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Save the Dates - 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. Nominations were reviewed by NDCA, then final candidates were submitted to the Governor for selection of award winners. The awards will be presented at a special public event at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck on April 7, 2009. Nomination categories include: Individual Achievement; Arts Organization; Arts in Education; and Private Business. 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. At the conference, hear how the Dakota Prairie Regional Arts Center in New Rockford is using Turtle Ticket to increase audience participation; get registered with CulturePulse - computers will be hooked up to help you get your organization and profile entered on the site; hear about the Bush Foundation grant opportunities for organizations and artists - including the new Dakota Creative Connections designed exclusively for North Dakota and South Dakota artists; and find out about Poetry Out Loud, and how your local school can participate! Those are just a few of the areas that will be covered at the 2009 Arts Conference. After the conference, the Bush Foundation and NDCA will host a reception at 6 p.m. at the ND Heritage Center. Please join us to celebrate the work and accomplishments of the Bush Foundation's Enduring Vision Awardee Walter Piehl, an artist from Minot, ND. Walter was one of the first three recipients of the Bush Foundation's award for mature artists. In June 2009 he received a grant totaling $100,000, which will be distributed over a three to five year period. In addition, the Bush Foundation also will acknowledge and honor the work of its other artist grantees including Fellows from North Dakota who have received fellowships over past years and the six recipients of the Foundation's new Dakota Creative Connections program. More information and registration coming soon, or call (701) 328-7590.

North Dakota Musicians on Prairie Public Television
The six part series, "North Dakota Musicians" is a new production from Prairie Public that showcases regional musical talent. The series is complete and will air the week of February 16, 2009. "North Dakota Musicians" was a joint project between Prairie Public and the North Dakota Council on the Arts. The exact dates and times are as follows - February 18, 2009 (CT): 8pm, Chuck Suchy; 8:30pm, Dennis Connelly Quartet; and 9pm, Scott Prebys and Bob Peske. February 19, 2009 (CT): 8pm, Michael Blake; 8:30pm, Bob TeKippe; and 9pm, Debi Rogers.

Join in Celebrating Lincoln’s 200th Birthday on February 12, 2009
North Dakotans will join the nation in commemorating its 16th President, Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday on February 12, 2009. The Lincoln Bicentennial Program will take place at the State Historical Society of North Dakota (SHSND); "Lincoln Life Lessons" takes place at the High Prairie Complex; Little Country Theatre on the campus of NDSU presents Herbert Mitgang's MISTER LINCOLN for a single performance; through January 31, 2010 the "Lincoln's Legacy in North Dakota" exhibit will be on display in the Auditorium Gallery at the North Dakota Heritage Center; and learn more about a group of people with ties to North Dakota that will travel to Norway to take part in the ceremony, which is held every year on or near July 4, at the site of the heroic-sized bust of Lincoln in Oslo's Frogner Park. More information about the Lincoln Bicentennial is available via this link, at www.history.nd.gov, or at www.abrahamlincoln200.org.

"Helps the People" Gifted to Senator Byron Dorgan
Byron Dorgan, senior senator of North Dakota and Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs was presented with a gift for his continued efforts and enthusiasm towards helping the people on the Fort Berthold Reservation. "Helps the People" was gifted to Senator Dorgan during the inauguration events in Washington D.C. This painting was created by contemporary, First Nation artist, Black Pinto Horse and was commissioned by the Three Affiliated Tribes, the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara of the Fort Berthold reservation in ND. The complete press release is available via this link.

Healing & Hope
By Kevin Holten (reprinted with permission).
Special to The Dickinson Press - 12/21/2008. Involuntary reinvention, that’s what Linda Little experienced on July 7, 1996. She and her husband, Parke, had just left their Longmont, Colo. home for Denver International Airport when a preoccupied teenager blew through a red light and knocked her into a new dimension. Gone was the old Linda, the obsessive purchaser for the city of Longmont’s Department of Finance. Left behind was a blank slate who would eventually become a contemplative artist. Alone was their 15-year-old son, Justin, who had lost not only his ride home from the airport, but also the mother he once knew. “I used to be a workaholic,” Little said. “I lived and breathed work. But things changed.” Using cognitive therapy, the Mapleton Rehabilitation Center in Boulder, Colo. attempted to piece her broken mind back together for 18 months. However, her brain would never be the same, no matter how much they tried… The complete article is available via this link.

2008 Special Edition OrnamentLimited Quantities Remaining – Get Your 2008 Special Edition Ornament Today!
NDCA has a limited quantity of the 2008 Special Edition Ornaments remaining for $25.00 (includes gift box and a candy)! Robin Reynolds, the owner and operator of Dacotah Clayworks in Hebron, was commissioned by NDCA to create this unique, small handled basket ornament. Reynolds forms her pottery with local clay mined by the Hebron Brick Co. This ornament offers a unique opportunity to purchase a special, hand-made gift, while investing in the arts across the state. Proceeds benefit the ND Cultural Endowment Fund, which was created by the State Legislature in 1979 to assist NDCA in providing artistic opportunities for citizens throughout the state of North Dakota. To purchase your Special Edition Ornament, call 328-7590.

NDCA Grant Deadlines Approaching
Application deadline dates for the North Dakota Council on the Arts grants are approaching. Artist-in-Residence, Teacher Incentive, Community Arts Access, and Presenter Support grants must be submitted online by April 1, 2009 for programs taking place between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010. 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 for all programs. The North Dakota Council on the Arts has transitioned to a new online grant system. This new online grant system is designed to simplify and expedite the grant application process for everyone! All grants (with the exception of Traditional Arts Apprenticeship) must be completed and submitted via NDCA's new online system. To access the new grant system, please visit http://northdakota.cgweb.org/. If you have any questions, please email amschmid@nd.gov and/or call NDCA's office at 328-7590.

