Arts Action Week!

Arts Alert: MCA, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts. Arts Advocate.
MN Arts Give Back. Minnesota Citizens for the Arts Arts Action Week.


February 16-19th: All programs and meetings will be virtual. Pre-register for receive links. Schedule: February 16th: 8:30 am, Opening rally webinar to learn the "Message of the Day", celebrate arts supportive legislators and hear from other special guests. 9:30 am Creative MN: Facts and figures to make your case. 10 am, Frist time advocate training. February 16th-19th: Legislative Zoom calls as scheduled. (Meetings will be scheduled from 10am-4pm). February 19th, 3:30 pm: Virtual Happy Hour Wrap Up and Thank You to retiring Executive Director Sheila Smith.MCA is committed to the safety and wellness of our arts community, so MCA has turned Arts Advocacy Day into VIRTUAL ARTS ADVOCACY WEEK.

We are all practicing social distancing (something that comes naturally to most Minnesotans) but that doesn’t mean we can’t advocate for the arts. Instead of meeting at the Capitol, we’ll be having a short zoom rally and training on Feb. 16 and then having short zoom meetings with legislators between 10AM and 4PM each day until Feb. 19 asking them to protect arts funding.

Your 15 minute zoom meetings with your two legislators could happen any time that week, depending upon legislator schedules. Once you sign up, we’ll let you know when your legislator’s meeting will be.

We’re going to use Virtual Arts Advocacy WEEK to thank legislators for supporting arts funding and ask them to protect it because there is a state deficit which might put it at risk. Your legislators need to know that their constituents support the arts. Please take fifteen minutes to thank them for continued arts funding, and let them know that when you invest in the arts, the Arts Give Back.

We do need to say that as the Covid crisis deepens, the effects on the arts community has been severe. With all of the theaters, museums and other venues closed, events canceled, and people losing their jobs, the economic impact on Minnesota and on the arts is huge. We realize that these problems will be faced by all Minnesotans – our hearts and our talents will be a part of the recovery. But it means that there will also be lasting damage to our arts community and to the public who we serve.

Even though you are staying in your house, you can all still make a difference by making sure your legislators know the importance of the arts to you and your community.

Join us by signing up on MCA’s website or writing your legislator a letter that week.

Be well, and be kind to each other.

Sheila Smith
Executive Director
Minnesota Citizens for the Arts

 Minnesota Citizens for the Arts     
661 LaSalle Street #220 St Paul, MN 55114 | 651-251-0868 | fax 651-917-3561 
staff at & @MnCitizen

MCA is a nonpartisan statewide arts advocacy organization whose mission is to ensure Minnesotans have access to and involvement in the arts. MCA organizes the arts community to lobby the Legislature and Congress on issues important to the nonprofit arts community. If you are interested in advocating for the arts, or want to learn how to activate people in your arts organization or community, please contact us. FYI, MCA is not a grantsmaker. For access to state funding, contact the Minnesota State Arts Board or your local Regional Arts Council.

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