Arts Alert: New 2017 Creative MN Report about East Central MN to be Released April 28 at IMAGE Art Show

2017 Creative Minnesota Report about East Central Minnesota
To be Released  April 28, 1:00 PM, in Braham at
th Annual IMAGE Art Show

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 East Central Minnesota will be released at 1:00 PM on April 28, 2017, by Creative Minnesota, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and the East Central Regional Arts Council. (ECRAC). The presentation of the results will be made in at the ECRAC offices, 112 Main Avenue South, Braham, among the artwork hung as part of the 30th Annual IMAGE Art Show, followed by a brief discussion of the economic impact of the arts and culture in the region. If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to ECRAC to or 320-396-2337 ext 1.

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 East 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 area that the East Central regional Arts Council serves, there is a combined economic impact by nonprofit arts and culture organizations and artists of $17 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

Audubon Center of the North Woods, Braham Pie Day, Cambridge Center for the Arts, Center City Opera Company, City of Milaca, City of Onamia, Depot Studios, East Central Minnesota Chorale, East Central Regional Arts Council, Elim Oasis Adult Day Health Center, Franconia Sculpture Park, Isanti County Historical Society, Kanabec County Art Association, Kanabec History Center, Milaca Area Historical Society, Milaca Fine Arts Council, Mora CAPP-Comprehensive Arts Planning Program, Mora Vasaloppet, Northern Exposures Photography Club, Old School Arts Center, Onamia Area Friends of the Library – Arts Programs, Paradise Community Theatre, Pine Center for the Arts, Princeton Area Visionary Committee, St. Croix Valley Potters Tour, We R Able, Wyoming Area Creative Arts Community, Cambridge-Isanti Performing Arts Committee, Central Minnesota Art Co-op, City of Braham, City of Lindstrom – Karl Oskar Days Committee, City of Lindstrom – Park Commission, City of Mora- Arts Programs, City of Sandstone – Quality of Life Task Force, East Central Minnesota Pride, East Central School, Family Pathways, Hazelfest at Hazelden, Isanti County Parks, Isle School District – Community Education, Kanabec County Agricultural Society, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe/History Project, Mille Lacs County Historical Society, Minnesota Goose Garden, Northwest Company Fur Post, Onamia Public Schools Arts Project, Pine City Art Council, Pine City Heritage Players, Pine City Library Foundation/ History Project, Pine County Agricultural Society, Pine County Historical Society, Princeton Public Schools Library 

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

The McKnight Foundation:


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:

East Central Regional Arts Council: