Our agency budget (HB2) was heard by the Education Committee on January 16. Executive Action took place on February 8.
The Cultural Trust recommendations (HB9) were heard by the Long-Range Planning Committee on February 1.
Montana Arts Council Advocacy Facts
The Montana Arts Council is the agency of state government established to develop the creative potential of all Montanans, advance education, spur economic vibrancy and revitalize communities through involvement in the arts.
Montana will be known far and wide as “The Land of Creativity,” where the arts are essential to the creativity, imagination and entrepreneurship that make Big Sky Country the very best place on earth to live, learn, work and play. The Montana Arts Council is administratively attached to the Board of Education and has a staff of seven FTE.
Major Grant Programs
Arts Education: Artists in the Schools and Communities/Arts Education Partnerships
Arts Organizations: Public Value Partnership Operating Support
Cultural Trust grants: Funded through HB9 (administered by the arts council on behalf of the Legislature)
Strategic Investment Grants: Funds for training, market expansion, public outreach, and emergencies for artists and organizations
Major Service Programs
State of the Arts quarterly newspaper and bi-weekly eNews bulletins
Montana Artrepreneur Program: Artist marketing and business-skill development
Montana Circle of American Masters in Traditional and Folk Arts (honorary award)
Governor’s Arts Award: Honorary awards given every two years
Percent-for-Art Program: Art in state buildings
The Art of Leadership: Leadership training for arts organization leaders
Arts mean business
Arts businesses contribute to the local economy through salaries, taxes (payroll, sales and property), contracted services and facility maintenance. In addition, the arts create vibrant communities that attract new businesses and individuals to the area.
Montana arts organizations and individual artists have an economic impact of $1/4 billion annually
Montana’s nonprofit arts organizations produce $4 million in state taxes yearly
Businesses cite the arts as very important to employee recruitment and retention
Arts mean tourism
A thriving arts scene draws cultural tourists who stay longer and spend more money at hotels and restaurants than other tourists (2010 U.S. Travel Industry report):
Compared to all U.S. travelers, cultural tourists are more likely to:
- Spend more ($994 vs. $611)
- Stay longer (1.71 nights vs. 1.57 nights)
- Travel more frequently in prior 12 months (5.01 trips vs. 3.98 trips)
Arts mean educational achievement
Arts education engages students and helps them work collaboratively, think flexibly and solve problems.
- Exposure to, and education in, the arts develops 21st century skills (creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking) necessary to succeed in today’s economy
- There is a distinct relationship between the arts and academic and social outcomes, including:
- Visual arts instruction and reading readiness
- Dramatic enactment and conflict resolution skills
- Learning piano and mathematics proficiency Business leaders continue to cite innovation and creativity among the top workplace skills needed. The arts help build these skills.