AEP 5 Resources

Resources for Arts & Economic Prosperity 5
Here are some tools to help you leverage the news about North Carolina's $2.12 billion economic impact of the arts sector in your local community. If you don't find what you need please contact Research Director Ardath Weaver at or Director of Marketing Rebecca Moore at

North Carolina Resources

Use this Press Release in your community.

Read our FAQ page to find the answers to our most frequently asked questions about Arts & Economic Prosperity 5. 

Use this PowerPoint to contextualize your AEP 5 numbers.


Quotes to Go: Feel free to use the quotes below with atttribution from North Carolina leaders in the arts.


“The N.C. Arts Council has used the arts as a tool in both rural and urban areas to meet the needs of our communities the last five decades with impressive results.”

— Susi H. Hamilton, Secretary, North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources


“Arts for all citizens, the founding ideal for the Arts Council in 1967, has clearly fostered economic success and public participation in the arts across our state.”

— Wayne Martin, Executive Director, North Carolina Arts Council


“Creative businesses have been crucial to the renaissance Kinston has experienced over the past decade. Anchoring our economic development around the arts has been a driving force behind our town’s economic success, especially in tourism.”

— Stephen Hill, N.C. Arts Council Board Chair and co-founder of Mother Earth Brewing, Kinston


"Americans for the Arts’ Arts and Economic Prosperity 5 study is an invaluable tool for Guilford County and counties across the nation. The data it has collected and analyzed provide an unparalleled understanding of the influence of the arts on the economy, locally and nationally. It is vital that we continue to measure the impact of the arts on our economy in order to show our constituents and the nation its value. We are grateful for the work Americans for the Arts does to help us show what an important asset the arts are in the areas of education and health, both physical and mental, and as an economic driver in Guilford County and counties across the nation."

— Commissioner Kay Cashion, Guilford County, NC; Chair, National Association of Counties Arts & Culture Commission  


National Resources
Case making tools from Americans for the Arts