Nonprofit Arts in the Augusta River Region – a 58 Million Dollar Industry!

In 2016, the Greater Augusta Arts Council Partnered with Americans for the Arts to participate in the Arts Economic Prosperity 5, a national survey project intended to show the economic impact of the nonprofit arts industry in the United States. The insights it provides are useful for arts advocates, city leaders, arts educators and those who support the arts in any capacity to share the economic value and impact of the arts with our broader community. The Arts Council partnered with the City of Augusta, Columbia County, and the Georgia Council for the Arts in order to bring this study to the Central Savannah River Region and discover the impact of the arts to our local economy.

The results for the AEP5 were released in Fall 2017. Read below for the reports customized for the Greater Augusta Area, which is comprised of Richmond & Columbia Counties. These results showed that the nonprofit arts industry not only supports over 2400 jobs in our local area, but our community of arts nonprofits generates nearly 58 million dollars in direct economic activity!

Read below for the full reports, provided by Americans for the Arts.


One-page summary of the results with information regarding overall economic impact, jobs supported, audience spending, and government revenue.



This is the full report for the Greater Augusta Area of the AEP5 study. This document goes in-depth about the results of the study as well as definitions of terms, explanation of research methods, and more.


Read the National findings from Americans for the Arts at, click here.