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.

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Trends and Reports


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