City of Albuquerque Department of Arts and Culture Participates in National Arts and Economic Prosperity Study, AEP6 — City of Albuquerque

September 9, 2022 – The City of Albuquerque Department of Arts and Culture is pleased to announce its participation in the Americans for the Arts’ Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 (AEP6) research study. The most comprehensive economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry ever conducted in the United States, AEP6 will examine the economic impact of arts and culture in 386 communities representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The Department of Arts and Culture spearheads the collection and reporting of data on Albuquerque’s arts and culture. The State of New Mexico will compile all data collected in the state, from Albuquerque and other participating New Mexico jurisdictions.

The AEP® series is conducted every five years to assess the economic impact of spending by nonprofit arts and culture organizations and event-related spending by their audiences. In 2017, the AEP5 documented that nonprofit arts and culture activities generated $166.3 billion in spending, supported 4.6 million jobs, and generated $27.5 billion in government revenue. The city of Albuquerque last participated in the AEP survey in 2012.

For AEP6, the arts and culture survey is two-fold: In early 2023, AEP will survey Albuquerque arts and culture nonprofits via email to collect demographic and qualitative data about the arts and culture community in Albuquerque. Second, the city will partner with Albuquerque agencies to collect 800 audience interception surveys from attendees of arts events in Albuquerque through April 2023.

The public interview surveys will be part of a national sample of 250,000 surveys. State and local AEP6 findings will be made public in September 2023. At that time, the City of Albuquerque will receive a customized report on the unique economic impact results for Albuquerque, including job counts supported and the amount of government revenue. which is generated by the non-profit arts industry in our community.

Previous AEP surveys have demonstrated that investing in the arts provides both cultural and economic benefits. For AEP6, Americans for the Arts also focused on equity and inclusion by centering BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and ALAANA (African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, Native American) identifying communities – in the AEP6 methodology, organizational participation and data collection. AEP6 seeks to calculate and report on the economic impact of the BIPOC/ALAANA arts sector and will require local and state research partners to collect a portion of audience surveys from event attendees hosted by organizations that primarily serve communities of color. AEP6 will also identify organizations that have a CEO who identifies as BIPOC/ALAANA.

For more information and a full list of communities participating in AEP6, visit To learn more about partnering with the Department of Arts and Culture on the AEP6 survey, email [email protected].

Helen D. Jessen