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The Big Read is accepting applications from non-profit organizations to develop...

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 4:43pm
The Big Read is accepting applications from non-profit organizations to develop community-wide reading programs between September 2015 and June 2016. The Big Read is a national program designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage reading for pleasure and enrichment. Organizations selected to participate in The Big Read receive a grant, educational and promotional materials, and access to online training resources and opportunities. Approximately 75 organizations from across the country will be selected. To review the Guidelines and Application Instructions, visit The Big Read website. Application deadline: January 28, 2015 by 4:00pm CST. Follow @NEABigRead on Twitter for all the latest info and news. http://www.neabigread.org/application_process.php


The Big Read
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Approximately 75 organizations in communities of varying sizes across the country will be selected to participate in The Big Read from September 2015 through June 2016.

ArtsWA, Washington State Arts Commission is looking for a new Deputy Director th...

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 1:57pm
ArtsWA, Washington State Arts Commission is looking for a new Deputy Director that has experience in budget, finance and agency operation. The deadline to apply is December 21 by 5:00 p.m. Following is a link to the job description: http://bit.ly/1FLEJOB.


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The Washington State Arts Commission is a catalyst for the arts, advancing the role of the arts in the lives of individuals and communities throughout the state. Established in 1961, the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) collaborates with artists and arts organizations to conserve and devel…

Are you a student or recent graduate looking for a paid marketing and communicat...

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 9:45am
Are you a student or recent graduate looking for a paid marketing and communications internship? Develop your skills and support the arts in America!

American's for the Arts' Marketing and Communications team is in need of an intern for the Spring 2015 semester. Find out if you're the perfect fit for their team and apply today! http://bit.ly/1vLd9MP


Join Our Team | Americans for the Arts
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Please take a few moments to explore our available employment opportunities and to submit an application for any position for which you believe you are qualified. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply for available positions. Check our website frequently for updates of open positions.

BCA 10 Businesses in Action webinar, Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 3:00pm to 4:0...

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 4:04pm
BCA 10 Businesses in Action webinar, Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm. Each year the BCA 10 honors ten businesses that have been exceptional partners with the arts. These companies set the standard of excellence and serve as role models for other businesses to follow. Join Americans for the Arts and hear directly from three 2014 honorees about why they partner with the arts and learn how to create successful partnerships with the businesses in your community. The first guest will be Hallmark Cards, Inc., based in Kansas City, MO. http://www.americansforthearts.org/events/webinars/bca-10-businesses-in-action?delta=0


BCA 10 Businesses in Action | Americans for the Arts
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Each year the BCA 10 honors ten businesses that have been exceptional partners with the arts. These companies set the standard of excellence and serve as role models for other businesses to follow. Join us and hear directly from three 2014 honorees about why they partner with the arts and learn how…

Documentary on the travels of Bloch in North Dakota now available. NDCA, in July...

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 10:29am
Documentary on the travels of Bloch in North Dakota now available. NDCA, in July and August 2014, participated in a global art project called Bloch. The project involves a large spruce tree log that is traveling to every continent. The idea is to have communities interact with the log to communicate something to the world. North Dakota represented the North American continent through interaction with folk artists and folk communities. When Bloch came to North Dakota, it was bare. No artistic work was done to it even though it previously traveled to Europe and Asia. So, inspired by the Great Plains American Indian tradition, North Dakotan’s interacted with the tree by transforming it into a “global talking stick” to communicate to the world who we are and what we are about. As part of the project, a 23-minute documentary was produced showing Bloch’s travels throughout North Dakota and the folk artists who interacted with and transformed the log. The video is now available online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0W1NHf0JHY&list=UUKYnhL22CP3OENrjFAJxQdg. Further details about North Dakota’s involvement are available in this press release. If you missed your chance to see the Bloch, it will be on exhibit at the Hjemkomst Center from January to February 2015 before it makes it way to the next continent.


Com&Com: BLOCH. North Dakota (short, 2014, e)

BLOCH is a global art project by Com&Com (Johannes M. Hedinger / Marcus Gossolt), which unites contemporary art and folk culture and creates a dialogue among...

Looking for a one-of-a-kind Christmas gift this year? NDCA's 8th Annual Special...

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 10:17am
Looking for a one-of-a-kind Christmas gift this year? NDCA's 8th Annual Special Edition ornaments are still available! Kathy J. Monti, of Prairie Light Art Glass Studio in Berthold, ND, was commissioned by NDCA to create the 8th Annual Special Edition Ornament, a one-of-a-kind, fused glass ornament. To create this ornament, Kathy cut and layered glass in the design of a frosty snowman. It was then fired in her kiln for about seven hours at 1400 degrees F. The commission of this ornament offers the opportunity to purchase a unique, hand-made Christmas decoration and/or gift, while investing in the arts across the state. Limited quantities are available. Each ornament is available for $25.00 plus tax (includes gift box, shipping additional). $12 from each ornament can be used as a tax-deductible donation to the ND Cultural Endowment Fund. For more information visit www.nd.gov/arts/whatsnew/14Special-Edition-Ornament.html. If you would like to purchase a Special Edition Ornament, please call (701) 328-7590.


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Web Site for the North Dakota Council on the Arts, a state agency

The December issue of e-Prairie Arts is now available online and features some o...

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 10:14am
The December issue of e-Prairie Arts is now available online and features some of the latest local and national arts-related news! http://www.nd.gov/arts/newsletters/enews/2014/Dec14.html


North Dakota teens invited to participate in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awar...

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 3:53pm
North Dakota teens invited to participate in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. North Dakota teens with talents in the visual and literary arts have a new advantage in the 2015 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, now in its 92nd year. For the first time in the history of the contest, North Dakota entries will be judged on a state basis rather than in a multi-state regional competition. The newly formed North Dakota affiliate of the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers is a partnership between the Red River Valley Writing Project at North Dakota State University and Plains Art Museum, both based in Fargo. “This allows us to have in-state judging and a state awards ceremony for North Dakota teens who participate,” said Kelly Sassi, director of the Red River Valley Writing Project and associate professor of English and education at NDSU. “There were only about 20 entries from the entire state of North Dakota for these awards last year. With $10 million in scholarship awards available at the national level, we feel strongly that more North Dakota students should have the opportunity to compete for these awards.” The 2015 deadline for submissions is December 17, 2014. Details of the art and writing categories, and entry and submission requirements, are available at www.artandwriting.org. Questions about the North Dakota judging may be directed to Olivia Edwardson, state coordinator, atoedwardson@west-fargo.k12.nd.us.


Scholastic Art & Writing Awards | Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
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Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

The NDCA is currently working on a North Dakota Cultural Guide! If you are a Nor...

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 3:39pm
The NDCA is currently working on a North Dakota Cultural Guide! If you are a North Dakota artist with an open studio; or a non-profit North Dakota cultural organization (licensed to do business in the state of ND) please email Pat Ratliff at editor@weartnd.com; or call (701) 690-1133 to have your information included for free! If you are a for-profit studio, or your studio is not open to the public, your information can still be included by purchasing an ad for $50. If you are a for-profit cultural organization you may also purchase an ad for $50 to have your information included. Non-profits and studios that are listed for free may also pay $50 to have a photo included with their information! If you have any questions, please call Pat at (701) 690-1133. For more information visit http://www.nd.gov/…/relea…/2015CulturalGuidePressRelease.pdf.


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NDCA, along with the Governor’s Office, the First Lady’s Office, and Facility Ma...

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 3:39pm
NDCA, along with the Governor’s Office, the First Lady’s Office, and Facility Management, invites the general public to the Lighting Ceremony for the 2014 North Dakota State Christmas Tree. The ceremony will be conducted by Governor Jack Dalrymple and First Lady Betsy Dalrymple on Monday, December 8 at 5:00 p.m. in the Memorial Hall of the Capitol Building in Bismarck.

Live entertainment will be provided by Joel Gilbertson, pianist; University of Mary Brass Ensemble, under the direction of Dennis Gowen and Russ Ballenger; and Bismarck State College Chamber Singers, under the direction of Andrew Miller. Readings will be presented by Lieutenant Governor Drew Wrigley and Kathleen Wrigley. The ceremony is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony.

The tree will be decorated with ornaments handmade by children, students, artists and craftspeople from all over North Dakota, as has been the tradition since 1981. This year 236 ornaments were donated to the State Tree. A descriptive listing of the ornaments will be available at the ceremony.


