arts alert: Study Shows MN Has Lots of Artists / GLEE Arts Advocates

MCA
Minnesota Citizens for the Arts

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

January 22, 2010

1. NEA Report Confirms Minnesota Has Lots of Artists

2. “GLEE” and Arts Advocacy

3. Arts Organizations Seek Bonding Funds at Legislature

4. Register Now For Arts Advocacy Day: March 2, 2010

5. State Arts Board Legacy Applications Due in February

6. Don’t Forget the Other Access Points for New Legacy Money

7. New Internship Opening at MCA

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1. NEA Report Confirms Minnesota Has Lots of Artists

Lesson learned: clean off your desk. Recently I spent some time perusing the detailed back tables in the NEA’s ARTISTS IN THE WORKFORCE 1990 – 2005 which came out in June, 2008, and, to my surprise, found a bunch of interesting numbers about Minnesota’s artists.

The big news for Minnesota is that, for a relatively small state, we have a very high concentration of artists. We are 21st in state population… (behind CA, TX, NY, FL, IL, PA, OH, MI, NJ, GA, NC, VA, MA, IN, WA, TN, MO, WI, MD, and AZ).

    Yet, we are:

    • 9th in number of actors (465)
    • 14th in number of writers and authors (3520)

    Even more interesting, on a per capita basis (number of artists per 10,000 people), we are:

    • 6th per capita in actors (.9 per 10,000)
    • 6th per capita in photographers (5.1 per 10,000)
    • 8th per capita in designers (31.9 per 10,000)
    • 10th per capita in musicians (6.2 per 10,000)
    • 11th per capita in writers and authors (7.2 per 10,000)
    • 12th per capita in producers and directors (4.6 per 10,000)
    • 14th per capita in architects (7.5 per 10,000)

    This makes us the 11th state per capita in artists (77 per 10,000).

The report says that Minnesota had a total of 39,631 artists in 2003-2005. (It also noted that, with the margin of error, at the high end, we could now have 42,636 artists in the state). It also says the number of artists in Minnesota increased by 18% between 1990 and 2000. (NOTE: because this data is taken solely from the U.S. Census, most researchers believe that artists are being undercounted).

The report also includes some data by major population areas in the year 2000.Minneapolis-St. Paul is ranked 10th among the top 50 metropolitan areas by number of artists, and 34th in artists as a percent of the labor force (1.71 percent of total labor force).

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2. “GLEE” and Arts Advocacy

I heard a fun rumor that the cast of GLEE is going to Washington DC to lobby for arts education, which makes me love this show even more than I already do. The Los Angeles Times reported this week on GLEE’s surprise Golden Globe win, and that its creator has been stressing the importance of arts education.

“Glee, the [television] comedy-drama-musical about high school social outcasts finding redemption in a glee club, scored a surprise victory in winning the Golden Globe for best comedy or musical series, triumphing over traditional favorites…Exuberant cast members of the Fox series almost fell over themselves as they rushed the stage when the win was announced. ‘Thank you, Hollywood Foreign Press and Barbra Streisand,’ quipped creator Ryan Murphy. He praised studio and network executives who felt that a musical would work on network prime time and noted that Glee stressed the importance of arts education. Staying true to the show’s outcast theme, Murphy dedicated the win to ‘anybody and everybody who ever got a wedgie.'”

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3. Arts Organizations Seek Bonding Funds at Legislature

The Governor did not recommend any of the arts and culture projects in his proposed state bonding bill. In fact, he included almost no local projects in his proposal. Bonding is how the state borrows money to build buildings, and the buildings must be owned by a unit of government. The state’s bonding process is a completely different source of funds than general funding (the state’s biennial budget) or amendment funding (which is restricted in its uses). MCA does not lobby for indivudual bonding projects, but will provide advice to organizations seeking bonding funds if asked.

The legislature must now decide which projects it would like to fund. Word on the street is that the legislature plans to finish the bonding bill very early in the session. Already this week there were hearings in both the House and Senate even though they are not officially in session. Once approved, the list will then be sent to the Governor for final approval (or line-item veto).

Below is a list of some of the projects that have surfaced so far, who is requesting them, and links to more information on each. Legislators may still introduce other projects as individual bills during the upcoming session:

There are also a few “cultural” projects for which there may or may not be a partial arts focus:

  • Hennepin County: African American Museum and Cultural Center $840,000
  • City of St. Paul: Asian Pacific Cultural Center $9,750,000 http://www.apccmn.org/

If you want to help with advocating for any of these projects, please contact the organization involved.

