The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts brings the world to Virginia, but last year it also was responsible for more than $145 million in economic impact to both the Commonwealth and the Richmond region. This is one of the many findings from a recent economic impact study examining the museum’s operations and visitor spending for FY2014, using FY2008 as a benchmark. Approximately 1,000 people visit VMFA each week during Thursday and Friday night events. During the five years since completing the McGlothlin Wing, VMFA has increased program offerings and visitation, thereby contributing to the economic rise in both the City of Richmond and the Commonwealth of Virginia. Compared with its peer art museums, such as the Dallas Museum of Art or the Denver Art Museum, VMFA is more intimately involved in the community. For every 2.4 Richmond area residents, there is one visitor to the museum. “The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is a best-in-cla

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