Eugene’s arts and cultural sector is a significant driver of the local economy. Our area’s arts organizations and artists support thousands of jobs and generate millions of dollars in revenue each year. The ABAE leads efforts to gather and share the details of how and why the arts are important for our community’s economic health.

Economic Impact


The ABAE participated in three national economy studies (AEP6, AEP5 and AEP4) led by Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education. The Arts & Economic Prosperity (AEP)® report measures the economic impact of nonprofit arts and cultural organizations on local jobs, income paid to local residents, and revenue generated to local and state governments. The report, which is released every 5 years, examines many factors, including spending by organizations and audience, employment, and tourism. Here are some highlights from the most-recent study:

Economic Activity



In Eugene, arts and culture generated nearly $124 million in economic activity, including spending by nonprofits arts and culture organizations together with audience spending. The arts also generated more than $30 million in local, state, and federal tax revenue.

Local Employment



During the time of the most-recent study, the arts industry supported a total of 2,714 jobs in Eugene.

Audience Spending



Audience spending injected $33.6 million into the community, not including ticket costs. These numbers include spending by event attendees for things like restaurant meals, parking, or childcare.

Area Tourism



Arts and culture events drew 149,683 visitors from outside Lane County. Nonresident attendees spent an average of 187% more per person than local attendees ($68.73 vs. $23.92). When a community attracts cultural tourists, it realizes significant economic rewards.

Economic Volunteerism

Value Of


A total of 3,831 volunteers donated 186,299 hours to Eugene’s 89 participating arts and culture organization, a donation of time estimated at $6 million.

How We Stack Up

How We

Stack Up

Spending by nonprofit arts and culture organizations in Eugene contribute $90 million to the local economy compared to a national median of $13 million in similarly sized cities. When the arts sector thrives, it supports the long-term economic health and livability of our community.



Actors Cabaret of Eugene (Mainstage Theatre Company)
Adventure! Children’s Museum
Amazon Community Center (City of Eugene, Recreation)
American Harp Society (Local Chapter)
ArtCity Oregon
Arts and Business Alliance of Eugene
Asian American Foundation of Oregon
Ballet Fantastique
Ballet Folklórico Colibri
Black Cultural Festival
Chamber Music Amici
City of Eugene Cultural Services
Community Center for the Performing Arts (Wow Hall)
Delgani String Quartet
Disorient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon
Earthbound Moon NFP
Encircle Films
Erb Memorial Union
Eugene Arte Latino
Eugene Ballet
Eugene Concert Choir
Eugene Contemporary Art
Eugene Film Society
Eugene Gay Mens Chorus
Eugene Opera
Eugene Printmakers Community Studio
Eugene Public Library
Eugene Public Library Foundation
Eugene Science Center
Eugene Springfield Community Orchestra
Eugene Springfield Youth Orchestras
Eugene Symphony Association
Eugene Waldorf School
Free Shakespeare in the Park
Gamelan Sari Pandhawa
Girl Circus
Hilyard Community Center (City of Eugene, Recreation)
Hult Center for the Performing Arts
Inspirational Sounds
Integrated Arts (Harmonic Laboratory)
Japanese-American Association of Lane County Oregon
John G Shedd Institute for the Arts
Joint Forces Dance Company (Danceability International)
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
KindTree (Autism Rocks)
KWAX Classical Oregon
Lane African American/Black Student Success Program
Lane Arts Council
Lane County Historical Society
Lane County History Museum
Lane Literary Guild
Laverne Krause Gallery + UO Art Department Galleries
Materials Exchange Center for Community Arts
Maude Kerns Art Center
Minority Voices Theatre
Modern Quilt Guild (Local Chapter)
Multicultural Education Center and Children’s Art Museum
Museum of Natural & Cultural History
Music Education & Performing Artists Association
Music’s Edge Rock Camp
New Zone Gallery
Orchestra Next
Oregon Bach Festival
Oregon Children’s Choir Association
Oregon Contemporary Theatre
Oregon Folklife Network at University Of Oregon
Oregon Genealogical Society
Oregon Mozart Players
Pegasus Playhouse
Petersen Barn Community Center (City of Eugene, Recreation)
Riverside Chamber Symphony
Roving Park Players
Sheldon Community Center (City of Eugene, Recreation)
Shelton-McMurphey-Johnson Associates
SHO (Support Hult Center Operations)
Skipping Stones
Swing Shift Jazz Orchestra
The Eugene Gleemen
The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts
University of Oregon Foundation (Oregon Bach Festival)
University of Oregon University Theatre
UO Craft Center
Upstart Crow Studios
Very Little Theatre
Whiteaker Community Arts Team (WCAT)
Willamette Jazz Society (The Jazz Station)
Willamette Valley Hardy Plant Group
Wordcrafters in Eugene



Actors Cabaret of Eugene
Amazon Community Center
Arts And Business Alliance Of Eugene Ballet Fantastique
Cascadia Concert Opera
City of Eugene
Peterson Barn Community Center Community Events (Cultural Services) Delgani String Quartet
Eugene Airport Gallery
Eugene Ballet Company
Eugene Concert Choir
Eugene Opera; Eugene Public Library Eugene Symphony Association Eugene- Springfield Youth Orchestras Fred Crafts Radio Redux
Free Shakespeare In The Park
Hult Center/Cuthbert Amphitheater Jacobs Gallery
Jazz Station
John G. Shedd Institute For The Arts Joint Forces Dance Co
Jordan Schnitzer Museum Of ArtLane Arts Council
Lane County Historical Society and Museum
Lord Leebrick Theatre Company Dba Oregon Contemporary Theatre Materials Exchange Center for Community Arts
Maude Kerns Art Center
Museum of Natural and Cultural History (University of Oregon)
New Zone Gallery
Oregon Bach Festival
Oregon Folklife Network
Pacific International Choral Festivals Public Art (Cultural Services)
Saturday Market
Shelton Mcmurphey Johnson House Soromundi
Lesbian Chorus of Eugene
University of Oregon (Center for Student Involvement)
Upstart Crow Studios
Very Little Theatre


You can use this toolkit to tell stakeholders, audiences, donors, and business partners about the local economic impact of the arts.

To learn more about the study, as well as their many other initiatives please visit Americans the the Arts.