Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation

Cultural Economic Development

The Greater Ann Arbor Area's arts and cultural scene is recognized as one of its most valuable assets
- enriching not only the quality of life in our region, but also serving as a catalyst for economic development.

Through a new strategic initiative - Cultural Economic Development (CED) - AAACF seeks to promote economic prosperity for our region by investing in and strengthening arts & culture nonprofits in Washtenaw County and Plymouth. 

The CED initiative seeks to expand community support for our creative sector through a three-part strategy:

  • Convening community stakeholders to identify great ideas and opportunities,
  • Collecting and sharing data that demonstrate the local economic impact of arts & culture activities, and
  • Mobilizing private resources to make creative investments.


Learn about our research on the nonprofit arts & culture sector in the Greater Ann Arbor Area

Try our community calculator for the economic impact of your arts & culture nonprofit 


Read about the local impact that our work and grants are making in the community


Make a Gift to AAACF's Endowment for the Arts