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Didn’t Make it to Arts Advocacy Day?

YOU CAN STILL PARTICIPATE!

Send a quick note to your legislators telling them
the importance of the arts in your community. Your legislators need to know that their constituents support the arts.

Please take five minutes using this link:
Thank your legislators for state arts funding!

There’s a pre-written and addressed note,
or you can add your own thoughts. 

(If you want to go to Arts Advocacy Day but haven’t yet registered,you can register on-site).


What else can you do?

There is more than just one way to share your support for the arts and Arts Advocacy Day. We want legislators to know that “When you support the arts, the Arts Give Back!”

  1.  Contact your legislator and share with them how the arts and arts funding impacts your life.
  2.  Use MCA’s downloadable tools to share with others about how the Arts Give Back.
  3. Follow MCA on Facebook to share information about Arts Advocacy Day.
  4. Follow MCA on Twitterto share information about Arts Advocacy Day

HASHTAGS? #ArtsAdvocacyDay19 #MNArtsGiveBack and #MNLeg 


Many thanks to all you wonderful Arts Advocates for all you do. Remember that it’s your contacts with legislators are what makes the difference for the arts. Thank you!

Arts advocacy day 2019

ARTS ADVOCACY DAY March 12th, 2019

REGISTER NOW FOR ARTS ADVOCACY DAY

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.

Vote in the Primary Tuesday August 14!

What Do
Candidates Say
About the Arts?


Learn and then Vote in the Primary,
Tuesday Aug. 14!

Candidates Respond to MCA on Arts Issues

There are many important races that will be decided in the August 14 Primary Election. MCA has asked candidates across the state about important arts issues. While their answers are still coming in, we thought you would be interested to see their stand on arts issues before you vote on August 14, 2018.
Our survey collected answers from candidates for the Minnesota Legislature, U.S. House and Senate, and Minnesota Governor on issues such as protecting Legacy arts funding, nonprofit tax exempts, and whether the candidates have connections to their local arts organizations.
**NOTE**
If your legislator has not yet responded to the survey,
urge them to do so!”

Download their answers HERE

and VOTE on (or before) August 14!

Where Do You Vote? Find Out Now: 

Want to stand up for the arts? Contact Congress Today

Contact Congress Now to Oppose Tax Bill Threats to Nonprofits and Artists

Today a wide, diverse set of Minnesota’s nonprofit organizations aligned with one voice to oppose the harmful federal tax bill. Minnesota’s nonprofit community, a sector that employs nearly 12 percent of Minnesota’s workforce and partners with millions, is asking you to take action to oppose the bill. It is expected that Congress will take action on this bill by Christmas, so please take action now.

You can take action any of three ways:
1. CALL your Member of Congress and talk about the brief, highlighted issues listed below, and/or
2. CUT AND PASTE the letter below to your member of Congress, and/or
3. Use Americans for the Arts action page to SEND A PRE-WRITTEN LETTER:

https://www.votervoice.net/ARTSUSA/campaigns

To call or cut and paste the letter below to your member of Congress:

—–MCA’s Letter——

Dear Member of Congress:

Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA) and our 1600 affiliated nonprofit arts and culture organizationsare concerned about the impact of proposed changes in the federal tax law currently under consideration in Congress. These include changes in charitable giving laws and the fundamental change in the relationship between partisan politics and the traditionally non-partisan nonprofit organizations who are focused on their missions of serving the public through providing services, educational opportunities, and access to the arts. These changes are inappropriate for the nonprofit sector and will hurt access to the arts and other nonprofit services for all Minnesotans.

Specifically, we oppose reducing tax incentives for charitable giving that undermine the strength of the nonprofit sector. We support allowing more, not fewer people who can itemize their deductions. The proposal to reduce the number of people who can take deductions will have an overall effect of reducing charitable giving by $13 billion annually. The loss of that revenue will devastate the nonprofit sector by removing resources that enable us to accomplish our community-focused missions. The push to devalue charitable deductions is being made without consideration about how it will affect our work or how it will affect people who support nonprofits with their charitable giving.

We also oppose undermining the guarantee of nonprofit nonpartisanship. The House version of this bill will radically change the longstanding, vital protection in law for the nonpartisanship of charitable, religious and philanthropic organizations. These changes would allow political operatives to pressure those organizations to endorse or oppose candidates for public office and make anonymous political donations tax deductible when funneled through 501c(3)s, thus turning mission-driving nonprofits who are serving their communities into conduits for dark political money that can’t be traced. This fundamental change in the nature of nonprofits was not asked for by the nonprofit sector, nor was the nonprofit sector consulted on the impact of such a fundamental change.

Third, we oppose the Robert’s Amendment which strikes low-income artist housing from the list of qualified groups who can benefit from federally subsidized low-income housing. It would forbid developers from using housing credits to build affordable housing with a preference for low income artists. Moreover, as written, the law would also render all existing artists’ housing developments built with housing credits retroactively ineligible for the benefit. The amendment includes a simple line-for-line language swap. Where current law carves out a special exception for individuals “who are involved in artistic or literary activities,” the new bill would instead specify a benefit for those “who are veterans of the Armed Forces.” While we are also supportive of housing for veterans, we believe both should be included, not one swapped for another. Elimination of this tax credit for low income artists will have a significant impact on the ability of cities to protect their cultural community.

We ask that as Congress considers changes to the nation’s tax laws, that they:

  1. Strengthen the nonprofit sector by maintaining existing incentives for charitable giving and expanding the charitable deduction to all taxpayers, not just those who itemize, and
  2. Protect the long tradition of nonpartisanship in 501c(3) nonprofit organizations by preserving the Johnson Amendment, and
  3. Preserve the artist preference clause for low income housing incentives and add the new Veterans preference language added to it, making it a stronger and more inclusive piece of legislation.

We believe that with legislation that reflects these values, we can work together to build thriving communities on a strong foundation of service and access to the arts for all. If these changes can’t be made, we ask that our members of Congress vote against the bill.