Proving the industry generates hundreds of millions of dollars in annual economic activity makes financial sense.

Through research, we aim to demonstrate that the nonprofit arts and culture industry is an economic driver in communities—a growth industry that supports jobs, generates government revenue, and is a cornerstone of tourism. These research reports help garner the support and funding for arts and culture organizations everywhere.

13800 + jobs supported by the arts and culture industry in the Central Florida area
$39.9 Million culture-related revenue generated for Florida state and local governments


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The Arts & Economic Prosperity Study

The Nationwide study of art & Culture

The Arts and Economic Prosperity Study (AEP) is a nationwide study of the economic impact of the nonprofit arts and culture industry. Building on its 25-year legacy, the AEP is regarded as one of the most credible testaments to the economic power of arts and culture.

The AEP is led by Americans for the Arts. United Arts coordinates the Central Florida region to participate in this study. The AEP report is conducted every five years. To participate in future studies, contact United Arts’ AEP team: Trudy@UnitedArtsCFL.org.

The AEP6 Report

The AEP6 is the largest and most inclusive study of its kind ever conducted. It illustrates how the nonprofits arts industry creates jobs, generates commerce, and drives tourism on a massive scale.

Coming soon in Fall 2023.

The AEP5 Report

The AEP5 report includes surveyed data from 218 eligible nonprofit cultural organizations in the seven-county Central Florida Region, a 31.6% response of the 690+/- registered cultural nonprofits.

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Arts Ecology Study of Orange County

The Countywide study of art & Culture

The Arts Ecology Study of Orange County is a collaborative endeavor by our vibrant community seeking to understand the state of our arts and cultural sector. From July through November 2022, we meticulously assessed the management, finances, governance, participation, marketing, and arts education within our flourishing cultural framework. In this initiative, United Arts joined forces with local partners, including Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs, the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, and the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. Guided by the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland, this deep dive study unveils valuable insights that shape the future of our arts landscape.


Jun 2, 2022
ORLANDO, Fla. – June 2, 2022 — United Arts of Central Florida announced today that the DeVos Institute of Arts Management will complete an Arts...
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May 17, 2022
ORLANDO, Fla. — MAY 17, 2022 — United Arts of Central Florida announced today that the 2022 Collaborative Campaign for the Arts successfully raised $5.5...
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Apr 12, 2022
ORLANDO – APRIL 12, 2022 – United Arts of Central Florida announced that nine organizations were awarded a total of $27,000 through the March cycle...
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Want to learn more?

If you want to participate and need survey tools for your geographic area, or have questions about AEP, please contact your AEP team, Trudy@UnitedArtsCFL.org.

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