Arts Alert: 2017 Creative MN Report about NW Minnesota To be Released April 30 at Northwest Artist Reception

New Study Looks at Impact of Nonprofit Arts and Culture on Regional Economy and What Artists Need to Make a Living and a Life in the Area 

SAINT PAUL, MN:  A new study on the health and impact of the nonprofit arts and culture sector in Northwest Minnesota will be released at 2:00 PM on April 30, 2017, by Creative Minnesota, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and the Northwest Minnesota Regional Arts Council (NWRAC). The presentation of the results will be made at the Northwest Artist Reception at the Norman County West School, Halstad, followed by a brief discussion of the economic impact of the arts and culture in the region. The exhibit opens at 12:00 pm, Reception/Food at 1:00 pm, Program at 2:00 pm. If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to NWRAC at 218-745-9111 or mara@nwrdc.org. 

As the most comprehensive report ever done about the sector’s health and economic impact, Creative Minnesota 2017 fills in the gaps of available information about Minnesota’s cultural field and seeks to improve our understanding of its importance to our quality of life and economy. Creative Minnesota 2017 quantifies the impact and needs of Minnesota’s artists and creative workers, updates previous studies on the economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations, and reviews other research about the arts sector in the state.

The report includes both new, original research and analysis of data created by others. Creative Minnesota’s research is available for free at creativemn.org.  

The presentation will show astonishing results for both the state and for Northwest Minnesota.

  • On a statewide basis, the study found that the combined statewide economic Impact of nonprofit arts organizations, their audiences and artists and creative workers is over $2 billion annually. This includes $819 million spent by nonprofit arts organizations, $564 million spent by audiences, and the direct spending of artists in their communities, on things such as art supplies and studio rental, of $644 million in the state.
  • Every region of the state was found to have a robust arts economy.  
  • Among many other regional results that will be revealed at the presentation, in the area that the Northwest Regional Arts Council serves, there is a combined economic impact by nonprofit arts and culture organizations and artists of $4.9 million per year.
  • The study also shows strong support by Minnesotans for the arts, and provides guidance on what artists need to make a living and a life in the state.

Many regional organizations were part of the study:

Ada Chamber of Commerce, Fosston Community Library and Arts Association, Kittson County Historical Society, L’Association des Francais du Nord, Middle River Community Theater, North Country Fiddle and Dance, Northwest Minnesota Arts Council, Palmville Press and Publishing, Inc., Polish National Alliance Lodge 3060, Polk County Historical Society, Roseau Area Arts Association, Roseau County Historical Society, Stephen Arts Council, Summer Arts Stages, Twin Forks Chorus, Valley Crossing Arts Council, Warroad Summer Theatre, Ada Summer Children’s Theater, Argyle American Legion Post 353, City of Crookston – Arts Programs, City of Fertile – Arts Programs, City of Karlstad – Arts Programs, City of Kennedy – Arts Programs, City of Newfolden – Arts Programs, City of Red Lake Falls – Arts Programs, Crookston Area Chamber of Commerce, Crookston Community Theater, East Grand Forks Campbell Library, General Federated Women’s Club, Goodridge Veterans Memorial Park, KSRQ-FM Northland Community & Tech College, LifeCare Medical Center, Malung Community Center, Marshall County Fair, Marshall County Historical Society, Minnesota Institute of Contemplation and Healing, Red River Children’s Chorus, River Walk Artists, Roseau Area Friends of the Library, Roseau Scandinavian Festival, Sons of Norway Snorre Lodge 70, Stephen-Argyle Central Community Education, Thief River Care Center, Thief River Falls Area Community Theater, Thief River Falls Chamber of Commerce, Thief River Falls Education Foundation, Tri River Pioneer Museum, Tri-Community Living at Home, University of Minnesota-Crookston, Warren Senior Nutrition Council

Creative Minnesota 2017 was developed by a collaborative of arts and culture funders in partnership with Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA). 

Major Sponsoring Organizations:

Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA) is a statewide arts advocacy organization whose mission is to ensure opportunity for all people to have access to and involvement in the arts. MCA organizes the arts community and lobbies the Minnesota State Legislature and Congress on issues pertaining to the nonprofit arts and conducts original research. MCA works with over 40,000 arts advocates in Minnesota. 651-251-0868, www.artsMN.org @MNCitizen

The McKnight Foundation: www.mcknight.org

Target: https://corporate.target.com/corporate-responsibility

Bush Foundation: www.bushfoundation.org

Mardag Foundation: http://www.mardag.org/

Jerome Foundation: http://www.jeromefdn.org/

The Minnesota State Arts Board: http://www.arts.state.mn.us/

Forum of Regional Arts Councils of Minnesota: http://www.arts.state.mn.us/racs/forum.htm

Minnesota Historical Society: http://www.mnhs.org/about

Ideas that Kick: www.ideasthatkick.com

Americans for the Arts: www.AmericansForTheArts.org

CURA Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota: http://www.cura.umn.edu/

Minnesota Compass: http://www.mncompass.org

Northwest Regional Arts Council: http://www.northwestminnesotaartscouncil.org/ 

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