arts alert: Advocacy Day Deadline is Friday – Act Now

MCA
Minnesota Citizens for the Arts
2233 University Ave. W. #355
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-251-0868 fax 651-917-3561
staff at mncitizensforthearts.org
www.mncitizensforthearts.org
Arts Action Center

February 6, 2008

1. Arts Advocacy Day Registration Deadline is Friday!

2. Caucuses a Great Day for Democracy

3. Volunteers Needed Next Week

4. Add Your Arts Organization to Our Petition by Feb. 8

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1. Arts Advocacy Day Registration Deadline is Friday!

Register Now on MCA’s Website: www.mncitizensforthearts.org.

Be a part of history when the legislature approves the most important legislation ever on behalf of the arts and environmental conservation in Minnesota. Arts Advocacy Day is our chance to make sure decision makers know about the strong arts community in Minnesota and that we want their support. As you can imagine, these legislators LISTEN, because we are their constituents! This is especially important during this election year.

We start at 8:00 a.m. with a fun and informative rally at the Minnesota History Center and then split up into teams, led by an experienced arts advocate, to meet individually with legislators in the Capitol. Most teams are done by 1:00.

Arts people are coming from all over the state to take part. It’s the best arts networking opportunity of the year and the registration deadline is coming soon. For lots of information about the big day including schedule, maps, legislative agenda and a quick link to register today, check out MCA’s website. Sign up now at www.mncitizensforthearts.org.

So, this Valentine\\’s Day, plan to spend ½ your day at the Capitol with hundreds of friends at Arts Advocacy Day. You don\\’t need to know how to lobby or anything – MCA does a great job training and empowering you in this effort. Plus, you\\’ll have a cool team leader who will guide your advocacy team through the day. This is a fun, useful and really eye-opening networking event in addition to helping the cause of the arts in a tangible way.

Don\\’t wait for someone else to take up this cause. If you care about the arts (and I happen to know that you do) then YOU should be at Arts Advocacy Day. Please Register by Feb. 8 so we can get you on the team with your own legislators. See you there!

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2. Caucuses a Great Day for Democracy

Well, wasn’t that amazing? Minnesota’s political season kicked off with record breaking attendance at precinct caucuses. In my own precinct we had 18 times the normal number of people who show up to caucuses. People are engaged, thinking about the future and what kind of world they want to live in. Regardless of party it is a wonderful thing when the public takes control over their own destiny by being a participant in our democracy. So, congratulations to all!

I’m getting lots of reports of people who offered the arts/environment caucus resolution. Most passed the resolution without much opposition, and just two people reported that theirs did not pass. Most reported strong support for the constitutional amendment to “Protect our Lakes, Land and Way of Life.” The campaign’s new theme is great ‘”This November, the things you love about Minnesota are on the ballot.” It has begun!

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3. Volunteers Needed Next Week

Arts Advocacy Day is a big deal and it takes tons of volunteers to make it all happen. Can you lend a hand? Please join us at the MCA office, 2233 University Ave. W. #355, St. Paul, MN. Times needed are:
• Monday, Feb. 11, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
• Tuesday, Feb. 12, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
• Wednesday, Feb. 13, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
• We can also accommodate many volunteers the morning of Arts Advocacy Day at the Minnesota History Center at 7:00 a.m.

Are you game? Please contact Mark Albers and let him know you are coming at: staff at mncitizensforthearts.org or 651-251-0868 so we are ready to greet you.

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4. Add Your Arts Organization to Our Petition by Feb. 8, 2008

Arts Advocacy Day is fast approaching and will will be asking for dedicated funding for the arts in the form of the constitutional amendment that nearly passed the legislature last year. The Majority Leaders of both the House and Senate have pledged to pass the bill early in the next legislative session that begins on Feb. 12, 2008. For this reason Arts Advocacy Day will be held just two days later on Feb. 14. Once passed by the legislature the ballot question bypasses the Governor to go directly to voters in November 2008. Then, if passed by the voters, funding for cultural heritage will triple from current levels and will be in place at that higher level for the next 25 years. This is the most important piece of legislation ever offered for the arts in Minnesota.

This new source of stable, dedicated funding could create a renaissance for the arts in Minnesota. Minnesotans will have greatly expanded opportunities for access to the arts and artists and arts organizations will see new creative opportunities statewide. Our cultural heritage, along with our beautiful natural environment, are at the core of what makes Minnesota a great place to live. This proposal, combining my two favorite things about my home state, makes perfect sense. We are already organizing a statewide campaign with conservationists to make the proposal a reality.

