Arts Advocacy Events – Save the Date!


1. Advocacy 101 Classes to be Offered by MCA
2. Arts Advocacy Day: Save the Date!
3. Booker Leaving Minnesota State Arts Board
4. Small Increase for Arts in Education Programs Passes U.S. Senate
5. Data Collection for Minnesota Arts and Culture Economic Impact Study Nearly Complete

1. Advocacy 101 Classes to be Offered by MCA

Montgomery: November 11, 1:30 p.m., at the Arts & Heritage Center.
Willmar: December 6, 2005, in the evening, location TBA.

Sheila Smith, Executive Director of Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, will be offering “Arts Advocacy 101” seminars in the next month. The “Arts Advocacy 101” seminar will give you new tools to advocate for the arts both locally and statewide. If you\\’ve never advocated for anything in your life but you\\’d like to get more involved, or if you have some experience and would like to learn new ways to make the case for the arts, this class is for you. It\\’s a fun, informal way to learn how to advocate for the arts.

Who should go?

• Arts leaders and artists from your community
• Arts organization staff and board members
• Teachers, school board members, arts active parents/CAPP members
• People who believe in and advocate for the arts

How can you use the skills learned at the workshop?

• New tools, statistics, and strategies acquired will help you influence decision-makers in your community to support the arts more generously:
• You\\’ll make new friends who care about the arts as much as you do.
• 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.

Why do we want you there?

• The understanding you have of your community – its successes and challenges – is information that others will want to learn. Your experiences are important.
• Your renewed commitment to the arts community is vital. Your continued arts leadership as well as your ability to pass on training to new leaders is needed.

For the event on November 11, 1:30 p.m., at the Arts & Heritage Center in Montgomery: The address is 206 First PST N. (It’s a big building with an orange roof at the top of the hill. The building also houses the Next Chapter Book Store and Hilltop Hall- a performance venue). Montgomery is just south of the Twin Cities. Hosted by MCA Board Member Kathy Peterson. RSVP to: MCA at, or 651-251-0868.

For the event on December 6, 2005: Willmar, location TBA. Willmar is in Southwest Minnesota. Hosted by MCA Board Member Allison Geiger. RSVP to: Allison Geiger, Gallery Director, Buffalo Fish Fine Art 320-222-9876.

2. Arts Advocacy Day: Save the Date!

Arts Advocacy Days in 2006 will be bigger than ever. Don’t miss out! Put them on your calendar now:

Minnesota’s Arts Advocacy Day will be March 9, 2006. Details:

National Arts Advocacy Days will be March 13-14. 2006. Details:

3. Booker Leaving Minnesota State Arts Board

From the Minneapolis Star Tribune, October 28, 2005

Bob Booker, executive director of the Minnesota State Arts Board, announced Friday that he will leave next month to become executive director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Booker, 50, has been on the staff of the board since 1985 and has served as executive director since 1997. His last day will be Nov. 28. The board is primarily a granting agency, funding individual artists and cultural organizations. His tenure included periods of expansion and contraction in the agency. In 1998, Gov. Arne Carlson raised state funding to $13 million, an annual figure that continued through 2002. But in 2003, budget deficits took their toll, and allocations dropped. Granting authority in 2004 was slashed by 30 percent and administrative outlays were cut by 61 percent. Now the agency receives about $8.6 million from the state, said spokeswoman Sue Gens. The Arizona commission has a budget of about $4.5 million. -GRAYDON ROYCE

4. Small Increase for Arts in Education Programs Passes U.S. Senate

We are pleased to announce the passage of $35.7 million for the Department of Education’s Arts in Education programs by the US Senate on Thursday, October 27. This funding represents a $100,000 increase over last year’s funding level and was part of the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations bill. Arts in Education programs provide funding to teacher training programs, model arts education programs at schools across the country, John F. Kennedy Center for the Arts educational programming, and to VSA arts that provide programs for people with and without disabilities. The US Senate Appropriations Committee under the leadership of Chairman Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Ranking Member Robert Byrd (D-WV) previously approved this funding level on July 14, 2005. Arts in Education programs were eliminated by the US House of Representatives as recommended by President George W. Bush in his FY 2006 Budget. This bill now moves to conference committee between the US Senate and House of Representatives.

5. Data Collection for Minnesota Arts and Culture Economic Impact Study Nearly Complete

For the past many months, members of MCA and the Regional Arts Councils have been hard at work collecting data from arts audiences and organizations to complete the first ever statewide Arts and Culture Economic Impact Study. When complete, the Study will produce 12 reports on the economic impact of the arts and culture in Minnesota; a statewide study and eleven regional studies. We are looking forward to completing the data collection phase because it’s been alot of work! If your organization still has not completed the survey, it’s not too late. Just e-mail MCA at or call us at 651-251-0868 to get the survey faxed to you. So far several hundred organizations have participated in the survey.

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