Virtual Arts Advocacy Day Will be April 26


1. Virtual Arts Advocacy Day Will be April 26

2. State Arts Board Hires New Executive Director

3. Cool New Arts Stuff to Support MCA!


1. Virtual Arts Advocacy Day Will be April 26

What’s a Virtual Arts Advocacy Day?
On April 26, you can be a part of a rally for the arts, all on-line! No fuss, no muss! You don’t have to go to the Capitol, take time off work, get dressed up, or spend all day. All you have to do is go to our Desktop Lobbyist on or before April 26, 2007 to send letters to your legislators asking them to support the arts.

What’s Our Goal?
Our goal is to generate at least 1000 emails to legislators by the end of the day, highlighting the importance of the arts to Minnesota. Legislators will have to sit up and take notice.

What’s Our Message?
Our message is that the arts are important to Minnesota, and we want legislators to “Restore arts funding!” and to “Include the arts in the sales tax dedication bill.” Hearings on both of these issues will be going on in April – we have just about a month to make our message heard. Passage of these initiatives could double or triple resources for the arts in Minnesota and increase access to the arts for all Minnesotans!

Who Should Participate?
Anyone who cares about the future of the arts in Minnesota.

How Do I Do It?
Go on-line anytime between 7:00 am and 5:00 pm on April 26 (or before!) and use our Desktop Lobbyist to send your message. Then, forward this alert to your friends and encourage them to join in. If we all take just five minutes on April 26, we can make a difference for the arts.

How Else Can I Help?
Starting today, forward this alert to as many friends, organizations and artists as you can, and encourage them to be a part of the Virtual Rally for the Arts. For this Virtual Rally to succeed, we’ll need the help and participation of friends of the arts from all over the state. Thank you for your help!


2. State Arts Board Hires New Executive Director

The Minnesota Sate Arts Board has chosen Thomas C. Proehl to be the agency\\’s executive director. Proehl has been serving as interim executive director since December.

“I am so pleased to announce that the board unanimously elected to appoint Tom Proehl as the permanent executive director of the Minnesota State Arts Board,” said Pam Perri Weaver, chair of the board (and former Executive Director of MCA). “The state of Minnesota is fortunate to have someone of his expertise and caliber to retool and revitalize this state agency.”

“I\\’m delighted to serve the Minnesota State Arts Board and most notably the artists and communities that have defined our state as a great national arts leader,” said Proehl. “I come to the Arts Board with a great deference for the exceptional artists, arts organizations, and arts programming that already takes place throughout Minnesota. That respect has grown tremendously in the past months with the opportunity to work directly with these artists and communities. My goal, as executive director of the Arts Board, is to focus our energies and resources to make sure that every Minnesotan has the ongoing prospect to experience and be enriched by the arts.”

Before joining the Arts Board, Proehl served as general manager (1999-2002) and then managing director (2002-2006) of The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. His most visible accomplishment in the latter position was overseeing the construction of the new $125 million Guthrie Theater complex on the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. He also led the strategic planning processes related to the new Guthrie. During the 1990s, Proehl lived and worked in New York. He was a founding member and the managing director of the Signature Theatre Company, an off-Broadway theater company that specializes in season-long explorations of a single, living, American playwright’s body of work. Prior to that, he was general manager of The Dramatists Guild, a national association representing playwrights, composers, and lyricists. Proehl is a native of Moorhead, Minnesota. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead, and a master of fine arts degree from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. He is an adjunct lecturer in the Guthrie Theater/University of Minnesota bachelor of fine arts program and the Performing Arts Management Program at Brooklyn College. He has served on National Endowment for the Arts review panels, as an executive committee member of the League of Resident Theatres, and as a consultant or board member for numerous arts organizations. Proehl\\’s appointment is effective immediately.


3. Cool New Arts Stuff to Support MCA!

This spring, let everyone know that you love the arts! Designer Barbara Keith has created some cool new designs to show your support for the arts.

Treat yourself to a great shirt or create the perfect gift for an artsy friend’s home or office. Every purchase will support MCA. It’s easy, personalized and affordable. In a matter of moments you can create and order something unique that says:

“support the arts”
“start seeing art”
“got art?”
“Arts Advocate”
“Support the Arts: Take Action Now”

Visit MCA’s new online store at Cafe Press at to see these great new designs!


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• And more!

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MCA is a non-partisan 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

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