ASHEVILLE – The Asheville Area Arts Council (AAAC) is excited to announce a new panel at the 8th annual Creative Sector Summit: “Rhyme or Reason: Measuring Patterns of Growth.” The Summit, held at The Grey Eagle on Friday, April 20, 2018 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, is presented by the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority.

As an essential part of the program, the panel and discussion “Understand Your Impact on the Local Economy,” will be led by individuals from AAAC, Center for Craft, City of Asheville, River Arts District Artists, and Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce. Panelists will communicate the value of recent creative sector economic impact studies, share the newly acquired Creative Vitality Suite snap shot data, and open the floor for others in our community to participate.

This panel will cover various arts-related efforts and studies that have been recently completed or are currently underway. This includes an economic impact study of the area’s music industry, preliminary data from a feasibility assessment for affordable spaces for artists, makers, performers, and creatives, and the economic vitality of our non-profit and for-profit art and culture industries. They will also unveil a newly acquired creative economy data and reporting tool called Creative Vitality Suite (CV Suite), developed by the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF). CV Suite was licensed by a consortium of local organizations including Asheville Area Arts Council, Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce/EDC, Center for Craft, City of Asheville, River Arts District Artists, and UNC Asheville to make it easy for organizations within the arts/creative economy to demonstrate the sector’s active role in the economy now and in the future.

Arts and culture are not only amenities and assets to our quality of life — these are the numbers that represent household incomes, livelihoods, and significant contributions in the economy. The CV Suite Snapshot of the Arts in Buncombe County report gives the big picture of a region’s creative jobs, industry earnings, grants, and Nonprofit revenues. According to the 2016 Snapshot report there was $397.8 million in creative industry earnings, an 8% gain since 2015, and our county had a Creative Vitality Index (CVI) value of 1.25, 1 being the national average. According to a study conducted by the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Coalition the music industry grew 52 percent from 2010-2016. And, nonprofit arts and culture sector is a $68.9 million industry in Buncombe County according to the Americans for the Arts 2016 Arts & Economic Prosperity V Study.

These new tools will advance the ability to quantify the economic activity of arts and help inform strategic planning, galvanize support, and open doors to potential growth. Relevant data will also be used to inform the size, scale, and location of a potential mixed-use affordable housing/studio development for artists, makers, performers, and creatives.

The Creative Sector Summit is presented to bring our community together to co-create our best possible future. Come be a part of the discussion.


Creative Sector Summit 2018

Rhyme or Reason: Measuring Patterns of Growth

Friday, April 20 | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm | at The Grey Eagle

$35 / $25 for Members (price includes lunch)

Ticket sales at www.ashevillearts.com.

Presenting sponsor:

Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority

Keynote speaker:

Bob Boilen

creator and host

NPR’s All Songs Considered and Tiny Desk Concert


For questions or more information, contact Asheville Area Arts Council at 828.258.0710 or email stefanie@ashevillearts.com.

Below is a Snapshot of the Arts in Buncombe County.
Learn more about the data at the Creative Sector Summit!
Please use the following sourcing verbiage for use of Creative Vitality Snapshot:
Creative Vitality Suite through Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) supported by the Asheville Area Arts Council, Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce/EDC, City of Asheville, The Center for Craft, River Arts District Artists, and UNC Asheville.