Currently Conducting Research:

Coming Soon! 

Creative Minnesota: The Health and Impacts of the Nonprofit Arts and Culture Sector. 

To be released:

WHEN: At Arts Advocacy Day, Feb. 19, 2015, 3PM

WHERE: Ordway Center for Performing Arts

A new study on the health and impacts of the nonprofit arts and culture sector will be released at Minnesota Citizens for the Arts’ Arts Advocacy Day, Feb. 19, 2015. 

As the most comprehensive report ever done about the sector’s health and economic impact, Creative Minnesota breaks out data both statewide and regionally. The study includes eleven regional reports that quantify the economic impact from 1269 arts and culture organizations in every corner of the state. 

The first of an ongoing series of biannual reports, Creative Minnesota is a snapshot of the health and impacts of the nonprofit arts and culture sector in 2013. This report looks at spending by nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences as well as other indicators of the sector’s health and impact on the economy.

Creative Minnesota was developed by a collaborative of arts and culture funders in partnership with Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA). The report leverages new opportunities for in depth research provided by Minnesota’s participation in the Cultural Data Project ( The Creative Minnesota team includes Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, The McKnight Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Forum of Regional Arts Councils of Minnesota, Target, the Bush Foundation, Mardag Foundation, and Jerome Foundation, with in-kind support from the Minnesota Historical Society and others. After Feb. 19, the report and additional research about Minnesota’s arts and cultural community can be downloaded at:

MCA’s Original Research

DFLogoThe Arts: A Driving Force in Minnesota’s Economy
In 2006, MCA and the Forum of Regional Arts Councils produced this first ever Statewide and Regional Economic Impact Study of the Arts in Minnesota.

ACLogoArtists Count: An Economic Impact Study of Artists in Minnesota
In 2007, MCA teamed with Springboard for the Arts and the Minnesota Craft Council to produce this nationally recognized study, which measures the economic impact of individual artists in Minnesota.

Statewide and regional results included – How does your community compare?

Additional Arts Research

The Arts in Minnesota

The Arts in the United States

The Arts & Economics

The Arts & Education

The Arts & Professional Sports

The Arts & Politics

Love & Magic: Why We Dig the Arts

Other Research

Nonprofit Organizations Benefit Minnesota & United States

Volunteering is Strong in Minnesota & United States