"For 15 years, the Columbia Museum of Art has been a vital partner in creating the vibrant hub of activity we see in Downtown Columbia today. Thanks to their vision and leadership, we are building a critical mass of creativity with the power to transform Columbia into a truly world-class city."
Mayor Steve Benjamin
The Museum's Impact on Columbia
Since moving to Main Street in 1998, the CMA has been a cultural anchor and helped to create a vibrant and energetic downtown. The museum has greatly expanded its education and outreach efforts to reach a broader and more diverse base of visitors and patrons. The CMA has also steadily increased its membership, donor base and attendance from all over the Southeast. The most recent contribution to Main Street improvements was the installation of six new large-scale banners featuring images from the collection, which invoke a sense of change and excitement.
Because of increased programming and world-class exhibitions, the CMA operating budget has been steadily growing, so the expenditures in the local economy are also growing in tandem. Tourism numbers are high, attendance is on the rise and cultural tourists are spending more money in restaurants and hotels than any other tourist demographic. The last economic impact study shows that the combined impacts of the direct operations of the CMA and the spending by museum visitors generated almost $23 million in economic activity in Columbia.
The CMA 15 years ago
15 Facts about CMA
3,800 Current Number of CMA Members
Number of solar panels on the Museum’s roof177
135,000Number of Visitors to the Museum in a year
Weight of the glass in CMA's Chihuly 1,920 pounds
665Number of Tours given in a year
Age of the oldest piece in the Collection 3,912 years
623Number of light bulbs in the galleries
Number of Pieces of art in the CMA Collection Nearly 7,000
50% Percentage of visitors from outside of Columbia annually
Number of teen and adult programs offered last year 206