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The arts exist not only for social, cultural or entertainment value. They also have major impact on the economy and education and serve as a primary way for communities to preserve and celebrate our culture and heritage.

Local and Regional Resources


Top 10 Reasons to Support the Arts

Ohio’s Creative Economy: The Economic Impact of the Arts and Creative Industries 2018
A statewide survey of the impact of both for and nonprofit creative sectors on Ohio’s economy. The Columbus MSA generates $9.1 billion in economic impact and supports more than 60,000 jobs. Research sponsored by Ohio Citizens for the Arts and the Center for Regional Development at Bowling Green State University.

Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 One-page Summary for Central Ohio

Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 Full Report for Central Ohio (36 pages,1.3M)
Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 provides evidence that the nonprofit arts and culture sector is a significant industry in the Greater Columbus Area—one that generates $412.3 million in total economic activity. 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 Greater Columbus Area’s economic well-being.

Arts & Economic Prosperity calculator for Columbus based on the Arts & Economic Prosperity V study. Calculate your organization’s economic activity.

2017 Creative Industries Report Franklin County

2017 Creative Industries Report Congressional District 3

2017 Creative Industries Report Congressional District 12

2017 Creative Industries Report Congressional District 15

2017 Creative Industries Report Ohio

Ohio Alliance for Arts Education
A network of arts educators dedicated to communication, cooperation and advocacy efforts.

Ohio Citizens for the Arts
A grassroots organization working to increase public support for the arts in Ohio. Check out their e-advocacy center.