The North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA) is a service and program agency of the state, established in 1967 by State Legislature to develop, promote and support the arts in North Dakota. The NDCA operates with an approximate annual budget of $1.5 million through the support of the National Endowment for the Arts and an appropriation from the North Dakota State Legislature. Over 75 percent of the NDCA budget is awarded to organizations and individuals through various grant programs.
It is the mission of the North Dakota Council on the Arts to promote, preserve and perpetuate the arts in North Dakota.
The North Dakota Council on the Arts envisions North Dakota as a state in which:
To use the power of the arts to enhance the vitality of North Dakota through:
In addition to grant programs, the North Dakota Council on the Arts also supports the State Tree Lighting Ceremony each December, a biennial State Arts Conference along with the biennial Governor’s Awards for the Arts, quarterly featured artists in the Capitol building, yearly exhibit at the North Dakota State Heritage Center, Poetry Out Loud, Art for Life, Artist in Residence program with the North Dakota Parks and Recreation department, and the Trails and Rails program. The NDCA also partners with a variety of state agencies and non-profit organizations throughout the state in the presentation and support of arts-related programs.
Watch this great video on NDCA's reach! NDCA's work reaches across the state of North Dakota, benefiting citizens of all ages and communities of all sizes. The following brief video highlights the partnership between the arts and state government in five critical areas: Sense of Place/Quality of Life; Economic Development; Education; Health and Wellness; and Heritage and Culture. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grjYchdQ7T0&list=FLqlqMG94cvRF2jZeY2BvG3Q.
NDCA published a Guide to North Dakota Art and Cultural Destinations. Not only is North Dakota known for its natural beauty and abundant resources, it is also a haven for creative spirits…a place where the arts flourish. Across the state, artists thrive in both urban and rural settings, and arts organizations offer numerous arts activities open to the public. The Guide to North Dakota Art and Cultural Destinations was created with the traveler in mind and provides a comprehensive listing of arts organizations, cultural centers, galleries, and artist studios that you may easily access and add to your vacation plans. Designed to take you through the different regions of the state while highlighting the various travel opportunities each has to offer, you will find this to be a valuable tool in your cultural tour of North Dakota. If you would like copies of the Art and Cultural Destinations guide, or for more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
What Is American Culture? A 50-State, 1-Year Exploration. To catalyze reflection on this important question, violinist William Harvey will visit all 50 states in the USA—one week per state—in a collaborative, educational, and participatory quest to highlight the many strands that combine to form the American cultural tapestry. In each state, he will perform, interview people about what American culture means to them, and conduct workshops designed to encourage reflection on the topic. To learn about William’s visit to North Dakota visit http://harmonybeat.blogspot.com/2016/07/what-is-american-culture-in-north-dakota.html.
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