For the benefit of its members and community, The Arts Alliance advocates every day to voice the impact and importance of the arts + creative industries with intention to encourage investment in the sector, influence public policy and and inform voters on election issues and candidates. The Arts Alliance does not endorse candidates running for election.
Arts + Creative Industries Advocacy
Know the Facts: The Local, State and National Case for the Art and Creative Industries
Recommended Reading and Resources
The following reports and resources offer information and data on the Arts & Creative Industries in Washtenaw County, the State of Michigan and the U.S.A.
Produced or collected by The Arts Alliance
- The Arts Alliance & The Arts & Creative Industries in Washtenaw County – Includes statistics about the companies, jobs, wages and economic impact in Washtenaw, Michigan and the U.S.A.
- $100 Million Economic Impact Nonprofit Arts Report. Washtenaw County
- 14 Occupations & Disciplines – Arts & Creative Industries
- The Arts + Creative Industries Guide 2019 (Washtenaw County)
- Jonathan Spector, CEO of the Conference Board, Congressional Testimony on the Economy, Jobs and the Arts
Produced by Creative Many Michigan (CMM)
- The Creative Industries in Washtenaw County. CMM
- Creative State Michigan: 2018 Creative Nonprofit Report.
- 2018 State of Michigan Legislative Issues – Arts & Creative Industries
Americans for the Arts (AFTA) Creative Industry Reports
- Bureau of Economic Analysis 2015. Arts & Creative Industries = 4.2 percent of GDP; $763.6 billion to the U.S. economy; and counted 4.9 million workers. Higher than tourism, transportation and construction.
- U.S. Congress Legislative Issues – Arts & Creative Industries
- National Arts & Economic Prosperity V Report
Annual Candidate Surveys
The Arts Alliance annually surveys all candidates running for office in Washtenaw County about their views on the arts and creative industries, in regards to public policy and investment. All candidate responses and non-responses are released verbatim for publication before the election to the media and The Arts Alliance’s constituents –Washtenaw County residents passionate about arts, culture and the creative sector.
- 2018 Washtenaw County General Election Candidate Survey Responses
- 2018 Washtenaw County Primary Election Candidate Survey Responses
- 2017 Washtenaw General Election Candidate Survey Responses
- 2016 Washtenaw County General Election Candidate Survey Responses
- 2015 Washtenaw General Election Candidate Survey Responses
- 2015 Washtenaw Primary Election Candidate Survey Responses
- 2014 Washtenaw General Election Candidate Survey Responses
- 2014 Washtenaw Primary Election Candidate Survey Responses
Arts + Creative Industry Advocacy Training
Creative Washtenaw Votes!
In 2016, The Arts Alliance held Creative Washtenaw Votes!, an arts advocacy training session and Candidates’ Town Hall in partnership with Creative Many Michigan and the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance of Eastern Michigan University.
Sarah Triplett of Creative Many Michigan, Deb Polich of The Arts Alliance and Susan Booth of Nonprofit Leadership Alliance led a two-hour Arts and Creative Industries and Education Advocacy Training seminar, focusing on how to move the creative agenda forward in the public and private arena.
During the Creative Washtenaw Votes! Town Hall, 34 candidates running for office in Washtenaw County engaged in a conversation on how they, if elected/reelected, intend to influence policy and investment in the creative sector to spur economic growth, retain talent, attract businesses, residents and visitors, enhance education, and build quality of life and place. The Town Hall was moderated by David Fair, Morning Edition host of WEMU 89.1 FM.
The Arts Alliance regularly convenes a Candidate Forum, inviting candidates running for select offices on the ballot in Washtenaw County. The candidates engage in a conversation on how they, if elected/reelected, will influence policy and investment in the creative sector to spur economic growth, retain talent, attract businesses, residents and visitors, enhance education, and build quality of life and place. These forums are open to the public.