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APRIL 2009
 

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STATEWIDE NEWS
 

NDCA's 2009 Governor’s Awards for the Arts is April 7, and Arts Conference is April 8!
The North Dakota Governor’s Awards for the Arts program is presented by the Governor’s Office and the North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA) to recognize individuals and organizations who have made outstanding contributions to the arts in the state. 2009 winners are: Dakota Prairie Regional Center for the Arts of New Rockford, in the Arts Organization category; Agnes Palanuk of Dickinson, in the Individual Achievement category; Bradley J. Bachmeier of Fargo, and Scott J. Prebys of Bismarck, in the Arts in Education category; and the Tom and Frances Leach Foundation, Inc. of Bismarck in the Private Business category. The awards will be presented at a special public event at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck on April 7, 2009. Tickets are available for $30.00. The Governor's Award RSVP card is available via this link.
Inspire. Connect. Cultivate.
The Statewide Arts Conference, sponsored by the NDCA, will take place Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel. The conference will be held in conjunction with the Governor’s Awards for the Arts. After the conference, the Bush Foundation and NDCA will host a reception at 6 p.m. at the ND Heritage Center. The conference registation fee is $30. A Registration Form is available via this link.

Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant Deadline Approaching
The Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grants must be postmarked by May 15, 2009 for project periods of July 1, 2009 to April 30, 2010. Early submission is strongly encouraged. To access the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grant, visit www.nd.gov/arts/grants/grant.html. If you have any questions, please email tgeist@nd.gov and/or call NDCA's office at 328-7590.

Poetry Out Loud State Finals Winners Announced
The North Dakota Council on the Arts is pleased to announce that the first place winner of the North Dakota State Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest is Kaley Schwab of Mandan High School in Mandan, ND. The second place winner is Kristen Lundberg of Shanley High School in Fargo, ND. Third place was awarded to Emily Doll of St. Mary’s Central High School in Bismarck, ND. Laura Schlosser of Edgeley Public School, and Beatrice Hill of West Fargo High School, also placed in the top five. The competition was presented in partnership with The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Poetry Foundation. The state finals competition took place on Tuesday, March 17, at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck, ND. Kaley Schwab will advance to the National Finals in Washington, DC on April 28, 2009, where a total of $50,000 in scholarships and school stipends, with at least a $20,000 college scholarship for the Poetry Out Loud National Champion, will be awarded. For more information, contact Linda Ehreth at (701) 328-7593 or via email at lehreth@nd.gov.

45th Annual Jamestown Fine Arts Show Deadline Extended
The 45th Annual Jamestown Fine Arts Show entry deadline has been extended due to the weather and flooding. Artists should get their entry information in by April 15. Their artwork still needs to arrive at The Arts Center by April 20. Forms can be downloaded from the web site at http://www.jamestownartscenter.org/page16.php. It isn't necessary to use the form – artists can just email what is asked for on the form and then send their registration fee in the mail. For more information, email sjepp@daktel.com.

The "Further" Travels of Maximilian & Bodmer
Art, Language, and the Exploration of the American West, a symposium moderated by Clay Jenkinson, takes place Thursday, April 23 through Sunday, April 26, 2009 at the Radisson Hotel in Bismarck, ND. The symposium schedule and online registration are available at www.fortmandan.com/calendar/viewarticle.asp?ID=166.

2009 Dakota Creative Connections (DCC)
The Bush Artist Program, in partnership with Springboard for the Arts, invites applicants for the 2009 Dakota Creative Connections (DCC) program. Applications are now available through April 24, 2009. Designed in collaboration with artists living in North Dakota and South Dakota, this initiative provides Dakota–based artists with project grants ranging from $3,000 to $6,000 combined with professional development activities and artist convenings. Approximately 8 to 12 grants will be awarded each year. The DCC program is intended to help Dakota-based artists develop new ideas and directions for specific projects. Artists working in all disciplines are eligible for support—categories alternate on a bi-annual basis. Funding may be used for travel, study and research, artist residencies and retreats, equipment and materials, and short-term projects. Artists may be at any stage of their life’s work from early to mature. For more information and to apply, visit: http://www.bushfellows.org/artist/dakota-creative-connections.