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4. Register Now For Arts Advocacy Day: March 2, 2010

You are invited to the best arts networking opportunity of the year, MCA’s Arts Advocacy Day on March 2, 2010 in St. Paul. Join your fellow arts advocates at the MN History Center and State Capitol on March 2, 2010 to talk about the arts, make new friends, and educate our legislators about the importance of the arts to Minnesota. The state is facing yet another big deficit and arts funding will be threatened again. This year artists and arts supporters from across the state will be joining together to stop possible cuts to the state arts budget. We will also be thanking legislators for their appropriations from the new Amendment funds to the arts community. Together we will speak about the importance of the arts in our lives and communities. In past deficits, state arts funding has been cut by a third. Participation of arts advocates is the one thing that makes sure we have power at the legislature.

Arts Advocacy Day Schedule March 2, 2010
7:30 a.m. Meet at the Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
8:00 a.m. Advocacy Class for new attendees
8:00 a.m. Registration & Coffee
8:30 a.m. Advocacy Seminar & Join your team
9:30 a.m. Walk/ride to Capitol
9:30-1:00 p.m. Legislator appointments

You and your team will be led by an experienced advocate who has participated in past Advocacy Days and knows what to do. Your team will visit a series of legislators during the course of the day, giving you plenty of time to get to know your teammates and the issues you are discussing. Register Online By: Visiting www.mncitizensforthearts.org by February 26th, 2010. Questions? Contact Mark at MCA: 651-251-0868 / staff at mncitizensforthearts.org

Show the strength of Minnesota’s arts community.

And check out two great VIDEOS from Arts Advocacy Day Held February 24, 2009:
MN Stories by Chuck Olsen: http://www.mnstories.com/video/376/Arts-Adcovacy-Day
…and a 3 Minute Egg by Matt Peiken: http://www.mnstories.com/video/374/3-MINUTE-EGG-Arts-Advocacy-Day

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5. State Arts Board Legacy Applications Due in February

Application forms and info are up on the Minnesota State Arts Board website. The new grants programs are made possible by the passage of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. The Board created four major new programs as well as a number of smaller initiatives. Most of these new programs will have application deadlines inFebruary, 2010, with award panels held in March/April, and grants made in June, 2010. So you have no time to waste! The four major new programs and their application due dates are:

  1. Arts Tour Minnesota – Due Feb. 12, 2010 and Festivals Grants – Due Feb. 26, 2010
  2. Arts Access Grants – Due Feb. 26, 2010
  3. Professional Development for Artists and Organizations/Artist Initiative Grants. (Programs still in development)
  4. Life-Long Arts Learning Opportunities – Due Feb. 19, 2010

Smaller new programs include a census of artists and arts organizations, a touring folk/traditional visual arts exhibition, and additional traditional and folk arts grants. These programs are in addition to the Board’s previous decision to provide stabilization grants for arts organizations and presenters. And remember, these larger grant programs are in addition to all of the many new Arts, Arts Access, Arts Education and Arts and Cultural Heritage programs being launched across the state by our eleven Regional Arts Councils.

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6. Don’t Forget the Other Access Points for New Legacy Money

We are keeping a run-down on all of the various access points for amendment resources on our website: check http://www.mncitizensforthearts.org/news/amendment-funds/othergrants/ for a listing of other opportunties from libraries, public broadcasting, etc.

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7. New Internship Opening at MCA

Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA), a nationally renowned arts advocacy organization that lobbies for state arts funding, seeks an intern to begin February 1st.The position is un-paid, part-time and flexible (approximately 20 hours per week).

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.

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 and the basic functions of running a nonprofit. Perks include free tickets to performances and many opportunities to advance in the arts and/or political community.

Duties and projects included in the internship: Work with staff on current projects including grassroots organizing, candidate meetings, voter education, board meeting preparation, filing and data entry. Interns may also have the opportunity to identify and take on projects of interest that relate to arts advocacy.

A qualified applicant would possess the following skills:

  • Understanding of the political process. Past political experience preferred.
  • 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 by Jan. 27, 2010to: Mark Albers, staff at mncitizensforthearts.org, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, 2233 University Avenue West Suite 355, St. Paul, MN 55114