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Arts Alert: Today is Arts Advocacy Day!

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Today is Arts Advocacy Day

Ask Legislators to Support the Arts

Right now 700 of your closest arts friends are at the State Capitol asking legislators to protect arts funding and to oppose new taxes on nonprofits. Can’t make it to the Capitol? Ask your legislators to support the arts here: https://www.votervoice.net/MNARTS/Campaigns/.

The next two years of arts funding is on the line. The bad news is that Minnesota has a billion dollar deficit, which means we’ll have to work hard to avoid cuts. Legislators keep coming up with ideas to divert Arts Legacy funding to other projects that would only benefit one district or some small constituency, taking it away from the statewide system that supports arts in every county (via the grants and services of the MN State Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils).

Even more bad news is that the Governor has proposed taking away the sales tax exemption for nonprofit tickets and putting new taxes on nonprofit services. Everything from subsidized student tickets to music and art classes to kiln firing fees to art rental programs would suddenly become taxable. These new taxes would effectively tax the donations that help make the work possible and decrease access to the arts for the people they all serve.

What can you do? It’s simple:

Just click below to send a quick email to your legislators & the Governor asking them to support the arts and oppose nonprofit taxes. There is nothing to it!

Take action now!

Click the link below to log in and send your message:

http://www.votervoice.net/link/target/mnarts/g3E8K88R.aspx 

Arts Alert: Arts Advocacy Day Deadline is Today!

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Arts Advocacy Day Deadline is Today!

To sign up:

www.mncitizensforthearts.org/events/advocacyday/

Can’t come, but want to make a difference?
Send your legislator a quick email:

www.votervoice.net/MNARTS/Campaigns/

Join us this Thursday!

We expect nearly 700 arts advocates from every corner of Minnesota at the Minnesota History Center and the State Capitol on March 7, 2013, talking about the importance of the arts to our communities. Join with us for “Arts Advocacy Day.”

THE NEXT TWO YEARS OF ARTS FUNDING IS ON THE LINE.

Artists and arts supporters form across the state will join together to secure Arts Legacy funding for the next two years, making sure we remain the strongest arts community in the country. Together we will speak about hte impact that arts funding has has on our lives and communities. Meet great arts people from all over the state, and make a difference with your friends and neighbors.

You and your team will be led by an experienced advocate who has participated in past Arts Advocacy Days and knows what to do. After the morning rally, your team wil lvisit a series of legislators during the course of the day, giving you plenty of time to get to know your teammates and the issues you are discussing.

By working together we show the strength of Minnesota’s arts community. Let your elected officials know what you think!

The day begins with a rally at 8:30 a.m. in the Minnesota History Center and continues with legislator meetings legislators in the Capitol from 10:00 to 1:00.

NEW: Local favorite band The New Standards led by Chan Poling, Steve Roehm and John Munson will lead the crowd in “America the Beautiful” at 8:30 AM at the morning rally.

SCHEDULE OF THE DAY:

AT THE MINNESOTA HISTORY CENTER IN ST PAUL:

7:30 AM Registration Opens

8:00 AM Advocacy Seminar for First Timers

8:30 AM Advocacy Seminar and Rally for Everyone

  • America the Beautiful performed by The New Standards
  • Legislative Leaders will speak, including House Legacy committee Chair Phillis Kahn and Senate Finance Committee Chair Richard Cohen
  • Hear about arts issues of the day from MCA Executive Director Sheila Smith and Lobbyist Larry Redmond
  • The “Larry Award” will be presented to two arts advocates
  • Group photo

9:15 AM Meet Your Team and March/Ride to the Captiol

THEN, ON TO THE STATE CAPITOL:

9:30-NOON Great Hall in the State Capitol becomes the Home Base. Teams will be meeting with their legislators in small groups, led by a Team Leader who is experienced and trained in the issues. (If you cannot find your team, meet them at the next meeting on your schedule, which you can pick up at the Great Hall).

NOON-1:00 The Capitol Cafeteria in the basement of the Capitol becomes the Home Base. Come back and report about your meetings with legislators.
Register Now! www.mncitizensforthearts.org/events/advocacyday/

 

Arts Alert: Join us for Arts Advocacy Day on March 7th!

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Arts Alert: ARTS ADVOCACY DAY IS MARCH 7!

Join Us for Arts Advocacy Day!
To sign up :

www.mncitizensforthearts.org/events/advocacyday/

Can’t come, but want to make a difference?
Send your legislator a quick email:

www.votervoice.net/MNARTS/Campaigns/

On March 7, 2013, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts will bring more than seven hundred arts advocates from around the state to converge on the State Capitol for “Arts Advocacy Day” to ask legislators to follow through on the promise of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment that dedicated funds to conservation and the arts.
Minnesotans overwhelmingly approved the measure, passing it by 56%, which increased the sales tax slightly to create four new dedicated funds for land, water, parks and arts in 2008.  Last year arts advocates had to fight off legislative suggestions that the Arts & Culture Fund be used to build a stadium. In the end, the legislature secured other resources to build the stadium and left the Arts Fund alone.

“Our message is that we want the Legislature to continue to follow through on the wishes of Minnesota voters,” said Sheila Smith, MCA’s Executive Director. “The Constitutional Amendment states that, “the dedicated money under this section must supplement traditional sources of funding for these purposes and may not be used as a substitute,” she said.  “We understand that there is a deficit and that legislators have an extremely tough job ahead of them.”

“We are asking that at least 50% of the Legacy Amendment’s Arts fund go through the highly accountable and transparent Minnesota State Arts Board and Regional Arts Council system because it ensures that citizens in all 87 counties will benefit. We are concerned about some bills that would earmark the resources intended for all Minnesotans to benefit only a few.” In addition, advocates are hoping to protect the other traditional source of funding for the arts from the general fund. “In the past two years the Minnesota State Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils could meet only 50% of incoming requests for grants and services.”

Arts advocates are also concerned about some of the tax reform proposals that would do damage to nonprofit’s role as partners with the state in providing arts and educational services to Minnesotans.

The day begins with a rally at 8:30 a.m. in the Minnesota History Center and continues with legislator meetings legislators in the Capitol from 10:00 to 1:00.

NEW: Local favorite band The New Standards led by Chan Poling, Steve Roehm and John Munson will lead the crowd in “America the Beautiful” at 8:30 AM at the morning rally.

ARTS JOBS AND THE ECONOMY

Minnesotans have a strong tradition of interest in access to arts and culture, and participate in the arts to a higher degree than citizens of other states. Minnesota is home to over 1400 non-profit arts organizations that collectively serve 12.5 million people annually and provide an economic impact of over $1 billion to our state’s economy. The Arts: A Driving Force in Minnesota’s Economy (2006)*, showed that the nonprofit arts provide 22,095 full time jobs and generate more than $94 million in state and local government revenues.

According to Artists Count: An Economic Impact Study of Artists in Minnesota (2007)* our state is also home to over 20,000 artists, who are a contributing factor to the economies of every region of Minnesota, supporting an additional 6,000 full time jobs with their work.

* Both studies are available for downloading at www.mncitizensforthearts.org.

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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 | www.mncitizensforthearts.org | @MnCitizen

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.

Arts Alert: You Are Invited to Arts Advocacy Day, March 7th.

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

You Are Invited!

Arts Advocacy Day, March 7, 2013

The Next Two Years of Arts Funding is on the Line…

And it’s the best networking day of the year!

Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA) invites you to join your fellow arts advocates at the MN History Center and State Capitol make new friends and educate our legislators about the importance of the arts.

Artists and arts supporters from across the state will join together to secure Arts & Legacy funding for the next two years, making sure we remain in the strongest arts community in the country. Together we will speak about the impact that arts funding has had on our lives and communities through the grants of the Minnesota State Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils. Meet great arts people from all over the state, and make a difference with your friends and neighbors.

By working together we show the strength of Minnesota’s arts community. Let your elected officials know what you think!

Arts Advocacy Day is a free event.

Register Online At: www.mncitizensforthearts.org.

Can’t come to Arts Advocacy Day?
Use this quick link www.votervoice.net/MNARTS/Campaigns/ to contact your legislators to ask them to support the arts.

Questions or comments? 

Contact Mark at MCA: 651-251-0868 / staff@mncitizensforthearts.org

Arts Advocacy Day Schedule: March 7, 2013

7:30 a.m.

Meet at the Minnesota History Center, St Paul

8:00 a.m.

Advocacy Class for New Attendees

Registration & Coffee (If not attending class)

8:30 a.m.

Advocacy Seminar Join your team: You and your team will be led by an experienced advocate who has participated in past Advocacy Days and knows what to do. Your team will visit a series of legislators during the course of the day, giving you plenty of time to get to know your teammates and the issues you are discussing.

9:30 a.m.

Walk/ride to Capitol

9:30-1:00 p.m.

Legislator Appointments

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 | www.mncitizensforthearts.org | @MnCitizen

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. MCA values your privacy, and will not sell or distribute your name and info to anyone for any reason. 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.

Arts Alert: Governor Dayton’s Arts Budget

Monday, January 28th, 2013

1. Governor Dayton’s Arts Budget Released

2. Register Now for Arts Advocacy Day on March 7, 2013!

3. Cultural Data Project (CDP) off to a Strong Start

1. Governor Dayton’s Arts Budget Released

Governor Dayton released his proposed budget this week.

First, the good news: in the context of a possible $1 billion state deficit the Governor proposed no cuts to the Minnesota State Arts Board (MSAB) and Regional Arts Council (RAC) general fund budget. (The general fund is where arts funding has always come from, prior to the passage of the additional Arts Legacy Fund).  His proposal would provide just over $7.5 million to the arts agencies for grants and services to the state each year for the next two years. He had the opportunity to also make recommendations for the Arts Legacy fund but did not. The MSAB/RAC system received just under $23 million from the Arts Legacy fund each year for the last two years, and we hope to meet or exceed this level for the next two years.

Where did the Governor find the money to avoid cutting the arts? His “broadening and lowering” the state sales tax will bring in enough new revenue that large cuts would not have to be made.  By taxing more things, he also proposes to lower the overall rate from 6.875 percent to 5.5 percent — a 20 percent reduction.  We are still sorting out all of the details of this sales tax proposal. So far we have determined that the expansion does not include non-profit purchases, but there is a possibility that other nonprofit activities such as admissions and memberships will be taxable under this proposal. We will provide more information when it becomes available.

This is only the first step of the very long appropriations process. The Governor proposes the budget and legislators must now figure out what they want to do, so stay tuned!
2. Register Now for Arts Advocacy Day on March 7, 2013!

Arts advocates are gearing up for a big day for the arts at the Capitol in St. Paul. Join us to talk to legislators about the importance of the arts and arts funding to our communities. We need you there! This legislature will decide how much arts funding there will be for the next two years. If you are an individual artist or arts advocate who works with or attends events funded by the Minnesota State Arts Board or Regional Arts Councils, legislators need to hear from you about why they should fund the arts.

Register now! http://www.mncitizensforthearts.org/events/advocacyday/

Are you in St. Cloud? The Central Minnesota Arts Board will be organizing a bus from St. Cloud: http://www.centralmnartsboard.org/advocacy.html Contact them if you’d like a ride!
3. Cultural Data Project (CDP) off to a Strong Start

The Cultural Data Project (CDP) is well underway, with nearly 100 organizations participating so far in Minnesota. More and more arts foundations are beginning to accept or require a CDP profile as part of grant applications. So far, the following funders are requiring or accepting CDP profiles as part of their applications:

  • The McKnight Foundation
  • The Metropolitan Regional Arts Council
  • The Jerome Foundation
  • Target
  • City of St. Paul Star Program

Many more, such as Minnesota Philanthropy Partners, will be accepting or requiring CDP profiles soon. Over 200 grant programs nationally are now using CDP profiles as part of their grant making process.

Laura Zimmerman of the McKnight Foundation says, “people have had surprisingly little trouble using CDP so far.”

MCA is thrilled that the CDP has come to Minnesota, because it will allow us to collectively create data we can use for advocacy at the capitol, whether that is more frequent economic impact reports about the arts, quantifying how much education opportunities are provided by arts organizations, or the number of jobs we create, and so on.  (Although the information entered by organizations is private, we can create reports using aggregate data that doesn’t identify individual organizations).

Mary Ann Pulk, at VocalEssence, who has completed their CDP profile said although it did take some time to complete, “the Cultural Data Project is going to be a very valuable tool for our organization to utilize for future grant proposals. The profiles are user friendly and take an extensive and detailed look at our financial and statistical data. The reports feature provide an easy and convenient way for us to generate reports for funders and for our own purposes. Also, the staff at the help desk were very knowledgeable and helpful in assisting us to complete our data profiles.”

For more info on CDP and how your organization can participate: http://www.mnculturaldata.org/home.aspx.

 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 | www.mncitizensforthearts.org | @MnCitizen

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. MCA values your privacy, and will not sell or distribute your name and info to anyone for any reason. 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.

Arts Alert: Next Two Years of Arts Funding on the Line

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Welcome to MCA’s New Arts Alert!

As an Arts Advocate you deserve the best of everything. That’s one of the reasons we are working on improving our services to you, including this better-looking Arts Alert (thanks, designer Elana Schwartzman!) and new ways for you to advocate for the arts easily on Facebook and Twitter.  We’re just getting up to speed on the new system ourselves, so watch this space for a new and happy world of arts advocacy!

The Next Two Years of Arts Funding Are On the Line

The Legislative Session begins today in St. Paul, with all-new Democratic majorities in both the House and Senate. One third of the legislature is new again this year, as it was just two years ago, so there are many, many new faces. The biggest issue is the state’s deficit of well over a billion dollars, and all of the new legislative leaders are saying that this is their #1 priority.

Our #1 priority is making sure that the legislature supports the arts. Arts funding goes from the legislature to the Minnesota State Arts Board and Regional Arts Council system, which ensures that grants and services reach every Minnesota county to support access to the arts from the best statewide arts community in the country.

Minnesota’s arts funding comes from two places, the General Fund and the Legacy Arts Fund:

  • The Governor has instructed all state agencies to submit a General Fund budget that reflects a 5% cut as part of a plan to deal with the deficit. The Governor will be unveiling his budget on Jan. 22, 2013. By the end of session the General Fund cut in the arts may be more or less than 5%, this is just a starting point, and of course we will work to make it as small as possible. Currently the arts receive just over $8.6M/year from this source.
  • There are probably additional dollars available in the Legacy Arts Fund due to the recovery of the economy, but we don’t know exactly how much that might be yet. We are working to get specific information so we can craft a proposal to increase funding to the MSAB and RACs from this source. Currently the arts receive just about $21.7M/year from the Arts Legacy fund.

Who Are On the Arts Committees?

The House has appointed all of its committees, and below are the members. (Note that several people are on both committees in the House). The Senate is a bit behind the House in that they haven’t yet appointed a Legacy committee, although the State Government Finance Committee has been named. These legislators will be very important to the arts.

House Legacy Committee:
Chair, Phillis Kahn, Leon Lillie, Dean Urdahl, Mike Freiberg, Steve Green, Alice Hausman, Joe McDonald, Mary Murphy, Joyce Peppin, Paul Torkelson, Jean Wagenius, John Ward

NOTE: The first hearing of this committee will be on Jan. 15, it will be an overview hearing and will not be about the arts.

House State Government Finance Committee: (General Fund)
Chair, Mary Murphy, Jerry Newton, Bob Dettmer, Mike Benson, Connie Bernardy, Raymond Dehn, Mike Freiberg, Jeff Howe, Phyllis Kahn, Ron Kresha, Ernie Leidiger, Michael Nelson, Tim O’Driscoll, John Persell, Mary Sawatzky, Steve Simon, Anna Wills, ex-officio Lyndon Carlson

Senate State Departments and Veterans Division:
Chair: Saxhaug Vice Chair: Dziedzic, Senators Anderson, Cohen, Metzen, Chamberlain, Dahms, Rest, Champion, Gazelka, Stumpf

ARTS ADVOCACY DAY MARCH 7 – SAVE THE DATE!

Arts Advocacy Day will be March 7, 2013. Arts Advocacy Day is the day we come together and ask legislators to support the arts. With the next two years of arts funding on the line, Arts Advocacy Day will be more important than ever. Save the date, with more info to come!

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 | www.mncitizensforthearts.org | @MnCitizen

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. MCA values your privacy, and will not sell or distribute your name and info to anyone for any reason. 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.

Arts Alert: What’s the perfect Gift for Your Arts Advocate?

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012
 
 
MCA
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
www.mncitizensforthearts.org
@MnCitizen
 

Dec, 14, 2012

 
 
Happy Holidays from MCA!
 * * * What’s the Perfect Gift for Your Arts Advocate? * * *
 
Includes:
  • A powerful grassroots network of arts advocates
  • Passionate advocacy at the capitol for arts funding & other issues affecting the arts
  • Protection of nonprofit tax exemptions that help arts organizations
  • Professional lobbying making sure the arts community is heard
  • An organization designated by Guidestar and Philanthropedia as “Most effective in providing arts access”
  • A place to make a difference!
 
 Give them the Gift of MCA, and all of these great features are included!
 
Join today, and also give your favorite arts advocate membership in the most effective state arts advocacy organization in the country: http://www.mncitizensforthearts.org/join/

 

 

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Minnesota Citizens for the Arts Quick Links:
 
Facebook      Twitter @MNCitizen     Website     Join Now    YouTube
 
Everything MCA does is made possible by our passionate and committed members.
 
JOIN NOW: www.mncitizensforthearts.org/join/membership/individual-memberships/
TAKE ACTION: www.mncitizensforthearts.org
COOL STUFF TO BUY: www.cafepress.com/mnforthearts
 
PRIVACY: MCA values your privacy, and will not sell or distribute your name and info to anyone for any reason.
GRANTS: MCA is not a grantsmaker. For access to state funding, contact the Minnesota State Arts Board www.arts.state.mn.usor your local Regional Arts Council.

 

ABOUT: 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, contact us at 651-251-0868 or  staff at mncitizensforthearts.org

Arts Alert: Election Redraws Political Landscape for Arts

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

 
MCA
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
www.mncitizensforthearts.org
@MnCitizen

Nov. 20, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving from Your Friends at MCA!

1. Election Redraws Political Landscape for the Arts

2. Thank you to Retiring MCA Board Members, Welcome to New

3. Rural Arts & Culture Summit Planned for June 5 & 6

4. Mixed Results in Latest 2012 Giving Report

5. Amendment to Limit Freedom to Marry Defeated
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1. Election Redraws Political Landscape for the Arts

Election Day turned out to be a surprise to almost everyone. Both constitutional amendments were defeated and the DFL gained enough seats to take control of both the House and Senate of the Minnesota Legislature. It will be the first time in 22 years for one party control over the policy and budget making functions of the State of Minnesota.

The Senate DFL has already elected Arrowhead Senator Tom Bakk (D) to be their new Majority Leader, and in the House the new Speaker will be Paul Thissen of Minneapolis (D). Both are well known arts supporters. Chairmanships of some committees have already been announced:
  • In the House, arts-friendly Chair Dean Urdahl (R) has been replaced by arts-friendly Phyllis Kahn of Minneapolis.
  • Leadership of the Legacy Committee in the Senate has not been announced, although former (arts friendly) Legacy Chair Bill Ingebrigtsen (R) has been named an Assistant Minority Leader for the Republicans.
  • Some very good news, however, is that Senator Dick Cohen (D) of St. Paul, our most enduring arts friend, has been elected to head the Senate Finance Committee.
  • Membership of the important committees which oversee arts funding have not yet been announced. We will have a better sense of the landscape before us by January, as we expect to see the committee members named by then.
Twenty Three of MCA’s Arts All Stars ran for the legislature this year, and I’m sorry to report that one of them lost, Senator John Howe (R) of Red Wing. Two previous Arts All Stars who had left the legislature are back: Rep. Ron Erhardt (Formerly (R), now (D) of Edina and Will Morgan (D) of Burnsville. However, many senior supporters of the arts from both parties retired this year. One third of the Legislature will be new. That means we have a big job of educating all of
these new members on the importance of arts funding to their districts and their constituents, and to begin building relationships. Luckily some of these relationships will be a renewal of old
friendships as a good number of them are returning to the legislature after having been out of office for a few years.

When a legislative chamber changes party hands, it’s not just leadership changes that happen across the board, it also means many new faces among the staff, and that all legislators will exchange offices. The party that gains control of the Senate moves from State Office Building up to the Capitol offices, and the party that gains control of the House moves to higher floors in the State Office Building. You can imagine the chaos.

With a multi-billion dollar deficit to fix, the legislature has a tough year ahead no matter who is in charge. This legislative session is when the state sets the arts budget for the next two years. We need to be at the capitol in strength together to make sure that we protect arts funding. Stay tuned as we begin to prepare for the legislative session which begins January 8, 2013.

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2. Thank you to Retiring MCA Board Members, Welcome to New

Minnesota Citizens for the Arts held our annual meeting on November 9 at the Illusion Theatre. We thanked our three retiring board members Hal Cropp, Audrey Thayer and former MCA Board Chair (and Larry Award Winner) Craig Dunn. Their many years of service to the arts community through their terms on MCA’s board were loudly applauded. Thank you to all for your service! 

Three new members were voted onto the MCA board: Dr. Rhonda Dass of Mankato, Michael-Jon Pease of St. Paul, and Kathy Dodge of Grand Rapids. Welcome to all!

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3. Rural Arts & Culture Summit Planned for June 5 & 6, 2013
Save the date!
Plans are just getting underway for the next Rural Arts & Culture Summit next June on the Campus of University of Minnesota-Morris, hosted by the Center for Small Towns. Organizing partners include the Forum of Regional Arts Councils of Minnesota, the McKnight Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board and others. Find them on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rural-Arts-Culture-Summit/196470243703092?ref=ts&fref=ts

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4. State Arts Board Registration & Training Now Available for New Grants System
Planning to apply for Minnesota State Arts Board grants? They are implementing a new online WebGrants system. Registration is a new requirement of the application process, and is simple and easy to complete. You can register either as an individual artist or on behalf of your organization. To access both online registration and registration training, vist the Arts Board website: http://www.arts.state.mn.us.

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5. Mixed Results in Latest 2012 Giving Report

The Chronicle of Philanthropy is reporting that the slow economy continued to cause fundraising challneges for most charities in the first half of the year. According to a study released by the Nonprofit Research Collaborative, giving dropped at 29% of the 770 groups in the study when compared to the first half of 2011 and was flat for another 25%. About 46% chalked up increases. Charities that increased donations were more likely than others to reach out to supporters in multiple ways such as e-mail or in-person events, to show donors results of their contributions, and to publicly acknowledge donors by listing their names or
taking other steps. The study also examined whether charities are doing a good job of keeping donors year after year. Nearly half said that 60 percent or more of donors who gave to their
organizations in 2011 have made one or more gifts in 2012.

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6. Amendment to Limit Freedom to Marry Defeated
Thank you to the over 120 arts organizations and thousands of artists in Minnesota who opposed the constitutional amendment that would limit the freedom to marry.  Minnesota’s creative community thrives because of the contributions of all kinds of creative people, and MCA opposes discrimination against anyone. We are proud to have been part of the arts community’s work on this effort. 

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Minnesota Citizens for the Arts Quick Links:

Facebook      Twitter @MNCitizen     Website     Join Now    YouTube

Everything MCA does is made possible by our passionate and committed members.

JOIN NOW: www.mncitizensforthearts.org/join/membership/individual-memberships/
TAKE ACTION: www.mncitizensforthearts.org
COOL STUFF TO BUY: www.cafepress.com/mnforthearts
 
PRIVACY: MCA values your privacy, and will not sell or distribute your name and info to anyone for any reason.
GRANTS: MCA is not a grantsmaker. For access to state funding, contact the Minnesota State Arts Board www.arts.state.mn.usor your local Regional Arts Council.

 

ABOUT: 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, contact us at 651-251-0868 or  staff at mncitizensforthearts.org

Arts Alert: Make Sure You Know Where To Vote!

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

MCA
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
www.mncitizensforthearts.org
@MnCitizen

Nov. 5, 2012

Make Sure You Know Where to Vote:

So let’s get out and vote on Tuesday! Here’s important info. you may need…

WHERE DO I VOTE?

Redistricting has redrawn political lines and may have resulted in a new polling place for you. So make sure you know WHERE you vote. Find out here: http://pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us/.

WHAT DOES MY BALLOT LOOK LIKE?

On the same website you can see a sample ballot, showing all of the candidates and races for just your area: http://myballotmn.sos.state.mn.us/

AM I REGISTERED?

If you are not sure if you are registered to vote, or what to find out how to do same-day registration, here’s your info: https://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/VoterStatus.aspx

ARTS INFO ON CANDIDATES:

You can download MCA’s Candidate Survey and find out candidate positions on arts issues here: http://www.mncitizensforthearts.org/actnow/legislatorsupport/

VOTE NO:

MCA has joined over 120 arts organizations and thousands of artists in Minnesota to oppose the constitutional amendment that would limit the freedom to marry. Minnesota’s creative community thrives because of the contributions of all kinds of creative people, and MCA opposes discrimination against anyone. We believe in the Golden Rule:Treat Others as You Would Like to Be Treated. Join us in voting NO.

AFTER TUESDAY:

We’ll do an analysis shortly after the election about what it will all mean for the arts. See you on the other side.

Now, get out and vote!

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Arts Alert: MCA & 120 Arts Organizations Ask You to Vote No.

Monday, October 29th, 2012

MCA
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
www.mncitizensforthearts.org
@MnCitizen

Oct. 28, 2012

MCA and 120 Arts Organizations Ask You to Vote NO

MCA has joined over 120 arts organizations and thousands of artists in Minnesota to oppose the constitutional amendment that would limit the freedom to marry. Minnesota’s creative community thrives because of the contributions of all kinds of creative people, and MCA opposes discrimination against anyone.

We believe in the Golden Rule
Treat Others as You Would Like to Be Treated

Join us in voting NO

air sweet air Gallery

Altered Esthetics

American Composers Forum

Anderson Center (Red Wing)

Articulture

Artists in Storefronts

Bedlam Theatre

Big Table Studio (business)

Bloomington Theatre and Art Center

Box Wine Theatre

Burton Art Studios (business)

Calliope Women’s Chorus

Cantus

Children’s Theatre Company

Coffee House Press

Crown Trout Jewelers (business)

Duluth Art Institute

Echoes of Peace Choir

Electric Fetus (Duluth business)

Emily Johnson/Catalyst

FEASTMpls

First Avenue & 7th Street Entry

The Flower Shop Project

Forecast Public Art

Form + Content Gallery

Franconia Sculpture Park

Frank Theatre

Freshwater Theatre

Frozen River Film Festival

Gadfly Theatre

The Gergorian Singers

Greywolf Press

Guthrie Theater

Hennepin Theatre Trust

Highpoint Center for Printmaking

History Theatre

Hopewell North Music Cooperative

Illusion Theater

In the Heart of the Beast Theater

Intermedia Arts

Ivey Awards

Jungle Theater

James Sewell Ballet

Kate Sommers Photography (business)

Keane Sense of Rhythm, Inc Tap Dance

The Loft Literary Center

Loring Park Art Festival

Lunalux (business)

Milkweed Editions

Min Enterprises Photography, LLC (business)

Minnesota Center for Book Arts

Minnesota Chorale

Minnesota Citizens for the Arts

Minnesota Freedom Band

Minnesota Museum of American Art

Minnesota Opera

Minnesota Orchestra Musician’s Association

Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra

Minnesota Playlist

Minnesota Theater Alliance

Misplaced Music

Mixed Blood Theatre Company

The Moving Company Theater

Mu Performing Arts

Nautilus Music-Theater

New Bohemian Artist Coop

Off Leash Area

One Voice Mixed Chorus

Open Eye Figure Theatre

Ordway Center for Performing Arts

Pangea World Theater

Patrick’s Cabaret

Penumbra Theatre Company

Periscope Artist Management (business)

Pillsbury House Theatre

Playwrights’ Center

Purple Ray Pictures

Rebel Ink Printing (business)

Red Eye Collaboration

Rochester Art Center

Rochester Civic Theatre

Rosalux Gallery

The Rose Ensemble

Rosetown Playhouse

Rox Minneapolis Jewelry (business)

Rhythmically Speaking

Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

Sandbox Theatre

Savage Umbrella

Schubert Club

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 B

Theatre Pro Rata

Theatre Unbound

Town Life Magazine (business)

Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art

Trellage-Ferrill Architecture & Art (business)

20 Percent Theatre Company Twin Cities

Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus

Twin Cities Labor Chorus

Twin Cities Musicians Union

Twin Ports Bridge Festival

2d Cloud (business)

Upstream Arts

VocalEssence

Walker Art Center

Walking Shadow Theatre Company

Women’s Art Resources of MN

White Bear Center for the Arts

To find out where you vote, go here: http://pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us/

There are less than 2 weeks to go before Minnesotans head to the polls. Beyond simply voting “no” on November 6th, there are many ways you can make your voice heard.

  • A great push is scheduled for the weekend before Election Day. We urge you to consider joining Minnesotans United for All Families to help fill 500 6-hour shifts with volunteers going door to door activating opponents of the amendment. Will you and your friends join us and be a part of making history?
  • We are also encouraging our members and supporters to help out on Election Day itself. We could make the difference in getting the votes we need in what is sure to be a close election. By committing to helping out the whole day, you are ensuring that every Minnesotan who wants to Vote No, does. You can learn more about these efforts and sign up for a shift by going to www.mnunited.org/gotv.

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Arts Alert: Which Legislative Candidates Support the Arts? Vote Smart.

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

MCA
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
www.mncitizensforthearts.org
@MnCitizen

October 21, 2012

1. Which Legislative Candidates Support the Arts? Vote SmART.
2. You Are Invited to MCA’s Post-Election Annual Meeting
3. Great Quotes from MCA’s Designation as Top Nonprofit!
4. 24% of High Income Donors Plan to Give More in the Next Few Years
5. Nonprofit Postage Hike Coming
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1. Which Legislative Candidates Support the Arts? Vote SmART.

This election will have a huge impact on the arts in Minnesota. Will the Legacy fund be protected? Will nonprofit tax exemptions be protected? Do legislative candidates understand the importance of the arts to our quality of life and economy?

Because you need to know the answers to these questions, MCA conducted a survey of candidates for the Minnesota Legislature last month, and the results are now available on line. Candidates were asked five questions about current arts policy issues so they could tell you how they would vote:

  • 89% of candidates listed at least one arts organization that their family enjoys.
  • 93% of respondants for the House, and 91% for the Senate said that they would support dedicating a significant portion of any new money in the Arts Legacy fund to the Minnesota State Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils to make sure that all Minnesotans have access to the arts.
  • 84% of respondants for the House, and 89%  for the Senate, said that they would oppose any effort to use dedicated Legacy resources for pork barrel earmark projects.
  • 97% of respondants for the House, and 94% for the Senate agreed that nonprofit organizations should continue to be exempt from taxes because their services benefit the public.
  • Find out more about the 23 MCA Arts All Stars running for the legislature this year.

See for yourself:

These were the answers of those who responded to the survey. It’s just as interesting to see who did not respond. To find out if your local candidates answered the survey and what their answers are,  you can download a pdf of all responses here: http://www.mncitizensforthearts.org/actnow/legislatorsupport/

NOTE: To find out what your new legislative district is (All district lines have changed! You may need to go somewhere new to vote!) go to the Secretary of State’s website: http://pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us/

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2. You Are Invited to MCA’s Post-Election Annual Meeting

MCA’s Annual Meeting will come right after the election, giving us a chance to talk about how election outcomes will affect the arts in the state legislature and in congress. MCA’s lobbyist Larry Redmond and Executive Director Sheila Smith will talk about what the election portends for arts funding and other policy issues. Don’t miss it!

Join us!
WHERE: Illusion Theatre, in the Hennepin Center for the Arts, Minneapolis
WHEN: November 9, 2012, 6:00-7:00 PM
RSVP: Staff@mncitizensforthearts.org or 651-251-0868
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3. Great Quotes from MCA’s Designation as Top Nonprofit!

Minnesota Citizens for the Arts’ designation as a Top Nonprofit Providing Access to the Arts in Minnesota came with a nice profile on Guidestar that inlcudes quotes about our work. We’re very proud, (and blushing) so we’d like to share them with you, our members:

“ I think this organization probably has more impact on the arts in Minnesota as a whole, than any other group. They lobbied on behalf of the new Legacy sales tax funding activities in the arts, culture, and environment.”

“ They have strong leadership and energy. They have a great ability to catalyze their constituents and have effective communication across a broad network.”

“ They have great grassroots support.”

“ This organization is crucial to art advocacy. Additionally, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts is used as an example of success at the national level.”

“Minnesota Citizens for the Arts is a primary reason for this state’s national reputation as a cultural Mecca. For decades, MCA has created a coalition among arts organizations across the state, across all disciplines, and of all sizes. The passage of the Legacy Amendment (and the inclusion of the arts in that amendment) is due in great part to MCA.”

Thanks again to Guidestar and Philanthropedia!

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4. 24% of High Income Donors Plan to Give More in the Next Few Years

Bank of America recently released early findings from its annual study of high-net-worth donors. High-net-worth households have incomes greater than $200,000 or assets in excess of $1,000,000. According to the survey, 4f3 percent of survey households make more charitable contributions during the holiday season (October to Decemper). 24 percent said they expect to give more over the next three to five years, 52 percent plan to continue giving at their current levels, and 9 percent expect to cut back. The complete report, Bank of America Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy, will be available later this month.

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5. Nonprofit Postage Hike Coming

The Nonprofit Times reports that charities can expect rates for nonprofit standard mail to rise be an average of 2.5 percent next year. The United States Postal Office recently announced the new pricing, which would go into effect on Juan. 27, 2013, pending review and approval by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC). The PRC now has 45 days to respond to the USPS request for the new rates.

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arts alert: Which Presidential Candidate Supports the Arts?

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

arts alert / arts alert / arts alert /arts alert / arts alert 

MCA
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
www.mncitizensforthearts.org
@MnCitizen
Arts Action Center

October 16, 2012

1. Which Presidential Candidate Supports the Arts?
2. MCA Named Top Nonprofit by Guidestar and Philanthropedia
3. Saying Farewell to a Friend of the Arts, George Pillsbury
4. You Are Invited to MCA’s Post-Election Annual Meeting:How Will the Election Affect the Arts?
5. Rural Arts Management Institute Begins in November 
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1. Which Presidential Candidate Supports the Arts?

President Barack Obama, Democratic Candidate:

As President, Barack Obama has proposed two increases in NEA and NEH funding and one decrease. At one point funding for the NEA reached a high of $167.5 million. In addition, Congress approved $50 million for the NEA in the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act.  President Obama also supported the creation of an “Artist Corps” of young artists who are trained to work in low income schools and communities and helped to promote cultural diplomacy by increasing funding for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

From President Obama’s website:

“Our nation’s creativity has filled the world’s libraries, museums, recital halls, movie houses and marketplaces with works of genius. The arts embody the American spirit of self-definition. As the author of two best-selling works – Dreams From My Father and The Audacity of Hope – President Obama uniquely appreciates the role and value of creative expression.”

Mitt Romney, Republican Candidate

According to an article in the LA Times, as Massachusetts governor, Mr. Romney tried to restrain but not eliminate arts spending. He did not succeed: the State Legislature voted additional money each year. The most important arts legislation during his tenure was the 2006 creation of a Cultural Facilities Fund, which provides for annual grants to help nonprofit arts, historical and scientific organizations pay for construction projects. Romney vetoed the fund, but the legislature overrode him.

Reports vary on whether his intention is to cut national arts funding by half or eliminate it altogether as President. However, during a recent interview with Fortune, Republican candidate Mitt Romney said the following regarding federal funding for the arts, humanities and public television:

“Some of these things, like those endowment efforts and PBS, I very much appreciate and like what they do in many cases…But I just think they have to stand on their own rather than receiving money borrowed from other countries, as our government does on their behalf.”