Here’s How You Can Help: Join Great Minnesota Arts Organizations Such As The Ones Below In Endorsing the Following Statement. Our goal is to get the endorsement of at least 300 environment, arts and culture and civic organizations for the constititional amendment by Feb. 8 so that the list can be presented to legislators when the session begins. So far, over 200 organizations have signed on! Below is a partial list of who has signed up so far.

Support for immediate passage of the Conference Committee Report on SF6/HF2285 —

The Great Outdoors and Heritage Amendment

We, the undersigned organizations are deeply committed to the future of Minnesota. We urge the 2008 Legislature to immediately pass the agreed to Conference Committee report on Senate File 6/House File 2285 – the Great Outdoors and Heritage Amendment.

Minnesota Citizens for the Arts and: American Association of Woodturners, American Choral Directors of Minnesota, American Composers Forum, Arrowhead Chorale, Duluth, Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, Duluth, Art of the Lakes, Battle Lake, Artist Relief Fund, Duluth, Art Eductors of Minnesota, Arts Culture Partnership of Saint Paul, Arts Center of Saint Peter, ArtReach Alliance, Artspace Projects, Bloomington Chorale, Bluff Country Studio Art Tour, Caponi Art Park and Learning Center, Center for Hmong Arts and Talent (CHAT), Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis, City of Rochester Music Department/Riverside Concerts, CLIMB Theatre, Colder by the Lake Comedy Theatre, Duluth, Cross Community Players, Curtain Call Theatre, Depot Studios, Isle, Detroit Lakes Community Cultural Center, East Central Arts Council, East Metro Women’s Council, White Bear Lake, EJAM, Enviromental Justice Advocates of Minnesota, Evansville Art Center, Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre, Fergus Falls A Center for the Arts, Five Wings Arts Council, Staples, FM Visual Artists (Fargo-Moorhead), Friends of the Hopkins Center for the Arts, FUEGO Flamenco, Gunflint Trail Historical Society, Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, Hauser Dance, Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Minneapolis, Historic Holmes Theatre, Detroit Lakes, Historic Mounds Theatre, Historic Mounds Theatre, St. Paul, JazzMN, Inc., Minneapolis, Keepers of the Sacred Tradition of Pipemakers, Pipestone, Lake Agassiz Arts Council, Lake Region Arts Council, Fergus Falls, Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis, Lowry LAB Theater, Lyric Arts Company of Anoka, Inc., MacPhail Center for Music, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, Milan Village Arts School, Milkweed Editions, Minhua Chorus, Roseville, Minneapolis Arts Commission, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis Musical Theatre, Minneapolis Park and Recreation, Minnesota Art Therapy Association, Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (MASWCD), Minnesota Film Arts, Minnesota Opera, Minnesota Orchestral Association, Minnesota Sages Dance Awards, Minnesota Sinfonia, Minnesota Theatre Company, Minnesota Youth Symphonies, Mpls./St.Paul International Film Festival, Music in the Park Series, New Prague Arts Council, No Refunds Theatre Company, Northern Light Opera Company, Northern Prairie Performing Arts, Northwest Minnesota Arts Council in Warren, Oratorio Society of Minnesota, Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council, Pequot Lakes CAPP committe, Rain Taxi, Inc, Renewing the Countryside, Seafarer Press, St Paul, Skewed Visions, St. Paul City Council, Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins, Starting Gate Productions, St. Paul, SteppingStone Theatre, Taproot, Inc./Education Through the Media Arts, Textile Center, The Burning House Group Theatre Company, Minneapolis, The Edge Center for the Arts, Bigfork, The Edge of the Wilderness Community Center, (EWCC) , The Rose Ensemble, St. Paul, The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, St. Cloud Municipal Band, The Southern Theater , The Workhaus Playwrights Collective, Theater Space Project, Three Rivers Arts Council, Three Rivers Park District, Twin Cities Musicians Union, Twin Rivers Center for the Arts, Mankato, Valley Chamber Chorale, Stillwater, VSA arts of Minnesota, Walker Art Center, White Bear Center for the Arts, Wildwood Artist Series, Wishes for the Sky, Women in the Wilderness, Writers Rising Up To Defend Place, Natural Habitat, Wetlands, Eden Prairie, Young Dance, and Your Organization Here!

Just respond to this email to let us know the name of your organization that you would like us to add to the list.

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5. Event Reminders from MCA:

Minnesota’s Arts Advocacy Day
February 14, 2008 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Minnesota History Center and Minnesota State Capitol
More information here: http://mncitizensforthearts.org/events/advocacyday/
Register On-line Now: www.mncitizensforthearts.org

National Arts Advocacy Day
March 31-April 1, 2008
Washington, D.C.
More information here: www.artsusa.org/events/2008/aad/default.asp

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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 staff at mncitizensforthearts.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.

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