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Minnesota Theater Alliance
Membership Newsletter
March 15, 2012


Alliance News:
  • Update on cooperative arts patron census project
  • Cultural Data Project coming to Minnesota
  • Opportunities:
  • Minnesota Shorts now accepting applications
  • Connect for Health Challenge grant opportunity
  • Nominate a Board Star
  • Artist housing available at Northern Warehouse in St. Paul
  • Learning:
  • Physical Theatre Summer Intensive at Studio 206
  • A Public Talk with Cowles Visiting Scholar Mark Franko
  • Philanthropy:
  • Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Artist Residency Program guidelines now available
  • Minnesota State Arts Board Deadlines just posted
  • Represent:
  • Get your free MN United for All Families bumper sticker
  • Arts Advocacy Day Spurs Action
  • News:
  • Three Minnesota theaters participating in 44 Plays for 44 Presidents
  • Congratulations to Ananya Chatterjea
  • Bonus:
  • Einstein on the Beach. 2012.
  • YouTube opens up live streaming to non-profits first
  • Update on cooperative arts patron census project
    An update on efforts to create an arts patron mailing list cooperative database:

    • We formed a task force, made up of representatives from the Ordway, MN Opera, Guthrie, Vocal Essence, The Loft, Pangea, College of St. Benedict / St. Johns University, and the MN Theater alliance.
    • We issued a RFP for vendors to submit proposals.
    • The task force reviewed proposals, rated them, and has now selected a vendor.
    We are pleased to announce that we have selected TRG Arts, who currently manages 18 other similar community-wide initiatives across the country. To read more about TRG Arts, visit, and to see a list of the other communities they work with, visit Next, we will be evolving our task force into an advisory board through implementation of this community service. If you are interested in serving on the advisory board, or would recommend anyone, please email

    Cultural Data Project coming to Minnesota
    We are pleased to announce the upcoming launch on June 1, 2012 of the Minnesota Cultural Data Project (Minnesota CDP). You're going to want to know more about CDP because it will be a very powerful tool for your organization, and also many Minnesota grantmakers will be recommending or requiring participation in the CDP as part of their grant application or reporting processes starting in fall/winter of 2012.

    The Minnesota CDP, a powerful online financial management and reporting tool, will give arts, cultural and historical organizations in Minnesota access to state of the arts technology to help strengthen their management capacity and demonstrate their value and impact in communities.

    The CDP will offer your organization an array of tools to understand, analyze and report on your own performance. Over time, the CDP will make it easy for you to benchmark and compare your own information to aggregate records from other cultural organizations in Minnesota and other participating states. And it will help all of us in the nonprofit cultural community to make our case - to board members, potential donors and grantmakers, advocates, and policy-makers - for investment in our sector.

    A first series of orientation sessions for nonprofit arts, cultural and historical organizations will be scheduled in June 2012. Additional sessions will be held across the state throughout the year. Please visit now and register for email alerts, so you will receive more details on the Minnesota CDP, including information on how to register for an orientation session, when we get closer to the June 1, 2012 launch date. 

    The Minnesota CDP will be provided to all nonprofit cultural organizations in Minnesota free of charge, courtesy of the Minnesota CDP partners. Participating grantmakers are committed to streamlining the application process for cultural organizations and many will be recommending or requiring participation in the CDP as part of their grant application or reporting processes starting in fall/winter of 2012. 

    Questions? Visit

    The Minnesota Cultural Data Project is made possible through the leadership of
    the members of the Minnesota CDP Task Force:
    F.R. Bigelow Foundation
    Forum of Regional Arts Councils of Minnesota
    Jerome Foundation
    Mardag Foundation
    The McKnight Foundation
    Minnesota Citizens for the Arts
    Minnesota Council on Foundations
    Minnesota Historical Society
    Minnesota State Arts Board
    City of Saint Paul
    The Saint Paul Foundation

    Additional support is provided by:
    Bush Foundation
    General Mills Foundation
    John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

    Minnesota CDP Launch Advisory Committee:
    Minnesota Theater Alliance
    Springboard for the Arts

