Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 Study (AEP6)


Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 (AEP6) is the sixth economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry in the U.S. This study is conducted by Americans for the Arts approximately every five years to gauge the economic impact (on employment, government revenue, and household income) of spending by nonprofit arts and culture organizations and the event-related spending by their audiences. The findings have been trusted for decades to leverage increases in local, state, and federal arts funding.

AEP6 is the most comprehensive economic and social impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry ever conducted, taking place in 373 study regions representing all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Americans for the Arts transformed its approach and expanded the inclusion and participation of organizations serving or representing communities of color. For the first time, AEP6 also included social impact measurements of arts and culture’s effect on the well-being of communities and residents. Using the IMPLAN economic modeling platform, input-output analysis models were customized for each study region to ensure reliable data and actionable results.

The study findings show that locally as well as nationally, arts and culture are a critical economic driver of vibrant communities. AEP6 demonstrates that investment in arts and culture organizations, strengthens our economy and our communities by fueling innovation, attracting and retaining a creative workforce, fostering community pride, and stimulating tourism.


We appreciate the participation of Eastern CT’s nonprofit arts & cultural organizations in this critical research to advance the local arts and culture industry. Details of participation for the Audience Surveys and Organizational Surveys are listed on the regional webpages below and in the full reports.

As the Designated Regional Service Organization (DRSO) for the CT Office of the Arts, Department of Economic & Community Development, the Cultural Coalition partnered with Americans for the Arts to conduct two separate AEP6 studies in Eastern Connecticut – one for the Southeast region and one for the Northeast region.

  • See the link for the customized results for each region below.
  • Also see the regional webpages for the presentation slides from the AEP6 Information Sessions held on November 13, 2023 on Zoom.
  • Contact Wendy Vincent or Deb Mathiasen with any questions about AEP6 results.

Southeastern CT Region AEP6 Information

Northeastern CT Region AEP6 Information


NATIONAL AEP6 – Oct. 12, 2023
Nationally, the Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 (AEP6) study reveals 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. For more information visit:

The Connecticut Office of the Arts, Department of Economic and Community Development announced that Connecticut’s nonprofit arts and culture industry generated (nearly $1 billion) $954,091,916 in economic activity in 2022, according to the newly released Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 (AEP6), an economic and social impact study conducted by Americans for the Arts. That economic activity–$606,097,358 in spending by nonprofit arts and culture organizations and $347,994,558 in event-related spending by their audiences—supported 16,667 jobs and generated $275,605,133 in local, state, and federal government revenue.  Download a State of CT AEP6 Summary HERE.