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Minnesota Theater Alliance
Membership Newsletter
January 27, 2012


  • Sign up now for Arts Advocacy Day
    (or get ready to lose your Legacy funding to a Stadium)
  • Minnesota United for ALL Families
  • Nonprofit Finance Fund survey
  • News:
  • Letters to and from the State Arts Board
  • Last of Play by Play Books available free
  • Resources:
  • Updated MN Guide to Healthcare for Artists
  • Patrick's Cabaret available for lease
  • Opportunity:
  • Legacy funding for arts at county fairs
  • Many Voices fellowships
  • Nakes Stages fellowships
  • Creative Capital grant
  • Arts Midwest Touring fund
  • Access Improvement grants
  • Events:
  • Dance Education Summit
  • Bonus
  • An Open Letter to Stir the Blood
  • Sign up now for Arts Advocacy Day
    Arts Advocacy Day on Feb. 29, 2012 - which is Leap Day! A day hard to forget. Get empowered! Arts people from every corner of the state will join us at the Capitol for a rally and then go out as groups to meet with legislators. We will have fun, learn new things, and have an interesting day together at the Capitol. Join other artists, arts administrators, arts lovers, musicians, and people like you for this empowering day of advocating for the arts. Register now at

    Minnesota United for ALL Families
    The Minnesota Theater Alliance has pledged to support Minneota United for All Families in their battle against a constitutional amendment banning marriage for same-sex couples. Commitment, love, responsibility. These principles define marriage and family. They bind us together, enable us to support one another and lend us strength when we need it most. On this year's ballot, we will have an opportunity to defend these principles and vote to protect marriage for all Minnesotan families. It’s going to take every Minnesotan dedicated to fairness to defeat this shortsighted measure. Will you consider signing your organization on with us to support this effort? Nonprofits, please note, you can endorse this campaign with no risk whatsoever to your 501c3 status.

    To learn more about why we signed on along with organizations like Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, Springboard for the Arts, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, Ten Thousand Things Theater, Playwrights Center, and so many more, visit You can download the pledge form at

    Nonprofit Finance Fund survey
    The Nonprofit Finance Fund ( is conducting its fourth annual nationwide survey examining the current state of the nonprofit sector, and we hope that you will add your voice. The survey, which is anonymous and takes only 10-15 minutes to fill out, collects data on important financial and management issues facing the nonprofit sector. NFF will analyze the results and provide them back to us. Also, all survey respondents who choose to give their contact information will receive the results directly. To take the 2011 survey, please click on this link before February 15th: View previous year’s findings and media attention at

    Letters to and from the State Arts Board
    You might recall the Alliance asked theaters for their constructive feedback on the State Arts Board's grant process after the recent brouhaha around eligibility disqualifications. Thank you to all of those who sent thoughtful suggestions. We aggregated everyone's input into a letter to be sent to the Arts Board on Monday. You can read it here: In the meantime, the Arts Board is clearly on top of it, and sent their own letter, by email, to past applicants. In case you didn't get one, you can read it here:

    Last of Play by Play Books available free
    Remember Play by Play Books? Well, the last of their inventory is heading for a landfill, unless you swoop in and rescue the last of these hundreds of theater books and plays. As of about noon today (Friday), all remaining books were placed in the hallway outside the former bookstore. Drop by any time soon and pick up whatever you like free. In the Northern Warehouse on the 2nd floor, just down the hall from Springboard for the Arts. Directions here:

    Updated MN Guide to Healthcare for Artists
    Springboard for the Arts's Minnesota Guide to Healthcare for Artists, which includes advice and resources for healthcare and health insurance, has been updated! Here's just a sampling of the resources now included:

    The Minnesota Drug Card provides you with Rx medication savings of up to 75% at more than 56,000 pharmacies across the country including Target, Cub Pharmacy, Kmart Pharmacy, CVS/pharmacy, Hy-Vee, Pamida, Shopko, Walgreens, Thrifty White, Walmart, and many more. You can create as many cards as you need online at Alternately, they can mail you a card by emailing your request to The card is pre-activated and can be used immediately.

    Zipnosis is an online tool used to diagnose basic health problems such as colds, sinus infections, strep throat, bladder infections, yeast infections and seasonal allergies for Minnesotans ages thirteen and older, no insurance needed. Zipnosis requests, while usually $25, are being offered free-of- charge to artists with promotional code SPRINGBOARD2012 through December 31, 2012. After completing a brief online survey about your symptoms, a board-certified and fully licensed clinician at Fairview Health Services reviews your medical information. They make the clinical decision, not the software, and recommend the best treatment for you. Zipnosis clinicians can prescribe only basic medications and prescriptions are emailed directly to your chosen pharmacy. For more info, visit

    Download the Minnesota Guide to Healthcare for free at You can also email to have a printed copy sent to you.

    Patrick's Cabaret available for lease
    Patrick’s Cabaret has space for lease in a warehouse behind the main theatre building. The space is 1,820 + sq ft. with high ceilings that can be reconfigured however the renter would need it.  It has secure glass block windows with air vents, an operable skylight, completely new heating and cooling and duct work. Separate entrances, with a keyless entry. Access to all five new bathrooms. Off street parking. Rental cost is $1700 + utilities/month. Available to do build-out in February, full access in March 2012. The space is currently under construction and available for viewing by appointment.
    Patrick’s Cabaret is located in Minneapolis, at the intersection of Minnehaha Avenue and East Lake Street, near light rail, several restaurants, a brewery, the HUB bike shop, and more. Contact Kristine Smith vie email or phone 612-220-5212.  

