Category Archives: Statewide Arts

Minnesota Citizens for the arts Seeking Board members

MCA Seeking New Board Members

Deadline November 1, 2019


Nominations for MCA’s Board Now Open. Minnesota Citizens for the Arts is looking to add four new members to their Board of Trustees. There are three openings in Greater Minnesota and one in the Seven County Metro Area. Terms begin December, 2019 and will last for two years.

What makes the arts strong in Minnesota? We have great, talented artists. We have world class museums and orchestras. We have thriving arts communities in every corner of the state. And we have a higher level of arts participation than most of the country. Minnesota Citizens for the Arts is a statewide, grassroots political organization that works to increase support for the arts in our state. We lobby the legislature and congress on behalf of the non-profit arts and also produce research to support arts advocacy. We created and passed the arts portion of the Legacy Amendment with many legislative partners that now funds the arts across Minnesota. Learn more at www.artsMN.org and www.creativeMN.org.

MCA Board at Annual Meeting 2018

The full MCA Board meets four times a year in person in addition to holding an annual Arts Advocacy Day at the State Capitol in St. Paul. All members serve on committees that meet primarily by phone.

Interested? Fill out the form below and return itby November 1, 2019 by email, fax, or by snail mail to the address below. MCA’s bylaws ensure that board representation comes from all over the state. Half of MCA’s 36 board members must come from the Twin Cities metro area, and half from Greater Minnesota.

MCA seeks board members who:

  • Have mix of party affiliation, and provide balance in terms of the size or type of organizations represented on the board (large, medium, small, arts education, individual artist, etc.)
  • Provide other balances in terms of representing the state or the arts community (ie diversity in terms of age, race, etc).
  • Are people with political connections, political strategists, and people with an understanding of the political process, or are willing to learn.
  • Have clout within their organizations and/or peers, and have the ability and willingness to communicate about the need for arts advocacy.
  • Have a willingness to work, volunteer and join us at our meetings.
  • FYI, your nomination to the board is more likely to be successful if you are a paid member of MCA and if you have previously been a part of Arts Advocacy Day, the Legacy campaign, or volunteered for the cause in some other way.

***(Please do not nominate someone else unless you have discussed it with them first, and they have provided an answer to the question “Why do you want to be on the MCA board?).***

Successful applicants will be notified in early December. 

To nominate yourself for the board, send the answers to the following questions and a current resume or bio to: Staff@artsMN.org.
Nominee Name:
Home Address:
Work Address:
Home Phone:
Work Phone:
Organization (If appropriate):
Title (If appropriate):
Legislative District # (If unknown, MCA can identify it for you):
Experience with your local arts community:
Political Experience (desired, but not necessary):
Why are you interested in serving on the MCA Board of Trustees?

Artists on Main street

ARTISTS ON MAINSTREET

Rethos: Places Reimagined and Springboard for the Arts are seeking four new Minnesota communities of 25,000 people or less to participate in the Artists on Main Street program for two years (January 2020 – December 2021).

The purpose of Artists on Main Street is to support rural community development at the intersection of arts and culture, downtown revitalization and historic preservation. Community or government organizations who are actively working on downtown/Main Street revitalization and who are interested in building new relationships with their creative community to creatively address local goals and challenges are encouraged to apply.

To apply visit: https://www.rethos.org/artists-on-main-application

Application Details

The purpose of Artists on Main Street is to support rural community development at the intersection of arts and culture, downtown revitalization and historic preservation. Community or government organizations who are actively working on downtown/Main Street revitalization and who are interested in building new relationships with their creative community to creatively address local goals and challenges are encouraged to apply.

Program Benefits:

  • Creative Community Development trainings and cohort exchanges for Downtown/Main Street leaders, their partners/stakeholders and other participating Artists on Main Street communities (3x per year).
  • $25,000 in funding for small artist-led projects, using Artists on Main Street’s creative placemaking training and selection process, that help communities accomplish their goals or address challenges related to downtown and main street ($15,000 in year 1, $10,000 in year 2)
  • Administrative support to cover staff costs, marketing, or other program management needs. ($5,000 per year)
  • Ongoing mentorship and technical support from Springboard and Rethos for strengthening and sustaining your community’s creative community development infrastructure.

​Eligibility:​

  • Artists on Main Street is open to any Minnesota community with a population of 25,000 or less.
  • Lead applicant must be a community or government organization actively working on downtown/main street revitalization (examples: Main Street organization, Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Councils)
  • Applicant must identify 2-3 Planning Team members who have a strong interest in learning how to work and collaborate with artists on community development issues, and can represent a wide variety of sectors – government, education, arts, recreation, economic development, etc.  It is strongly recommended to include a city representative as one of the community leaders and/or the organizational partner.
  • If not a City entity, applicant must submit a letter of support from a City representative that will be a liaison with city processes for Artists on Main Street (e.g. parks official, Mayor, city planner, etc)
  • Applicant and Planning Team must commit to attending the first Artist on Main Street Cohort Meeting on January 16th, 2020 from 10am to 3pm (tentative – location will be determined once communities are selected).

