Michigan’s resurgence depends on a commitment to invest in the unique assets that make it competitive. Increasing the state’s investment in the creative community would result in a growth in jobs, private investment in the arts and audience participation all generating dollars to the state that would contribute beyond the initial investment.
Arts and cultural organizations are magnetic hubs of activity for communities, driving local economies, while offering enrichment, education and entertainment. Whether in a major city or rural town, creating the places people want to live often begins with the creative industry, including walkable communities; vibrant, cultural downtowns; green-conscious initiatives; competitive education; resource-rich landscapes; and entrepreneurial innovation.
Strong partnerships, dedicated leadership and support from both public and private sectors, position the creative sector to drive spending in local economies and private investment, while attracting new businesses and talent throughout Michigan – making it a contributing force in our state’s reinvention.
Young professionals seek places to live and work that offer a rich array of performing and visual arts amenities. Employers and their families look for locations in which local school districts have strong arts programs, which teach children the cooperation, collaboration, discipline and problem solving skills needed to become the next generation of innovators. We also know that where arts education is available, graduation rates increase significantly.
The creative industries a necessary component advancing the brainpower Michigan and the country’s future leaders need to develop the creative solutions to driving our future. Vibrant arts and cultural centers are a key ingredient to attracting and harnessing the new energy Michigan needs. The creative community has proven time and again it can deliver on such a promise.
- Michigan FY 18 Budget: Impact on the MCACA
- Impact of the NEA in Michigan
- Impact of the Arts in Michigan (2011)
- Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Request
- Americans for the Arts – Top 10 Reasons to Support the Arts
- BCA National Survey of Business Support for the Arts
- Americans for the Arts – Creative Industries: Business & Employment in the Arts