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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

Singer/Songwriters Composers Residency

In Common is a new collaborative artist residency that gives communities the opportunity to explore and celebrate their unique diversity through the sharing of stories and the creation of new music. The composer’s residency in the community centers on creating music together and organizing events where people of all ages can gather to discover what they have in common. Each community hosts a yearlong project that is unique to their needs, and which brings diverse people together, including civic leaders, a faith congregation, service organizations, and artists.

In Common is an intentional evolution of the long-running ACF program called Faith Partners, which for more than 20 years partnered congregations of different religious denominations in the Upper Midwest’s Bremer Bank communities, allowing them to collaborate and experience new music written just for them. During the In Common residency, community participants from all walks of life will gather to discover shared experience and purpose, and to imagine better lives in the community they all call home. This collaboration will forge new relationships and create new music — based on real stories and experiences, and performed by community members at free public events. With support from Otto Bremer Trust, an In Common residency will take place in one Bremer Bank community each year, starting with Willmar, MN, in 2018.

In recent years, the arrival in Minnesota of thousands of immigrants from East Africa has reshaped the Main Street of Willmar. Many have settled there, where they found work at the local Hormel-owned Jennie-O turkey processing plant. Today more than 20 businesses in and around Main Street are immigrant-owned. Along with the city’s more-established Latino community, the two groups now make up close to 25 percent of Willmar’s population, the majority of whom have Scandinavian and Northern European heritage. Despite religious and cultural differences, longtime Willmar residents and new immigrants are finding opportunities to build together a better future for all. This project aims to share some of those stories and celebrate this thriving, evolving community.

Organizations hosting the project include the Unitarian Universalist Church of WillmarThe Willmar Community Center, and The West Central Singers. Over the course of approximately one year (summer 2018 – summer 2019), this residency will invite the selected composer to collaborate with the community in many ways. Possible collaborations could include events for storytelling, songwriting & composing, various African drumming traditions, cultural dance, communal meals, music classes in Willmar area schools, and other events designed with the community.

In Common is a new collaborative artist residency that gives communities the opportunity to explore and celebrate their unique diversity through the sharing of stories and the creation of new music. Composers of all styles, who live within driving distance of Willmar, MN, are invited to apply by March 5 at https://goo.gl/hQu99k

This residency will be an opportunity for a composer to develop and lead a community-wide songwriting project, rather than a standard commission project. Organizers in Willmar envision selecting a composer who will lead diverse residents through the process of creating their own original songs, which will be freely available for anyone in the community to arrange and perform in any way they choose – during the residency year, and forever afterward. The selected composer will receive $18,000, be reimbursed for up to $2000 of travel expenses, and will be required to spend at least 36 days in the community during the yearlong collaboration. Full details, eligibility, and application are available in the link above.

Be the creative spark for bringing people from all walks of life together to discover shared experience and purpose, and to imagine better lives in the community they all call home.

Singers and/or songwriters who don’t necessarily think of themselves as composers are encouraged to apply.

Mn Artists Presents [Your Name Here] 2018: Call for Proposals

Mn Artists Presents [Your Name Here] is an opportunity for Minnesota-based artists of all disciplines to serve as “guest curators” of a one-night event at the Walker Art Center. Guest curators propose a central theme or question arising from their artistic practice, and then work with Mn Artists/Walker staff to create a multidisciplinary event that may include performances, discussions, temporary installations, concerts, workshops, social and participatory art experiences, and more, highlighting other artists in their professional network.

The call is open now, and proposals are due December 14 at 3 pm. Artists can find the full guidelines and apply here:

http://www.mnartists.org/content/mn-artists-presents-your-name-here-2018-call-proposals

Events can combine components including (but not limited to):

  • set design, costume and temporary installation in a public space at the Walker
  • screenings
  • roundtable conversations, interviews, lectures, panels
  • workshops, how-to sessions, art-making
  • performance
  • live music
  • social moments; spaces or opportunities for artists to meet and connect to each other

CRITERIA

They are looking for proposals that:

  • use innovative, engaging and accessible methods to communicate artistic ideas and issues to the general public
  • are interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary
  • include participatory or interactive elements in a playful and/or social atmosphere
  • networking, and/or skill-sharing
  • include a range of entry points for audiences, who range from practicing artists to people visiting a museum for the first time
  • use inventive methods to insert artist projects into the museum context
  • relate to digital practice or online networks
  • involve artists/arts organizers who have not previously been involved in Mn Artists or Walker programming (though artists we have worked with before are welcome to apply!)

