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Commission for Arts and Culture

Arts & Economic Prosperity

The Economic Impact of the Nonprofit Arts and Culture Industry in the City of San Diego. 

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Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 provides evidence that the nonprofit arts and culture sector is a significant industry in the City of San Diego—one that generates $1.1 billion in total economic activity. This spending—$553.6 million by nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and an additional $546.4 million in event-related spending by their audiences—supports 35,914 full-time equivalent jobs, generates $894.4 million in household income to local residents, and delivers $116 million in local and state government revenue. This economic impact study sends a strong signal that when we support the arts, we not only enhance our quality of life, but we also invest in the City of San Diego’s economic well-being.



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Arts and Economic Prosperity 6

In partnership with Americans for the Arts, we're thrilled to celebrate the groundbreaking data collected during the Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 (AEP6) study. This marks a significant milestone as it reveals the economic and social impact of the nonprofit arts and culture sector in San Diego County. While our past involvement in studies has been valuable, this collaborative effort with seven municipalities and two Cultural Districts, including the City of San Diego, Balboa Park Cultural District, Oceanside, Oceanside Cultural District, Escondido, Carlsbad, Encinitas, National City, and Coronado, is the first of its kind. This collective initiative, conducted every five years, provides essential insights, emphasizing the powerful impact of the arts on our community.

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