Arts Advocacy Day participants joined together on April 18 to show support for a statewide network of nearly 89,000 artists and creative entrepreneurs, more than 10,000 creative businesses, and a grassroots network of community stakeholders who believe in the power of creativity to transform people and places for a more prosperous Michigan.
Arts Advocacy Day was a great opportunity to grow support and visibility for the creative sector but there is a long road ahead. The good news is that after 10 years, Arts Advocacy Day returned with more than 100 people in Lansing and hundreds more voices across the state sharing that a creative and innovative Michigan is not just our foundation, it is our future.
A few highlights:
85 Partners Across the State including a number from Washtenaw County. Take a look at the full list of sponsors and partners!
72 Legislative Meetings including meetings with Washtenaw County’s Senators Rebekah Warren, Joe Hune and Representatives Donna Lasinski, Yousef Rabhi, Ronnie Peterson and Adam Zemke. Washtenaw County.
16 Washtenaw Arts & Creative Industry leaders attended!
5 New Members of the Michigan Legislative Creative Caucus for a total of 36: Senator Curtis Hertel Jr. and Representatives Cara Clemente, Brian Elder, Bronna Kahle, and Ronnie Peterson.
101 messages sent online asking legislators for increased support for state funding.
Arts mean more to the U.S. economy. Arts and cultural goods in the U.S. added $764 billion to the economy in 2015, and included a $21 billion international trade surplus. The arts represented a larger share of the nation’s economy (4.2 percent of GDP) than transportation, tourism, and agriculture.
In Michigan, the creative industries are advancing economic growth all across
the state. In 2014, the creative industries put nearly 89,000 people to work in 10,706 businesses in Michigan – generating nearly $5 billion in wages in leading core industries such as advertising, architecture, design, film/media and broadcasting, and the publishing and printing industry.
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