The 2017 Creative Minnesota Report on the health and impact of the arts and culture sector in Region 2 and Minnesota will be released on April 29, 2017 in Bemidji
2017 Creative Minnesota Report
for North Central Minnesota
To be Released  
presentation by Sheila Smith,
Executive Director of Minnesota Citizens for the Arts

April 29, 1:30 p.m.
during the
Region 2 Arts Council Arts Expo
303 Rail Road Street SW, Bemidji MN

A new study on the health and impact of the nonprofit arts and culture sector in North Central Minnesota (Region 2) will be released at 1:30 p.m. on April 29, 2017, by Creative Minnesota, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and the Region 2 Arts Council,
followed by a brief discussion of the economic impact of the arts and culture in the region.

For a graphic depicting Region 2's results,
click here!
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
$644 million
of direct spending of artists in their communities  
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 Region 2 Arts Council serves, there is a combined economic impact by nonprofit arts and culture organizations and artists of $10,841,000 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.
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.
Creative Minnesota's research is available for free at
Sheila Smith, 651-251-0868,
Executive Director, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts

Laura Seter, 218-751-5447 ,
Executive Director, Region 2 Arts Council

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