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Miami-Dade County's art and cultural sector generates $1.43 billion in economic activity annually

Adolfo Henriques, Chairman of the Miami-Dade County's Cultural Affairs Council, reports on economic impact and jobs data in his address to the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners

MIAMI (October 17, 2017)

Adolfo Henriques, Chairman of the Miami-Dade County’s Cultural Affairs Council, announced that Miami-Dade County’s arts and cultural sector generates an impressive $1.43 billion in local economic activity annually in his address to the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday, October 17, 2017. The figure is based on the nation’s most comprehensive economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry, Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 (AEP5) conducted by Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education.

In his address, Henriques reported that the study's results put Miami-Dade County in the top ranks of comparable American cities with Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia in the arts. The combined spending of $851.9 million by nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and an additional $578.6 million in event-related spending by their audiences supports 40,944 full-time jobs.

By every measure the arts and cultural sector is an important one to the residents of Miami-Dade County. Attendance at Miami-Dade’s cultural events continues to grow, representing over 16 million cultural attendees annually as compared to 13.5 million 5 years ago when the last study was conducted.

“This landmark study confirms what we all know to be true: the arts and cultural industry in Miami-Dade County is a major force in making this a world-class metropolis for business and a great place to raise our families,” states Henriques. “Our outstanding cultural community is putting us on the map as one of the newest and most culturally vibrant places in the world and as the ‘go-to’ destination for economic and cultural innovation and diversity.”  

The rapid rise of Miami-Dade County’s arts and cultural industry is a national success story.  Our vibrant cultural life is a direct contributor to our resurgence as a center for international tourism and commerce. Culture helps us understand and celebrate the community’s remarkable diversity and history. Investments in our nonprofit arts and culture industry continue to enhance the quality of life for Miami-Dade County’s residents and visitors, strengthen the local economy and play a strategic role in developing, attracting and retaining creative people, and nurturing creative industries. AEP5 demonstrates that nonprofit arts are an economic and employment powerhouse. To review a summary and top 15 facts of the study or full results of the local Miami-Dade County at

The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs participated in tandem with 341 other study regions, representing all 50 states, focused on two areas: (1) the economic impact of spending by nonprofit cultural organizations, and (2) the impact of event-related spending by these organizations’ audiences. To learn more about the study visit the Americans for the Arts website at

The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council develop cultural excellence, diversity and participation throughout Miami-Dade County by strategically creating and promoting opportunities for artists and cultural organizations, and our residents and visitors who are their audiences.  The Department directs the Art in Public Places program and serves its board, the Art in Public Places Trust, commissioning, curating, maintaining and promoting the County’s art collection.  The Department also manages, programs and operates the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, a campus of state-of-the-art cultural facilities in Cutler Bay,  as well as Miami-Dade County Auditorium, Joseph Caleb Auditorium and the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, all dedicated to presenting and supporting excellence in the arts for the entire community.