Minnesota's #1 Arts Job Listing Resource Now Includes Employment Opportunities in Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin!
To kick off the regional expansion of Springboard for the Arts' online Job Book, they invite you to post a 30-day arts job listing for FREE, with coupon code "REGION." Simply click here and select the "Post a Job" button on the Job Book's far right toolbar. Springboard for the Arts is a nonprofit arts organization based in St. Paul, Minnesota, that connect artists in the five-state region to the skills, contacts, information and services needed to make a living and a life. The Job Book is the most popular feature of Springboard's website with 6,000 unique visitors and 25,000 unique page views each month. You may also post internships, apprenticeships and studio assistant openings in the arts on Springboard for the Arts' Internship Book (internship listings are always free). For more information on Springboard for the Arts, please visit www.springboardforthearts.org. For questions, please contact Program Manager Nikki Hunt at nikki@springboardforthearts.org.

 
NATIONAL NEWS
 

Message from Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF)
This message is for artists, arts organizations and businesses in the regions of North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota threatened by flooding, as well as to other art organizations in these states with at least a statewide scope. We hope you and your loved ones are able to avoid loss from the flooding and we wish those who have suffered loss a quick recovery. CERF would like to make sure that any professional craft artist who may have been seriously affected by the flooding is aware of the disaster relief assistance available from CERF. If, as a craft artist, you have suffered loss, please contact us when able. If, as an arts organization representative, you know of craft artists in the areas hardest hit by the flooding, or plan to correspond with your artist constituents in the near future, please pass this information on. If there are organizations that directly work with artists in your community that you think we should know about, please send us their contact information. CERF’s programs include: Grants up to $1,500; Loans up to $8,000; Booth fee waivers at craft shows; Discounts on materials and equipment from suppliers and manufacturers; Assistance with business development through referrals to consultants and other low or no-cost resources; Disaster forums to facilitate craft community disaster preparedness and recovery. For eligibility requirements and more detailed information, please click here or contact us at: Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF), PO Box 838, Montpelier, VT 05601; ph: (802) 229-2306; fx: (802) 223-6484; les@craftemergency.org; or www.craftemergency.org.

Congress Passes $10 Million Increase to the National Endowment for the Arts FY 2009 Budget
In order to keep the government funded through September 30, 2009, the FY 2009 omnibus appropriations bill was signed into law by President Obama on March 11, 2009. Included in the catch-all funding measure is a $10 million boost for the National Endowment for the Arts to a total $155 million, up from last year’s $144.7 million. The Arts in Education program at the U.S. Department of Education and the Office of Museum Services also saw substantial increases. After operating under FY 2008 levels for the past several months because of a protracted budget process stalemate, funding for most federal agencies had to be bundled into one large omnibus measure. Read Americans for the Arts’ Comments on the Omnibus ~ Americans for the Arts’ Monthly Wire, March, 2009

Obama Appoints New Arts Liaison within the White House
During the 2008 presidential campaign, Americans for the Arts Action Fund called for a "senior White House official" to be named to handle arts issues. In February, President Obama announced the appointment of Kareem Dale to serve in the White House Office of Public Liaison. Dale's responsibilities will include arts and culture issues and disability policy. Dale served on the Obama Arts Policy Committee during the campaign and has served on the boards of a variety of Illinois arts institutions. ~ Americans for the Arts’ Monthly Wire, March, 2009

Save America’s Treasures Posts 2009 Applications
The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and the National Park Service are seeking applicants for the Save America’s Treasures (SAT) 2009 grant program. Eligible applicants include nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c), U.S. organizations, units of state or local government, and federally recognized Indian Tribes. To be considered for a SAT competitive grant, the collection or historic property benefiting from the funding must be nationally significant and meet the selection criteria. The deadline for applications is May 22, 2009. The Save America’s Treasures (SAT) competitive grants are administered by the National Park Service in partnership with the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities,  the Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The federal partners are joined in their efforts by Save America’s Treasures at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which has been the program's principal private partner since its beginning, raising private matching funds for projects, providing resources and assistance to a host of SAT grantees and preservation projects all across the country. For more information, visit: http://www.nps.gov/history/hps/treasures.

Challenge America: Reaching Every Community Fast-Track Review Grants
The Challenge America: Reaching Every Community Fast-Track Review Grants category offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations -- those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Deadline is May 28, 2009, with January 1, 2010, as the earliest beginning date for Arts Endowment Period of Support. If your organization applies to the Challenge America Fast-Track Review Grants category, it may not submit another application to either the Access to Artistic Excellence or Learning in the Arts categories. See "Applicant Eligibility/Application Limits" for further information. Applicant Eligibility: Nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3), U.S. organizations; units of state or local government; or federally recognized tribal communities or tribes may apply. Applicants may be arts organizations, local arts agencies, arts service organizations, local education agencies (school districts), and other organizations that can help advance the goals of the Arts Endowment. For more information, visit www.arts.gov/grants/apply/GAP10/Challenge.html.

Building Opportunities Conference 2009
Dates: May 18–20, 2009. The NonprofitCenters Network is planning the 2009 Building Opportunities Conference in Washington, DC. As nonprofit organizations search for strategies to weather difficult economic times, the 2009 Building Opportunities Conference will offer proven models to reduce costs, gain greater efficiencies, and enhance community programs through shared space and services. Join leaders from the nonprofit, philanthropic, private, and public sectors to explore this year’s theme, Collaborative Solutions for Long-Term Sustainability. For more information, visit http://guest.cvent.com/EVENTS/Info/Agenda.aspx?e=e4dd6058-4687-44d8-866d-8ca1ee367869.

April is Jazz Appreciation Month
Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) is intended to draw public attention to the glories of jazz as both an historical and a living treasure. The idea is to encourage musicians, concert halls, schools, colleges, museums, libraries and public broadcasters to offer special programs on jazz every April. In addition, JAM is intended to stimulate the current jazz scene and encourage people of all ages to participate in jazz--to study the music, attend concerts, listen to jazz on radio and recordings, read books about jazz, and support institutional jazz programs. The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History has designated the month and has enlisted a distinguished roster of federal agencies and departments, nongovernmental organizations, foundations and broadcasting networks. Any organization can participate in Jazz Appreciation Month. For more information, a calendar of activities and to learn how to participate and celebrate JAM, visit http://www.smithsonianjazz.org/.

April is National Poetry Month
Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996, National Poetry Month (NPM) brings together publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools, and poets around the country to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of businesses and non-profit organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events. more on National Poetry Month...

 
EVENT AND EXHIBIT CALENDAR, ARTS OPPORTUNITIES
 

Great Plains/Great Art Exhibition
Announcing a call to artists for the "Great Plains/Great Art Exhibition," to be held May 18 - September 18, 2009 at the Dickinson Museum Center in Dickinson, North Dakota. The theme is a reflection, celebration, and analysis of life on the Great Plains. This non-juried exhibition is open to all interpretations on the theme. All media accepted. Deadline: April 24, 2009. Early submissions encouraged. For more information visit www.dickinsonmuseumcenter.org, contact Danielle Stuckle at danielle.stuckle@dickinsongov.com, or call (701) 456-6225.

PEARS 10th Annual Summer Printmaking Workshop
June 8-19, 2009, "PEARS 10th Annual Summer Printmaking Workshop" Direct Intaglio Processes: Combining Drypoint, Mezzotint, Engraving, & Electric Tools. PEARS (Printmaking Education And Research Studio) at the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Renaissance Hall 314. A registration form is available via this link. For more information visit: www.ndsu.edu/finearts/visual_arts/PEARS/about.shtml.

Abbey Prairie Arts Council’s Pastel Painting Workshop
July 17-19, 2009, The Assumption Abbey, 418 3rd Ave West, Richardton, ND. Pastel Painting Workshop Artist and Instructor ~ Sheila Rieman (Minimum 10 Students). Sheila is an award winning pastel artist and an experienced instructor. The Richardton Assumption Abbey has a wonderfully relaxing and enjoyable atmosphere for creating art. Workshop participants will work in a large room with artists’ north lighting and a full panoramic view of rolling prairie hills. Students will dine with the monks and take accommodations in former college dorms. Registration Fee: $200.00 Reserves your spot. (Does not include lodging and meals). Cut-off date for workshop Registration is by June 30, 2009. If the class does not fill by this date, your payment will be refunded. Lodging costs at the Abbey are: Single $20.00 per night. Double $15.00 per person per night (must be two people per room to get this rate) Meal costs for entire workshop: $60.00. For more information, please contact Beverly L. Haas at 701-290-3275; or Brother Llewellyn Kouba at 701-974-3315. A registration form and schedule is available via this link.

Check out the upcoming Events and Exhibits listed on NDCA's regional calendars, and for more information, visit North Dakota's Statewide Arts Calendar at www.culturepulse.org. If you have events, exhibits or artist opportunities that you would like included on the NDCA web site, please email them to comserv@nd.gov.

Check out the current Arts Opportunities available on the NDCA web site!

 
DID YOU KNOW ...
 

E-mail Marketing
Is there a way to send marketing materials online to your established clients and potential buyers even if you don’t have precious dollars to spend on a sleek newsletter design, or lack the time to manage an ever-changing mailing list? Yes, E-mail marketing service companies offer affordable, easy-to-use bulk e-mail services that enable their clients to communicate with existing and potential customers — and do it in a professional, law-abiding manner. For more information, visit: http://www.artcalendar.com/article.asp?ID=169.

Tips for getting recipients to click open your e-mail: An e-service provider can help you to create a beautiful newsletter or announcement and even make sure that it reaches your recipients’ inboxes, but it’s up to you to get them to open it. Focus on the headline. A compelling subject headline should:

  • Be short. Use less than 40 characters, preferably six words or less.
  • Use keywords and make the subject line reader-focused. Think: How does your mailing benefit the reader?
  • Use correct spelling and grammar. Proofread everything — even the subject line — before you hit "send."
  • Avoid words like "free" that trigger a spam block.

ArtCalendar, March 19, 2009 ~ http://www.artcalendar.com/article.asp?ID=169

 
OTHER RESOURCES
 

Nonprofits Organizations - Learn How to Save $$$ on Your Technology Needs!
TechSoup Stock is the technology product philanthropy service just for nonprofits. Launched by TechSoup Global in January 2002 (as DiscounTech), this service is a unique collaboration with corporate and nonprofit technology providers. Thanks to their partners' generous product donations and discounts, TechSoup Stock is able to facilitate and distribute multiple product philanthropy programs in a centralized, Web-based platform. They work to foster social change in two ways: by helping nonprofits to save money for mission-critical work when acquiring technology and by helping nonprofits use this technology even more effectively. To learn more, visit http://www.techsoup.org/stock/aboutus.asp.

Applying for 501(c) Status Without a Lawyer
The IRS has created a new website (http://www.stayexempt.org/) that enables new organizations to apply for 501(c) status without using a lawyer. This site is helpful and easy to follow.

Art Calendar
Art Calendar is the industry’s foremost business magazine for visual artists. Founded in 1986, Art Calendar acts as a beacon to guide artists on their journey toward making a living with their art. Written by knowledgeable industry pros and successful working artists, Art Calendar offers practical business advice on subjects such as art marketing, art law, portfolio development, exhibition presentation, communication skills and sales techniques, as well as advanced technical applications of photography, computer and Web tools. It also offers the most extensive and recent listings of Calls to Artists, including galleries reviewing portfolios, juried competitions, grants, fellowships, festivals, publishing opportunities and residencies. Best described as “The Artist’s Guide to Making It,” Art Calendar is the only subscription-driven, business-oriented magazine published specifically for visual artists. Art Calendar enables professional artists to make a living doing what they love. Offering innovative ideas, along with all of the necessary tools to sell their work and further their careers, Art Calendar has established itself as the ultimate resource for visual artists. http://www.artcalendar.com/; http://www.artscuttlebutt.com/; http://www.craftercircle.com/.

Sell Your Arts/Crafts Online at PrairieWorksMall.com
Prairie Works is organized to empower rural and isolated North Dakota artists and artisans to market their crafts and gain access to professional networks. Its purpose is to promote access to, and development of, arts in rural and tribal communities in North Dakota. Prairie Works is an organization founded to continue the art and craft heritage of rural ND artists by providing a source to market and sell their creative products. Prairie Works is providing the On-Line Gallery, a web site to sell art and craft work that ND artists, crafters and art entrepreneurs have created. The arts/crafts of Prairie Works will consist of quality, originality, creativity, and use of appropriate techniques. All work must be handmade by the ND artisan. For more information; to become a member; and/or to sell your arts/crafts online, please visit http://www.prairieworksmall.com/.

Online Arts Job Resource
Americans for the Arts have created an online arts job resource for employers and employees to come together. This new resource can be accessed by visiting http://jobbank.artsusa.org/search.cfm.

Prairie Independent
Introducing the "Prairie Independent" Bismarck-Mandan's newest community newspaper of people, places and events. The "Prairie Independent" is available at over 130 locations including community coffee shops, restaurants, waiting rooms, bars, entertainment centers, convenience stores, churches and at the Prairie Independent office. The "Prairie Independent" is a Free publication, if you are interested in advertising availability or offering the "Prairie Independent" to your customers, please contact Don Morrison at don@ndpeople.org, or 527-0060.

Self Employment in the Arts (SEA)
The focus of SEA is on the business of art. SEA was created with the idea that more artists will succeed if they have business skills, knowledge, resources, and contacts. Through artist-led conferences, a website full of resources and articles, and educational tools like the award winning Entrepreneurial Artist DVD; SEA helps artists turn their passions into a living. SEA is for college students, serious high school students, artists, and educators. Their mission is to provide educational resources to help aspiring artists gain the entrepreneurial knowledge and skills needed to establish and maintain a career as an independent artist. more on SEA...

"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 is a collaborative project made possible with the help of many organizations that generously agreed to share their resources. 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.

United States Artists (USA)
USA is a new organization dedicated to the support of America's finest living artists. Artists now have a home where they may find significant private funding to ignite the creativity that makes this country great. USA was launched in September 2005 with $20 million in seed funding provided by a coalition of leading foundations—Ford, Rockefeller, Prudential, and Rasmuson—in an act of unprecedented private investment in individual artists and the creative potential of America. Their initial investment enables them to pilot the USA Fellows program, awarding unrestricted $50,000 grants to fifty artists each year beginning in 2006. USA's long-term vision is to create an organization dedicated to the unlimited promise of our finest artists. Their horizon line is not three, five, or 25 years, but rather 100 years and beyond. Building on their base of private funding, their aspiration is to be permanently endowed. more on United States Artists…

Artists' Health Insurance Resource Center
The Artists’ Health Insurance Resource Center (AHIRC) database was created in 1998 by The Actors’ Fund of America, with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, as a health insurance resource for artists and people in the entertainment industry. Since then, with support from The Commonwealth Fund, it has expanded to include resources for the self-employed, low-income workers, the under-insured, the uninsured who require medical care and many other groups. For more information visit: http://www.ahirc.org/; for a direct link to North Dakota resources, visit: www.ahirc.org/state_indx.cfm?st=ND.

Online Legal Primers on the Arts
A new web site, http://www.thelawportal.info/, offers legal primers for artists and arts organizations, covering topics that range from the traditional and familiar (such as copyright) to the new and sometimes obscure (two-way broadband network access), and from the personal (how to find healthy materials) to the professional (how to develop contracts) to the political (free speech).

Online Classifieds Opportunities & Services for Artists
The New York Foundation for the Arts' Online Classifieds Opportunities & Services for Artists, is a free national online sources for artist opportunities and services. These include calls for entry, services such as photography of art work and accounting, space for rent, and many others. New listings are posted daily (designated with an orange "new" icon for one week) and remain on the site until they expire. Organizations posting listings are solely responsible for the content of those listings.

Additional Web Sites
The following Web sites have resources that may be of service to educators, individual artists, and arts organizations including funding and other opportunities, publications, arts events, etc:

 
 
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