Regional Arts & Culture

Fostering Regional Prosperity in Arts, Culture & the Creative Industries

Thriving communities require more than infrastructure. The region’s soul must be fed. Arts and cultural opportunities lead to a vibrant region and a thriving economy.

In 2017, the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) partnered with Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Fulton County and City of Atlanta to participate in Americans for the Arts’, Arts & Economic Prosperity V report. The results of this important study show the significant financial impact of the $719.8 million nonprofit arts and culture sector on the Metro Atlanta economy. Read the full report for the Metro Region to find out the number of jobs created and dollars contributed to local governments.

The ARC began developing a vision for supporting arts, culture and the creative industries in the Atlanta Region in 2011, when it contracted with the Metro Atlanta Arts & Culture Coalition (MAACC) to prepare a report related to arts and culture in our region. The resulting report, the Metro Atlanta Cultural Assessment , offered a snapshot of the cultural industry in the region, providing a benchmark for future regional planning around arts and culture. In 2012, the ARC officially absorbed the work of MAACC, committing to arts and culture as a program area going forward.

Arts and culture moved to the forefront of regional planning and economic development conversations in an effort to support a meaningful integration of arts and planning. The Metro Atlanta Arts and Culture Update provides an overview of these efforts.

A Celebration of Metro Atlanta’s Arts and Culture

ARC Arts and Culture Programs

Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta (ALMA)

Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta (ALMA), encourages leaders throughout the community to take an active role in solving the issues and challenges facing the region’s arts and culture community. The program brings together arts leaders and political, corporate and nonprofit supporters for five days of classes spread over a five-month period. Learn more.

Atlanta Regional Public Art Program

This mural on the side of the King Memorial MARTA station was the first project completed with help from the Atlanta Regional Public Art program.

The Atlanta Regional Public Art Program is a competitive grant program that provides matching funding to communities across the Atlanta region for public art installations. Inspired by Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program, participating communities select artists and sites and design a community engagement process to develop their projects. ARC provides training and technical assistance to support the collaborative public art process. The first grant recipients were selected in 2015. Learn more.

Conversations in Arts and Culture

After absorbing the work of MAACC, ARC engaged in a series of conversations that explored the importance of arts, culture and the creative industries in the Atlanta region. The Metro Atlanta Arts and Culture Report provides an overview of these conversations. Individual conversations looked at festivals, public art, livability, cultural districts, digital entertainment and typical audiences for different types of art. Learn more.

Metro Atlanta Cultural Assessment

The Metro Atlanta Cultural Assessment provides a clear snapshot of the creative industries in the Atlanta region. The data gathered provides a benchmark for arts and culture planning in the region and identifies opportunities where arts and culture could interface with ARC policies and areas of focus. The report also includes cultural summaries and inventories for each of the 10 counties in ARC’s planning region. Learn more.