Arts Advocacy Day Changed to VIRTUAL Arts Advocacy Day: Thank Legislators For Arts Funding!
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.
CREATIVE MINNESOTA INTERNSHIP AVAILABLE AT MINNESOTA CITIZENS FOR THE ARTS
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 Mark@artsMN.org
Nominations for MCA’s Board Now Open. Minnesota Citizens for the Arts is looking to add four new members to their Board of Trustees. There are three openings in Greater Minnesota and one in the Seven County Metro Area. Terms begin December, 2019 and will last for two years.
What makes the arts strong in Minnesota? We have great, talented artists. We have world class museums and orchestras. We have thriving arts communities in every corner of the state. And we have a higher level of arts participation than most of the country. Minnesota Citizens for the Arts is a statewide, grassroots political organization that works to increase support for the arts in our state. We lobby the legislature and congress on behalf of the non-profit arts and also produce research to support arts advocacy. We created and passed the arts portion of the Legacy Amendment with many legislative partners that now funds the arts across Minnesota. Learn more at www.artsMN.org and www.creativeMN.org.
The full MCA Board meets four times a year in person in addition to holding an annual Arts Advocacy Day at the State Capitol in St. Paul. All members serve on committees that meet primarily by phone.
Interested? Fill out the form below and return itby November 1, 2019 by email, fax, or by snail mail to the address below. MCA’s bylaws ensure that board representation comes from all over the state. Half of MCA’s 36 board members must come from the Twin Cities metro area, and half from Greater Minnesota.
MCA seeks board members who:
Have mix of party affiliation, and provide balance in terms of the size or type of organizations represented on the board (large, medium, small, arts education, individual artist, etc.)
Provide other balances in terms of representing the state or the arts community (ie diversity in terms of age, race, etc).
Are people with political connections, political strategists, and people with an understanding of the political process, or are willing to learn.
Have clout within their organizations and/or peers, and have the ability and willingness to communicate about the need for arts advocacy.
Have a willingness to work, volunteer and join us at our meetings.
FYI, your nomination to the board is more likely to be successful if you are a paid member of MCA and if you have previously been a part of Arts Advocacy Day, the Legacy campaign, or volunteered for the cause in some other way.
***(Please do not nominate someone else unless you have discussed it with them first, and they have provided an answer to the question “Why do you want to be on the MCA board?).***
Successful applicants will be notified in early December.
To nominate yourself for the board, send the answers to the following questions and a current resume or bio to: Staff@artsMN.org. Nominee Name: Home Address: Work Address: Home Phone: Work Phone: Organization (If appropriate): Title (If appropriate): Legislative District # (If unknown, MCA can identify it for you): Experience with your local arts community: Political Experience (desired, but not necessary): Why are you interested in serving on the MCA Board of Trustees?
THE NEXT TWO YEARS OF ARTS FUNDING IS ON THE LINE.
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 the arts have 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!
Registration Deadline is March 8, 2019.
Join us on March 12 at the State Capitol and Minnesota History Center for a half day of arts advocacy, including a rally and meetings with legislators. We will be asking legislators to support funding to the State Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils which get grants out to every corner of the state.
Our main message? When we support the arts, the ARTS GIVE BACK.
Arts Advocacy Day Schedule, March 12, 2019:
7:30 AM Doors Open at the Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
8:00 AM Creative MN 2019 Release
8:00 AM Registration & Coffee (If not attending release)
8:30 AM First Time Advocate Training
9 – 10 AM Rally & Join Your Team Walk/Ride to Capitol
10 AM – 2 PM Legislator Appointments With Your Team. Capitol, Senate & State Office Building
To register and to learn more about Arts Advocacy Day visit here.