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Mesa’s nonprofit arts, culture sector drives $35M in economic impact: study

Posted 12/9/23

Simply Three at Mesa Arts Center, 2021

A study has determined that Mesa’s nonprofit arts and cultural activities produced $35.3 million in economic activity during 2022.

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ENTERTAINMENT

Mesa’s nonprofit arts, culture sector drives $35M in economic impact: study

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A study has determined that Mesa’s nonprofit arts and cultural activities produced $35.3 million in economic activity during 2022.

The information comes from the newly released Arts & Economic Prosperity 6, an economic and social impact study conducted by Americans for the Arts, Mesa officials said.

“The economic activity of $19.3 million in spending by nonprofit arts and culture organizations and $16 million in event-related spending by their audiences supported 960 jobs, provided $43.1 million in personal income to residents and generated $13.2 million in local, state and federal government revenue,” a city release stated regarding the study.

“Mesa has a lot to be proud of when it comes to our arts and culture venues and museums,” Mayor John Giles said.

“This study highlights that these centers of community life are also significant economic drivers for our city.”

Here is some of what the study found:

  • Arts and culture drives commerce to local businesses such as restaurants as well as services like child or pet care. Overall in Mesa, $30.37 per person per event is spent beyond the cost of admission.
  • Arts and culture strengthen the visitor economy. In Mesa, 16.8% of attendees are nonlocal visitors who traveled from outside Maricopa County; they spend an average of $53.23. Additionally, 82.4% of nonlocal attendees reported that the primary purpose of their visit was specifically to attend the performance, event, exhibit, venue or facility where they were surveyed.

Nationally, the AEP6 study shows that America’s nonprofit arts and culture sector is a $151.7 billion industry — one that supports 2.6 million jobs and generates $29.1 billion in government revenue.

To learn more and for the full report: mesaartscenter.com.