The results of the AEP4 study inEugene and nationally are available here. Download the study brochure results here.
The City of Eugene Report: Eugene
The National Report: National
THE ARTS GIVES US AN ECONOMIC BOOST & YOUR PARTICIPATION MAKES THE DIFFERENCE
The arts mean jobs. Maybe you haven’t thought much about that. As a resident of Eugene, you understand the more intangible benefits of being surrounded by world-class theatre, music, dance, visual arts, cultural heritage, and humanities.
But now there is new research out on the economic impact of the arts – nationwide and locally here in Eugene. The Arts & Economic Prosperity IV study, conducted by Americans for the Arts, reveals what nonprofit arts groups do for the economy. Did you know:
Beyond these general economic benefits, you should remember that the arts are a key part of the revitalization of downtown. We have arts venues, office, and events downtown all year long – meaning we draw employers, customers and dollars to the city core.
And if we look at how Eugene’s statistics compare to other locales of roughly the same population (100,000 to 250,000) that are part of the AEP4 study, we see that:
What’s even more remarkable is that residents in Eugene engage in the arts in a much more all-encompassing way than folks in other similarly sized communities.
So if you ever hear anyone suggest that the arts are nothing but a luxury, that we just can’t support them in hard times, you should tell them that’s not true. You can tell them that the arts are integral to lives of people who live in Eugene. And, in these difficult economic times, jobs depend on the arts. More than 1,700 jobs in Eugene alone.
The AEP4 study was put together by Americans for the Arts, and carried out in Eugene thanks to a collaboration between the Arts and Business Alliance of Eugene (ABAE), the City of Eugene and the University of Oregon’s Center for Community Arts and Cultural Policy (CCACP).
To learn more about the national economic impact of the arts and for more details about the AEP4 study, click here.