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Tending the Creative Soul May 12 — Time Management

Our topic this month for Tending the Creative Soul is Time Management! We’re stretched in soooooo many directions with our busy lives and with all those important (?) things to do. So the question is how do we make time for our creative process? Do we need to schedule time? Isn’t the creative process spontaneous? Do scheduling and spontaneity work together?

Bring your snack and beverage of choice and your questions and ideas for our Zoom gathering Wednesday, May 12 from 5:00 to 6:00 pm.

Join Zoom Meeting
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Questions? Email Trey at Treyeverettcreates@gmail.com.

MCA Creative Minnesota Internship


Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA), a nationally renowned arts advocacy organization that lobbies for state arts funding, seeks a Creative Minnesota intern to begin in November 2019. The position is part-time and flexible (approximately 20 hours per week) and the compensation is $10/hr.

ABOUT MCA: MCA represents the arts community of Minnesota at the state legislature and lobbies for state funding of the arts, as well as other issues of concern to the non-profit arts community. MCA also does advocacy for the National Endowment for the Arts. To lobby effectively, MCA organizes grassroots advocacy around the state and keeps constituents educated and informed about the political process and the current state of arts funding throughout the year.

ABOUT CREATIVE MINNESOTA: Creative Minnesota, a consortium of more than a dozen arts and culture nonprofits and funders, will conduct the 2021 Creative Minnesota Study. In addition to updates from previous studies about the size and impact of the state’s nonprofit arts and culture organizations, their audiences and artists and creative workers, the team will be working on updates of a report on the availability of arts education in Minnesota’s schools. Previous Creative Minnesota reports, published in 2015, 2017, and 2019 documented the arts sector in Minnesota. The new study will also look at the impact of the arts in Minnesota over time. It will be added to the growing body of 59 Creative Minnesota statewide, regional and local studies available for free to the public at CreativeMN.org.

Interns will have exposure to and opportunities to interact with some of the movers and shakers in the arts community, as well as a working knowledge of the legislative process, arts funding structures in Minnesota and the basic functions of running a nonprofit.

Duties and projects included in the internship:

  • Assist staff in producing the 2021 Creative Minnesota Study, to be released in March of 2021.
  • Clean data, do other tasks as needed as Creative Minnesota study is put together.
  • Call arts organizations, or do online research, to fill in gaps in data.
  • Assist in organizing Creative Minnesota team meetings.
  • Work with staff on current projects if needed including, board meeting preparation, filing and data entry.

Qualified applicants would possess the following skills:

    – Absolute accuracy in working with numbers and other information
    – Basic knowledge of press releases and some work contacting press.
    – Interest in working with the arts community.

    – Good communication skills, especially speaking with people on the phone.
    – A self-starting, positive, self-motivated personality and a sense of humor.

    – Good organizational skills and the ability to perform many tasks simultaneously.
    – Computer literacy; preferably experience with Macintosh, Microsoft Word & Excel 

    – Independent and creative work habits.

APPLY NOW. Please mail or email résumé and cover letter by Nov. 1, 2019 to: 
Mark Albers, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts
661 LaSalle Street #220 
St. Paul, MN 55114

Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Annual Exhibition

NWMAC Annual Exhibition
Opens Thursday, April 20th
Norman County West School
Halstad, MN


The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is the primary coordinator and sponsor of this popular area exhibition.  Last year $2,300.00 of prize money was awarded at the Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibition!
Thursday, April 20, Exhibition Opens to the Public
People’s Choice Voting Begins
Sunday, April 30th  Exhibition & Reception
12:00 P.M. Open for Viewing 
 1:00 P.M. Artist Reception
2:00 P.M. Program
Including “Of the Year Awards” Presentation and 2017 Creative Minnesota Report about Northwest Minnesota by  Minnesota Citizens for the Arts Executive Director Sheila Smith, followed by a brief discussion of the impact of the arts and culture in the region.
Exhibition Closes Afterwards.
Please join us!

Creative Minnesota 2017 Report

Creative Minnesota 2017 Study
Reveals What Artists Need to Make a Living and a Life in Minnesota

The new Creative Minnesota 2017 report is out!

Plan to attend the Northwest Artist Reception in Halstad  at the Norman County West School on April 30 to hear a presentation of the the results of the study followed by a brief discussion of the economic impact of the arts and culture in the region.

A new study on the health and impact of the nonprofit arts and culture sector in Northwest Minnesota will be released at 2:00 PM on April 30, 2017, by Creative Minnesota, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and the Northwest Minnesota Regional Arts Council (NWRAC). The presentation of the results will be made at the Northwest Artist Reception at the Norman County West School, Halstad, followed by a brief discussion of the economic impact of the arts and culture in the region. The exhibit opens at 12:00 pm, Reception/Food at 1:00 pm, Program at 2:00 pm. If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to NWRAC at 218-745-9111 or mara@nwrdc.org.

As the most comprehensive report ever done about the sector’s health and economic impact, Creative Minnesota 2017 fills in the gaps of available information about Minnesota’s cultural field and seeks to improve our understanding of its importance to our quality of life and economy. Creative Minnesota 2017 quantifies the impact and needs of Minnesota’s artists and creative workers, updates previous studies on the economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations, and reviews other research about the arts sector in the state.

The report includes both new, original research and analysis of data created by others. Creative Minnesota’s research is available for free at creativemn.org.

104,000 artists and creative workers, 1,600 nonprofit arts and culture organizations, and 22 million attendees have a total economic impact of $2 billion annually in Minnesota. Download your copy at CreativeMN.org or the regional report here.

The presentation will show astonishing results for both the state and for Northwest Minnesota.

  • On a statewide basis, the study found that the combined statewide economic Impact of nonprofit arts organizations, their audiences and artists and creative workers is over $2 billion annually. This includes $819 million spent by nonprofit arts organizations, $564 million spent by audiences, and the direct spending of artists in their communities, on things such as art supplies and studio rental, of $644 million in the state.
  • Every region of the state was found to have a robust arts economy.
  • Among many other regional results that will be revealed at the presentation, in the area that the Northwest Regional Arts
  • Council serves, there is a combined economic impact by nonprofit arts and culture organizations and artists of $4.9 million per year.
  • The study also shows strong support by Minnesotans for the arts, and provides guidance on what artists need to make a living and a life in the state.

Many regional organizations were part of the study:

Ada Chamber of Commerce, Fosston Community Library and Arts Association, Kittson County Historical Society, L’Association des Francais du Nord, Middle River Community Theater, North Country Fiddle and Dance, Northwest Minnesota Arts Council, Palmville Press and Publishing, Inc., Polish National Alliance Lodge 3060, Polk County Historical Society, Roseau Area Arts Association, Roseau County Historical Society, Stephen Arts Council, Summer Arts Stages, Twin Forks Chorus, Valley Crossing Arts Council, Warroad Summer Theatre, Ada Summer Children’s Theater, Argyle American Legion Post 353, City of Crookston – Arts Programs, City of Fertile – Arts Programs, City of Karlstad – Arts Programs, City of Kennedy – Arts Programs, City of Newfolden – Arts Programs, City of Red Lake Falls – Arts Programs, Crookston Area Chamber of Commerce, Crookston Community Theater, East Grand Forks Campbell Library, General Federated Women’s Club, Goodridge Veterans Memorial Park, KSRQ-FM Northland Community & Tech College, LifeCare Medical Center, Malung Community Center, Marshall County Fair, Marshall County Historical Society, Minnesota Institute of Contemplation and Healing, Red River Children’s Chorus, River Walk Artists, Roseau Area Friends of the Library, Roseau Scandinavian Festival, Sons of Norway Snorre Lodge 70, Stephen-Argyle Central Community Education, Thief River Care Center, Thief River Falls Area Community Theater, Thief River Falls Chamber of Commerce, Thief River Falls Education Foundation, Tri River Pioneer Museum, Tri-Community Living at Home, University of Minnesota-Crookston, Warren Senior Nutrition Council
Creative Minnesota 2017 was developed by a collaborative of arts and culture funders in partnership with Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA).
Major Sponsoring Organizations:
Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA) is a statewide arts advocacy organization whose mission is to ensure opportunity for all people to have access to and involvement in the arts. MCA organizes the arts community and lobbies the Minnesota State Legislature and Congress on issues pertaining to the nonprofit arts and conducts original research. MCA works with over 40,000 arts advocates in Minnesota. 651-251-0868, www.artsMN.org @MNCitizen
The McKnight Foundation: www.mcknight.org
Target: https://corporate.target.com/corporate-responsibility
Bush Foundation: www.bushfoundation.org
Mardag Foundation: http://www.mardag.org/
Jerome Foundation: http://www.jeromefdn.org/
The Minnesota State Arts Board: http://www.arts.state.mn.us/
Forum of Regional Arts Councils of Minnesota: http://www.arts.state.mn.us/racs/forum.htm
Minnesota Historical Society: http://www.mnhs.org/about
Ideas that Kick: www.ideasthatkick.com
Americans for the Arts: www.AmericansForTheArts.org
CURA Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota: http://www.cura.umn.edu/
Minnesota Compass: http://www.mncompass.org
Northwest Regional Arts Council: http://www.northwestminnesotaartscouncil.org/

NEW! Creative Minnesota Road Show

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NEW Creative Minnesota Road Show Coming Soon to a Town Near You!


Seventeen new local studies of the economic impact of the arts and culture will be coming out through October from the Creative Minnesota Project and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts. You are invited to join us for Town Hall meetings and presentations of the results all across the state. You will not believe the results!

As the most comprehensive report ever done about the sector’s health and economic impact, Creative Minnesota: The Health and Impact of the Nonprofit Arts and Culture Sector previously broke out data statewide and regionally and is now also available for selected cities and counties.

Join Us for Town Hall Meetings

Find out and discuss the importance of the Arts and Culture to your town:

Oct 1

3:45 PM

MN Council of Nonprofits Conference breakout (statewide results) St. Paul

Oct 2


Virginia at Lyric Center for the Arts

Oct 2

5 PM

Grand Rapids at MacRostie Art Center at First Friday

Oct 9

4 PM

Red Wing Art Assn’s Fall Arts Festival Kick off breakfast at T.B. Sheldon

Oct 15

5:30 PM

White Bear Art Center at the Center

Oct 22

4 PM

Chisago County at Halberg Center for the Arts in Wyoming

Oct 26

4 PM

Duluth Art Institute at the Depot

Oct 27


Fergus Falls at West Central Initiative Fund Offices

Oct 29

7 PM

St. Louis Park at Rec. Center

RSVP to intern@mncitizensforthearts.org

Presentations at Public Meetings

Come show your support and find out the results for your town!

Oct 5

6:30 PM

Presentation before the Winona City Council meeting, City Hall

Oct 6

10:30 AM

Presentation to Mille Lacs County Board, County Courthouse

Oct 13


St. Cloud Noon Rotary Meeting, Marriott Courtyard

Oct 19

7:30 PM

Presentation to St Louis Park City Council, City Hall

Oct 22

9:00 AM

Presentation to Northfield EDA Authority, at City Council Chambers

Oct 26

7:00 PM

Presentation to Duluth City Council, City Hall

Oct 28

8:30 AM

Presentation to Pine City EDA meeting, Pine Government Center

Nov 3

5-8 PM

Presentation to Cook County Chamber of Commerce Annual Mtg

Nov 9

7:00 PM

Presentation to Maple Grove City Council, City Hall

And more to come:

St. Paul and Minneapolis focused events are yet to be scheduled, and other events will be added along the way. Stay tuned!

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Creative Minnesota is a snapshot of spending by nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences as well as other indicators of the sector’s health and impact on the economy in 2013. The statewide study quantifies the economic impact from 1269 arts and culture organizations in every corner of the state, in addition to information about jobs created, local vs. non-local attendees spending, nonprofit arts and culture organizational budgets, and artist employment levels. 

Creative Minnesota was developed by a collaborative of arts and culture funders in partnership with Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA). Americans for the Arts (AFTA) was commissioned to calculate the economic impact of the arts. Creative Minnesota and additional research about Minnesota’s arts and cultural community can be downloaded for free at: creativemn.org.

The Creative Minnesota team includes: