Culture / Arts

According to the New England Foundation for the Arts, there are a total of 76 culturally related businesses and nonprofits within the City of Keene. These range from organizations and businesses such as Trikeenan Tile Works, to the Colonial Theater, to Stonewall Farm, to the Historical Society of Cheshire County, to the French-American Group of Keene, to the Equine Journal, to the Starving Artist Collective and numerous galleries. The depth and breadth of arts and culture in Keene and surrounding communities is substantial given its population size. A recent economic impact study done by Americans for the Arts for Monadnock Arts Alive! indicates that nearly 500 full time jobs are currently supported by regional arts and cultural opportunities, generating nearly $17 million in local economic activity. In reviewing 10 major arts and cultural organizations within the city proper that had financial information available, approximately $3.8 million is generated by those groups, as reported through Guidestar.