Report finds Northwest Arkansas arts nonprofits draw millions of dollars


Photographs by David Gottschalk

The Walton Arts Center and businesses on Dickson Street on Thursday are visible in Fayetteville. Northwest Arkansas’ arts and cultural nonproÿt organizations and events drew almost 2 million attendees who spent tens of millions of dollars in 2015, according to a new study from Americans for the Arts that measured the nonproÿts’ spending and their attendees’ spending on ancillary expenses like parking and food.

Northwest Arkansas arts and culture groups draw hundreds of thousands of visitors and pump tens of millions of dollars into the region's economy, a survey released last week found.

The Walton Arts Center and businesses on Dickson Street on Thursday are visible in Fayetteville.

The site of the under construction TheatreSquared and part of the entertainment district are visible on West Avenue on Thursday are visible in Fayette...

By the numbers

Economic impact of art and cultural nonprofit groups in Northwest Arkansas, 2015

• Total attendance: 1.8 million

• Attendees from outside Benton and Washington counties: 451,000

• Spending by nonprofit groups: $67.5 million

• Spending by all attendees on food, parking, etc. (not including admission prices): $63.7 million

• Spending by attendees from outside Benton and Washington counties: $32.1 million

• Jobs supported by artistic and cultural nonprofit groups: 4,600 full-time equivalent

Source: Americans for the Arts — Arts & Economic Prosperity 5

Study participants


Arkansas Air & Military MuseumFayetteville(479) 521-4947, arkansasairandmilitary.com

Arkansas County Doctor MuseumLincoln(479) 824-4307, drmuseum.net

Arts Center of the OzarksSpringdale(479) 751-5441, acozarks.org

Arts Live TheatreFayetteville(479) 521-4932, artslivetheatre.com

Botanical Garden of the OzarksFayetteville(479) 750-2620, bgozarks.org

Chinese Association of North West ArkansasFayetteville(479) 587-8753, canwa.org

Crystal Bridges Museum of American ArtBentonville(479) 418-5700, crystalbridges.org

Downtown BentonvilleBentonville


Fayetteville Art AllianceFayetteville(479) 871-2722, fayettevilleunderground.org

Fayetteville Public LibraryFayetteville(479) 856-7000, faylib.org

Gentry Public Library AssociationGentry(479) 736-2054, gentrylibrary.us

Main Street RogersRogers(479) 936-5487, mainstreetrogers.com

Museum of Native American HistoryBentonville(479) 273-2456, monah.us

Northwest Arkansas Community Creative CenterFayetteville(479) 571-2706, communitycreativecenter.org

Northwest Arkansas Jazz SocietyFayetteville(479) 521-1255, digjazz.com

Rogers Historical MuseumRogers(479) 621-1154, rogershistoricalmuseum.org

Scott Family AmazeumBentonville(479) 696-9280, amazeum.org

Shiloh Museum of Ozark HistorySpringdale(479) 750-8165, shilohmuseum.org

Symphony of Northwest ArkansasFayetteville(479) 521-4166, sonamusic.org

TheatreSquaredFayetteville(479) 445-6333, theatre2.org

Trike TheatreBentonville(479) 464-5084, triketheatre.org

Walton Arts CenterFayetteville(479) 443-5600, waltonartscenter.org

Source: Staff report

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