Category Archives: Statewide Arts

submissions open for MN Shorts Play festival

The Minnesota Shorts Play Festival is accepting short play scripts until March 1 for its upcoming 11th Annual festival this fall. The short play festival features seven of the best short plays from Minnesota writers and seven of the best short plays from around the Midwest and Merely Players performs the shows Sept. 5-6 in Mankato.


Short plays must be 10 pages or less and should be emailed as a pdf with the writer’s name and contact information on the title page only. Plays can be emailed to mnshorts@yahoo.com. Judges will read the scripts in the blind and choose the 7 Minnesota scripts to be performed this fall.


Minnesota playwrights can submit up to TWO short plays for the festival. For more information, go to www.mnshorts.comor contact the coordinator at 507-420-1881.

MCKnight Fellowships for Media Artists

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN UNTIL MARCH 11

2019/20 Application Guidelines
DEADLINE IS MARCH 11, 2019 AT 5PM
  GUIDELINES FAQ

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 McKnight 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 Artist Fellowships for Media Artists program is to identify talented Minnesota media artists whose work is of exceptional artistic merit and who are at a career stage 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 public discussion panel featuring the fellows, by providing assistance to attend a professional conference in New York or Los Angeles, and by offering four free classes through FilmNorth during the fellowship year.

For questions about the fellowships or the application process, contact Eric Mueller, Program Administrator, FilmNorth, 651-644-1912, emueller@myfilmnorth.org.

Application Guidelines

There will be a “How to Apply” workshop on January 29, 2019, from 6:30-8:30 (details in the Guidelines.) In the meantime, you can watch the 2018 How to Apply Workshop.

Arts advocacy day 2019

ARTS ADVOCACY DAY March 12th, 2019

REGISTER NOW FOR ARTS ADVOCACY DAY

THE NEXT TWO YEARS OF ARTS FUNDING IS ON THE LINE.

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 8, 2019.

Join us on March 12 at the State Capitol and Minnesota History Center for a half day of arts advocacy, including a rally and meetings with legislators. We will be asking legislators to support funding to the State Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils which get grants out to every corner of the state. 

Our main message? When we support the arts, the ARTS GIVE BACK.

Arts Advocacy Day Schedule, March 12, 2019:

7:30 AM Doors Open at the Minnesota History Center, St. Paul

8:00 AM Creative MN 2019 Release

8:00 AM Registration & Coffee (If not attending release)

8:30 AM First Time Advocate Training

9 – 10 AM Rally & Join Your Team Walk/Ride to Capitol

10 AM – 2 PM Legislator Appointments With Your Team. Capitol, Senate & State Office Building

To register and to learn more about Arts Advocacy Day visit here.

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: