Minnesota Citizens for the Arts
2233 University Ave. W. #355
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-251-0868 fax 651-917-3561
staff at mncitizensforthearts.org
May 31, 2012
1. Cultural Data Project Launches Today
2. Bemidji Hosts Legacy Weekend June 11-17
3. 84 Arts Organizations Now Oppose Amendment
1. Cultural Data Project Launches Today
We are pleased to announce the launch of the Minnesota Cultural Data Project (Minnesota CDP), a powerful online management tool designed to strengthen arts, cultural and historical organizations in Minnesota. Once it is up and running, it will provide us with powerful data to use in advocating for the arts.
The Minnesota CDP is a user-friendly online system for reporting arts organizational and financial data. To participate in the Minnesota CDP, organizations will fill out a Cultural Data Profile online once each year. After you’ve completed your first Data Profile, you will be able to run reports on your organization, which you can use to analyze your organization’s operations over time and inform your strategic planning; as one part of the grant application process to partnering funders; and to make your case to board members, potential donors and grantmakers, advocates and policy makers.
Arts organizations can get started by visiting the Minnesota CDP website www.mnculturaldata.org today! Create an account by selecting New User Registration. A first series of orientation sessions for nonprofit cultural organizations will be held in Minnesota later this month. Additional sessions will be scheduled across the state throughout the year. CDP info sessions will be provided as webinars, and also in person in St. Cloud, Minneapolis, Duluth, Bemidji, Fergus Falls, St. Paul, Marshall, Mankato, Rochester with dates from June-August. Please check the Minnesota CDP website http://www.mnculturaldata.org/news.aspx for dates and details and to register. These important sessions will provide you with an overview of the history and goals of the Minnesota CDP, as well as an introduction to the types of data collected. Please feel free to attend this session with more than one representative of your organization, including your executive director, your finance manager/bookkeeper and your development director. Also, you are very welcome to attend the session more than once, if you think you might like a refresher or if you would want to encourage additional staff from your organization to attend on different dates. Refreshments will be served.
Questions? The Minnesota CDP Help Desk is available from Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm your local time to answer any questions you might have. CDP Help Desk staff all have a background in the arts and look forward to speaking with you about your unique organization. Contact the Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 877-707-3282 (877-707-DATA).
The Minnesota CDP will be provided to all nonprofit cultural organizations in Minnesota free of charge, courtesy of the Minnesota CDP partners. Participating grantmakers are committed to streamlining the application process for cultural organizations and many will be recommending or requiring participation in the CDP as part of their grant application or reporting processes starting in fall/winter 2012.
The Minnesota Cultural Data Project is made possible through the leadership of the members of the Minnesota CDP Task Force: F.R. Bigelow Foundation, Forum of Regional Arts Councils of Minnesota, Jerome Foundation, Mardag Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, Minnesota Council on Foundations, Minnesota Historical Society, Minnesota State Arts Board, City of Saint Paul, The Saint Paul Foundation, and Target. Additional support is provided by: Bush Foundation, General Mills Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Minnesota CDP Launch Advisory Committee: Minnesota Theater Alliance, Springboard for the Arts, VocalEssence. The Minnesota CDP is operated by The Pew Charitable Trusts.
2. Bemidji Hosts Legacy Weekend
Where the Father of Waters meets the Northwood’s tallest tale, there is something for every family this Father’s Day weekend as Bemidji hosts a Legacy Destination Weekedn. Bemidji’s schedule of activities expands though out the week of June 11-15. Spotlight events include the Bemidji Book Festival, a historical look at Paul Bunyan, and an introduction to wildlife, fishing and archery that will help get people outside to enjoy a variety of summer activities offered in beautiful Bemidji area. Legacy Weekends highlight local projects that are supported by the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment and are a partnership of Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, Conservation Minnesota, and Explore Minnesota Tourism.
“Every weekend in Bemidji brings a wide variety of interesting events in which locals and visitors alike can participate,” said Denelle Hilliard, Executive Director of Visit Bemidji. “And this year, we are picking an especially exciting weekend in the area, and encouraging people from all around to come check out what we have to offer.”
Minnesotans voted in 2008 to set aside an increased portion of sales tax revenue to provide financial support for a variety of conservation, parks and cultural programs. The Legacy Destination Weekends program was created to draw attention to one region of the state a month so that projects supported by the Legacy Amendment can be highlighted. In June, the tour stops in Bemidji.
Highlights of the weekend’s schedule are listed below. A more detailed schedule of events is available online at: http://www.visitbemidji.com/specialevents/legacy-dest-2012.html
Bemidji Book Festival One of the highlights of this weekend in Bemidji is the Bemidji Book Festival, which has a series of readings and workshops slated for locations throughout town. Authors representing various genre include Carolyn Strom Collins, William Durbin, Anne Dunn, Laurie Hertzel, Margi Preus, Lise Erdrich, Nancy Carlson, Douglas Wood, Terri DeGezelle. Poetry slams and musical performances add to the mix of literary entertainment. Polar explorer, Anne Bancroft, will keynote the festival with a presentation on Friday night. An additional author reception and reading by Wendell Affield from his book Muddy Jungle Rivers, is sponsored by the Bemidji Community Art Center’s Spoken Word Series on Saturday afternoon.
