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**How has the North Dakota Council on the Arts benefited you and/or your community? We would love to know! Send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.**
There is still time to register and attend the Art in Action conference which takes place March 7, 2016!
NDCA Grant Deadlines Approaching!
Making a Scene: Folklorist uses art, culture to improve people's health
Don't miss this year's Poetry Out Loud State Competition finals!
Caravanserai: American Voices to perform in Grand Forks April 9th
Picturing Writing: Fostering Literacy through Art
ND Parks and Recreation Department and NDCA are partnering once again for the Artist in Residency program within the ND state parks
Local, state, and national arts groups partner on Economic Impact Study
Arts and Cultural Production contributed $704.2 billion to the U.S. economy in 2013
NEA’s Creativity Connects new initiative: CREATIVZ.US
Arts Midwest Touring Fund
Website helps homeless and disabled individuals sell their artwork
Celebrate Jazz with the National Endowment for the Arts on April 4, 2016
Report on Creativity and Aging
March is National Youth Art Month
May is National Chamber Music Month
EVENT AND EXHIBIT CALENDAR, ARTS OPPORTUNITIES
**Check out upcoming Events and Exhibits listed on NDCA's calendar. If you have events, exhibits or artist opportunities that you would like included on the NDCA web site, please email them to email@example.com. Check out the other current Arts Opportunities available on the NDCA web site!
Post your art activities on Tourism’s web site as well. The arts bring a great deal to tourism within the state of North Dakota and both NDCA and ND Tourism can benefit from joint efforts to market the arts within ND. NDCA encourages studios, organizations, schools and universities to list their art activities on the Tourism web site. The broad reach of Tourism's web site offers an extremely effective way of promoting your art activities. Here is the link to a tutorial on how to enter your activities: http://screencast.com/t/emJIJkyI. For assistance, contact Scooter Pursley at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 701-328-2874.
The Cultural Heritage Grant Program, administered by the State Historical Society of North Dakota, provides grant funding for local museums and historical societies for a variety of projects. Applications for the 2016 Cultural Heritage Grant are now being accepted. The Historical Society will award up to $45,000 in 2016 for projects in these categories: Exhibits, Special Projects, Education, and Collections. Applications for capital improvement projects will not be accepted for this grant round. Submit applications to the State Historical Society. The completed application must be accepted, not postmarked, by the Historical Society by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 25. Applications and guidelines for Cultural Heritage Grant programs are available at history.nd.gov or can be requested by contacting Amy Munson at 701.328.3573 or email@example.com.
Bismarck Art & Galleries Association’s Annual Square Foot Show call for entries. Artists may enter up to two pieces in any media that can be applied to a 12” x 12” canvas. Canvases may not be altered in size and/or shape. Artwork must be completed on canvases supplied by BAGA to ensure consistency of canvases. Canvases are available at BAGA and may be picked up at the gallery office. June 30, 2016 is the registration deadline. The show is open to all artists 18 years old or older. All artwork will be priced at $130 by BAGA. Registration fees are $20 for one entry or $25 for two entries. To learn more and to apply, visit www.bismarck-art.org/index.cfm?page=special-events.
Call to teaching artists: NDCA is looking to expand and enrich its Artist in Residence Program through collaborations with teaching artists. Are you a professional artist, musician, writer, actor, director, dancer, media expert, storyteller, folk, traditional or multicultural artist who has experience teaching your chosen medium? Do you want to take an active role in shaping and inspiring the creative capital of tomorrow? Do you celebrate the transformative power of artistic self-expression as a means for creating a higher quality of life for all? If so, please consider joining NDCA to help make the arts central to education in North Dakota and to support and expand arts education opportunities for all citizens within our schools and communities. For more information visit www.nd.gov/arts/sites/default/files/PDFs/callteachingartists.pdf.
DID YOU KNOW ...
