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The arts bring us inspiration and joy, and make our community a beautiful place to live and work. But the arts do so much more! In fact, communities are investing in an industry that supports jobs, generates government revenue, and is the cornerstone of tourism.

Help us better the impact of arts in our community by getting involved the Arts & Economic Prosperity Study 6 (AEP6). The information you provide will help to measure the economic impact of the arts in Lee County.

Keep reading to learn how you can help change the conversation to show that investment in the arts provides both cultural and economic benefits through Audience & Attendee Surveys.

We are excited to partner with Americans for the Arts to announce the launch of Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 (AEP6), the sixth national study of the economic impact of the nonprofit arts and culture industry! Economic impact studies such as these expand the conversation about how many people view the arts. While most appreciate the cultural benefit provided to our community, few realize that our local arts industry supports jobs, generates government revenue, and is a cornerstone of tourism.

We need your help to collect this data. While attending any performance, activity, event or program on our campus, please take a few moments to participate in the Audience & Attendee Survey. All answers are anonymous and help to measure the economic and social impact of arts and culture in our community!

Audience & Attendee Surveys will be available at the front desk in multiple formats, including hard-copy, accessible by QR code or at our laptop station.

While part of a national study, our reports will be based on spending by our own local nonprofit arts and culture organizations as well as the event-related spending by their audiences (at local retail, parking, and restaurant establishments).

We believe this important research tool will demonstrate that when we invest our dollars in the arts, we are not doing so at the expense of economic development. Rather, we are investing in an industry that strengthens our local economy.

At the national level, AEP5 in 2015 showed that the nonprofit arts industry generated $166.3 billion in economic activity, supporting 4.6 million jobs and generating $27.5 billion in government revenue. Locally, our arts industry generated $49.7 million in annual economic activity in Fort Myers – supporting 1,389 full-time equivalent jobs and generating $6.7 million in local and state revenues.

Let’s change the conversation. The arts mean business.
Learn more about the AEP6 study:

We appreciate your participation in this critical research to advance arts and culture in our community! Please give us a call at 239-939-2787 or simply respond to this email if you have any questions or would like to involved with this data collection initiative.

Alliance for the Arts • 239-939-2787 • 10091 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers

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