Faculty Advisor

Golding, Dominic

Project Center

Nantucket, Massachusetts


Cultural organizations have a substantial economic impact that can be difficult to measure. The goal of this project was to analyze the economic impacts of a sample of the cultural organizations on Nantucket, including the Artists Association of Nantucket, Maria Mitchell Association, Nantucket Atheneum, and Nantucket Historical Association. Using financial data, we estimate that these organizations contributed $9.5 million to the Nantucket economy in 2011, which is an increase of 21.7% since 2003. We developed a data entry form and two survey instruments that will allow these organizations to more easily estimate their contributions to the local economy in the future.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

December 2012

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs