We know Waco's non-profit arts and cultural organizations are GREAT for our city by providing enriching experiences, cultivating a creative community, and embracing Waco's diversity, but did you know they do an INCREDIBLE job growing our local economy, too? The arts also play a key role in supporting jobs, generating government revenue, and attracting tourism.

Waco was chosen to participate in the Americans for the Arts Arts & Economic Prosperity (AEP) study in 2016 and 2022 which reports the economic impact of the non-profit arts and cultural sector across the U.S. We are excited to announce the sixth Arts & Economic Prosperity impact study results are in!

As we are still seeing the impact of the pandemic nationally, Waco's arts and cultural sector has fared much better and has even seen an increase in economic growth since the last study in 2016.

View the American for the Arts's full national AEP6 findings here.

Waco's arts and cultural sector's economic impact according to data from Americans for the Arts Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 study.

During the last AEP5 study in 2016, Waco's non-profit arts and cultural sector supported over 2,000 jobs, earned over $7 million in tax revenue for local and state governments and generated $63.7 million of economic impact per year. In 2023, the arts and cultural sector generated $74.1 million of economic impact! Read more in the Waco's AEP6 report.