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Minnesota State Arts Board and Lake Region Arts Council seek public input on new funding for the arts

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On July 1, a new dedicated sales tax will take effect; proceeds of the tax must be spent to support activities related to clean water, land and habitat, parks and trails, and arts and cultural heritage. The Minnesota State Arts Board and the Lake Region Arts Council will host a public forum in Fergus Falls to seek input on how to invest arts funding that will be available as a result of the new tax.

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The forum will be held on Wednesday, June 24, at 3:30 p.m. at the Lake Region Arts Council, 133 South Mill Street, Fergus Falls. This meeting is one of twelve forums that will take place throughout the state. A complete list of the dates and locations of the forums is available on the Minnesota State Arts Board web site http://www.arts.state.mn.us/calendar/public-forums.htm

The forums are free and open to anyone who would like to attend, but registration is strongly encouraged. Contact the Arts Board to register by:

Phone (651) 215-1600

Toll-free (800) 866-2787

Minnesota relay 7-1-1

E-mail msab@arts.state.mn.us

The Minnesota State Arts Board is a state agency dedicated to enriching the cultural lives of all Minnesotans. Funds for Minnesota State Arts Board programs are provided through an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature, with additional funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The mission of the Lake Region Arts Council is to encourage and support the vitality of the arts in west central Minnesota. It serves a nine-county area that includes, Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin counties

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