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Minnesota Theater Alliance
Membership Newsletter
May 21, 2012


Alliance News:
  • Theater Resource Share hatched out of Sustainability in Theater Conference
  • Cultural Data Project Launch Coming June 1
  • Opportunities:
  • Theatre Bay Area announces subsidy for theaters to participate in study, application due June 3
  • Learning:
  • Springboard for the Arts Irrigate workshops coming up this summer
  • Philanthropy:
  • Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships Program deadline June 27
  • Represent:
  • Kick Off Arts Coalition Meeting to oppose the marriage amendment on May 21
  • News:
  • Summer of Legacy Destination Weekends Announced
  • Bonus:
  • 'Kickstart Shakespeare': Of Sonnets, Beer, And Online Fundraising
  • Theater Resource Share hatched out of Sustainability in Theater Conference
    One of the many thought-provoking topics discussed during the recent Sustainability in Theater Conference was the importance of and need for resource sharing to save on cost and waste. In an initiative hatched from that conversation, Sandbox Theater along with many other theater companies that attended the conference, have started an Theater Resource Share email list! This list is a platform to make requests for materials that you are looking for or make materials available you no longer want, with the hope of theaters working together in order to keep us from duplicating resources or throwing away valuable materials at the end of a show. It's an effort to "green" our theater community, but it will also help us all save some cash and storage space, too.

    As of now, this list has representatives from the following companies: 10,000 Things, 20% Theatre, Bedlam Theatre, Dangerous Productions, Four Humors Theater, Hardcover Theatre, Interact, Live Action Set, Mixed Precipitation, Nimbus Theatre, Sandbox Theatre, Savage Umbrella, Six Elements Theatre, Swan Dive Theatre, Teatro del Pueblo, Theatre Pro Rata, Theatre Unbound, TigerLion Arts, Upright Egg Theatre and Workhaus Collective. There are also a handful of independent theatre artists on there.

    If you would like to be added to the Theater Resource Share list, please send an email to Derek at

    Cultural Data Project Launch Coming June 1
    The Cultural Data Project (CDP) is a powerful online management tool designed to strengthen the arts and cultural sector, and it is coming to Minnesota on June 1, 2012 through the combined efforts of Minnesota's arts grantmakers. The CDP’s unique system enables arts and cultural organizations to track trends and benchmark their progress through sophisticated reporting tools, while gathering reliable, comprehensive data that grantmakers, researchers, and advocates can use to better understand the sector.

    As thousands of arts and cultural organizations enter data into the system each year, the CDP is becoming an unprecedented source of high-quality, longitudinal information for researchers and advocates seeking to report on the impact and needs of the arts and cultural sector. CDP data has informed dozens of research publications around the country, from economic impact studies to capitalization analyses. Advocates have used the data to lobby for increased arts funding or avert drastic budget cuts. Organizations participating in the Minnesota CDP will allow the arts community as a whole to better articulate and provide evidence of the sector’s assets and needs, as well as its contributions to the state and the country.

    Sign up for the CDP mailing list for more information and updates:

    Theatre Bay Area announces subsidy for theaters to participate in study, application due June 3
    Theatre Bay Area is excited to announce that, thanks to generous support from the Doris Duke Foundation, up to thirty theatre organizations across the country will be able to survey their audiences using the intrinsic impact questions developed for the Counting New Beans study released earlier this year at a reduced cost. These questions, and the unique surveying technology developed through that project, will allow arts organizations to quickly and easily survey their audiences on the impact of the art and immediately see and explore the results. Through this program, theatre organizations will also receive 3-5 hours of consulting with the project director of Counting New Beans, Clayton Lord, in order to develop their survey, understand results, and construct actionable steps.

    To apply for this subsidy, please visit:

    All theatre organizations of all sizes and variations in the United States are eligible to apply for this subsidy, and organizations that do not get this subsidy are still eligible to participate for the full fee. Any questions should be directed to, and the deadline to apply is June 3, 2012.

    The basic fee structure for intrinsic impact assessment through Theatre Bay Area is as follows: $1,000 one-time setup fee per organization to build your basic survey, provide you with tutorials on the basic concepts, and map out a plan for future surveying, plus $500 per production you choose to survey. The Duke Foundation provides a subsidy of $1,000 per organization for 30 organizations, which covers the setup fee. This means that any theatre organization conducting this work will have a minimum fee outlay of $500.

    Springboard for the Arts Irrigate workshops coming up this summer
    Irrigate is an artist-led creative placemaking initiative spanning the six miles of the Central Corridor Light Rail line in Saint Paul during the years of its construction. Artists collaborate with businesses, organizations and community groups to change the landscape of the corridor with color, art, surprise, creativity and fun.

