Arts Alert: Creative Minnesota Report About Faribault to Be Released April 23

Contacts: Sheila Smith, 651.251.0868
Executive Director, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts
Kristen Twitchell, 507.332.7372
Executive Director, Paradise Center for the Arts

Creative Minnesota Report about the City of Faribault to be Released at Presentation and Discussion Monday, April 23 at the Paradise Center for the Arts in Faribault

New Study Looks at Impact of Nonprofit Arts and Culture on the City of Faribault’s Economy 

SAINT PAUL, MN:  A new study on the size and impact of the nonprofit arts and culture sector in the City of Faribault will be released at the Paradise Center for the Arts, by Creative Minnesota, City of Faribault, Paradise Center for the Arts, Faribault Area Chamber of Commerce, and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts. The presentation of the results will be made at 6:00 P.M., following a happy hour at 5:30. The Paradise Center for the Arts’ Annual Meeting will follow the presentation.

The Creative Minnesota study is part of an ongoing series of research reports about the arts and culture sector in Minnesota that is available for free at CreativeMN.org. Creative Minnesota 2017 quantifies the impact and needs of Minnesota’s artists and creative workers, updates previous studies on the economic impact of our state’s 1601 nonprofit arts and culture organizations, and reviews other research about the arts sector in the state.  The City of Faribault study is one of fifteen local reports that will be released in January.

Fifteen City of Faribault organizations are part of the local study:

  • Beau Chant
  • Buckham Memorial Library
  • City of Faribault Parks & Recreation
  • Faribault Chamber of Commerce
  • Faribault Community Festivals, Inc.
  • Faribault Community TV and Multimedia Center
  • Faribault Diversity Coalition
  • Fesler-Lampert Performing Arts Series @ Shattuck-St. Mary’s School
  • Minnesota Academy for the Deaf
  • Minnesota State Academy for the Blind
  • Paradise Center for the Arts
  • Rice County Agricultural Society
  • Rice County Historical Society
  • Rice County Social Services
  • The Merlin Players

The Faribault Creative Minnesota study was part of Faribault’s larger participation in the Arts Learning Lab program: Leveraging Creativity in Community, led by Arts Midwest. The Faribault cohort included Dick Kettering, Shattuck-St Marys School, Jennifer Pelletier, Minnesota Academy for the Blind, Julie Fakler, Operations Manager and Kristen Twitchell, Executive Director at the Paradise Center for the Arts, and Kim Clausen and Brad Phenow from the City of Faribault. The group attended several weekend-long retreats featuring workshops, case studies and keynotes on the important impact creativity has on economic and community vitality.

The Creative Minnesota 2017 statewide and regional reports, as well as additional research about Minnesota’s arts and cultural community can be downloaded for free at: creativemn.org. Creative Minnesota was developed by a collaborative of arts and culture funders in partnership with Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA). The Creative Minnesota team includes:

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