1,000 arts advocates attended Arts Advocacy Day 2017 in St. Paul. Area residents, staff and board members met with northwestern Minnesota legislators to advocate for protecting the 47% of the Arts Legacy Fund and Maintaining the General Fund for the MN State Arts Board & Regional Arts Council System.
“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.”
ARTS ADVOCACY DAY SCHEDULE:
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!