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Arts Alert: Creative Minnesota Roadshow comes to St. Cloud February 23rd!

Friday, February 20th, 2015

You Are Invited!
Creative Minnesota Report about Central Minnesota
To be Released at Presentation and Discussion
February 23, 12:00 Noon

New Study Looks At Impact of Nonprofit Arts and Culture on Central Minnesota’s Economy

SAINT CLOUD, MN: A new study on the health and impact of the nonprofit arts and culture sector will be released at 12:00 noon on February 23, 2015, by the Central Minnesota Arts Board and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts. The presentation of the results will be made at the St. Cloud Library’s Bremer Room at 1300 West St. Germain in St. Cloud, followed by a discussion of the economic impact of the arts and culture in the region.

As the most comprehensive report ever done about the sector’s health and economic impact, Creative Minnesota: The Health and Impact of the Nonprofit Arts and Culture Sector breaks out data both statewide and regionally. Fifty-four nonprofit arts and culture organizations in Central Minnesota participated in the study.

As the first of an ongoing series of biennial reports, Creative Minnesota is a snapshot of spending by nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences as well as other indicators of the sector’s health and impact on the economy in 2013. The study quantifies the economic impact from 1269 arts and culture organizations in every corner of the state, in addition to information about jobs created, local vs. non-local attendees spending, nonprofit arts and culture organizational budgets, and artist employment levels.

Creative Minnesota was developed by a collaborative of arts and culture funders in partnership with Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA). The report leverages new opportunities for in-depth research provided by Minnesota’s participation in the Cultural Data Project (CDP) (culturaldata.org). Many public and private grant makers in Minnesota require some or all of their arts and culture grantees to submit data to the CDP. Americans for the Arts (AFTA) was commissioned to calculate the economic impact of the arts.

If you are joining us, please RSVP to media@centralmnartsboard.org. After Feb. 19, Creative Minnesota and additional research about Minnesota’s arts and cultural community can be downloaded at: creativemn.org.

The Creative Minnesota team includes:
Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA) www.mncitizensforthearts.org
The McKnight Foundation: www.mcknight.org
Target: https://corporate.target.com/corporate-responsibility/
Bush Foundation: www.bushfoundation.org
Mardag Foundation: http://www.mardag.org/
Jerome Foundation: http://www.jeromefdn.org/
Minnesota State Arts Board: http://www.arts.state.mn.us/
Forum of Regional Arts Councils of Minnesota:http://www.arts.state.mn.us/racs/forum.htm
Minnesota Historical Society: http://www.mnhs.org/about
Ideas that Kick: www.ideasthatkick.com

Arts Alert: Arts Advocacy Day is Just a Week Away! Feb 19th

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Arts Advocacy Day is Just a Week Away!

Can We Count On You?

Arts Advocacy Day is Feb. 19, 2015

Sign Up deadline: Feb. 16.

The next two years of arts funding is on the line.

Whether you are a visual artist, singer, dancer, tuba player, member of a board, arts administrator or student, all arts advocates are welcome. A strong showing from every corner of the state helps make sure that every legislator gets to meet with an arts advocate from their own area. They say “no legislator understands an issue until it’s explained to him by a constituent.”

Register for Arts Advocacy Day here.

FAQs about Arts Advocacy Day can be found here.

Download the Arts Advocacy Day handbook now.

Past Arts Advocacy Days have resulted in great gains for the arts…like the passage of the Legacy Amendment in 2008 that tripled arts funding and which we are working now to protect.The legislature decides now how much arts funding there will be for the next two years. We must protect the gains we have made, and to prevent, as has been attempted in the past, diversion of Legacy Arts funding away from the Minnesota State Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils.

Minnesota Theater Alliance to Offer Workshops on Arts Advocacy Day Too:

Knowing that Minnesota’s performing arts community will be at Arts Advocacy Day on Feb. 19, the Alliance is conveniently presenting six workshops at the Ordway Center for Performing Arts that afternoon, after meetings with legislators are complete. There is a discount for advanced registration and multiple workshops / attendees. Bring colleagues, attend many sessions!

More information: http://minnesotatheateralliance.org/content/arts-advocacy-day-workshops

2:00 PM – three different workshops to choose from:

1. Fundraising: Sponsorships, advertising, and other “earned” revenue strategies

2. Audience Development: Introductory workshop in innovative audience growth strategies

3. Technical Theater: Lighting design and career information

3:00-4:00 Creative Minnesota presentation at the Ordway (free)

4:00 – 5:30 PM – three different workshops to choose from:

1. Fundraising: Individual giving programs and events

2. Audience Development: Advanced workshop on innovative audience growth strategies

3. Technical Theater: Stage management skills and career information

Arts Alert: Creative Minnesota Report Coming Soon!

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Creative Minnesota Report to be Released on Arts Advocacy Day

New Study Will Look At Impact of Nonprofit Arts and Culture in Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, MN:  A new study on the health and impact of the nonprofit arts and culture sector will be released at Arts Advocacy Day, organized by Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, on Feb. 19, 2015 at 3:00 PM. The presentation of the results will be made at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts at 345 Washington Street, Saint Paul.

As the most comprehensive report ever done about the sector’s health and economic impact, Creative Minnesota: The Health and Impact of the Nonprofit Arts and Culture Sector breaks out data both statewide and regionally.

