Impact of the Arts

Why are the arts so important to Columbus?

$412.3 million in economic activity and 14,980 jobs

The Columbus arts community generates tax dollars, wages, spending and jobs for our region. It is a huge economic force of artists, museum workers, arts marketers, and more. When we add in the for-profit creative sector, Columbus is an arts powerhouse with $3 billion+ in annual receipts and 25,000 jobs.

Tourism and convention business

From theater performances to our many popular museums, Columbus is a go-to place for families, couples, young professionals and adults. Increasingly we are a must-see town that attracts tourists and conventioneers.

Talent attraction and retention

With jobs on the rise in the Columbus region, the workforce becomes an important issue. Attracting and retaining the best depends on sustaining our open, terrific arts culture and high quality of life.

Entrepreneurship and neighborhood transformation

From trendy Short North and German Village to the emerging Franklinton neighborhood, the arts are pioneering places where people want to gather and live. The arts are visible in shops, restaurants, homes and walkways adding color and liveliness.

Cultural diversity, idea exchanges and shared experiences

The arts unite us in non-formal ways that cross-economic and cultural lines, and build trust, acceptance and creativity.

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