American Visionary Arts Museum Big Hope Opening Party October 2015

Arts & Economic Prosperity 5


Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 is the most comprehensive economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry ever conducted.

It documents the economic contributions of the arts in 341 communities and regions across the country, representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The diverse participating communities range in population from 1,500 to 4 million and include rural, suburban, and urban areas.

Researchers collected detailed expenditure and attendance data from 14,439 arts and cultural organizations and 212,691 of their attendees to measure total national industry spending. In the state of Maryland, data from 522 arts and cultural organizations and 2,805 of their attendees, were used to measure total statewide industry spending. This study uses four economic measures to define economic impact: full-time equivalent jobs, resident household income, and revenue to local and state governments.

For more information about Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 National Study, including methodology and how to download and purchase the report, please visit

Maryland Citizens for the Arts staff are available for speaking engagements. If interested, please contact MCA at 410.467.6700 or at


arts economic prosperity infographic


AEP 5 – State of Maryland



AEP5 – Maryland Highlights Brochure


 AEP5 – Maryland Study Participants


AEP5 – National Study