Economic Impact

ARTS & ECONOMIC PROSPERITY 5: The Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts & Culture Organizations and Their Audiences in the State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma's arts and culture nonprofits generated direct economic activity of $872,830,632 in Fiscal Year 2015.

The Arts and Museums Mean Business. 

Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 (AEP5) changes the conversation about the arts. Investing in the arts means investing in an industry that continues to provide community and economic benefits across Oklahoma.

Spending by the arts and culture industry and their audiences supports 29,165 jobs in Oklahoma. The industry generated $46,397,000 in State and $38,107,000 in Local Government revenue. 

44% of that $872,830,632 came from out-of-town audiences. The study showed that out-of-town audiences spend 3x more than resident audiences - a boon to local economies.

Oklahoma museums are an important part of these overall numbers. Total Oklahoma Museum Industry Expenditures totaled $482,429,927 which is broken down by spending by museums $220,795,818 and spending by museum visitors $261,634,109.  This total supports 16,929 full-time equivalent jobs.  Download the entire Economic Impact of the State of Oklahoma's Museum and their Visitors here

The AEP5 report makes clear that the arts mean business for Oklahoma. Investment in the nonprofit arts and culture sector is a sound use of public money that improves the economic and cultural health of Oklahoma communities.

The statewide report along with all reports can be found here.


Oklahomans for the Arts
Oklahoma Museums Association
Oklahoma Arts Council
Allied Arts
Arts Council OKC
City of Oklahoma City
Cultural Development Corporation
Norman Arts Council
Arts Alliance Tulsa
Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa
Tulsa Arts Commission
Tulsa Performing Arts Center Trust
Graceful Arts Gallery & Studios (Alva)
The Arts in Guthrie (Guthrie)
Ponca City Art Center (Ponca City)