According to new data released on March 19, 2019, by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Arizona’s arts and culture industries contribute $9.3 Billion to the state’s economy, employing nearly 90,000 Arizonans who earned a combined $4.9 Billion in Fiscal Year 2016, contributing more to the State’s economy than mining, agriculture, and utilities combined.

Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account

Produced by the BEA and NEA, the Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account (ACPSA) tracks the annual economic impact of arts and cultural production, both commercial and nonprofit, nationally and at the state level. The ACPSA reports on the total market value of goods and services as a contribution to gross domestic product (GDP) as well as employment and compensation for 35 key industries within the arts and cultural economy.

The numbers in this report are from 2016, the most recent reporting year.

Arizona’s Arts and Cultural Production, 2016

Arizona’s arts and culture industries contributed $9.35 Billion to the state’s economy in 2016, employing nearly 92,000 Arizonans who earned a combined $4.95 Billion, contributing more to the State’s economy than mining, agriculture, and forestry combined.

Comparing Arts and Culture to Other Sectors of the Economy

Arts and cultural Value Added in Arizona ranked 4th among the comparison sectors. Comparison industries are categories using the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) drawn from BEA’s 2015 state level data for employment (full-time and part-time workers), compensation and value added by industry. The comparisons are not mutually exclusive—arts and culture includes, for example, portions of other sectors such as construction and retail trade.

Value Added



Comparing Arizona to Neighboring States

State Value added to state’s economy Value added as a share of state’s economy Employment in the arts Arts worker compensation
Arizona $9.3 Billion 3.0% 91,878 $4.9 Billion
Colorado $14.5 Billion 4.4% 103,274 $7.2 Billion
Nevada $7.0 Billion 4.7% 41,308 $3.1 Billion
New Mexico $2.9 Billion 3.2% 26,605 $1.5 Billion
Utah $6.9 Billion 4.4% 62,526 $3.4 Billion

Explore the Data

Alongside the release of the new data, the NEA, BEA, and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies published resources to help users navigate the data.