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The AEP5 study by Americans for the Arts gives a quantifiable economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations as well as their audiences. In 2015, Fairfax County arts and culture organizations supported over $271 million in direct economic activity, supported 6,220 fulltime equivalent jobs, and generated nearly $20 million in local and state government revenue.

Fairfax County leaders share their thoughts on the arts and the AEP5 in Fairfax. (video) Learn the facts about your community.

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ArtsFairfax conducted a survey in 2015 on arts education programs and activities for K-12 audiences offered by 34 non-profit arts organizations in Fairfax County and the Cities of Fairfax and Falls Church. This survey revealed that the non-profit arts industry serves over 93,000 Fairfax County students annually. Download the full report here.

The 2015 Creative Industries Report by Americans for the Arts offers a research-based approach to understanding the scope and economic importance of the arts in Virginia. The results indicated that Virginia boasted 17,381 arts-related for-profit and nonprofit businesses employing 68,554 people. In Fairfax County, there were 3,128 arts-related for-profit and non-profit arts businesses employing 13,075 people.

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The 2012 Local Arts Index by Americans for the Arts provides a set of measures to understand the breadth, depth and character of cultural life of individual communities as measured at the County level. It is composed of a series of arts indicators, including secondary sources from the U.S. Census Bureau, Claritas Research, Scarborough Research, the National Center for Charitable Statistics, and others. Download the Local Arts Index report here.

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