Meeting old friends, finding new ones – connecting with family – acting on the dream to paint or sing – giving back as a volunteer – we all benefit from the vibrant, positive actions that flow from arts and culture events and venues in our communities.
The total attendance for the activities and programs offered by the 424 organizations in 2011 was more than the entire population of Michigan.
Sixty-eight (68) percent of all visits to the 424 organizations were free. Michigan’s arts and cultural institutions are broadening access to programs, events and educational experiences for Michigan’s residents and visitors through free or low cost ticket and registration fees.
A key indicator of the support and connection to local communities is the number of volunteers serving at arts and cultural organizations. In 2011, the 424 organizations reported 50,508 volunteers – nearly double the number of paid staff and contractors – affirming a strong spirit of service.
Members and subscribers chose to invest in Michigan’s cultural organizations through their dues and membership fees. In 2011, the 424 organizations were supported by 553,997 members or subscribers. Local leaders also lend valuable skills and expertise – 5,831 community leaders served on Boards of Directors.