Advocacy for the Arts

The Arts Are Important
to Minnesota

Arts Advocacy Day is
Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Minnesota Citizens for the Arts brings hundreds of arts advocates to the State Capitol for "Arts Advocacy Day" to educate legislators on the impact arts funding has on Minnesotans and our economy.


Important Issues This Year

Because the Minnesota State House flipped from Republican to Democratic support this year, there will be a lot of
new legislators that need to hear about the importance of the arts to their districts and the impact
the MSAB and RAC grants are having in their hometown.

In 2018 the Minnesota State Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils system awarded over 2,000 grants, which reached all 87 counties, helping to make the arts accessible to all Minnesotans. The awarded grants come from two sources in the “General Fund” and “Arts Legacy Fund” that will be included in the upcoming session budget. This year we will be working to support those two funds and protect them from being cut or diverted.

Minnesotans overwhelmingly approved the Legacy Amendment, passing it by 56%, which created four new dedicated funds for land, water, parks and arts in 2008. In the last several years arts advocates and supportive legislators had to fight off legislative suggestions that the Legacy Arts & Culture Fund be diverted away from the arts. With this uncertain political climate and increased polarization, we need to show a unified front to ensure that arts funding continues to be protected.

REGISTERING FOR ARTS ADVOCACY DAY helps MCA to set up Legislature Appointments allowing you meet with your representatives

Sign Up for Arts Advocacy Day at

7:30 AM: Doors Open at the Minnesota History Center
8:00-9:00 AM: Registration & Coffee (if not attending Reveal/Class)
8:00 AM: Big Reveal of the Creative Minnesota 2017 Report
8:30 AM: Advocacy Class for New Attendees
9:00 AM: Rally & Join your Team
10:00 AM: Walk or Take MCA Shuttle to Capitol
10:15 AM – 2:00 PM: Legislator Appointments (MCA Homebase will be in the Transportation Building.)


for more information, visit
contact MCA by phone 651-25-10868 or


On March 12, 2019 Minnesota Citizens for the Arts will bring hundreds of arts advocates from around the state to the State Capitol for “Arts Advocacy Day” to protect those funds. In 2017 over 1000 arts advocates filled the capitol!

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