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Minnesota Theater Alliance Conference

October 14-16, 2018

“Connection and Reflection”

BugBee Hive Retreat Center | Paynesville, MN

Join the Minnesota Theater Alliance for an unforgettable weekend of connection and reflection with theater makers, movers, and shakers from all across the state. Conversations suited for all areas of theater, as well as theaters of all types and sizes. (Individual artists and administrators, too)

Invite your fellow artists and administrators, Board members, co-workers, and other. Discounted rates available for MTA Members, as well as member groups that would like to share a room.

The presenters for the 2018 Plenary Session – My Minnesota Theater: Stories from the Field. Join their session on October 15, 2018 to learn more about the incredible performing arts work happening all over the state!

Jeni O’Malley | Costume Design
Benjamin Domask | The Curiosita
AnaSofía Villanueva | ALMA
Sue Hennessy, Jane Gellner, Yvonne Block | Grand Marais Playhouse
Robert Lee | Duluth Playhouse
Marcela Michelle-Mobama, Kat Purcell | Lightning Rod
Eric Lee | Commonweal TheaterCheck out the amazing line up of Keynote Speakers and Workshop Presenters

Register today!
FINAL REGISTRATION DEADLINE: September 28, 2018

For more info and to register visit here

Vote in the Primary Tuesday August 14!

What Do
Candidates Say
About the Arts?


Learn and then Vote in the Primary,
Tuesday Aug. 14!

Candidates Respond to MCA on Arts Issues

There are many important races that will be decided in the August 14 Primary Election. MCA has asked candidates across the state about important arts issues. While their answers are still coming in, we thought you would be interested to see their stand on arts issues before you vote on August 14, 2018.
Our survey collected answers from candidates for the Minnesota Legislature, U.S. House and Senate, and Minnesota Governor on issues such as protecting Legacy arts funding, nonprofit tax exempts, and whether the candidates have connections to their local arts organizations.
**NOTE**
If your legislator has not yet responded to the survey,
urge them to do so!”

Download their answers HERE

and VOTE on (or before) August 14!

Where Do You Vote? Find Out Now: 

Job Openings at MCA: Applications Due Soon!

Job Openings at MCA:
Applications Due Soon
MCA is staffing up for the coming year. There are big challenges ahead, including:

  • keeping the arts in front of candidates during the election with candidate questionnaires, educational events, and other projects
  • preparing for the next appropriations session that will determine the next two years of arts funding, and
  • producing the 2019 Creative Minnesota report.

Two positions are open (and note that the Field Worker posting ends in just a few days).

MCA GRASSROOTS FIELD WORKER

The deadline for applications is due soon!

The position is full time (40hrs.wk) and will begin in July and last for 11 months. Salary $2500/month for 11 months.

Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA) is a statewide arts advocacy organization that organizes the arts community to lobby the Minnesota State Legislature and Congress. Our mission is to ensure opportunity for all people to have access to and involvement in the arts.

Working closely with staff and board, the Field Worker will be a part of organizing the arts community for the 2019 legislative session. The Field Worker’s duties include, but are not limited to, compiling legislative surveys, organizing legislative coffee parties, mass mailings, candidate forums, moderating public meetings, arts all-star award events and drumming up calls and letters at pivotal moments. The Field Worker will also participate in the day-to-day workings of the office and will assist the Executive Director as needed.

This person must be alert, flexible, and willing to work on changing projects that become identified during the year to reach our goals at the Legislature. Applicants must have access to a vehicle and be able to travel to greater Minnesota, although the majority of time will be spent at the office.

The Field Worker will have exposure to and opportunities to interact with some of the movers and shakers in the arts community, as well as gain a working knowledge of the legislative process, arts funding structures in Minnesota and the basic functions of running a nonprofit.

A qualified applicant would possess the following skills:

  • Interest in, experience with, and an understanding of the state legislature and Minnesota’s political process and experience in community organizing.
  • Good communication skills, especially when speaking to crowds or with people on the phone.
  • Experience and interest in working with a non-profit board and the arts community.
  • College degree preferred, but not required if experienced.
  • An organized, self-starting, positive personality with a sense of humor.
  • Filemaker and database system Powerpoint preferably experience with Apple Computers, Microsoft Word, Excel, Computer literacy.

CREATIVE MINNESOTA INTERNSHIP

Applications Due July 20

Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA), a nationally renowned arts advocacy organization that lobbies for state arts funding, seeks a Creative Minnesota intern to begin in July, 2018. The position is part-time and flexible (approximately 20 hours per week) and the compensation is $9.00/hr.

