Arts Alert: Arts Advocacy in a Blizzard: Thank you!

Arts Advocacy in a Blizzard: Thank you!

Despite the snow and a bit of chaos, Arts Advocacy Day on Tuesday was one for the record books. Many Greater Minnesota advocates were trapped at home by the blizzard! But this is Minnesota, and the show must go on. A bunch of advocates came into the Cities ahead of the storm. In the end a hearty 250 advocates made it to the Capitol, and volunteers jumped forward to lead teams where we had lost members, so we made the most of our very positive legislator meetings. Together, we delivered a message of “Thank you for the state arts funding coming into our district!” Lots more pictures are available at MCA’s Facebook page.

***If you couldn’t make it there on Tuesday you can still participate by sending your legislators a quick note about the importance of the arts in your community: Thank your legislators for state arts funding! There’s a pre-written and addressed note you can send, or you can add your own thoughts.***

Thank you to all of the hearty Minnesotans who made it to the Capitol that day to advocate for the arts!

(arts advocates: Credit Scott Streble for MCA).

Senator Dick Cohen, Representative Bob Gunther (Chair of the House committee overseeing Legacy), and Senator Carrie Ruud (Chair of the Senate committee overseeing Legacy) revved up the crowd by talking about their support for the arts. Former MCA Board Chair David Marty received the Larry Award, given to an Unsung Hero of arts advocacy in Minnesota.

(left: Rep. Gunther, Senators Ruud and Cohen. right: David Marty. Credit: Scott Streble for MCA).

MCA Executive Director Sheila Smith updated advocates on the threats to the NEA and on new research. G Phillip Shoultz from VocalEssence led the assembly in America the Beautiful, all agreed it was the best we had ever sounded.

Arts Advocates then met with legislators all around the Capitol, delivering their message that the arts have a big impact in their communities, and thanking legislators for their support.

(Constituents meet with Rep. Hornstein, Rep. Rena Moran, and other legislators Jake Jacobson entertains the crowd. Credit: Scott Streble for MCA).

Thank you to all who braved the weather to advocate for the arts, and also to the many hundreds of arts lovers who have already sent a Thank you note to their legislators!

Next up: Saving the NEA. More to come.