Creative State Michigan
Nearly half a billion dollars was contributed in direct expenditures to Michigan’s economy in 2009. For every $1 Michigan invests in arts and culture, $51 is pumped back into the state's economy.
ArtServe Michigan. (2012). Creative State Michigan. Detroit, Michigan: Author.
This report is an ongoing summary of data from multiple sources of the economic, educational and community contributions of the nonprofit arts and culture sector to the Michigan economy. At present, it contains data from the Michigan Cultural Data Project, Americans for the Arts’ Creative Industries reports, and Pure Michigan tourism reports covering 211 of the 2000 arts and cultural organizations in the state.
The creative economy contributes jobs, tax revenue, vibrant activities and educational opportunity that support quality of life, talent attraction and business investment in Michigan.
With data from just 211 organizations, the researhc found that nearly half a billion dollars ($462,791,322) was contributed in direct expenditures to Michigan’s economy in 2009. For every $1 Michigan invests in arts and culture, $51 is pumped back into the state's economy.
Even during the severe downtown in Michigan’s economy, the total number of arts-related jobs increased from 74,232 to 77,111 and the number of arts-related businesses grew from 17,015 to 24,306.
Across Michigan, nearly 2 million children had the opportunity to experience local history, enjoy live performances or try their hand at designing inventions – direct encounters possible only in the unique learning environments of the state’s historic attractions, arts and science centers, stages and concert halls and due to the talented people who bring them to life.
The total attendance for the activities and programs offered by the 211 organizations in 2009 was more than the entire population of Michigan.
A key indicator of the support and connection to local communities is the number of volunteers serving at arts and cultural organizations. In 2009, the 211 organizations reported 31,723 volunteers – double the number of paid staff and contractors.