Why Virtual Arts Action Week?
In addition to protecting our Legacy Amendment and state grant funds, this year we are pushing for passage of a bill that would grant $100 million to arts and cultural groups who were hurt by the pandemic. Because you’ve joined us as an advocate in the past, we want you to be the first to know that this year we need your help again! Mark your calendar for March 14-18, 2022. The kick off rally will be March 14 at 8:30 am!
With your action—online and as part of Zoom calls with legislators—we can help legislators understand the importance of the arts who have been hit disproportionately hard by COVID-19.
To attend any of the meetings you will need to sign-up in advance so that we can email you the zoom information.
MCA is a recognized national leader in arts advocacy. Arts Action Week helps us show that people across the state want to see funding for the arts!
Attend Arts Action Week and help provide needed relief funding for Minnesota arts!
Can’t Make it to Arts Action Week?
About the legislation:
H.F. No. 2637 – Cultural Community Rescue Restart Grants.
$100,000,000 in fiscal year 2022 is appropriated from the state fiscal recovery fund to the commissioner of employment and economic development for grants to nonprofit arts and cultural organizations that have suffered financial losses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Groups seeing grants will have experienced financial hardship because of the COVID-19 pandemic and be able to demonstrate at least a 25 percent reduction in gross receipts between comparable quarters in 2019 and 2020.
What is Virtual Arts Action Week?
Minnesota Citizens for the Arts works to increase arts funding by bringing arts advocates together with their legislators about the importance of the arts to our lives and our economy. Every year about 500-1000 arts advocates join together for a rally and then meet with their legislators to educate them about the arts in their communities and ask them to support arts funding. Because of Covid, we are expanding the day to a week (to give us more time to set up zooms) and will be completely online with a short rally, brief trainings, and then zoom meetings with legislators.
Who Goes to Arts Advocacy Day?
Attendees include painters, tenors, dancers, cellists, French horn players and other artists of all kinds, arts administrators and representatives from every arts organization statewide from the big organizations to the smallest all volunteer choir on the northern border, joining together to show the strength of Minnesota’s arts community. Where else could you go to be with 500-1,000 people who agree with you?
Why Should I Go?
Through this big day, we show the strength of Minnesota’s statewide arts community. Previous Arts Advocacy Days have resulted in significant increases in state arts funding (that goes out in grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils). The Legacy Amendment, which tripled arts funding in 2008, was passed on Arts Advocacy Day! Past participants have repeatedly shared their favorite parts of the day:
- They feel empowered by gathering together with like-minded people.
- They say that Arts Advocacy Day is the best arts networking event of the year, as it’s the only time that arts lovers of all kinds come together in one place.
What are the Important Issues This Year?
Covid has hit the arts harder than almost every other sector. At the same time the state of MN has a budget deficit so we will be fighting off cuts to arts funding.
Legislators need to hear about the importance of the arts to their districts and the impact the MSAB and RAC grants are having in their hometowns.
Minnesotans overwhelmingly approved the Legacy Amendment in 2008, passing it by 56%, which created four new dedicated funds for land, water, parks and arts. In the last several years arts advocates and supportive legislators had to fight off legislative suggestions that the Legacy Arts & Culture Fund be diverted away from the arts. With this uncertain political climate and increased polarization, we need to show a unified front to ensure that arts funding continues to be protected.
What is the Typical Arts Advocacy Day Like?
How do I join this year?
- Sign-Up for Arts Advocacy Day 2022!
- Attend/Watch the Opening Rally Webinar. (Info to watch live or on-demand will be emailed to you closer to the event.
- Attend meetings with your legislators. (Info for those meetings will be sent to you the week of the event.)
Can’t attend this year? Send a Letter! The Update Letter will be posted closer to Advocacy Week