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Minnesota Theater Alliance
Membership Newsletter
February 29, 2012


Alliance Resources:
  • NEW Alliance Learning Forum online now
  • Free online directory of spaces: spacemART
  • Sustainability in Theater conference
  • Opportunities:
  • Town Hall Nation, a national act of civic participation
  • 44 Plays for 44 Presidents, another national act of civic participation
  • Tofte Lake Center Emerging Artists Program
  • First Person Arts RAW festival in Philladelphia
  • Cornerstone Summer Institute
  • Santa Cruz Fringe
  • Learning:
  • TCG Leadership Webinars
  • Hear the results of Measuring the Intrinsic Impact of Live Theatre
  • NAMAC Leadership Institute
  • Events:
  • TCG Conference registration now live
  • Arts theme at Nobel Peace Prize Forum
  • Philanthropy:
  • Joyce Award
  • McKnight Human Services Award
  • McKnight Foundation has a new blog
  • News:
  • County Seat Theater taking their MACT Fest show to Japan
  • Bonus
  • Kickstarter Expects To Provide More Funding To The Arts Than NEA
  • Stages of Decay by Julia Solis
  • NEW Alliance Learning Forum online now
    Have a question you'd like to run past your peers? Don't have time or geographic proximity enough to ask at the Artistic Directors or Arts Admin breakfast? User our new online forum for getting help! Have some advice or random wisdom to share? Help your community! There's one post already there - Nikki at Bedlam needs help finding box office systems. I know you all have questions and answers on that topic; in fact, the Alliance plans to host a learning exchange around that topic this year. But in the meantime, let's start that conversation online! Visit now and start talking! .

    Free online directory of spaces: spacemART
    I hear the topic of conversation at the Artistic Directors breakfast (that I accidentally slept through) this morning was rehearsal and performance space. Hey, guess what? We have a free, statewide, online directory of spaces now available. Have a space? Register it now! Need a space? Start browsing. It's free, and you can find it at

    Sustainability in Theater conference
    The Alliance, in partnership with Theatre Communications Group and the Center for Sustainable Practices in the Arts, proudly presents the first U.S. national conference on sustainable practices in the arts at Brave New Workshop in Minneapolis. Utilizing the latest technologies in live webcasting and Google+ Hangouts collaboration, we will be bringing experts and case studies from all over the world, covering topics relevant to every part of theater-making. Save the planet and save your theater: don't miss this conference! Sign up now at

    Town Hall Nation, a national act of civic participation
    Sojourn Theatre and The TEAM are inviting theatre companies, arts organizations, universities, high schools, and community groups to bring artists and civic partners together to create one-night events that demonstrate, present, or embody an ideal town hall meeting. Between January 3, 2012 (the date of the Iowa Caucuses) and November 6, 2012 (Election Day), these Town Hall Nation events will take place across the country. Read more at

    44 Plays for 44 Presidents, another national act of civic participation
    Sean Daniels, Associate Artistic Director for Actors Theatre of Louisville and Neofuturist Alumnus Andy Bayiates are teaming up to create a grassroots festival this coming fall. Their mission is to inspire 44 separate productions of 44 Plays for 44 Presidents in 2012, culminating in simultaneous election night shows across the United States, and your company is invited to participate! Read more at

    Tofte Lake Center Emerging Artists Program
    Tofte Lake Center is sponsoring its 3rd annual Emerging Artists Program which enables both individual creative artists and a collaborative team of artists to take time and attention to focus on their current work. This program subsidizes 1 week-long residency for 7 emerging artists from Minnesota and the 5 boroughs of New York, and 1 week-long residency for a performing arts project that would have exclusive use of the facilities. Deadline is March 20. Read more at

    First Person Arts RAW festival in Philladelphia
    First Person Arts RAW, a segment of the First Person Festival of Memoir and Documentary Art, is dedicated to showcasing new work or works-in-progress that push the boundaries of traditional memoir and documentary work. Now in its third season, First Person Arts RAW is accepting applications to be considered for the 11th annual First Person Festival. They are looking for work in any discipline that is recent, innovative, and is inspired by real-life experience. The First Person Festival of Memoir and Documentary Art is scheduled for November 8-18, 2012 and will take place across multiple venues throughout Philadelphia. Submissions will be juried by an internal review board. Read more at

    Cornerstone Summer Institute
    Cornerstone Theater is now accepting applications for their Institute Summer Residency in Arvin, CA, July 5 - August 5, 2012. The Institute Summer Residency offers an immersive, hands-on collaborative experience to learn Cornerstone's methodology. Participants work alongside Cornerstone artists and residents of Arvin to create a community-specific theatrical production. Classroom curriculum provides opportunity to explore and discuss further. Join like-minded people-- artists, activists, organizers, administrators --from across the country (and sometimes from around the world) for a one-of-a-kind experience that can inspire and influence your work for years to come. Deadline is March 15. Read more at

    Santa Cruz Fringe
    There are Fringes all over the U.S. these days, but I personally just want to say I always wanted there to be one - or frankly I should have just started one - in Santa Cruz, CA - one exceptionally lovely little seaside town. Well, now it exists. You should go. The application deadline is tonight at midnight. Do it:

