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Economic Impact Study

North Dakota Council on the Arts Releases Statewide and Comparative Data from Arts & Economic Impact Study

A copy of the study is available via this link.

Results from a study conducted by Americans for the Arts in partnership with the North Dakota Council on the Arts, were released on October 17, 2007. The study examined the economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences in the state of North Dakota. Compelling new evidence from this study indicates that the nonprofit arts and culture are a $102 million industry in the state of North Dakota - one that supports 2,441 full-time equivalent jobs and generates $9 million in local and state government revenue.

Nonprofit arts and culture organizations, which spend $47 million each year, leverage a remarkable $55 million in additional spending by arts and culture audiences - spending that pumps vital revenue into local restaurants, hotels, retail stores, and other businesses. By demonstrating that investing in the arts and culture yields economic benefits, the Arts & Economic Prosperity III lays to rest the common misconception that communities support the arts and culture at the expense of local economic development. In fact, communities that support arts and culture not only enhance their quality of life, they also invest in their economic well-being.

“A statewide economic impact study has not been done in North Dakota since 1985. This study shows the significance of the arts in our rural state and demonstrates the importance of the arts in rural economic development,” stated Jan Webb, Executive Director of the North Dakota Council on the Arts.

Nationwide, the Arts & Economic Prosperity III reveals that the nonprofit arts industry produces $166 billion in economic activity every year, resulting in $30 billion in federal, state, and local tax revenues.  In addition, it generates the following: 6 million full-time equivalent jobs and $104 billion in resident household income.

“This study is a myth buster,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “Most Americans understand that the arts improve our quality of life. This study demonstrates that the arts are an industry that stimulates the economy in cities and towns across the country. A vibrant arts and culture industry helps local businesses thrive.”

The Arts & Economic Prosperity III study shows that nonprofits arts support more jobs than accountants and auditors, public safety officers, and even lawyers, and just slightly fewer than elementary school teachers. Spending by nonprofit arts and culture organizations provide rewarding employment for more than just artists, curators, and musicians but they also directly support builders, plumbers, accountants, printers, and an array of occupations.

Americans for the Arts enlisted 156 communities and regions across the United States (representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia) to participate in this study. Americans for the Arts' economic impact studies continue to be among the most frequently cited statistics used to demonstrate the impact of the nation’s nonprofit arts industry on the local, state, and national economy.

The Arts Mean Business, as this research shows the nonprofit arts and culture industry is an economically sound investment.

For more information, contact the North Dakota Council on the Arts at (701) 328-7590 or e-mail

Americans for the Arts is the leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. With offices in Washington, DC, and New York City, it has a record of more than 40 years of service. Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. Additional information is available at

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