Selection Timeline:

  • Complete and submit application by Friday, October 25, 2019
  • Selected communities will be notified by Tuesday, November 12, 2019
  • If selected, applicant must confirm participation with Rethos by Friday, November 22, 2019
  • Participate in orientation call in early December 2019

Program Timeline:

Year 1

January 16, 2020: Cohort meeting #1

March – April, 2020: Each community hosts 1 – 2 Creative Placemaking workshops for their local artists

April – May, 2020: Review and selection of artist project proposals

May – October, 2020: Artist projects take place

July, 2020: Cohort meeting #2

November, 2020: Cohort meeting #3

November – December, 2020: Evaluation and planning for year 2

Timeline for Year 2 will be determined in collaboration with Rethos and Springboard.

Questions? 

Please contact Sarina Otaibi, Rural Programs Manager, at sarina@rethos.org or 320-262-9514.

2019 Rural Arts and Culture Summit

Springboard for the Arts announces the 2019 Rural Arts and Culture Summit


Registration is open for the biennial gathering of rural creatives, which will highlight the creative economy, cultural equity and arts-based youth development in rural places


Grand Rapids, MN — Registration is now open for the fifth biennial Rural Arts and Culture Summit, an event organized by Springboard for the Arts, which gathers rural artists, arts organizations and community leaders to highlight arts-based strategies to rural community and economic development. The event will take place October 3 – 5, 2019 at the Reif Center for Performing Arts in Grand Rapids, Minnesota and will offer over 25 workshops and presentations led by rural arts and culture practitioners from across the country. Tickets and more information can be found at www.ruralartsandculturesummit.com.

This year’s Summit has an emphasis on the intersection between the creative economy and cultural equity in rural places. 

About the Rural Arts and Culture Summit

The Rural Arts and Culture Summit was founded in 2011 in Fergus Falls. The 2019 Summit is organized by Springboard for the Arts in partnership with the Reif Center for Performing Arts, MacRostie Arts Center, the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, and Visit Grand Rapids. This year’s event is sponsored by the Minnesota State Arts Board, the McKnight Foundation, the Bush Foundation, the Blandin Foundation, and the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council. The Summit is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

For more information visit their website at http://ruralartsandculturesummit.com.

Teaching Artist Training in Creative Aging Co-sponsored by the Minnesota State Arts Board

Teaching Artist Training in Creative Aging  July 29 & 30  

Aroha Philanthropies is delighted to present a creative aging training for Minnesota teaching artists on July 29 and 30, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. This free event, co-sponsored by the Minnesota State Arts Board, will take place in Minneapolis at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Lunch and parking will be provided. 

The training is open to all artistic disciplines and will equip teaching artists to design successful, effective sequential arts education programs for older adults. Organized by a committee of Minnesota teaching artists experienced in the field of creative aging, this training will include an exploration of ageism, a hands-on deconstruction of a quality skill building creative aging workshop, and tangible ideas on how to include social engagement into all artistic mediums in creative aging programs.

Additionally, participants will share resources on creating and identifying job opportunities in the field. The event is open to teaching artists who are new to the field as well as those who are experienced in creative aging, and will provide the opportunity for teaching artists to share knowledge and questions. The training will be led by a diverse selection of Minnesota teaching artists experienced in creative aging and facilitated by Lifetime Arts. Please note that this training is not designed to provide training on health and wellness programs or focused on arts therapies for older adults.

ACCOMMODATIONS

They will make every effort to ensure a welcoming space for all registrants to be able to meaningfully participate. Contact Sarah Drebelbis at sarah@arohaphilanthropies.org or 
(612) 377-8400 with inquiries regarding accessibility and accommodations.

QUESTIONS? 
Please contact Sarah Drebelbis at sarah@arohaphilanthropies.org or (612) 377-8400.

Minnesota State Arts Board offers webinar for Folk and traditional Arts grant Program

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 FY 2020 Folk and Traditional Arts grant program. This session will be particularly helpful for first-time applicants.
Program officer Rina Rossi will walk through the program overview and instructions, and provide background information about what the review panel looks 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 session in person.
To make the session more useful, 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
Thursday, April 18, 3:00 p.m.
If you are unable to attend, but would like to view the PowerPoint used in the Webinar, it will be posted on the Arts Board Web site following the session.
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.
The presentation starts promptly at 3:00 p.m. Please plan to join the session five minutes early.
Dial into the telephone portion to hear the audio.
Call the conference host at (800) 920-7487.
Enter the conference code: 8443 522 #
When prompted, say your name.
Log into the Web portion to view the PowerPoint presentation:
https://www.yourconferencecenter.com/confcenter/meeting_center/default.aspx?100866&jnhst=N&o=UmvFeVTWtqzxUx
Select Web/Audio Conference.
Enter your name, email, and company.
Select the red Join button at the bottom of the page.
Important note: Save these instructions for reference. No further confirmation will be sent to you.