    Legacy funding for arts at county fairs
    Artists: want to work on a project with your county's fair? Here's an opportunity.The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is compiling a database of artists statewide for this purpose. Your name could be on that list!

    Funded by the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, commonly known as the "Legacy Amendment," the MDA is responsible for administering the County Fair Arts Access and Cultural Heritage Grant programs. These grants fund projects that enhance arts access, arts education, and preserve and promote Minnesota's history and cultural heritage.

    In hopes of bringing programming to every corner of Minnesota, each of the state's 95 county fairs is eligible to apply for the County Fair Arts Access and Cultural Heritage grants. While artists do not directly receive these grants, it is an opportunity for county fairs to collaborate with Minnesota talent. The MDA hopes this database can encourage and strengthen relationships between communities and artists, and cultivate our state's creative resources.

    If you are interested in being a part of this database, or want to learn more about the County Fair Arts Access and Cultural Heritage grant programs, please contact Emily Murphy at the MDA at or 651-201-6648.

    For artists who are ready to boldly launch into new territory, please copy and paste the application below and email it to Emily Murphy with the following information:

    Organization Name (if applicable)

    Project Category:
    Commissioned work
    Artist in Residency
    Other: (specify new category)

    Project Descriptions (1-5 sentences or bullet points)

    Artist Bio (1-5 sentences)

    Current Location

    Available to Travel: Yes or No
    If yes, travel radius:

    Fun Facts

    Attachments (maximum of two photographs may be submitted)

    Many Voices fellowships
    Supported by a grant from The Jerome Foundation, The Playwrights' Center's Many Voices Fellowship program enriches the American theater by offering playwriting fellowships to Minnesota artists of color. Many Voices is designed to increase cultural diversity in the contemporary theater, both locally and nationally, through cash grants, education, and opportunities to develop new work with theater professionals. A diverse panel of national theater artists will evaluate each application. Selection will be based on the applicant’s commitment, proven talent and artistic potential, and is guided by The Playwrights’ Center’s mission statement. Playwrights’ Center staff does not participate in selection decisions. For more information, visit or contact Laura Leffler-McCabe at

    Nakes Stages fellowships
    The 2012 Naked Stages Program guidelines and application are now available. Naked Stages (developed by Eleanor Savage at Intermedia Arts and now run through Pillsbury House Theatre by Laurie Carlos and Molly Van Avery) provides seven months of artistic mentorship and technical support to 4 emerging Twin Cities artists each year. There will be an informational meeting at Pillsbury House on  Monday, February 27th at 6:30p.m. For more information, visit

    Creative Capital grant
    On February 1, Creative Capital will begin accepting online letters of inquiry for grants in Emerging Fields, Literature, and Performing Arts. The inquiry form will be open until March 1. Visit to read the grant guidelines and learn about the application process. Creative Capital provides integrated financial and advisory support to artists pursuing innovative and adventurous projects. Selected grantees receive up to $50,000 in direct support and a suite of services valued at more than $40,000. Questions? Visit or email

    Arts Midwest Touring fund
    Arts Midwest Touring Fund (formerly Performing Arts Fund) engages people in meaningful experiences with the fine arts of dance, music, theater, and other performing art forms. The program provides financial support to presenting organizations in the Midwest. Funded engagements feature public performances and in-depth outreach activities. Grants are applied for between February and April 11 by presenting organizations (organizations that book artists to perform in their venues) in Arts Midwest's nine-state region of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Learn more at

    Access Improvement grants
    ADA Access Improvement Grants for Metro Arts Organizations are now available in the Twin Cities seven-county area. The focus of these grants, up to $15,000 each, is to help make arts programming, activities and facilities more accessible to people with disabilities. Made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, which voters approved in 2008, the grant program is administered by VSA Minnesota for the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. Over the past two years $440,785 was awarded to 36 Twin Cities organizations. In 2012 approximately $180,000 is available to be awarded over two rounds, with application deadlines on February 17 and May 11, 2012.

    The project grants are not intended for one-time activities such as a sign language interpreter or a Braille program for one play, but to have the potential for significant or long-term impact in involving more people with disabilities as participants or patrons in arts programs. Minnesota nonprofit arts organizations in Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington counties are eligible if their annual budget is under $4,460,000.

    Download 2012 grant guidelines and application at Or contact VSA Minnesota at 612-332-3888 voice/tty or

    Dance Education Summit
    As a global form, dance constantly changes as it fuses with other forms, sometimes ignited with the click of a computer key. How do we as dance educators keep pace with this dynamic landscape? Join dance educators, teaching artists and dance advocates for the 9 AM - 3:15 conference featuring master classes, break-out sessions, and panels, followed by the 3:30 PM Dance Summit Cabaret featuring student work.

    Early Bird Registration $30 by Jan. 27
    Regular Registration $45 after Jan. 28
    Student Registration $15 (full time high school or higher education)

    Find more info including preliminary schedule and downloadable registration form on Dance Education Summit web site:

    An Open Letter to Stir the Blood
    Indiewire: Spike Lee's Co-Writer Pens an Open Letter: "Nothing in this world happens unless white folks says it happens." Read it and get fired up:

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