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Minnesota Citizens for the Arts
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Arts Action Center

October 9, 2012
1. Let’s Thank These Legislative Arts All Stars!
2. Walker Art Center Director Recieves Presidential Honor
3. State Arts Board Offering Training on New Online Grant System
4. Easy Online Tool Can Determine Economic Impact For Your Organization
5. What Are The Rules for Nonprofits in Election Years?
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1. Let’s Thank These Legislative Arts All Stars!

In the past couple of weeks MCA has awarded four additional legislators our Arts All Star Award for being champions of the arts at the Legislature and also for their support of in the arts in their daily lives:

Rep. Bobby Joe Champion (D-Mpls) received his Arts All Star Award at MacPhail Center for the Arts on Sept. 19. Rep. Champion has an interesting arts background. He worked with Flyte Tyme Productions and was co-founder and director of the Grammy-nominated Excelsior Choir. He has been very involved in youth music education for years. “I am deeply honored and humbled by this recognition from such a fine organization. MCA represents the best of arts & culture in Minnesota, and I’ll continue to fight for the richness that the arts bring to our state.”

Sen. John Howe (R–Red Wing) received his Arts All Star Award before a performance of The Capitol Steps at the T B Sheldon Theatre in Redwing on Sept. 29. Sen. Howe, in addition to supporting the arts in his caucus and opposing the use of Legacy for a stadium, also sponsored a bill that would help the T.B. Sheldon Theatre’s renovations. As the former Mayor of Red Wing he oversaw a positive relationship with the city-owned T. B. Sheldon Theatre.

Sen. Terri Bonoff (D-Minnetonka) received her Arts All Star Award at Minnetonka Center for the Arts on Sept. 13. “I am especially honored to receive this award, as the arts are very important to me and my family, said Senator Bonoff. “Before being in elected office I was a guide at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. I am currently a Board Member at the Guthrie Theatre and my husband is a Board Member at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts. We thank MN Citizens for the Arts for the work they do and I am pleased to be their partner.”

Sen. Sandy Pappas, (D-St Paul) provided leadership in helping the Ordway Center for Performing Arts get resources for their new theater, and received her Arts All Star Award there before a performance of Broadway Songbook on Sept. 28. “As a former actress, ongoing arts patron, and staunch supporter of the arts, I am delighted to receive this prestigious award, she said. Sen. Pappas once worked as a organizer for community programs in the arts and performed in a 1970s feminist theater group as well as recently in the Fringe Festival.

Thank you to all! To thank and congratulate these friends of the arts:

Rep. Champion: 329 State Office Bldg, St. Paul, MN 55155, rep.bobby.champion@house.mn

Sen. Howe: 323 State Capitol, St. Paul, MN 55155, sen.john.howe@senate.mn

Sen. Bonoff: 133 State Office Bldg, St. Paul, MN 55155, sen.terri.bonoff@senate.mn

Sen. Pappas: 143 State Office Bldg, St. Paul, MN 55155, sen.sandra.pappas@senate.mn

And thank you again to the Arts All Stars we announced earlier this year:

Sen. LeRoy Stumpf (D-Plummer)

Sen. Bill Ingebrigsten (R-Alexandria)

Rep. Dean Urdahl (R-Grove City)

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2. Walker Art Center Director Receives Presidential Honor 

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the executive director of the Walker Art Center received a high honor from President Barack Obama.  Olga Viso was nominated by the president to become a member of the National Council on the Arts on Friday, Sept 21.

Viso, who has been at the Walker since 2008, currently serves on the board of directors of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. She will join Minnesota dancer and choreographer Ranee Ramaswamy on the council.

“I am confident that these outstanding men and women will greatly serve the American people in their new roles and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come,” President Obama said in a news release.

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3. State Arts Board Offering Training on New Online Grant System

The Minnesota State Arts Board is installing a new online grant system called WebGrants, and will be giving free online trainings on the new system this fall. If you aren’t already on the MSAB’s email list, you should sign up today to ensure you recieve messages with teh latest info from the Arts Board about the training sessions and the implementation of the new system at http://www.arts.state.mn.us/contact/enews_signup.htm

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4. Easy Online Tool Can Determine Economic Impact For Your Organization

The Arts & Economic Prosperity IV Calculator is a free and simple tool that makes it possible for you to esitmate the economic impact of your nonprofit art and culture organization — or even your entire nonprofit arts community. These estimates are based on research findings from the 182 study regions that were part of Arts &n Economic Prosperity IV, Americans for the Arts’ national economic impact study of nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences.

Try it out! http://www.americansforthearts.org/information_services/research/services/economic_impact/iv/calculator.html

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5. What Are The Rules for Nonprofits in Election Years?

WHAT YOU CAN DO: ISSUES.  There seems to be some confusion in the nonprofit community about whether or not they can get involved in issue campaigns during the election season. Did you know that nonprofits can get as engaged as they wish in issue campaigns? As a trusted voice in your community, your arts nonprofit can engage in issue advocacy at any time. This question has come up most often in relation to the two constitutional amendments that will appear on the ballot.  Your nonprofit can endorse or oppose either amendment, and can urge your members and supporters to do so as well. You can post signs in or on your facility to endorse or oppose either amendment, you can offer your space and other resources to the campaigns on these issues, and you can communicate to your members and supporters urging them to support or oppose these issues.

WHAT YOU CAN’T DO: CANDIDATES. There is a big difference between issue advocacy (such as about the constitutional amendments) and campaigning for and against candidates. Nonprofits are not allowed to endorsed candidates, nor to provide their resources to candidates. So, if a candidate asks to use your facility for a fundraiser, you should charge them market rent and any associated costs for the event, just like you would any other renter. Don’t post campaign signs for candidates at your building and don’t endorse or oppose candidates in your communications.

THE MARRIAGE AMENDMENT:

So far 116 arts organizations have come out against the amendment that would limit the freedom to marry. If your arts organization would like to join them, let us know.

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