Michigan: Keeping the Arts Alive

Michigan is full of creative hubs.

From ArtPrize monopolizing the streets of Grand Rapids to young entrepreneurs inventing The Imagination Station in Detroit, The Mitten State continues to make a name for itself in the art world. As an arts organization rooted in Michigan’s economy — with more than 550,000 visitors annually, making us the top 100 most visited museums in the world — Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park takes pride in being part of Michigan’s art and cultural organizations.

Though legislators have tightened their reigns on creative spending in recent years, Michigan continues to see tangible economic results because of residents who continue to support and foster local art-based programs, orgs. and events.

According to creativestatemi.org, arts, cultural and historical attractions produced $2.1 billion of total tourism spending in Michigan in 2010. That’s 17 percent of tourism spending — more than skiing, golf, boating and sporting events combined!


  • Michigan’s arts and cultural nonprofit sector includes over 2,000 organizations
  • $462,791,322 = annual direct expenditures by the creative community in Michigan
  • For every $1 Michigan invests in arts and culture, $51 is put back into its economy
  • 1,841,368 schoolchildren experience arts and cultural venues and events
  • Michigan jobs = 15,560 jobs in arts related fields
  • From 2006 to 2010, the number of arts related jobs increased by 4 percent, and arts related businesses increased by 43 percent
  • 12,667,492 visits to arts and cultural venues and events

We appreciate the support of our local and statewide communities in order to bring exciting exhibitions, beautiful gardens and family-focused events to everyone.

A huge thank you to all our members, volunteers, visitors, artists, staff and all those who cultivate the arts at Meijer Gardens. Your support does make a difference.

Statistics and data provided by ArtServe, a statewide nonprofit organization leading advocacy for arts, culture and arts education, Cultural Data Project (CDP), The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Michigan Council for Arts, and Cultural Affairs and Americans for the Arts. 

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