Creative Policy Agenda

Creating places where people want to live, work and start a family are essential components to restore Michigan as a competitive state in the 21st century. The arts, culture, arts education and the creative industries play an important role in developing vibrant communities, attracting talented professionals and building a foundation for growth and lifelong learning, making them critical to the future of our state.

Michigan has long been a national and global creative leader. The home of Motown, the birthplace of the automobile, the source of continued pioneering entrepreneurship – arts, culture and creativity are deeply rooted in Michigan’s history and are a vital contributor to our state’s financial system through; job creation, tax revenue, business development and tourism dollars.

While many traditional sectors have faltered, jobs in the creative industry are in demand, are on the rise and appear in almost every aspect of our daily lives. The creative industry is robust and includes the traditional fine arts – visual art, theater, music, dance and literature – and also expands to embrace advertising, architecture, design, fashion, film, publishing, R & D, software, TV and radio and video games to name a few.

This creative policy agenda seeks to offer a framework for policy actions to raise awareness, and build credibility, support and investment for Michigan’s creative economy through six focus areas:

  • Creative Economy – Positioning growth of Michigan’s creative industries — jobs and businesses — as a strategic state economic development asset and priority.
  • Creative Education – A quality arts education curriculum combined with other core subject areas, increases graduation rates and will best prepare our children for the future. As we continue to take steps at every level to revitalize Michigan’s economy, it is crucial that we are able to prepare our youth with a broad knowledge base by equipping them with the creative thinking and problem-solving skills that will help fuel innovation in an ever-competitive and evolving workforce.
  • Creative Placemaking – Shaping vibrant communities and solving issues of place through the arts, culture and creativity and furthering efforts to attract talent, spur economic development, revitalize neighborhoods, increase civic engagement, strengthen community connectedness and reframe community narratives.
  • Talent Attraction – Cultivating a culture of creativity in Michigan’s communities that attracts and retains talent, especially creative and design talent, entrepreneurs, start-ups and businesses, who spur the housing market, increase tax revenues, attract new business and entrepreneurial ventures and encourage investment.
  • Trade Missions and Export Opportunities – Engaging the creative industries in trade missions to cultivate economic investment in Michigan communities, and positioning Michigan’s creative and design industries with the skills, resources and networks to maximize growth in creative export opportunities.
  • Investment in Michigan’s Arts, Culture and Creative Assets – Rebuilding the state’s investment in Michigan’s arts, cultural and creative assets and identifying avenues for growth and inclusion.

For more information, contact Sarah Triplett, Director of Public Policy at or 517.599.7784.