MN Citizens for the Arts: Action Alert!

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In a few days legislators will decide how much arts funding will be available for the next two years. It’s time to take action!

Two years ago the legislature dedicated 46% of the Legacy Arts and Culture Fund to the Minnesota State Arts Board (MSAB) and Regional Arts Councils (RAC), which went out in grants to every corner of the state. They also put into statute a new law that said, next time, (meaning this year) 47% of the fund should go to the MSAB and RACs.  The legislature is nearing the end of this year’s session and the Legacy Conference Committee will meet any minute. While the Senate has followed the 47% rule, the House has not! We need to ask legislators to support the Senate’s position of 47%.

MCA hopes you will help us ask legislators for following 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.  In the past several years arts advocates and supportive legislators had to fight off legislative suggestions that the Arts & Culture Fund be used to build a stadium or be redirected to benefit pet projects in just one district.

We are asking that 47% of the Legacy Amendment’s Arts & Culture fund go through the Minnesota State Arts Board and Regional Arts Council system because it ensures that citizens in all 87 counties will benefit. Even so, in the past two years the Minnesota State Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils could meet only about half of incoming requests for grants and services.

So, could you send a quick note to your legislators asking them to support 47% of the Legacy money to go to the right place?  Just follow the link below!

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

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More Arts News & Advocacy Information from Minnesota Citizen For the Arts

Deadline Extended for Creative Minnesota City Studies to May 15, 2015

The Creative Minnesota team is offering local arts economic impact studies based on the recently released study that found $1.2 billion in impact from the arts and culture in Minnesota. (See the studies at www.creativemn.org).  For just $1500 a city, county or other geographic area may get an economic impact study of the arts and culture in your area that pulls from data already collected.

Due to requests from several potential partners the deadline for participation in the city studies has been EXTENDED TO MAY 15, 2015. If you cannot meet this new deadline but are still interested in participating, please contact us anyway, we may be able to help.

The new studies must be drawn from data already collected. To see which organizations in your area were a part of the statewide Creative Minnesota report and so would be part of the new round of studies, download the statewide report at www.creativemn.org and look at the list of participating organizations on pages 23-26.

For more information contact staff@mncitizensforthearts.org.