SAVE THE DATE:
Virtual Arts Advocacy Day
Will be Friday, April 19
What’s a Virtual Arts Advocacy Day?
On April 19, you can be a part of a rally for the arts, all on-line! No fuss, no muss! You don’t have to go to the Capitol, take time off work, get dressed up, or spend all day. All you have to do is go to our website on or before April 19, 2013 to send letters to your legislators asking them to support the arts.
What’s Our Goal?
Our goal is to generate at least 1000 more emails to legislators by the end of the day, highlighting the importance of the arts to Minnesota. Legislators will have to sit up and take notice.
What’s Our Message?
Our message is that the arts are important and we want them to dedicate at least 50% of the Legacy Arts Fund to the Minnesota State Arts Board and Regional Arts Council system. Hearings on arts funding are going on right now – we have only two weeks to make our message heard. Passage of these initiatives could increase resources for the arts in Minnesota and increase access to the arts for all Minnesotans!
Who Should Participate?
Anyone who cares about the future of the arts in Minnesota.
How Do I Do It?
Go on-line here: https://www.votervoice.net/MNARTS/Campaigns/ anytime between 7:00 am and 5:00 pm on April 19 (or before!) and use our website to send your message. Then, forward this alert to your friends and encourage them to join in. If we all take just five minutes on April 19, we can make a difference for the arts. It’s easy.
How Else Can I Help?
Starting today, forward this alert to as many friends, organizations and artists as you can, and encourage them to be a part of the Virtual Rally for the Arts. For this Virtual Rally to succeed, we’ll need the help and participation of friends of the arts from all over the state. Thank you for your help!
Be a part of the action: Send a letter to your legislator today saying you want them to protect the arts. You can do it in 5 minutes with our simple Arts Action Center. We give you talking points and set it up, all you have to do is enter your name and address and the letter will go automatically to the right elected officials.
Why do we need to take action now?
The legislature is just now creating the bills that will fund the arts, and within two weeks these bills will be passed on to the floor, giving us a small window of time to urge for changes in the bill.
The Arts Legacy Fund has been an enormous help to the arts community through all of Minnesota, but the continual legislative addition of non-arts spending is eroding the percentage that goes to the MSAB/RAC system. This erosion makes less money available for grants to our state’s arts organizations and artists, including those in your area, making them less secure now and for future generations. MCA has always advocated that 50% of the Arts Legacy Fund should be appropriated to the MSAB/RACs. Here’s how the percentage has decreased:
- 47% in 2009
- 43% in 2011
- 41% proposed by a House Committee last week.
At this rate, we could see the percentage drop into the 30s in the next round. We believe this dangerous erosion must be stopped, and that your voices can stop it. The time to act is now!
Tell your legislators:
“Please ensure that at least 50% of the Arts Legacy Fund goes to the MSAB/RAC system.”
Click the link below to log in and send your message:
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Minnesota Citizens for the Arts
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MCA is a nonpartisan statewide arts advocacy organization whose mission is to ensure Minnesotans have access to and involvement in the arts. MCA organizes the arts community to lobby the Legislature and Congress on issues important to the nonprofit arts community. If you are interested in advocating for the arts, or want to learn how to activate people in your arts organization or community, please contact us. FYI, MCA is not a grantsmaker. For access to state funding, contact the Minnesota State Arts Board www.arts.state.mn.us or your local Regional Arts Council http://www.arts.state.mn.us/racs/index.htm.