Save the Date – Arts Advocacy Day Will Be 2/14/2008

1. Save the Date: Arts Advocacy Day Will Be Feb. 14, 2008

2. Check Out Video of 2007 Arts Advocacy Day

3. Save the Date: MN Cultural Tourism Conference

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1. Save the Date: Arts Advocacy Day Will Be Feb. 14, 2008

Last week legislative leaders sent a letter to those of us who have been working to pass the constitutional amendment for the arts and outdoors (Senate File 6) that, in effect, vows to pass the bill early in the 2008 legislative session which begins on February 12, 2008. In their letter, they said,

“Considering the bipartisan support for this bill, and the wide margin of passage in both the House and Senate, it seems clear that the legislature supports putting this constitutional amendment to a vote of the people.

“Our natural resources, impaired water and cultural legacy deserve a long-term revenue source to address their growing needs. Passage of this constitutional amendment is vital to securing this revenue. During the interim, to whatever extent is possible, groups can begin organizing the ballot campaign to ensure support at the polls come November 2008.

“We look forward to the final passage of this legislation early in the 2008 session.”

So we are not going to waste any time…

Arts Advocacy Day will be Feburary 14, 2008. Save the Date!

Arts Advocacy Day is our chance to make sure decision makers know about the strong arts community in Minnesota and that we’d like their support.
Arts people come from all over the state to take part. It’s the best arts networking opportunity of the year!

Note: Senate File 6 would create a constitutional amendment that, among other intiatives for the environment, would approximately triple funding for the arts in Minnesota. For more information on the legislation and its benefits for the arts and environment, go to MCA’s website at www.mtn.org/mca.

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2. Check Out Video of 2007 Arts Advocacy Day

Jesse Roesler, arts advocate, has made a great video of our 2007 Arts Advocacy Day in which he interviewed participants about why they believe in advocating for the arts. Check it out on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZPqXDYM5zU or our MySpace Page at: www.myspace.com/mncitizensforthearts. Maybe you’ll see yourself!

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3. Save the Date: MN Cultural Tourism Conference

Save the Date to attend the January 22-24, 2008 MN Tourism Conference at Alltel Civic Center, Mankato:

Educational sessions on new travel and tourism trends, electronic marketing and branding to help you increase your share of the tourism market
Opportunities for networking with other professionals, developing partnerships and learning from each other
Celebrate accomplishments at the Excellence in Tourism Awards Banquet
A special Cultural Heritage Tourism focus will be offered on Wednesday, January 23 Watch for more information and registration materials as they\\’re made available at: http://industry.exploreminnesota.com/EMT_Conference.html
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Visit MCA’s new online store: www.cafepress.com/mnforthearts.
This spring, let everyone know that you love the arts. Designer Barbara Keith has created some cool new designs to help you show your arts support. Treat yourself to a great shirt or create the perfect gift for an artsy friend’s home or office. Every purchase will support MCA. It’s easy, personalized and affordable. In a matter of moments you can create and order something unique that says: “support the arts” “start seeing art” “got art?” “Arts Advocate” or “Support the Arts: Take Action Now.”

Check out MCA’s website: www.mtn.org/mca.
Your frequently updated, one-stop site for: information about Minnesota Citizens for the Arts and how you can get involved, an Action Center called the Desktop Lobbyist where you can write a letter to your legislator, or even find out who your legislators are, facts about the arts in Minnesota, the latest on legislative and congressional action on arts issues and more!

Join MCA’s MySpace Page: www.myspace.com/mncitizensforthearts.

Join Our Arts Advocacy Family:
MCA is funded entirely by the dues of its members. Do you appreciate receiving up to the minute news on the fate of the arts in the Minnesota State Legislature and Congress? We could not provide Arts Alerts if it weren’t for the wonderful and committed arts advocates who show their commitment by joining MCA. You can join by printing out the membership form on our website at www.mtn.org/mca. Individual dues are just $30, and a household membership is just $40. Thank you!

Things You Need To Know:
MCA values your privacy, and will not sell or distribute your personal information to anyone. MCA is a nonpartisan statewide arts advocacy organization whose mission is to ensure opportunity for all people to have access to and involvement in the arts. MCA organizes the arts community and lobbies the Minnesota State Legislature and Congress on issues pertaining to the nonprofit arts. If you are interested in learning more about how to advocate for the arts, or how to activate people in your arts organization or community to lobby for the arts, please call us at 651-251-0868 or e-mail mca@mtn.org. State arts funding supports access to the arts for all Minnesotans. The state-funded Minnesota State Arts Board and eleven Regional Arts Councils provide grants and services in every Minnesota county for artists, arts organizations, arts projects and school artist residencies. For more information on regional or state grants, go to www.arts.state.mn.us/racs/index.htm.