Artist & Economic Prosperity

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In 2015, the nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $36.3 million in annual economic activity in the greater Green Bay area—supporting 1,311 full-time equivalent jobs and generating $3.2 million in local and state government revenues, according to the recent Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 national economic impact study. Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 is the most comprehensive economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry ever conducted in the United States.

Nationwide, the Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 reveals that the nonprofit arts industry produces $166.3 billion in economic activity every year, resulting in $27.5 billion in federal, state and local tax revenues. In addition, it supports 4.6 million full-time equivalent jobs and generates $96 billion in household income.

By every measure, the results are impressive. This study puts to rest a misconception that communities support arts and culture at the expense of local economic development. In fact, communities are investing in an industry that supports jobs, generates government revenue, and is the cornerstone of tourism. Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 shows conclusively that, locally as well as nationally, the arts mean business!

Mosaic Arts served as the local project partner and was responsible for the execution and data collection for the greater Green Bay area. Generous funding for this project was provided by the City of Green Bay, Greater Green Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau, Greater Green Bay Community Foundation and Mosaic Arts, Inc. Special thanks to the volunteers who assisted with data collection efforts: Samantha Surowiec, Pamela Gantz, Josh Fields, Wendy Burke, Hannah Lewis and many UW-Green Bay students. A study this size cannot be completed without the collaboration of many partnering organizations and individuals!

The Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 study was conducted by Americans for the Arts and supported by The Ruth Lilly Fund of Americans for the Arts. Americans for the Arts’ local, regional, and statewide project partners contributed both time and financial support to the study. Financial information from organizations was collected in partnership with DataArts™, using a new online survey interface. For a full list of the communities who participated in the Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 study, visit Americans for the Arts.

Obtain the full report on the impact the arts and culture industry have in greater Green Bay by contacting us.


Here is the most recent study available from the Arts & Economic Prosperity 6