Category Archives: Statewide Arts

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.

Didn’t Make it to Arts Advocacy Day?

YOU CAN STILL PARTICIPATE!

Send a quick note to your legislators telling them
the importance of the arts in your community. Your legislators need to know that their constituents support the arts.

Please take five minutes using this link:
Thank your legislators for state arts funding!

There’s a pre-written and addressed note,
or you can add your own thoughts. 

(If you want to go to Arts Advocacy Day but haven’t yet registered,you can register on-site).


What else can you do?

There is more than just one way to share your support for the arts and Arts Advocacy Day. We want legislators to know that “When you support the arts, the Arts Give Back!”

  1.  Contact your legislator and share with them how the arts and arts funding impacts your life.
  2.  Use MCA’s downloadable tools to share with others about how the Arts Give Back.
  3. Follow MCA on Facebook to share information about Arts Advocacy Day.
  4. Follow MCA on Twitterto share information about Arts Advocacy Day

HASHTAGS? #ArtsAdvocacyDay19 #MNArtsGiveBack and #MNLeg 


Many thanks to all you wonderful Arts Advocates for all you do. Remember that it’s your contacts with legislators are what makes the difference for the arts. Thank you!

The Loft’s Wordsmith Save the date

The Loft’s Wordsmith: A craft, career, and connection conference for writers November 1-3, 2019

Wordsmith: a craft, career, and connection conference for writers will take place November 2–3, 2019 at the McNamara Alumni Center. Some pre-conference workshops and events will take place at the Loft on Friday, November 1 and there may be a workshop/public event on Monday, Nov 4. 

Wordsmith is sponsored by the Loft. They will be bringing esteemed agents, authors, speakers, and editors to town, and the content will include many aspects of the previous genre conferences and the Pitch Conference. But there will be a lot more too. Parts of the conference will be specific to certain levels, genres, and audiences, but much of the conference will bring together all attendees for keynotes, workshops, and networking.

The conference is intended for those ready to pitch their work, those already with a book out or with an agent, and those who want to get more prepared to publish their work. It’s intended for prose writers and poets, genre and literary writers, beginning and advanced. In short, they are working hard to pull together a gathering that will feature meaningful sessions, workshops, one-on-one pitch and craft meetings, and networking opportunities for writers of all levels and genres.

They plan to make lineup announcements in the spring of 2019 and open registration sometime in July of 2019. Please mark your calendar and save the dates.