Arts Alert: New! Creative MN Study for West Central MN at Rourke Art Museum on July 11th

Contacts: Sheila Smith, 651-251-0868
Executive Director, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts
Maxine Adams, 1-800-262-2787
Executive Director, Lakes Region Arts Council

2017 Creative Minnesota Report about West Central Minnesota To be Released at Presentation July 11, 4:00 PM, at The Rourke Art Museum in Moorhead

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 West Central Minnesota will be released at 4:00 PM on July 11, 2017, by Creative Minnesota, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, the Lakes Region Arts Council and the City of Moorhead. The presentation of the results will be made at the Rourke Art Museum, 521 Main Ave, Moorhead, MN followed by a brief discussion of the economic impact of the arts and culture in the region.

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 2017 research is available for free at

The presentation will show astonishing results for both the state and for West Central 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.
  • 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 served by the Lakes Region Arts Council, there is a combined economic impact by nonprofit arts and culture organizations and artists of $22.3 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:

Alexandria Area Arts Association, Ann Bickle Heritage House, Art of the Lakes, Brush &Palette Club, Central Square, City of Fergus Falls – Arts Programs, Evansville Arts Coalition, Fargo-Moorhead Chamber Chorale, Inc., Fergus Falls Center For The Arts, Inc, Fergus Falls Concert Association, Fergus Falls Senior Citizens Program, Gooseberry Park Players, Grant County Historical Society, Heritage Education Commission, Historic Holmes Theatre, Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, Kaddatz Galleries, Ltd., Lake Region Arts Council, Lake Region Writers Network, Lakes Chamber Music Society, Minnesota State Community & Technical College, Minnesota State University Moorhead, New Rivers Press, New York Mills Regional Cultural Center, Nordic Culture Clubs, Otter Tail County, Pope Art, Pope County Historical Society, Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance, Rourke Art Gallery Museum, Springboard for the Arts (Fergus Falls Office), Stevens County Historical Society, Terrace Mill Foundation, The Prospect House Museum, Theatre L’Homme Dieu, Central Lakes Symphony Orchestra, City of Barnesville/History Project, City of Moorhead/History Project, Concordia Percussion Ensemble, Cormorant Area Art Club, DEBWE Youth Organization, Fargo-Moorhead Choral Artists, Fergus Falls Public Arts Commission, Grant County/History Project, History Arts and Cultural Association of East Otter Tail County, Kensington Area Heritage Society, KKWE White Earth Land Recovery Project, KUMM-FM University of MN Morris, Minnesota Lakes Maritime Society, Perham Center for the Arts, Phelps Mill Country, Prairie Public Broadcasting, Prairie Wind Players of Grant County, Preservation Concerts, Red Willow Arts Coalition, Sons of Norway, Taylor Township/History Project, The Landmark Center, Vikingland Band Festival, Inc., Wilkin County Agricultural Society

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: