Act Now! Opportunities and Deadlines at MCA

08/18/05

1. Economic Impact Study of the Arts – Act Now! Surveys Due Sept. 16th

2. MCA Board Openings: Nominations Due Sept. 1

3. MCA Internship Openings: Applications Due Sept. 5

4. President Approves NEA Funding Increase

1. Economic Impact Study of the Arts – Act Now! Surveys Due Sept. 16th

The deadline for completing the Economic Impact Study is drawing closer! Your arts organization and activities are important to Minnesota and we want you to be included. The arts and cultural resources of our state are being studied by Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA), and the Forum of Regional Arts Councils (FRACM). The project will produce eleven regional economic impact studies as well as a statewide study, and give us great tools to advocate for the arts statewide and locally.

Cities and states across the country seek to build “creative economies” that are driven by the strength of creative people such as artists, designers, and innovators of all kinds. “The arts and culture are one of the things that define Minnesota, like our lakes and the great outdoors, drawing people here from all over the country. Minnesota is poised to be one of the leading creative economies in the country behind only New York and California, because Minnesota has a unique civic culture of public support for and participation in the arts,” said Sheila Smith, MCA\\’s Executive Director.

“This survey will help us to make the case for more support for the arts.”

Please complete the on-line survey THIS WEEK. Below are links to the survey for each Region:

Region 1:Northwest Regional Arts Council
Region 2:Region 2 Arts Council
Region 3:Arrowhead Regional Arts Council
Region 4:Lake Region Arts Council
Region 5:Five Wings Arts Council
Region 6/8:Southwest Minnesota Arts & Humanities Council
Region 7E:East Central Arts Council
Region 7W:Central Minnesota Arts Board
Region 9:Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council
Region 10:Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council
Region 11:Metropolitan Regional Arts Council
Study Partners This statewide project is a collaboration of the Forum of Regional Arts Councils (RAC Forum) and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA), principle partners, with major funding provided by the McKnight Foundation. Additional partners include Twin Cities Performing Arts Research Coalition (PARC) project and Americans for the Arts (AFTA).

2. MCA Board Openings: Nominations Due Sept. 1

Minnesota Citizens for the Arts is soliciting nominations for its Board of Trustees. Terms begin October 2005 and will last for two years. Half of MCA’s 36 board members must come from the Twin Cities metro area, and half from Greater Minnesota. We have at least two metro openings and four openings in Greater Minnesota. Interested? Fill out the form below and return it by September 1, 2005 by email, fax, or by snail mail to the above address.

MCA seeks board members who:

Have a willingness to work, volunteer and come to our meetings.
Are people with political connections, political strategists, and people with an understanding of the political process, or are willing to learn
Have mix of party affiliation
Provide balance in terms of the genre, size or type of organizations represented (large, medium, small, arts education, individual artist, etc.)
Have willingness to communicate our work to their peers, and/or clout within their organizations
Provide other balances in terms of representing the state or the arts community (ie diversity in terms of age, race, etc).
(Please do not nominate someone other than yourself unless you have discussed it with them first).

MCA Board Nomination Form

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?

3. MCA Internship Openings: Applications Due Sept. 5

CAMPUS ORGANIZING INTERNSHIP AT MINNESOTA CITIZENS FOR THE ARTS

Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA), an effective state arts advocacy organization that lobbies for the arts in Minnesota, seeks an intern to begin September, 2005. The position is part-time and flexible (approximately 20 hours per week). The position is unpaid, but does fulfill requirements for service learning course credit.

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. Interns will play a valuable role in building the next generation of arts advocates. Perks include many opportunities to advance in the arts and/or political community.

Duties and projects included in the internship:

The primary responsibility is to coordinate MCA\\’s “Campus Arts Advocates Network” a statewide initiative to involve more young people in arts advocacy. Duties will include:

recruiting advocates from campuses throughout the state,
training campus organizers and helping them plan arts advocacy activities on their campuses,
maintaining weekly communication with campus network,
tracking campus activities and reporting back to staff and board.
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:

Enthusiasm for organizing students around arts advocacy,
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 by September 5, 2005 to: Kate Hannaher, mca@mtn.org Minnesota Citizens for the Art,s 2233 University Avenue West, Suite 355, St. Paul, MN 55114

4. President Approves NEA Funding Increase

Federal Arts Funding NEA to Receive an Increase of $4.4 Million for Next Year

On August 2, President Bush signed the FY 2006 Interior Appropriations bill, containing funding for the NEA and NEH. The bill provides an increase of $4.4 million for the National Endowment for the Arts. Thus, for FY 2006, the NEA will receive $125.7 million. NEA\\’s Challenge America program, which supports the arts in underserved areas, receives a cut, though not as much as the Administration had proposed. Similarly, the compromise has a larger increase for the American Masterpieces initiative than the Administration proposed. The bill provides an increase of $4.3 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities, which is set to receive $142.4 million in FY 2006.

Additional funds will come to Minnesota through a block grant to the Minnesota State Arts Board, as well as through direct grants to organizations across the state.

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information about Minnesota Citizens for the Arts
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 issue
And more!
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Minnesota Citizens for the Arts 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 http://www.mtn.org/mca. Individual dues are just $30, and a household membership is just $40. Thank you!

Minnesota Citizens for the Arts is a non-partisan 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.