As we move from the villages, to looking at the town as a whole, it becomes time to look at the broader attractions of Dennis. As The Power of Ten discussion pointed out, Great Places have “sets of ten” that attract people to them. Along with the three villages, Dennis has a tremendous number of other attractions that make the town a “Great Place.” In this discussion I am going to focus specifically on the arts.
I was just reading about the impacts of the current economic crisis on the arts and state spending for the arts. While I was aware of all of the many attractions Dennis provides artistically, from the numerous art galleries, to shows and musical opportunities, I still somewhat surprised by just how large an economic engine the cultural arts are for the region. The referenced article points out that the arts generates $4.2 billion in spending statewide and $55.5 million here on the Cape.
In 2005 the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce commissioned a study which provided the following information:
Artists & Artisans 2,741
Cultural Organizations 556
Additional Indirect Jobs 1,301
Induced Jobs 841
Total Jobs Directly Related to the Arts: 5,169
Expenditures were similarly reviewed and the total economic impact of the arts community on Cape Cod was $128,348,440 on Cape Cod. Dennis plays a major role in these jobs and expenditures. The town is home to the Cape Cod Center for the Arts which hosts the Cape Playhouse, the Cape Cod Museum of Art, and the Cape Cinema. But in addition to this, the town hosts artists through-out the community. We have painters, sculptors, glass blowers, community theater and a variety of musical venues.
The 2006 Census of Business found that there were 22 businesses located in Dennis with some form of involvement in the arts. This constitutes 4.1% of the total employment establishments in town. Sixteen of these establishments employ less than ten people (73%).
A brief review of what these artistic ventures add to the Great Places is illustrated by the highly successful Fall Arts Weekend, with over 140 events and the Christmas season Holiday Stroll.
A host of local art businesses including:
Around a Square Gallery
Boston Brass Works
Cape Cod Spinners Guild
Elizabeth Rowley Gallery
Gallery at 254 Sea Street
Starfish Craft Gallery
The Artist in You
The Artists Gallery
Waldo Moakley Studio
Yasheng Art Gallery
While this is a long list, it is not an exhaustive one. If I missed your gallery, let me know and I will add you to the list. But, as you can see, the arts make up a significant portion of the Dennis Economy. The arts also bring people to the community from hear and far, and, now with the advent of the internet for art sales, the town’s art community has a worldwide market.