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Arts & Economic Prosperity 5

Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 is Americans for the Arts’ fifth study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry's impact on the economy.

Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 is Americans for the Arts’ fifth study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry’s impact on the economy. It documents the economic contributions of the arts in 341 diverse communities and regions across the country, representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Nationally, the nonprofit arts and culture industry generated $166.3 billion of economic activity during 2015—$63.8 billion in spending by arts and cultural organizations and an additional $102.5 billion in event-related expenditures by their audiences. This activity supported 4.6 million jobs and generated $27.5 billion in revenue to local, state, and federal governments (a yield well beyond their collective $5 billion in arts allocations).

By every measure, the results are impressive. This study puts to rest a misconception that communities support arts and culture at the expense of local economic development. In fact, communities are investing in an industry that supports jobs, generates government revenue, and is the cornerstone of tourism. Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 shows conclusively that, locally as well as nationally, the arts mean business!

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Make Your Case for the Value of the Arts

Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 videoArts & Economic Prosperity 5 sends an important message to elected officials and local businesses: Supporting the arts is an investment in economic well-being and quality of life.

Armed with quantifiable data, communities across the country have used Arts & Economic Prosperity studies to argue for pro-arts ballot initiatives, new funding, and increased investments in the arts and culture. 

Use free Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 tools and resources to make your case:

  • AmericansForTheArts.org/EconomicImpact: Your portal for all Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 findings, resources, and news.
  • Video and Blog: Hear from Randy Cohen, Americans for the Arts Vice President of Research and Policy, on his key takeaways from the Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 study.
  • Media Toolkit: Get visibility for your message by communicating with press and media outlets.
  • Social Media Tools: Share the message that the arts mean business with sample tweets and Facebook posts! 

Order Your Materials

Americans for the Arts offers Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 publications to share with stakeholders in your community, like mayors, board members, business and community leaders, and other elected officials. Order your copies online, by sending an e-mail to bookstore@artsusa.org or calling 202.371.2830.

If you have already pre-ordered Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 publications, your materials are on their way!