Arts Alerts: Arts Advocacy Day Sign-Up Deadline is March 24th

Arts Advocacy Day Sign-Up Deadline is March 25th at Noon!

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On March 27, 2014 several hundred arts advocates from around the state to converge on the State Capitol for “Arts Advocacy Day” to thank legislators for following through on the promise of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment that dedicated funds to conservation and the arts.

Minnesotans overwhelmingly approved the measure, passing it by 56%, which increased the sales tax slightly to create four new dedicated funds for land, water, parks and arts in 2008.

In the past several years arts advocates and supportive legislators had to fight off legislative suggestions that the Arts & Culture Fund be used to build a stadium or be redirected to benefit pet projects in just one district. Legislators and advocates have been successful in making sure the state follows the constitutional language of the Legacy Amendment.

“Legislators are doing the right thing here, and we should thank them for it,” said Sheila Smith, MCA’s Executive Director.

If you can’t join us, could you send a quick thank you note to your legislators for getting the Legacy money in the right place? We want to make sure they keep doing it.


It’s the biggest arts networking day of the year! MCA invites you to join your fellow arts advocates at the Minnesota History Center and State Capitol to talk about the arts, make new friends, and educate our legislators. Together we will speak about the impact that arts funding has had on our lives and our communities. Meet great arts people from all over the state, and make a difference with your friends and neighbors.

You and your team will be led by an experienced advocate who has participated in past Arts Advocacy Days and knows what to do. Following a brief rally, you and your team will visit a series of legislators over the morning, giving you plenty of time to get to know your teammates and the issues you are discussing.

By working together we show the strength of Minnesota’s arts community. Let your elected officials know what you think!

7:30 AM Meet at the History Center in St. Paul
8:00 AM Advocacy Class for New Attendees
8:00 AM Registration and Coffee if not attending class
8:30 AM Arts Rally, Legislative Speakers, and Join Your Team: **Special Awards Given Out and a Few Surprises!
9:30 AM Walk/Ride to Capitol
9:30 AM – 1 PM Legislator Appointments