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 that foster a creative community have come out of a great array of partnerships with the ADClub of DC, Carousel30, AIGA, TechShop, Arlington Community Federal Credit Union, Columbia Pike Artists Studios, CPRO and many more.

A signature program of the Creative Economy has been the Made in Arlington pop-up markets held at Arlington Mill Community Center. 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.

ChocolatesRecent Events:

Made in Arlington, a holiday pop-up retail market, at the Plaza Branch Library Nov. 1 thru Dec. 29, 2017. Stop by the Library at 2100 Clarendon Blvd., first floor, Monday Friday, 8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.

From puzzles to textiles to handmade sweets, this is your source for unique gifts, all made here in Arlington.

Media coverage: FOX5 DC interviews Made in Arlington vendors.
NBC 4 features Made in Arlington

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Trends and Reports


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