arts alert: MCA Launches Hot New Website… & Scavenger Hunt

October 11, 2007

1. MCA Launches Hot New Website… & Scavenger Hunt

2. MCA Has New Email Addressess

3. Job Opening at MCA

4. Attend Springboard’s Health Fair for Artists, November 3, 2007

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1. MCA Launches Hot New Website… & Scavenger Hunt

Check out MCA\\’s new website at www.mncitizensforthearts.org to see its hot new look. The trusty advocacy tools that you have come to know and love from our old website have been updated and never looked better.

Be informed – peruse our new pages filled with the latest information on current arts issues and our updated selection of arts research;
Be inspired – watch the new video from Arts Advocacy Day 2007;
Be influential – learn what your elected officials are doing to help or hurt the arts and let them know what you think at the Arts Action Center;
Be instrumental – bookmark MCA\\’s new website so that its tools and resources will be one click away. That way you\\’ll always know what fun events MCA wants to invite you to, what the latest arts advocacy news is, and what is going on behind the scenes.
Take our New Website Scavenger Hunt Challenge! The first three people to e-mail the correct answers to the following five questions will win an MCA t-shirt! All answers can be found within the new site; e-mail answers to staff at mncitizensforthearts.org.

In what year was MCA formed?
What image is in the place of board member Sheila Terryl’s headshot on the board list?
Which U.S. Congressman is pictured with MCA\\’s team of advocates in Washington D.C. at the 2007 National Arts Advocacy Day?
What was the total Minnesota State Arts Appropriation in 1977? In 2007?
When will Arts Advocacy Day 2008 be held?
Thank you to Katie Sabaka who has spearheaded the project for MCA, Jon Thompson and crew at www.mojosolo.com for their great design and endless assistance, and to board member Dan Zielske for kicking off the project.

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2. MCA Has New Email Addressess

Please also note that all MCA emails are changing as of today:
General email: staff at mncitizensforthearts.org
Sheila Smith, Executive Director: sheila at mncitizensforthearts.org
Katie Sabaka, Operations Manager: katie at mncitizensforthearts.org
Mark Albers, Field Worker: mark at mncitizensforthearts.org

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3. Job Opening at MCA

MCA is seeking a full time Operations Manager. The Operations Manager works with the Executive Director of MCA to implement statewide grassroots advocacy for the arts and organizes the day-to-day operations of the office. The Operations Manager reports to and is supervised by the Executive Director. Skills wanted: Previous office experience, computer literacy (Macintosh, Microsoft Word & Excel, Content Management System for website, basic html skills, Dreamweaver, Filemaker Pro, web-based advocacy systems, database operations), excellent writing skills, ability to work independently as well as collaboratively, ability to handle a variety of people with tact and intelligence. Knowledge of state political system and grassroots organizing and/or arts administration a plus.

Responsibilities:
Operations:

Manage and maintain the MCA database, including troubleshooting, updating addresses and producing reports. Maintain MCA’s website, www.mncitizensforthearts.org. Office management duties including ordering supplies, serving as liaison to vendors, maintain/troubleshoot computers and other office equipment, organize phone coverage, mail, bank deposits, and filing and other administrative tasks.
Hire, train and supervise interns.
Assist with communications and special mailings. Manage mailing list.
Assist the Executive Director with general problem solving, correspondence, reports, and meetings.
Board correspondence, meeting scheduling and reminders, minute-taking and filing of all full board and committee meetings.
Advocacy:

Coordinate MCA events and special projects, such as Advocacy Day, constituent meetings, candidate forums, annual candidate survey, research projects, etc.
Plan and implement volunteer activities, including mailing parties, phone banks, Campus Arts Advocates, Advocacy Day volunteer jobs, and others as needed.
Assist MCA members and other arts advocates with needs related to advocacy (ie, identifying and contacting their legislators).
Serve as liaison between MCA and staffs of member arts organizations and the Regional Arts Councils.
Membership:

Work with the membership committee to implement all phases of fundraising, such as coordinating bi-annual membership drives, monthly or bi-monthly renewal letters, tracking contributions, maintaining database and mailing lists, and sending thank you letters.
Submit application by October 26, 2007 to: Operations Manager Job Opening, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, 2233 University Ave. W. #355, St. Paul, MN 55114

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4. Attend Springboard’s Health Fair for Artists, November 3, 2007

Please join us at Springboard for the Arts’ Health Fair for Artists, a day devoted to connecting all artists, arts administrators and their families to healthcare resources. The Health Fair is on Saturday, November 3rd from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Carleton Artist Lofts in St. Paul (2285 University Ave). The event is FREE;

Event Features:

Participate in workshops and speak one-on-one with representatives of affordable health insurance, low-cost clinics, nutrition, fitness, and alternative care.
Receive free and low-cost screenings. Free screenings include Blood Pressure, Hearing, Balance, Spinal, Physical Therapy, and Massage Therapy / Bodyworking consultations about a certain health concern. Low-cost screenings include Total Cholesterol and Blood Sugar.
Take part in the Flu Shot Clinic, provided by Homeland Health Specialists. ($23/flu shot, payment by cash or check. Receipts provided for most insurance plans. Medicare Part B is accepted as payment; please bring card).
Connect with financial planners, who can help you design a plan for a healthy future without the high pressure.
Discover the artwork of the Carleton Artist Lofts artists, who will open their doors to attendees.
Pre-register online at www.springboardforthearts.org or by phone at 651-292-4381. (More info at: http://www.springboardforthearts.org/HealthFair/healthfair2007.asp)

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Join MCA’s MySpace Page: www.myspace.com/mncitizensforthearts.

View MCA Advocates on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/Mncitizensforthearts

Be a Member: MCA is funded entirely by the dues of its members. Do you appreciate receiving up to the minute news on the fate of the arts in the Minnesota State Legislature and Congress? We could not provide Arts Alerts if it weren’t for the wonderful and committed arts advocates who show their commitment by joining MCA. You can join by printing out the membership form on our website at www.mncitizensforthearts.org . Individual dues are just $30, and a household membership is just $40. Thank you!

Buy Cool Arts Stuff: www.cafepress.com/mnforthearts.
Let everyone know that you love the arts. Designer Barbara Keith has created some cool new designs to help you show your arts support. Treat yourself to a great shirt or create the perfect gift for an artsy friend’s home or office. Every purchase will support MCA. It’s easy, personalized and affordable. In a matter of moments you can create and order something unique that says: “support the arts” “start seeing art” “got art?” “Arts Advocate” or “Support the Arts: Take Action Now.”

Take Action: www.mncitizensforthearts.org.
Your frequently updated, one-stop site for: information about Minnesota Citizens for the Arts and how you can get involved, an Action Center called the Arts Action Center where you can write a letter to your legislator, or even find out who your legislators are, facts about the arts in Minnesota, the latest on legislative and congressional action on arts issues and more!

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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