MCA represents the arts community of Minnesota at the state legislature and lobbies for state funding of the arts, as well as other issues of concern to the non-profit arts community. MCA also  advocates for the National Endowment for the Arts. To lobby effectively, MCA organizes grassroots advocacy around the state and keeps constituents educated and informed about the political process and the current state of arts funding throughout the year.

Creative Minnesota, a consortium of more than a dozen arts and culture nonprofits and funders, is about to conduct the 2019 Creative Minnesota Study. In addition to updates from previous studies about the size and impact of the state’s nonprofit arts and culture organizations, their audiences and artists and creative workers, the team will be working on a new report on the availability of arts education in Minnesota’s schools. Previous Creative Minnesota reports, published in 2015 and 2017, documented the arts sector in Minnesota. The new study will also begin to look at the impact of the arts in Minnesota over time. It will be added to the growing body of 59 Creative Minnesota statewide, regional and local studies available for free to the public at CreativeMN.org.

Interns will have exposure to and opportunities to interact with some of the movers and shakers in the arts community, as well as gain a working knowledge of the legislative process, arts funding structures in Minnesota and the basic functions of running a nonprofit.

Duties and projects included in the internship:

  • Assist staff in producing the 2019 Creative Minnesota Study, to be released in March of 2019.
  • Clean data, do other tasks as needed as Creative Minnesota study is put together.
  • Call arts organizations to fill in gaps in data.
  • Assist in organizing Creative Minnesota team meetings.
  • Work with staff on current projects if needed including, board meeting preparation, filing and data entry.

Qualified applicants would possess the following skills:


  •  Absolute accuracy in working with numbers and other information
  •  Basic knowledge of press releases and some work contacting press
  •  Interest in working with the arts community.
  •  Good communication skills, especially speaking with people on the phone.
  •  A self-starting, positive, self-motivated personality and a sense of humor.
  •  Good organizational skills and the ability to perform many tasks simultaneously.
  •  Computer literacy; preferably experience with Macintosh, Microsoft Word & Excel
  •  Independent and creative work habits.

APPLY NOW. For both positions, please mail or email résumé and cover letter to:

Mark Albers, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts
661 LaSalle Street #220

St. Paul, MN 55114
Mark@artsMN.org


Applications Now Open for Groundwork

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN FOR GROUNDWORK

Do you want to build the skills needed to become a public art consultant?

Apply for Groundwork, a four-day intensive offered by Forecast for IBPOC (Indigenous and/or Black, and/or Persons of Color) who are collaborative, innovative leaders interested in the arts, artists, and playing a role in making positive change in communities.

Public art consultants help connect the ideas, energies, and talents of artists with the needs and opportunities of communities and client groups. They facilitate the commissioning of new artwork, identify and curate public artists, produce and manage public events, design and implement community engagement efforts, develop public art plans for public and private developers, and more.

Public agencies and private entities rely increasingly on public art consultants to help guide and facilitate projects and processes to ensure successful public art and placemaking outcomes. Investment in arts and cultural initiatives continue to grow throughout the country, especially in cities and towns addressing arts and place-based development.

Nationally there is a lack of IBPOC in the public art consulting field. Forecast seeks to fill existing gaps in the field of public art consulting through Groundwork, providing opportunities in consulting work and preparing a more diverse network of consultants to help shape the future of public art and place-based work in cities and communities.

This intensive will offer an overview of the public art consulting world, including: types of work available in this field, the broad range of projects Forecast engages, an understanding of how your strengths, perspectives, and skills can be maximized
within the field.

Groundwork is designed for IBPOC with experience in the arts and/or related sectors of the community, including but not limited to: public art, design and architecture, planning, community-engaged arts, community organizing, creative placemaking, economic development, education, environmental justice, health care, housing, native nations, public policy, public systems, youth development.

Following this intensive, participants will have the opportunity to apply to gain paid on-the-ground experience, working on current Forecast projects in 2019. Number of hours will vary by project and participant availability.

