arts alert: State Shutdown Ends, Arts Funding Safe

Minnesota Citizens for the Arts
2233 University Ave. W. #355
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-251-0868 fax 651-917-3561
staff at
Arts Action Center
July 20, 2011

State Shutdown Ends; Arts Funding Safe
This morning the Governor signed the bills that ended Minnesota’s state government shutdown. So, what happened to the arts?
We achieved a $2M increase in additional Legacy arts funding for the Minnesota State Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils. Our goal was to obtain 50% of the Arts Fund for the arts through the MSAB & RACs. In the end we achieved 43%. (While the appropriation to the MSAB/RACs was increased, the overall revenue from Legacy also grew, so our overall percentage was slightly reduced).
When session began, we were worried about cuts to the arts as high as 40% because of the state’s historic deficit. You may recall that we were successful in reducing the General Fund arts cut in the State Government Finance bill to 20% and then again to 15% during the regular session. Here’s the good news: we reduced the cut here again to 10%.

We are very pleased that the end of the shutdown means that the staff at the Minnesota State Arts Board can come back to work. Welcome back!
This outcome could not have happened without the help of all of YOU fabulous arts advocates. Many thousands of calls, letters, and personal meetings led up to this outcome. Thank you also to the great engaged board of Minnesota Citizens for the Arts. We are proud of our great arts community and your willingness to engage and make a difference for our state.
Thank you!



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