Americans for the arts AEP5

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What It Is

Produced every five years, Arts & Economic Prosperity® is the largest, most comprehensive study conducted in the United States to measure the economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences.

What It Is Doing

The most recent study, published in 2012 and based on fiscal year 2010 data, demonstrated that spending by nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and their audiences generated $135 billion in economic activity annually, supporting 4.1 million jobs and generating $22.3 billion in federal, state, and local government revenue.

The most recent study, published in 2012 and based on fiscal year 2010 data, demonstrated that spending by nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and their audiences generated $135 billion in economic activity annually, supporting 4.1 million jobs and generating $22.3 billion in federal, state, and local government revenue.

To produce the AEP5 study, Americans for the Arts will collaborate with more than 200 local and statewide partners—including local arts agencies, state arts agencies, community foundations, economic development agencies, and chambers of commerce— to survey more than 30,000 nonprofit arts and culture organizations located in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Data collection for AEP5 will run through calendar year 2016. Americans for the Arts will produce a national economic impact report, a set of national advocacy tools, and statewide and local analyses in June 2017. More information is available at www.americansforthearts.org/research.

Why we are doing it

Action! Worcester was contracted by the Worcester Cultural Coalition to conduct this study over the 2016 calendar year. As an organization who values analysis as a cornerstone to community development, participating in this study was important to us. This data will help capture the true economic impact of arts and cultural events, organizations, and programming on the community in the Greater Worcester area and allow us to pursue opportunities to further these important programs in the city.

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