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#CreativeMn : Arts Advocacy Day 2015

Arts Advocacy Day 2015 was a great success.  We learned that in our District, Region 1 Arts, over $1 Million dollars was spent because of arts and arts related projects over the past year.

Read the report here.

Region 1 (that’s us!) at a glance:

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Download the full Arts and Economic Prosperity IV in Northwest Minnesota report here.

What our leaders have to say about this:

“The economic impacts of the arts in Minnesota are very important; their contributions to the quality of people’s lives are priceless. Arts organizations are strongly supported throughout Minnesota, and they help make successful communities. Their continuing growth and vitality will be critical to our state’s economic and social well-being.”

– Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton

“We are pleased with the results of this survey, since it shows substantial economic impact in our Northwest region. It is also exciting to note that results would have been substantially greater if the audience surveying would have occurred into July, August, and September, because in the summer our region hosts exciting events that bring visitors into our area for arts experiences. People that travel to attend an arts festival or a performance spend money on food, gasoline, and shopping which brings economic growth to our communities. Also, it is encouraging to hear from our fine craft artists, who create pieces like pottery, jewelry, and original furniture, that sales are great at our local shops. We encourage residents and visitors to support our local artists by buying locally made art. Artists are small business owners. Nourishing artistic growth and expression truly has brought economic impact to our region.”

-Mara Hanel, Executive Director, Northwest Minnesota Arts Council

Read the full Arts & Economic Prosperity IV in Northwest Minnesota report here!

2 members of Northwest Minnesota Arts Council were able to attend; Therese Masters Jacobson and Maureen Regalado, along with Janet Johnson of Malung, Minnesota and 1 student, Maxine Regalado, Karlstad.

We were able to meet with our Representatives Dan Fabian and Deb Kiel and Senator LeRoy Stumpf.  We talked about the impact of arts and arts organizations in our area.

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Here are a few snap shots of our day:

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NWMAC Staff Members: Therese Masters Jacobson, Maureen Regalado Janet Johnson, Malung Maxine Regalado, Karlstad Deb Kiel, State Representative District 1B


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Arts Advocacy Day 2015!

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Minnesota Citizen for the Arts Arts Advocacy Day is coming soon!  In fact, it’s just around the corner on February 19, 2015!  And better yet…IT’S FREE!

3 year old Miles Thinks YOU should go to Arts Advocacy Day too!

If it’s so easy to register that even a 3 year old can do it…you can too!

Register Here!

FAQ’s About Arts Advocacy Day

keepcalmmakeyourvoiceheardWhether you are a visual artist, singer, dancer, tuba player, member of a board, arts administrator or student, all arts advocates are welcome. A strong showing from every corner of the state helps make sure that every legislator gets to meet with an arts advocate from their own area. They say “no legislator understands an issue until it’s explained to him by a constituent.”

Next Two Years of Arts Funding Are on the Line
Past Arts Advocacy Days have resulted in great gains for the arts…like the passage of the Legacy Amendment in 2008 that tripled arts funding and which we are working now to protect.The legislature decides now how much arts funding there will be for the next two years. We must protect the gains we have made, and to prevent, as has been attempted in the past, diversion of Legacy Arts funding away from the Minnesota State Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils.