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Cultural mapping project inventories assets and creative economy in metropolitan Detroit


March 04, 2013

An analysis prepared for The Kresge Foundation brings together information from a variety of sources to create a baseline of data about metropolitan Detroit’s creative economy and cultural assets.

Summarized in a report titled “Creative Vitality in Detroit,” the analysis catalogs a broad range of creative industries and occupations, as well as resources like festivals and events, cultural organizations and facilities, and natural heritage assets such as parks and conservation areas.

Kresge’s national Arts and Culture Program commissioned the report by Miller Dickinson Blais. The Ontario-based consultants are international experts in assessing, analyzing and mapping  communities’ cultural assets.

Among the findings:

  • Creative industries led all other sectors in growth in the past decade in metropolitan Detroit and Michigan as a whole.
  • Creative cultural occupations were among the most resilient during the economic downturn.
  • Nearly all cultural industries in the Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties are small- to medium-size businesses. The majority – 78 percent – are micro-entities with less than 10 employees.

The researchers tapped the expertise of local authorities such as ArtServe Michigan, Data Driven Detroit, the Detroit Creative Corridor Center and CultureSource – previously known as the Cultural Alliance of Southeastern Michigan.

See the report “Creative Vitality in Detroit” in the kresge.org library.