August 1, 2017

Arts & Economic Prosperity in the Metro Atlanta Area Report

The Nonprofit Arts and Culture Industry

The Atlanta region was one of nearly 300 study partners across all 50 states to participate in the “Arts and Economic Prosperity 5” study compiled from local data by the Americans for the Arts. It is the most comprehensive economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry ever conducted in the United States. The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Fulton County, and City of Atlanta were local study partners for the report.

“The Americans for the Arts economic study supports what Fulton County has known for over 30 years and continues to support a vibrant arts community,” said Fulton County Board of Commissioners’ Chair, John Eaves, “this study helps to strengthen the position that the arts are essential to our community —employing people locally, purchasing goods and services from local merchants, and driving tourism and economic development.”

Listen to WABE 90.1FM’s interview with the ARC’s Doug Hooker and Josh Phillipson about the study and the impact of arts and culture in Metro Atlanta.

Download the presentation from the ARC’s Forum on Arts and Economic Prosperity on November 13, 2017.

NOTICE: Gov. Brian Kemp has extended a public health emergency declaration and a statewide shelter-in-place order for older adults and medically fragile residents through June 12.

The Atlanta Regional Commission office at 229 Peachtree Street, NE Atlanta, is closed to the public until further notice. All employees are working remotely and conducting business operations. ARC employees can be contacted directly during normal business hours. However, if you need immediate assistance call 404-463-3100.

If you are seeking resources for older persons and individuals with disabilities, contact us at404-463-3333 or visit

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