11/3 All that non-profit arty stuff? Over $36 million dollars to the local economy

Nov 3, 2015

A lot like Rodney Dangerfield, the arts don't get a lot of respect when it comes to economic development and dollars and sense.

But the first report of its kind,  "Creative Minnesota: The Health and Impact of the Nonprofit Arts and Culture Sector," takes a look at jobs created, local v. non-local attendees and employment of artists.

Right here in Duluth:

  • over $36 million dollars in annual impact (2012 data)
  • 1,000 jobs
  • 835,000 people attended non-profit arts events (not counting galleries, concerts, festivals and other for-profit events)

So the number-crunchers might be taking the arts a little more seriously from now on.