Americans for the Arts is currently accepting nominations for the BCA 10: Best B...

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 3:18pm
Americans for the Arts is currently accepting nominations for the BCA 10: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America. The BCA 10 recognizes 10 business each year that demonstrate exceptional commitments to the arts. These companies are leaders in creating strategic arts and business partnerships that strengthen both the workplace and the community. Nominations for the 2015 awards will close December 19, 2014. For more information on eligibility requirements and to nominate an outstanding business, visit www.AmericansForTheArts.org/BCA.


BCA 10 | Americans for the Arts
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Nominations for the 2015 BCA 10: Best Businesses Partnering with the arts in America are now open!

Looking to get your community on the same page? Here’s a grant opportunity for y...

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 10:31am
Looking to get your community on the same page? Here’s a grant opportunity for your nonprofit! Submit an application to The Big Read for a chance to receive a grant to host a community-wide reading program in your area. Applications due Wednesday, January 28. http://bit.ly/1516BRapp


The Big Read
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Approximately 75 organizations in communities of varying sizes across the country will be selected to participate in The Big Read from September 2015 through June 2016.

myNDarts.com will be closing its virtual doors as of January 5, 2015 Over the pa...

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 1:47pm
myNDarts.com will be closing its virtual doors as of January 5, 2015
Over the past several years, NDCA, Arts North Dakota (AND), the North Valley Arts Council (NoVAC) and several regional partners have developed what is today known as myNDarts.com (formerly Culturepulse.org). AND acquired ownership of Culturepulse.org from NoVAC in the Fall of 2011. In January of 2013 myNDarts.com was officially launched. AND has reviewed its current priorities and in a decision to refocus their resources back to the organization’s foundational goal of advocacy, have decided they were no longer able to support the website with financial and time resources. A request for proposals was distributed to find interested parties but unfortunately an organization who could allocate the time and finances required was not found. Arts North Dakota encourages all of you to seek out your local art agencies and councils and continue the great things that you have showcased on the website. If you submitted content to myNDarts.com, your data will be available to download until December 31, 2014. After this date, all photos and data will be permanently deleted from the servers. Arts North Dakota hopes you will follow their work and help them advocate for something that is so important to so many… the arts. Visit the Arts North Dakota website at: www.artsnd.org.


Arts North Dakota - Advancing the Arts in North Dakota through education, advocacy, and service.
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Call for Nomination materials must be postmarked by January 16, 2015! A nomination form is available at www.nd.gov/arts/whatsnew/images-pdfs/2015GovArtsNomForm.pdf. The North Dakota Governor’s Awards for the Arts program is presented by the Governor’s...

Rural Arts and Culture Summit Call for Proposals. Deadline to submit a proposal...

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 1:14pm
Rural Arts and Culture Summit Call for Proposals. Deadline to submit a proposal is December 1, 2014. The Rural Arts and Culture Summit partners are seeking proposals for the 2015 Rural Arts and Culture Summit, which will take place on June 2-4, 2015 at the University of Minnesota, Morris. The title of the 2015 Rural Arts and Culture Summit is “From the Ground Up: Cultivating Creative People and Places.” From remote studios in the woods to bustling downtown theaters, how do arts and cultural experiences contribute to the identity of a rural community or region? What resources, skills or support do rural artists and arts organizations need in order to thrive in these places? How can community and economic development leaders tap into their regions’ cultural assets as they plan for their future? The 2015 Rural Arts and Culture Summit will gather artists, arts organizations and community and economic development leaders to learn about creative people and places that have built their stories “from the ground up,” and to celebrate the artistic process as a powerful symbol and tool for strong, vibrant communities. We are looking for session topics and workshops that help our audience bridge relationships, build meaningful conversation and inspire action around this theme. Download and print our proposal guidelines available at http://www.ruralartsandculturesummit.com/call-for-proposals. To submit a session proposal visit https://www.formstack.com/forms/?1852042-xHllTHK79x.


Call for Proposals | Rural Arts and Cultural Summit
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The Rural Arts and Culture Summit partners are seeking proposals for the 2015 Rural Arts and Culture Summit, which will take place on June 2-4, 2015 at the University of Minnesota, Morris.