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2. MCA Named Top Nonprofit by Guidestar and Philanthropedia
We are proud to announce that Minnesota Citizens for the Arts has been designated as a Top Nonprofit providing access to arts and culture in Minnesota. Of the 18 nonprofits recognized, Springboard for the Arts was number one and MCA was number two. Congratulations to everyone!

Philanthropedia, a division of GuideStar, and Minnesota Philanthropy Partners, which supports The Saint Paul Foundation, Minnesota Community Foundation and 1,600 other affiliates across Minnesota, announced the results of custom research that identifies high-impact nonprofits improving access to arts and culture in the state of Minnesota. The research was commissioned to help donors learn about and support high-impact nonprofits in Minnesota. Some 123 sector experts participated in the research, which resulted in recognizing 18 nonprofits as high-impact organizations in the field of access to arts and culture.

Minnesota Philanthropy Partners has also commissioned research to identify high-impact environmental nonprofits (released in October 2011), workforce development nonprofits (released April 2012), and those improving access to healthy food (yet to be released).

The expert-identified nonprofits will be highlighted on Philanthropedia’s website, GuideStar’s Take Action website, and MNSights magazine, a free bi-annual magazine published by Minnesota Philanthropy Partners. To see the results, please visit: http://myphilanthropedia.org/top-nonprofits/minnesota.

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3. Saying Farewell to a Friend of the Arts, George Pillsbury

We are mourning the loss of a friend of the arts, George Pillsbury. George and his wife Sally have been long time supporters of MCA, the Guthrie Theatre, and many, many other arts organizations across the state. We have lost not just a friend but a civic leader who loved Minnesota and worked hard to make it a better place.

More here: http://www.minnpost.com/politics-policy/2012/10/minnesotans-pay-tribute-civic-and-political-leader-george-pillsbury

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4. You Are Invited to MCA’s Post-Election Annual Meeting:

    How Will the Election Affect the Arts?

This election may mean big changes for the arts in the legislature and congress. Find out what the election results mean at MCA’s Post-Election Annual Meeting on November 9 at the Illusion Theatre in Minneapolis. You are invited! Just RSVP to staff@mncitizensforthearts.org. Or call us at 651-251-0868. See you there!

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5. Rural Arts Management Institute Begins in November

Are you an artist, performer, entrepreneur, administrator, volunteer and/or leader who makes the arts happen in a small town or rural area?  And are you looking for inspiration, training, colleagues and inspiration to do this work?

If so, you should sign up for Arts Wisconsin’s Rural Arts Management Institute, an essential, training and educational program that brings together a learning community to benefit artists, performers, organizational representatives and creative entrepreneurs in rural communities in Wisconsin, Minnesota and throughout the Upper Midwest.

Arts Wisconsin, Wisconsin’s statewide arts service, advocacy, and development organization, invites applicants for the sixth annual Rural Arts Management Institute, to be held at the nationally-acclaimed Northern Lakes Center for the Arts in Amery, Wisconsin, November 2012 through May 2013. More here: http://www.artswisconsin.org/ourservices/RAM.cfm

arts alert: Let’s Thank These Legislative Arts All Stars:

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

arts alert / arts alert / arts alert /arts alert / arts alert 

MCA
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
www.mncitizensforthearts.org
@MnCitizen
Arts Action Center

October 9, 2012
1. Let’s Thank These Legislative Arts All Stars!
2. Walker Art Center Director Recieves Presidential Honor
3. State Arts Board Offering Training on New Online Grant System
4. Easy Online Tool Can Determine Economic Impact For Your Organization
5. What Are The Rules for Nonprofits in Election Years?
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1. Let’s Thank These Legislative Arts All Stars!

In the past couple of weeks MCA has awarded four additional legislators our Arts All Star Award for being champions of the arts at the Legislature and also for their support of in the arts in their daily lives:

Rep. Bobby Joe Champion (D-Mpls) received his Arts All Star Award at MacPhail Center for the Arts on Sept. 19. Rep. Champion has an interesting arts background. He worked with Flyte Tyme Productions and was co-founder and director of the Grammy-nominated Excelsior Choir. He has been very involved in youth music education for years. “I am deeply honored and humbled by this recognition from such a fine organization. MCA represents the best of arts & culture in Minnesota, and I’ll continue to fight for the richness that the arts bring to our state.”

Sen. John Howe (R–Red Wing) received his Arts All Star Award before a performance of The Capitol Steps at the T B Sheldon Theatre in Redwing on Sept. 29. Sen. Howe, in addition to supporting the arts in his caucus and opposing the use of Legacy for a stadium, also sponsored a bill that would help the T.B. Sheldon Theatre’s renovations. As the former Mayor of Red Wing he oversaw a positive relationship with the city-owned T. B. Sheldon Theatre.

Sen. Terri Bonoff (D-Minnetonka) received her Arts All Star Award at Minnetonka Center for the Arts on Sept. 13. “I am especially honored to receive this award, as the arts are very important to me and my family, said Senator Bonoff. “Before being in elected office I was a guide at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. I am currently a Board Member at the Guthrie Theatre and my husband is a Board Member at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts. We thank MN Citizens for the Arts for the work they do and I am pleased to be their partner.”

Sen. Sandy Pappas, (D-St Paul) provided leadership in helping the Ordway Center for Performing Arts get resources for their new theater, and received her Arts All Star Award there before a performance of Broadway Songbook on Sept. 28. “As a former actress, ongoing arts patron, and staunch supporter of the arts, I am delighted to receive this prestigious award, she said. Sen. Pappas once worked as a organizer for community programs in the arts and performed in a 1970s feminist theater group as well as recently in the Fringe Festival.

Thank you to all! To thank and congratulate these friends of the arts:

Rep. Champion: 329 State Office Bldg, St. Paul, MN 55155, rep.bobby.champion@house.mn

Sen. Howe: 323 State Capitol, St. Paul, MN 55155, sen.john.howe@senate.mn

Sen. Bonoff: 133 State Office Bldg, St. Paul, MN 55155, sen.terri.bonoff@senate.mn

Sen. Pappas: 143 State Office Bldg, St. Paul, MN 55155, sen.sandra.pappas@senate.mn

And thank you again to the Arts All Stars we announced earlier this year:

Sen. LeRoy Stumpf (D-Plummer)

Sen. Bill Ingebrigsten (R-Alexandria)

Rep. Dean Urdahl (R-Grove City)

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2. Walker Art Center Director Receives Presidential Honor 

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the executive director of the Walker Art Center received a high honor from President Barack Obama.  Olga Viso was nominated by the president to become a member of the National Council on the Arts on Friday, Sept 21.

Viso, who has been at the Walker since 2008, currently serves on the board of directors of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. She will join Minnesota dancer and choreographer Ranee Ramaswamy on the council.

“I am confident that these outstanding men and women will greatly serve the American people in their new roles and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come,” President Obama said in a news release.

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3. State Arts Board Offering Training on New Online Grant System

The Minnesota State Arts Board is installing a new online grant system called WebGrants, and will be giving free online trainings on the new system this fall. If you aren’t already on the MSAB’s email list, you should sign up today to ensure you recieve messages with teh latest info from the Arts Board about the training sessions and the implementation of the new system at http://www.arts.state.mn.us/contact/enews_signup.htm

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4. Easy Online Tool Can Determine Economic Impact For Your Organization

The Arts & Economic Prosperity IV Calculator is a free and simple tool that makes it possible for you to esitmate the economic impact of your nonprofit art and culture organization — or even your entire nonprofit arts community. These estimates are based on research findings from the 182 study regions that were part of Arts &n Economic Prosperity IV, Americans for the Arts’ national economic impact study of nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences.

