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Yes, You Can Be an Advocate for the Arts

Friday, February 22 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm

No cost to participate


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Have you ever been to Arts Advocacy Day? Why does this matter? Why do the Arts matter?

Minnesota leads the nation in greatest per capita spending in the arts, but this didn’t happen without the voices and work by people who love and believe in the power of art. To keep supporting this vital resource, elected officials must hear from their constituents: that’s you! This is where your story plays a key role.

This lunch and learn workshop will help artists, arts administrators, and supporters demystify advocacy and be empowered to connect to elected officials, and advocate for causes you care about. Understanding how to tell our own stories of impact is a powerful tool to help ensure that the arts thrive locally and across our state. This session will prepare participants leading up to Arts Advocacy Day on March 12 (and beyond!) to develop and articulate their own stories of why and how the arts matter. MCA will also provide a short presentation about this year’s Arts Advocacy Day agenda. Lunch will be provided.

Please identify your legislative district when you register. Not sure what district you live in? https://www.gis.leg.mn/iMaps/districts/

You may also register for Arts Advocacy Day now via this link: http://artsmn.org/act/events/arts-advocacy-day/

The workshop session is a free event but is limited to just 20 people. Once that limit is reached a wait list will be opened. Cancellations must made at least 48 hours in advance or the individual will charged $25 for the cost of lunch and your space in the workshop.

Presented by Ashley Fairbanks. Ashley is an Anishinaabe artist, organizer, and digital strategist. As an interdisciplinary designer, she works with a cohort of artists that do racial justice popular education and organizing, seeking ways to creatively innovate social-change work. She is a founding member and artistic director of the ROVE project, a united effort of Rhymesayers Entertainment, community organizers, and artists utilizing hip hop to impact our electoral process. Ashley leads her own design practice, trains people on strategic communications and designs and runs social media and narrative work for campaigns and nonprofits. With over a decade experience, she has worked on everything from municipal to statewide campaigns. Learn more about Ashley at www.ziibiing.com/.

If you require any accommodations to fully participate in this workshop, please contact Oskar Ly at oskar@mrac.org or 651-523-6384 in advance of the workshop.


Friday, February 22
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
No cost to participate
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Oskar Ly


Metropolitan Regional Arts Council
2324 University Avenue West
St. Paul, MN 55114 United States
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