The ability of art to serve as a means of emotional self-expression and emotional communication has arguably been one of the fundamental reasons for the omnipresence of art throughout all cultures in human history. A new study from a team at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine considers the neurological connections between emotion and creativity. Recognizing the gap in knowledge about how the neural systems for creativity and emotion interact, researchers used fMRI technology to watch the brain activity of 12 jazz pianists improvising in response to pictures representing various emotions. Their findings suggest that emotion and creativity are tightly linked and that the neural mechanisms underlying creativity may depend on emotional state. The study is available at www.nature.com/articles/srep18460.
Promote your art discipline/agency/event and help NDCA increase our Facebook Fans as well!
Help the NDCA increase our Facebook presence by “liking” our page and encouraging others to do so as well! NDCA would like to update the cover photo every few weeks. Please submit your images of artistic events, exhibits, artist residencies, or anything else that expresses the joy, value and importance the arts have in our state, along with a brief description to firstname.lastname@example.org. NDCA cannot guarantee that all images provided will be used. This promotion is only open to North Dakota images/events (exceptions may apply). “LIKE” NDCA at www.facebook.com/NDCouncilontheArts.
Artists of ND, free online resource
NDCA encourages all North Dakota artists to enter their information on this free online resource called "Artists of ND!" Artists of ND is a support team dedicated to building a thriving creative community in North Dakota by linking you with artists and resources. To get your listing on the directory click here and fill out the add new listing form. For more information visit http://artistsofnd.com/FAQ.
Recurring Nonprofit Deadlines
Nonprofits are responsible for numerous governmental filings throughout the year, such as the nonprofit corporation annual report to the North Dakota Secretary of State and the Form 990 to the Internal Revenue Service. North Dakota Association of Nonprofit Organizations (NDANO) put together a tool to help with these deadlines - "A Checklist of Recurring Deadlines for North Dakota's Charitable 501(c)(3) Nonprofits" available at www.ndano.org/resources/checklist.html.
Make ANY web page print-friendly
PrintFriendly cleans and formats web pages for perfect print experience. PrintFriendly removes Ads, Navigation and web page junk, so you save paper and ink when you print. It's free and easy to use. Simply copy the web address of the page you want to print, go to www.printfriendly.com, enter the URL, and print! We are currently working on making NDCA's new web site print friendly, but in the meantime this site will help!
Let NDCA help you with your gift-giving needs!
Did you know that NDCA has Special Edition Ornaments, unique CDs, collectables, and wonderful picturesque books for sale? Thinking of giving impressive, original gifts for graduations, weddings, birthdays, or holidays? Be sure to visit www.nd.gov/arts and click on the Shop link. Call us with your order at (701) 328-7590; or email email@example.com.
NDCA offers Touring Exhibit opportunity
NDCA’s book, Sundog and Sunflowers: Folklore and Folk Art of the Northern Great Plains recently received national recognition as a Notable Document from the American Library Association, the book was also awarded first place in the ND Library Association’s 2011 Notable Document Awards. An exhibit, based on the book, is available for touring to cultural organizations, schools, senior centers, and art galleries throughout the state. For more information visit http://www.nd.gov/arts/resources-services/traditional-arts/sundogs-exhibition. Contact Troyd Geist at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (701) 866-0959 to learn more.
"Tools for Results" Tool-Kit - a Resource for Non-profit Arts and Cultural Organizations
The Texas Commission on the Arts "Tools for Results" Tool-kit was developed as a resource for non-profit arts and cultural organizations in Texas and beyond. The Tool-kit covers six topic areas: Fundraising & Development, Programs & Exhibitions, Cultural Tourism, Marketing, Advocacy, and Nonprofit Basics. Each section covers the basics, relevant concepts, best practices, things to consider, ideas for implementing change, common mistakes, ways to get started, do’s and don’ts, and how-to’s on a variety of topics. The “tools” are the sample forms, letters, documents, checklists, templates, and other resources. The intention is for nonprofits to take these “tools” and adapt them for their own purposes.
Web Sites with Resources
Following are some web sites that have resources that may be of service to educators, individual artists, and arts organizations including funding and other opportunities, publications, arts events, etc:
**Watch this great video! The North Dakota Council on the Arts’ work reaches across the state of North Dakota, benefiting citizens of all ages and communities of all sizes. Enjoy the following brief video highlighting 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
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