    Minnesota Shorts now accepting applications
    The Minnesota Shorts Play Festival is accepting submissions through April 30 for its fourth annual festival, which will be Thursday, Sept. 6, and Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, in Mankato, MN.
    Scripts can be on any topic but remember that the festival is a community performance (that means we don't mind an "f-bomb" every now and then, but excessive language or nudity probably won't make the cut). Short plays must be performed in 15 minutes or less. Scripts must be 15 pages or less and sent as .pdf or .doc files. Keep all identifying information to the title page (because these plays are judged blind by Minneapolis Playwright Center members). Minnesota writers may submit TWO scripts to the festival. E-mail your script to .
    Scripts will be judged in May, with 16 winners receiving $100. Winners must find a director and cast for the play. If you can’t find a director or actors MN Shorts can use the $100 stipend to cast the show locally. Last year we were able to line up 10 out-of-state playwrights with a director and actors. Each night the audience will pick a Best of the Festival play that can win an additional $100. For more information (and to see video clips of past year's winners), see KMSQ-TV's video clips at our website:

    Connect for Health Challenge grant opportunity
    About the Challenge: Relationships matter to your health. Strong connections with friends and neighbors mean people are more likely to be involved in their communities, perform better in school, and live happier and healthier lives. The Connect for Health Challenge is a new grantmaking initiative of the Blue Cross Foundation, which plans to award up to $500,000 to nonprofits, schools, and units of government to support efforts that strengthen social connections in Minnesota communities. Challenge judges will select up to 20 grantees to receive up to $20,000 each. The recipient of one larger grant (up to $100,000) will be determined by Minnesotans in an online statewide vote.

    Entries for the Connect for Health Challenge will be accepted starting April 17, 2012. In the meantime, sign up for email updates and get more details at

    Nominate a Board Star
    In honor of National Volunteer Week (April 15-21), MAP for Nonprofits is looking for board members they have helped place who deserve special recognition for the outstanding role they've played with YOUR organization.

    Two exemplary board members will be chosen by MAP from the nominations and recognized with a special gift, coverage on MAP's website, MAP's newsletter and other electronic media, and via press releases to local media connected to your board member and/or organization. Feel free to choose from outstanding board members that you have previously nominated, as well as those exceptional newer members! Nominations must be received by March 30, 2012. Winners will be announced in early April. Visit to nominate someone

    Artist housing available at Northern Warehouse in St. Paul
    Won't you be my neighbor? The Northern Warehouse (which is the same building that the Alliance office is in) Artist Co-op, at 308 Prince St. in St. Paul, has a number of one and two bedroom loft units available for artists. These beautiful live/work spaces feature high ceilings, exposed brick and beams and large windows. With St. Paul Farmers Market across the street and the Central Corridor light rail coming soon, Lowertown St. Paul is an urban treasure and a haven for artists of all kinds.

  • One bedroom units (1008-1080 SF) - $903 per month
  • Two bedroom units (1515-1780 SF) - $1073 per month
  • One month rent free and and reduced security deposit is being offered
  • The Northern Warehouse complex includeds two floors of non-residential, artist-friendly spaces, including A/Z Gallery, Tanpopo Noodle Shop, Clouds in Water Zen Center, the Black Dog Cafe/Wine Bar, Springboard for the Arts, Nautilus Music Theater, and the Minnesota Theater Alliance. The Northern welcomes artists of all genres who meet the maximum income requirements.

    Heat and city utilities are included in rent, tenants pay electricity and internet/cable. On-site laundry facilities. Call 651-224-6360 or email for an information package and tour.

    Physical Theatre Summer Intensive Workshop at Studio 206
    with Robert Rosen, Barbra Berlovitz and Shawn McConneloug.

    June 11-June 29, 2011
    Monday-Friday 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
    90 hours of physical training $475
    Limited to 18 participants
    STUDIO 206
    Minneapolis MN

    Details and Applications available:
    Application deadline: Friday April 6th 5 P.M. CST
    Notification by email: Friday April 13th
    Questions: email us at or call 612.822.1275

    A Public Talk with Cowles Visiting Scholar Mark Franko

    Tuesday, March 20 at 4:30 pm
    Barbara Barker Center for Dance - Studio 100
    Free and Open to the Public; Limited Seating

    Mark Franko, Professor of Dance and Performance Studies and Director of the Center for Visual and Performance Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz, is also editor of Dance Research Journal and founding editor of the Oxford Studies in Dance Theory book series. His books have been translated into French, Italian, and Slovenian; they include Dance as Text: Ideologies of the Baroque Body, Dancing Modernism/Performing Politics and The Work of Dance: Labor, Movement, and Identity in the 1930s. He edited Ritual and Event: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, and co-edited Acting on the Past: Historical Performance Across the Disciplines. His choreography has been produced at Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Festival, Berlin Werkstatt Festival, Getty Center, Montpellier Opera, Toulon Art Museum, Haggerty Art Museum (Milwaukee), Akademie der Künste (Berlin), Mozarteum (Salzburg), and at many New York and San Francisco dance venues. He is currently finishing a book on Martha Graham, antifascism, myth and psychoanalysis in the 1940s.

