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NEW! Creative Minnesota Road Show

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NEW Creative Minnesota Road Show Coming Soon to a Town Near You!


Seventeen new local studies of the economic impact of the arts and culture will be coming out through October from the Creative Minnesota Project and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts. You are invited to join us for Town Hall meetings and presentations of the results all across the state. You will not believe the results!

As the most comprehensive report ever done about the sector’s health and economic impact, Creative Minnesota: The Health and Impact of the Nonprofit Arts and Culture Sector previously broke out data statewide and regionally and is now also available for selected cities and counties.

Join Us for Town Hall Meetings

Find out and discuss the importance of the Arts and Culture to your town:

Oct 1

3:45 PM

MN Council of Nonprofits Conference breakout (statewide results) St. Paul

Oct 2


Virginia at Lyric Center for the Arts

Oct 2

5 PM

Grand Rapids at MacRostie Art Center at First Friday

Oct 9

4 PM

Red Wing Art Assn’s Fall Arts Festival Kick off breakfast at T.B. Sheldon

Oct 15

5:30 PM

White Bear Art Center at the Center

Oct 22

4 PM

Chisago County at Halberg Center for the Arts in Wyoming

Oct 26

4 PM

Duluth Art Institute at the Depot

Oct 27


Fergus Falls at West Central Initiative Fund Offices

Oct 29

7 PM

St. Louis Park at Rec. Center

RSVP to intern@mncitizensforthearts.org

Presentations at Public Meetings

Come show your support and find out the results for your town!

Oct 5

6:30 PM

Presentation before the Winona City Council meeting, City Hall

Oct 6

10:30 AM

Presentation to Mille Lacs County Board, County Courthouse

Oct 13


St. Cloud Noon Rotary Meeting, Marriott Courtyard

Oct 19

7:30 PM

Presentation to St Louis Park City Council, City Hall

Oct 22

9:00 AM

Presentation to Northfield EDA Authority, at City Council Chambers

Oct 26

7:00 PM

Presentation to Duluth City Council, City Hall

Oct 28

8:30 AM

Presentation to Pine City EDA meeting, Pine Government Center

Nov 3

5-8 PM

Presentation to Cook County Chamber of Commerce Annual Mtg

Nov 9

7:00 PM

Presentation to Maple Grove City Council, City Hall

And more to come:

St. Paul and Minneapolis focused events are yet to be scheduled, and other events will be added along the way. Stay tuned!

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Creative Minnesota is a snapshot of spending by nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences as well as other indicators of the sector’s health and impact on the economy in 2013. The statewide study quantifies the economic impact from 1269 arts and culture organizations in every corner of the state, in addition to information about jobs created, local vs. non-local attendees spending, nonprofit arts and culture organizational budgets, and artist employment levels. 

Creative Minnesota was developed by a collaborative of arts and culture funders in partnership with Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA). Americans for the Arts (AFTA) was commissioned to calculate the economic impact of the arts. Creative Minnesota and additional research about Minnesota’s arts and cultural community can be downloaded for free at: creativemn.org.

The Creative Minnesota team includes:

Mn Citizens for the Arts: Arts Alert

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1. Participate in City or County Creative Minnesota Studies:

unnamedThe Creative Minnesota team is pleased to partner with Americans for the Arts to offer local arts economic impact studies based on the recently released study that found $1.2 billion in impact from the arts and culture in Minnesota. (See the studies at www.creativemn.org). For just $1500 a city, county or other geographic area may get an economic impact study of the arts and culture in your area this year that pulls from data already collected and economic models already created for the area.

The new studies must be drawn from data already collected. To see which organizations in your area were a part of the statewide Creative Minnesota report and so would be part of the new round of studies, download the statewide report at www.creativemn.org and look at the list of participating organizations on pages 23-26. The cities of Minneapolis, St. Paul and Grand Rapids have alreay signed up. The deadline for a letter of interest in the project is April 30. For more information contact staff@mncitizensforthearts.org.

2. You Are Invited to a Public Forum With NEA Chair Jane Chu on April 8 at 5:30 PM:


The Minnesota State Arts Board presents a public forum with Jane Chu, Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts on Wednesday, April 8, 2015, from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the History Theatre, 30 East Tenth Street, Saint Paul.  Please join us in welcoming Chairman Chu to Minnesota. Hear her talk about her priorities for the National Endowment for the Arts and her vision for the arts in America. Following her remarks, participants will be able to engage in a question and answer session with the chairman.  Jane Chu was confirmed by the U. S. Senate in June 2014 as the eleventh chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. This is a free event; all are welcome. RSVP by Monday, April 6 to msab@arts.state.mn.us or (651) 215-1600 | (800) 866-2787.

3. Join a Group Insurance Policy Program for Minnesota Performing Arts Organizations


As a small and/or nomadic performance company, you may use different venues throughout the year for shows, rehearsals, readings, meetings, and fundraisers. While you focus on schedules, ticket costs and performers, making sure you have the right liability insurance may be last on your list.  But what if an audience member is harmed before, during or after one of your performances; trips on the stairs, eats food that makes them sick, or is injured by a falling set piece? Having liability coverage will protect you for lawsuits that may effectively put your company out of show business.

Most venues have their own liability insurance that may or may not cover you as a renter. By enrolling in liability insurance, you can stay focused on the success of your show and not the what-ifs. Liability insurance will cover you anywhere you go and provide you with a Certificate of Insured that can be issued to any venue at any time.

Minnesota Theater Alliance and Nonprofit Insurance Advisors at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits have partnered to offer a group insurance policy program for Minnesota performing arts organizations. By covering many theaters under one policy, this program could mean cheaper premiums and greater coverage for many of you. Learn more and get a quote.