Arts and Business

Arts Industry In Dubuque Generates $47.2 Million in Annual Economic Activity

The non-profit arts and culture industry in Dubuque generates $47.2 million in annual economic activity, supporting 1,530 full-time equivalent jobs and generating $5 million in local and state government revenues and $36.7 million in household income to local residents, according to the Arts and Economic Prosperity IV national economic impact study. 

The most comprehensive economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry every conducted in the United States, Arts & Economic Prosperity IV was conducted by Americans for the Arts, the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and education. The City of Dubuque was one of the 182 study regions that participated in the study. 

"Everyone can agree that the arts inspire, educate, engage and improve quality of life in Dubuque," says Mayor Roy Buol. "The City Council has made the arts a high priority in our goals over the past decade. With this study, we now know, without a doubt, that the arts make good economic sense -- over $47.2 million dollars of sense. The arts are absolutely an economic force in Dubuque. Any city would roll out the red carpet for an industry which supports 1,530 jobs. The arts truly make Dubuque a 'Masterpiece on the Mississippi." 

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Local Dubuque Results

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Arts and Business Luncheon

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The Arts and Business Luncheon was instituted in 2016 facilitated by the Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs. We are proud to facilitate this event in conjunction with our sponsors Startup Dubuque, Northeast Iowa Community College, the Dubuque Chamber of Commerce, Travel Dubuque and Gigantic and in partnership with our growing list of community partners in the arts non-profit, business and creative field. The mission of this event is to initiate and facilitate the conversation between the arts and business community to begin to developing ways in which these two major sectors could begin to rely on each other's strength provide support in areas unique to each sector.