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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!

Plan to attend the Northwest Artist Reception in Halstad  at the Norman County West School on April 30 to hear a presentation of the the results of the study followed by a brief discussion of the economic impact of the arts and culture in the region.

A new study on the health and impact of the nonprofit arts and culture sector in Northwest Minnesota will be released at 2:00 PM on April 30, 2017, by Creative Minnesota, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and the Northwest Minnesota Regional Arts Council (NWRAC). The presentation of the results will be made at the Northwest Artist Reception at the Norman County West School, Halstad, followed by a brief discussion of the economic impact of the arts and culture in the region. The exhibit opens at 12:00 pm, Reception/Food at 1:00 pm, Program at 2:00 pm. If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to NWRAC at 218-745-9111 or mara@nwrdc.org.

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 creativemn.org.

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 CreativeMN.org or the regional report here.

The presentation will show astonishing results for both the state and for Northwest 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 Northwest Regional Arts
  • Council serves, there is a combined economic impact by nonprofit arts and culture organizations and artists of $4.9 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:

Ada Chamber of Commerce, Fosston Community Library and Arts Association, Kittson County Historical Society, L’Association des Francais du Nord, Middle River Community Theater, North Country Fiddle and Dance, Northwest Minnesota Arts Council, Palmville Press and Publishing, Inc., Polish National Alliance Lodge 3060, Polk County Historical Society, Roseau Area Arts Association, Roseau County Historical Society, Stephen Arts Council, Summer Arts Stages, Twin Forks Chorus, Valley Crossing Arts Council, Warroad Summer Theatre, Ada Summer Children’s Theater, Argyle American Legion Post 353, City of Crookston – Arts Programs, City of Fertile – Arts Programs, City of Karlstad – Arts Programs, City of Kennedy – Arts Programs, City of Newfolden – Arts Programs, City of Red Lake Falls – Arts Programs, Crookston Area Chamber of Commerce, Crookston Community Theater, East Grand Forks Campbell Library, General Federated Women’s Club, Goodridge Veterans Memorial Park, KSRQ-FM Northland Community & Tech College, LifeCare Medical Center, Malung Community Center, Marshall County Fair, Marshall County Historical Society, Minnesota Institute of Contemplation and Healing, Red River Children’s Chorus, River Walk Artists, Roseau Area Friends of the Library, Roseau Scandinavian Festival, Sons of Norway Snorre Lodge 70, Stephen-Argyle Central Community Education, Thief River Care Center, Thief River Falls Area Community Theater, Thief River Falls Chamber of Commerce, Thief River Falls Education Foundation, Tri River Pioneer Museum, Tri-Community Living at Home, University of Minnesota-Crookston, Warren Senior Nutrition Council
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, www.artsMN.org @MNCitizen
The McKnight Foundation: www.mcknight.org
Target: https://corporate.target.com/corporate-responsibility
Bush Foundation: www.bushfoundation.org
Mardag Foundation: http://www.mardag.org/
Jerome Foundation: http://www.jeromefdn.org/
The Minnesota State Arts Board: http://www.arts.state.mn.us/
Forum of Regional Arts Councils of Minnesota: http://www.arts.state.mn.us/racs/forum.htm
Minnesota Historical Society: http://www.mnhs.org/about
Ideas that Kick: www.ideasthatkick.com
Americans for the Arts: www.AmericansForTheArts.org
CURA Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota: http://www.cura.umn.edu/
Minnesota Compass: http://www.mncompass.org
Northwest Regional Arts Council: http://www.northwestminnesotaartscouncil.org/

NWMAC Executive Director Recognized

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Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Receives

Statewide Recognition

For Effective Use Of Legacy Funds

 

WARREN – Conservation Minnesota and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts recognized the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council on Thursday, March 27, at Arts Advocacy Day at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul, MN for the impact the organization is having statewide utilizing funds provided by the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.

 

In 2008, the voters of Minnesota overwhelmingly approved the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment which added 3/8 of one percent to the state’s sales tax, and dedicated the revenue to projects that would help preserve the state’s arts and outdoors legacy.

 

Since the legacy amendment was voted into existence, Conservation Minnesota and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts have traveled around the state highlighting the places in the state where the funds are best being put to use to serve the intent of the amendment. Be it with cleaner lakes, expanded trails or public art projects, every resident of Minnesota has benefited from the program.

 

The Minnesota State Arts Board and each of the eleven Regional Arts Councils will get “Legacy Partners” awards for effective and extensive use of public panels to make grant decisions. Between them, the twelve agencies worked with 768 people providing more than 34,000 volunteer hours of expertise on the best use of arts state dollars. These volunteers bring expertise in the arts and nonprofit management.

“Other agencies should look to the Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils on how to effectively use public input in decision making,” said Sheila Smith. “While no process is perfect, their work takes place in transparent, open meetings and has resulted in great impact in arts access statewide.”

“We have a great group of volunteers and board members serving in Northwest Minnesota so it is especially wonderful that they are getting recognition,” said Mara Wittman, Executive Director of the Arts Council.  “I am very proud of our efforts to always have public accountability.”

 

“For the past few years, our organizations have been singling out communities that have done a good job of utilizing Legacy funds, and this year, we decided to include the State Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils and some other organizations as a nod to the tremendous work they are each doing,” said Paul Austin, Executive Director of Conservation Minnesota.

 

This year, the organizations have also chosen to single out Ducks Unlimited, The Minnesota Land Trust, The Nature Conservancy, The Three Rivers Park District and a number of municipalities for their exceptional work in utilizing Legacy funds for the betterment of the state.  Neither Conservation Minnesota nor the Minnesota Citizens for the Arts receives any funding from the Legacy Amendment.

 

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council provides grants and services in the counties of Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, Roseau in Minnesota. These grants were funded by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund, and by the voters of Minnesota, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

 

Minnesota Citizens for the Arts 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 42,000 arts advocates in Minnesota. www.mncitizensforthearts.org, @MNCitizen.

 

Formed in 1984 as the Minnesota League of Conservation Voters, Conservation Minnesota now exists as a collection of related organizations dedicated to helping connect Minnesotans who care about conservation with elected decision makers throughout the state.