Arts Advocacy Day 2015 was a great success. We learned that in our District, Region 1 Arts, over $1 Million dollars was spent because of arts and arts related projects over the past year.
Region 1 (that’s us!) at a glance:
Download the full Arts and Economic Prosperity IV in Northwest Minnesota report here.
What our leaders have to say about this:
“The economic impacts of the arts in Minnesota are very important; their contributions to the quality of people’s lives are priceless. 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.”
– Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton
“We are pleased with the results of this survey, since it shows substantial economic impact in our Northwest region. It is also exciting to note that results would have been substantially greater if the audience surveying would have occurred into July, August, and September, because in the summer our region hosts exciting events that bring visitors into our area for arts experiences. People that travel to attend an arts festival or a performance spend money on food, gasoline, and shopping which brings economic growth to our communities. Also, it is encouraging to hear from our fine craft artists, who create pieces like pottery, jewelry, and original furniture, that sales are great at our local shops. We encourage residents and visitors to support our local artists by buying locally made art. Artists are small business owners. Nourishing artistic growth and expression truly has brought economic impact to our region.”
-Mara Hanel, Executive Director, Northwest Minnesota Arts Council
2 members of Northwest Minnesota Arts Council were able to attend; Therese Masters Jacobson and Maureen Regalado, along with Janet Johnson of Malung, Minnesota and 1 student, Maxine Regalado, Karlstad.
We were able to meet with our Representatives Dan Fabian and Deb Kiel and Senator LeRoy Stumpf. We talked about the impact of arts and arts organizations in our area.
Here are a few snap shots of our day: