Minneapolis Creative Index 2015 (2016)
For the City of Minneapolisâ€™ Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy Program, Metris Arts produced the Minneapolis Creative Index 2015. Building on 2013 and 2014 reports, it highlights annual changes in the economic health of Minneapolisâ€™ creative sector by tracking creative industry sales, nonprofit revenues, and occupations. In keeping with the City of Minneapolisâ€™ commitment to gender and racial equity, the report also includes conversations with six creative workers of color: architectural professionals and producers & directors. These occupations have greater disparities for people of color (as well as women) than the average labor force in Minneapolisâ€™ metro area but are also â€śgood jobs,â€ť meaning that theyâ€™re growing and pay high hourly wages. In these conversations, we explored barriers to and opportunities for people of color to succeed in these jobs in Minneapolis.
Download pdf: MCI 2015 Report
Metris Arts led the development of a local indicator system to support Plan-It Hennepin, a year-long creative placemaking initiative to re-imagine Minneapolis’ Hennepin Avenue as a revitalized cultural corridor from the Sculpture Garden to the Mississippi River. Through Track-It Hennepin, stakeholders will monitor progress reaching long-term goals. Plan-It Hennepin is led by partners Hennepin Theatre Trust, Walker Art Center, Artspace and the City of Minneapolis and funded by a National Endowment for the Arts â€śOur Townâ€ť grant. Plan-It Hennepin was recently featured as a case study in the National Endowment for the Artsâ€™ new online resource: Exploring Our Town.