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The survey aims to study the local impact of art and culture

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Ongoing research aims to gauge the economic and social impact of arts and culture in the region.

“It started a few months ago,” said Howard Sandin, vice president of the Marquette-based Upper Peninsula Arts and Culture Alliance.

On behalf of the Alliance, Sandin said investigations were already underway at several local events, including last weekend’s main stage event at Emberlight Festival.

Surveys will be collected at the Historic Center on Saturday from 6-7pm. Ironwood Theater before the 7pm Neil Diamond tribute show entitled “Sweet Caroline Tour” with Jay White. A UPACA representative will also be on hand during the show intermission.

Sandin reported that anonymous investigations will continue at arts and cultural venues until next April. At that point, Americans for the Arts will use its algorithms to compile the results and then publish them to the public.

According to Sandin, the result is that members of the local arts community and local governments can assess their own direction and, if necessary, “expand” or change it to benefit residents and visitors. help make it most useful to you.

A former doctor from Ashland, Sandin is the chairman of the board of Ironwood’s Downtown Art Place, which was founded almost ten years ago.

“My wife is a watercolourist, which is why I got involved in this,” Sandin said, adding that art is a “big part” of their lives. Peg now lives in Ironwood Township.

“The reason I’m in favor of this is because I don’t want to rule out UP,” says Sandin. “A lot is expected from Ironwood artistically.”

For example, he said that Theater North is the third-oldest community theater in the country, and that the Historic Ironwood Theater, with its “perfect acoustics,” dates back to its vaudeville days.

Additionally, he noted that about 10 new businesses have moved to Ironwood in the last few years.

Sandin said the survey is open to tourists as well as locals and includes questions like how much they spent on tickets and whether they needed a hotel room.

Participants are asked not to repeat the survey at multiple locations.

In fact, Sandin said:

Sandin said Americans for the Arts carefully selected its study participants and included UPACA because it covers a significant area. Another reason is that all her UPACA members are strongly connected to the arts and have substantial ties to the broader arts community.

“This is the sixth such survey they’ve done,” Sandin said of Americans for the Arts. “They do them about every three to four years.”

Of the members of the national organization, Sandin said, “They have a particular interest in indigenous art and its welcoming into the community.”

He explained that current investigations are ongoing across the UP, not just in the region.

UPACA was established as a non-profit organization in 2016, and Sandin worked with current Alliance President Sue Rohr and Board Member Tina Morin to develop the plan.

Rolle is also the Business Director of the Boniface Arts Center in Delta County, and Morin is the Manager of the Arts and Cultural Center in the City of Marquette.

Sandin says he spent 18 months in meetings and hired consultants to help him best manage progress.

“This alliance fosters and advances creativity by facilitating connections between individuals, organizations, artists, performers and audiences throughout Michigan’s Upper Peninsula,” says the UPACA website.

The site further explains that the 15 county groups are made up of “artisans and arts groups, historians and cultural bearers, and allies in related fields such as tourism and recreation, local and local government, and economic development.” is doing.

For more information, visit This website has profiles of UP artists and lists of galleries, museums and organizations related to art.