An economic force, seeking sustainability
The Springfield area’s arts scene is thriving due to a tight-knit cluster of organizations, venues and dedicated patrons, but funding and long-term financial stability continue to be key challenges.
The arts mean business in Springfield. According to the Arts & Economic Prosperity Study 5 (AEP5), conducted by the Springfield Regional Arts Council and Americans for the Arts, the arts and culture sector delivers an annual economic impact of nearly $27 million, $17.1 million in audience spending and $9.8 million in organizational spending. Throughout the 2016 study period, arts and culture generated $2.3 million in local and state government revenue, and supported 1,065 full-time equivalent jobs.