The arts draw millions into Augusta’s economy, study finds

AUGUSTA, GA. (WRDW/WAGT) – Richmond County’s nonprofit arts and culture sector generates nearly $26 million in economic activity a year, according to a new study.

The Greater Augusta Arts Council unveiled findings this week from „Arts and Economic Prosperity 6,” hosted by Americans for the Arts.

The $24,646,130 in economic activity in fiscal year 2022 includes $11 million in spending by nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and $12.5 million in event-related spending by their visitors.

The economic activity supported 523 jobs and generated $27 million in local, state and federal government revenue, according to the study.

America’s nonprofit arts and culture sector is a $151.7 billion industry that supports 2.6 million jobs and generates $29.1 billion in government revenue.

In Richmond County, 39 of a total of 52 eligible nonprofit arts and cultural organizations identified by the Greater Augusta Arts Council provided funding and attendance information for the study.

The full report, a map of the 373 study areas, and a two-page economic impact summary for each can be found at AEP6.AmericansForTheArts.org.

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