Speakeasy Art Center

We are so excited about First Fridays!

We are planning the 2nd Annual Diversity Festival! 
Mark your calendars. Its sure to be a blast!

Did you know?

1.  Arts promote true prosperity. The arts are fundamental to our humanity. They ennoble and inspire us-fostering creativity, goodness, and beauty. The arts help us express our values, build bridges between cultures, and bring us together regardless of ethnicity, religion, or age. When times are tough, art is salve for the ache.

2.  Arts improve academic performance. Students with an education rich in the arts have higher GPAs and standardized test scores, and lower drop-out rates-benefits reaped by students regardless of socio-economic status. Students with 4 years of arts or music in high school average 100 points higher on the verbal and math portions of their SATs than students with just one-half year of arts or music.

3.  Arts strengthen the economy. The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis reports that the arts and culture sector is a $699 billion industry, which represents 4.3 percent of the nation's GDP-a larger share of the economy than transportation and agriculture. The nonprofit arts industry alone generates $135 billion in economic activity annually (spending by organizations and their audiences) that supports 4.1 million jobs and generates $22.3 billion in government revenue.

4.  Arts are good for local merchants. Attendees at nonprofit arts events spend $24.60 per person, per event, beyond the cost of admission on items such as meals, parking, and babysitters. Attendees who live outside the county in which the arts event takes place spend twice as much as their local counterparts ($39.96 vs. $17.42)-valuable revenue for local businesses and the community.

5.  Arts drive tourism. Arts travelers are ideal tourists, staying longer and spending more to seek out authentic cultural experiences. The U.S. Department of Commerce reports that the percentage of international travelers including museum visits on their trip has grown steadily since 2003 (18 to 28 percent). The share attending concerts and theater performances has grown from 14 to 18 percent since 2003.

6. Arts are an export industry. U.S. exports of arts goods (e.g., movies, paintings, jewelry) grew to $75 billion in 2012, while imports were just $27 billion-a $47 billion arts trade surplus.

7.  Arts spark creativity and innovation. The Conference Board reports that creativity is among the top 5 applied skills sought by business leaders-with 72 percent saying creativity is of high importance when hiring. The biggest creativity indicator? A college arts degree. Their Ready to Innovate report concludes, "The arts-music, creative writing, drawing, dance-provide skills sought by employers of the 3rd" Nobel laureates in the sciences are 17 times more likely to be actively engaged in the arts than average scientists.

8.  Arts have social impact. University of Pennsylvania researchers have demonstrated that a high concentration of the arts in a city leads to higher civic engagement, more social cohesion, higher child welfare, and lower crime and poverty rates. The arts are used by the U.S. Military to promote troop force and family readiness, resilience, retention and for the successful reintegration of veterans into family and community life.

9.  Arts improve healthcare. Nearly one-half of the nation's healthcare institutions provide arts programming for patients, families, and even staff. 78 percent deliver these programs because of their healing benefits to patients-shorter hospital stays, better pain management, and less medication.

10.  Arts mean business. The Creative Industries are arts businesses that range from nonprofit museums, symphonies, and theaters to for-profit film, architecture, and design companies. A 2015 analysis of Dun & Bradstreet data counts 702,771 businesses in the U.S. involved in the creation or distribution of the arts that employ 2.9 million people-representing 3.9 percent of all businesses and 1.9 percent of all employees.

Young Artis only have a couple more weeks this session and then they will have their art reception. Check them out. They have a blast. 
Email- classes@speakeasyartcenter.com for more info.

Saturday is The Spring Fever Terrarium Class!
Sign up now by emailing Shelly at


Beginner Cabaret Burlesque Classes in April!

We are still offering Belly Dance Lessons. They have been a hit.
If you'd like to sign up e mail Patt at odysseywmd@gmail.com

Art Market will start up in mid June. We will be joining The Pekin Main Streets Farmers Market and will be set up on The courthouse lawn on Thursday evenings. We are excited for a new season and will offer music, performance, food and arts to you each Thursday. 
If you would like a vendor space contact us at info@speakeasyartcenter.com
Vendor fees are $10 per week or $100 for the season!

Our workshops are a lot of help! Come join us next week. We are happy to say we have partnered with Tammy Finch of Web Tech Services to Present a series of Lunch workshops at The Speakeasy. Spread the word! Anyone is welcome.
 Just bring your lunch and come see how to make 
your business grow with Social Media!

We have a couple studios still available to rent! Come be a part of The Speakeasy Art Center's creative artist group! We have a fun year planned and would love to have you be part of it! 
Email us at info@speakeasyartcenter.com for more info!

Book your events now to reserve your date!

Ask us about Studio 353, 
a set photography for photographers to rent by the hour!


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