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Minnesota Theater Alliance
Membership Newsletter
December 22, 2011

Contents

Represent:
  • The Alliance wants your constructive feedback for the State Arts Board
  • Save the date for Arts Advocacy Day 2012
  • Opportunity:
  • NEA Our Town Grants
  • McKnight Foundation new Program Officer position
  • Town Hall - new artist housing in Mpls and St. Paul
  • Resources:
  • Cultural Data Project is coming to Minnesota
  • Artful.ly online box office software ready to test
  • Grant Workshops:
  • State Arts Board Operating Support Jan. 4 in St. Paul
  • Arrowhead RAC Art Projects Jan. 11 in Duluth
  • Lakes RAC Spring Project Jan. 4 in Fergus Falls
  • Metro RAC Creative Intersections Jan. 13 in St. Paul
  • Other Workshop:
  • eCommerce for Artists Jan. 26 - Feb. 16 in Bemidji
  • Bonus
  • Confessions of a Serial Intern
  • The Alliance wants your constructive feedback for the State Arts Board
    We've been hearing from lots of theaters and artists frustrated with the grant application process, client support, and latest round of eligibility disqualifications. Many feel helpless to change the system. The Alliance would like to gather your constructive feedback for the State Arts Board on how to improve the process in the future. Please share your thoughts so we can collectively have a productive impact. Email leah@minnesotatheateralliance.org with your suggestions, stories, and ideas. Please indicate whether you want your organization's name attributed or you'd prefer to remain anonymous.

    Save the date for Arts Advocacy Day 2012
    One of the funnest and most important days of the arts advocacy year. Artists and art lovers take our State's Capitol! Save the date: February 29, 2012.

    NEA Our Town Grants
    The National Endowment for the Arts will provide a limited number of Our Town grants, ranging from $25,000 to $150,000, for creative placemaking projects that contribute toward the livability of communities. Our Town invests in creative and innovative projects in which communities, together with their artists and design organizations, seek to improve their quality of life, encourage creative activity, create community identity, and revitalize local economies. The NEA will conduct three one-hour Our Town webinars: January 11 at 1:00 and 2:30 pm CST and February 8 at 1:00 pm CST. Find details online at http://www.arts.gov/grants/apply/OurTown/index.html.

    McKnight Foundation new Program Officer position
    The McKnight Foundation has announced that they will hire an additional program officer for their grantmaking to support Minnesota’s artists. With the new hire, the program will have a total of four staff — program director, program administrator, and two program officers. Jop post available at http://www.mcknight.org/about/jobs.aspx.

    Town Hall - new artist housing in Mpls and St. Paul
    On Monday evening, January 9 at 7:00 pm, an Arts Town Hall Meeting will be held at the Mill City Museum in Minneapolis. PLACE, a nonprofit that builds sustainable arts communities in the United States and the United Kingdom, has been engaged to perform a comprehensive artist study to determine if there is interest in the creation of at least 350 new living and working spaces for artists.

    The two proposed sites, the Historic Schmidt Brewery in Saint Paul, and the Historic Pillsbury A Mill in Minneapolis, will be preserved as affordable space for the arts including apartments, studios, galleries, rehearsal and performance space, and other uses. They want to hear from you about the need for space and how to use the large shared spaces.

    Cultural Data Project is coming to Minnesota
    The Cultural Data Project (CDP) is coming to Minnesota! The Cultural Data Project is an online tool that helps build the arts sector by allowing arts organizations to track, report and compare data, helps public and private funders see trends and plan effective use of resources, and helps advocates develop field-wide strategies. Minnesota's foundations, the Minnesota State Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils and the Minnesota Historical Society are all working together to bring it here. It will provide new useful info. for advocacy as well as some great tools for both arts grantees and Minnesota's foundations.

    Soon you can start using the CDP as well! The Minnesota CDP is scheduled to launch on June 1, 2012. The Minnesota Theater Alliance is one of the organizations serving on the local CDP advisory committee, so if you have questions, concerns or suggestions, feel free to contact us at leah@minnesotatheaterallianc.org.

    Artful.ly online box office software ready to test
    Many of you wondered what ever happened to that ATHENA open source box office software that we helped Fractured Atlas design. Well, finally, they have developed a front end for the ATHENA engine that was developed last year. It's called Artful.ly, and it's now available for Beta testing. Want to try it out?

    Artful.ly is a new online system that helps you sell tickets and accept donations right on your own website--no ugly pop-ups or re-directs. It's fast and free to set up. Ticket buyers pay $2 per ticket and credit cards are processed at only 3.5%. New features are being released weekly and beta users are welcome now. More at http://www.artful.ly.

    Artful.ly is a project of Fractured Atlas , a nonprofit organization serving over 19,000 artists across the nation.

    State Arts Board Operating Support Jan. 4 in St. Paul
    Register for Operating Support information session on January 4 at 11:00 a.m. at .

    Arrowhead RAC Art Projects Jan. 11 in Duluth
    Attend the Art Projects Grant workshop January 11, 3:00-5:00 P.M. at 1301 Rice Lake Rd., Suite 120, Duluth. Call 218-722-0952 or 800-569-8134 or email info@aracouncil.org for more info.

    Lakes RAC Spring Project Jan. 4 in Fergus Falls
    Register for the Spring Project Grant workshop, taking place January 4, 4:00-6:00 P.M. by contacting Betsy by email LRAC4@LRACgrants.org or by phone, 218-739-5780.

    Metro RAC Creative Intersections Jan. 13 in St. Paul
    Register for Creative Intersections Grant workshop, taking place January 13, 1:00-3:00 P.M. at http://www.mrac.org/grants/workshop.asp?Event_ID=551.

    eCommerce for Artists Jan. 26 - Feb. 16 in Bemidji
    e-Commerce for Artists: a FREE Professional Development Workshop Series for artists and arts organizations served by Region 2 Arts Council, consists of three workshops: Websites DIY on January 26; Social Media Marketing on February 2; and Marketing your Website on February 16. Please RSVP by calling or emailing Region 2 Arts Council, 218-751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447 or staff@r2arts.org. Registration deadline is January 23, 2012.

    Confessions of a Serial Intern
    “By all measures of intern metrics, my experiences as an intern at seven theater organizations in New York and Chicago have all been pretty wonderful. ... But the 'dark side' of the internship has taught me not to speak up or make independent decisions, and demanded my gratitude for the privilege of having my intelligence and labor exploited.” Annah Feinberg speaks about her experience in internships on HowlRound, The Journal of the American Voices New Play Institute at Arena Stage, at http://www.howlround.com/2011/12/21/confessions-of-a-serial-intern-by-annah-feinberg.

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