Creative State Michigan

Publication date: 
March, 2015

For the past three years, Creative Many Michigan’s Creative State Michigan reports have made an undeniable case for how Michigan’s arts, culture and creativity are contributing richly to Michigan, its people, communities and economic opportunities.

This year, we are proud to release our 2015 Creative State Michigan nonprofit report – the fourth edition in this series – which continues to demonstrate the incredible impact Michigan’s nonprofit arts and cultural organizations bring to our state’s economy, the vibrancy of our communities, education of our children and audiences of all ages.

The results continue to prove that nonprofit arts and cultural organizations are a vital component of Michigan’s competitive advantage and resurgence, contributing more than one-half billion dollars in expenditures alone to Michigan’s economy in FY 2012!

Michigan’s Nonprofit Arts and Cultural Sector

  • In 2012, the nonprofit arts and cultural sector contributed nearly $596 million in total expenditures, with nearly $200 million supporting 25,900 jobs and nearly $2.5 billion generated toward state tourism revenues.
  • This report was compiled utilizing FY 2012 CDP data from 407 nonprofit organizations; these results represent only 18 percent of the more than 2,000 arts and cultural groups operating in Michigan.
  • Organizations across the state brought cultural learning experiences to nearly 3 million schoolchildren and offered 68% of more than 25 million visits free to the public – benefiting audiences of all ages. The number of people who attended Michigan nonprofit arts and cultural events and venues in Fiscal Year 2012 would sell out Comerica Park 618 times!
  • From 2007 to 2012, the number of arts-related jobs increased by 15 percent to 85,656 jobs in Michigan, while arts-related businesses increased by 65 percent to 28,072. From 2010-2012 alone, arts-related jobs increased by 15.3 percent, while arts-related businesses increased by 35.3 percent.

These are just the highlights of the 2015 Creative State MI nonprofit report which has been made possible this year through the leadership and generous support of Creative Many Michigan, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, Irving S. Gilmore Foundation, Kresge Foundation, MASCO Corporation Foundation, and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

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