    This event is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Dance Program with funding from the Cowles Land Grant Chair Visiting Artist and Scholar Fund.

    Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Artist Residency Program
    Guidelines for the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Artist Residency Program are now available online in the Arts Program section at Residencies are designed to support artists and organizations with annual income of at least $300,000 to work together to increase demand for jazz, theatre and/or contemporary dance. These residencies are not designed to support creative time or the creation of new work as the primary residency goal. A fuller explanation is provided in the guidelines themselves; an accompanying FAQ is also posted to answer anticipated questions.

    This new initiative, part of a larger special $50 million allocation to the arts, will award $1,500,000 in grants in early 2013. Grant awards will be made at the $75,000 and $150,000 levels. Guidelines and the accompanying FAQ include full explanations of the rationale for the program, the process for selection, and review criteria. Interested applicants should note that the first deadline is June 29, 2012, when an intent to apply form must be submitted. Preliminary proposal deadline falls on July 30, 2102, and final proposals (for those invited by a preliminary panel to submit full proposals) will be December 3, 2012.

    Organizations and artists must prepare all application materials jointly. Applications are open to organizations that present and/or produce artists in jazz, theatre and/or contemporary dance, and to service organizations with a history of programs, services and activities benefitting individual artists in those same fields. Applicant artists can come from any field, as noted in the guidelines, although applicant artists and organizations must be able to demonstrate a prior history of working together.

    Minnesota State Arts Board Deadlines just posted
    The Minnesota State Arts Board application deadlines for the Fiscal Year 2013 grant round are now posted. They can be found at under DEADLINES/CALENDAR. Application information will be posted 6 – 8 weeks prior to the deadline. Note: the materials currently on individual program pages refer to Fiscal Year 2012 and are displayed strictly for reference.

    Get your free MN United for All Families bumper sticker
    The Minnesota Theater Alliance has pledged its support of the Minnesota United for All Families campaign against the anti-marriage amendment. Visit to sign up for your free Vote No on the Anti-Marriage Amendment bumper sticker.

    Arts Advocacy Day Spurs Action
    From Minnesota Citizens for the Arts: One of the great things about Arts Advocacy Day is all of the information we get from advocates about what legislators were thinking. Despite our smaller crowd, the same thing happened this year. We have been acting on that information this past week and I wanted to fill you in. Only a few legislators are now seriously talking about using Legacy funding for the stadium. This is a DIRECT RESULT of the grassroots power we unleashed in November. They are saying that "its' not worth the trouble" to use Legacy for this purpose. So, kudos to all of you and your collective action! While we can't declare victory until the stadium project is signed and done (or the legislative session ends without a deal), we are increasingly satisfied that your outpouring of grassroots disgust did the job.

    The new threat is the diversion of Arts Legacy to pay for the renovations of the state capitol. (The capitol needs $200M+ of repairs). In response, since Arts Advocacy Day we have been activating strategies to stop the diversion from happening. There are many versions of this proposal being discussed, but this week Rep. Buesgens introduced a bill to divert $30M of arts legacy each year for seven years to the renovations. That would take a third of Arts Legacy away, reducing arts grants significantly across the state. There is a lot happening at the Capitol but our principle concern now is with the state capitol renovation project. We are not against the capitol renovations, we just want them to use bonding for the project rather than legacy.

    If you couldn't get to the Capitol on Arts Advocacy Day, it's not too late to ask your legislator to protect arts legacy funds using our easy to use website at:

    Three Minnesota theaters participating in 44 Plays for 44 Presidents
    Last newsletter, we shared information about the super cool national civic project,44 Plays for 44 Presidents. We've since heard that three different Minnesota theaters are signed up to participate so far: Theatre Pro Rata in Minneapolis; Concordia College in Moorhead; and the Edge Center for the Arts in Bigfork

    Congratulations to Ananya Chatterjea
    Via the DanceMN Newsletter, Announcement: The board of directors of Ananya Dance Theatre congratulates Ananya Chatterjea, artistic director, on the occasion of her naturalization as a U.S. citizen, March 2, 2012.

    Einstein on the Beach. 2012.
    Watch this:

    YouTube opens up live streaming to non-profits first
    YouTube wrote in a blog post Monday that this will give its non-profit program members the chance to spread their causes, by sharing charity events and conferences in real-time. Read it here:

    Funding and support for the Minnesota Theater Alliance provided by

    McKnight Foundation

    Mardag Foundation

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    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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