Paul and Babe at 75. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the iconic Paul and Babe statues that greet visitors as they come to town. John Berquist, one of the Minnesota’s most respected folklorists, will present traditional lumberjack songs and lore in a celebration of north woods heritage. The Beltrami County Historical Center’s newest exhibit features Paul and Babe memorabilia from 1937 to present day.
Spitfire Grill theater production, runs Wednesday through Sunday. The Paul Bunyan Playhouse will be staging performances of this award-winning musical. It tells the story of a young woman recently released from prison who goes to work at a small-town diner. The play runs nightly at 8 p.m. with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee.
Kids Fishing Friday The first nine kids between the ages of 8 and 15 to register will be treated to a fishing lesson on Friday morning at Lake Bemidji State Park.
Archery in the Park Participants will be taught the basics of archery by trained instructors. No experience is needed. All equipment and instruction is free. Open to anyone eight years old and up. Space is limited, so call to reserve a spot.
Canoe the Mississippi River Water Trail On Saturday, a Lake Bemidji State Park naturalist-guided canoe trip along the Mississippi River will give visitors and locals alike an explorer’s view of a few miles of North America’s longest river often referred to as the “Father of Water’s” by early Native American inhabitants and authors.
Bogwatcher Sunday Naturalists from Lake Bemidji State Park will lead visitors on a walk along the boardwalk into the park’s bog to learn about the flora and fauna that makes bogs unique.
Outdoor Concert Series Father’s Day Sunday appropriately features a popular father/son duo performing at the Lake Bemidji State Park amphitheater. Free concert begins at 1:30 pm.
Each of these events demonstrates the local benefits of Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment funding. Past/current recipients include:
- Bemidji Book Festival: 2010 Legacy grant recipient
- Paul Bunyan Playhouse: 2010 and 2011 Legacy grant recipient
- Lake Bemidji State Park: A 2010 Legacy grant brought art to the park
- Beltrami County Historical Society: Multiple Legacy projects, both alone and collaboratively.
For more information, please contact Cindy Habedank at 877-250-5959 or visit www.visitbemidji.com/specialevents/legacy-dest-2012.html
3. 84 Arts Organizations Now Oppose Amendment
Eighty four arts organizations have now announced their opposition to the marriage amendment, with more coming in every day. Two new events are coming if you’d like to connect with the effort:
1. Happy Hour for Arts Community United, June 11, 5-7 PM at Mac’s Industrial Bar in NE Mpls, RSVP on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/141677472622787/?context=create
2. Duluth Kick-off for Arts Community United, June 13, 5:30-6:30 at Teatro Zuccone theater, Zeitgeist Arts Building, Duluth, RSVP to Crystal Pelkey, email@example.com, 218-336-1416.
Join the coalition:
air sweet air GALLERY, American Composers Forum, Anderson Center (Red Wing), Articulture, Bloomington Theatre and Art Center, Box Wine Theatre, Burton Art Studios, Calliope Women’s Chorus, Children’s Theatre Company, Duluth Art Institute, FEASTMpls ,First Avenue & 7th Street Entry, Frank Theatre, Freshwater Theatre, Gadfly Theatre, Guthrie Theater, Hennepin Theatre Trust, Hopewell North Music Cooperative, Illusion Theater, In the Heart of the Beast, Intermedia Arts, Jungle Theater, James Sewell Ballet, Kate Sommers Photography, Keane Sense of Rhythm, Inc Tap Dance, Loring Park Art Festival, Lunalux, Milkweed Editions, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, Minnesota Freedom Band, Minnesota, Museum of American Art, Minnesota Opera, Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra, Minnesota Playlist, Minnesota Theater Alliance, Misplaced Music, Mixed Blood Theatre Company, The Moving Company, Mu Performing Arts, Nautilus Music-Theater, New Bohemian Artist Coop, Off Leash Area, One Voice Mixed Chorus, Open Eye Figure Theatre, Pangea World Theater, Patrick’s Cabaret, Pillsbury House Theatre, Playwrights’ Center, Rebel Ink Printing (small business), Red Eye Collaboration, Rochester Art Center, Rochester Civic Theatre, Rosalux Gallery, Rox Minneapolis Jewelry, Rhythmically Speaking, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Sand Box Theatre, Savage Umbrella, Skewed Visions, The Soap Factory, Soo Visual Art Center, The Southern Theater, Springboard for the Arts, Stages Theatre Company, Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater, The Suicide Commandos Punk Rock Band, Table Salt Productions, Ten Thousand Things Theater, Textile Center, Theater Latte Da, Theatre Unbound, Town Life Magazine, Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art, Trellage-Ferrill Architecture & Art, 20 Percent Theatre Company Twin Cities, Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus, Twin Cities Musicians Union, 2d Cloud, VocalEssence, Walker Art Center, Walking Shadow Theatre Company, Women’s Art Resources of MN, White Bear Center for the Arts
—and more to come!
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