Creative Minnesota Means Business
SAINT PAUL, Minn. (Feb. 19, 2015) — We have known for a long time that the arts and culture are important to Minnesota. They enhance our quality of life, bring diverse communities together, and make our state a magnet for jobs and businesses. Now we know that, in addition to its stages and museums, the nonprofit arts and culture sector is also a substantial industry in the State of Minnesota, generating $1.2 billion in total economic impact annually.
A new study released today, Creative Minnesota: The Impact and Health of the Nonprofit Arts and Culture Sector found that 1269 nonprofit arts and culture organizations support the equivalent of 33,381 full time jobs. Nearly 19 million people attend nonprofit arts and cultural events annually. The report also found that 2.63 million students eighteen and under are served by the cultural sector. Creative Minnesota is a snapshot of the health and impacts of nonprofit arts and culture organizations in 2013 and looks at their spending and their audiences as well as other indicators of the sector’s health and impact on the economy.
As the most comprehensive report ever done of the creative sector, Creative Minnesota is a new effort to fill the gaps in Minnesota’s understanding of its cultural field. It kicks off a new centralized, concentrated effort to collect and report data on the creative sector every two years for analysis, education and advocacy. All of the research developed by Creative Minnesota will be available at creativemn.org.
Creative Minnesota breaks out data both statewide and regionally. The study includes eleven regional reports that quantify substantial economic impact from the arts and culture in every corner of the state, from the Arrowhead to the plains of Southwest Minnesota and from the Red River Valley to the riverlands of the Southeast.
The 1269 organizations studied are located statewide with just under half located in Greater Minnesota. In total the report references data from 828 arts organizations and 147 history organizations, with the remainder from a few science and children’s museums, public media organizations, zoos, arts and culture programs embedded in social service agencies or local governments, and others.
“The economic impacts of the arts in Minnesota are very important; their contributions to the quality of people’s lives are priceless, said Governor Mark Dayton. “Arts organizations are strongly supported throughout Minnesota, and they help make successful communities. Their continuing growth and vitality will be critical to our state’s economic and social well-being.”
View the entire report at dc664648-d98d-49ab-a02f-a36a183185ba