As the first of an ongoing series of biennial reports, Creative Minnesota is a snapshot of spending by nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences as well as other indicators of the sector’s health and impact on the economy in 2013. The study includes eleven regional reports that quantify the economic impact from 1269 arts and culture organizations in every corner of the state, in addition to information about jobs created, local vs. non-local attendees spending, nonprofit arts and culture organizational budgets, services provided to K-12 students, and artist employment levels. 

Creative Minnesota was developed by a collaborative of arts and culture funders in partnership with Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA). The report leverages new opportunities for in-depth research provided by Minnesota’s participation in the Cultural Data Project (CDP) (culturaldata.org). Many public and private grant makers in Minnesota require some or all of their arts and culture grantees to submit data to the CDP. Americans for the Arts (AFTA) was commissioned to calculate the economic impact of the arts.

If you are interested in attending the presentation, please RSVP to staff@mncitizensforthearts.org. Preference will be given to attendees at Arts Advocacy Day.

After Feb. 19, Creative Minnesota and additional research about Minnesota’s arts and cultural community can be downloaded at: creativemn.org.

The Creative Minnesota team includes:

Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA) www.mncitizensforthearts.org

The McKnight Foundation: www.mcknight.org

Target: https://corporate.target.com/corporate-responsibility/

Bush Foundation: www.bushfoundation.org

Mardag Foundation: http://www.mardag.org/

Jerome Foundation: http://www.jeromefdn.org/

Minnesota State Arts Board: http://www.arts.state.mn.us/

Forum of Regional Arts Councils of Minnesota: http://www.arts.state.mn.us/racs/forum.htm

Minnesota Historical Society: http://www.mnhs.org/about

Ideas that Kick: www.ideasthatkick.com

Arts Alert: Good News! Governor Dayton Makes Arts Legacy Recommendations.

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Good News: Governor Dayton Makes Recommendations in Arts Legacy Fund

Governor Dayton has made the first-ever recommendations for the Arts and Culture Legacy Fund for the next two years, 47% of the fund to the Minnesota State Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils. In the six years Legacy funds were appropriated by the state, no Governor has ever made recommendations for this fund. This is great news, as it’s exactly what we had asked for as the legislature begins its work to decide how much arts funding will be available for the next two years. While the Governor’s recommendation is an increase in the appropriation, it matches the statutory requirements put in place two years ago by the Legacy Committee, which we support.

Can We Count on You to Come to Arts Advocacy Day? It’s Feb.19!

The Next Two Years of Arts Funding Are on the Line. Past Arts Advocacy Days have resulted in great gains for the arts…like the passage of the Legacy Amendment in 2008 that tripled arts funding and which we are working now to protect.The legislature decides now how much arts funding there will be for the next two years. We must protect the gains we have made, and to prevent, as has been attempted in the past, diversion of Legacy Arts funding away from the Minnesota State Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils.

Whether you are a visual artist, singer, dancer, tuba player, member of a board, arts administrator or student, all arts advocates are welcome. A strong showing from every corner of the state helps make sure that every legislator gets to meet with an arts advocate from their own area. They say “no legislator understands an issue until it’s explained to him by a constituent.”

Register for Arts Advocacy Day here.

FAQs about Arts Advocacy Day can be found here.

Download the Arts Advocacy Day handbook now.

Minnesota Theater Alliance to Offer Workshops on Arts Advocacy Day Too:

Knowing that Minnesota’s performing arts community will be at Arts Advocacy Day on Feb. 19, the Alliance is conveniently presenting six workshops at the Ordway Center for Performing Arts that afternoon, after meetings with legislators are complete. There is a discount for advanced registration and multiple workshops / attendees. Bring colleagues, attend many sessions!

More information: http://minnesotatheateralliance.org/content/arts-advocacy-day-workshops

2:00 PM – three different workshops to choose from:

1. Fundraising: Sponsorships, advertising, and other “earned” revenue strategies

2. Audience Development: Introductory workshop in innovative audience growth strategies

3. Technical Theater: Lighting design and career information

3:00-4:00 Creative Minnesota presentation at the Ordway (free)

4:00 – 5:30 PM – three different workshops to choose from:

1. Fundraising: Individual giving programs and events

2. Audience Development: Advanced workshop on innovative audience growth strategies

3. Technical Theater: Stage management skills and career information

SALLY AWARD DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FEB 7!

For the past 22 years, the Ordway has been privileged to host the Sally Ordway Irvine Awards recognizing extraordinary artists who inspire us with their creativity and dedication to their craft.

Do you know an artist, organization, artistic leader, philanthropist, educator, or volunteer who strengthens and enriches the state of Minnesota through their commitment to the arts or arts education?  Nominate them for a Sally Award today! Awards will include the following five categories:

ARTS ACCESS | VISION | INITIATIVE | COMMITMENT | EDUCATION

How do I nominate a person or an organization?

Begin the nomination process and learn more about the Sally Awards history and past winners by visiting www.ordway.org/sallyawards or contact Megan Mehl at 651.282.3101. Then plan to attend the awards event on June 22, 2015 at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts.

Arts Alert: 3 Year Old Miles Thinks You Should Go To Arts Advocacy Day!

Monday, January 19th, 2015

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His one minute video shows you how easy it is!

Join him by Registering for Arts Advocacy Day here.
FAQs about Arts Advocacy Day can be found here.

Arts Advocacy Day is February 19. Whether you are a visual artist, singer, dancer, tuba player, member of a board, arts administrator or student, all arts advocates are welcome. A strong showing from every corner of the state helps make sure that every legislator gets to meet with an arts advocate from their own area. They say “no legislator understands an issue until it’s explained to him by a constituent.”

Next Two Years of Arts Funding Are on the Line!
Past Arts Advocacy Days have resulted in great gains for the arts…like the passage of the Legacy Amendment in 2008 that tripled arts funding and which we are working now to protect.The legislature decides now how much arts funding there will be for the next two years. We must protect the gains we have made, and to prevent, as has been attempted in the past, diversion of Legacy Arts funding away from the Minnesota State Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils.

Arts Alert: Next 2 Years of Arts Funding On the Line: Arts Advocacy Day is Feb 19th!

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Join Us for Arts Advocacy Day February 19, 2015!

Next Two Years of Arts Funding Are on the Line

Past Arts Advocacy Days have resulted in great gains for the arts…like the passage of the Legacy Amendment in 2008 that tripled arts funding and which we are working now to protect.

Register for Arts Advocacy Day here.
FAQs about Arts Advocacy Day can be found here.

Whether you are a visual artist, singer, dancer, tuba player, member of a board, arts administrator or student, all arts advocates are welcome. A strong showing from every corner of the state helps make sure that every legislator gets to meet with an arts advocate from their own area. They say “no legislator understands an issue until it’s explained to him by a constituent.”

The legislature decides now how much arts funding there will be for the next two years. We must protect the gains we have made, and to prevent, as has been attempted in the past, diversion of Legacy Arts funding away from the Minnesota State Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils.

Big changes are afoot at the State Capitol

  • Republicans have re-gained control of the Minnesota House, so we have new Chairs and Committees overseeing arts funding.
  • There are many new legislators, especially from greater Minnesota districts, who need to hear about the the importance of the arts in their districts for the very first time.
  • New committee Chairs and committee members: In the House, the Legacy Committee is being taken over by Rep. Urdahl of Grove City. He has chaired this committee before.  The House State Government FInance Committee, which oversees arts funding from the General Fund (dollars that existed pre-Legacy), is Rep. Sarah Anderson of Plymouth, who is a first-time Chair of this committee. In the Senate, Senator Cohen remains Chair of the Legacy Subcommittee, and Sen. Saxhaug remains Chair of the Senate State Government Finance Committee.

What’s it like to be at Arts Advocacy Day?

A first-timer writes about her experience.

The best historical video about past arts advocacy days can be found here.

The Lake Region Arts Council attendees made a video about their experience.

Register for Arts Advocacy Day here.

FAQs about Arts Advocacy Day can be found here.

ADVOCACY DAY SCHEDULE:
8:00 a.m. Advocacy Class for New Attendees, Registration & Coffee: Minnesota Historical Society auditorium
8:30 a.m. Advocacy Day Rally,  Join Your Team
9:30 a.m. Walk/ride to Capitol in Teams
9:30-2:00  Legislator Appointments with Teams: State Office Bldg & Capitol
3:00 p.m. Creative Minnesota Study Release Press Conference, Ordway Center for Performing Arts
2:00-6:00 p.m. Theatre Alliance workshops at the Ordway

Arts Alert: NEA Chair Jane Chu Praises MN’s Arts Support, MCA

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

NEA Chair Jane Chu Praises Minnesota’s Arts Support, MCA

In one of her first trips outside of Washington D.C., new NEA Chair Jane Chu came to Minnesota last month to help MCA celebrate 40 years of arts advocacy. She praised both Minnesota’s arts community and the Legacy Amendment, along with Congresswoman Betty McCollum (St. Paul), Senator Richard Cohen, and Mayor Ardele Brede of Rochester, and hundreds of great arts advocates from around the state. We appreciated her willingness to come so far to help us celebrate!

“Minnesota understands how to bring together the pieces that create an artistic environment; not only for appreciating the beauty of the arts themselves; but also the value that the arts have in our everyday lives…

“And Minnesota can appreciate its philanthropic resources, its advocacy support, and its embracing support for arts education, with 95% of Minnesotans noting that the arts are important to the overall education of Minnesota children.

“But this active arts environment did not just appear from nowhere. It came into existence because of you. Your years of dedicated work. Your unwavering commitment. Your ability to know what needs to be done for today, in order to make the arts stronger for tomorrow.

“It was this ability that empowered you to push for the successful passage of the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment…

“But there’s also a big- picture statement being made. This amendment groups together some of life’s most basic necessities: Clean rivers. Unpolluted land. It suggests that the arts are just as fundamental a part of our world as our lakes and prairies; and they are just as vital to our well-being as a healthy environment.”

Save the Date:

Arts Advocacy Day will be Feb. 19, 2015. This year is a high-stakes legislative session where they will decide how much arts funding will be available for the next two years. There’s lots of new legislators who need to hear how important the arts are to their constituents and their districts. It’s critical that we have a big presence at the Capitol for Arts Advocacy Day, so put it on your calendar now! Registration will open soon. What’s Arts Advocacy Day? Check out the info. here.

Look at all of these great Arts Advocates at last year’s Arts Advocacy Day.
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: Mayors Declare Nov. 1st to be “Minnesota Citizens for the Arts Day!”

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

It’s “Minnesota Citizens for the Arts Day!”

