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Arts Action Alerts! Minnesota Citizens for the Arts

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Screen Shot 2015-05-20 at 4.35.20 PMLEGACY BILL HEADED FOR SPECIAL SESSION

The legislative session came to a messy close last night at midnight with several important bills undone, including the Legacy bill. Today the Governor vetoed the separate Education bill so a Special Session will be scheduled to pass it, and said he hopes that with more time the Legislature will also pass the Legacy bill and a few of the other bills that did not get done. The Governor said he considers “the Legacy and Bonding bills essential to pass.”

47% Dedication Is Included!

We are working on two pieces of the state budget for the arts:


  1. The Legacy bill distributes the receipts of the Legacy Amendment, passed in 2008, which represents about 2/3 of all state funding for the arts. The draft Legacy Bill that did not pass gave 47% of the receipts of the Arts and Culture Fund to the Minnesota State Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils for grants and administration, a total of $58 million over the next two years, as we had asked.If this bill doesn’t pass in Special Session, many grantees of the State Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils would not get arts grants in the upcoming year. (If there had not been a Special Session proposed, the earliest the legislature could pass this bill would be next March when the next legislative session begins).


  1. The good news is that the second source of funding for the arts, the State Government Finance bill, did pass. Assuming that the Governor does not veto this bill, $15 million is set go to the State Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils for grants and administration over the next two years.

Because of your advocacy, we got the 47% dedication of the Legacy Arts and Culture Fund into the Legacy Bill. But now we have one more step to go: passing the bill in a Special Session.


We’ll keep you posted on what’s happening at the Capital in our next correspondence!

MSAB: Folk & Traditional Arts Webinar June 01, 2015

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Folk and Traditional Arts Webinar 

The Minnesota State Arts Board is offering a free one-hour Webinar to help applicants prepare to apply for the Folk and Traditional Arts grant program. This session will be particularly helpful for first-time applicants.
Program officer Kathee Foran will walk through the program overview and instructions, and provide background information about what the review panel will look for in an application. At the end of the session, there will be an opportunity to submit questions online.
The session is offered as a conference call with an option to view a PowerPoint presentation online. The presenter will be located in an office that cannot accommodate visitors, so please note that it isn’t possible to attend the sessions in person.
To make the session more useful to you, we suggest that you read the overview and application instructions in advance and print out a copy for your reference. This document can be found on the Folk and Traditional Arts program page.

Session date
Monday, June 1, 3:00 p.m.

To register
The webinar is free of charge, but advance registration is strongly encouraged. Register here.

To join the session
  • On the day of the session, you must listen to the audio portion by phone, with the option of viewing a PowerPoint presentation online.
  • The following browsers are recommended: Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.
  • We plan to start the presentation on time, so please join the session five minutes early.
Dial into the telephone portion by calling the conference host at 1-800-920-7487.
  • Enter the conference code: 5593 491 #
  • When prompted, say your name.
  • Select Join a Meeting
  • Select Web/Audio Conference (ability to view PowerPoint presentation). Enter your name, email, company, dial-in number (800-920-7487), and passcode (5593 491)
  • Select the red Join button at the bottom of the page

MSAB: FY 2016 Arts Tour Grant Application Deadline

Minnesota State Arts Board

FY 2016 Arts Tour Minnesota  

Grant Application Deadline: July 17, 2015


The FY 2016 Arts Tour Minnesota grant program is now open for application.
The FY 2016 Arts Tour Minnesota Program Overview and Application Instructions are available on the Arts Board Web site.
The deadline to submit applications for the FY 2016 Arts Tour Minnesota grant program is Friday, July 17, 2015. Please note that applications must be submitted before 4:30 p.m. on the day of the deadline.
Proposed projects must take place between June 1, 2016, and May  31, 2017.
The Arts Board uses WebGrants, an online grants management system, for all applications. Registration is required of all applicants before beginning an application to any Arts Board program. It is only necessary to register once. To register, visit the Arts Board Web site. See the NEWS section on the home page for WebGrants instructions and registration information.
Those considering a first time application are urged to review the program’s eligibility requirements and to speak with program officer Kathee Foran prior to beginning an application. She can be reached at (651) 215-1626, toll-free at (800) 866-2787, or via
e-mail at

NWMAC 2015 Annual Spring Art Exhibit

Northwest Minnesota Arts Council

2015 Annual Spring Art Exhibit

April 22 – May 04

Ralph Engelstad Arena–Thief River Falls


artlogo1Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is pleased to announce our 2015 Annual Spring Art Exhibit is almost ready to be unveiled.  This year, the art exhibit will be at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls, Minnesota.  Exhibition dates are April 22-May 4.

