MCA Seeking New Board Members
Deadline November 1, 2019
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.
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?
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!”
- Contact your legislator and share with them how the arts and arts funding impacts your life.
- Use MCA’s downloadable tools to share with others about how the Arts Give Back.
- Follow MCA on Facebook to share information about Arts Advocacy Day.
- 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!
What does your candidate say about the arts? Find out on the MCA website and Vote Smart! You can download the 2018 General Election Candidate Survey.
About the Arts?
Learn and then Vote in the Primary,
Tuesday Aug. 14!
Candidates Respond to MCA on Arts Issues
If your legislator has not yet responded to the survey,
urge them to do so!”