The Arts Mean Business

Culture Impacts Economy Locally and Nationally

The nonprofit arts and culture industry is an economic driver for communities. It continues to be a growth industry that supports jobs, generates government revenue and is a cornerstone of tourism. The arts provide both cultural and economic benefits and elevate local attractiveness and quality of life.

National Impact
The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) reports a sizable financial impact from the arts. The BEA found that the arts contributed $763.6 billion to the U.S. economy in 2015 – more than agriculture, transportation or warehousing. The arts' contribution represented 4.2 percent of the country's gross domestic product.

Local Impact
What makes the economic impact of arts and cultural organizations unique is that, unlike most other industries, they generate large amounts of event-related spending by their audiences.

"On any given week, over a thousand people see a Northglenn Arts production or experience our community through the public art program," said Northglenn Arts Supervisor Michael Stricker.

For example, when patrons attend a performing arts event, they may buy dinner at a restaurant, eat dessert after the show and return home and pay the babysitter. These expenditures have a positive and measurable impact on the economy.

"When there is a sold-out show at the D.L. Parsons Theatre, it's not just supporting the performers on the stage – it's supporting our local businesses and city services," said Economic Development Manager Debbie Tuttle.


Amount the Northglenn Arts & Humanities Foundation has received from the SCFD since 1990. SCFD distributes funds from a 1/10 of 1 percent sales and use tax to cultural facilities in the seven-county Denver metro area.

2017 Northglenn Arts Highlights


Attendance in 2017, Raising the 10-Year-Total to 147,853


Rental Attendance


Youth Participants


Increase in Grants and Donations


Increase in Earned Income


Value of City's Sculpture Collection

City of Northglenn
11701 Community Center Drive
Northglenn, CO 80233