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Arts Advocacy Day is Now Virtual Arts Advocacy Day

Arts Advocacy Day Changed to VIRTUAL Arts Advocacy Day: Thank Legislators For Arts Funding!

Kristin participating in Virtual Arts Advocacy Day — take 5 minutes to thank your legislators!

MCA is committed to the safety and wellness of the arts community. Although the Minnesota Department of Health has not as of this moment recommended canceling events, out of an abundance of caution and after many thoughtful conversations, they have decided to cancel their day on the hill and instead hold a VIRTUAL Arts Advocacy Day. We are all practicing social distancing — something that comes naturally to most Minnesotans — but that doesn’t mean we can’t advocate for the arts. In the 2019 legislative session, the legislature passed an increase in state arts funding. (Yay!) Let’s use Virtual Arts Advocacy Day to thank legislators for supporting arts funding. Your legislators need to know that their constituents support the arts. Please take five minutes here to thank them for continued arts funding, and let them know that when you invest in the arts, the Arts Give Back.

Thank you to all of the committed volunteers who helped organize Arts Advocacy Day, volunteered as Team Leaders, and signed up to come to Saint Paul (30% of whom were first-time advocates). You can all still make a difference by making sure your legislators know the importance of the arts to you and your community.

Arts Advocacy Day: March 17th!

Arts Advocacy Day is March 17th - MnCitizensForTheArts!

via MnCitizensForTheArts – 

mca_logo“Thank you” is not a message legislators hear very often.

On March 17, 2016 Minnesota Citizens for the Arts will join hundreds of arts advocates from around the state to the State Capitol for “Arts Advocacy Day” to thank legislators for following through on the promise of the Legacy Amendment that dedicated funds to the arts. Register here.

Minnesotans overwhelmingly passed the Legacy Amendment by 56%, in 2008. In the past several years arts advocates and supportive legislators had to fight off suggestions that the Legacy Arts & Culture Fund be used to build a stadium or be redirected to benefit pet projects in just one district.

 “Despite many attempts to divert the Arts & Culture fund to unrelated or unworthy projects, the legislature has actually stood firm to protect the wishes of the voters, and we want to thank them for following through, ” said Sheila Smith, MCA’s Executive Director. “The legislature is doing the right thing and we want to recognize that.”


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 arts funding has 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!


7:30 AM: Doors Open at the Minnesota History Center

8:00 AM: Advocacy Class for New Attendees or Registration & Coffee (For those not attending class.)

8:30 AM: Update on the Creative Minnesota Project

9:00 AM: Rally & Join your Team

10:00 AM: Walk or Take MCA Shuttle to Capitol

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM: Legislator Appointments (MCA Homebase will be in the Transportation Building.)

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