    Artists of any level, experience or discipline -- who live, work or have a personal investment in the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit (CCLRT) neighborhoods -- are invited to a complimentary training on placemaking and cross-sector collaboration. Use your creative talents to have an impact on your neighborhood, your local businesses, and the light rail corridor. After completing the training, artists will be eligible to apply for collaborative placemaking project support through a simple and speedy application process.

    • You consider yourself an artist;
    • You live, work or have a personal investment in at least one of the CCLRT neighborhoods;
    • You want to learn about placemaking and working cross-sector.

    • Free training on placemaking and collaboration tools;
    • New connections to neighborhood resources and other artists;
    • Eligibility to apply for collaborative placemaking project support (up to $1000 per eligible artist/per project up to a maximum of $3,000)

    All workshops are on Saturdays, 8:30am-5pm, located on or near the CCLRT. Artists need only take one workshop.

    Register at:

    Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships Program deadline June 27
    Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships Program is a grant where actors are given the opportunity to grow artistically and professionally in collaboration with a Theatre Communications Group (TCG) member theatre. The grant encourages both early-to-mid-career actors and actors who are considerably experienced and seeks to transform the relationship between actor and theatre organization.

    Through its prestigious Fox Fellowships, the William & Eva Fox Foundation has provided more than $3 million to underwrite periods of intensive study, research and training by actors recognized as having a serious commitment to the theatre. TCG has administered this program for six rounds and now the seventh round of guidelines and applications are available.

    Actors are selected in two categories:
    - Extraordinary Potential: ($15,000 with an additional $10,000 available to relieve student loan debt) supports early to mid-career actors who have completed their training within the last fifteen years.
    - Distinguished Achievement: ($25,000) supports actors who have demonstrated considerable experience in professional theatre, with a substantial body of work.

    The online registration and downloadable guidelines and application forms are available at: Deadline to apply is June 27, 2012.

    Kick Off Arts Coalition Meeting to oppose the marriage amendment on May 21
    On May 14th, the Minnesota arts community announced plans to organize thousands of people within the arts community against the proposed constitutional amendment limiting the freedom to marry. Fifty-three arts organizations have already joined the arts coalition with Minnesotans United for All Families, and more are expected to follow suit, said Sheila Smith, Board Member for Minnesotans United and Executive Director of the Minnesota Citizens for the Arts.

    Arts Community United! Artists and Arts Organizations:

    To a Kick Off Arts Coalition Meeting to oppose the marriage amendment:
    Monday, May 21, 6:00-7:30 PM
    Pantages Theatre , 710 Hennepin Avenue, Mpls.

    • Get an update on the campaign so far
    • Hear about recent polling
    • Hear from artists and arts organizations who have already taken action
    • Be a part of the discussion about what happens next!

    PLEASE RSVP TO: Laurel Wales, Regional Organizing Director, 651-757-5471

    Summer of Legacy Destination Weekends Announced
    Five Minnesota communities are holding Legacy Destination Weekends, one each in May through September, featuring arts, history and outdoors activities to showcase projects funded through the Legacy Amendment. In 2008, Minnesota’s voters passed the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment that provides funding to natural resources, arts and culture, and parks and trails projects across the state. The Legacy Destination program is a collaboration of Explore Minnesota Tourism, Conservation Minnesota, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts and the host communities.

    The events include an eclectic mix of activities, such as art exhibits, concerts or theater performances, naturalist programs, historic site events and exhibits, or guided hikes, bike rides or canoe trips. Each Legacy Destination has designed its own weekend to highlight local cultural and outdoors assets, including those that received Legacy Amendment support.

    Here is the 2012 schedule for the remaining Legacy Destination Weekends:
    June 11-15, Bemidji
    July 19-22, St. Cloud
    August 17-19, Willmar Lakes Area (New London, Spicer, Willmar)
    September 8-16, Cook County (Grand Marais, Gunflint Trail and area)

    More information is available at

    'Kickstart Shakespeare': Of Sonnets, Beer, And Online Fundraising
    The New York Shakespeare Exchange says its goal is "to encourage an enthusiastic appreciation of classical theater and to expand the reach of the art form within new and existing audiences." More specifically, it's interested in the question of "what happens when contemporary culture is infused with Shakespearean poetry and themes in unexpected ways."What, exactly, does that mean?

    The founder and artistic director of the company, Ross Williams, says it means exploring "how we can get Shakespeare to work for a new generation, for new audiences." And they're serious about changing up the setting where necessary: their projects include a Shakespearean pub crawl, where at each location, a scene breaks out. They call it ... Shakesbeer. (C'mon. Wouldn't you?)

    Check out their new approach to Shakespeare at:

    Funding and support for the Minnesota Theater Alliance provided by

    McKnight Foundation

    Mardag Foundation

    Peace Coffee Hosted by

    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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