Governor Vetoes All Arts Projects

5/22/02

CONTENTS:

Governor Vetoes All Arts Projects!
Arts Appropriation Still Unaffected
“Telling Our Stories: Advocating for the Arts in Your Community”
Arts Education Community Meeting: Politics and Policy in 2003
“Rules of the Game: Nonprofits and Election-Year Activities.”
Minnesota State Grants & Contracts Survey
Governor Vetoes All Arts Projects!

We are very disappointed to report that today the Governor vetoed all of the arts projects recommended by the legislature in the bonding bill. He vetoed money that the legislature had appropriated for: the Bloomington Arts Center ($1M), the Children’s Theater in Mpls. ($5M), The Rochester Art Center ($1M), the Guthrie Theatre in Mpls. ($24M), and the Trollwood Art Center (school) ($5.5M).

The Governor vetoed almost half of the dollars allocated in the bill (about $400 million in projects altogether). The veto message was 14 pages long. In addition, the Governor also vetoed $9.5M for the Mpls. Planetarium, $2.7M for the Como Conservatory, many parks and trails projects, the Asia Trail at the MN Zoo, $5M for the National Sports Center Conference Center, $3M for the National Volleyball Center in Rochester, money for the Grand Rapids Discovery Museum, the St. Cloud Convention Center, the Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul, and $725,000 for MN Historical Society projects, including the Pipestone County Museum.

Despite the fact that the arts community’s cooperative effort convinced the entire legislature of the worthiness of the arts bonding projects, the Governor vetoed them anyway. The appropriations had been approved by both the full House and the full Senate last weekend, representing legislative districts statewide. All affected organizations will now go into a stage of reevaluation of what their building schedule and plans will be in light of the Governor’s action.

The only good news to report is that the appropriation to the Perpich Center for Arts Education of $768,000 was not vetoed. In addition, the MN Zoo’s $3M for “asset preservation” was not vetoed, nor was $3.242M in asset preservation and other projects for the MN Historical Society. You can view the whole list of vetoes at: http://www.governor.state.mn.us/press_releases.html

Arts Appropriation Still Unaffected

As previously reported, the second phase deficit reduction bill, passed over the weekend, included no additional cuts to the arts. This is great news because the House had originally proposed cutting an additional 3% from arts funding, which wasn’t included in the final bill. This puts total cuts to the arts for the entire session at 4%, done in the first phase of the stateâs deficit reduction package. The cuts will be evenly spread between the Regional Arts Councils, State Arts Board Grants, and the State Arts Board’s Operations budget. Grants and technical assistance from the State Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils reaches every Minnesota county, statewide, so this 4% cut will affect everyone. However, it could have been much worse. Additional good news was the restoration of operating funding previously cut from the Perpich Center for Arts Education.

“Telling Our Stories: Advocating for the Arts in Your Community” Back By Popular Demand!

Two new Advocacy 101 Workshops have been scheduled in Greater Minnesota, presented by Minnesota’s Forum of Regional Arts Councils in cooperation with Minnesota Citizens for the Arts and the Minnesota Alliance for Arts in Education. This workshop is for arts leaders and artists from your community, arts organization staff and board members, teachers, school board members, arts active parents/CAPP members, in fact, all people who believe in and advocate for the arts.

Friday, June 7, Northland Community & Technical College, Thief River Falls, 1:00 – 5:30 pm

or –

Saturday, June 29, St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center (The Depot), Duluth ,9:00 am- 3:00 pm

You will learn:

New tools, statistics and strategies acquired will help you influence decision-makers in your community to support the arts more generously
New, beneficial connections within your community and with others in your region will help you collaborate for joint projects more effectively.
The innovative and exciting success stories of others will ignite you to try new ideas or continue to pursue your current arts agenda.
You will become aware of strategic points of pressure in town, city and school district systems that might increase the arts programming in your community.
Session Leaders include: “Fundamentals of Advocacy”: led by Sheila M. Smith , Minnesota Citizens for the Arts’ Executive Director. “Speaking with One Voice”: led by Kathleen Maloney, Executive Director of the Minnesota Alliance for Arts in Education. The Duluth conference will also feature: “Telling Your Story”: led by Loren Niemi , storyteller and community organizer.

