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Economic Impact

Partnering with local, state, and national organizations to track the impact of the arts in Buncombe County.

The Creative Vitality Index

The Creative VitalityTM Index is a benchmarking tool that allows users to quickly compare the creative activity of a region to the U.S. average and other peer regions. The CVI measures the concentration of the nonprofit and for-profit arts sectors. The resulting CVI value shows how a regions’s creative activity compares to another region.

Buncombe County

State of NC

United States

Creative Earnings

Industry earnings data is arrived at by aggregating the compensation paid for the labor of all workers in a given industry. These earnings have a big impact on our economy as workers purchase common local amenities such as mortgage, gas, and food and recirculate those dollars back into the local economy.

Up 5% from 2018 to 2019

Up 4% from 2018 to 2019

Number of Creative Jobs

Creative jobs are on the rise! This looks at the number of skilled jobs employed within the City of Asheville and Buncombe County.

Up 3% from 2018 to 2019

Up 3% from 2018 to 2019


Supporting the local creative sector, arts education, equity & inclusion, and arts & wellness

Public Art

Providing local residents and visitors with free, inclusive, and accessible arts experiences

Services for Creatives

Helping artists and arts organizations build, grow, and sustain their businesses