Hi all - 

As a national partner in advocating for the arts and creative industries, I am proud to share our 2018 Creative State Michigan Nonprofit Report released today. In its seventh edition, the research highlights the impact of the nonprofit arts and culture sector in our Great Lakes State. The email below outlines what we learned from the 2018 study of 410 nonprofit arts and culture organizations — an estimated 16% of the sector in Michigan. 

From all of us at Creative Many Michigan, we thank you for your continued dedication to the arts, culture, and creativity in your corners around the country. The impact is clear. Communities win when creative people are empowered.  

If you have any trouble viewing the email, you can access it here and visit our website for the full report breakdown. 

All the best, 


From: Creative Many Michigan <communications@creativemany.org>
Subject: Michigan Research Shows Arts and Culture Mean Impact 
Date: March 28, 2018 at 10:57:02 AM EDT
To: <communications@creativemany.org>
Reply-To: Creative Many Michigan <communications@creativemany.org>

This just in...

Arts + Culture Mean Impact

The latest Creative State Michigan® research shows that the Nonprofit Arts and Culture sector contribute to a strong economy, vibrant communities, meaningful jobs and engagement of Michigan youth. 

In its seventh edition, Creative State Michigan explores the impact of this sector and makes the case for greater investment in our arts, culture and creative industries. 


The report represents FY 2015 data from 410 nonprofit arts and culture organizations — an estimated 16% of the sector.  

Here's what we learned about their impact: 

  • Economy: $1.25 Billion in direct expenditures to Michigan's economy
  • Community: 17+ Million visitors came through the organizations ... enough to sell out Comerica Park 415 times! 
  • Jobs: Over 25,000 jobs in Michigan communities from this sector with 91,000+ people engaged as volunteers, employees and contractors 
  • Education: 4.1 Million schoolchildren experienced arts and cultural venues and events
  • Tourism: $1.3 Billion in direct tourism spending to arts and culture activities in 2016

Michigan is a creative state, powered by the creative many.
We come together across the Great Lakes State to celebrate the rich history and diverse creators who make this a great place to live, work, invest and explore. The arts are a powerful force across our nation — creating connections and strenthening our well-being.

As a national partner in advancing the creative industries — including arts and culture — we value your leadership and dedication to this work. Communities win when creative people are empowered.

Discover the Impact


Creative State Michigan is made possible this year through the leadership and generous support of: Creative Many, Irving S. Gilmore Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, Masco Corporation Foundation and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. Thank you to our media partners, Detroit Pulic Television, for spreading the word on this essential data. 


This report is produced by Creative Many using data provided by DataArts, February 2018. DataArts strengthens arts and culture by documenting and disseminating information on the arts and culture sector. Any interpretation of the data is the view of Creative Many and does not reflect the views of DataArts. Additional data resources included Americans for the Arts, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and U.S. Census Bureau. 


We continue the powerful conversation with Michigan Arts Advocacy Day on April 18, 2018. An energized group will speak directly to lawmakers to make a difference on behalf of the creative sector in Michigan. 

If you have friends or partners in Michigan, please share the information as we maximize our impact. You can visit our website to learn more about the agenda and how to add your name to the cause as a partner.

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