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.



Quality of programming
Community engagement

Sustainable funding
Capacity issues
Limited full-time opportunities

The following indicators have been identified as instrumental to the Red Flags and Blue Ribbons listed in this section of the 2017 Community Focus Report. Click on an indicator to learn more about the topic.

Arts, Culture, and Humanities: Nonprofit Organizations
Map of nonprofits related to the arts, culture, and humanities in

Lack of Social or Emotional Support

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