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Harnessing the Economic Power of the Arts

Apr 22, 2024
Mon 4:00pm
2023/2024 Season

**Please note the location for this event has been changed. This event is now located at City of Chandler Council Chambers, 88 E. Chicago Street**


Join Chandler Center for the Arts General Manager Michelle Mac Lennan for a panel discussion with expert Randy Cohen, VP of Research, Americans for the Arts, and Mitch Menchaca, Executive Director, City of Phoenix Office of Arts + Culture, on the potential that lies before us based on the results of the AEP6 survey. Where do we go next? How can we harness the economic power that is the arts in our community? 


Randy Cohen is Vice President of Research at Americans for the Arts—the national advocacy organization for the arts—where he has been empowering arts advocates since 1991. He publishes Americans Speak Out About the Arts, a national public opinion study about the arts and Arts & Economic Prosperity, the national economic impact study of nonprofit arts organizations and their audiences.

Mitch Menchaca is Executive Director for the City of Phoenix Office of Arts + Culture. An Arizona native, he has an extensive career in the arts, working at Americans for the Arts, Arizona Commission on the Arts and Association of California Symphony Orchestras. He serves on the boards of directors for Herberger Theater Center, Webb Center for the Performing Arts and is the Governor-appointed arts and culture chair for the Arizona-Mexico Commission. 



Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 (AEP6) is an economic and social impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry. Results from the study make it clear that when we fund the arts, we are investing in an industry that stimulates the economy, supports local jobs, and contributes to building healthy and vibrant communities. Led by Chandler Center for the Arts, this is the first time Chandler has participated in the survey.  


Learn more about the results, dig deeper into the study, use the calculator that shows your nonprofit's economic impact and so much more at

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