Arts Alert: MCA Board Nominations Now Open & Be a Smart Arts Voter

MCA Seeking
Twin Cities Metro Minnesota Board Members

Deadline Nov. 1, 2018

Nominations for MCA’s Board Now Open. Minnesota Citizens for the Arts is looking for four new Twin Cities Metro members for our Board of Trustees. Terms begin December, 2018 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 it by November 1, 2018 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. This year there are no Greater Minnesota openings.

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?

(PHOTO: MCA Board giving jazz hands with local elected officials at a recent retreat in Grand Rapids, MN)


What Do Candidates Say About the Arts?

More Candidates Have Responded!
Learn
and then Vote on or before Nov. 6

MCA has asked candidates across the state about important arts issues. We thought you would be interested to see their stand on arts issues before you vote.

Our survey collected answers from candidates for the Minnesota Legislature, U.S. House and Senate, and Minnesota Governor on issues such as protecting Legacy arts funding, nonprofit tax exempts, and whether the candidates have connections to their local arts organizations.

Find out who said:

1. “I’ll always be a fierce advocate for the arts.”

2. “I have truly enjoyed serving on the Legacy Committee…and being a part of the process to provide arts funding across the state for three terms as a legislator. Should I have the honor of being re-elected for a fourth term, I will continue to advocate for the arts at the Capitol.”

3. “In Congress, I was a member of the Arts Caucus and signed the dear colleague letter in favor of increasing funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities.” 

Download their answers HERE
and VOTE on (or before) Nov. 6

Where Do You Vote? Find Out Now: 

https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/

Answers:

1. Tina Smith (D), candidate for U.S. Senate 

2. Anna Wills (R), candidate for House district 57B (Rosemount, Apple Valley) 

3. Tim Walz (D), candidate for Minnesota Governor