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State to State

Showcasing State Arts Agency Ingenuity

This month's edition of State to State features four fresh approaches to communicating about the arts as drivers of economic productivity and community vitality.

Public Opinion Polling to Support Creative Place Making


Massachusetts Cultural Council

The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) announced the results of a new public opinion poll conducted by MassINC Polling Group. The poll was conducted as part of the Gateway Cities Innovation Network initiative, an economic revitalization collaboration between the MCC and MassINC that received an ArtPlace award last year. The survey focused on residents of gateway cities, former industrial centers such as Lowell, Fall River and Brockton that are the focus of state economic redevelopment efforts. The poll gauged voters' perceptions of the arts and their impact on quality of life and economic opportunities. It also probed public opinions about government support for culture. Headline findings include:

Creative Places: Public Perceptions of Arts, Culture, and Economic Development in Gateway Cities provides more details, as well as information on the polling methods and questions used on the survey. For more information, contact MCC Communications Director Greg Liakos.

Evaluating the Impact of Cultural Districts


Maryland State Arts Council

The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) recently released an assessment of the economic and fiscal impact of the state's Arts & Entertainment Districts program. Conducted by the Towson University Regional Economic Studies Institute, the analysis finds that Maryland's 19 certified arts districts supported more than 1,600 jobs and nearly $50 million in wages on average annually between FY2008 and FY2010. The study further showed that the districts supported an annual average of $147.3 million in state gross domestic product and a total tax revenue impact of approximately $37.6 million. Data on new businesses formed, visitor spending and property tax estimates are also included. For more about the study, contact MSAC's Pamela Dunne.

Creative State Michigan


ArtServe Michigan and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs

Creative State Michigan is a new resource featuring information on arts participation, arts education and the economic impact of the arts. The report was produced by ArtServe Michigan and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) to showcase the diverse contributions that the cultural sector makes to the state's productivity, as well as the return realized from the state's investment in the arts.

The report draws from a blend of data sources that include MCACA grants information, Cultural Data Project information, state tourism records and Americans for the Arts figures. Data elements for this inaugural edition of the report were selected for their relevance to the state's current policy goals and for their ability to be tracked reliably over time. To learn more, contact MCACA executive Director John Bracey.

SmART Cities and Towns

North Carolina

North Carolina Arts Council

The North Carolina Arts Council (NCA) is promoting multiple resources relating to its SmART Initiative, an arts-driven economic development plan for North Carolina cities and towns. New offerings include:

Find out more by contacting NCA Public Art and Community Design Director Brendan Greaves.