Arts in Mecklenburg: A $453 million industry

The Cain Center for the arts opened early this year, boosting the arts industry in N. Meck

Oct. 17. The Arts & Science Council (ASC) says Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s nonprofit arts and culture industry generated $453.8 million in economic activity in 2022.

According to data compiled by Americans for the Arts/Arts & Economic Prosperity 6, there was $217,865,355 in spending by nonprofit arts and culture organizations last year.

Audiences spent $235,934,800 in event-related activities, supporting 6,815 jobs. The typical attendee spends $43.36 per person per event, not including the cost of admission.

This generated $81.4 million in local, state, and federal government revenue.

One-third of arts and culture attendees were from outside the county in which the activity took place.

Pride of ownership

–88.7% of arts and culture attendees agree that the activity or venue where they were surveyed “is inspiring a sense of pride in this neighborhood or community,”

—81.9% agree that “I would feel a great sense of loss if this activity or venue were no longer available.”


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