    TCG Leadership Webinars
    TCG has some truly exciting teleconferences coming up. You can attend them while wearing your pajamas. Leadership Teleconferences are offered throughout the year, featuring presentations and moderated panel conversations by experts in and outside of the field who give their unique perspective on a topic. Participants have an opportunity to hear challenges, strategies and solutions that affect the field, and to engage in question and answer sessions. Past Leadership Teleconferences have focused on topics including the economy, generating contributed income, using social media, navigating the visa process and organizational risk-taking. More at

    Hear the results of Measuring the Intrinsic Impact of Live Theatre
    You can be among the first to hear the results of "Measuring the Intrinsic Impact of Live Theatre," a two-year nation-wide research study. Join Arts Learning Xchange in welcoming Alan Brown of the national research firm WolfBrown and Clayton Lord of Theatre Bay Area at the next metro-wide workshop for a discussion about Counting New Beans: Intrinsic Impact and the Value of Art, the research results that examine the ways theatre is valued and evaluated.
    Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 9:00am-12:00pm at the Capri Theater in Minneapolis. Free with pre-registration (deadline is March 9). More at

    NAMAC Leadership Institute
    NAMAC is seeking arts organization leaders in Minnesota that have a demonstrated commitment to leadership in their local communities and/or the national field, and to their own professional development, to participate in our 2012 Leadership Institute for Minnesota Arts Organizations. The NAMAC Leadership Institute is presented in partnership with The Learning Commons, a nonprofit dedicated to nurturing creativity, public spaces and community-based leadership.

    NAMAC will bring together twenty leaders from Minnesota-based arts organizations for a NAMAC Leadership Institute, April 23-27, 2012 at the Koinonia Retreat Center in South Haven, MN. This five-day intensive intergenerational workshop is designed to encourage and sustain visionary leadership in the arts. More at

    TCG Conference registration now live
    Registration is LIVE for the 2012 TCG National Conference: Model the Movement June 21 to 23 in Boston. At last year's conference over 1,100 theatre leaders from across the world joined us in Los Angeles as we kicked off our 50th Anniversary year. Register now to join the largest gathering of theatre professionals in the country, and be a part of the year-round conference community. More at

    Arts theme at Nobel Peace Prize Forum
    The Nobel Peace Prize Forum is an annual event that inspires students and other citizens to become active participants in peacemaking efforts around the world. Augsburg College in Minneapolis will host this event March 1-3, 2012. Speakers include recording artist Dessa, composer Libby Larsen, and an entire day dedicated to arts and music topics. Additional details at

    Joyce Award
    The Joyce Foundation seeks to fund projects that bring diverse audiences together, and create common cultural experiences that encourage participants to see art as integral to their lives and communities. This year's winners will create projects in Midwest cities; Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Milwaukee, Minneapolis/Saint Paul and Indianapolis. The Joyce Awards recognize innovative, thought-provoking projects and come with a $50,000 grant. Winners are selected for artistic merit, audience engagement potential, and are commissioned in collaboration with an arts or cultural institution that contributes to a dynamic community engagement plan. In 2012, Luis Alfaro was selected as lead artist to write a season of plays based on the ideas behind Latino/Asian fusion in collaboration with two Minnesota theater companies, Teatro del Pueblo and Pangea. Beginning in 2013, the Joyce Awards program will open its application process, so that any nonprofit organization, not solely art institutions can apply to commission work and create a project with an artist of color. Read more online at

    McKnight Human Services Award
    The McKnight Foundation invites nominations for the 2012 Virginia McKnight Binger Awards in Human Service. McKnight will recognize up to six Minnesotans who have demonstrated an exceptional personal commitment to helping others in their communities but who have received little or no public recognition. Echoing McKnight's mission statement, the Foundation seeks individuals who "attend, unite, and empower" others in communities throughout Minnesota. Each awardee will receive $10,000 and will be honored at a ceremony in late summer. More at

    McKnight Foundation has a new blog
    McKnight Foundation has launched State of the Artist,, a blog dedicated to conversation about artists. Check it out, share it with others, link to it if appropriate, and follow them on Twitter (@stateofartist ).

    County Seat Theater taking their MACT Fest show to Japan
    The County Seat Theater Company in Cloquet won top honors last year in the Minnesota Association of Community Theaters Festival, plus 6 other individual awards with their show, Wiley and the Hairy Man. Then at the Regional AACT Fest in Kansas they won again. They were then honored to perform at the National AACT Fest in Rochester, New York. And now they have been invited to perform their show at the World Festival of Children's Performing Arts in Toyama, Japan this summer. They are the only representative from the US out of the 20 countries participating from around the world. This is a very prestigious event. Cloquet is a small town in northern Minnesota, so this is super exciting.

    County Seat Theater needs funding advice and help. Their expenses will be paid by their host while in Japan, but the transportation costs to Japan are all up to them. They need about $30,000 to make this happen. Contact Cheryl Kramer-Milder at 218 878-9641 or if you've got suggestions or help!

    Kickstarter Expects To Provide More Funding To The Arts Than NEA
    One of the Kickstarter’s three co-founders, Yancey Strickler, said that Kickstarter is on track to distribue over $150 million dollars to its users’ projects in 2012, or more than entire fiscal year 2012 budget for the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA), which was $146 million. Read more at

    Stages of Decay by Julia Solis
    Julia Solis's collection of photographs of abandoned and deteriorating performance spaces. Just go look:

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