Arts Alert: 2017 Creative Minnesota Report about Central Minnesota To be Released APRIL 20

2017 Creative Minnesota Report About Central Minnesota

To Be Released at Event April 20 at Great River Regional Library

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 Central Minnesota will be released at Noon on April 20, 2017, by Creative Minnesota, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and the Central Minnesota Arts Board (CMAB). The presentation of the results will be made in at the Great River Regional Library, 1300 S. St. Germain Street, St. Cloud, followed by a discussion of the economic impact of the arts and culture in the region. If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to CMAB by emailing Leslie LeCuyer at, or call 320.968.4290.

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

The presentation will show astonishing results for both the state and for 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 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 9-county area that Central Minnesota Arts Board serves, there is a combined economic impact by nonprofit arts and culture organizations and artists of $45,800,000 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:

Buffalo Community Orchestra, Buffalo Community Theater, Central Minnesota Arts Board, Chamber Music Society of St. Cloud, City of St. Cloud, Cokato Historical Society, College of St Benedict Fine Arts Programming, Command Performance Choirs, Delano Arts Council, Elk River Area Arts Alliance, Elk River Community Theatre, Granite City Folk Society, Great Northern Theatre Company, Great River Chorale, Great River Educational Arts Theatre, Lake Sylvia Flute Institute, Land of Lakes Choirboys of Minnesota, Millstream Arts Festival, Minnesota Center Chorale, Minnesota Dance Ensemble, Monticello Strings, Munsinger Clemens Botanical Society, Paramount Arts Resource Trust, Paynesville Area Community Theater, Pioneer Place Theatre Company, Sherburne County Historical Society, Sinclair Lewis Foundation, St. Cloud Downtown Alliance Foundation, St. Cloud Municipal Band, St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra, St. John’s University Fine Arts Programming, The St. Cloud Area All Star Jazz Band, United Arts of Central Minnesota, Wirth Center for the Performing Arts, Wright County Historical Society, Wright Ringers Community Handbell Ensemble, Youth Chorale of Central Minnesota, Youth Theatre Workshop , 728 Cadets Marching Arts, Benton County Historical Society, Buffalo Art Guild, Buffalo Rotary Foundation, Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose Early Childhood Family Ed., Central Minnesota Youth Orchestra, City of Howard Lake/History Project, City of Rockford/History Project, City of Sartell, Community Legacies, Dassel- Cokato Community Education, Dassel-Cokato Community Theater, Downtown St. Cloud Art Crawl Collaborative, Great River Regional Library Arts Programming, Hillside Adult Education, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Community Education, Inaccurate Vernacular, Kimball Community Playhouse, KVSC- FM St Cloud State University, Legacy Foundation of Big Lake, Mississippi Strings Camp, North Ballet Youth Company, North East Wilson Park Neighborhood Association, NorthStar Family Theatre, Pinecone Central Park Association – Arts Programs, Rockford Area Historical Society, Rooftop Theatre, Saint Cloud Arts Commission, Saint Cloud Film Festival, Saint Cloud Rotary Club’s Summertime by George, Saint Cloud State University, Saint Cloud State University/ History Project, Saint John’s Boys’ Choir, Sauk Centre Arts Council, SOAR Regional Arts, Stearns County Historical Society, Visual Arts Minnesota, WACOSA, Wicked Sister Dance, Women’s Writing Program of Advisory Task Force on the Women and Juvenile Female Offender in Corrections

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,, @MNCitizen

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Bush Foundation:

Mardag Foundation:

Jerome Foundation:

The Minnesota State Arts Board:

Forum of Regional Arts Councils of Minnesota:

Minnesota Historical Society:

Ideas that Kick:

Americans for the Arts:

CURA Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota:

Minnesota Compass:

Central Minnesota Arts Board: