The Arts are an Economic and Employment Powerhouse in Buncombe County

Clubs and Organizations

June 20, 2017

From: Asheville Area Arts Council

the Americans for the Arts released the Arts & Economic Prosperity V (AEP5) study finding the non-profit arts and culture sector is a $68 million industry in Buncombe County! On Saturday, June 17, 2017. This spending supports 2,233 full-time equivalent jobs and generates over $7.3 million in local and state government revenue.
Non-profit arts and culture organizations, which spend $26.4 million annually, leverage a remarkable $42.5 million in additional spending by arts and culture audiences – spending that pumps vital revenue into local restaurants, hotels, retail stores, and other businesses. Supporting arts and culture not only enhances our quality of life, but also invests in Buncombe County’s economic well-being!
Thank you to all the organizations and volunteers who helped the Asheville Area Arts Council and the Americans for the Arts collect this data for Buncombe County. Help us spread the message to the Asheville/Buncombe County community that the arts are a vital part of our collective identity and our economic prosperity. Download the full Buncombe County results and make use of the document below to help get the word out!