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Creative Minnesota 2017 Report

Creative Minnesota 2017 Study
Reveals What Artists Need to Make a Living and a Life in Minnesota

The new Creative Minnesota 2017 report is out!

104,000 artists and creative workers, 1,600 nonprofit arts and culture organizations, and 22 million attendees have a total economic impact of $2 billion annually in Minnesota. Download your copy at or the regional report here.

The 2017 study is full of information, including an economic impact study of Minnesota’s non-profit arts and culture organizations. It asks

Where are Minnesota’s artists and creative workers? (Every corner of the state.)
Who are Minnesota’s 104,000 artists and creative workers?
What are the creative jobs, demographics, spending and income, and genres?
What do artists give to communities and what do they need to succeed?
What does public opinion polling of Minnesotans about the arts tell us?

A Monster Calls by Minnesotan Exec Dir Bill Pohlad of River Road Entertainment

Minnesota has always played an important role in the film world. Minnesotan Bill Pohlad of River Road Entertainment is the Executive Director of soon to be released  A Monster Calls.

SYNOPSIS: A Monster Calls is a visually spectacular and unabashedly emotional drama from director J.A. Bayona. 12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall) is dealing with far more than other boys his age. His beloved and devoted mother (Felicity Jones) is ill. He has little in common with his imperious grandmother (Sigourney Weaver). His father (Toby Kebbell) has resettled thousands of miles away. But Conor finds a most unlikely ally when the Monster (portrayed by Liam Neeson in performance capture and voiceover) appears at his bedroom window one night. Ancient, wild and relentless, the Monster guides Conor on a journey of courage, faith, and truth that powerfully fuses imagination and reality.

#AMonsterCalls tells the story of a young boy who uses art to cope with his mother’s terminal illness. From the beautiful watercolors and storytelling, to the compelling characters and more, A Monster Calls is an emotionally gripping film.

Check out the trailer here.

We have prize packs to give away that include t-shirts, adult coloring books and a mini-poster. Just go to our Facebook page and like and share a post about the film.

Looking for Christmas Gifts? Community Supported Art for Sale

Jolene Juhl

Need ideas for Christmas gifts? Want to support area artists? Look no further. We’ve got art for sale. Ranging from $20- $40 a piece or 7 pieces for $225, plus shipping, this is your opportunity to buy original art created in our region at a very reasonable price. Art is available first come, first served. Call our office to purchase today at 218-745-9111. Pictures are examples of what is available.

J Steinbrink
Kruger Mosaic Stones



Trey Everett

Rural Arts and Culture Summit — Submit a Session Proposal

The next Rural Arts and Culture Summit will take place June 6 – 8, 2017 at the University of Minnesota, Morris!

If you have an idea for a session, speakers, or other suggestions that would help the Summit team plan another great event, there are two ways to contribute: Submit a session proposal by Monday, December 5th, or fill out their survey to share general ideas and feedback.

More info at:


We are seeking arts leaders from our region to attend. Keep posted for updates about the Summit and information about available scholarships.