Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 (AEP6)

City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture

Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 (AEP6) is an economic impact study of the nation’s nonprofit arts and culture industry. It is the largest and most inclusive study of its kind ever conducted, with a specific focus on 394 participating communities from across all 50 states plus the District of Columbia.

The arts are a much bigger industry than most people realize. In 2017, AEP5 documented that the nonprofit arts industry generated $166.3 billion in economic activity (spending by organizations plus the event-related spending by their audiences) which supported 4.6 million jobs and generated $27.5 billion in government revenue. AEP demonstrates that an investment in the arts provides both cultural and economic benefits.

From coast to coast and from our smallest rural towns to our largest urban cities, America’s 120,000 nonprofit arts and culture organizations make their communities more desirable places to live and work every day of the year. The arts beautify our downtowns, unify our communities, make us feel creative in the workplace, and infuse our lives with joy. Arts organizations are also businesses. They attract audiences, spur business development, support jobs, generate government revenue, and are the cornerstone of tourism.

Paper Survey
Online Survey
AEP6 Card – City of Dallas – Outside Arts District
AEP6 Card – City of Dallas-Outside Arts District – BIPOC  English/Spanish