For examples of successful projects, learn more about the two Mn Artists Presents programs they produced in 2017, with Marcus Young and Eric Larson.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Proposals must come from individual artists, collaborative groups with a history of working together (i.e., not organizations or non-profits). Current employees or contractors of the Walker are not eligible to apply.
  • Proposals should highlight your community, artistic interests, or network – rather than your own artwork. Please do not submit curatorial proposals that include your own artwork. Even if they are collaborative or interactive, proposals that include artwork authored by the curator will not be competitive.
  • All artists involved in the program must be based in Minnesota.
  • All activities should be somewhat flexible in their space requirements. Available spaces may vary for each program, but project spaces may include: any of the public lobbies (Main Lobby, Cargill, and Hennepin), the Cinema, Art Lab, Garden Terrace Room, Cityview Room, Skyline Room, and possibly terraces (weather and schedule permitting).
  • All projects must leave no trace on the Walker campus, cause no damage to the building or artworks, and take no more than one day to install/de-install.
  • Projects may not involve plant materials, live animals, or food for public consumption made outside of the Walker’s catering agreements.
  • All projects must comply with the Walker’s non-discrimination and anti-harassment policies.
  • Projects must be appropriate for a general audience, including visitors of all ages and with a range of physical abilities.

LOGISTICS

  • Events will take place on Thursday nights on dates pre-selected by Walker staff.  Mn Artists Presents will run from 5–9pm on these given evenings. The events are scheduled for May 3 and August 23, 2018. Applicants should be available for both dates.
  • Events may take place in different public spaces and rental spaces at the Walker Art Center. Please note that space availability is contingent on facility rentals and other bookings.
  • The guest curator will receive a stipend, as well as a budget to commission other artist projects and collaborators, in consultation with Walker staff. Budgets for each program range from $5000-6000, which goes towards materials, event production support, documentation, materials, artist stipends, and includes a guest curator stipend of $1600 as part of the overall budget. Travel and lodging will be covered for artists who live in greater Minnesota.
  • Programs will be developed alongside outreach initiatives, curated content on mnartists.org, and editorial content on mnartists.org.
  • Mn Artists Presents serves as a professional development opportunity for artists with interest or experience in curatorial work, event production, community outreach, and museum operation and administration, as well as providing visibility for their career, expanded network, and artistic interests.

PROPOSALS

They are asking artists to:

  • Propose a central idea, concept, or question, and
  • Give us a sense of how that might manifest in a one-night event: types of artist projects, potential collaborators, thoughts on discussion formats, activation of public spaces etc. Consider the event components as a range of different possible answers to your question!

Once proposals are selected, Mn Artists staff will work with the guest artist to fully realize the event, produce the artist projects, ensure that the event is relevant and accessible to a wide range of audiences, and conduct targeted outreach to expand audiences for the event and for Mn Artists more generally.

 

Finalists will receive notification in January 2018.

 

Attention Teaching Artists! COMPAS is Looking for New Artists

Attention Teaching Artists

COMPAS is Looking for New Artists

for their Roster of Professional Teaching Artists

COMPAS Teaching Artists connect with community members through performances, workshops, residencies and professional development. Programs take place throughout the state during school hours, after school, during the evening and on weekends. Locations include schools, libraries, senior care centers, events, youth programs and other community sites.

Teaching Artists are paid competitively for workshops and residencies, and performance fees are set by artist. COMPAS is most interested in artists who teach art forms or represent cultures or communities that are not on the current COMPAS roster or represent a gender working in an art form that is not represented on their roster.

Application and Selection

Once an artist has submitted the required information listed below, the application process consists of an initial round of consideration by COMPAS staff, followed by finalists having a face-to-face interview with their Arts Advisory Committee. If selected, incoming artists then attend a New Artists Workshop, followed by individual training meetings with COMPAS staff, as needed.

Minimum Qualifications

While they are open to a wide variety of artistic approaches and backgrounds, without the following elements your application has little chance of being accepted:

  • Minnesota resident
  • Demonstrated ability as an artist
  • Prior residency or teaching experience
  • Hiring is contingent upon completing a Criminal Background Check

In order to represent the communities they engage with, COMPAS is especially seeking artists who represent communities of color, indigenous artists and LGBTQIA communities.

Their priorities include:

  • Spoken word
  • Singing/songwriting
  • Music Therapy
  • Fiction Writing
  • Graffiti/Aerosol Art
  • Drumming
  • Mural painting
  • Clay/Pottery
  • Technology-games, animation, design
  • Mosaic

Focus experience areas:

  • STEM arts programs
  • Individuals with disabilities
  • Youthwork
  • Justice systems
  • English Language Learners

To Apply

Click here to submit your materials. You will be expected to upload:

  • A cover letter
  • A resume
  • Lesson Plan
  • Work samples
  • Work sample description

**The deadline to apply is January 19th, 2018.**
Interviews will be scheduled for Thursday, March 15 and Wednesday, March 21, 2018.

To learn more about the current members of the COMPAS Roster, check out the Artist Profiles.

Questions?

COMPAS staff is available for consultations to provide input on your application. If you would like to do so, or you have other questions, please contact Betsy Mowry Voss at betsy@compas.org.