Why support the arts?
Every year, the nonprofit arts and culture industry has a $213.7 million impact in the Dayton Region, supports 8,829 full-time equivalent jobs, and generates $23.9 million in local and state government revenues. These are just some of the findings from Americans for the Arts’ Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 (AEP5), the most comprehensive economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry ever conducted in the United States.
As the Dayton Region study partner, Culture Works worked with cultural nonprofits in Clark, Greene, Miami, and Montgomery Counties throughout 2016 to gather data on spending by the organizations and their audiences. 113 organizations provided detailed budget information and attendance figures through organizational surveys, and 857 individuals completed audience-intercept surveys at cultural events. Thanks to this incredible response from our community, we now have clear evidence showing that the Dayton Region’s arts and culture industry means business.
Explore the Dayton Region Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 Study Results
Discover the impact of your cultural organization using the Dayton Region Economic Impact Calculator, which has been customized by Americans for the Arts using data from our region
Learn More About the Impact of the Arts
Randy Cohen, Vice President of Research and Policy at Americans for the Arts, presented the Dayton Region AEP5 study results to our community at a Culture Works town hall meeting on September 18th. In addition to the AEP5 results, he shared a wealth of information about other research that demonstrates the importance of the arts:
Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account – Bureau of Economic Analysis
Arts and cultural economic activity (including for-profit) accounts for 4.2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), or $729.6 billion.
Arts and Education – Americans for the Arts
Arts in schools increase test scores and decrease dropout rates among students of all socioeconomic backgrounds. Among disadvantaged students, arts engagement in secondary school leads to a higher likelihood of finding gainful employment, earning a degree, and volunteering in adulthood. Unfortunately, it’s often students who could most benefit from arts education who have the least access to it.
Creative Industries – Americans for the Arts
Creative Industries is the first national study that encompasses both the nonprofit and for-profit arts industries. Create a free account to gain access to customized reports for the Dayton Region.
Status of Arts Education in Ohio Schools – Ohio Alliance for Arts Education
93% percent of all Ohio public schools provided access to some arts instruction in 2009-2010. Of that 93%, students in 97% of traditional public schools and 61% of the 246 community schools had arts instruction. 10% of major urban public schools provided no access to the arts. Approximately 54,700 students in Ohio’s public schools did not have access to arts instruction in school during 2009-2010.
Americans love the arts, but how and where they want to experience the arts has changed. Learn how communities across the country are bringing the arts to unexpected places.
Turn a parking garage into a work of art.
Opera in the Outfield
Enjoy your opera with a hot dog.
Performance in the Borderlands
Revive the site of a former landfill with live performances.
Revolution Recovery – Art at the Philly Dump
Catch a movie or tour an artist’s exhibit…at a recycling facility.