2015 Nonprofit Report - Creative State Michigan

March 05, 2015
Creative Many Michigan

For the past three years, Creative Many Michigan’s Creative State Michigan reports have made an undeniable case for how Michigan’s arts, culture and creativity are contributing richly to Michigan, its people, communities and economic opportunities.

This year, we are proud to release our 2015 Creative State Michigan nonprofit report – the fourth edition in this series – which continues to demonstrate the incredible impact Michigan’s nonprofit arts and cultural organizations bring to our state’s economy, the vibrancy of our communities, education of our children and audiences of all ages. The results continue to prove that nonprofit arts and cultural organizations are a vital component of Michigan’s competitive advantage and resurgence, contributing more than one-half billion dollars in expenditures alone to Michigan’s economy in FY 2012!

Michigan’s Nonprofit Arts and Cultural Sector

  • In 2012, the nonprofit arts and cultural sector contributed nearly $596 million in total expenditures, with nearly $200 million supporting 25,900 jobs and nearly $2.5 billion generated toward state tourism revenues. 
  • This report was compiled utilizing FY 2012 CDP data from 407 nonprofit organizations; these results represent only 18 percent of the more than 2,000 arts and cultural groups operating in Michigan.
  • Organizations across the state brought cultural learning experiences to nearly 3 million schoolchildren and offered 68% of more than 25 million visits free to the public – benefiting audiences of all ages. The number of people who attended Michigan nonprofit arts and cultural events and venues in Fiscal Year 2012 would sell out Comerica Park 618 times! 
  • From 2007 to 2012, the number of arts-related jobs increased by 15 percent to 85,656 jobs in Michigan, while arts-related businesses increased by 65 percent to 28,072. From 2010-2012 alone, arts-related jobs increased by 15.3 percent, while arts-related businesses increased by 35.3 percent.

These are just the highlights of the 2015 Creative State MI nonprofit report which has been made possible this year through the leadership and generous support of Creative Many Michigan, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, Irving S. Gilmore Foundation, Kresge Foundation, MASCO Corporation Foundation, and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

Michigan’s Creative Industries a Growth Opportunity 
Last year, we introduced a new report on Michigan’s creative industries which expanded our data and continued to prove the creative sector is a vital component of Michigan’s competitive advantage and resurgence, contributing billions of dollars to the economy statewide. Through this groundbreaking research, we were able to establish a baseline for defining and assessing the impact of Michigan’s creative jobs and businesses. Following the tremendous response from this report, Creative Many is pleased to share that we’ve been awarded a grant from the US Economic Development Administration to do more extensive research and reporting on the creative and design industries in Michigan. This project is being done in 2015 with generous support from our partners the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, MASCO Corporation Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Detroit Creative Corridor Center and Prima Civitas.

Learn more about Creative State Michigan and the contributions of the arts, culture, arts education, and the creative and design industries to our state. Together with you, we are eager to share the next steps of these projects and we are ready to put this research to work to build awareness and grow support for polices and investment that impact the entire creative sector. Get more information and download copies of the reports:  

Thanks to Creative State Michigan, Creative Many and its advocates were well positioned to work with Governor Synder and the Legislature to secure $10.15 million in state arts and cultural funding for FY 2016.

As a supporter of the arts, please share this information freely and widely to your online networks, especially with the hashtag #CreativeStateMI.  

And be on the lookout for regular updates regarding Creative State Michigan and additional Creative Many Michigan news and programming.

Together we are Creative State Michigan!

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Sustainable Small Harbor Management Strategy Project

February 23, 2015
Michigan Sea Grant

Small Harbor Sustainability MapMichigan is home to more than 80 public harbors and marinas, run by the state, county or local government. Each year, Great Lakes boating infuses the Michigan economy with nearly $2.4 billion through direct and secondary spending. The trend of fluctuating water levels across the Great Lakes, particularly persistent low water levels in the past 10 years, combined with economic downturn have taken their toll on local waterfront communities. In addition, state and federal funding for public harbors is increasingly limited.

The research team seeks to develop a sustainable small harbor management strategy for Michigan’s coastal communities.

The team is hosting charrettes (facilitated community planning sessions) this spring in New Baltimore, Au Gres, Ontonagon and Pentwater. The communities will undergo a six-month engagement process with the research team. The research team will identify strategies to improve economic, social and environmental sustainability of Michigan’s harbor communities.

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UICA launches $10,000 crowdfunding campaign seeking MEDC grant for public art

February 19, 2015

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is backing a crowdfunding campaign to create a series of murals in downtown Grand Rapids.

If Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts' "Exit Space Project" raises $10,000 within 30 days through the crowdfunding platform, Patronicity, MEDC's Public Spaces Community Places program will provide a $10,000 matching grant.

"This project will help complement all of the exciting things happening in Grand Rapids that continue to attract new residents, visitors and businesses to downtown," said MEDC Community Assistance Team Specialist Nate Scramlin.

For details or to donate to the campaign launched Wednesday, visit Patronicity's website

The campaign's deadline is March 18.

UICA recently issued an open call for artist's proposals for the project, partially funded by Downtown Grand Rapids Inc., to install public art in town. The deadline is March 16 for proposal submissions.

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MiNeighborhood Program Accepting Applications Through March 27

February 09, 2015
Michigan State Housing Development Authority

LANSING – The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) will begin accepting applications for the 2015 MiNeighborhood program Jan. 26 through March 27 from eligible neighborhood associations.

The MiNeighborhood program began in 2013 to support the revitalization, preservation and sustainability of vibrant and historic neighborhoods through technical assistance. MiNeighborhood communities receive significant technical assistance and training including, board training, Committee Training, Branding, Place Making, and How to Establish a Historic District, to name a few.

“This program is based on the premise of the Main-Street-Four-Point Approach™ used successfully by the Michigan Main Street Center here,” said Wayne Workman, Acting-Executive Director. “Just as we did with downtowns, we have developed an approach for successful neighborhood revitalization that involves placemaking. The result will be vibrant, thriving places to live.”

Once accepted into the program through the application process, MiNeighborhood works with each targeted neighborhood association and local and statewide organizations to identify and address needs. It connects the area with existing and emerging opportunities, which leverages resources that will help in the revitalization process.

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Lansing is listed as the #4 Best Affordable Place to Live!

February 09, 2015

It’s a good thing residents of Lansing, MI, save money on housing, groceries and other living expenses because this city offers a wealth of entertainment options. Luckily, there’s great value to be found in the many things to do in Lansing, the fourth city on our list of the Best Affordable Places to Live.

The cost of living in Lansing is 8 percent below the national average, according to The Council of Community and Economic Research. With a median home value of $85,000, houses in Lansing are nearly 33 percent below what they are in most major cities. Residents also enjoy low transportation costs, typically spending less than 18 percent of their monthly salaries on car payments and gas. Living in Michigan also brings the advantage of having a flat-rate individual income tax of 4.33 percent.

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