COBB GALLERIA CENTRE, COBB ENERGY PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE & ARTSBRIDGE FOUNDATION RELEASE 2016 ANNUAL REPORT
ATLANTA – Cobb Galleria Centre, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre and ArtsBridge Foundation recently released their joint 2016 Annual Report, which reflects a mission of serving the community, guests and employees.
Based on an economic impact study performed by an independent consulting firm, Cobb Galleria Centre and Cobb Energy Centre created 1,470 jobs in 2016 and generated approximately $155 million in overall economic impact for Cobb County and the State of Georgia. Approximately $8.1 million in sales, income, local option, hotel/motel and liquor by the drink taxes are directly attributable to events held at the Cobb Galleria Centre and Cobb Energy Centre. In 2016, the convention center produced a total of 669 events with attendance of 344,000. The performing arts center hosted a total of 270 events with attendance of 279,000.
ArtsBridge Foundation, the arts education outreach arm of the Cobb Energy Centre, reached 45,266 students and educators in 2016 through field trips, master classes, educational experiences and the Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards – The Shuler Awards. An impressive 223 schools participated in field trip programs, and a record-breaking 59 high schools were part of the Shulers. ArtsBridge doubled ticket and bus subsidies in 2016, reaching 93 Title 1 schools.
“An excellent year by many measures, 2016 proved to be a rewarding year for the Cobb Galleria Centre. For 22 consecutive years, we have realized an operating profit,” said Michele Swann, General Manager and CEO of the Cobb-Marietta Coliseum & Exhibit Hall Authority, the governing body for Cobb Galleria Centre, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre and ArtsBridge Foundation. “While our venues’ financial performance, attendance numbers and economic impact results were among the best we’ve realized in years, we are especially proud of how the activity level at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre has ramped up over the last year.”
About Cobb Galleria Centre
The Cobb Galleria Centre is located in the beautifully landscaped 88-acre Galleria complex in prestigious northwest Atlanta. Cobb Galleria Centre is Atlanta’s premier convention facility with 320,000 square feet of event space, four exhibition halls, 20 meeting rooms, four executive boardrooms and a grand ballroom. Cobb Galleria Centre had more than 344,000 visitors to 669 events in 2016, resulting in an overall economic impact of $131 million. For more information, visit cobbgalleria.com and follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/CobbGalleria, on Twitter at @CobbGalleria and on Instagram at instagram.com/cobbgalleria/.
About Cobb Energy Centre
The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre is located at 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway in northwest Atlanta, inside the Perimeter. Cobb Energy Centre is a premier venue for opera, concerts, Broadway shows, ballet, educational shows, family shows and corporate meetings and events. The Centre hosts two resident companies, the Atlanta Ballet and The Atlanta Opera. The facility includes the 2,750-seat John A. Williams Theatre, 10,000-square-foot Kessel D. Stelling Ballroom and full-service food and beverage capabilities. The Cobb Energy Centre had more than 279,000 visitors to 270 events in 2016, resulting in an overall economic impact of $24.2 million. For more information about the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, visit cobbenergycentre.com and follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/CEPAC, on Twitter at @CobbEnergyPAC and on Instagram at instagram.com/cobbenergypac/.
About ArtsBridge Foundation
ArtsBridge Foundation, formerly the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Foundation, is dedicated to providing quality arts education and community engagement programs that engage, motivate, inspire, and elevate the next generation of artists and arts supporters. ArtsBridge forms connections with students in grades K-12 by providing arts education opportunities through field trip programs to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, master class workshops, artists-in-schools, and the annual Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards – Shuler Hensley Awards. Since our inception in 2007, ArtsBridge has served more than 300,000 students and educators from 54 Georgia counties, plus students from Alabama, Tennessee, Florida and South Carolina. To learn more, visit artsbridgega.org and follow us on Twitter at @ArtsbridgeGA, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ArtsBridgeGa and on Instagram at instagram.com/artsbridgega/.
The Cobb-Marietta Coliseum and Exhibit Hall Authority owns and operates Cobb Galleria Centre, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, ArtsBridge Foundation and Galleria Specialty Shops.
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