Couldn’t Attend Arts Advocacy Day at the Minnesota Capitol?
It’s an important time for you to support the arts! Whether you attended or not, you can show your support by sending a quick note to your legislators telling them about the importance of art in your community!
“Thank you” is not a message legislators hear very often.
On March 6, 2018 Minnesota Citizens for the Arts will bring hundreds of arts advocates from around the state to the State Capitol for “Arts Advocacy Day” to thank legislators for following through on the promise of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment that dedicated funds to conservation and the arts. Last year 1000 arts advocates filled the Capitol!
Minnesotans overwhelmingly approved the Legacy Amendment, passing it by 56%, which created four new dedicated funds for land, water, parks and arts in 2008. In the last several years arts advocates and supportive legislators had to fight off legislative suggestions that the Legacy Arts & Culture Fund be diverted away from the arts. With this uncertain political climate and increased polarization, we need to show a unified front to ensure that arts funding continues to be protected.
How does state funding help support access to the arts in your community? Legislators need to know.
ARTS ADVOCACY DAY SCHEDULE:
It’s the biggest arts networking day of the year! MCA invites you to join your fellow arts advocates at the Minnesota History Center and State Capitol to talk about the arts, make new friends, and educate our legislators. Together we will speak about the impact that the arts have had on our lives and our 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. Following a brief rally, you and your team will visit a series of legislators over the morning, 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! Registration Deadline is March 2, 2018.
7:30 AM: Doors Open at the Minnesota History Center 8-9:00 AM: Registration & Coffee (For those not attending Creative MN event or Class). 8:00 AM: Creative Minnesota 2017 Report: New Local Studies 8:30 AM:Advocacy Class for New Attendees 9:00 AM:Rally & Join your Team 10:00 AM: Walk or Take MCA Shuttle to Capitol 10:15 AM–2PM:Legislator Appointments (MCA Homebase will be in the Transportation Building.)
Contact our office with questions or if you are interested in riding together.
Augsburg University’s Gage Family Art Gallery and the Christensen Center Gallery feature eight exhibitions during the academic calendar year. They welcome exhibition proposals from artists at different stages in their careers and working in all types of media. An Exhibition Planning Committee reviews all proposals at least once a year. The proposal deadline for their 2018-19 gallery season is February 12, 2018.
All proposals should include the following information:
Proposal statement (optional)
Representative images (10-20 images) in PowerPoint or google slide format
(for each image please include on the slide the: title, date, medium, dimensions)
Email submissions to email@example.com by 11:00 am on Monday, February 12.
Contact Congress Now to Oppose Tax Bill Threats to Nonprofits and Artists
Today a wide, diverse set of Minnesota’s nonprofit organizations aligned with one voice to oppose the harmful federal tax bill. Minnesota’s nonprofit community, a sector that employs nearly 12 percent of Minnesota’s workforce and partners with millions, is asking you to take action to oppose the bill. It is expected that Congress will take action on this bill by Christmas, so please take action now.
You can take action any of three ways:
1. CALL your Member of Congress and talk about the brief, highlighted issues listed below, and/or
2. CUT AND PASTE the letter below to your member of Congress, and/or
3. Use Americans for the Arts action page to SEND A PRE-WRITTEN LETTER: https://www.votervoice.net/ARTSUSA/campaigns
To call or cut and paste the letter below to your member of Congress:
Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA) and our 1600 affiliated nonprofit arts and culture organizationsare concerned about the impact of proposed changes in the federal tax law currently under consideration in Congress. These include changes in charitable giving laws and the fundamental change in the relationship between partisan politics and the traditionally non-partisan nonprofit organizations who are focused on their missions of serving the public through providing services, educational opportunities, and access to the arts. These changes are inappropriate for the nonprofit sector and will hurt access to the arts and other nonprofit services for all Minnesotans.
Specifically, we oppose reducing tax incentives for charitable giving that undermine the strength of the nonprofit sector. We support allowing more, not fewer people who can itemize their deductions. The proposal to reduce the number of people who can take deductions will have an overall effect of reducing charitable giving by $13 billion annually. The loss of that revenue will devastate the nonprofit sector by removing resources that enable us to accomplish our community-focused missions. The push to devalue charitable deductions is being made without consideration about how it will affect our work or how it will affect people who support nonprofits with their charitable giving.
We also oppose undermining the guarantee of nonprofit nonpartisanship. The House version of this bill will radically change the longstanding, vital protection in law for the nonpartisanship of charitable, religious and philanthropic organizations. These changes would allow political operatives to pressure those organizations to endorse or oppose candidates for public office and make anonymous political donations tax deductible when funneled through 501c(3)s, thus turning mission-driving nonprofits who are serving their communities into conduits for dark political money that can’t be traced. This fundamental change in the nature of nonprofits was not asked for by the nonprofit sector, nor was the nonprofit sector consulted on the impact of such a fundamental change.