Students with Disabilities and the Core Arts Standards: Guiding Principles.. VSA...

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 1:40pm
Students with Disabilities and the Core Arts Standards: Guiding Principles.. VSA, the international organization on arts and disability associated with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, offers a new paper outlining the policies, processes, and instructional approaches for teaching Core Arts Standards to students with disabilities. Students with Disabilities and the Core Arts Standards: Guiding Principles for Teachers recommends that arts teachers maintain high expectations, promote communicative competence, use principles of Universal Design for Learning, select and use appropriate accommodations for individual students, employ evidence-based practices, and use formative indicators of student performance. The resource guide is available at http://www.kennedy-center.org/education/vsa/resources/GuidingPrinciples2014.pdf.


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NDCA invites you to submit your North Dakota Governor’s Awards for the Arts Nomi...

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 9:35am
NDCA invites you to submit your North Dakota Governor’s Awards for the Arts Nominations! Nomination materials must be postmarked by January 16, 2015! A nomination form is available at www.nd.gov/arts/whatsnew/images-pdfs/2015GovArtsNomForm.pdf. The North Dakota Governor’s Awards for the Arts program is presented by the Governor’s Office and NDCA to recognize organizations and individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the arts in the state. Nominations are reviewed by members of NDCA, who then submit final candidates to the Governor for selection of the award winners. The awards will be presented at the special public event in Bismarck, March 31, 2015.

North Dakota Governor’s Awards for the Arts Nomination Categories:
•Individual Achievement (artist, staff, or volunteer)
•Arts Organization
•Arts in Education (educator, school, or administrator)
•Private Business

North Dakota Governor’s Awards for the Arts Nomination Criteria:
•Expanding arts opportunities to new audiences
•Improving the quality of arts experiences
•Creating an appreciation for North Dakota’s cultural heritage
•Making the arts more central to education and an integral part of community life
•Length of service


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Art classes aren’t schools’ top priority, yet research suggests perhaps they sho...

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 9:22am
Art classes aren’t schools’ top priority, yet research suggests perhaps they should be. This “Art Smart” article was published in the Oct/November issue of "State Legislatures" - the print publication of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). Americans for the Arts has partnered with NCSL for almost 10 years presenting a yearly arts award, speaking at their conferences, providing news articles for their publications, and serving as an arts resource for their members. Recently, NCSL staff expressed an interest in doing an article on arts in education and Americans for the Arts was happy to work with them to publish this article which gets sent to every state legislator in America. ~ Jay H Dick, Senior Director of State and Local Government Affairs, Americans for the Arts. The article is available online at www.nd.gov/arts/images/ArtsEd.pdf.


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Have a safe and Happy Halloween!

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 3:03pm
Have a safe and Happy Halloween!

The November issue of e-Prairie Arts is now available online and features some o...

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 3:02pm
The November issue of e-Prairie Arts is now available online and features some of the latest local and national arts-related news! http://www.nd.gov/arts/newsletters/enews/2014/Nov14.html


GOD GIVEN: Cultural Treasures of Armenia exhibition to open November 2 at the St...

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 12:27pm
GOD GIVEN: Cultural Treasures of Armenia exhibition to open November 2 at the State Historical Society. Before she left, Jan Webb, NDCA’s previous executive director, worked with the State Historical Society of North Dakota (SHSND) to secure a permanent art gallery at the SHSND’s Heritage Center and State Museum in Bismarck, North Dakota. The NDCA, in partnership with the SHSND, will use this gallery space to highlight the arts and artists of North Dakota. The first exhibit, valued at nearly $100,000, is due to open in conjunction with the Heritage Center and State Museum’s grand re-opening on November 2, after a lengthy and beautiful expansion project. The first exhibit, which will be on display for a year, is titled God Given: Cultural Treasures of Armenia. This exhibit features the work of traditional/folk artists Norik and Irina Astvatsaturov. (Their name in the Armenian language translates to “God Given.”) Norik, Irina, and their children came to North Dakota as refugees fleeing ethnic and religious persecution from Baku, Azerbaijan. For more information visit www.nd.gov/arts/pressreleases/releases/GodGivenExhibitPR14.pdf.


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