Big News Week for the Arts: Rally Tomorrow, MN Passes Unemployment Insurance and Walz announces 3 new board members

Rally for the Arts is Tomorrow!

Our rally for the arts is only 2 days away! We need YOU to register and show up for the arts for our in-person rally on May 5th, 2022 from 10AM – 12PM! We had an incredible Arts Action Week! With your help, we met with over 100 legislators to talk about how important our $100 million bill is to the whole arts community. What we heard back was that our lawmakers miss having us at the Capitol, and an in-person rally could really move the needle on our efforts.

We need our arts advocates, like you, to register and organize for the day by sharing the event on social media with everyone you know to get the largest possible attendance.

SHOW LEGISLATORS THE IMPACT OF THIS SECTOR!  It is imperative that they see swarms of people supporting this $100 million bill! Register today, by clicking the button below or visit our website.


Minnesota Passes bill to Replenish Unemployment Insurance! What does it mean for MN Arts and Culture Organizations?

The Minnesota Legislature has passed, and Governor Walz has signed into law, a Trust Fund Replenishment bill. The new law reduces the amount of unemployment tax and assessments a taxpaying employer will owe in 2022.

The new law reduces the:

  • Base Tax Rate for 2022 from 0.50% to 0.10%. 
  • Additional Assessment for 2022 from 14.00% to 0.00%. 
  • Special Assessment (Federal Loan Interest Assessment) for 2022 from 1.80% to 0.00%.

For more information: Unemployment tax changes: How they affect you / Employers – Unemployment Insurance Minnesota (mn.gov)


Congratulations New State Arts Board Members

Congratulations to newly appointed State Arts Board Members, including our board member, Nichole Melton-Mitchell, who will be resigning from our board to take on this important role!  All three of these appointees are top arts advocates who are active with MCA and will be great assets to the Minnesota State Arts Board, one of our most important partnerships.Congratulations to newly appointed State Arts Board Members, including our board member, Nichole Melton-Mitchell, who will be resigning from our board to take on this important role!  All three of these appointees are top arts advocates who are active with MCA and will be great assets to the Minnesota State Arts Board, one of our most important partnerships.
Ken Martin – Eagan, MNState Arts Board
Member 
Effective: May 4, 2022
Term Expires: January 2, 2023
Replacing: Sean Dowse
Nichole Melton-Mitchell – Brooklyn Park, MN
State Arts Board
Member
Effective: May 4, 2022
Term Expires: January 5, 2026
Replacing: Peggy Burnet
Christina Woods – Duluth, MNState Arts Board
Member
Effective: May 4, 2022
Term Expires: January 5, 2026
Replacing: Mary McReynolds-Pellinen
About the State Arts Board:The State Arts Board encourages the creation, performance, and appreciation of the arts in the state through administering a series of grants, programs, and services.

Senator Carrie Ruud Announces Retirement

Congratulations to Senator Carrie Ruud (R- Breezy Point) on her retirement announcement today.  We are grateful for Senator Ruud for her arts advocacy during her tenure in the Minnesota Senate and wish her all the best as she closes out a distinguished legislative career.