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ARTS A’ FAIR at the Minnesota State Fair

 

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

Performance and Outreach Opportunity at the 2018 Minnesota State Fair for Minnesota performing arts organizations and individual performing artists

For the sixth consecutive year, the Minnesota State Fair will continue the Arts A’Fair Program in 2018 by presenting a variety of performing arts experiences representing Minnesota arts organizations and artists. Participating in this program allows you to promote your work with “Pop Up Performances” on the fairgrounds. Your act/number/vignette will be performed up to four times daily for three consecutive days. Each organization will be paid $1400 for the entire project. In addition, your organization will receive the opportunity to connect with your audiences before and after your performances at your performance location and will be promoted through various means by the fair’s marketing department.

Where: Minnesota State Fairgrounds (West End Market & new location in North End of fairgrounds)

When: Three consecutive days from August 23 through September 3, 2018 (exact three days and performances times to be determined).

  • Organizations/artists who were selected in the past are welcome to reapply with the same material or with something new.
  • Performers will have a designated outdoor performance area but should keep in mind the general atmosphere of the Fair.
  • Audiences are drawn to interactive, visually bold or acoustically dynamic performances.
  • Almost 2 million visitors attend the Minnesota State Fair each year! Expect all ages, cultures and tastes.

    Requirements for Performance Participation:

  • Each performance should be 10-15 minutes; set up/strike times should be kept to a minimum.
  • For ease of execution, only minimal props can be used.
  • Performers should be prepared to perform on grass or concrete, without an elevated stage or proscenium.

    Provided for performers:

  • Dressing room space (to be shared with other performers).
  • Sound system with wireless microphones and audio playback.
  • Gate admission to the fair on days of performance.
  • $10 State Fair food vouchers per performer per day.
  • Per diem reimbursement for performers who are located outside of the Twin Cities metro area.

Organizations/artists wishing to perform please provide:

  • Your organization’s name and mailing address, as well as a contact person and his/her phone number and email address. If applying as an individual artist, please provide your contact information, as well as an arts organization and contact person at that organization that will act as a reference for your work.
  • A description of the performance that you wish to submit for consideration, including props and/or wardrobe, if applicable. The application may be in the form of a written proposal (via email). You are encouraged to send photos, DVD, or video clips.
  • A description of your technical requirements, such as sound, performance surface, etc.
  • Performance dates that present a significant conflict for your organization (August 23 –September 3, 2018).

    Selection criteria:

  • Audience enjoyment (must be family-friendly)
  • Uniqueness
  • Ease of presentation at event
  • Diverse representation of genres, cultures and geography

    Application Deadline is May 1, 2018

    The proposals will be reviewed and selections made by the Minnesota State Fair. The organizations chosen to perform will be notified no later than May 31 and issued a letter of agreement.

    Please send proposals to: artsafair@mnstatefair.org OR

    Minnesota State Fair – Arts A’Fair 1265 Snelling Ave N
    St. Paul, MN 55108

    Minnesota State Fair Mission is To educate and involve our guests by providing a world-class showcase that is innovative, entertaining and fun.

    We strive to:

  • Showcase Minnesota’s finest agriculture, art and industry.
  • Present an unparalleled forum for knowledge and ideas.
  • Provide outstanding customer service.
  • Offer exceptional value.
  • Provide a safe, clean environment that is accessible to all.
  • Create unique experiences.

    For general information: artsafair@mnstatefair.org

    Dudley Voigt, Arts A’Fair Program Manager, dudleyvoigt@yahoo.com or
    Shannon Buchda, Minnesota State Fair, shannon.buchda@mnstatefair.org, (651) 288-4395

Couldn’t attend Arts Advocacy Day? You can still thank your legislators

Thank Your Legislators

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!
Using this link, THANK Your Legislators for State Arts Funding, there is a pre-written and addressed note you can send, or you can add your own thoughts! It only take five minutes!
You can do even more from your smart phone or desktop, including:
  • “Like” your legislators on Facebook / follow them on Twitter
  •  Create a 20 second “thank you” video to tell legislators about your Legacy/arts grant impact on the state (particularly your district)
  • Example: “Thank you Senator Mark Johnson, Representative Dan Fabian and Representative Deb Kiel for Legacy Funding that bring arts activities to northwestern Minnesota!”
  • Be sure to include @mncitizen, #ArtsDay2018 and #MNLeg in your social media posts.
  •  And for those who love good old fashioned mail, a quick handwritten note to your legislators will be a huge boost.

McKnight Fellowship for Visual Artists Deadline March 30

McKnight Fellowship for Visual Artists

Apply Today for an Award of $25,000 — Deadline March 30

2018 McKnight Visual Artist Fellowships
Administered by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD)

The McKnight Foundation’s Arts program is one of the oldest and largest of its kind in the country. Established in 1981, the McKnight Artist Fellowships provide annual, unrestricted cash awards to outstanding mid-career Minnesota artists in ten areas. Eight arts organizations oversee the administration of the fellowships and structure their own programs to respond to the unique challenges of different creative disciplines.

The Arts program supports the conviction that the arts cannot flourish or enhance community life without the ideas, energy, and drive of individual artists, and that artists cannot make these contributions without unfettered creative time.

The goal of the McKnight Visual Artist Fellowships program is to identify talented Minnesota visual artists whose work is of exceptional artistic merit and who are at a career stage that is beyond emerging. The fellowship program supports established artists by providing significant financial assistance, by creating opportunities to meet with local and national art professionals, by organizing a McKnight Discussion Series featuring the fellows and invited critics, and by working with the fellows to create an individualized professional development plan.

Eight $25,000 grants are awarded annually. Fellowship funding may be used to enhance any aspect of the artist’s life, such as overhead costs, the purchase of materials, travel, and other living expenses. Awards are subject to state and federal income tax guidelines.

Application site with link to guidelines: 
https://fellowship.mcad.edu/mcknight/index.php
Deadline: Friday, March 30 at noon

For more information contact Kerry Morgan, Program Director
612.874.3667
gallery@mcad.edu

or

Melanie Pankau, Fellowship Coordinator
612.874.3803
gallery@mcad.edu

Arts Advocacy Day is March 6! Plan to attend

Join Us for Arts Advocacy Day
on March 6, 2018!

“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.

REGISTER NOW AND FIND OUT MORE AT:
http://artsmn.org/act/events/arts-advocacy-day/

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.

Exhibition Proposals Welcomed

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:

Artist statement
Proposal statement (optional)
Résumé
Representative images (10-20 images) in PowerPoint or google slide format
(for each image please include on the slide the: title, date, medium, dimensions)
E-mail address

Email submissions to gallery@augsburg.edu by 11:00 am on Monday, February 12.

Questions?  Call 612-330-1524 or email gallery@augsburg.edu