Americans for the Arts AEP6 Presentation for Salem

Tuesday, November 7, 2023 from 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Arts and Culture mean business in Oregon!

Join Randy Cohen, Vice President of Research at Americans for the Arts, for an engaging presentation on the economic impact of this region’s arts and culture activities as they relate to the greater state and nation. Representatives from the Oregon Arts Commission, and local partners – the City of Salem & the Salem Art Association, will also be in attendance.

This event is intended for audiences including, but not limited to: arts and culture coordinators, tourism providers and coordinators, economic development managers, foundation and funding managers, business managers centered on hospitalities, individual creatives, elected officials and municipal decision-makers.

You can access the report here.


Data in this presentation was collected between 2022-2023 through the Arts & Economic Prosperity Study 6 (AEP6). The AEP6 is the sixth national economic impact study of America’s nonprofit arts and cultural industry. It documents the economic contributions of the arts in over 250 diverse communities and regions across the country, representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Previous partners have included local arts agencies, community foundations, tourism agencies, economic development agencies, chambers of commerce, performing arts centers, and more.

Even in the wake of COVID-19 and the resulting economic recession, the arts continue to provide a significant boost to recharging the economy in America’s local communities. The arts draws people out of the homes and back into community life—spending time with each other and spending their money with local merchants.