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Minnesota Theater Alliance
Membership Newsletter
April 19, 2012

Contents

Alliance News:
  • Welcome new Membership Services Manager, Ashley Hanson!
  • Last chance to register for Sustainability in Theater Conference, deadline April 24
  • Opportunities:
  • Minnesota Shorts Play Festival accepting submissions through April 30
  • Participate in the University of Minnesota’s Performing Arts Archive Survey
  • Call for Participants – Northern Spark iPad Performance
  • Learning:
  • “Public Speaking for Artists” workshop April 23
  • “Reaching Audience through Local Community-Based Media” workshop April 26
  • “Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists” free workshop series at Hennepin County Libraries
  • Physical Theater Summer Intensive Application, deadline extended to April 23
  • Philanthropy:
  • ADA Access Improvement Grant deadline May 11
  • Community POWER Grant deadline May 25
  • Represent:
  • Amendment to Divert $30M from Arts Legacy Defeated!
  • Americans for the Arts launch new Animating Democracy website
  • News:
  • Ordway Announces 2011 Sally Ordway Irvine Award Recipients
  • Counting New Beans - Intrinsic Impact and Value of Art
  • Bonus:
  • Extremely Public Displays of Privacy by New Paradise Laboratories, an Internet-Based Theater Company
  • Futurity: A Musical by the Lisps coming to the Walker
  • Berkley Rep announces projects for The Ground Floor
  • Welcome new Membership Services Manager, Ashley Hanson!
    In late-March, the Minnesota Theater Alliance staff grew 100% by gaining a new Membership Services Manager, Ashley Hanson. Ashley holds an MA degree in Applied Theatre from the University of Manchester (UK), where she focused on her passion, exploring the role of theater in the sustainable development of rural communities. For the past eight years, she has facilitated theater and arts-based programs, and currently writes and directs issue-based theater with SOS for Youth. She is a founding member of the Yes!Lets Collective of Twin-Cities artists, musicians and community enthusiasts, and she plays ukulele and sings in three local bands.

    As Membership Services Manager, Ashley is here for you! Send her your ideas, questions or comments at Ashley@minnesotatheateralliance.org. She is thrilled to be a part of the Alliance and is excited to get to know you and your organization – be expecting a phone call from her in the near future!

    Last chance to register for Sustainability in Theater Conference, deadline April 24
    The Sustainability in Theater Conference offers tangible learning from around the world on how greener practices can make your work and our communities more sustainable. From energy efficiency to waste reduction, from greener gear to smarter business models, from eco-influenced art to mission alignment, there will be inspiration, learning and collective action for every department of your organization.

    The conference offers a fantastic line-up of presenters, performance excerpts, green demos and more. View the conference schedule at: minnesotatheateralliance.org/sit/schedule.php

    Presenting organizations include Sustainability Associates, Broadway Green Alliance, Center for Sustainable Practices in the Arts, York University, Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company, Childsplay, Center for Energy and the Environment, Julie’s Bicycle and more!

    Sustainability in Theater: People, Planet, Profit, Purpose
    April 30 – May 1, 2012
    In person: Minneapolis, Minnesota
    Through live webcast and Google+ collaboration: anywhere in the world

    Attend in person or online (registration required)
    Register online at minnesotatheateralliance.org/sit/register.php. Registration deadline is midnight Tuesday April 24th. Walk-up registration available at event with no meals included.

    Minnesota Shorts Play Festival accepting submissions through April 30
    Minnesota Shorts Play Festival is accepting submissions through April 30 for its fourth annual festival, which will be Thursday, Sept. 6, and Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, in Mankato, MN. Scripts can be on any topic, but must be appropriate for a community performance.

    Short plays must be performed in 15 minutes or less. Scripts must be 15 pages or less and sent as .pdf or .doc files. Minnesota writers may submit TWO scripts to the festival. Writers outside of Minnesota may submit ONE script. E-mail your script or any questions to mnshorts@yahoo.com.

    For more information, visit www.mnshorts.com/

    Participate in the University of Minnesota’s Performing Arts Archive Survey
    The American Theatre Archive Project and the University of Minnesota’s Performing Arts Archives have teamed up to gather vital information about the state of archives in working theater companies and to get the word out about new resources for preserving America’s theatrical legacy. We want to hear from theaters of all sizes--thank you for making your voice heard!

    Please take ten minutes to complete this simple multiple-choice survey: www.surveymonkey.com/s/theater-archives-2012

    Call for Participants – Northern Spark iPad Performance
    Minneapolis-based choreographer, Vanessa Voskuil, and multimedia artist, Scott Sayre, are currently looking for 20 volunteer participants for a 10-15min movement-based, media performance event to be presented by Northern Spark at the Walker Art Center on June 9, 2012. Each performer will possess and manipulate an Apple iPad, which will contain a pre-programmed visual score ranging from a dark or solid color screen to a component of a large video mosaic. Participants do not need to have any formal performing arts training to participate.

