arts alert: Take Action for the Arts Two Ways This Week

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

January 31, 2008

1. Register Now For Arts Advocacy Day, Feb. 14

2. Speak Up for the Arts and Environment at Your Caucus, Feb. 5th!

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

4. Job Openings with the Consitutional Amendment Campaign

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1. Register Now For Arts Advocacy Day, Feb. 14, 2008

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. Speak Up for the Arts and Environment at Your Caucus, Feb. 5th

The kick off of Minnesota’s political season is next Tuesday at precinct caucuses. In this most important year, your participation at caucuses will determine who Minnesota endorses for president. After you’ve made your vote for your favorite candidate, you can also offer a resolution to help the arts and environment. Everything you need is on MCA’s website www.mncitizensforthearts.org under “Events.” You can download our caucus resolution and instructions. People all over the state will be presenting this resolution at their caucus. Join us in getting the word out!

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3. 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: 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, Artspace Projects, Bloomington Chorale, Bluff Country Studio Art Tour, Caponi Art Park and Learning Center, Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis, City of Rochester Music Department/Riverside Concerts, CLIMB Theatre, Colder by the Lake Comedy Theatre, Duluth, Curtain Call Theatre, Depot Studios, Isle, Detroit Lakes Community Cultural Center, East Metro Women’s Council, White Bear Lake, EJAM, Enviromental Justice Advocates of Minnesota, Evansville Art Center, Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre, Five Wings Arts Council, Staples, FM Visual Artists (Fargo-Moorhead), Friends of the Hopkins Center for the Arts, Gunflint Trail Historical Society, Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, The Southern Theater , The Workhaus Playwrights Collective, Theater Space Project, Three Rivers Arts Council, Three Rivers Park District, Twin Cities Musicians Union, Valley Chamber Chorale, Stillwater, VSA arts of Minnesota, Walker Art Center, White Bear Center for the Arts, Wildwood Artist Series, 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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4. Job Openings with the Consitutional Amendment Campaign

Minnesota Heritage \\’08, a major statewide ballot initiative campaign organized in support of a constitutional amendment for dedicated funding for Water, Wildlife, Natural Areas and the Arts & Culture, seeks qualified individuals for the following positions:
· Communications Director
· Field Organizers
We seek highly motivated, team players who work well with others, can maintain multiple responsibilities and are able to stay on top of information and tasks in a fast-paced organization focused on winning an election in November 2008. Candidates need to be strategic, team players; and able to recruit, train and motivate a wide range of people. We are looking for individuals who have the desire, skills and toughness to work on an exciting and demanding campaign. Candidates must be goal-oriented with leadership skills and strong organizing experience.

Salary is commensurate with experience.

To apply, please email a copy of your resume, a cover letter and three references to:
Ken Martin at kenmartin73@comcast.net.

Women and people of color strongly encouraged to apply. Minnesota Heritage \\’08 is an equal opportunity employer.

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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

Minnesota Precinct Caucus Day
February 5 , 2008
Your Neighborhood
More information here: www.mncitizensforthearts.org/events/

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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Take Action: www.mncitizensforthearts.org at our 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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