The Cultural Data Project (CDP), the most significant national resource for in-depth data about nonprofit arts, culture, and humanities organizations, and Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, today announced that the CDP will provide the organizational data collection platform for Arts & Economic Prosperity 5, Americans for the Arts’ fifth national economic impact study of the nation’s nonprofit arts and culture industry. The collaboration brings together two of the nation’s most respected cultural data and research organizations to capture and communicate the economic value of the nonprofit arts and cultural industry. This cooperative effort will enrich national research and policy efforts, while at the same time streamlining data reporting for arts and cultural organizations.
In its fourth 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 using CDP data. The report represents Fiscal Year 2012 data from 407 nonprofit arts and cultural organizations – representing an estimated 18 percent of the sector.
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 nearly $596 million in annual expenditures by the nonprofit creative community in 2012 (which exceeds 2011 contributions), nearly $200 million supported salaries for 25,900 jobs. Organizations contributed more than $15 million in the employer portion of the payroll tax and nearly $1 million in state sales tax revenues.
At the 2015 American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Annual Meeting in Atlanta, attendees gathered for a session drawing on the findings of The Road to Results: Effective Practices for Building Arts Audiences, written by Bob Harlow and published by The Wallace Foundation. Lucas Held, Wallace Foundation director of communications, kicked off the discussion led by the co-authors of Magnetic: The Art and Science of Engagement, Anne Bergeron and CDP President and CEO Beth Tuttle. Joining the conversation were representatives from two Wallace grantee organizations that are also longtime CDP participants: Magda Martinez, director of programs, Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial; and Christopher Taylor, president, The Clay Studio. This article, adapted from the presentation and reprinted with AAM’s permission, appears in the July/August 2015 issue of Museum magazine.