Monday, March 31, 2014

It's not too late to nominate!

2014 Ordway Education Awards

For outstanding contributions to Arts Education and Community Engagement

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts’ Education Awards were created to honor the contributions of individuals and institutions that have furthered the mission of Education and Community Engagement Programs at the Ordway.

Awards Categories

One person or organization is awarded in each of the four following areas.
Philanthropy: for outstanding financial or in-kind contributions to the betterment of Arts Education and Community Engagement programs at the Ordway.
Vision: for the creation of new programs or innovation and enhancement to existing Arts Education or Community Engagement programs at the Ordway.
Community Commitment: for dedication, over a period of time, to the support and/or advancement of Community Engagement programs at the Ordway.
Education Service: for leadership and participation that has led to inventive learning for students in or through the Ordway’s programs

Nominators may nominate an individual, team or organization, including those in which they may be involved as an employee, board member or volunteer.
Nominators may not nominate themselves. Full-time staff members of the Ordway are not eligible for the awards.

Selection Criteria
The nominees work must be related in some way to the Ordway’s Arts Education and/or Community Engagement programs or efforts. Nominations should speak to the nominee’s efforts to support learning or building community engagement.

Nominations should give one or more specific examples of the nominee’s support of new programs, expansion or enhancement of existing programs, or increasing access to programs. The Ordway’s programs often act as a catalyst resulting in new avenues of development, participation and engagement. Consideration will also be given to excellent work, which is an outgrowth of an Ordway program or initiative.

Nomination Submission
Nominations must be word processed or typed and received by April 4, 2014. Please submit your nomination by U.S. mail, fax or e-mail to:

Mail: Erin Matteson
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington Street
Saint Paul, MN 55102

Fax: 651.215.2135

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Minnesota Opera Summer Camps

Keep your kids singing this summer at one of the Minnesota Opera’s summer camps.  Again this summer, the Minnesota Opera is offering summer camps to give kids a hand’s-on experience with opera. If a kid is new to the art form or has been singing for years, we have a place for everyone.

Children’s Chorus Camp
Grades 4-8
June 10-12, 2014 (1-4pm)
Three afternoons where we sing popular children’s chorus music and get a behind-the-scenes look at producing an opera.  Held at the Minnesota Opera Center.

Summer Opera Camp
Our 10th year!
Grades 9-12
June 15-20
Teens learn arias and opera choruses with daily vocal coaching and movement sessions.  Residential camp at Shattuck-St Mary’s School in Faribault.

Opera Artist +
New for 2014!
College undergraduates
June 15-20
Learn about Teaching Artistry, Creative Ageing and what a career of a modern day opera singer might look like. Singer also get daily vocal coaching and will participate in a mock audition.
Residential camp at Shattuck-St Mary’s School in Faribault.

Scholarships are available for all camps.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Arts Advocacy Day 2014


Sign up here.     
Arts Advocacy Day is this Thursday, March 27, and you don't want to miss out. Hundreds of arts advocates will be taking over the Historical Society Building and State Capitol in St. Paul for a rally and then meetings with legislators to talk about the impact of the arts on our lives and communities. Our message of the day is "thanks!"

In the past several years arts advocates and supportive legislators had to fight off legislative suggestions that the Arts & Culture Fund be used to build a stadium or be redirected to benefit pet projects in just one district. Legislators and advocates have been successful in making sure the state follows the constitutional language of the Legacy Amendment.

"We should all be thanking legislators for doing the right thing,"  said Sheila Smith, MCA's Executive Director.

It's the best arts networking event of the year! You'll be meeting cool arts people from every corner of Minnesota. Don't miss out!

It's the biggest arts networking day of the year! MCA invites you to join your fellow arts advocates at the Minnesota History Center and State Capitol to talk about the arts, make new friends, and educate our legislators. Together we will speak about the impact that arts funding has had on our lives and our communities. Meet great arts people from all over the state, and make a difference with your friends and neighbors.

You and your team will be led by an experienced advocate who has participated in past Arts Advocacy Days and knows what to do. Following a brief rally, you and your team will visit a series of legislators over the morning, giving you plenty of time to get to know your teammates and the issues you are discussing.

By working together we show the strength of Minnesota's arts community. Let your elected officials know what you think!

7:30 AM Meet at the History Center in St. Paul
8:00 AM Advocacy Class for New Attendees
8:00 AM Registration and Coffee if not attending class
8:30 AM Arts Rally, Legislative Speakers, and Join Your Team: **Special Awards Given Out and a Few Surprises!
9:30 AM Walk/Ride to Capitol
9:30 AM - 1 PM Legislator Appointments