Try it out! http://www.americansforthearts.org/information_services/research/services/economic_impact/iv/calculator.html

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5. What Are The Rules for Nonprofits in Election Years?

WHAT YOU CAN DO: ISSUES.  There seems to be some confusion in the nonprofit community about whether or not they can get involved in issue campaigns during the election season. Did you know that nonprofits can get as engaged as they wish in issue campaigns? As a trusted voice in your community, your arts nonprofit can engage in issue advocacy at any time. This question has come up most often in relation to the two constitutional amendments that will appear on the ballot.  Your nonprofit can endorse or oppose either amendment, and can urge your members and supporters to do so as well. You can post signs in or on your facility to endorse or oppose either amendment, you can offer your space and other resources to the campaigns on these issues, and you can communicate to your members and supporters urging them to support or oppose these issues.

WHAT YOU CAN’T DO: CANDIDATES. There is a big difference between issue advocacy (such as about the constitutional amendments) and campaigning for and against candidates. Nonprofits are not allowed to endorsed candidates, nor to provide their resources to candidates. So, if a candidate asks to use your facility for a fundraiser, you should charge them market rent and any associated costs for the event, just like you would any other renter. Don’t post campaign signs for candidates at your building and don’t endorse or oppose candidates in your communications.

THE MARRIAGE AMENDMENT:

So far 116 arts organizations have come out against the amendment that would limit the freedom to marry. If your arts organization would like to join them, let us know.

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arts alert: Which MN Members of Congress Earned an “F” on the Arts?

Friday, October 5th, 2012

arts alert / arts alert / arts alert /arts alert / arts alert 

MCA
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
www.mncitizensforthearts.org
@MnCitizen
Arts Action Center

September 30, 2012

1. Which MN Members of Congress Earned an “F” on the Arts?
2. MCA Seeking Board Members: Deadline Oct. 9
3. Grantmaking to the arts up 20 Percent in MN
4. Minnesotans Overwhelmingly Support Nonprofit Tax Exemptions
5. What Are The Rules for Nonprofits in Election Years?
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1. Which MN Members of Congress Earned an “F” on the Arts?

Americans for the Arts Act Fund PAC has come out with new grades for our members of Congress on arts issues, and it’s a mixed report. All of Minnesota’s members of Congress are up for election this year, so we thought you’d be interested in how our members of the U.S. House of Representatives fared in their rankings.

Despite evidence that the arts generate economic activity, fuel innovation and enrich communities, Congress funds the arts through the National Endowment for the Arts at a mere 47 cents per capita. As our leaders look to make the hard choices regarding the best use of limited federal resources, pro-arts voters have an opportunity to support candidates that understand the value of investment in creative community.

Details on how the grades were determined can be downloaded here: http://www.artsactionfund.org/pages/congressional-report-card and then clicking on “View the Full 2012 Congressional Arts Report Card.”

GRADE          NAME (In alphabetical order)

F            Michelle Bachmann (R) CD6 (Stillwater to St. Cloud)

F            Chip Cravaack (R) CD8 (Northeast MN)

B            Keith Ellison (D) CD5 (Minneapolis)

F            John Kline (R) CD2 (Southern TC Suburbs)

A+          Betty McCollum (D) CD4 (St Paul and Eastern TC Suburbs)

B+          Erik Paulsen (R) CD3 (Western TC Suburbs)

A+          Collin Peterson (D) CD7 (Northwest MN)

A+          Tim Walz (D) CD1 (Southern MN)

Ellison, McCollum and Peterson have also responded in detail to a survey on arts issues that is available here:

http://artsactionfund.org/pages/ask-your-candidate

As we get closer to the election, we will focus on candidates for the Legislature, who are all up for reelection this year, and the candidates for U.S. President. Be an informed ArtSMART voter!

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2. MCA Seeking Board Members: Deadline Oct. 9

Nominations for MCA’s Board Now Open

Minnesota Citizens for the Arts is soliciting nominations for its Board of Trustees. Terms begin November, 2012 and will last for two years. Half of MCA’s 36 board members must come from the Twin Cities metro area, and half from Greater Minnesota. Interested? Fill out the form below and return it by October 9, 2012 by email, fax, or by snail mail to the above address. There are approximately five board openings each year, and MCA’s bylaws ensure that board representation comes from all over the state.

MCA seeks board members who:

  • Have a willingness to work, volunteer and come to our meetings.
  • Are people with political connections, political strategists, and people with an understanding of the political process, or are willing to learn
  • Have mix of party affiliation
  • Provide balance in terms of the size or type of organizations represented on the board (large, medium, small, arts education, individual artist, etc.)
  • Have clout within their organizations and/or peers, and have the ability and willingness to communicate about the need for arts advocacy
  • Provide other balances in terms of representing the state or the arts community (ie diversity in terms of age, race, etc).
  • Your nomination to the board is more likely to be successful if you are a paid member of MCA and if you have previously been a part of Arts Advocacy Day, the Vote Yes campaign, or volunteered for the cause in some other way. ***(Please do not nominate someone else unless you have discussed it with them first, and they have provided an answer to the question “Why do you want to be on the MCA board?).***

MCA Board Nomination Form: Answer these questions and send to: staff@mncitizensforthearts.org. More info: http://www.mncitizensforthearts.org/home/volunteer/

  • NOMINEE NAME:
  • Home Address:
  • Work Address:
  • Home Phone:
  • Work Phone:
  • Organization (If appropriate):
  • Title (If appropriate):
  • Legislative District # (If unknown, MCA can identify it for you):
  • Experience with your local arts community:
  • Political Experience (desired, but not necessary):
  • Why are you interested in serving on the MCA Board of Trustees?

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3.  Grantmaking to the arts up 20 Percent in MN

According to new research by the Minnesota Council on Foundations (MCF), Minnesota grantmaking to the arts rebounded significantly in 2010, growing to $129 million, which is 20 percent above the mid-recession 2009 levels. The rise follows an almost steady decline in arts giving since 2004.

The analysis was based on more than 27,000 grants of $2000 or more, made by a sample of the 100 largest grantmakers in the state. MCF’s complete Giving in Minnesota, 2012 Edition, will be released in October.

Corporate grantmakers gave half of all grant dollars to arts organizations in 2010, increasing their support to nearly $63 million. Target Foundation and Corporation was Minnesota’s largest arts funder, providing around $34 milliion.

Private foundations contributed $44 million to the arts, culture and humanities. The McKnight Foundation gave almost $10 million and ranked third in overall grantmaking.

Community/public foundations donated $22 million to the arts, an 85% increase over 2009. Several large gifts accounted for most of the jump in this category.

“It’s great news for Minnesota that as the economy turned around, arts grantmaking did the same, ” says Bill King, MCF president. “We saw a similar decline followed by a rise in giving to the arts during 2001′s recession and recovery.”

More information on the report will be made available at www.mcf.org/research/giving.

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4. Minnesotans Overwhelmingly Support Nonprofit Tax Exemptions

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits contracted with the Minnesota Center for Survey Research at the U of M to poll 800 Minnesotans about their opinion about nonprofit tax exemptions.

