Effective advocates are well informed. There are many reports, studies, and publications that can help you make a case for the arts in your community.

Economic Impact and Creative Industries Reports

Americans for the Arts partners with local arts councils throughout the country to measure the impact the nonprofit arts sector has on the economy. The studies are updated every five years. Both national and local reports are available.

The term “creative industries” covers a broad range of businesses, nonprofit and commercial, that produces or distributes the arts. Taken together, these arts-centric businesses have a significant—and growing—impact on the economy and community vitality.  National and local reports are available through Americans for the Arts.

Recommended Reading

Download the National Report here.

Download the Westchester County Report here.

Download the Western New York report here.

Download the 2017 National Creative Industries Report here.


Americans for the Arts

Provides leadership, advocacy, visibility, professional development, research and information to advance support for arts and culture

National Art Education Association

Largest professional art education association in the world

New York Foundation on the Arts

Provides leadership, advocacy, financial and informational support for artists and organizations

New York City Arts In Education Roundtable

A community of arts education practitioners that shares information, provides professional development, and communicates with the public to promote their work 

New York State Council
on the Arts

State fundraising agency for activities of nonprofit arts and cultural organizations

New York Council of
Non-Profits, Inc.

Works to build the capacity of nonprofits and communities, in an effort to enhance the quality of life in New York State.  The organization provides a wide array of specialized technical assistance services, including legal and financial, to nonprofits of all kinds in a staff-based, multidisciplinary team model. 

Institute of Museum and Library Services

Independent Federal agency supporting the nation’s museums and libraries

Volunteer Lawyers
for the Arts

Free arts-related legal assistance and workshops for low-income artists and arts organizations