    If you are interested in participating or have any questions please contact Vanessa Voskuil at vanessa@vanessavoskuil.org or Scott Sayre at spark@sandboxstudios.org.

    “Public Speaking for Artists” workshop April 23
    Not all of an artist's work is done from the solitary comfort of the studio. Often, artists are called upon to speak publicly: on panels, artist talks, Q&A sessions, interviews or presentations. The ability to talk about one's artistic practice clearly and confidently goes a long way. Nervous about public speaking? Clam up in front of a microphone? This workshop, presented by Springboard for the Arts, will teach some basic strategies and techniques to give you the confidence to speak about your work in front of any audience, large or small. Register at http://tinyurl.com/SBAPublicSpeaking

    Date: Monday, April 23, 6:30 - 9:00 pm
    Location: Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN
    Presenters: Andy Sturdevant, Springboard for the Arts
    Tuition: $45 - Free for Intermedia ArtsHub artists

    “Reaching Audience through Local Community-Based Media” workshop April 26
    You don't need to hire a public relations firm or specialist to promote your arts organization! Earned media (vs. purchased media) can be a cost-effective approach for reaching broader audiences. Earned media refers to publicity gained through influence with media outlets such as community newspapers, local magazines, community calendars as well as new online sources. Participants will learn commonly accepted practices for contacting media outlets, how to pitch your story, how to prepare a press release, and how to build ongoing relationships with community-focused media outlets.

    Thursday, April 26, 3:00 - 6:00 p.m., Metropolitan Regional Arts Council
    Presented by: Julie Dappen, in Partnership with MAP for Nonprofits

    The workshop is free, but please register in advance at www.mrac.org/training, email Mara Miller at mara@mrac.org, or call 651-523-6384. Please contact Mara if you need special accommodations.

    “Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists” free workshop series at Hennepin County Libraries
    The Work of Art series is a regularly occurring part of Springboard for the Arts workshop schedule and has been developed to be useful to artists practicing in all disciplines. All workshops are being offered for free and are presented by the Hennepin County Libraries.

    Locations: East Lake Library, 2301 E. Lake St., Minneapolis and Ridgedale Library, 12601 Ridgedale Drive, Minnetonka
    Presenters: Kathleen Richert and Noah Keesecker, Springboard for the Arts
    Tuition: Free. Advance registration recommended. Register at www.hclib.org/events
    If you have questions, please call Andy Sturdevant at 651-292-4381 or e-mail andy@springboardforthearts.org.

    Remaining workshops include:
    -Simple Business Plans for Artists (Apr 21 - at East Lake, or Apr 23 - at Ridgedale)
    -Pricing Your Work: Getting Paid for What You Do (Apr 28 - at East Lake, or Apr 30 - at Ridgedale)
    -Funding Your Work (May 5 - at East Lake, or May 7 - at Ridgedale)
    -Social Media for Artists (May 12 - at East Lake, or May 14 - at Ridgedale)

    Physical Theater Summer Intensive Application, deadline extended to April 23
    Physical Theater Summer Intensive at Studio 206 with Robert Rosen, Barbra Berlovitz and Shawn McConneloug.

    Dates: June 11-June 29, 2011; Monday-Friday 10:00 AM-5:00 PM; 90 hours of physical training
    Tuition: $475
    Limited to 18 participants
    Location: STUDIO 206, Minneapolis MN

    Details and Applications available at: ivystudio206.com
    Application deadline: Monday April 23rd 5 P.M. CST
    Questions: Email us at ivystudio206@earthlink.net or call 612.822.1275

    ADA Access Improvement Grant deadline May 11
    The ADA Arts Access Improvement Grants of up to $15,000 are available to nonprofit arts organizations in Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington counties. Grants support activities that have potential for significant or long-term impact in involving more people with disabilities as participants or patrons in arts programs. Possible grant activities include building a ramp, installing a lift, making a legally accessible bathroom, providing Braille guides or docent training for art collections, or doing a captioned video about an organization's programs.

    Grant deadline: May 11, 2012.
    Information Meeting: Friday, April 20, 12pm; VSA Minnesota meeting room at Hennepin Center for the Arts #310, 528 Hennepin Ave., 612-332-3888; www.vsamn.org

    For more information, call VSA Minnesota at 612-332-3888 voice/tty, email access@vsamn.org, download grant guidelines and application form at www.vsamn.org/forms.html#adagrant.

    Community POWER Grant deadline May 25
    The Community POWER Grant Program funds waste reduction projects to reach individuals who are not currently aware of waste reduction practices. The grant program is looking for applicants to propose new and innovative ways to educate and actively engage residents to recycle and reuse more, reduce waste and toxicity, compost yard and food waste, and plan green events. Grantee staff and volunteers receive training on waste issues, free written materials, and funds to complete a project that they design.

