Arts Alert: Creative MN Report of Morrison County Shows Big Impact of the Arts

New Creative Minnesota 2017 Study of Morrison County Reveals Large Impact of Arts & Culture on Local Economy

Contacts: Sheila Smith, 651.251.0868
Executive Director, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts
Mary Warner, 320.632.4007
Executive Director, Morrison County Historical Society

SAINT PAUL, MN: Creative Minnesota, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, Morrison County Historical Society, Friends of the Little Falls Carnegie Library, Great River Arts, Charles Lindbergh House and Museum, and Linden Hill Historical Event Center released a new study today indicating that the arts and culture have a large impact on Morrison County.

“Nonprofit arts and culture organizations contribute to the vibrancy of Minnesota’s economy and quality of life and make our state a magnet for jobs and businesses. Now we can quantify that in Morrison County.” said Sheila Smith, Executive Director of Minnesota Citizens for the Arts. “In addition to providing life changing experiences, educational opportunities and accessibility to audiences of all ages in their stages and museums, arts and culture organizations are important employers and economic engines.”

“Back in the 1990s, when I was on the Five Wings Arts Council, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts organized the arts and culture sector to put together a study of the economic impact of the arts on the state, said Mary Warner, Executive Director of the Morrison County Historical Society. “Arts organizations and artists realized that in order to be taken seriously, they needed to have some hard numbers to prove their worth to the public. For its population of approximately 33,000, Morrison County has a lot of history and arts organizations, along with several public libraries, making for a vibrant cultural sector. It was well past time for us to get this data together to show our collective economic worth. We are grateful to Creative Minnesota for helping us in this effort.”

As the most comprehensive report ever done of the state’s creative sector, 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 and nonprofit arts and culture organizations. The report includes both new, original research and analysis of data created by others.

 All Creative Minnesota research is available for free at CreativeMN.org.  

MORRISON COUNTY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The total economic impact from the arts and culture in Morrison County is nearly $5 million.
  • While the County ranks 10th among 15 study areas in population size, it is shines in attracting 128,346 attendees to arts and cultural offerings, ranking 4th in total attendance.
  • Additionally, Morrison County surprisingly ranks 5th in organizational spending and 6th in economic impact based on total spending by artists and organizations and audiences, both also higher than would be expected according to its population.
  • With annual audience spending of $1.2 million, the arts and culture organizations of Morrison County are bringing dollars into the area that would not otherwise be there.
  • The 395 artists of Morrison County themselves have a $1.5 million annual economic impact. Interestingly, Morrison County artist and creative worker wages are $2.91 higher than the average wages for the county.
  • Finally, the County is unique in being home to more history organizations (5)  than most other study counties, which typically have only one or two.

Jeffrey J. Jelinski, Morrison County Commissioner, said, “By hosting many visitors each year, the many organizations that make up Morrison County’s arts and cultural community have a positive economic impact on the County, as many people from all walks of life use these valuable resources.”

Michelle Kiley, Great River Arts Board Member, said, “The arts provide a unique way for an individual to both interpret and engage in the world around them. In keeping with their mission to ‘enrich lives’, Great River Arts (GRA) has provided a suite of creative services as a local nonprofit celebrating 25 years. From pottery classes to performing arts, annually GRA’s programming serves approximately 12,000 people and draws more than 2200 individuals to the Little Falls area annually.”

“The Little Falls Carnegie Library offers a unique experience that no one else does in the Central MN area,” said Kristina VonBerge, Executive Director of the Little Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau.

OTHER LOCAL FINDINGS: 

ECONOMIC IMPACT OF NONPROFIT ARTS AND CULTURE SECTOR:

  • In Morrison County the study found that the combined economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations, their audiences and artists and creative workers is $4. 7 million annually. This includes:
    • $2 million spent by nonprofit arts and organizations,
    • $1.2 million spent by 128,346 arts and culture attendees,
    • and the direct spending of artists in their communities, on things such as art supplies and studio rental, of $1.5 million.
  • This economic impact represents an infusion of $143.17 per county resident into the local economy from the arts and culture.

