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Virtual Arts Advocacy Day February 16-19, 2021

Why Virtual Arts Advocacy Day?

JOIN YOUR FELLOW ARTS ADVOCATES FROM ACROSS MINNESOTA TO CREATE ACTION FOR THE ARTS, FEBRUARY 16-19th.

Minnesota’s premiere arts gathering has moved online! You are needed to help “rally the troupes,” recognize this community’s resilience, and make our voice heard at the State Capitol.

With your action – online and as part of Zoom calls with legislators –  we can help legislators understand the importance of the arts to guarantee funding at this critical time. We may be at our own computers this year, but we can still connect and work together to advance our community. (And hey, we won’t need to worry about the annual Advocacy Day snowstorm!)

MCA is a recognized national leader is arts advocacy. Arts Action Week helps to preserve our Legacy Amendment and state grant funds.

Attend Arts Advocacy Day and help protect the arts funding you love.

What is Arts Advocacy Day/Week?

Minnesota Citizens for the Arts works to increase arts funding by bringing arts advocates together with their legislators about the importance of the arts to our lives and our economy. Every year about 500-1000 arts advocates join together for a rally at the Minnesota History Center Auditorium in the morning, split up into teams with experienced leaders and walk together to legislator offices to educate them about the arts in their communities and ask them to support arts funding. Because of Covid, we are expanding the day to a week (to give us more time to set up zooms) and will be completely online with a short rally, brief trainings, and then zoom meetings with legislators.

Who Goes to Arts Advocacy Day?

Attendees include painters, tenors, dancers, cellists, French horn players and other artists of all kinds, arts administrators and representatives from every arts organization statewide from the big organizations to the smallest all volunteer choir on the northern border, joining together to show the strength of Minnesota’s arts community. Where else could you go to be with 500-1,000 people who agree with you?


Why Should I Go?

Through this big day, we show the strength of Minnesota’s statewide arts community. Previous Arts Advocacy Days have resulted in significant increases in state arts funding (that goes out in grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils). The Legacy Amendment, which tripled arts funding in 2008, was passed on Arts Advocacy Day! Past participants have repeatedly shared their favorite parts of the day:

  1. They feel empowered by gathering together with like-minded people.
  2. They say that Arts Advocacy Day is the best arts networking event of the year, as it’s the only time that arts lovers of all kinds come together in one place.

What are the Important Issues This Year?

Covid has hit the arts harder than almost every other sector. At the same time the state of MN has a budget deficit so we will be fighting off cuts to arts funding.

Legislators need to hear about the importance of the arts to their districts and the impact the MSAB and RAC grants are having in their hometowns.

Minnesotans overwhelmingly approved the Legacy Amendment in 2008, passing it by 56%, which created four new dedicated funds for land, water, parks and arts. 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.

What is the Typical Arts Advocacy Day Like?

Watch a video from a previous Arts Advocacy Day.

Watch the video from the Lakes Regional Arts Council about their experiences at Arts Advocacy Day.

How do I join this year?

  1. Sign Up for Arts Action Week Here
  2. Attend/Watch the Opening Rally Webinar. (Info to watch live or on-demand will be emailed to you closer to the event.
  3. Attend meetings with your legislators. (Info for those meetings will be sent to you the week of the event.)

Can’t attend this year? Send your legislator a message about the importance of arts funding.

Arts Action Week Schedule:

Download Last Year’s (2020) Arts Advocacy Day Handbook

Opportunity to influence arts programming in NW Minnesota — We are updating our Biennial Plan

It is time for the NWMAC to update our Biennial Plan for FY22-23. We need your feedback and ideas!

We will be asking you to take time to share your experience with our programs and your needs as an artist.

We will be posting a draft biennial plan and then holding a public meeting in late February to gather input. Stay tuned for details. Can’t make the meeting? We also welcome emails or other forms of communication that work best for you.

This is an opportunity to influence the arts in our region!

Please reach out to Mara (at director@nwartscouncil.org or 218-745-8886) with questions or comments.

Give to the Max Day is November 19

It’s that time again for Minnesota’s Giving Holiday. The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is raising money though Give to the Max Day. GiveMN links donors with organizations that are working to make Minnesota a better place. Its online giving website, GiveMN.org, enables charitable giving any time and any place, allowing people to donate with ease and enthusiasm. GiveMN brings innovation, energy and fresh ideas to Minnesota generosity.

GiveMN is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Visit GiveMN.org today to support the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council here.

weekly podcast

Listen to our weekly podcast Tuesdays with Mara (hosted by Ron West) on Pioneer 90.1 on Tuesdays at 3:05 pm. These interviews with regional artists, arts organizations, state arts leaders and others sponsoring arts events are on our website here for your listening pleasure whenever you’d like.

Have ideas for interviewees or topics? Please reach out to our Promotions and Marketing Specialist Kristin Eggerling at keggerling@gmail.com.

To listen to podcasts from 2019-2020: http://www.northwestminnesotaartscouncil.org/podcast-tuesdays-with-mara-2019/

To listen to podcasts from 2017-2018: http://www.northwestminnesotaartscouncil.org/podcast-tuesdays-with-mara-2018/

To listen to podcasts from 2015-2016: http://www.northwestminnesotaartscouncil.org/podcast/

To listen to podcasts from 2013-2014: http://www.northwestminnesotaartscouncil.org/tuesdays-with-mara-2013-2014/

The Minnesota State Arts Board would like to hear from you

The Minnesota State Arts Board wants to hear from you

In response to COVID-19, the Minnesota State Arts Board made broad changes to its grant programs this year.  They offered two new, flexible programs that are intended to help creative individuals and organizations adapt and sustain their practices and activities during the pandemic and beyond.  They’d like your thoughts on those programs.

They are asking you to respond to a very simple survey that will take only a few minutes to complete.

The pandemic has brought uncertainty and deep economic challenges to the individuals and organizations who, together, make up our state’s arts and culture sector.  Your insights will be valuable to them, as they begin planning their grant programs for the coming year.

Please don’t delay; they will close the survey on Monday, October 12.

Take the survey

Thank you for your time and your thoughts.