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AUGUST 2009
 

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STATEWIDE NEWS
 

Upcoming Training Opportunities for North Dakota Nonprofits
"Impact Institute Nonprofit Training and Resources" a leadership initiative for North Dakota Nonprofits. The Impact Foundation announced a statewide capacity-building initiative that will benefit nonprofit organizations across North Dakota. Assisted by a $2 million grant from the St. Paul, MN-based Bush Foundation, the Impact Leadership Institute will provide training, education and resources to increase nonprofit efficiency, reenergize nonprofit boards, improve communication strategies, increase revenues and diversify nonprofit funding streams. Impact estimates about 800 nonprofit executives, board members and staff will be trained through this initiative. Training sessions will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and the cost is $25.00 per person. A lists of training sessions is available via this link. To learn more and to register, visit www.impactgiveback.org.

NDCA's Online Grant Programs Now Available
The Artist in Residence, Community Arts Access, and Teacher Incentive fall grants are now available via NDCA's online grant system. The grant deadline is November 1, 2009 for programming taking place January 1, 2010 through June 30, 2010. If you would like to submit a draft review, the deadline is October 15, 2009. For more information, or to apply for a grant, visit NDCA's online grant system at http://northdakota.cgweb.org. The Institutional Support (a three-year grant program) guidelines and application will be available mid-October.

Grants Available Through SHSND
The Cultural Heritage Grant Program grant program has been administered by the State Historical Society of North Dakota (SHSND) since it was first created in 2003 and provides grant funding for local museums and historical societies. The 2009-11 biennium will have two grant rounds and the Society is obligating up to $300,000 for the first grant round. The 2009 grant round will be due Friday August 14; the 2010 announcement of available funds will be made in February 2010. Interested eligible organizations that have a project they wish to be considered for an award should thoroughly read the guidelines and submit and application to the SHSND before August 14.  The completed application must be accepted (not postmarked) by the SHSND by 5 p.m. on Friday, August 14.  Also available through the Cultural Heritage Fund program are Heritage Training Scholarships and the North Dakota Museum Assessment Program (NDMAP). The SHSND has obligated $30,000 to the Heritage Training Scholarship Program for the 2009-2011 biennium.  Heritage Training Scholarships are available for local and county historical society staff members to participate in training opportunities and will be awarded until the fund is exhausted.  The NDMAP grants provide county historical societies an opportunity to do an in-depth review of their organization, develop long-range plans, and complete a project.  The SHSND has obligated $40,000 for the NDMAP grants and will award up to 4 organizations each a $10,000 grant.  The deadline for the 2009-11 NDMAP applications is Friday September 4, 2009. The Cultural Heritage Grant application is available on the SHSND’s website at www.history.nd.gov  or can be requested by contacting the SHSND’s Grants and Contracts Officer Amy Munson at (701) 328-3573 or email at amunson@nd.gov.

Statues on Display at BAGA, Online Auction to be Held in September

"It’s All About the Children!" is the theme of Pride Manchester House’s anniversary. To celebrate 20 years of excellence, 8 fiberglass statues of children were given to area artists who volunteered to transform them into unique, whimsical expressions of childhood hopes and dreams. The statues will continue on display through September 30, 2009 at the Bismarck Art and Galleries Association (BAGA), then will be sold via an online auction. The online auction will occur from September 1-15, using Pride’s website, www.prideinc.org. All proceeds will be used to enhance children’s services at Pride Manchester House and BAGA. The statues may also be viewed at BAGA’s website, www.bismarck-art.org.

Bismarck High School Seeks Visual Arts Teacher
Bismarck High School is searching for a Visual Arts teacher. It is for grades 10-12 and may include Multi-Media (Photoshop, Ilustrator,  iMovie and Adobe Priemiere). The deadline for applying is August 9, 2009. For more information, visit www.bismarckschools.org/district/jobs/openings/teacher.

Fiddling Workshop in Williston
Crystal Plohman from Nashville will be in Williston on August 29, 2009 to teach an all day fiddle workshop!  If you or anyone you know wants to learn from the best, wants a better sound, or wants to be inspired, etc . . .  please register today! A veteran performer, educator and motivator, Crystal Plohman embraces many styles of music to create her unique style of violin. Crystal is currently Fiddling Program Director at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music in Nashville, TN. She was promoted to the position in 1999 after spending four years as a teaching assistant for internationally renowned fiddle virtuoso, Mark O'Connor. Crystal has also worked with Vassar Clemments, Buddy Spicher, Bela Fleck and Chet Atkins. For more information on Crystal, visit www.crystalplohman.net. This is a rare opportunity for this area! The workshop is open to the public. Pre-registration is required. For location, fees and more information, call 701-572-8286, or 701-572-3939. Workshop: Saturday, August 29, 2009, 8am- 4pm central time.

Grant Writing Workshop
The Fargo Police Department and Grant Writing USA invite you to attend a grant writing workshop in Fargo, September 24-25, 2009. The workshop is applicable to city, county and state agencies as well as nonprofit organizations, K-12, colleges and universities. Grant Writing USA has helped thousands of government agencies, nonprofit organizations and educational institutions achieve grants success. Given the opportunity I’m confident we can do the same for you. Checks, cards, and purchase orders are welcome. Multi-enrollment discounts are available. For more information including venue location, tuition, graduate testimonials and online enrollment, please visit: http://GrantWritingUSA.com.

Judge and Jury: What to Expect When Entering Art Shows
~ By Annie Strack, Art Calendar Magazine. Entering an art show, at any level of your career, is a wonderful means of gaining validation and recognition. For beginning artists, receiving appreciation from people other than friends and family can be very encouraging. Competition is an excellent way of building up a resume, especially if one is fortunate enough to win an award. Plus, more people may see your work, increasing the possibility of sales and getting into galleries. To read the entire article, click on this link.

 
NATIONAL NEWS
 

**NEW** Small Nonprofits Required to Complete 990-N
The Internal Revenue Service issued final regulations for small nonprofits that must file the 990-N e-postcard. Small nonprofits that had been exempt from filing a 990 form due to an annual gross of less than $25,000 are required to fill out the 990-N, which asks for basic information such as the name and address of the organization. These regulations have been in place since 2007 on a temporary basis, but they are now finalized. The IRS note clarified that local chapters of larger organizations need not fill out the form if they are listed as a subordinate on their parent group 990 form. The first e-Postcards were due in 2008 for tax years ending on or after Dec. 31, 2007. The e-Postcard is due every year by the 15th day of the 5th month after the close of the organization's tax year. For example, if the organization’s tax year ended on Dec. 31, 2008, the e-Postcard is due May 15, 2009. Organizations cannot file the e-Postcard until after their tax year ends. IRS Rules and regulations are available via this link.

Midwest Arts Conference Registration Deadline is August 5th
The regular registration deadline for the 2009 Midwest Arts Conference is August 5 — don’t miss your chance to network and do business in person with your performing arts colleagues in Saint Paul this September. Registration rates increase on August 6 so be sure to take advantage of early registration! There is a wealth of information about this year’s event online and they are adding more every day — learn more about the schedule, showcasing artists, professional development, travel discounts, and much more by visiting www.artsmidwest.org/programs/mac.

Arts Appropriations Advancing in Congress
The House and the Senate both took major steps in July toward increasing cultural funding levels for FY 2010. Most significantly, the House of Representative gave its final approval of a $15 million increase for National Endowment for the Arts. At $170 million in the House bill, the NEA would receive its highest funding level since 1992. Key Senate committees have passed a smaller $6.3 million increase that is in accord with President Obama’s request, but the legislation has yet to be considered on the Senate floor for final approval. The House also passed key funding for Arts in Education, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, and the Corporation for National Service. For further information on congressional news, please contact Americans for the Arts’ Associate Director of Federal Affairs, Gladstone Payton, at gpayton@artsusa.org.

Grant Funds Available for Arts in Healthcare Programs
Deadline: October 15, 2009. Johnson & Johnson, working in partnership with the Society for the Arts in Healthcare, seeks to promote the use of the arts to enhance the healthcare experience for patients, their families, and caregivers. From 2001–2009, grants have been provided to 117 programs in the United States and Canada representing leading models and initiatives in high-quality healthcare through the use of arts. Proposals are now being sought from healthcare and/or arts organizations that have established arts in healthcare programs with evidence of initial impact. For more information, visit http://thesah.org/template/page.cfm?page_id=15.

Board Development Seminar For Nonprofit Arts Organizations
Dates: October 4–October 6, 2009. Effective board members are crucial to the health of nonprofit performing arts organizations. The Kennedy Center Board Development Seminar for Nonprofit Arts Organizations addresses the challenges facing board members and offers practical solutions in a gathering of current/potential board members and senior staff of arts organizations. Participation fee is $150. Space is limited; the event sold out last year, so register early. For more information visit: www.kennedy-center.org/education/artsmanagement/boardseminar. NDCA's Professional Development funds are available for this seminar. For more information on NDCA's Professional Development grant program, visit http://www.nd.gov/arts/grants/PDguidelines.html.

United We Serve (Serve.gov) - Learn How You Can Serve Your Community
*NDCA encourages organizations to enter their arts-related stories on the Stories of Service blog at www.serve.gov!* The President has said that the challenges America faces are unprecedented, and that we need to build a new foundation for economic growth in America. The Administration has begun this work with dramatic new investments in education, health care, and clean energy, but they cannot do this alone in Washington. Economic recovery is as much about what you're doing in your communities, as what they're doing in Washington – and it’s going to take all of us, working together. Serve.gov makes it easy for you and all Americans not only to find ways to serve in your communities, but also to create and promote your own service projects. This summer, President Obama is calling on all of us – young and old, from every background, all across this country – to participate in our nation’s recovery and renewal by serving in our communities. From June 22 to September 11, United We Serve will begin to engage Americans from coast to coast in addressing community needs in education, health, energy and the environment, and community renewal. Learn more

 
EVENT AND EXHIBIT CALENDAR, ARTS OPPORTUNITIES
 

Habitats of North Dakota - A Visual Arts Approach
This workshop is an education workshop for teachers, K-12th. Teachers completing this course will have a basis for teaching life science concepts and environmental stewardship to their students through the visual arts. North Dakota habitats and wildlife will be emphasized in this workshop. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to experiment with different media including clay, watermedia, pastel, colored pencil and soil painting. No previous art experience is required for this workshop. When: August 19-20, 2009, 8 am - 4 pm both days. Where: North Dakota Game & Fish Headquarters, Bismarck. Instructors: Sherry Niesar & Paul Noot. Registration: Bismarck Art & Galleries Association, 422 East Front Ave., Bismarck, ND 58504, call 701-223-5986; or email baga@midconetwork.com. Registration Fee: $30, 1 Semester Hour Graduate Credit Available Through UND. For more information contact: North Dakota Game & Fish Department, Sherry Niesar, Curriculum Specialist, Direct line: 701-222-8940, or email sniesar@nd.gov.

UPCYCLE
Announcing a call to artists for the "UPCYCLE" Juried Art Exhibition to be held September 21, 2009 to January 15, 2010 at the Dickinson Museum Center in Dickinson, North Dakota. The theme is a reflection, celebration, and analysis of recycling, upcycling, and going green. This juried exhibition is open to all interpretations on the theme. All media accepted. Deadline: August 28, 2009. Early submissions encouraged. For more information, download the prospectus/registration form here, contact Danielle Stuckle at danielle.stuckle@dickinsongov.com, call 701-456-6225; or visit http://www.dickinsonmuseumcenter.org.

Dakota West Arts Council Logo Contest
Dakota West Arts Council (DWAC) is looking for a new logo design, it should incorporate that DWAC is “the umbrella organization for the arts” and/or recognize many genres of arts they represent. This logo will need to be equally useable in black & white or in color. Send submissions to Linda@dakotawest.org by August 15, 2009. The board of directors will select a “winner” who will receive a free individual membership in DWAC for one year.

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 ...
 

When Auguste Rodin exhibited his first important work, The Bronze Period, in 1878 it was so realistic that people thought he had sacrificed a live model inside the cast.
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http://www.didyouknow.org/fastfacts/art.htm

 
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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