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Minnesota Theater Alliance
Membership Newsletter
July 23, 2012


Alliance News:
  • Alliance Northern Minnesota Tour and Workshop Series, August 5-9
  • USITT Survey and Fall Workshops, September 7-8 at U of M – Duluth
  • Minnesota Audience Development Exchange (MADE)
  • Member Features Coming Soon
  • Opportunities:
  • Call for Artists: Arts on Chicago
  • VSA Open Call for Accessible Arts Calendar
  • Learning:
  • Performance and Design Workshops with Paul Herwig
  • “Artists and the Web” Workshops presented by
  • Apply for Finance Seminar presented by National Arts Strategies, October 11-12
  • Philanthropy:
  • Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council Now Accepting Grant Proposals
  • News:
  • Arts Midwest selects 15 organizations for Intensive Training and Mentorship
  • Bonus:
  • HowlRound - Podcasts and Interviews on Using Theater to Build a Civic Society
  • Alliance Northern Minnesota Tour and Workshop Series, August 5-9
    Theater companies, organizations and practitioners are invited to join the Minnesota Theater Alliance for a chance to connect with other theater enthusiasts in your region. The Alliance has partnered with theaters in each location to present workshops, informal gatherings and opportunities to support each other’s work. Workshops will cover a variety of topics and updates on Alliance programs, including SpacemART, Free Night of Theater, Minnesota Audience Development Exchange, comprehensive performance calendar, sustainable theater practices, resource sharing and ideas for future convenings. There will be time to network, socialize and share information about your theaters. Join us for one or all of the events at a location near you!

    Sunday, August 5th – Bemidji
    Bemidji Partner: Paul Bunyan Playhouse (
    2:00pm – SHOW: “Seussical” presented by Paul Bunyan Playhouse
    Located at 314 Beltrami Avenue NW, Bemidji
    5:00-7:00pm– WORKSHOP at Paul Bunyan Playhouse
    7:00-9:00pm – SOCIAL: Dinner and drinks at St. Brigid’s Cross Irish Pub & Restaurant
    Located at 317 Beltrami Avenue NW, Bemidji

    Monday, August 6th – Detroit Lakes and Fargo
    Detroit Lakes Partner: Historic Holmes Theatre (
    12:00 - 2:00pm –SOCIAL: Luncheon and conversation at Historic Holmes Theatre
    Located at 826 Summit Avenue, Detroit Lakes
    Fargo Partner: Theatre B (
    5:00-7:00pm –WORKSHOP at Theatre B
    Located at 716 Main Avenue, Fargo, ND
    7:00-9:00pm –SOCIAL: Dinner and drinks at Rhombus Guys Pizza
    Located at 606 Main Avenue, Fargo, ND

    Tuesday, August 7th – Fergus Falls and Alexandria
    Fergus Falls Partner: Springboard for the Arts (
    12:00 - 2:00pm –SOCIAL: Luncheon and conversation at A Center for the Arts
    Located at 124 West Lincoln Avenue, Fergus Falls, MN (
    Alexandria Partner:Theatre L’Homme Dieu (
    4:30-6:30pm – WORKSHOP at Theatre L’Homme Dieu
    Located at 1875 County Road 120 NE, Alexandria, MN
    6:00-7:30pm –SOCIAL: Dinner and drinks at TBD
    7:30pm –SHOW: “Gilligan’s Island: The Musical” at Theatre L’Homme Dieu

    Wednesday, August 8th – Saint Cloud and Duluth
    Saint Cloud Partner:TBD
    11:00 - 1:00pm – SOCIAL: Luncheon and conversation at TBD
    Duluth Partner:The Duluth Playhouse (
    4:00-6:00pm –WORKSHOP at The Duluth Playhouse
    Located at 506 West Michigan Street, Duluth, MN
    6:00-7:30pm –SOCIAL: Dinner and drinks at TBD
    7:30pm – SHOW: “PVT.Wars” at Duluth Playhouse, presented by Bridge Theatre Company

    To RSVP for a workshop, social or show, please email Thank you!

    USITT Survey and Fall Workshops, September 7-8 at U of M – Duluth
    Save the date! USITT Northern Boundary ( will be hosting their Fall Workshops in technical theatre September 7-8 at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Update your skills, learn the newest tools, network with fellow practitioners, all at a ridiculously affordable price ($15-20)!

    The Minnesota Theater Alliance is working with USITT on their technical theater workshops this year, and we need your help making them affordable and valuable to all of us. Also, the Alliance has been helping facilitate monthly gatherings of people by field, like artistic directors, arts administrators, etc., and we're wondering if design and production artists would like a gathering of their own. Please answer the ten brief questions on the online survey at

    Minnesota Audience Development Exchange (MADE)
    Imagine putting all the patron lists for all Minnesota cultural organizations together into one database. Now imagine having access to aggregated analysis of that data - demographics, psychographics, attendance patterns. Toss in permission-based list trades between organizations. The Alliance is working with the Ordway, MN Opera, Guthrie Theater, Pangea, VocalEssence, The Loft, College of St. Benedict/St. John's University, and Children's Theatre Company in a task force to implement a statewide cooperative database of arts patrons. An RFP was issued in October 2011, and TRG Arts was selected as the vendor for this program. Watch for more news soon as Minnesota joins 18 other communities who have launched similar initiatives. Details coming soon.

    Member Features Coming Soon
    Beginning in August, the Alliance will choose one of its members to feature each month. We will send out a special newsletter mailing, sharing the story and highlights of the featured member. Keep an eye out for our August Member Feature: The Edge Center for the Arts ( located in Bigfork, MN.

    Would you like your theater to be featured? Join the Minnesota Theater Alliance today!

    Call for Artists: Arts on Chicago
    Upstream Arts is proud to be partnering with Pillsbury House + Theatre to create Arts on Chicago, a new placemaking initiative that will implement TWENTY projects in ONE YEAR throughout the Central, Powderhorn, Bancroft, and Bryant communities along Chicago Avenue from 32nd Street to 42nd Street.

    One of 47 initiatives nationwide to receive funding from ArtPlace America, Arts on Chicago will further the use of the arts in neighborhood locations to encourage social interaction, support the growth of local businesses and safer streets, and promote a sense of neighborhood identity and ownership. Other Arts on Chicago partners include the Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association, Ward 8 Council Office of Elizabeth Glidden, and Minneapolis College of Art and Design Professor Natasha Pestich.

    Arts on Chicago is currently seeking project proposals from artists who live and work in the area. We'd love to see the Upstream Arts community get involved! Visit to learn about the application process and stay tuned to the Pillsbury House + Theatre website for updates:

    VSA Open Call for Accessible Arts Calendar
    If you are offering shows this coming season with ASL interpreting, Audio Description or Captioning, please send VSA the information so that they can include it in their monthly Accessible Performance Calendar. The August/September list will be emailed on July 25. The September/October list will be emailed on August 29.

    A NEW FORM is available you can fill in easily at:

    Are you included already?
    For August we have: Circus Juventas, Ordway, Sossy Mechanics, Stages Theatre, U of M Showboat Theatre
    For the new season beginning in September, we have: Guthrie, Jungle, Lyric Arts Co., MN Jewish Theatre, MN Opera, MN Renaissance Festival, New Century Theatre, Ordway, Orpheum, SteppingStone, Walker Art Center

    Thanks for your interest in making your arts organization’s programs and events accessible to people with disabilities!

    Performance and Design Workshops with Paul Herwig
    For the first time Off-Leash Area co-director & award winning scenic designer Paul Herwig is offering workshops on the play between performance & scenic design the workshops are designed for anyone regardless of experience - dancers, actors, directors, choreographers, performance artists, costume & set designers interested in out-of-the-box approaches to performance & stagecraft.

    If you are looking for a way to develop your personal vision within theatre & dance production, the creation of original work, or an emphasis on physical & visual expression - then these workshops are for you. All workshops are interrelated, however you can participate in any number & in any combination. Remaining workshops are:

    Thurs Aug 16 to Sun Aug 19
    Borrowing from the artistic visions of painters & sculptors

    Thurs Aug 23 to Sun Aug 26
    Light as a performance partner

    All Workshops run Thursday through Sunday
    Thursdays 6-9, Fridays 6-9, Saturdays 10-2, Sundays 10-4

    Intermedia Arts
    2822 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis

    One Workshop - $100
    Two Workshops - $150

    Contact Off-Leash Area
    Call: 612-724-7372 or
    Please indicate which workshop(s) you want to take.

    “Artists and the Web” Workshops presented by

    Join in on workshops geared toward artists and other creative entrepreneurs on the topic of “Artists and the Web,” co-presented by and Soo Visual Art Center in Minneapolis.
    Over the course of this three-part series, local artists and creative-field professionals will share practical information and their hard-won know-how for how to use online tools and services most effectively to present, promote, sell and find start-up funding for your work.

    “Presenting Your Work - where and how”
    Tuesday, July 31, 7 pm @ SooVAC

    “Marketing Your Work - web-based tools and tips”
    Tuesday, August 7, 7 pm @ SooVAC

    “Selling and Funding Your Work"
    Tuesday, September 18, 7 pm @ SooVAC

    Cost: $20 per panel; $50 to attend all three ($5 discounts available for WAC and SooVAC members)
    Find all the details about this professional development series for artists, including additional information about panelists and topics covered, on the Facebook event listing:

    Apply for Finance Seminar presented by National Arts Strategies, October 11-12
    Apply now for Finance, October 11-12 in Minneapolis. Attending Finance will help you develop your understanding of topics such as value creation, revenue and pricing models, cost drivers and risk. By the end of the seminar, you and your team will have developed the ability to communicate financial information to stakeholders in a meaningful and persuasive way, how to craft a financial strategy that supports your mission, and will have a common understanding of how financial decisions and models impact all areas of your organization. Visit to apply.

    Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council Now Accepting Grant Proposals
    Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council, an initiative of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, is now accepting project support grant proposals in its autumn round of funding for arts-related projects. Grants will provide limited financial support up to $3,000 but will not exceed 50% of a project’s budget. Deadline for submission is September 7, 2012, 5 p.m. (not a postmark deadline).

    In addition to financial support, Rimon may provide accepted proposals with assistance by:
    - Facilitating a community planning process and assistance in the project’s implementation by helping to secure funding and developing collaborative partners for the project;
    - Providing marketing and outreach assistance to Jewish community institutions, arts organizations, artists and audiences;
    - Conducting research and planning to connect both artists and art presenters with the Jewish community.

    For a project to be considered, it must meet Rimon’s mission and its goals. Rimon seeks to promote and enhance Jewish identity through arts and culture, support arts and artists who broadly explore Jewish themes and to assist the greater Jewish community in developing a collaborative involvement with the arts. Rimon serves as a catalyst for the creation of new programs and initiatives that strengthen Jewish life. Through Rimon, artists, arts patrons, representatives from synagogues, Jewish community centers, schools, agencies and arts organizations, work together on projects that benefit the Twin Cities Jewish community.

    For more information or to obtain an application and proposal guidelines, please contact David Jordan Harris, Rimon Executive Director, at 952-381-3449, Or log on to

    Arts Midwest selects 15 organizations for Intensive Training and Mentorship
    ArtsLab, a program of Arts Midwest, today announces that 15 arts organizations were selected to participate in an intensive two-year leadership and strategic management program. The 15 organizations were selected from a competitive pool of applicants and are diverse in artistic discipline, audience, and region. Of the 15 selected organizations, ten are based in the 15-county metro area, four are located in southern Minnesota, and one is based in Jamestown, North Dakota.

    The following organizations have been selected:
    Ananya Dance Theatre
    ArtReach St. Croix
    Arts Center of Saint Peter
    Ashland Productions, Inc.
    Hutchinson Center For The Arts
    Jamestown Fine Arts Association
    Juxtaposition Arts, Inc.
    Mu Performing Arts
    New York Mills Regional Cultural Center
    Pangea World Theater
    Soo Visual Arts Center
    The Singers - Minnesota Choral Artists
    Twin Rivers Council for the Arts
    Upstream Arts

    Beginning in fall 2012, these 15 organizations will participate in retreats and shared learning opportunities designed to build leadership skills, increase financial and operational resiliency, and cultivate relationships. In 2013, organizations will be eligible to apply for additional support to fund new projects identified through their work in ArtsLab.

    In addition to this peer learning community, ArtsLab is offering a Leadership Idea Exchange to gather artists, innovators, and leaders across sectors and across the region for lively conversations on the role of creativity in building resiliency in our communities and in designing our futures. Organizations in Minneapolis/St. Paul, greater Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota are encouraged to register for these free events.

    Congratulations from the Alliance!

    More information about ArtsLab is available at Questions may also be directed to

    HowlRound - Podcasts and Interviews on Using Theater to Build a Civic Society
    HowlRound is the Journal of the Center for the Theater Commons at Emerson College that builds knowledge platforms and aligns resources for theater artists and organizations. They want their contribution to widen the gates of opportunity for more accessible and relevant models for theater making in the 21st Century, with the belief that theater is for everyone.

    Check out their archive of podcasts, blogs, and interviews with theater makers 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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