The Arts Mean Business In Wisconsin
March 2022: MADISON, WI – The Wisconsin Arts Board joins Americans for the Arts (AFTA) in announcing a comprehensive economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry conducted in Wisconsin from 2022-2023: Arts and Economic Prosperity 6.
We are joined by six Wisconsin communities which are participating with AFTA in studies on the local level: Dane County (Dane Arts), City of Milwaukee (Imagine MKE), Door County (Peninsula Arts and Humanities Alliance), City of Eau Claire (Pablo Center at the Confluence), Greater Green Bay Area (Bay Area Arts and Cultural Alliance), and St. Croix Valley (St. Croix Valley Foundation and ArtsReach St. Croix).
The most recent Wisconsin study (2015-2016) revealed that local nonprofit arts organizations generated $657 million in economic activity annually, resulting in nearly $75 million in local and state tax revenues, 26,695 in full-time equivalent jobs and $555 million in resident income. These results were compiled as part of a national report entitled Arts & Economic Prosperity 5.
The updated numbers will be available when AEP6 is published, in the latter portion of 2023.