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

Return on Creativity series resumes on Thursday, April 26, 2018, 5:15-7:30pm at VA Tech Research Center with an emphasis on creative workforce. Hear from professionals and educators who are leading business and workforce growth through the application of creativity. Register for ROC: An Arlington County Asset here.

Made in Arlington vendor Mira JeanPrograms 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 and 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.


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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