Creative State MI

2016 Nonprofit Report

In its fifth edition, Creative Many’s Creative State Michigan report details the impact Michigan’s arts and cultural nonprofit organizations have on the state’s economy and citizens. The report represents Fiscal Year 2013 data from 406 nonprofit arts and cultural organizations – representing an estimated 16 percent of the sector.

A Stronger Economy
Among its most compelling data, the report affirms the creative economy as a significant financial contributor and strategic opportunity for Michigan’s economic development. Of the more than $610 million in annual expenditures by the nonprofit creative community in 2013, a $15 million increase from the previous year.



Job Opportunities
The report also detailed the more than $208 million supported salaries for 25,490 jobs. In 2015, Michigan was home to 19,694 arts-related businesses that employed 72,706 people – 3.7% of total businesses in Michigan and 1.6% of total employment in Michigan. Nationally, 702,771 businesses are involved in the creation or distribution of the arts and employ 2.9 million people – 3.9% of total businesses in the US and 1.9% of total US employment.



Increased Tourism
Michigan’s arts and cultural destinations continue to demonstrate their essential value to the state’s tourism industry, generating nearly $2.8 billion in state tourism revenues in 2013. That represents 20 percent of the state’s total tourism revenues in that year – more than sporting events, golf, boating and sailing, hunting and fishing, and hiking and biking combined ($2.3 billion).


Vibrant Communities
The report also provides indicators for the resources the arts provide for Michigan’s schools and children, as well as residents of all ages. In 2013, more than 3 million students benefited from educational programs and events offered by arts and cultural venues statewide. These same organizations facilitated 20,081 youth and  school group visits and 26,090 offsite school programs providing valuable educational experiences at a time when businesses continue to increase the value of creativity and innovation in the workplace while many schools across Michigan have cut funding for arts programs. Michigan’s cultural groups are reaching growing audiences, reporting more than 24.8 million visits in 2013, 65 percent of which were free of charge.


Methodology for Reporting
The data used for this report was provided by DataArts, December 2015, (formerly Cultural Data Project) an organization created to strengthen arts and culture by documenting and disseminating information on the arts and culture sector. Any interpretation of the data is the view of Creative Many and does not reflect the views of DataArts. For more information on DataArts, visit www.culturaldata.org. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs also provided data. Creative State Michigan is produced by Creative Many with research support from DataArts.

Since 2004, DataArts (originally the Cultural Data Project) has offered a powerful online management tool designed to strengthen arts and cultural organizations. DataArts gathers reliable, longitudinal data and enables participating organizations to track trends and benchmark their progress through sophisticated reporting tools. Launched in 2004 in Pennsylvania, DataArts now serves more than 16,000 arts and cultural organizations in 13 states and the District of Columbia. DataArts was adopted in Michigan in 2010. www.culturaldata.org

Making This Report Work for You 
Over the years the Creative State MI reports have been a valuable resource to help make the case for the arts, culture, arts education and the creative and design industries. Put the report to work for you by sharing it with community leaders, lawmakers, and decision makers. Let them know that Michigan’s arts, culture and creative and design industries are critically important to our state’s economy, the vitality of our communities, the education of our children, and the lives of people statewide.

Southeast MI Regional Report
Get in in-depth look at the power of nonprofit arts and culture organizations in Southeast Michigan that includes the following counties: Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, Monroe, St. Clair, and Livingston.

Creative State MI is made possible this year through the leadership and generous support of:

Creative Many
Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
Irving S. Gilmore Foundation
The Kresge Foundation
Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs

Contact Creative Many 
Hard copies of the report are available and can be ordered for a nominal fee to help cover printing and mailing costs. Requests for the report and for more information please contact Creative Many’s Director of Public Policy, Sarah Triplett at sarah@creativemany.org or by phone at 517.599.7784.