Registration: Registration fee: $15.00 per person. Please send a check, payable to the RAC Forum, along with your name, address, daytime phone number and e-mail address to: Geri Katz, Forum of Regional Arts Councils, 2233 University Avenue West, Suite 355, St. Paul, MN 55114, Phone: (651) 251-0868, e-mail: mca@mtn.org.

Arts Education Community Meeting: Politics and Policy in 2003

The MN Alliance for Arts Education works to ensure that the arts are available to kids in Minnesota’s public schools. The Alliance invites you to a preliminary discussion to help shape their Arts Education Advocacy Platform for 2003. Arts Education Community Meeting: Politics and Policy in 2003 will be held on Thursday, May 30, 4-6 PM. Hosted by Intermedia Arts, at 2822 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, Minnesota. (For directions visit their web site at www.intermediaarts.org). The November election will bring big changes in the state legislature, the Governor’s office and the Department of Children, Families and Learning÷changes that could be opportunities for new strides for arts education policy and resources or challenges to our hard won gains. To fulfill our vision of leading the dialogue and action needed to enhance and elevate support and commitment for arts education, we need advice from the field.

What would you like to see happen for arts education in the legislative arena in the next four years?
What are the next steps with statewide standards, assessments, professional development, or arts education funds?
How should we educate candidates on arts education needs?
How can the Alliance mobilize arts education advocates to get out and vote?
Registration: RSVP by May 28 to kathleen@allarts4allkids.org or call the Alliance at 651-917-9000.

“Rules of the Game: Nonprofits and Election-Year Activities.”

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, Clean Water Action Alliance of Minnesota, The Minnesota Community Action Association, and Minnesota Environmental Partnership and others invite you to:

Rules of the Game: Nonprofits and Election-Year Activities.
Friday, June 28, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Machinistsâ Labor Temple, 1399 Eustis Avenue, St. Paul (near Hwy. 280 & Como Avenue)

The elections are coming! Is your nonprofit ready to be an effective player in this election year and still stay within the rules that govern nonprofits? Will your candidate forum, voter guide, or voter registration effort pass muster with state and federal regulators? This workshop will explain how your 501(c)(3) organization can educate voters about your issues and the candidates. If you have a 501(c)(4) or political committee you can take a more partisan stance on the candidates. At this workshop you’ll learn the federal and state laws that you need to follow. Participants will receive copies of the Alliance for Justice publication “The Rules of the Game: An Election Year Legal Guide for Nonprofit Organizations.” Featured speaker: John Pomeranz, Alliance for Justice, Washington D.C. This workshop is for nonprofit staff, boards, volunteers and donors. The fee is $15 per person, which includes snacks, materials and lunch. Please register early to avoid disappointment– space is limited! Registration: call the MN Council of Nonprofits at 651/642-1904 or download the form from www.mncn.org/events.htm

Minnesota State Grants & Contracts Survey

Minnesota Council of Non-Profits is launching a first of its kind study of the system and procedures by which the State of Minnesota solicits, awards, administers, and evaluates grants and contracts to Minnesota nonprofit organizations. A critical first step in this study involves asking you, as a nonprofit organization in Minnesota, about your experiences with the state’s grants and contracts process. We need to hear not only from organizations that receive state grants or contracts, but also from organizations that have been unsuccessful in acquiring state money and those who have never applied. Your participation and input in this study will help us understand if problems exist in the current system. This information will shape MCN’s future public policy work to address any problems and promote needed systems reforms. So please take the time to complete the survey by clicking on the link above. Who should take this survey? Every financially active nonprofit organization in Minnesota – whether you currently receive grants or contracts, have received them in the past, or have never applied. Who should fill the survey out? Someone who is familiar with your organization’s funding, such as your Executive Director or Development Director, should complete the survey. How long will it take to complete? Approximately 20 to 30 minutes if you currently receive a state grant or contract. If you do not currently receive any funding, it will probably take about 10 minutes. When is the deadline? We ask that you complete the survey by May 31, 2002. If you have any other questions, please contact Christina Macklin at MCN: cmacklin@mncn.org or 651-642-1904 x233, or go directly to: http://www.mncn.org/survey.htm

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