Third, we oppose the Robert’s Amendment which strikes low-income artist housing from the list of qualified groups who can benefit from federally subsidized low-income housing. It would forbid developers from using housing credits to build affordable housing with a preference for low income artists. Moreover, as written, the law would also render all existing artists’ housing developments built with housing credits retroactively ineligible for the benefit. The amendment includes a simple line-for-line language swap. Where current law carves out a special exception for individuals “who are involved in artistic or literary activities,” the new bill would instead specify a benefit for those “who are veterans of the Armed Forces.” While we are also supportive of housing for veterans, we believe both should be included, not one swapped for another. Elimination of this tax credit for low income artists will have a significant impact on the ability of cities to protect their cultural community.
We ask that as Congress considers changes to the nation’s tax laws, that they:
Strengthen the nonprofit sector by maintaining existing incentives for charitable giving and expanding the charitable deduction to all taxpayers, not just those who itemize, and
Protect the long tradition of nonpartisanship in 501c(3) nonprofit organizations by preserving the Johnson Amendment, and
Preserve the artist preference clause for low income housing incentives and add the new Veterans preference language added to it, making it a stronger and more inclusive piece of legislation.
We believe that with legislation that reflects these values, we can work together to build thriving communities on a strong foundation of service and access to the arts for all. If these changes can’t be made, we ask that our members of Congress vote against the bill.
Call to Artists – Last February, the North Dakota Museum of Art held its first This Week Only show. Imagine a panoply of art from the Valley and surrounding Plains; walls covered with works springing from our own area to brighten up our lives in the dead of winter. People poured in and lingered over the 106 paintings, sculptures, photographs, works on paper, and multi-media pieces. Once discovered, two artists ended up in the Museum’s Autumn Art Auction. The Museum’s Director made the first buy, a small beaded sculpture, the feminine version of a Bali bird trophy (right). That 2017 non-curated exhibition was the first ever mounted by the Museum. They’re ready to do it again. Northwest Minnesota was represented well last year.
Artists: Please submit, buy, celebrate, and expand your visual acuity, or just have fun, and make some money. The NDMOA is showcasing this exhibit during the Museum’s Annual Benefit Dinner. Your work will be the highlight of the evening and a benefit for you and the Museum. The Benefit Dinner is the region’s most glittering and festive occasion. Instead of the customary Silent Auction, everything in This Week Only will be offered for sale with proceeds split 50/50 between the artists and the Museum. Artists set their own prices.
Eligibility: If you are a serious artist from North Dakota or able to travel from your home to Grand Forks and back again in one day (the radius of what we are defining as our region, including Southern Manitoba, far into Minnesota, and Northeast South Dakota), you are
invited to submit one artwork to This Week Only.
Dates: The show officially opens at 2 pm on Sunday, January 28, 2018, and continues for one week, closing on Sunday, February 4.
Delivery of Art: Museum staff will be on hand January 19 – 24 to receive the art during the Museum’s regular hours: 9 – 5 weekdays and 1 – 5 weekends. If you ship your entry, please include a prepaid return label, or include or call the Museum with your credit card number. We will return your work in its original packing and charge your credit card for costs.
Return of Art: Works not sold can be picked up during regular Museum hours from February 5 – 10. Work not reclaimed or sold will not be stored at the Museum.
Acceptable Artwork: Two-dimensional works of art cannot be larger than a total of 16 feet. (For example 1 x 7 feet, 2 x 6 feet, 3 x 5 feet, 4 x 4 feet or any size smaller.) If you are submitting three-dimensional or non-wall work, please give us a call so we can discuss special considerations. Sculpture must fit through a regular door (7 x 3 feet). Special equipment needed for display — including sculpture stands, monitors and projectors — must be furnished by the artist. The art must be ready for installation, including proper framing to protect the art. No clips and string, or other devices that will allow the work to slip out of the hanging apparatus, become unhinged, or become damaged. This is an uninsured exhibition so artists must protect their own. The Museum retains the right of refusal for works of questionable condition, and to hang certain works in designated areas.
Entry Fee: Each artist must pay $25 prior to or when the work arrives at the Museum.
People’s Choice Award: All visitors will be invited to vote.
Sale of Art: As noted above, please submit work that can be sold. Remember, artists establish the sale price and split proceeds 50/50 with the Museum. Those who wish to buy before the Museum Dinner may pay an extra 20% and it’s theirs. All buyers may take the
work home after the Benefit Dinner or Sunday, the next day.