The Arts Mean Business!


A new study was released on October 15, 2015, by White Bear Center for the Arts, the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts that shows that, in addition to contributing to our state’s excellent quality of life, White Bear Center for the Arts is also a substantial industry in itself generating nearly $1.7 million in total economic impact annually.

As the most comprehensive report ever done of the creative sector, Creative Minnesota is a new effort to fill the gaps in available information about Minnesota’s cultural field and to improve our understanding of its importance to our quality of life and economy. This report release is the second wave of a concentrated effort to collect and report data on the creative sector every two years for analysis, education and advocacy. All of the research developed by the Creative Minnesota team is available at

Creative Minnesota: The Impact and Health of the Nonprofit Arts and Culture Sector found that White Bear Center for the Arts supports the equivalent of 44 full time jobs in the city, and that 33,000 people attend the organization’s events annually.

The City of White Bear Lake also benefits from an annual economic impact of $71.02 for every one of its 23,797 residents from the economic activity produced by the Center for the Arts.

For the full study and more information about the study, click here.


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