Important Dates for Arts Advocates

1/8/03

1. Minnesota Citizens for the Arts – ARTS ADVOCACY DAY – Feb. 27, 2003
2. Minnesota Alliance for Arts in Education’s – Arts Education Day at the Capitol. – Feb. 5, 2003
3. Forum on the Minnesota State Capitol and its Art – January 11, 2003
4. Minnesota Council of Non Profits – NonProfit Action Day – March 10, 2003
5. Other Non Profit Meetings in Greater Minnesota – January 13 and 14 (see details below on each event)

1. ARTS ADVOCACY DAY at the STATE CAPITOL FEBRUARY 27, 2003

Click here to sign up. Although Minnesota is facing a historic deficit, Governor-elect Tim Pawlenty has pledged not to raise taxes to fix the budget. So cuts to state agencies and programs, which could include programs which serve the arts through the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Regional Arts Councils – are almost certain. What is not certain is the depth of those cuts. With the unpredictable economy affecting artists across the state, we need state funding to be as stable as possible. We are aware of the deficit and aware that cuts will occur across the system, but we believe both the legislature and governor need to take a balanced approach to solving the deficit problem. Part of a balanced approach will be to treat the arts fairly.

Last session, with the help of arts advocates like you, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA) convinced the Legislature to reduce the cut to the arts to 4%. It took the entire arts community to prevent even deeper cuts. This year, MCA will work hard to keep Minnesota arts funding safe. But we can’t do it alone. MCA has been successful at fighting cuts in the past with the help of arts advocates like you all across the state. You can add a powerful voice to the choir of arts advocates who believe the arts in Minnesota are worth fighting for. On Advocacy Day, organized by MCA, arts advocates from every corner of Minnesota come to the State Capitol to meet with their legislators and talk about the importance of the arts to our state and region.

This exciting day begins with a brief advocacy training session. MCA will set up appointments with legislators for you. You will not be alone-arts advocates go out in teams to meet with lawmakers. Each team is led by someone from the arts community who has participated in Advocacy Day before and who knows what to do. The most important person a legislator can hear from is YOU.

2. Join the Minnesota Alliance for Arts in Education for ARTS EDUCATION DAY at the Capitol: Wednesday, February 5

Noon to 4 pm. Join the Minnesota Alliance for Arts in Education and call on your state legislators. This session is a crucial one to protect hard-won policies and funding for arts education. Mark your calendars now–more information will be coming. The group will gather at noon at the Capitol and then, as teams, call on members of the House and Senate Education Committees and other key legislators until 4 PM. Your participation is needed. This will be an excellent time to get acquainted, talk about the importance of the arts to children and share stories of success. To sign up, send an e-mail to kathleen@allarts4allkids.org. A registration form and further information will be sent back to you.

3. MINNESOTA STATE CAPITOL FORUM January 11, 2003

A forum on the Capitol’s history and its art in preparation for the centennial of its construction in 2005. The Forum is organized by the Minnesota Historical Society in preparation for the 2005 celebration of the centennial of the construction of the Minnesota State Capitol. The forum will review the history of the Capitol’s construction, the art created for its public spaces, and explore opportunities for the future.

WHERE: Minnesota History Center -3M Auditorium. (The history center is across Highway 94 from the State Capitol Building in St. Paul).
WHEN: January 11, 2003, 1:30-5:00 p.m.

4. Save the Date! March 10th is NONPROFIT ACTION DAY! Sponsored by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

More details to follow, or send an email to: info@mncn.org.

5. Other events of interest to nonprofit organizations in Greater Minnesota:
Bemidji Area Council of Nonprofits and MCN present: Getting Ready for the 2003 Session A Public Policy/Legislative Workshop Monday, January 13

8:30 – Noon. Topics include: The Nonprofit Economy Report, the fiscal and political landscape, lobbying strategies & tactics from a rural perspective. Meet at the Holiday Inn Express Conference Room, 2422 Ridgeway Avenue NW, Bemidji, MN. Registration: $50.00 (MCN and BACN Members: $40.00) The State Budget Forecast and Related Issues: How to Be Involved in the Debate Sponsored by Bremer Bank, Tuesday, January 14, 2003, 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Bremer Bank, 302 SW 5th Street, in Willmar. Presenters are Jim Schowalter, Division Director, Minnesota Department of Finance, and Nan Madden, Minnesota Budget Project. The event is free. To RSVP or for more information, contact Beth Johnston at (320) 231-8140. To register call: (218) 759-8260