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Minnesota Citizens for the arts Seeking Board members

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.

MCA Board at Annual Meeting 2018

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?

Arts Action Alerts! Minnesota Citizens for the Arts

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The legislative session came to a messy close last night at midnight with several important bills undone, including the Legacy bill. Today the Governor vetoed the separate Education bill so a Special Session will be scheduled to pass it, and said he hopes that with more time the Legislature will also pass the Legacy bill and a few of the other bills that did not get done. The Governor said he considers “the Legacy and Bonding bills essential to pass.”

47% Dedication Is Included!

We are working on two pieces of the state budget for the arts:


  1. The Legacy bill distributes the receipts of the Legacy Amendment, passed in 2008, which represents about 2/3 of all state funding for the arts. The draft Legacy Bill that did not pass gave 47% of the receipts of the Arts and Culture Fund to the Minnesota State Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils for grants and administration, a total of $58 million over the next two years, as we had asked.If this bill doesn’t pass in Special Session, many grantees of the State Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils would not get arts grants in the upcoming year. (If there had not been a Special Session proposed, the earliest the legislature could pass this bill would be next March when the next legislative session begins).


  1. The good news is that the second source of funding for the arts, the State Government Finance bill, did pass. Assuming that the Governor does not veto this bill, $15 million is set go to the State Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils for grants and administration over the next two years.

Because of your advocacy, we got the 47% dedication of the Legacy Arts and Culture Fund into the Legacy Bill. But now we have one more step to go: passing the bill in a Special Session.


We’ll keep you posted on what’s happening at the Capital in our next correspondence!

MN Citizens for the Arts: Action Alert!

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In a few days legislators will decide how much arts funding will be available for the next two years. It’s time to take action!

Two years ago the legislature dedicated 46% of the Legacy Arts and Culture Fund to the Minnesota State Arts Board (MSAB) and Regional Arts Councils (RAC), which went out in grants to every corner of the state. They also put into statute a new law that said, next time, (meaning this year) 47% of the fund should go to the MSAB and RACs.  The legislature is nearing the end of this year’s session and the Legacy Conference Committee will meet any minute. While the Senate has followed the 47% rule, the House has not! We need to ask legislators to support the Senate’s position of 47%.

MCA hopes you will help us ask legislators for following through on the promise of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment that dedicated funds to conservation and the arts.

Minnesotans overwhelmingly approved the measure, passing it by 56%, which increased the sales tax slightly to create four new dedicated funds for land, water, parks and arts in 2008.  In the past several years arts advocates and supportive legislators had to fight off legislative suggestions that the Arts & Culture Fund be used to build a stadium or be redirected to benefit pet projects in just one district.

We are asking that 47% of the Legacy Amendment’s Arts & Culture fund go through the Minnesota State Arts Board and Regional Arts Council system because it ensures that citizens in all 87 counties will benefit. Even so, in the past two years the Minnesota State Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils could meet only about half of incoming requests for grants and services.

So, could you send a quick note to your legislators asking them to support 47% of the Legacy money to go to the right place?  Just follow the link below!

Click the link below to log in and send your message:


More Arts News & Advocacy Information from Minnesota Citizen For the Arts

Deadline Extended for Creative Minnesota City Studies to May 15, 2015

The Creative Minnesota team is offering local arts economic impact studies based on the recently released study that found $1.2 billion in impact from the arts and culture in Minnesota. (See the studies at www.creativemn.org).  For just $1500 a city, county or other geographic area may get an economic impact study of the arts and culture in your area that pulls from data already collected.

Due to requests from several potential partners the deadline for participation in the city studies has been EXTENDED TO MAY 15, 2015. If you cannot meet this new deadline but are still interested in participating, please contact us anyway, we may be able to help.

The new studies must be drawn from data already collected. To see which organizations in your area were a part of the statewide Creative Minnesota report and so would be part of the new round of studies, download the statewide report at www.creativemn.org and look at the list of participating organizations on pages 23-26.

For more information contact staff@mncitizensforthearts.org.

#CreativeMn : Arts Advocacy Day 2015

Arts Advocacy Day 2015 was a great success.  We learned that in our District, Region 1 Arts, over $1 Million dollars was spent because of arts and arts related projects over the past year.

Read the report here.

Region 1 (that’s us!) at a glance:

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Download the full Arts and Economic Prosperity IV in Northwest Minnesota report here.

What our leaders have to say about this:

“The economic impacts of the arts in Minnesota are very important; their contributions to the quality of people’s lives are priceless. Arts organizations are strongly supported throughout Minnesota, and they help make successful communities. Their continuing growth and vitality will be critical to our state’s economic and social well-being.”

– Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton

“We are pleased with the results of this survey, since it shows substantial economic impact in our Northwest region. It is also exciting to note that results would have been substantially greater if the audience surveying would have occurred into July, August, and September, because in the summer our region hosts exciting events that bring visitors into our area for arts experiences. People that travel to attend an arts festival or a performance spend money on food, gasoline, and shopping which brings economic growth to our communities. Also, it is encouraging to hear from our fine craft artists, who create pieces like pottery, jewelry, and original furniture, that sales are great at our local shops. We encourage residents and visitors to support our local artists by buying locally made art. Artists are small business owners. Nourishing artistic growth and expression truly has brought economic impact to our region.”

-Mara Hanel, Executive Director, Northwest Minnesota Arts Council

Read the full Arts & Economic Prosperity IV in Northwest Minnesota report here!

2 members of Northwest Minnesota Arts Council were able to attend; Therese Masters Jacobson and Maureen Regalado, along with Janet Johnson of Malung, Minnesota and 1 student, Maxine Regalado, Karlstad.

We were able to meet with our Representatives Dan Fabian and Deb Kiel and Senator LeRoy Stumpf.  We talked about the impact of arts and arts organizations in our area.

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Here are a few snap shots of our day:

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NWMAC Staff Members: Therese Masters Jacobson, Maureen Regalado Janet Johnson, Malung Maxine Regalado, Karlstad Deb Kiel, State Representative District 1B


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