Art pieces from over 100 professional, amateur and student artists streamed in from around our 7 county service region.

Students submitted art work from Crookston, Greenbush-Middle River, Goodridge, Grygla, Badger, Climax-Shelly and Norman County West.  Other schools involved include Thief River Falls, Kittson Central, Marshall County Central, Fisher, and MTS Minnesota.

We expect to have a total of 100 individual artists with over 150 art pieces in this years show!  We are very excited for you to see what our local artists have accomplished!

Each artist is up for a cash award, as in previous years.  Exhibit cash award winners will be chosen while the exhibit is on display by a qualified juror.  They will be recognized and receive their award at the Annual Spring Art Exhibition Reception, May 4th.

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We will have recognition for our special award winners who were selected from a pool of publicly nominated candidates.  The 2015 Star Artist of the Year is Margaret Anderson of Lancaster, Minnesota.   The 2015 Arts Advocate of the Year are Jim and Jan Strandlie of Thief River Falls, Minnesota.  The 2015 Northwest Star Artist is Karen Envick of Roseau, Minnesota.

Also on May 4th, we will have a special guest from Mn Citizens for the Arts, Sheila Smith.  She will be discussing the Creative Mn report which was released in February of this year.  Come out and see how the arts are impacting local communities in Northwest Minnesota!  Sheila Smith will be speaking at 5:15pm.

Make plans to join us!

Mn Citizens for the Arts: Arts Alert

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1. Participate in City or County Creative Minnesota Studies:

unnamedThe Creative Minnesota team is pleased to partner with Americans for the Arts to offer 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 For just $1500 a city, county or other geographic area may get an economic impact study of the arts and culture in your area this year that pulls from data already collected and economic models already created for the area.

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 and look at the list of participating organizations on pages 23-26. The cities of Minneapolis, St. Paul and Grand Rapids have alreay signed up. The deadline for a letter of interest in the project is April 30. For more information contact

2. You Are Invited to a Public Forum With NEA Chair Jane Chu on April 8 at 5:30 PM:


The Minnesota State Arts Board presents a public forum with Jane Chu, Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts on Wednesday, April 8, 2015, from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the History Theatre, 30 East Tenth Street, Saint Paul.  Please join us in welcoming Chairman Chu to Minnesota. Hear her talk about her priorities for the National Endowment for the Arts and her vision for the arts in America. Following her remarks, participants will be able to engage in a question and answer session with the chairman.  Jane Chu was confirmed by the U. S. Senate in June 2014 as the eleventh chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. This is a free event; all are welcome. RSVP by Monday, April 6 to or (651) 215-1600 | (800) 866-2787.

3. Join a Group Insurance Policy Program for Minnesota Performing Arts Organizations


As a small and/or nomadic performance company, you may use different venues throughout the year for shows, rehearsals, readings, meetings, and fundraisers. While you focus on schedules, ticket costs and performers, making sure you have the right liability insurance may be last on your list.  But what if an audience member is harmed before, during or after one of your performances; trips on the stairs, eats food that makes them sick, or is injured by a falling set piece? Having liability coverage will protect you for lawsuits that may effectively put your company out of show business.

Most venues have their own liability insurance that may or may not cover you as a renter. By enrolling in liability insurance, you can stay focused on the success of your show and not the what-ifs. Liability insurance will cover you anywhere you go and provide you with a Certificate of Insured that can be issued to any venue at any time.

Minnesota Theater Alliance and Nonprofit Insurance Advisors at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits have partnered to offer a group insurance policy program for Minnesota performing arts organizations. By covering many theaters under one policy, this program could mean cheaper premiums and greater coverage for many of you. Learn more and get a quote.