IMPACT AND NUMBER OF NONPROFIT ARTS AND CULTURE ORGANIZATIONS:

  • 16 nonprofit arts and culture organizations in Morrison County served 128,346 attendees at arts and cultural events in 2014. This number includes 2,537 K-12 students served annually.

NONPROFIT ARTS AND CULTURE

ORGANIZATIONS IN MORRISON COUNTY

BY DISCIPLINE

 

PERFORMING ARTS

6

ARTS MULTIPURPOSE

4

HISTORY & HISTORICAL PRESERVATION

5

OTHER*

1

TOTAL

16

 

*OTHER includes science and children’s museums, zoos, and arts and culture programs housed in non-arts nonprofits and local governments.

  • The economic impact of just nonprofit arts and culture audiences in this region totaled $1.2 million. This spending at local businesses is above and separate from the cost of the ticket to the event, and includes spending in restaurants, gas stations, and other local businesses by attendees on the way to and on the way home from an event. The average spent by an attendee is $9.62, and is money that would not have been spent in the community unless the event had occurred. Nonlocals spend even more, bringing dollars to the community that would otherwise not be there.
  • Finally, the economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations, audiences and artists in Morrison County.

LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS PARTICIPATING IN THE STUDY INCLUDED:

  • FIVE WINGS ARTS COUNCIL
  • BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF MORRISON COUNTY
  • FRIENDS OF LINDEN HILL
  • FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY
  • GRRL MORRISON COUNTY
  • GREAT RIVER ARTS
  • HEARTLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
  • MINNESOTA FISHING MUSEUM
  • USA COMMUNITY CHORUS
  • FRIENDS OF PINE GROVE ZOO
  • MINNESOTA MILITARY MUSEUM
  • MORRISON COUNTY AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY & HOMEWARD BOUND THEATER
  • CHARLES A. LINDBERGH HISTORIC SITE
  • MORRISON COUNTY GENEOLOGICAL SOCIETY
  • MORRISON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
  • OASIS CENTRAL MINNESOTA
  • ST. FRANCIS MUSIC CENTER

LOCAL ARTISTS AND CREATIVE WORKERS:

  • Creative Minnesota 2017 found that there are over 395 artists and creative workers in Morrison County. Creative workers are defined as people who make their living wholly, or in part, by working for for-profits, non-profits, or self-employed, in 41 creative occupations.
  • These occupations include:

architects, choir directors, curators, librarians, art directors, craft artists, fine artists including painters, sculptors and illustrators, multimedia artists and animators, commercial and industrial designers, fashion, graphic and interior designers, set and exhibition designers, actors, producers and directors, dancers, choreographers, music directors and composers, musicians and singers, editors, writers and authors, sound engineering technicians, photographers, camera operators

  • The most common creative worker jobs in the county are in Photography, Music and Graphic Arts.
  • Surprisingly, the average hourly wage for creative workers in Morrison County is $18.54, which is above the average worker wage of $15.63.
  • The direct spending of artists and creative workers in the community generates $180,030 in state and local government revenues.

OTHER STATEWIDE HIGHLIGHTS:

STATEWIDE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF NONPROFIT ARTS AND CULTURE SECTOR:

  • Statewide, the study found that the combined 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.
  • Just looking at the economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations, Minnesota has double the arts economy of Wisconsin even though we have nearly the same population, ten and a half times the arts economy of Kansas and twelve and a half times the arts economy of South Dakota.
  • Statewide, state and local government revenue from the arts sector exceeded $222 million, including income and sales taxes.

STATEWIDE IMPACT AND DEMOGRAPHICS OF ARTISTS AND CREATIVE WORKERS:

  • Creative Minnesota 2017 found that there are over 104,000 artists and creative workers in Minnesota whose spending in the state totals $644 million annually.
  • 24 percent of self-identified artists in Minnesota are employed full-time as artists, 42 percent are employed part-time, and the rest, 34 percent, are retired, hobbyists or students.

