economic

IMPACT

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

Research

The ABAE participated in two national economy studies (AEP5 and AEP4) led by Americans for the Arts. The Arts & Economic Prosperity (AEP)® 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. It examines serval factors including spending by organizations and audience, employment, and tourism. Here are some highlights from the most recent study:

Economic Activity

Economic

Activity

In Eugene, arts and culture generated $62 million in economic activity. This is up 37% from the previous study.

Nonprofit Spending

Nonprofit

Spending

$40.8 million in spending by arts and culture nonprofits. These are the dollars spent by organizations to stage performances, produce exhibits, hire accountants, and pay bills and salaries.

Local Employment

Local

Employment

At the time of the last study, there were 2,400 full-time jobs in the arts in Eugene. Up 38% from the previous study.

Audience Spending

Audience

Spending

$21.4 million was injected into the community through audience spending. These numbers don’t include ticket costs but represent any additional spending such as restaurant meals, parking, or childcare.

Area Tourism

Area

Tourism

Arts and culture events drew 135,021 visitors from outside Lane County. Nonresident attendees spent an average of 164 percent more per person than local attendees ($42.29 vs. $16.02) as a result of their attendance to cultural events. When a community attracts cultural tourists, it harnesses significant economic rewards.

How We Stack Up

How We

Stack Up

Arts in Eugene contribute twice as much to the local economy as the median of other similarly-sized cities. When the arts sector thrives, it supports the long-term economic health and livability of our community.

ARTS & ECONOMIC PROSPERITY 5

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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

ARTS & ECONOMIC PROSPERITY 4

AEP4 Summary

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ARTS & ECONOMIC PROSPERITY 5

AEP5 Summary

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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

ARTS & ECONOMIC PROSPERITY 4

AEP4 Summary

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AEP4 Report

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AEP TOOLKITS
You can use the following items 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.

AEP Toolkits