Arts Economy Update
May 13, 2016 08:17AM
More than 100 people attended an Arts Economy party at Voyageur Brewing Co. on Thursday to share ideas about how to grow the arts economy in Cook County.
According to a recent study by CreativeMN.org, non-profit arts and culture bring in a total of $4.6 million to Cook County every year, with $2.5 million spent by arts organizations and $2.1 million spent by audiences/patrons.
But there’s more to learn in order to help artists and their communities create and strengthen a sustainable arts community, said Sheila Smith, executive director of Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, which conducted arts impact studies throughout the state.
“The best way we can prove the economic clout of artists is to hear from artists themselves about how they earn their living, and how many dollars they are spending in their community,” she said. To that end, Creative Minnesota has developed a confidential survey for artists.