The Mayors of Saint Paul, Minneapolis, and Duluth, Mayor Chris Coleman, Mayor Besty Hodges and Mayor Don Ness are celebrating MCA’s 40th Anniversary by declaring it to be “MCA Day” in all three cities. What fun! Thanks so much to the thousands of the arts advocates across the state who have worked with us to make the arts more accessible in Minnesota. Cheers!

PROCLAMATION

Whereas: Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA) is celebrating its 40th year advocating for the arts in Minnesota, working to make the arts accessible to all citizens, and

Whereas: The arts represent the heart and soul of all civilizations, play a vital role in our quality of life and enhance the education of our young people, and

Whereas: Minnesota is recognized nationally for its high quality arts and cultural institutions, with over 42,000 working artists and 1300 arts organizations that provide an annual economic impact of over $1 billion to our state, and

Whereas: In 40 years of advocating for the arts in Minnesota, MCA’s signature accomplishments include: Passage of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment creating 25 years of dedicated funding for the arts, a role in the passage of the state Percent for Art program and creation of the eleven Regional Arts Councils, and serving as a watchdog for the nonprofit arts sector, and

Whereas: Throughout its 40 years, citizens of Saint Paul/Minneapolis/Duluth and the surrounding regions have served on the board Minnesota Citizens for the Arts,

Now, therefore, I, Betsy Hodges, Mayor of the City of Minneapolis, do hereby proclaim November 1, 2014, as:
MINNESOTA CITIZENS FOR THE ARTS DAY
IN THE CITY OF MINNEAPOLIS

Now, Therefore, I, Christopher Coleman, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, do hereby proclaim Saturday, November 1st, 2014 to be:
MINNESOTA CITIZENS FOR THE ARTS DAY
IN THE CITY OF SAINT PAUL

Now, THEREFORE, I, Don Ness, Mayor of the City of Duluth, do officially proclaim November 1, 2014, as
MINNESOTA CITIZENS FOR THE ARTS DAY
IN THE CITY OF DULUTH.

THANKS ALSO to Mayor Ardele Brede of Rochester who created a proclamation to “recognize and congratulate Minnesota Citizens for the Arts for their 40 years of service to the state,” along with Mayor Adams of Grand Rapids, Mayor Baustian of Luverne, Mayor Bender of Red Wing, and Mayor Maxwell of Hopkins. Thanks also to Minneapolis Councilwoman Elizabeth Glidden for her recognition as well.

Thank you so much to all, and congratulations to all of you wonderful arts advocates!

Don’t forget to Vote on Tuesday!

The election is next Tuesday. The outcome will determine many things, including the fate of the arts. Do you know where and how to vote? Check out all of these handy links on MCA’s website: http://www.mncitizensforthearts.org/actnow/legislatorsupport/2014-election-information/.

Need to know how the candidates stand on arts issues? Of course you do! Check out their answers to our Legislative Questionnaire so you can vote smART.
(Correction: In our previous alert, we had a typo in our reporting of the statistics about how legislators had responded to the Question 3, about protecting the 47% statutory dedication to the MSAB and RACs, should have read that 60% (“Enthusiastically Support”) and 29% (“Support”), for a total of 89% of respondents in support).

Arts Alert: Vote SmART! Where do the candidates stand on the arts?

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Vote SmART!
Find out where candidates stand on the arts.

The election is next week! You want to be a smART voter, and we are here to help. We’ve done a survey of all of the candidates for the Minnesota House and Congress to find out where they stand on ARTS issues. You know how important the ARTS are to our communities and quality of life, but do they?

Just over half of candidates responded to the survey.
You can download their
answers here.

Here’s what we asked the candidates:

Is there a specific ARTS organization in your part of the state that you or your family particularily enjoy?

85% of responding candidates listed at least one ARTS organization.

Do you agree or disagree that nonprofit organizations should continue to be exempt from paying taxes?

95% of responding candidates agreed.

Will you protect the standard that 47% of the ARTS & Cultural Legacy Fund is appropriated to the Minnesota State ARTS Board and Regional ARTS Councils to ensure that all Minnesotans have access to the ARTS, regardless of their geographic location, through grants that reach all 87 counties?

71% of responding candidates support, with 60% supporting enthusiastically.

In regards to the ARTS and Culture Fund, would you oppose any effort to use dedicated Legacy resources for earmark projects?

83% said “YES.”

We’ve also collected information about Minnesota’s candidates for Congress and the arts records for incumbents. Check it out! By voting in this election, you have the power to decide what kind of Minnesota you want to create for the future. Please get out and vote, and encourage your friends, neighbors and co-workers to do the same.

SO CHECK OUT THEIR ANSWERS AND GO VOTE ALREADY!

Do you need information on how, where, when to vote?

You can get everything you need here on our elections page.

Arts Alert: MCA is Celebrating 40 Years of Arts Advocacy!

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Minnesota Citizens for the Arts Celebrates
40 Years of Arts Advocacy!

1974-2014

Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA) will celebrate 40 years as the oldest and most successful state arts advocacy organization in the country with a party at the Walker Art Center on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.. From its small beginnings in 1975, when annual state funding for the arts was just $300,000, MCA has helped increase state arts funding catapulting Minnesota ahead of its peers to become the nation’s leader in per capita arts funding. Over those 40 years, MCA has been successful in advocating for increased access to the arts, fueling Minnesota’s national reputation as a hotbed of creative activity and high quality of life.

