The Arts are Important to Minnesota
The Arts are Important to Minnesota
||of Minnesotans have attended an arts activity
(at a theater, auditorium, concert hall, museum, gallery)
within the past year
||of Minnesotans are involved in the arts,
by doing some creative activity like singing in a choir,
doing woodworking or needlepoint, writing poetry, or painting
in their everyday lives
||of Minnesotans believe the arts are an important
or essential part of the overall education of Minnesota
children (e.g., classes in music, writing, dance, art,
The numbers tell us that Minnesotans care about the
- We care because the arts inspire us and spark our imaginations.
- We care because the arts improve student’s overall
- We care because the arts are a bridge between different
cultures and ethnic heritages.
- We care because the arts attract millions of visitors
to our state and generate income for local economies.
The Arts are Important to Minnesota’s
- The arts attract businesses, visitors and new residents,
and encourage consumer spending, all of which result in
increased tax revenues. Cultural offerings enhance
the market appeal of an area, encouraging business relocation
and generation of new jobs.
- The arts in Minnesota have over $1 billion in
economic impact annually.
- There are over 30,000 artists in the
state of Minnesota and more than 1,600 arts organizations.
- Attendees at nonprofit arts events spend an average of
$22.87 per person, not including the price
of admission, e.g. on restaurants, parking, hotels, etc.
- In Minneapolis, arts organizations spend $171 million;
audience spending adds another $98 million for total arts-related
spending of $269 million.
- In greater Minnesota communities, the arts stimulate
business development. Small arts towns like Fergus Falls,
Grand Rapids, New York Mills, and Lanesboro, for example,
“revive their town centers and reinvent themselves”
through increased commitment to the arts. (Greg
Myers, Corporate Report Minnesota)
- In Saint Cloud, arts organizations spend $4 million;
arts audiences spend another $5.8 million for total
arts-related spending of $9.8 million.
- “A vibrant arts community is critical
to how corporations decide where to locate, and how people
decide where to work.” (Megatrends
and Megatrends 2000, John Naisbitt)
- The arts drive tourism, an increasingly important industry
in Minnesota. Travelers who come from other areas for arts-related
tourism also spend money shopping, parking, and in hotels
and restaurants. Cultural tourists spend more money per
trip than the average traveler — $614 per
trip versus $425.
- Five of Minnesota’s top tourist attractions
are arts organizations: the Walker Art Center, Guthrie Theater,
Ordway Center, Orchestra Hall, and the Children’s
The Arts Are Important to Young People
and our Future Workforce
- Research shows that children who study the arts demonstrate
stronger overall academic performance.
These young people are the creative thinkers that employers
need in our increasingly complex workforce.
- Arts education aids achievement of “core
competencies” needed for employment such
as thinking creatively, problem solving, exercising individual
responsibility, sociability, and self-esteem.
- In a national sample of 25,000 students, those with high
levels of arts learning experiences earned higher
grades and scored better on standardized tests
than those with little or no involvement in the arts, regardless
of socioeconomic status.
- Learning through the arts has significant effects on
learning in other disciplines. Students consistently involved
in music and theater show higher levels of success
in mathematics and reading.
- An 11-year national study that examined youth in low-income
neighborhoods found that those who participated in arts
programs were much more likely to be high academic
achievers, be elected to class office, participate
in a math and science fair, and win an award for writing
an essay or poem.
- Workers with arts-related skills are critical
to the industries of the new economy: software
development and web design; advertisings firms; automobile
design companies; architectural and engineering firms; and
other fields seeking employees with high-level communication,
computer, and creative problem-solving abilities.
- Support of the arts is a workforce issue for companies—the
arts develop the kind of thinker and manager that
businesses must have more of if they are to remain
competitive in the global marketplace.
- A KPMG survey of more than 1,200 high-tech workers examined
the most important factors associated with taking a new
job. “Community quality-of-life”
was the second most important factor—after salary—and
more important than benefits, stock options, or company
The Arts are Important in Making Minnesota
a Place where People Want to Live
- For the sixth year in a row, Minnesota was named the
most livable state in the nation by Morgan
Quitno Press, due in part to our citizens’ access
to the arts.
- Places Rated Almanac ranks the Twin Cities eighth
out of 354 metropolitan areas in the United States
and Canada for its variety and participation in the arts.
- In large cities and rural communities, artists and arts
groups have been a significant force in revitalizing
neighborhoods and towns.
- Artists and arts organizations are helping address
the state’s need for low-income housing in
the Twin Cities, Fergus Falls, Saint Cloud, Grand Marais,
and other greater Minnesota communities. Average family
income for artists in live/work developments
in the Twin Cities is less than 60 percent of the area median
- Child magazine ranked the Twin Cities third on
its list of the top ten best cities to raise kids,
partially on the strength of the availability of arts programming
- 62 percent of the artists in a community spend between
one and four hours per week volunteering or performing
community service, and another 18 percent spent
between five and ten hours per week.
- When the Children’s Theatre sends a production
to Broadway; the Minnesota Orchestra and Saint Paul Chamber
Orchestra tour in Europe or Asia; or the Minneapolis Institute
of Arts hosts a major exhibition from an international museum,
they help increase Minnesota’s visibility
and prestige, nationally and internationally.