Arts and culture impacts Michigan’s economy

Arts and culture destinations made $2.5 billion in 2012, 18 percent of Michigan’s total tourism revenues.

Arts and culture fuel community and economic development. Nationally, DataArts (formally the Cultural Data Project) has been collecting in-depth information from non-profit arts, culture and humanities organizations since 2004.

Using Michigan data from the Cultural Data Project, Creative Many – a non-profit organization whose mission is to advance and cultivate the creative economy for a competitive Michigan - produced ‘Creative State MI’. This 2015 report confirms the impact arts and cultural non-profit organizations have on the state’s economy and citizens. The 2012 data was compiled from 407 nonprofit arts and cultural organizations.

Highlights from the Creative State MI Report include:

  • $2.5 billion in state tourism revenues, which is more than professional sporting events, golf, boating and sailing, hunting and fishing, hiking and biking combined.
  • 25,785,806 people made visits to arts and cultural venues and events, which would sell-out Comerica Park 618 times.
  • From 2007 to 2012, the number of arts-related jobs increased by 15 percent, to more than 85,000.
  • Arts-related businesses increased by 65 percent, to more than 28,000.
  • From 2010-2012 arts related jobs increased by 15.3 percent and arts-related businesses increased by 35.5 percent.

Last year Creative Many was able to establish a baseline for defining and assessing Michigan’s arts and culture-related jobs and businesses. Highlights from that data revealed “that creative industries put nearly 75,000 people to work in 9,758 businesses in Michigan – just under 3 percent of the state’s employment totals and 4.6 percent of total state businesses in leading core industries such as advertising, architecture, design, film/media and broadcasting, and the publishing and printing industry.”

Additional information about the work being done by Creative Many may be found on their website. Articles and information about a variety of tourism-related subjects can be found on the Michigan State University Extension tourism webpage.

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