The arts mean business in

Northeastern Oregon

Join Northeast Oregon and 386 other communities around the nation as we gather information showing the impact of arts and culture to local economics.

The Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 (AEP6) survey is Americans for the Arts’ sixth national study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry's impact on the economy. The study is conducted approximately every five years to gauge the economic impact (on employment, government revenue, and household income) of spending by nonprofit arts and culture organizations and the event-related spending by their audiences.

Data from the AEP6 will provide useful information to Art Center East and Northeast Oregon's other arts and culture nonprofits for leveraging grant funding, increasing community support, etc.

In 2017, the previous study, AEP5, documented that the nonprofit arts and culture industry generated $166.3 billion in economic activity (spending by organizations plus the event-related spending by their audiences) which supported 4.6 million jobs and generated $27.5 billion in government revenue. The AEP series demonstrates that an investment in the arts provides both cultural and economic benefits.

  • Nonprofit arts and culture organizations are businesses. They employ people locally, purchase goods and services from within the community, are members of their Chambers of Commerce, and attract tourists to their regions.
  • The arts drive commerce to local businesses. The arts, unlike most industries, leverage significant amounts of event-related spending by their audiences. In 2017, arts attendees spent $31.47 per person, per event, beyond the cost of admission on items such as meals, parking, and lodging—vital income for local businesses.
  • Arts travelers are ideal tourists. They stay longer and spend more to seek out authentic cultural experiences. One-third of attendees travel from outside the county in which the activity takes place and spend an average of $48 per person. (69% say they traveled specifically to attend the activity.)
  • Small investmentsBig returns. In 2017, the combined $5 billion in direct arts funding by local, state, and federal governments yielded $27.5 billion in government revenue

Let us know about Live and Upcoming Events coming to Northeastern Oregon!

Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 (AEP6) survey is Americans for the Arts’ sixth national study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry's impact on the economy. By sharing your event with us and participating in the AEP6 survey we will be able to document the economic contributions of the arts in our Tri-county region and be a part of the communities and regions across the country, representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

This study is accomplished through the passing out of surveys at live arts and culture events. ACE’s goal is to see Eastern Oregon, and specifically, Union County, be active in this study. Numbers from the study will help organizations like you and ACE benefit from further community help, grant funding, and more.


The study runs from May 1, 2022 - April 30, 2023.


Volunteer to help with the Aep6 survey

Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 (AEP6) surveys will be available at all sorts of different events around Union County. Whether they are at gallery openings, theater performances, symphony concerts, or more, become a volunteer for AEP and attend local events while helping serve the arts at the same time!

Volunteer to help with AEP in Union County by filling out the Art Center East Volunteer form and choosing the Arts & Economic Prosperity Survey (AEP) option for "what to volunteer for."

The study runs from May 1, 2022 - May 31, 2023.