Data, Studies & Reports




American Planning Association Briefs

Arts and cultural sector strengthen cultural values and prerserve history
Arts and cultural strategies create reinforce and enhace sense of place
Arts and cultural strategies enhance community engagement
How the arts and culture sector catalyze economic vitality
Role of arts and culture in plannig practice




When we support the arts, we not only enhance our quality of life, but we also invest in the State of Connecticut’s economic well-being.  (Americans for the Arts, 2012)

  • Nationally, $135.2 billion of economic activity is generated by nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and their audiences. The industry supports 4.13 million full-time jobs and generates $22.3 billion in revenue to local, state, and federal governments every year.
  • Connecticut’s nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences have a $653 million economic impact and support more than 18,000 jobs, with more than $59 million generated to local and state government.

Arts and Economic Prosperity IV- Connecticut: The Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts and Cultural Organizations and Their Audiences

“Arts & Economic Prosperity IV demonstrates that America’s arts industry is not only resilient in times of economic uncertainty, but is also a key component to our nation’s economic recovery and future prosperity. Business and elected leaders need not feel that a choice must be made between arts funding and economic prosperity. This study proves that they can choose both. Nationally, as well as locally, the arts mean business.”  To read the full study, click here.

10 Policies to Increase the Impact of Arts on Placemaking by Kip Bergstrom, Deputy Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, February 2013

Creative Placemaking by Ann Markusen and Anne Gadwa
“In creative placemaking, partners from public, private, non-profit, and community sectors strategically shape the physical and social character of a neighborhood, town, city, or region around arts and cultural activities. Creative placemaking animates public and private spaces, rejuvenates structures and streetscapes, improves local business viability and public safety, and brings diverse people together to celebrate, inspire, and be inspired.” To read the executive summary or full white paper, click here.

 Making Arts Policy a Priority, Editorial, Boston Globe, November 14, 2014
“Our homegrown artists, arts organizations, and audiences are what make for a viable arts economy. And supporting these individuals and organizations is part of an investment that will make the arts sustainable in the long term and in turn reward the state with new jobs and fresh revenue.”


with support from the Connecticut Office of the Arts