Arts Alert: Join Us! For Release of Iron Range Creative MN Report on Jan. 24 in Virginia

New Study Looks at Impact of Nonprofit Arts and Culture on the Economy of Itasca, Lake, & St. Louis Counties

Contacts: Sheila Smith, 651.251.0868
Executive Director, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts
Sara Ferkul, 218.735.3020
Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation

SAINT PAUL, MN:  A new study on the size and impact of the nonprofit arts and culture sector in the Iron Range, including Itasca, Lake, & St. Louis Counties, will be released at Lyric Center for the Arts, in Virginia, MN, by Creative Minnesota, Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation, the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts. The presentation of the results will be made at 2:00 in the afternoon at 514 Chestnut Street in Virginia.

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 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 Iron Range study is one of fifteen local reports that will be released in January and February.

57 Itasca, Lake, & St. Louis County organizations are part of the local study:

Arrowhead Regional Development Commission/History Project

Arts on Superior

Bigfork Improvement Group/History Project

Biwabik Area Civic Association

Borealis Art Guild


City of Ely/History Project

City of Grand Rapids

Commemorative Air Force; Lake Superior Squadron 101

Cook Chamber of Commerce

Crescendo Youth Orchestra

Donald G. Gardner Humanities Trust

Dorothy Molter Foundation and Museum

Edge of the Wilderness Community Center

Ely Area Concert Association

Ely Artwalk

Ely Community Spring Musical

Ely Folk School

Ely Greenstone Public Art

Ely Winter Festival

Ely-Winton Historical Society

Embarrass Music Festival

Friends of B’nai Abraham

Grand Rapids Area Male Chorus

Grand Rapids Arts

Grand Rapids Players, Inc.

Hibbing Public Access Television

Iron Range Historical Society

Itasca Choral Society and Community Chorus

Itasca Community Television, Inc.

Itasca County Historical Society

Itasca County Private Woodland Committee – Arts Programs

Itasca Orchestra and Strings Program

Lake County Historical Society

Lake Superior Community Theatre

Laurentian Arts and Culture Alliance

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Ball Club Community Center

MacRostie Art Center

Mesabi Symphony Orchestra

Minnesota Discovery Center

Minnesota State Old Time Fiddle Contest

Northern Community Radio

Northern Lakes Arts Association

Northern Lights Music Festival, Inc.

Northwoods Friends of the Arts

Proctor Area Historical Society

Reif Arts Council/ Center

Sisu Heritage, Inc.

Socially Active Seniors

SoHo Artists

Tofte Lake Center

Vermilion Community College

Virginia Area Historical Society

Virginia Band Boosters

Virginia Mural Committee

Voices of Reason

Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center

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: 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: