The Office of Arts and Culture participates in national studies and administers field research to make a strong case for the arts to demonstrate their economic, social, practical, and educational benefits.
Arts & Economic Prosperity (AEP) is Americans for the Arts’ study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry's impact on the economy. The City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture participated in AEP 5 that documents the economic contributions of the arts in 341 diverse communities and regions across the country, representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
In Phoenix, AEP 5 provides evidence that the nonprofit arts and culture sector is a significant industry in the City of Phoenix—one that generates $401.8 million in total economic activity. This spending—$164.6 million by nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and an additional $237.2 million in event-related spending by their audiences—supports 12,815 full-time equivalent jobs, generates $285.5 million in household income to local residents, and delivers $44.5 million in local and state government revenue. This economic impact study sends a strong signal that when we support the arts, we not only enhance our quality of life, but we also invest in the City of Phoenix’s economic well-being.
Produced by Bloomberg Associates, Arts Data in the Public Sector highlights the data practices of fifteen local arts agencies across the U.S., including the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, to capture a meaningful cross-section of constituencies, resources, and strategies. Through best practices and case studies, the Guide offers useful insights and practical resources that can assist and inspire local government arts funders and advocates as they work to establish more equitable and inclusive practices and to affirm the importance of arts and culture as a public service well into the future.
The City Manager’s Performance Dashboard was created to provide the public with comprehensive, easy-to-understand information about the City of Phoenix. It includes over 130 key performance indicators across strategic areas and general government services that measure the city’s health, including data related to the Office of Arts and Culture.