The MCA model is to advocate for policies that ensure that regardless of where you live in the state you have access to the arts. Resources reach organizations, artists, audiences and school children in every corner of the state through the unique competitive grant making system of the Minnesota State Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils, which MCA helped to create.

“By achieving significant policy victories for artists and cultural organizations, MCA has become a national model in the arts advocacy movement and has significantly expanded access to and involvement in the arts for all people in Minnesota,” said Ra Joy, Executive Director, Arts Alliance Illinois.

Many Accomplishments

In addition to Minnesota’s national leadership in arts funding, MCA advocated for and has protected the state’s “Percent for Art in Public Places” program, which acquires works of art to be exhibited in and around the public areas of state buildings.  MCA has also been a vigilant watchdog for the nonprofit arts sector, passing a sales tax exemption for nonprofit tickets and protecting other vital nonprofit tax exemptions. In addition, MCA has been active in protecting artists rights by opposing censorship and passing a consignment law to protect artists’ works if galleries go bankrupt.

Another signature accomplishment of was MCA’s role in the creation of the state’s eleven Regional Arts Councils which ensure access to the arts across the state.

Legacy Amendment a Historic Victory

Because of MCA, Minnesota is unique in the country for having dedicated funding for the arts in its state constitution. MCA led the cultural community in joining a coalition of hunting and angling, conservation, clean water and parks and trails advocates who passed the groundbreaking Legacy Amendment.

Just as MCA has never focused on just one part of the arts community or just one part of the state, MCA has never worked in isolation, looking for friends wherever they can find them. MCA sees how we are all connected and how by working together we can make things possible that would otherwise not be possible.  Because MCA works in coalitions every day, it was a natural next step to be a part of this larger Legacy coalition. As a direct result of MCA’s ability to work with a wide variety of partners, the citizens of Minnesota voted to ensure 25 years of dedicated funding for the nonprofit arts.

More Minnesotans now experience the arts because of the Legacy Amendment.

Since the passage of the Amendment in 2008, attendance at arts events in Minnesota has increased by 21%:

Audience Served 10,421,608 (2008) 12,612,314 (2012)

Arts Funding Now Touches People in Every Corner of the State

MCA, in partnership with the Minnesota State Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils, has been successful in advocating policies that resulted in a border-to-border state funding system unparalleled in the nation. This system has enlivened Main Streets across the state by supporting all sizes and genres of the arts, from our largest world-class organizations and the many

different genres of mid-sized and small organizations to the individual artists who make it all happen and create the art in the first place. In turn, this results in access to the arts for all Minnesotans no matter where they live or what their circumstances.

“MN Citizens for the Arts is a national leader in the field of arts advocacy and citizen engagement,” confirms Donna S. Collins, Executive Director Ohio Arts Council. “They involve people of all ages and walks of life who are interested in supporting and participating in arts, culture, and arts education. The voice of all citizens is represented in the work of Minnesota Citizens for the Arts.”

Thriving Arts Scene Drives Economy

The nonprofit arts provide over $1 billion in annual economic impact in Minnesota. With over 42,000 artists according to the most recent census, Minnesota is a hub of artistic energy in the Midwest. Because of the interest of the citizens of Minnesota in having access to artistic opportunities, Minnesota has one and a half times the number of arts businesses per capita than all of our surrounding states, on par with California and New York. MCA’s work has fostered that density of artistic activity.

MCA produced two landmark studies,The Arts: A Driving Force in Minnesota’s Economy” (2006) and “Artists Count: An Economic Impact Study of Individual Artists in Minnesota” (2007) with several partners, including the McKnight Foundation, the Forum of Regional Arts Councils, and Springboard for the Arts. MCA is again working to tell the story of the impact of the arts on the state’s economy with a new project in coalition with the state’s arts funders, a “Creative Minnesota: The Health of the Nonprofit Arts and Culture” report that will be released at Arts Advocacy Day on Feb.19, 2015.

A Strong Leader in Citizen Engagement

MCA has trained thousands of citizens in civic activism, giving them the tools and know-how to become arts advocates at the state and local levels.  MCA annually organizes Arts Advocacy Day at the Minnesota Capitol which has brought as many as a thousand arts advocates to meet personally with their legislators to talk about the importance of the arts to their communities. At this event  citizens working with all different arts genres, metro and rural, of all size of arts organizations come together with one voice to meet with legislators.

This means that over time there have been more and more individual citizens who know how to advocate for the arts and are making their cities and small towns hotbeds of creative place making and arts activity. Whether it’s St. Paul, Minneapolis, Rochester, and Duluth (and their four arts-advocate mayors), or St. Cloud, Bemidji, Brainerd, Grand Marais, Lanesboro, Montevideo, Mankato, Red Wing and beyond, public and private civic leaders are all more aware of and working to use the arts to increase tourism and civic vitality.

Unusual Longevity and Impact

Organized in 1974, MCA is the oldest continuously operating statewide arts advocacy organization in the country. In forty years MCA has had only six Executive Directors, 21 Board Chairs, and two lobbyists; a longevity that is very unusual in the nonprofit sector and unheard of in arts advocacy organizations in many other states.

Award Winning

MCA received a 2003 Sally Ordway Irvine Award for Commitment, and in 2012 was recognized by Philanthropedia and Guidestar as “Top Nonprofit” for its role in increasing access to the arts in Minnesota.

Arts Alert: Who Supports the Arts? VOTE in Primary August 12

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Arts Alert: Who Supports the Arts? VOTE in Primary August 12.

Primary Election is August 12

Who Supports the Arts?

MCA is surveying all of the candidates for the Minnesota House and we have posted preliminary results on our web page. While the project is aimed at the November election, we did get a number of responses from legislative candidates who are competing in the primary next Tuesday.  Some of them will not make it on to the General Election, so it’s important for everyone to vote on Tuesday.

Legislators make arts policy so we want to know where they stand. We’ve asked them if they participate in the arts, if they will support arts funding, if they support tax exemptions for nonprofits, and if they will protect the Legacy fund from legislators who try to divert it to pork barrel projects.  They also have an opportunity to comment about their support for the arts. Over 50% of legislative candidates have responded already and some are still coming in. (It’s just as telling when you see that a legislator has not bothered to respond to our issues).

Thirteen Minnesota House races include primaries on August 12.  There are also primary races farther up on the ballet, for State Auditor, Governor, etc. Below are the House primary races, the candidates, and their responses to our survey on arts policy issues. (Note: Because of the number of candidates in each district, you may have to scroll down on the MCA web page to see the answers of your candidates).

Don’t know your district?
It’s easy to find out here: http://pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us/

Arts Survey Responses from MN House Primary Candidates:

District 5A:
Incumbent Rep. John Persell is challenged by Lavern Pederson in the Democratic primary. The winner will face Phillip Nelson (R) in the general election. Here are their survey responses: http://www.mncitizensforthearts.org/actnow/legislatorsupport/2014-district-5/

District 6A:

Incumbent Carly Melin  is challenged by John Finken  in the Democratic primary. The winner will face Roger Weber (R) in the general election. Here are their survey responses: http://www.mncitizensforthearts.org/actnow/legislatorsupport/2014-district-6/

District 7B:

Republican primary between Carla Bayerl and Travis Silvers to see who faces incumbent Rep. Erik Simonson in the general election: http://www.mncitizensforthearts.org/actnow/legislatorsupport/2014-district-7/

District 12A: 

There is a Republican primary between Jeff Backer and Nancy Taffe to see who will challenge Incumbent Rep.Jay McNamar (D) in the general election. http://www.mncitizensforthearts.org/actnow/legislatorsupport/2014-district-12/

District 30B

Republican primary between Kevin Kasel and Eric Lucero to see who runs agains Sharon Shimek (D) in the general election. None of the three have yet answered the arts survey: http://www.mncitizensforthearts.org/actnow/legislatorsupport/2014-district-30/

District 35A:

Republican primary between Justin Boals and Abigail Whelan to determine who runs against Peter Perovich (D) in the general election. Two of the three answered the arts survey: http://www.mncitizensforthearts.org/actnow/legislatorsupport/2014-district-35/

District 40B: 

Incumbent Rep. Debra Hilstrom  is challenged by Timothy Davis, Sr.  in the Democratic primary. The winner will face Mali Marvin  (R) in the general election. Neither candidate responded to the survey: http://www.mncitizensforthearts.org/actnow/legislatorsupport/2014-district-40/

District 44B:

Three Democratic candidates, Jon Applebaum, Jon Tollefson, and Tony Wagner are vying for the chance to run against Ryan Rutzick (R) in the general election. Two of the four answered the arts survey: http://www.mncitizensforthearts.org/actnow/legislatorsupport/2014-district-44/

District 47A:
Republican primary between Bob Frey and Jim Nash to see who faces Democrat Matthew Gieseke in the general election. Only one of the three answered the arts survey: http://www.mncitizensforthearts.org/actnow/legislatorsupport/2014-district-47/

District 48B:

Incumbent Rep. Jennifer Loon is challenged by Sheila Kihne in the Republican primary. The winner will face Joan Howe-Pullis  (D) in the general election. Here are their survey responses: http://www.mncitizensforthearts.org/actnow/legislatorsupport/2014-district-48/

District 51A:

Republican primary between Victor Lake and Andrea Todd-Harlin to see who faces incumbant Democrat Sandra Masin in the General election. None of the three answered the arts survey: http://www.mncitizensforthearts.org/actnow/legislatorsupport/2014-district-51/

District 55A:

Republican primary between Bob Loonan and Bruce Mackenthun to see who will face Jay Whiting (D) and Derek Thury (IPM) in the general election. http://www.mncitizensforthearts.org/actnow/legislatorsupport/2014-district-55/

District 60B:

Incumbent Rep. Phyllis Kahn is challenged by Mohamud Noor in the Democratic primary. The winner will face the winner of the Republican primary between Abdimalik Askar and Abdulkarim Mohamed Godah in the general election.  Here are heir survey responses: http://www.mncitizensforthearts.org/actnow/legislatorsupport/2014-district-60/

District 63B: 

Incumbent Rep. Jean Wagenius  is challenged by Roger Kittelson in the Democratic primary. The winner will face Andres Hortillosa (R) in the general election http://www.mncitizensforthearts.org/actnow/legislatorsupport/2014-district-63/

Don’t have a candidate in the primary?

You can still see if your Representative has responded to the survey yet here: http://www.mncitizensforthearts.org/actnow/legislatorsupport/

Donate to Your Favorite Minnesota Canididate and Get a Full Refund from the State of Minnesota!

