Arts Economic Impact

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 "The arts are stronger than ever in Virginia Beach, and now we have the numbers to prove it," said Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms. "Arts and culture mean big business here." 

The Office of Cultural Affairs announced in October 2017 the results of a comprehensive study by Americans for the Arts examining the economic impact of the arts in Virginia Beach (AEP5). The study found that $87.7 million in economic activity and 2,875 jobs are generated annually by the non-profit arts and culture industry in Virginia Beach, making it a formidable business and economic driver for the City.

Media Release announcing the results of the Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 Study.

Fast Fact Sheet and Final Report of the study.