Arts and culture are an important economic engine for our state. Research shows arts can fuel creativity and learning, and improve health and well-being. We track data about arts & culture attendance, youth arts participation, who is creating and performing art, and the arts and culture workforce to better understand Minnesota's arts and culture sector and its contributions to quality of life.

Minnesotans and the arts

Fast facts

2 in 5

Minnesotans create or perform artistic activities

The most common are needle and fiber arts, sewing, photography, and playing a musical instrument.

Minnesota has high arts and culture attendance

Just over half of Minnesotans attend artistic or cultural performances, putting Minnesota in the top five states for arts and culture attendance.
57 %

of Minnesota's workforce are artists

Compared to all workers, a greater share of artists are white, self-employed, and have a college degree