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2004 Economic Impact of the Arts in Orange County - Surveys

In January, 2004, the Orange County Arts Commission launched a survey of artists and arts organizations to measure the Economic Impact of the Arts in Orange County.

Preliminary results from these surveys were presented on March 9, 2004 at the State of the Local Economy breakfast, sponsored by the Orange County Economic Development Commission. Preliminary results (based on approx. 4% return) are as follows:

Who Are the Artists

  • 81% are visual artists
  • 75% work alone in their studios
  • 77% have studios in their homes
  • 49% are full-time artists
  • 59% are female
  • 89% are Caucasian
  • 46% live in Chapel Hill
  • 22% live in Hillsborough
  • Artists' Income

  • Average Art Income: $11,235
  • Median Art Income: $5,000
  • 25% of their total family income is art-related
  • 46% generate art-related revenue from both inside and outside Orange County
  • 53% sell directly from their studios
  • 32% sell through dealers
  • 40% save for retirement
  • 83% have health insurance
  • 55% have a business website
  • Arts Organizations

  • Total arts organizations revenue: $2,368,308
  • Total in-kind contributions: $260,525
  • Total payroll: $742,890
  • Total payments to local artists: $369,452
  • Total attendance for performances: 105,767
  • Total attendance for exhibits: 59,850
  • Total attendance (other): 24,300
  • We still need your input! Feel free to fill out our artist survey (for all artists working in any arts discipline) and/or our organization survey. You may submit them online, or download them from this web site for mailing or delivery to us directly (see survey formats below).

    Please call 919/245-2335 or email if you have any questions about these surveys.

    Please submit the completed survey(s) to:

    Mailing Address:
    Orange County Arts Commission
    P.O.Box 1177
    Hillsborough, NC 27278

    Physical Address (for delivery):
    Orange County Arts Commission
    110 E. King Street
    Hillsborough, NC 27278

    Survey Formats:

    To complete and submit the artist survey ONLINE, click on ARTIST SURVEY.
    To complete and submit the organization survey ONLINE, click on ORGANIZATION SURVEY.

    Surveys are also available for downloading (in both PDF and MS Word document formats), at the Arts Commission office, and at all Orange County Public Libraries.

    PDF Format:

    Get Adobe Acrobat Reader

    If you do not have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer, download it first (click on the icon above or click on Then come back to this page and download any survey (PDF format). You will need to print the form, complete it, and return it to the Orange County Arts Commission by the deadline.

    Artist Survey
    Organization Survey

    Word Document Format:

    Artist Survey
    Organization Survey

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