In 2016 the Greater Augusta Arts Council partnered with Americans for the Arts to study the economic impact that the arts and culture industry are having on Augusta. We became local partners in the national Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 (AEP5) study, in which we attended arts and cultural events in Richmond and Columbia Counties and ask people attending those events to fill out a quick, anonymous, one-page survey. The results of the Surveys were released in Fall 2017. To learn more about the results specific to Augusta, follow the link below



Save the Date: Thursday, November 9, 2017, 11:30-1

Location: Sacred Heart Cultural Center

The regional results of Augusta’s participation in Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 (AEP5) will be presented at the Legislative Luncheon November 9. Randy Cohen, Vice President of Research for Americans for the Arts, will speak on the economic impact of the arts across the nation and highlight the contributions of Augusta’s arts community.

RSVP to the 2017 Legislative Luncheon to learn more about AEP5 & the Economic impact of the Arts in Augusta.

Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 (AEP5) – Background

With these surveys we collected data on how much was spent not just to attend events, but how much people spent locally to eat out, or ate at the event, or buy souvenirs, or pay for childcare, or even just to get to the event, etc. We also asked people their zip code, to see what proportion of our city’s arts and culture economy is drawing from locals vs. folks who travel all the way here just to enjoy what we have to offer.

The essential thing to remember is that every dollar spent at a local business stays in our community and helps it grow. When you attend a show, eat out, get a babysitter, and grab a taxi that money gets paid to all the people who work to make that happen, here, in our community; this is opposed to dollars given to big box stores, or online vendors, dollars that are immediately out of our local economy for good.

With the data from the AEP5 study, we will be able to show just exactly how much art means business.