Nearly 14 million people attended cultural events in metro Denver in 2015 and their attendance, coupled with operations and capital spending within the cultural industry, packed a $1.8 billion economic punch.

“It reinforces that the arts and culture are a huge economic driver,” said Deborah Jordy, executive director of the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (CBCA).

The CBCA on Wednesday released its biennial Economic Activity Study.

It showed that the region's total economic activity surrounding culture last year – including operations, audience spending and capital spending – was down 1.6 percent from 2013, when it totaled more than $2 billion.

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