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 is being 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.

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 will collect 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 will also collect surveys from attendees at arts events using a short, anonymous questionnaire that asks how much money they spent on items such as meals, parking and transportation, and retail shopping specifically as a result of attending the event. 

The results of the study will be released in June of 2017.

Survey Counter

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

Supporting Partners

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