Our national findings are made possible by the data collected from the 341 participating study regions including 113 cities, 115 counties, 81 multicounty or multicity regions, 20 states, and 12 cultural districts (represent all 50 states and the District of Columbia). The diverse communities range in population from 1,500 to 4 million and from small rural to large urban. Our national findings are derived from the data from organizations and audiences in these communities. 

Americans for the Arts partnered with 250 local, regional, and statewide organizations that represent the 341 study regions. Thirty partners included multiple study regions as part of their AEP5 participation.

All partners agreed to four participation criteria.

1. Identify and code the comprehensive universe of nonprofit arts and cultural organizations located in their study region. 

2. Assist with the collection of detailed financial and attendance information from those organizations and review the information for accuracy.

3. Conduct audience-intercept surveys at a broad, representative sample of cultural events that take place in their study region.

4. Pay a modest cost-sharing fee. (No community was refused participation for an inability to pay.)


Study Regions

View the study region map to learn more about our study partners.

Local Findings

With the help of our study partners, detailed expenditure data was collected from 14,439 arts and cultural organizations and 212,691 of their attendees.
Project economists from Georgia Institute of Technology customized an input-output analysis model for each of the 341 participating study regions to provide specific and reliable economic impact data about the nonprofit arts and culture industry: full-time equivalent jobs, household income, and local and state government revenue. This allows for the uniqueness of each local economy to be reflected in the findings.
Download a handy 2-page summary of local findings for all 341 study regions: (PDF, 321 KB) (Excel, 71 KB)