than a billion dollars in economic impact to the local economy in a non-COVID year,” he told CBS4’s Hank Tester. “And when people go out or go to theaters and museums, they go to restaurants, they shop, they park their cars and do business.”

It is still not easy for individual artists, small galleries and even larger institutions to make up for the lost income.

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“We are confident that with the economy resuming, the arts will play an important role in rebuilding people’s trust and re-engagement.”

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