THE QUESTION:  “Nonprofit Organizations provide social services, health services, education and arts to the public. Under Minnesota law, nonprofit organizations have been free from paying sales or property taxes because of their services to the public. Do you agree or disagree that nonprofit organizations should CONTINUE to be free from paying sales and property taxes?”

THE RESPONSE: 86 percent of respondants agreed, showing broad support for nonprofits even through all of the ups and downs of the recent recession.

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5. What Are The Rules for Nonprofits in Election Years?

WHAT YOU CAN DO: ISSUES.  There seems to be some confusion in the nonprofit community about whether or not they can get involved in issue campaigns during the election season. Did you know that nonprofits can get as engaged as they wish in issue campaigns? As a trusted voice in your community, your arts nonprofit can engage in issue advocacy at any time. This question has come up most often in relation to the two constitutional amendments that will appear on the ballot.  Your nonprofit can endorse or oppose either amendment, and can urge your members and supporters to do so as well. You can post signs in or on your facility to endorse or oppose either amendment, you can offer your space and other resources to the campaigns on these issues, and you can communicate to your members and supporters urging them to support or oppose these issues.

WHAT YOU CAN’T DO: CANDIDATES. There is a big difference between issue advocacy (such as about the constitutional amendments) and campaigning for and against candidates. Nonprofits are not allowed to endorsed candidates, nor to provide their resources to candidates. So, if a candidate asks to use your facility for a fundraiser, you should charge them market rent and any associated costs for the event, just like you would any other renter. Don’t post campaign signs for candidates at your building and don’t endorse or oppose candidates in your communications.

THE MARRIAGE AMENDMENT:

So far 115 arts organizations have come out against the amendment that would limit the freedom to marry. If your arts organization would like to join them, let us know.

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Arts Alert: Sally Award Nominations Now Open!

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

MCA
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
www.mncitizensforthearts.org
@MnCitizen
Arts Action Center

September 18, 2012

1. Nominate Someone Great for a Sally Award

2. MCA Seeking Board Members: Deadline Oct. 9

3. MCA Hiring Grassroots Field Worker: Deadline Sept. 23

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1. Nominate Someone Great for a Sally Award

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts is gearing up the selection process for the next round of Sally Awards. The awards recognize extraordinary Minnesota artists who inspire us with their creativity and dedication to their craft.

The 2012 Sally Ordway Irvine Awards will continue this tradition, and you can be a part of it! The Ordway invites you to participate by nominating artists to be considered for the 2012 Sally Awards.

It’s easy to do. Just think about the artists who have inspired you, your family or your friends, and forward their names as nominees for the 2012 Sally Awards. Awards will include the following five categories:

ARTS ACCESS / VISION / INITIATIVE / COMMITMENT / EDUCATION

Minnesota’s arts scene is so rich and diverse that it’s impossible for us to keep up with the work being created every day in every corner of the state. Any arts organization or individual in the state of Minnesota is eligible, as long as they have not already received an award.

For info. on guidelines and a nomination form, go to ordway.org/sallyawards, or contact Kate Youngdahl at 651.282.3101.

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2. MCA Seeking Board Members: Deadline Oct. 9

Nominations for MCA’s Board Now Open

Minnesota Citizens for the Arts is soliciting nominations for its Board of Trustees. Terms begin November, 2012 and will last for two years. Half of MCA’s 36 board members must come from the Twin Cities metro area, and half from Greater Minnesota. Interested? Fill out the form below and return it by October 9, 2012 by email, fax, or by snail mail to the above address. There are approximately five board openings each year, and MCA’s bylaws ensure that board representation comes from all over the state.

MCA seeks board members who:

  • Have a willingness to work, volunteer and come to our meetings.
  • Are people with political connections, political strategists, and people with an understanding of the political process, or are willing to learn
  • Have mix of party affiliation
  • Provide balance in terms of the size or type of organizations represented on the board (large, medium, small, arts education, individual artist, etc.)
  • Have clout within their organizations and/or peers, and have the ability and willingness to communicate about the need for arts advocacy
  • Provide other balances in terms of representing the state or the arts community (ie diversity in terms of age, race, etc).
  • Your nomination to the board is more likely to be successful if you are a paid member of MCA and if you have previously been a part of Arts Advocacy Day, the Vote Yes campaign, or volunteered for the cause in some other way. ***(Please do not nominate someone else unless you have discussed it with them first, and they have provided an answer to the question “Why do you want to be on the MCA board?).***

MCA Board Nomination Form: Answer these questions and send to: staff@mncitizensforthearts.org. More info: http://www.mncitizensforthearts.org/home/volunteer/

  • NOMINEE NAME:
  • Home Address:
  • Work Address:
  • Home Phone:
  • Work Phone:
  • Organization (If appropriate):
  • Title (If appropriate):
  • Legislative District # (If unknown, MCA can identify it for you):
  • Experience with your local arts community:
  • Political Experience (desired, but not necessary):
  • Why are you interested in serving on the MCA Board of Trustees?

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3.   MCA Hiring Grassroots Field Worker. Deadline Sept. 23

The position is full time (40hrs.wk) and begins ASAP & ends June 30, 2013. Salary dependent upon experience.

Working closely with staff and board, the Field Worker will be a part of organizing the arts community for the 2013 legislative session. The Field Workers duties include, but are not limited to, legislative surveys, organizing coffee parties, mass mailings, candidate forums, moderating public meetings, arts all-star award events and drumming up calls and letters at pivotal moments. The Field Worker will also participate in the day-to-day workings of the office and will assist the Executive Director as needed. This person must be alert, flexible, and willing to work on changing projects that become identified during the year to reach our goals at the Legislature. Applicants must have access to a vehicle and be able to travel to greater Minnesota, although the majority of time will be spent at the office.

A qualified applicant would possess the following skills:

  • Interest in, experience with, and an understanding of the state legislature and Minnesota’s political process and some experience in community organizing.
  • Good communication skills, especially when speaking to crowds or with people on the phone.
  • Experience and interest in working with a non-profit board and the arts community.
  • College degree preferred, but not required if experienced.
  • An organized, self-starting, positive personality with a sense of humor.
  • Computer literacy; preferably experience with Apple Computers, Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and database system Filemaker.
  • Familiarity with social media pages, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

APPLY TODAY. More info here: http://www.mncitizensforthearts.org/home/volunteer/

Please mail or e-mail résumé and cover letter by September 23, 2012 to:

Mark Albers
Minnesota Citizens for the Arts
2233 University Avenue West, Suite 355
St. Paul, MN 55114
staff@mncitizensforthearts.org
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ABOUT: MCA is a nonpartisan statewide arts advocacy organization whose mission is to ensure opportunity for all people to have access to and involvement in the arts. MCA organizes the arts community and lobbies the Minnesota State Legislature and Congress on issues pertaining to the nonprofit arts. If you are interested in learning more about how to advocate for the arts, or how to activate people in your arts organization or community to lobby for the arts, please call us at 651-251-0868 or e-mail staff at mncitizensforthearts.org. State arts funding supports access to the arts for all Minnesotans. The state-funded Minnesota State Arts Board and eleven Regional Arts Councils provide grants and services in every Minnesota county for artists, arts organizations, arts projects and school artist residencies. For more information on regional or state grants, go to www.arts.state.mn.us.