Arts Advocacy

The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council wholeheartedly believes that the creation and sustenance of the arts are essential in order to have thriving and vital communities. Advocating for the arts is the right and the responsibility we have as civilians in arts activities, organizations, and by public and private funding to make a difference with participating in the legislative process. Our arts council considers arts advocacy an important part of what we do.

Arts Advocacy Day: Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

To register, click here!

We all have the chance to advocate for arts-friendly policy once a year on Arts Advocacy Day and you should think about getting involved!

What is Arts Advocacy Day?
Minnesota Citizens for the Arts works to increase arts funding by bringing arts advocates to the State Capitol to talk to their legislators about the importance of the arts to our lives and our economy. Every year about 500-1,000 arts advocates join together for a rally at the Minnesota History Center Auditorium in the morning, split up into teams with experienced leaders and walk together to legislator offices to educate them about the arts in their communities and ask them to support arts funding.

Why Should You Go?
Through this big day, we show the strength of Minnesota’s statewide arts community. Previous Arts Advocacy Days have resulted in significant increases in state arts funding (that goes out in grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils). The Legacy Amendment, which tripled arts funding in 2008, was passed on Arts Advocacy Day! Past participants have repeatedly shared their favorite parts of the day:

  • They feel empowered by gathering together with like-minded people.
  • They say that Arts Advocacy Day is the best arts networking event of the year, as it’s the only time that art lovers of all kinds come together in one place.

Who Represents You?
Your elected officials are your voice in government: let them know what you think!

To find out who your representatives are, click here!

Minnesota Citizens for the Arts has more information about the
Structure and Processes of the Legislature. To find out their stand on art issues from a 2016 Post-Primary Candidate Survey, click here.

What are the Important Issues This Year?

In 2008, Minnesotans overwhelmingly approved the Legacy Amendment, passing it by 56%, which created four new dedicated funds for land, water, parks, and arts. 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.

On March 6, 2018, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts will bring hundreds of arts advocates from around the state to the State Capitol for “Arts Advocacy Day” to thank legislators for following through on the promise of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment that dedicated funds to conservation and the arts. Last year, 1000 arts advocates filled the capitol!

More Arts Advocacy Quick Links

Advocacy Toolkit for Individuals and Organizations

The How and the Why of Arts Advocacy 

How to Contact Elected Officials

Public Policy and Advocacy Resources

CreativeMN Report
The 2017 Creative Minnesota Study shows that supporting artists and arts activity is a pathway to solving problems and achieving the goals of our communities. Creative Minnesota and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts released this study indicating Minnesotans strongly believe the arts and culture are important to their quality of life, and that Minnesotans attend and participate in the arts at a rate exceeding the national average. Highlighted topics in the study include:

  •         The economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture sector;
  •         The impact and demographics of artists and creative workers;
  •         The impact and number of nonprofit arts and culture organizations;
  •         Public opinion polling; and
  •         The strongest needs for all Minnesota artists

More information of each Minnesota region can be found on the Creative Minnesota website.

Who ARAC Serves
The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council (ARAC) serves, facilitates, and encourages local arts development by providing funding and various forms of assistance for the creation and presentation of the arts. In this role, ARAC awards grants to individual artists and nonprofit arts organizations in the seven counties of the Arrowhead Region; Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake and St. Louis.

ARAC’s Funding Sources
The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council (ARAC) is one of eleven regional arts councils in Minnesota whose funding for ARAC programs and services is provided through appropriations from the Minnesota State Legislature, the Arts and Cultural Heritage Amendment, and a grant from The McKnight Foundation