NDCA Web Site Redesign
NDCA’s web site has been redesigned for ease of use and improved accessibility. Additional information has been added to the site, including an Advocacy section. Please note the online artist archive, press releases, and featured artists in the offices of the Governor, portions of the web site are still under construction. If you have any questions, content suggestions, or notice any pages that may have broken links or errors, please email comserv@nd.gov.

Over 60 artists responded to the call to participate in a statewide exhibition celebrating the arts in North Dakota. Hailing from all corners of the state, visual artists, writers, musicians and videographers submitted work to be included in the exhibition ARTS DAKOTA. The North Dakota Art Gallery Association, New Bohemia, ND and the North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA) sponsored this exhibition to celebrate the Council’s 40th Anniversary. Focusing exclusively on North Dakota artists, ARTS DAKOTA showcases many of North Dakota’s finest creative personalities, both professional and amateur. To learn more and to view the touring schedule, visit Arts Dakota.


House Passes Economic Stimulus Package; Arts Funding Intact
Action Alert: Contact Senators

The House of Representatives on Wednesday, January 28, passed the economic stimulus legislation – H.R.1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – with provisions intact allocating $50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts. All Republican House members, joined by 11 Democrats, voted against the measure. TAKE ACTION: The Senate expects to vote on its version of the stimulus legislation the week of February 2. If you have not yet done so, please contact your senators urging their support to retain the $50 million allocation for the National Endowment for the Arts when the economic stimulus legislation takes final shape by including the provision passed by the House, with 40% of the NEA funds going to state arts agencies and the remainder distributed in direct grants to fund arts projects that preserve jobs in the nonprofit arts sector. Reach your senators by phone through the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121, or by email at http://www3.capwiz.com/mygov/dbq/officials/. Key points: Public funding for the arts is a sound investment in states and communities facing tough economic conditions; The arts generate jobs, tax revenues and consumer spending; and NEA funds to state arts agencies will enable state support for the arts to continue where a depressed economy has resulted in revenue shortfalls. The complete Legislative Alert is available via this link.

New from the National Governors Association: Arts & the Economy
The National Governors Association has released a new 40-page report, Arts & the Economy: Using Arts and Culture to Stimulate State Economic Development, that demonstrates the vital role that arts and culture industries play in the economic health of every state. Using concrete examples from many states, the report details benefits provided by the creative industries – including job creation, increased tourism, and ways the arts give businesses a creative edge. Arts & the Economy was prepared in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and NASAA. Read this report and the six Issue Briefs that have resulted from this collaboration.

Stay Exempt!
The IRS has launched a new web site with resources to help 501c3 organizations continue to remain qualified. For more information visit http://www.stayexempt.org.

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.

Nonprofits' Most Missed Marketing Tool: Email Signatures
Email signatures are powerful, low-cost, high-return marketing tools for your nonprofit organization. What's interesting is how seldom email signatures are used. Consider your email signature as an online business card with "callback" abilities. This recommended article will show you how to create an effective email signature as well as provide several examples and a case study. To learn more, visit http://www.nancyschwartz.com/email_signatures.html.

48 New Calls to Artists Posted at ArtCalendar.com
They've just posted 48 new calls to artists at http://www.artcalendar.com/adlisting/index.asp. You'll find grants, public art calls, juried shows, galleries reviewing portfolios, festivals and more. New opportunities are posted weekly.

Plains Art Museum Present Red River Watercolor Society's 2009 16th Annual National Juried Watermedia Exhibition
Entrance is open to artists 18 years or older. Cash awards. Entry Deadline: February 20, 2009. Watercolor painting is a complex and specialized medium with a long and valued tradition. The Society shall serve to educate its members and community in the medium and art of watercolor. Through demonstrations, presentations, guest artists, exhibitions, workshops and painting days, members are encouraged to develop their work as artists-whether hobbyist or professional. For more information and to download the prospectus, visit: www.redriverws.org.

"Purse"uing Art Contest
Bismarck Art Galleries Association annouces their "Purse"uing Art Contest, decorate a purse and enter it into the contest. There will be a one of a kind purse for the winner. Contestants can keep their purse, or donate it to be auctioned off in April. There is no theme for decorating, you can make it classy, chic, funky or funny - anything goes. The contest is open to all individuals 18 and older. For more information and/or a registration form, call 223-5986, or visit www.bismarck-art.org and click on Contests link. The entry deadline is February 28, 2009.

Mandan Art Association's 51st Annual Art Show and Sale
The Mandan Art Association will hold their 51st Annual Art Show and Sale April 24-26, 2009. There will be adult and student divisions, with most mediums being accepted. The deadline is March 14, 2009. For more information, rules and registration form, stop by the Mandan Art Gallery, Bismarck Art Galleries Association, or visit www.mandanart.org.

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.

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!

More American Adults Read Litererature According to New NEA Study
For the first time in more than 25 years, American adults are reading more literature, according to a new study by the National Endowment for the Arts. Reading on the Rise documents a definitive increase in rates and numbers of American adults who read literature, with the biggest increases among young adults, ages 18-24. This new growth reverses two decades of downward trends cited previously in NEA reports such as Reading at Risk and To Read or Not To Read. For the full press release, visit the NEA News Room at http://www.arts.gov/news/news09/ReadingonRise.html.


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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