Arts and Economic Prosperity 5 Study

BySuzanne Hull

Arts and Economic Prosperity 5 Study

Over the last 16 months, Bravo Greater Des Moines and more than 65 non-profit arts, culture and heritage organizations in Central Iowa have been participating in the Americans for the Arts Arts and Economic Prosperity 5 study.  The final report is complete and Bravo proudly shared Greater Des Moines’ results last night. This data clearly show that the arts mean business for our region:

  • $185 million in spending
    • $71.9 million by the organizations
    • $113.1 million by audiences
  • 5,677 full-time equivalent jobs employed by the sector
  • $16.8 million in government revenue
    • $7.46 million – local
    • $9.31 million – state

Click here for a full copy of Greater Des Moines’ report and for more information on the national study results and details.

  • This study lays to rest a common misconception that investment in the arts comes at the expense of economic development.  Rather, this study shows that the arts are a vital industry that supports jobs, generates government revenue, is a cornerstone of tourism and economic development, and drives a creativity-based economy.
  • Beyond the intrinsic value of the arts to inspire creativity and engage hearts and minds, arts organizations are also businesses, employing people locally, purchasing goods and services within the community, and supporting the regional economy.
  • When communities support the arts, they not only enhance quality of life but also invest in economic well-being.  The arts are not “nice to have” amenities but are “need to have” economic engines.

Des Moines European Heritage Association connects Iowans with European traditions, language education and cultural experiences; and it provides resources and tools to other cultural heritage organizations.


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