    There are 3 types of grants available:
    -Mini grant projects up to $5,000
    -Full grant projects up to $12,000
    -Ramsey County only: Up to $12,000 for workplace or school waste reduction and recycling education.

    Deadline to apply: May 25, 2012.
    Apply online at: www.rethinkrecycling.com
    Questions: Contact Laurie Gustafson at 651-252-1487 or CommunityPOWER@RethinkRecycling.com

    Amendment to Divert $30M from Arts Legacy Defeated!
    On April 4th, an amendment to divert $30M from Arts Legacy to state capitol renovations was defeated on a decisive vote of 77 to 52. Legislators recognized that the proper place to fund capitol renovations is in the state's bonding bill, and not from Legacy. This is a DIRECT RESULT of all of the grassroots contacts you have been making for the past several months asking legislators to preserve the intent of the Legacy Amendment, which is to fund arts and history activities across the state. Thank you to all of you!

    Please say "Thank you!" to your legislator if they voted with us, and let your legislator know you are disappointed in their vote if they did not. House member emails can be found here: www.house.leg.state.mn.us/members/hmem.asp

    Americans for the Arts launch new Animating Democracy website
    Americans for the Arts has launched a new website for Animating Democracy, a program that works to inspire, inform, promote and connect arts as a contributor to community, civic, and social change. The new site incorporates resources generated by Animating Democracy's Arts and Social Change Mapping Initiative, Arts & Civic Engagement Impact Initiative, and the wealth of publications, tools, and resources from Animating Democracy's first decade of contributions to the field. Supported by the Open Society, Nathan Cummings, Surdna, Lambent, and CrossCurrents Foundations, the website is amassing the stories and aggregating the evidence of the impact arts for change work is having across the country. Visit www.animatingdemocracy.org.

    Ordway Announces 2011 Sally Ordway Irvine Award Recipients
    The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts announced the recipients of the 2011 Sally Ordway Irvine Awards. Now in its 20th year, the Sally Awards honor extraordinary achievement in the visual, performing and literary arts. The award recipients were selected by a committee consisting of Ordway representatives, the 2010 Sally Award recipients, Minnesota State Arts Board and media representatives, and other leaders from the Minnesota arts and cultural community.

    The 2011 Sally Award winners are:
    ARTS ACCESS: Rick Jacobson
    EDUCATION: Ross Sutter
    COMMITMENT: Kevin Smith
    VISION: Ta-Coumba T. Aiken
    INITIATIVE: TU Dance

    More information on the award winners available at www.ordway.org/sallyawards/
    Congratulations!

    Counting New Beans - Intrinsic Impact and Value of Art
    Arts Learning Xchange welcomed Alan Brown of the national research firm WolfBrown and Clayton Lord of Theatre Bay Area at a 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 artists, administrators, patrons, and funders value and evaluate the art they make and consume. Attendees were among the first to hear the results of a two-year, nationwide research study called “Measuring the Intrinsic Impact of Live Theatre” that looked at 18 theatre companies across the county (including Mixed Blood & Park Square Theater), 58 productions, over 20,000 survey responses – all in an effort to increase the field’s understanding of what seeing a piece of theatre actually does to someone emotionally, intellectually, and empathetically.

    A video of the presentation can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/countingnewbeans
    For more information, to purchase the book or to see the executive summary, visit www.intrinsicimpact.org

    Extremely Public Displays of Privacy by New Paradise Laboratories, an Internet-Based Theater Company
    A small Philadelphia-based company called New Paradise Laboratories is re-creating theater for the connected generation. It’s incorporating social networks like Facebook, Skype and Chatroulette into the production and presentation of shows, pulling theater into the virtual space. View Extremely Public Displays of Privacy, the online play at www.extremelypublicdisplays.com

    Futurity: A Musical by the Lisps coming to the Walker
    Brooklyn indie rockers, the Lisps seized upon a crazy notion that evolved into a DIY musical. FUTURITY tells the story of a soldier’s quest to save humans from themselves by inventing an omnipotent, steam-powered “brain.” Melding the Civil War with sci-fi and American folk with avant-rock, the Lisps have crafted a unique and compelling portrait of war, human imagination, and technological hubris. The show arrives at the Walker from its much-anticipated premiere at the American Repertory Theater. More information at www.walkerart.org/calendar/2012/futurity-a-musical-by-the-lisps

    Berkley Rep announces projects for The Ground Floor
    Berkeley Rep received $1.75 million to launch their Summer Lab “theatre research and development lab” this summer, and have thrown open their doors to welcome more than 40 artists and 13 projects this July, including workshops of new plays by two Minnesotan playwrights, Carson Kreitzer and Dominic Orlando! See the full list of projects at http://tinyurl.com/thegroundfloor

    Funding and support for the Minnesota Theater Alliance provided by

    McKnight Foundation

    Mardag Foundation

    Peace Coffee Hosted by Visi.com

    This activity is funded, in part, by appropriations from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State's general fund, and its arts and cultural heritage fund that was created by a vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

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