Report: arts and culture generate $500 million for Michigan economy

Posted on: February 6, 2013

In last Wednesday’s (1/30) Grand Rapids Press, Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk writes, “How much is arts and culture worth to Michigan’s economy? More than $500 million in 2010 and growing, according to ArtServe Michigan. The Lansing-based advocacy agency has released its Creative State Michigan Report, one year after the first release of its Michigan Cultural Data Project. … The new report surveys data from 346 non-profit arts and cultural organizations, approximately 17 percent of more than 2,000 groups operating in Michigan, up from last year’s data from 211 non-profit groups, roughly 10 percent of museums, theater companies, symphony orchestras, dance troupes and more in the state. Of the $553 million in annual expenditures by the creative community in 2010, nearly $194 million supported salaries for 22,335 jobs. Jobs increased by 11 percent in those organizations and rose in all arts-related businesses by 16 percent in 2010-11. In fact, over the five years from 2006-2011, the number of jobs arts-related jobs rose 15 percent and all arts-related businesses increased by 65 percent, bucking the economic downturn in Michigan and the United States.”

Posted February 6, 2013