STRONGEST NEEDS FOR ALL MINNESOTA ARTISTS:

  • SPACE TO WORK: Artists desire spaces and tools of their own to do their work – but not in solitude.
  • Artists have strong interest in opportunities to form connections and serve communities.
  • Artists embrace and are seeking more learning experiences, experienced artists would like to pass on their skills, younger artists are looking for mentors.
  • Artists remain ambitious about developing paying audiences and generating income from their work, but their identities as artists and the non-monetary value they derive from their practice are strong regardless of earnings.
  • Artists desire to reach wider audiences and markets.

STATEWIDE IMPACT AND NUMBER OF NONPROFIT ARTS AND CULTURE ORGANIZATIONS:

  • 1601 nonprofit arts and culture organizations in Minnesota served 22 million attendees at arts and cultural events in 2014.
  • These organizations serve 3.8 million K-12 students, hosting 29,318 school group visits each year. There are approximately 900,000 K-12 students in Minnesota, so on average every student is participating four times a year in arts and culture activities provided by these nonprofits.
  • The economic impact of just the participating organizations and their audiences totaled $1.4 billion, an increase of $185 million since our previous study in 2015. This is primarily due to an additional 332 participating organizations, but also includes a 1.5 percent increase in impact by the organizations participating in both studies.

STATEWIDE PUBLIC OPINION POLLING ON THE ARTS:

Minnesotans strongly believe the arts and culture are important to their quality of life, and Minnesotans attend and participate in the arts more than other Americans:

  • of Minnesotans, compared to 68% of all Americans, attend arts and culture events
  • of Minnesotans, compared to 49% of all Americans, are personally involved in creative activity in their everyday life
  • 91% of Minnesotans believe that people who create art are contributing something important to their communities
  • 90% of Minnesotans believe that arts & cultural activities help make Minnesota an attractive place to live and work
  • 82% of Minnesotans believe it’s important to have the opportunity to express themselves creatively or to experience the creativity of others every day

ABOUT CREATIVE MINNESOTA

Creative Minnesota is a long-term collaborative initiative of statewide arts and culture supporting organizations in partnership with Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA). Creative Minnesota’s first round of studies, released in February 2015, looked at the economic impact of the nonprofit arts and culture organizations in the state’s 11 arts regions and at the state as a whole. The second round in October 2015 looked at the economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations in 17 Minnesota cities and counties. The 2017 study expanded its scope to look at the impact and needs of Minnesota’s artists and creative workers. All Creative Minnesota research is available for free at CREATIVEMN.ORG.

The Creative Minnesota team includes Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, The McKnight Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Forum of Regional Arts Councils of Minnesota, Target, Bush Foundation, Mardag Foundation, and Jerome Foundation, with in-kind support from the Minnesota Historical Society and others.

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Highlights of Creative Minnesota 2017’s Data Sources:

ORIGINAL RESEARCH:

  • “Artists Count” Survey of 2100 Minnesota artists by Creative Minnesota done with 194 organizational partners in 2016.
  • “Artists Thrive” Survey of 800 Minnesota artists by the Minnesota State Arts Board in 2015.
  • Analysis and Update of economic impact data of 1601 nonprofit arts and culture organizations

ANALYSIS OF OTHER DATA SETS WITH MANY PARTNERS:

  • Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA), University of Minnesota analysis and mapping of “Artists and Arts Workers in the United States” from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
  • Minnesota Compass analysis of Integrated Public Use Microdata Series from the U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 2010-2014, on arts participation
  • Minnesota Center for Survey Research, University of Minnesota, Public Opinion Polling, 2014 and 2015 State Surveys
  • Center for the Study of Art and Community, literature review, synthesis and analysis by Bill Cleveland.
  • For a full list, download the report at www.creativeMN.org

The Legacy Amendment

The Legacy Amendment was passed by a statewide vote of the people of Minnesota in 2008 to dedicate a portion of the state’s sales tax to create four new funds for 1. land conservation, 2. water conservation, 3. parks and trails, and 4. arts and culture. The legislature appropriates the dollars from the Legacy Arts and Culture Fund to the Minnesota State Arts Board, Regional Arts Councils, Minnesota Historical Society and other entities to provide access to the arts and culture for all Minnesotans.

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