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Minnesota Theater Alliance
Membership Newsletter
April 8, 2011


Join the Alliance!
Our membership campaign has begun and we need your support to get things done!

If you join we can create audience development programs like Free Night of Theater.
If you join we can present professional development workshops on topics like touring, new play development, sustainable practices, and marketing.
If you join we can build great tools like a statewide performance calendar, an online directory of performing and rehearsal spaces, a cooperative patron mailing list, and this handy newsletter.
If you join we can advocate for better support of theater from granters, government and other service organizations.
If you join we can bring together our collective wisdom and power to build a comprehensive survey of business and artistic practices, negotiated discounts with vendors, and best practices and resources guides.
But we can't do any of it without you. Join now!

Save the date for a workshop on touring
The Minnesota Theater Alliance, the Network of Ensemble Theaters, and the National Presenters Network are co-hosting a workshop all about TOURING at Intermedia Arts on May 13. Admission will be pay what you can. More details coming soon. Save the date!

Creating Arts in your Community event
The Minneapolis Arts Commission presents Creating Arts in your Community: A Minneapolis Neighborhood Workshop. FREE. Saturday, April 9, 10 am to noon at RSP Architects, Grain Belt Complex, 1220 Marshall Street NE, Minneapolis.
WHO IS INVITED: Neighborhood association leaders, members, artists, and others interested in creating art in the community.
FEATURED SPEAKERS: Mary Altman, public arts administrator, City of Minneapolis; Melinda Childs, artist services manager, Forecast Public Art; Jeff Lohaus, board member of NEMAA (Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association, presenters of Art-A-Whirl and other events).
QUESTIONS: Jill Boldenow, 651-757-1862. More info here.

NAF Webinars and Workshops
The Nonprofits Assistance Fund has lots of useful Webinars coming soon:
Build a Better Budget, April 20
Cash is King: Managing Cash Flow for Nonprofits, May 24
Characteristics of Financially Healthy Nonprofits, June 23
Clear Communications through Dashboard Reports, July 21
Financial Clarity for Nonprofit Boards, August10
More info here.

Free Critical Response Workshop
FREE Critical Response Process Sessions led by Co-author John Borstel and Dance Exchange dancer. Hennepin Center for the Arts, Sewell Ballet Studios, 2nd Floor, 508 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis. Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17 (participation required both days) from 12-4. Limited to 40 participants. RSVP required by Wednesday, April 13 to Mary Phelps, or call 612/465-0236.

Representatives of Liz Lerman Dance Exchange will hold an immersive, hands-on 2-day exploration of a widely recognized method for review and dialogue on artistic works in progress. Introduced by choreographer Liz Lerman in the early 1990s, the Process offers a four-step method for a facilitated exchange between an artist and a group of responders. The Process gives artists a role in the critique of their work, while promoting rigor and constructive honesty among responders.

Minneapolis Art Commission Awards
The MAC Awards program, now in its third year, will recognize contributions to public art in the community of Minneapolis by individual artists or arts organizations for community involvement in public art, celebrating the city through public art, integration of public art in private development, and outstanding contribution to the arts and the community. Nominations may be submitted by artists and arts organizations for their own work, or by a third party. The deadline for nomination is April 15, 2010. Awards will be recognized on June 4th at MOSAIC. More info and download application here (scroll down).

Metro State University scholarships
Scholarship opportunities over $155,000 at Metro State University, available in privately funded Foundation scholarships. Easy to apply. Visit the Financial Aid website for more info. To maximize your search results, leave “All” in the options fields. Applications must be submitted to the Metropolitan State University Foundation, Founders Hall, Suite 219 no later than noon, April 22, 2011.

MN Arts Count
As part of dedicating funding to the arts from the Amendment, the state legislature has called for the Minnesota State Arts Board and the state’s regional arts councils to conduct a census of artists and artistic organizations to measure the far-reaching influence of the arts in the state. The Minnesota State Arts Board invites anyone who, professionally or personally, engages in any and every form of creative expression to participate in the MN Arts Count census. Do you sing? Act? Dance? Write? Draw? Paint? Sculpt? Photograph? Weave? Play an instrument? Compose?

No matter how well or how publicly you share your talents, be proud and be counted. Go to to complete the census. If you prefer, paper surveys are available by calling 800-748-3222 ext. 225.

Congratulations MACT Fest winners
MACT Fest 2011 took place a couple weeks ago in Fergus Falls. I was there and had a blast. Congratulations to "Best of Fest" winners, County Seat Theatre Company of Cloquet with their production of Wiley and the Hairy Man and Sweet Charities Theatre Company of Minneapolis with their production of Glengarry Glen Ross!

2010 ADA regulations for online ticketing
On March 15, 2011 the U.S. Department of Justice's 2010 Revised Regulations on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) become enforceable. These regulations notably include provisions regarding the sale of accessible tickets, including providing people with disabilities with the opportunity to purchase tickets using the same methods available to patrons without disabilities.

Selling accessible tickets online impacts everything from your ticketing policies to your website. This FREE webinar, including handouts and audio recording, reviews the ticketing regulations with a particular emphasis on online sales, including a look at the process and accessibility features that should be built-in from the start.

Couldn't make it to Arts Advocacy Day?
So, you couldn't be at the Capitol. You can still make a difference! Legislators say if they get just ten letters from constituents on an issue, they know it's really important. Be one of the ten. Minnesota Citizens for the Arts makes it easy for you. You can do it all online, fast and easy.

Why do we still need to keep writing to legislators? KSTP did a story on all of the bills that have been introduced to divert Arts Legacy resources to unrelated things. You can watch it here.

Congratulations Michael Robins
Michael Robins, executive producing director of Illusion Theater, received the "Larry Award" March 9 at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul. Sponsored by the Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA), the Larry Award is given annually to a non-elected official who has dedicated himself or herself to advocating for the arts in Minnesota.

We mourn the passing of Thomas Proehl
Tom Proehl, Producing Director of the Theater Arts and Dance department at the University of Minnesota, passed away April 7 at the age of 46. Read more about Proehl's amazing work, career and contributions to the Minnesota theater community in this article by Graydon Royce, Star Tribune.



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