2016-Arts-Culture-dayOptima Bank and Trust Sponsors Session

Portsmouth, New Hampshire, May 2016– Leadership Seacoast, an organization committed to developing informed and active community leaders, recently held its Arts and Culture day which was hosted by Seacoast Reparatory Theater and sponsored by Optima Bank & Trust.

The session started with a debriefing of the impact of arts and cultural activities on the local economy and quality of life. Nancy Pearson of ArtSpeak in Portsmouth, Drika Overton of the Dance Hall in Kittery, Russ Grazier of Portsmouth Music and Arts Center (PMAC) in Portsmouth, and Meganne Fabrega of The Square Magazine in Portsmouth discussed the diversity and depth of cultural assets in the region, emphasizing the positive economic impact a thriving arts scene has on a community .

Optima Bank & Trust“Besides a sense of pride and quality of life, our cultural attractions drive economic development,” said Jennifer Wheeler, Executive Director of Leadership Seacoast. According to a survey conducted in 2011 by Americans for the Arts, audience members spent an average of $29.08 each on meals, refreshments, ground transportation and other miscellaneous purchases in addition to the price of admission to the arts event they were attending. “Our vibrant arts community has direct benefits from audience spending, but also indirect benefits making the community aesthetically pleasing and attractive to skilled workforce,” continued Wheeler.

The experiential session also featured arts and culture organizations such as 3S Art Space, Tiny Bit Huge, Discover Portsmouth, African American Burial Grounds, Strawbery Banke, Gundalow Company., and Pro Portsmouth. Special thanks to Underwriting Sponsor Bank of New Hampshire and Leadership Sponsors, ReVision Energy, Bottomline Technologies, Calypso Communications, and Divine Millimet. For more information about Leadership Seacoast and becoming a corporate sponsor, visit https://www.leadershipseacoast.org/ or contact Jennifer Wheeler at 603-334–6063 or jwheeler@leadershipseacoast.org.


About Leadership Seacoast

Based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Leadership Seacoast proudly boasts twenty-five years of achievement through its consistent commitment to educating future Seacoast leaders through the exploration of community issues, effective leadership practices, and personal involvement opportunities. Program graduates finish with a wide net of connections in which to foster a better community. For more information on becoming a corporate sponsor or program candidate, please visit www.leadershipseacoast.org.