Research Shows Impact America's Nonprofit Arts and Culture Industry Has on America's Economy and Jobs

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Americans for the Arts, the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, will broadcast live the announcement of the results of Arts & Economic Prosperity IV™, the largest and most comprehensive study of its kind ever conducted.

Who: Michelle Boone, Commissioner, City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events; Darryl Byrd, Chief Executive Officer, SA2020; Randy Cohen, Vice President of Research and Policy at Americans for the Arts; Julie Muraco, Managing Partner, Praeditis Group LLC; and Michael Spring, Director Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs will present the findings.

What:  Arts & Economic Prosperity IV™ documents the economic impact nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences have in America. It is based on data from 151,802 audience-intercept surveys and 9,721 nonprofit arts and culture organizations from 182 communities and regions, representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

When:  June 8, 2012, 1:00 p.m. EST

Why: Arts & Economic Prosperity IV™ demonstrates that America’s nonprofit arts and culture industry is resilient; even in the most challenging of fiscal environments it continually supports millions of jobs and generates billions of dollars in business and government revenues. It also sends a clear and welcome message: leaders who care about community and economic vitality can feel good about choosing to invest in the arts.

Americans for the Arts is the leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America. With offices in Washington, D.C. and New York City, it has a record of more than 50 years of service. Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. Additional information is available at

Catherine Brandt