Did you know that in Minnesota the state will reimburse you for some contributions to state candidates? Essentially you can donate to your favorite arts friendly candidate for free! Here’s all the details: http://www.revenue.state.mn.us/individuals/individ_income/Pages/Refund_for_Political_Contribution.aspx

The candidate will send you a reciept and a form to file for the refund. It’s VERY easy.

Don’t forget to tell them that you are donating because of their support for the arts!

Arts Alert: Twin Cities Economy Thrives With Arts Jobs & Businesses

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Twin Cities Economy Thrives with Arts Jobs & Businesses

New study shows that both Minneapolis and St. Paul are extraordinary strong in arts businesses and arts jobs.

Americans for the Arts recently released data that compares the largest 100 cities in America, including both:

  • Minneapolis (USA’s 47th largest city), and
  • St. Paul (USA’s 66th largest city).

The study, 2014 Creative Industries, is an annual look at arts jobs and employers in the US. In every measurement, both Minneapolis and St. Paul are punching far above their weight class in arts businesses and jobs compared to other cities around the country. The data combines both nonprofit and for-profit businesses. Let’s give them some applause!

Minneapolis is 47th largest in population but is:

  • 3rd in percentage of all businesses in the city that are arts related
  • 7th in percentage of all jobs in the city that are arts related
  • 7th in per capita arts-related businesses
  • 8th in arts jobs per capita
  • 19th in total arts related jobs (11,612 jobs)
  • 22nd in total arts related businesses (1985 businesses)

St. Paul is 66th largest in population but is:

  • 14th in percentage of all businesses in the city that are arts related
  • 28th in percentage of all jobs in the city that are arts related
  • 38th in per capita arts related businesses
  • 31st in per capita arts related jobs
  • 50th in total arts related jobs (4899 jobs)
  • 59th in total arts related businesses (858 businesses)

Here’s the details:

Percentage of all businesses in the city that are arts related:

RANK

CITY

%

1.

Seattle

9.37%

2.

Los Angeles

9.35%

3.

Minneapolis

8.72%

…….

……….

…….

14.

St. Paul

5.96%

Percentage of all jobs in the city that are arts related:

RANK

CITY

%

1.

New York City

6.82%

2.

Los Angeles

6.05%

3.

St. Petersburg, FL

5.30%

4.

San Francisco

5.16%

5.

Atlanta

4.81%

6.

Philadelphia

4.78%

7.

Minneapolis

4.05%

……

———-

28.

St. Paul

2.58%

Per Capita Arts-Related Businesses (Businesses per 1000 residents):

RANK

CITY

RATE

1.

Seattle

8.09

2.

Scottsdale

6.63

3.

Atlanta

6.53

4.

San Francisco

6.24

5.

Portland

5.67

6.

Los Angeles

5.17

7.

Minneapolis

5.05

………

…………

……….

8.

St. Paul

2.95

Per Capita Arts Jobs (Arts Jobs per 1000 residents):

RANK

CITY

JOBS

1.

Atlanta

47.42

2.

Washington DC

35.99

3.

San Francisco

35.67

4.

Seattle

33.00

5.

Boston

31.21

6.

St. Petersburg, FL

30.19

7.

New York City

29.86

8.

Minneapolis

29.56

……….

……………..

…….

31.

St. Paul

16.85

The 2014 Creative Industries Report’s data source is Dunn & Bradstreet data from January, 2014. More information on the study can be found here.

Minnesota Citizens for the Arts

2233 University Ave. W. #355, St. Paul, MN 55155 | 651-251-0868 | fax 651-917-3561staff at mncitizensforthearts.org | www.mncitizensforthearts.org | @MnCitizenMCA 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: Deadline Coming June 30th, 2014. Have You Been Counted?

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Have You Been Counted?

Deadline is June 30, 2014!

Help Us Prove How Important the Arts Are to Our Economy:

Your arts & culture nonprofit has an impact on your community’s economy, but no economic impact study of the nonprofit arts & culture sector has been done in Minnesota since 2007. To fill this gap, Minnesota’s arts funders have partnered with Minnesota Citizens for the Arts to create a new State of the Arts and Culture Report to be released January, 2015.  The report will include data collected from multiple sources including the Cultural Data Project (CDP). Funding partners so far include the McKnight Foundation, The Jerome Foundation, the Target Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board and the eleven Regional Arts Councils.

Make sure your organization is counted as part of Minnesota’s arts economy!
Fill out a brief online survey for your organization here:
http://research.zarca.com/k/SsVWVWsQUSsPsPsP

(FYI, if your organization has filled out a CDP profile for FY12, you don’t need to do this online survey).

Want to know more about the project?
http://www.mncitizensforthearts.org/learn/artsresearch/2014-eis-study/

Arts Alert: Arts Projects Win Big at Capitol.

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Art Projects Win Big at Capitol

The strange and very brief legislative session ended last week with lots of wins for the arts. The most obvious win was that many arts and culture projects were funded in the state’s bonding bill. We usually have one or two arts projects make it through the grueling and sometimes arbitrary gauntlet of the bonding process, but last week the legislature passed a bill that included funding for nine large and small projects in every corner of the state, a truly unprecedented number. Congratulations to those organizations who worked so very hard to make this happen.