Facilitators
Groundwork will be facilitated by Forecast staff in partnership with the following, and others:
  • Sandy Agustin, Creative Facilitator
  • Nicole Crutchfield, Planning Director, City of Fargo
  • Kersten Elverum, City Planner, City of Hopkins
  • James Garrett, Architect and Founder, 4RM+ULA
  • John Gebratetose, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, HUGE Theater
  • Mike Hoyt, Creative Community Liaison, Pillsbury House + Theatre
  • A. Rafael Johnson, Arts-based Evaluator, TerraLuna Collaborative
  • Nathan Johnson, Architect, 4RM+ULA
  • Tisidra Jones, Founder & CEO, Strong & Starlike Consulting, Inc.
  • Pam Korza, Co-Director, Animating Democracy
  • Neeraj Mehta, Director of Learning, McKnight Foundation
  • Satoko Muratake, Landscape Designer and Associate, TEN x TEN
  • Julia Nekessa Opoti, Multi-Media Storyteller and Research Consultant
  • Vidhya Shanker, Research and Evaluation Consultant, Rainbow Research
  • Deanna Rae StandingCloud, Program and Community Network Director, Tiwahe Foundation
  • Caroline Taiwo, Economic Opportunity Program Director, Springboard for the Arts
  • Karis Thompson, Consultant, Community Development + Community Engagement
  • Dudley Voigt, FLOW Artistic Director
  • Harry Waters Jr., Professor of Theatre, Artist, Consultant
  • Eleonore Wesserle, Director of Narrative Strategy, Line Break Media
  • Julio Zelaya, GMRJP Coordinator, ACLU Minnesota
Timeline
This intensive will take place over two weekends in the fall of 2018, in the Twin Cities. Participants are expected to attend all four days (times are approximate):
  • Friday, September 14, 1 – 7 pm
  • Saturday, September 15, 9 am – 3 pm
  • Friday October 5, 1 – 7 pm
  • Saturday October 6, 9 am – 3 pm
Selection Process
Interviews of selected applicants will take place the week of August 6. Notification of the final selection of Groundwork participants will be made by Thursday, August 16.

The application deadline is Monday, July 30 at 4:30 pm CST. To apply click here.

This professional level training is provided free of cost to all participants thanks to a generous Arts Access grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. 

Please contact Forecast if you have any questions about
eligibility, application, or participation at 
consulting@forecastpublicart.org or 651-641-1128.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. 

Folk and Traditional Arts Grant Program

Folk and Traditional Arts grant program

GRANT DEADLINE: May 25, 2018 at 4:30PM

The Folk and Traditional Arts grant program is designed to enrich Minnesota communities through folk and traditional art forms being passed on, documented, practiced and shared. This is administered by the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Folk and traditional arts refer to artistic traditions that come from and are rooted in the cultural life of a community. Community members may share a common ethnicity, geographic or regional identity, occupation, language, or tribal affiliation. Folk and traditional arts are learned and passed on through community based systems of training and education where younger generations learn and attain mastery of a form by observation and practice or through apprenticeships with elders and masters.

First time applicants are encouraged to carefully review the Program Overview and Application Instructions and then call the program officer prior to beginning an application.

Program information

FY 2019 Overview and Application Instructions (PDF)—all applicants should read this document thoroughly before beginning the application.

Application deadline and project period

FY 2019 applications must be submitted and accepted before 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 25, 2018. For more information about the application timeline and the project period, see the calendar page.

Who can apply

Click to see eligibility requirements (PDF).

Grant range: $5,000 – $75,000

The applicant may request up to 75 percent of the project costs; a 25 percent match is required.

Resources for applicants

Overview and application instructions
FY 2019 Overview and Application Instructions (PDF)

Overview Presentation
Applicants who are new to the Folk and Traditional Arts program may want to view an online presentation that gives a more detailed overview of the program. The presentation is available in two formats: MS Powerpoint (with audio) or PDF (without audio). Be aware that the MS Powerpoint takes up to 30 seconds to open.

Help for working with these files.

Sample applications
The following applications were submitted by fiscal year 2018 grantees. The files may take several minutes to download.

Grants awarded
Summaries of previously funded applications.

If you have questions or need assistance

If you have questions about the content of the application form or narrative, please contact:
Rina Rossi, program officer
(651) 215-1612
Rina.Rossi@arts.state.mn.us

If you have questions about the technical aspects of the application form, or questions about electronic submission, please contact:
Tom Miller, project manager
(651) 215-1611
apply@arts.state.mn.us
E-mail is preferred.

All staff can be reached toll-free at (800) 866-2787.

How to apply

Application method
All applicants are required to use the WebGrants system to apply, and will submit all materials electronically. Registration is required of all applicants before beginning an application to any Arts Board program. It is only necessary to register once.

WebGrants tutorials
Two online tutorials are available to acquaint users with the WebGrants system:

Reports and Amendments