Creative Policy Agenda

Creative Many Michigan’s 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, creative talent and talent attraction, creative education, creative placemaking, trade missions and export opportunities and investment in Michigan’s arts, culture and creative assets.
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Creative State MI Research

Creative State MI is your source for information on the significant contributions and impacts of the arts, culture, arts education and creative industries to Michigan and its people, communities and economy. Under the Creative State MI brand, Creative Many Michigan (formally ArtServe Michigan) is conducting and reporting research and information and sharing case studies, models and media articles illustrating the vital role of the creative economy — a growth sector opportunity — in Michigan’s reinvention.

Take part in the 2017 Creative State MI Nonprofit Report. Find out more!
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Michigan Legislative Creative Caucus

Launching in 2014, the Michigan Legislative Creative Caucus is a bipartisan group of legislators focused on building awareness and growing support for policies and investments that impact the creative sector. The Creative Caucus will work to advance a six-part Creative Policy Agenda that will help facilitate valuable discussions on the crucial role creativity and innovation play in Michigan’s future.

For more information about the Creative Caucus please contact Sarah Triplett, Director of Public Policy at

Take Action

Join with thousands of others from across the state to raise your voice on behalf of the  critical role that creativity plays in shaping vibrant communities, attracting talent and business investment, generating jobs and economic activity and cultivating a strong community that makes our cities and towns great places to live, work and explore. Learn about what is at stake, find your lawmakers and become an integral part of the Creative Many community.
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Creative Many offers tools and resources to equip you to be effective advocates for the contributing power of the arts, culture, creativity and design in Michigan.  From talking points to sample letters or social media tools, from tips for effective advocacy or toolkits, Creative Many is here to help you make a compelling case for Michigan’s creative economy.

2014 Candidate Questionnaire 
With the Election Day right around the corner, take a look to see if your candidate completed our 2014 Candidate Questionnaire. Click here for more information. 

Arts Education Creative Sector

Opportunities for Creatives (i.e. jobs…)

In addition to Creative Many’s programs strengthening awareness, advocacy and support for the arts, design, culture, arts education and creative industries, we serve as a source connecting you to information on opportunities and resources related to funding, employment, volunteers or internships, or other connections and information. Below you can browse timely opportunities for the creative sector in Michigan and beyond.
Artist/Designer/Organization Opportunities Job Opportunities Event Listings


Creative Many is your source for the latest research, trend and benchmarking reports documenting the contributing power of the arts, culture, creative and design industries — the Creative Economy — in Michigan, the US and internationally. Our Creative State MI research affirms the economic and social impacts of the for-profit and nonprofit creative industries — artists, arts and cultural organizations, arts education and creative practitioners, entrepreneurs and businesses — statewide.
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Data Arts (formerly the Michigan Cultural Data Project)

Data Arts is a national online data management system incubated by The Pew Charitable Trust to affirm the health and vitality of nonprofit arts and cultural organizations. Michigan is among 13 states and the District of Columbia participating in this resource designed to equip nonprofit cultural organizations with valuable reporting and benchmarking tools, researchers and advocates with reliable and longitudinal data for effective case-making and funders with comparable data on grantee organizations helping to inform grant-making priorities. Creative Many co-chairs the Data Arts Advisory Council joining with Michigan foundations, the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs in ensuring the Data Arts’s success. Arts and cultural organizations are urged to register, input and certify their FY 2012 data profiles by October 1, 2016 to be included in the 2017 Creative State MI Nonprofit Report for release in January 2017.

Consultant Services

Creative Many offers a variety of professional, fee-based consultant services tapping the expertise of its staff team, Board members and partners. Our team has expertise to conduct and facilitate artist/creative and community surveys and market studies, community outreach and engagement, strategic planning, business model development and advocacy training.  Need help with your next project or creative idea?  We might just be that partner you’ve been looking for!  To discuss your needs contact