Call for Nominations for MCA’s Board


1. Call for Nominations for MCA’s Board

2. Perpich Center Ends Special Session with Small Increase

3. Karen Jensen, Former MCA Board Chair, Passes Away


1. Call for Nominations for MCA’s Board

Minnesota Citizens for the Arts is soliciting nominations for its Board of Trustees. Terms begin October 2005 and will last for two years. Half of MCA’s 36 board members must come from the Twin Cities metro area, and half from Greater Minnesota.Interested? Fill out the form below and return it by September 1, 2005 by email, fax, or by snail mail to the above address.

MCA seeks board members who:

Have a willingness to work, volunteer and come to our meetings.
Are people with political connections, political strategists, and people with an understanding of the political process, or are willing to learn
Have mix of party affiliation
Provide balance in terms of the size or type of organizations represented on the board (large, medium, small, arts education, individual artist, etc.)
Have clout within their organizations, and have the ability and willingness to communicate our work to their peers
Provide other balances in terms of representing the state or the arts community (ie diversity in terms of age, race, etc).
Your nomination to the board is more likely to be successful if you are a paid member of MCA and if you have previously been a part of Arts Advocacy Day or volunteered for the cause in some other way. Please do not nominate someone else unless you have discussed it with them first.

Click here for the Board Nomination Form
2. Perpich Center Ends Special Session with Small Increase

When all was said and done with the Special Session, the Perpich Center was funded at the level of $6.6 million per year for the next two years. This is $200,000 higher per year than the funding level recommended by the Governor, but falls short of the hoped for $7 million per year that the Center requested. Before the large cuts of two years ago, the Perpich Center was funded at $7.5 million per year. Perpich Center staff were laid off for the duration of the state shutdown starting June 30. When the deal was struck to get the state going again, the Perpich Center re-opened. In the midst of this trial and tribulation, new Director Nathan Davis has joined the Center. We’d like to express our appreciation to retiring Director David Flannery, who was a great partner in advocacy during his tenure, and extend our welcome Mr. Davis.

3. Karen Jensen, Former MCA Board Chair, Passes Away

Karen Jensen was Board Chair of MCA from 1980-1981. During her hears on the staff of the Minneapolis Society of Fine Art (Minneapolis Institute of Arts) she was a leader in urging the arts community to be more involved in political affairs. Karen provided her many years of professional political experience to the benefit of arts organizations throughout all of Minnesota. We wish to express our condolences to her family and our thanks at her many contributions to the state. An article about her can be found in the Star Tribune at

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