Every day, more than 100,000 nonprofit arts and culture organizations act as economic drivers – creating an industry that supports jobs, generates government revenue, and is the cornerstone of our tourism industry. This study documents the key role played by the nonprofit arts and culture industry, and their audiences, in strengthening our nation’s economy.

The UO Center for Community Arts and Cultural Policy, Arts and Business Alliance of Eugene, Lane Arts Council, and the City of Eugene are excited to participate once again in the Arts and Economic Prosperity 5 study (AEP5), designed by Americans for the Arts to measure the economic impact of nonprofit organizations and their audiences across America.

This will be the second time that Eugene has participated in the study and the fifth time it has been conducted in communities across the country, making it the longest running nonprofit arts economic study ever conducted.

The success of this study relies on YOUR participation! We can’t do this study without you. We need your help to conduct audience intercept surveys at arts events in 2016.

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Arts and Economic Prosperity 4 (AEP4) Results:

Five years ago, over thirty eligible nonprofit arts organizations in Eugene participated in AEP4. From their participation, we learned that:

  • Arts and culture organizations are a $45.6 million industry in Eugene.
  • Of that, about $29 million is spent by the groups themselves (on salaries, supplies, promotion, etc.).
  • An additional $16 million is related spending by patrons of arts events
  • All of this economic activity supports the equivalent of 1,739 full-time jobs in Eugene.
  • And it generates $2.4 million in local and state government revenue.

We look forward to working with you to ensure that your good work is reflected in this larger state-wide and national effort to quantify how the work we do contributes to the economic health of our community!