Arts & Economic
Prosperity 5 Study

The Richmond and Tri-Cities' nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $360.1 million in economic impact.


nationwide aep 5

In June 2017, Americans for the Arts unveiled the results of the most comprehensive economic impact study (AEP5) of the nation’s nonprofit arts and culture industry ever conducted.

richmond & tri-cities AREA

In our region, local nonprofit arts and culture generates $360.1 million in total economic activity – supporting 10,702 full-time equivalent jobs and generating $31.6 million in government revenues.

calculate your impact

The Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 Calculator is a free and simple tool to estimate the economic impact of your nonprofit arts and culture organization in Richmond and the Tri-Cities.



Local Leaders Share Their Thoughts on the Results


The Local Study

From January 2016 through February 2017, CultureWorks partnered with local arts and culture organizations to collect nearly 1,000 audience-intercept surveys and collected detailed financial data from 82 local nonprofit arts and culture organizations, such as theater and dance companies, museums, visual arts, and arts education organizations.

Local AEP5 activities were supported by The Cameron Foundation, The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia, and The Robins Foundation.

thank you to the following participating organizations

1708 Gallery

5th Wall Theatre

Agecroft Hall

American Civil War Museum


Art on Wheels


Ashland Museum

Battersea Foundation

Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia

Byrd Theatre Foundation

C3: The Creative Change Center

Cadence Theatre Company

CAT Theatre

CharacterWorks Theater

Chesterfield Historical Society

Children’s Museum of Richmond

City Singers Youth Choirs

Classical Revolution RVA

Community Idea Stations

Concert Ballet of Virginia

Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen


Da Capo Virginia

Dancing Classrooms Greater Richmond

Dogtown Dance Theatre

Edgar Allan Poe Museum

Elegba Folklore Society

Firehouse Theatre

Fischer Sundae Puppets

Greater Richmond Children’s Choir


Henricus Historical Park

Historic Hopewell Foundation

Historic Petersburg Foundation

James River Writers

K Dance

Latin Ballet Of Virginia

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Library of Virginia

Maymont Foundation

Midlothian Mines and Rail Road Foundation

Montpelier Arts Center

Monument City Music

One Voice Chorus

Pamplin Historical Park

Petersburg Area Art League

Petersburg Symphony Orchestra

Podium Foundation

Puppets Off Broad Street

Quill Theatre

Richmond Ballet

Richmond Concert Band

Richmond Forum

Richmond Jazz Society

Richmond Performing Arts Alliance

Richmond Symphony

Richmond Triangle Players

Richmond Urban Dance

Robinson Theater Community Arts Center

Science Museum of Virginia


St. John’s Church Foundation


Studio Two Three

Swift Creek Mill Theatre


University Of Richmond-Modlin Center For The Arts

The Valentine

Venture Richmond

Virginia Capitol Foundation

Virginia Commission for the Arts

Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts

Virginia Historical Society

Virginia Holocaust Museum

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Virginia Opera

Virginia Repertory Theatre

Virginia War Memorial

Visual Arts Center of Richmond


Weinstein JCC

WRIR 97.3 FM Richmond Independent Radio

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