Arts Advocacy Day

Arts Advocacy Day 2016 was Thursday March 17th

7:30 AM: Doors Open at the Minnesota History Center
8:00 AM: Advocacy Class for New Attendees
8:00 AM: Registration & Coffee (For those not attending class.)
8:30 AM: Update on the Creative Minnesota Project
9:00 AM: Rally & Join your Team
9:30 AM: Walk or Take MCA Shuttle to Capitol
9:30 AM – 2:00 PM: Legislator Appointments (MCA Homebase will be in the Transportation Building.)

What is Arts Advocacy Day?

Minnesota Citizens for the Arts works to increase arts funding by bringing arts advocates to the State Capitol to talk to their legislators about the importance of the arts to our lives and our economy. Every year about 500 arts advocates join together for a rally at the Minnesota History Center Auditorium in the morning, split up into teams with experienced leaders and walk together to legislator offices to educate them about the arts in their communities and ask them to support arts funding.

Who Goes to Arts Advocacy Day?

Attendees include painters, tenors, dancers, cellists, French horn players and other artists of all kinds, arts administrators and representatives from every arts organization statewide from the big organizations to the smallest all volunteer choir on the northern border, joining together to show the strength of Minnesota’s arts community. Where else could you go to be with 500 people who agree with you?

Why Should I Go?

Through this big day, we show the strength of Minnesota’s statewide arts community. Previous Arts Advocacy Days have resulted in significant increases in state arts funding (that goes out in grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils). The Legacy Amendment, which tripled arts funding in 2008, was passed on Arts Advocacy Day! Past participants have repeatedly shared their favorite parts of the day:

  1. They feel empowered by gathering together with like-minded people.
  2. They say that Arts Advocacy Day is the best arts networking event of the year, as it’s the only time that arts lovers of all kinds come together in one place.

What are the Important Issues This Year?

What is the Typical Arts Advocacy Day Like?

Watch a video from a previous Arts Advocacy Day.

Watch the video from the Lakes Regional Arts Council about their experiences at Arts Advocacy Day.

How do I get there?

Directions for Arts Advocacy Day March 17th, 2016:

Driving to the Minnesota Historical Society:
(345 Kellogg Blvd W, St Paul MN 55102) Google Maps Directions to MHS

Driving directly to the Minnesota State Capitol:
75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard., Saint Paul, MN 55155 Google Maps Directions to State Capitol

Mass Transit Options:

Take the Green Line to the Capitol/Rice Street Station. Walk .2 miles to University Ave & Marion Street and take the 16 Eastbound to Downtown Saint Paul and get off at the John Ireland Blvd & Kellogg Blvd stop for the Minnesota Historical Society.
For a more personalized set of Mass Transit options click the link.

Parking Options:

Minnesota History Center: Google Maps Directions to MHS
Impark Parking Ramp (145 N Smith Ave St Paul MN 55102) Google Maps Directions to Impark

Disability Access and Parking Information:
Due to ongoing construction, access and parking for the Capitol area is constantly changing, please click the links below to see the latest updates.
Minnesota State Capitol Accessibility.