Arts Projects in 2014 Bonding Bill

Project Amount
NorShor Theater, Duluth: $6,950,000
Palace Theater, St. Paul: $5,000,000
Grand Rapids Regional Performing Arts Center: $3,897,000
Minneapolis Parks Sculpture Garden: $8,500,000
Park Rapids Regional Arts Center: $2,500,000
Ordway Center for Performing Arts, St. Paul: $4,000,000
Chatfield Center for the Arts: $5,352,000
Hennepin Center for the Arts, Mpls: $550,000
Red Wing River Town Rennaisance: $1,560,000

In addition to these arts-specific projects, some money will go to rehabbing the performing arts theater in the Rochester Civic Center used by some nonprofit arts organizations, and the St. Paul Children’s Museum received $14,000,000.

MCA does not lobby for arts bonding projects, we only work on issues that help the whole statewide arts community. However, we will give advice and assistance where we can. The success of this many arts projects is due to arts advocate Rep. Alice Hausman, Chair of the bonding committee, who made several speeches about her belief that the arts revitalize downtowns in every corner of the state. Another reason so many made it through was that the bonding bill was very large and supplemented by some of the cash from the state’s surplus this year (after many years of deficits).

Other Arts Legislation of Interest This Year:

Turnaround Arts

Yesterday the White House announced that Minnesota has been awarded the Turnaround Arts program, which will provide arts resources to four underperforming schools. The program will be managed by the Perpich Center over the next two years, and the legislature provided some funds to enable Minnesota’s participation. The Minnesota State Arts Board will provide some funds for grants for artists and arts organizations to work with the targeted schools.

Loans and Donations Not Proof of Residency

Well-meaning donors who live in other states who had loaned artworks to Minnesota museums will no longer be threatened with estate taxes under a small change in our estate tax law. This means that it is more likely that precious works of art loaned to Minnesota museums by non-residents and former residents will stay here.

New Definition of “Fundraisers”

The Department of Revenue added new language to the sales tax statute to clarify what is and is not a fundraiser for the purposes of determining the 24 day fundraiser limit currently in statute. The new language helps some nonprofits whose ordinary mission-related activities, such as providing arts classes, had been deemed mistakenly by some assessors to be fundraisers. The new language isn’t perfect but we will be working with the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits on suggested refinements for next session.  Here’s the new language:

45.19            (d) For purposes of this subdivision, “fund-raising events” means activities of

45.20            limited duration, not regularly carried out in the normal course of business, that attract

45.21            patrons for community, social, and entertainment purposes, such as auctions, bake sales,

45.22            ice cream socials, block parties, carnivals, competitions, concerts, concession stands,

45.23            craft sales, bazaars, dinners, dances, door-to-door sales of merchandise, fairs, fashion

45.24            shows, festivals, galas, special event workshops, sporting activities such as marathons and

45.25            tournaments, and similar events. Fund-raising events do not include the operation of a

45.26            regular place of business in which services are provided or sales are made during regular

45.27            hours such as bookstores, thrift stores, gift shops, restaurants, ongoing Internet sales,

45.28            regularly scheduled classes, or other activities carried out in the normal course of business.

45.29            EFFECTIVE DATE. This section is effective the day following final enactment.

Arts Alert: Good News on Arts Legacy Will Make Your Day

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

1. Minnesotans Increasingly Love the Legacy Amendment

Minnesotans are becoming more aware of all of the good things happening around the state in the arts, land and water conservation and parks and trails because of the Legacy Amendment.  New polling from the Minnesota Environmental Partnership shows that the public strongly favors the Legacy Amendment five years after its passage.

In telephone interviews conducted Feb. 4-6, 2014, when asked, “Whether or not you supported it originally, would you say you currently favor or oppose this constitutional amendment?

71% responded that they now favor the amendment. On election night, the Legacy Amendment passed with 56% of the vote.

Here is the breakdown:

FAVOR OPPOSE
Strongly favor: 40% Somewhat oppose: 11%
Somehat favor: 31% Strongly oppose: 15%
TOTAL FAVOR: 71% TOTAL OPPOSE: 26%

(no response = 3%, margin of error +/- 4%) The polling was conducted by Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates and Public Opinion Strategies (Dem and GOP pollsters, respectively).

2. Attendance at Arts Events has Increased by 21% Since Legacy Began

According to the Minnesota State Arts Board, attendance at arts events in Minnesota has increased by 21% since the Legacy Amendment was passed.

Clearly the Minnesota State Arts Board, Regional Arts Councils and all of their grantees have taken to heart the constitutional language that Legacy dollars should be invested in “arts access.”  Bravo!

Fiscal year 2008 (Pre-Legacy) 2012 Percent Increase
Audience Served 10,421,608 12,612,314 21%

 

Help Us Prove How Important the Arts Are to Our Economy:

Your arts & culture nonprofit has an impact on your community’s economy, but no economic impact study of the nonprofit arts & culture sector has been done in Minnesota since 2007. To fill this gap, Minnesota’s arts funders have partnered with Minnesota Citizens for the Arts to create a new State of the Arts and Culture Report to be released January, 2015.  The report will include data collected from multiple sources including the Cultural Data Project (CDP). Funding partners so far include the McKnight Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board and the eleven Regional Arts Councils.
Make sure your organization is counted as part of Minnesota’s arts economy!

Fill out a brief online survey for your organization here:

http://research.zarca.com/k/SsVWVWsQUSsPsPsP

(FYI, if your organization has filled out a CDP profile for FY12,
you don’t need to do this online survey).

Want to know more about the project?
http://www.mncitizensforthearts.org/learn/artsresearch/2014-eis-study/