Creative Economy

What is the Creative Economy? Over the last decade, cities and countries worldwide have studied how creative industries like design, advertising, media, film, theater, architecture and more are influencing technology, place making, workforce and economies.

In Arlington, the creative economy has significant impact in both for-profit and non-profit realms. In its most recent Arts and Economic Prosperity report, Americans for the Arts calculated Arlington’s direct economic impact of the non-profit arts alone at more than $97 million.

Creative Economy Programs in Arlington

Programs Made in Arlington vendor Mira Jeanthat foster a creative sector have come out of a great array of partnerships with businesses, higher education and professional organizations.The ADClub of DC, YES&, Fors Marsh, Virginia Tech Research Center, Arlington Community Federal Credit Union, Columbia Pike Artists Studios, APAH and CPRO are some of the leaders putting creativity on par with innovation.

Return on Creativity: An Arlington Asset

Arlington Economic Development hosts a series that features creative industry leaders who are impacting business and workforce growth.

Learn more and register for upcoming events here.

Made in Arlington

The Made in Arlington pop-up markets are a signature program of the Creative Economy. In a partnership with Arlington Public Library, locally made Arlington items are now in the Plaza Shop in Courthouse.

Now poised to find new locations, more Arlington entrepreneurs and makers will find opportunities to show and sell their unique products. Interested vendors, reach out here for more information.

Are you interested in becoming a Made in Arlington vendor? If you have a product that is made here in Arlington that you would like considered, please complete our vendor application for consideration.

Learn More About How the Creative Economy Works

Trends and Reports


  • The proposed CREATE Act extends access to existing programs and funding for creative companies and individuals.

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