Arts & Economic Prosperity 5

Arts & Economic Prosperity 5


The Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 project is a national study measuring the economic impact of arts and culture organizations and their audiences. The research study was conducted by Americans for the Arts, the nation’s nonprofit organization advancing the arts and arts education. It is the fifth study over the past 20 years to measure the impact of arts spending on local jobs, income paid to local residents, and revenue generated to local and state governments. Since 1994, economic data from these surveys has been used by the Congressional Arts Caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives to advocate for federal arts support.

Released in June, 2017, the latest findings show that the nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $189.2 million in annual economic activity in the Arlington County, Virginia —supporting 5,156 full-time equivalent jobs and generating $13.9 million in local and state government revenues, according to the Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 national economic impact study. The most comprehensive economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry ever undertaken in the United States, Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 was conducted by Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education. To view the full results of the study released in June, 2017,
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Survey for the ArtsArlington County is 1 of 300 partners invited by Americans for the Arts to participate in this study in conjunction with our regional partners at Washington, DC’s Culture Capital. Arlington Cultural Affairs collected detailed financial data about local nonprofit arts and culture organizations such as our theater and dance companies, museums, festivals, and arts education organizations. Arlington Cultural Affairs also collected surveys from attendees at arts events using a short, anonymous questionnaire that asked how much money they spent on items such as meals, parking and transportation, and retail shopping specifically as a result of attending the event.

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A total of 927 audience-intercept survey were conducted in 2016.

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