Study of Otter Tail reveals large impact of the arts on local economy

Study of Otter Tail reveals large impact of the arts on local economy Click to Enlarge

(KBRF) - It’s being called the most comprehensive report ever done of the state’s creative sector, Creative Minnesota 2017 fills in the gaps of available information about Minnesota’s cultural field and seeks to improve our understanding of its importance to our quality of life and economy.

New York Mills Cultural Center Education and Outreach Coordinator Cheryl Bannes…

Cheryl Bannes NYM Cultural Center Impact AUDIO

Otter Tail County’s arts sector is performing better than would be expected considering the county’s population. While ranked 7th in population size among the 15 participating study areas, Otter Tail is ranked 4th highest in economic impact from nonprofit arts and culture organizations.

There are close to 600 artists and creative workers who alone drive an economic impact of $2.3 million annually. Impressively, wages for those creative workers are $1.41 an hour higher than average overall wage in Otter Tail County. This economic impact represents an infusion of $122.70 per county resident into the local economy from arts and culture.

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