Virtual Arts Advocacy Week Starts Tomorrow!
The excitement is building! Governor Walz will be joining us at the
RALLY AT 8:30 AM ON TUESDAY FEB. 16
along with other high profile elected arts advocates including:
· Governor Tim Walz
· Rep. Betty McCollum, Chair of the Committee that funds the NEA
· Legacy Chairs Sen. Carrie Ruud and Rep. Leon Lillie
· And More!
· 9:30 AM – Creative MN: Facts and Figures to make your case with Sheila Smith
· 10:00 AM – First Time Advocate Training featuring MCA Board members acting the part of legislators
WATCH ON YOUTUBE: You can watch the rally live here:
A recording of the rally will be posted online at:
Register Now to get the link to the rally and invites to other events next week including:
Feb. 16th to Feb.19th 9AM – 5PM
YOUR LEGISLATOR MEETINGS
Each advocate will have two meetings, one with their Senator and one with their Representative, at some point on these four days. Note that we are doing our best to schedule zooms with all 201 legislators! When (and maybe if) your legislator meeting is scheduled, the Zoom information will be emailed to you the day before the meeting as legislator schedules are constantly changing.
Feb. 18th at 4 PM
WEBINAR: “WHEN WILL AUDIENCES RETURN?”
Featuring the Results of WolfBrown Audience Surveys in Minnesota
Feb. 19th at 4 PM
ARTS ACTION WEEK HAPPY HOUR
MCA is committed to the safety and wellness of our arts community, so MCA has canceled our day on the hillthis year and instead will hold a VIRTUAL ARTS ADVOCACY WEEK. Your legislators need to know that their constituents support the arts. Please take five minutes to thank them for continued arts funding, and let them know that when you invest in the arts, the Arts Give Back.
As the Coronavirus crisis drags on, the effects on the arts community has been severe. With all of the theaters, museums and other venues closed, events canceled, and people losing their jobs, the economic impact on Minnesota and on the arts is huge. We realize that these problems will be faced by all Minnesotans – our hearts and our talents will be a part of the recovery. But it means that there will also be lasting damage to our arts community and to the public who we serve.
Even though you are staying in your house, you can all still make a difference by joining us for 2 legislator meetings during Arts Advocacy week to make sure your legislators know the importance of the arts to you and your community.
We have also provided a sample letter, which you can edit any way you want.
It’s so easy to make a difference! Join us! Virtual Arts Advocacy Week: Ask Legislators to Protect Arts Funding