Event: Economic Impact of the Arts & History in Morrison County, MN

Abstract image, rolled photos from around Morrison County, Minnesota. Image by the Morrison County Historical Society from an exhibit.

Abstract image, rolled photos from around Morrison County, Minnesota. Image by the Morrison County Historical Society from an exhibit.

Morrison County has a vibrant arts, history and cultural community, but just how vibrant is it? One of the most common measures of the impact of any sector of the community is to look at how it affects the economy.

While there have been numerous studies related to how the arts have impacted the economy throughout the state of Minnesota, a collaborative of various cultural organizations in Morrison County wanted to see what sort of financial impact they were having on the local level. They were particularly curious about how history organizations, which are numerous in Morrison County, contribute to the local economy because such studies have been sparse.

Led by the Morrison County Historical Society, with funding from Great River Arts, the Friends of Linden Hill, the Charles A. Lindbergh House and Museum, and the Little Falls Friends of the Library, the collaborative engaged the services of Creative Minnesota to conduct the study. The results of the study are complete and show that, indeed, the arts, history and cultural community have a significant impact on Morrison County’s economy.

Details of the economic impact study will be released to the public on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. at Little Falls City Hall. Sheila Smith, executive director of Minnesota Citizens for the Arts and chair of Creative Minnesota, will present the results of the study.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Morrison County Historical Society at 320-632-4007.

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