arts alert: Deadline Looming

Minnesota Citizens for the Arts

2233 University Ave. W. #355
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-251-0868 fax 651-917-3561
staff at
Arts Action Center

August 8, 2008

1. Deadline Looming: Show Support for Vote Yes by Donating before August 15


3. Join the “ARTS SQUAD”

4. Spread the Word: New Article About the Amendment for Your Next Newsletter

5. Paid Internship Available Now


1. Deadline Looming: Show Support for Vote Yes by Donating before August 15

Our first Campaign Finance report is due in just two weeks and we need to show broad support from accross the state for the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. If you were thinking of donating at some point, now is the time! The campaign has made it easy with an on-line donation center on the website at No amount is too small – we’d love to have you on board. Can you help?


2. DESIGN THIS POSTER Contest Update

FYI -We’ve had some trouble getting our poster contest info up on the Vote Yes! website – it should be up shortly. Thank you for your patience!

Need a chance to flex your creative muscles? This one is for you!

The Vote Yes Minnesota campaign is currently accepting submissions for their “DESIGN THIS POSTER” contest, which will raise awareness about the The Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. The winning posters will be seen all over the Twin Cities, and the artists who designed them will enjoy fantastic prizes from Wet Paint arts supply store, Walker Art Center and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts.

Want to learn more? Visit the campaign website,, for the official contest rules and submission form. And don’t miss the submission deadline of September 26, 2008.

And Don’t Forget… The Vote Yes! Film Contest

Dear Minnesota Filmmakers: To celebrate and spread the word about The Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, the Vote Yes campaign is proud to announce a Film Contest. We want Minnesotan’s from all corners of the state and with all levels of experience to tell us why they love their state, in three minutes or less. There is no entry fee; the deadline for submission is September 1, 2008. The best story will be rewarded with a prize of $1,000, and viewing opportunities around the state and on-line, including at the Walker Art Museum! Rules and guidelines are posted on Please forward this opportunity to as many people as you can. This is a great opportunity for both new and established filmmakers to get their film in front of many faces at the Walker and around the state, for an amateur to get noticed, or a chance for someone to tell their Minnesota story.


3. Join the “ARTS SQUAD”

There’s never been such a historic opportunity for the arts community to come together to make a huge difference as we have this year. So join our new ARTS SQUAD as we run around the state doing lit drops to help pass the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment that could triple state funding for the arts! We will meet almost every Saturday from August 16 until the election on Nov. 4 at MCA’s offices in St. Paul and then travel out to do a three hour lit drop somewhere in the state. Meet at 9 a.m. at MCA’s offices on August 16, 23 and 30. Later in the fall we will be doing Mankato, St. Cloud, Northfield, Rochester and St. Peter, dates and times TBA. Come make a difference with us! Contact Shaylie at MCA, 651-251-0868 or to join the ARTS SQUAD and kick some butt for the arts.


Host a house party
Can you host a small gathering where we can talk to small groups of people about the campaign and the amendment? If you would be interested in hosting a house party, please contact Justin Fay at 651-644-2088 or email

Invite a Speaker to Your Events
One of the best ways to spread the word is to invite someone from MCA or the Vote Yes! campaign to talk to your board, staff group, or civic organization. You can just respond to this email if you would like to have someone come to your meeting or event.

County Fairs
County Fair Season is here! In many parts of the state, county fairs are one of the largest events of the year, making them a great venue for reaching a significant number of people. It is very important for the Vote Yes campaign to have a visible presence in as many fairs as possible – in many cases, that will mean working with one of our terrific partner organizations. If your organization is planning on having a table or booth at a county fair (or other large community festival) this summer and would be willing to share some Vote Yes materials with folks who stop by your booth – please let us know. Contact Justin Fay at for more information.

As the election draws closer, our focus will increasingly shift to direct voter contact. A large crew of volunteers who are willing to donate an occasional evening to help contact folks about the Amendment are necessary in order for the campaign to be successful. Individuals willing to join us for a few hours of phoning should contact Justin Fay for more information –

Letters to the Editor writers
We have 28 dailies across the state and 79 weeklies – all of which we would love to get letters in to. If you can help by getting a letter to the Editor in a daily or weekly paper near you – please contact Charlie Poster at 651-644-2088 x13 or email him We will provide sample letters and/or talking points to help make it easier for you.

Signs and Literature
If you’ve got windows on a busy street, we have window signs available at the campaign office. We also have literature you can put out or pass out at public events. Contact Donna at 651-644-2088 or to get stuff for your organization.

And, Finally, Sign up Here
to get notice of all of the volunteer opportunities and news from the campaign:


4. Spread the Word: New Article About the Amendment for Your Next Newsletter

What Is The Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment?

This November, you have the opportunity to Vote Yes for Minnesota – dedicating funds to preserve clean water, protect game, fish and wildlife habitat, arts and parks and trails. This is a once in a lifetime chance to make an investment in protecting Minnesota\\’s quality of life and preserving it for future generations.

This amendment will protect the Minnesota you love. It will preserve our clean water; support music, theater and arts education in our communities; and protect wildlife habitat, parks, and recreational lands. All of these things are essential to Minnesota\\’s excellent quality of life.

The Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment will help us maintain our arts and culture resources for future generations. It will preserve Minnesota\\’s clean water, great outdoors and the arts so that our children and grandchildren can enjoy them.

It’s important to know that if you don’t vote “yes” on the amendment, the state will vote “no” for you. So make sure to go down the ballot and vote “yes!”

If you would like to volunteer with our campaign to protect the Minnesota you love, please contact Yes for Minnesota by phone at (651) 644-2088, by email at, or on-line at


5. Paid Internship Available Now

Internship: Minnesota Citizens for the Arts and Vote Yes! Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA), a nationally renowned arts advocacy organization that lobbies for state arts funding, seeks an intern to begin as soon as possible. The position is part-time and flexible (approximately 20 hours per week), and pays a small hourly stipend. The position begins ASAP and goes through November or December 2008. MCA represents the arts community of Minnesota at the state legislature and lobbies for state funding of the arts, as well as other issues of concern to the non-profit arts community. MCA also does advocacy for the National Endowment for the Arts. To lobby effectively, MCA organizes grassroots advocacy around the state and keeps constituents educated and informed about the political process and the current state of arts funding throughout the year.Currently MCA is working with the Vote Yes! campaign to pass the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment, and triple arts funding throughout Minnesota. The amendment is on the ballot this November and interns at MCA will be working diligently with both MCA and Vote Yes! to pass the amendment. Interns will have exposure to and opportunities to interact with some of the movers and shakers in the arts community, as well as a working knowledge of the legislative process, arts funding structures in Minnesota, the basic functions of running a nonprofit and the structure and functions of an amendment campaign.

Duties and projects included in the internship:

  • Work on the Vote Yes! campaign to pass the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment in the coming election: assist with visibility and education outreach by doorknocking, participating in lit drops, assisting with planned phoning and attending important events and parades to spread the word.
  • Work with staff on current projects including grassroots organizing, candidate meetings, voter education, board meeting preparation, filing and data entry.

A qualified applicant would possess the following skills: Understanding of the political process. Past political experience a plus. Interest in working with the arts community. Good communication skills, especially speaking with people on the phone. A self-starting, positive, self-motivated personality and a sense of humor. Good organizational skills and the ability to perform many tasks simultaneously. Computer literacy; preferably experience with Macintosh, Microsoft Word & Excel and database systems. Independent and creative work habits.

APPLY NOW. Please mail or email resume and cover letter ASAP to: Mark Albers,, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, 2233 University Avenue West, Suite 355, St. Paul, Minnesota 55114


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