Support for arts and culture is a partnership of public and private interests, individuals, corporations, foundations and our elected officials -- because arts and culture is an important contributor to the of health our  communities, the vitality of our economy and the excellence of our schools.

Arts and the Economy

Arts and culture is a $135 billion industry nationwide that supports local tourism, job generation and other supporting industries in communities all over America.

Arts and Economic Prosperity IV


The Impact of Arts and Culture in Arizona

Arts and culture in Arizona is a half billion dollar plus industry that employs 50,000 individuals, nearly 15,000 of whom are in the nonprofit sector. This industry also makes significant contributions to other Arizona businesses and to state and local tax revenues.

The Economy of Arizona Arts and Culture

Creative Industries Arizona

Arizona Cultural Heritage Tourism Study


Public Funding and the Arts

In Arizona, state funding for arts and culture is an investment in local community and economic vitality.
Similarly, federal funding is an investment in making arts and culture experiences available to ALL Americans regardless of where they live or their economic circumstance, and to support the contributions arts and culture make to excellence in education. 

How the United States Funds the Arts

List of Arizona Commission on the Arts FY 2017 Grantees



Arts & Education

National and local studies confirm the impact of K-12 arts education on improved individual student performance and the school environment.  Yet, the resources to support arts curriculum is lacking in many of Arizona’s schools.
A 2010 census of arts education in Arizona schools shows that 50% provide no money for curriculum materials for arts education, and 134,000 Arizona students attend school with access to no school-based arts education.

Arts Education in Arizona Public Schools

Highlights from the Arizona Arts Education Census Project

Arts Education Census Explorer