Arts Trapped in Special Session


1. Arts Trapped in Special Session

2. Governor Vetoes Poet Laureate

3. MCA Summer Internships Available

1. Arts Trapped in Special Session

The Governor called a special session that immediately started one minute after the regular session was to end on May 23. Since then, the three sides have been at a stalemate. The Economic Development bill that contains arts funding is one of the bills left unfinished by the legislature. Nonetheless, with the bill still open we are continuing to watch the action at the capitol, hoping that it will come to an end sooner rather than later. Until the bill is actually closed we will not rest.

2. Governor Vetoes Poet Laureate

On Friday Governor Pawlenty vetoed a bill passed by large margins in each house that would have established a MInnesota Poet Laureate. As the Minneapolis Star Tribune said, “Minnesota has a state muffin (blueberry), a state photograph (“Grace”) and a state mushroom (morel), but it decidedly won’t have a state poet laureate.”

3. MCA Summer Internships Available


Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA), a nationally renowned arts advocacy organization that lobbies for state arts funding, seeks two interns to begin in June, 2005 to work on an Economic Impact Study of the Arts (EIS). The positions are less than part time (approximately 20-30 hours for the duration of the internship) and will pay a small stipend. Ê MCA represents the arts community of Minnesota at the state legislature and lobbies for state funding of the arts, as well as other issues of concern to the non-profit arts community. MCA also does advocacy for the National Endowment for the Arts. To lobby effectively, MCA organizes grassroots advocacy around the state and keeps constituents educated and informed about the political process and the current state of arts funding throughout the year. MCA also conducts research. Ê Interns will assist the MCA Field Worker with executing the study in Central Minnesota or East Central Minnesota by conducting audience surveys. Data collection for the study must be completed by October, 2005, although the internÕs commitments will primarily be between June-August. Ê One internship is available for residents of the following counties in Central Minnesota: Stearns, Benton, Sherburne, or Wright. One internship is available to residents in the following counties in East Central Minnesota: Isanti, Chisago, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Pine, or northern Anoka. Interested applicants who do not live in the above mentioned locations are encouraged to contact Minnesota Citizens for the Arts. Ê

Intern will gain:

Experience working with one of the nationÕs leading arts advocacy organizations
Experience working on the first ever Statewide Economic Impact Study of the Arts for Minnesota
Experience working within the arts community
Your name included on the final publication of this important study
Some free tickets to arts events as part of your duties Ê
A qualified applicant will possess the following skills:

Excellent people skills ¥ The ability to keep a positive attitude under pressure
Independent and diligent worker
Good organizational skills Ê
Preferred but not necessary characteristics:

Knowledge of the legislative process and your local arts community
Experience with canvassing or other grassroots activities Ê
APPLY NOW. Please mail or e-mail rŽsumŽ and cover letter by June 10th, 2005 to: Kate Hannaher Minnesota Citizens for the Arts 2233 University Ave W, Suite 355 St. Paul, MN 55114 (651) 251-0868

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