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AUGUST 2009
 

Welcome to e-Prairie Arts! This electronic newsletter supplements our printed newsletter, Prairie Arts, which is published 3 times per year. e-Prairie Arts will be distributed during the months of February, March, April, June, July, August, October, November and December. If you know of anyone else who would like to receive e-Prairie Arts, please e-mail comserv@nd.gov. Or if you wish to unsubscribe, send an e-mail to comserv@nd.gov as well.

 
STATEWIDE NEWS
 

Valley City Artist’s Works Will be Featured in the Offices of the Governor and the First Lady in July, August and September
The North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA), along with the offices of Governor John Hoeven and First Lady Mikey Hoeven, is exhibiting the works of Valley City artist Susan Morrissey at the Capitol Building in Bismarck during the months of July, August and September. Susan’s works are on display in the Governor’s ground floor and first floor offices, the First Lady’s fourth floor office, and the Attorney General’s first floor office. This is part of an ongoing program between the NDCA and the offices of the Governor and First Lady. Artists looking to represent their region with art work placed in the offices of the governor and first lady can submit a brief resume along with photographs or slides of their work to the North Dakota Council on the Arts, 1600 East Century Avenue, Suite 6, Bismarck, ND 58503. Artists are selected for quarterly display. Susan's Bio: Lines in the dirt, drawing with a stick, are early graphic memories of Sue's childhood in Lidgerwood, North Dakota during the '40s and '50s. Reconfiguring cardboard boxes into objects d'art also filled considerable periods of time in those bygone days when children used kitchen knives without fear. These inclinations continued through adolescence and led her to study art with Robert Nelson at the University of North Dakota and in later years, to complete a MA at the University of Louisville, KY and a MFA at Indiana University. Sue married her ND soulmate, Michael, and after a few years in the Fargo area, a year in England, left the state to live, work and raise their sons in 5 midwestern states before returning to North Dakota in 1996. They currently live in Valley City. For further information, please contact Sue Morrissey, at Figment Studio, 731 5th Ave. NW, Valley City, ND 58072; telephone is (701) 845-8958; e-mail: figmentstudio@csicable.net; or visit her web site at: www.susanmorrissey.com.

North Dakota Artist, Mary Louise Defender Wilson, Receives 2009 Enduring Vision Award in the Amount of $100,000
The Bush Foundation announced the 2009 recipients of its Enduring Vision Awards, focused on propelling the artistic investigations of mature artists. Kevin Locke (South Dakota), Michael Sommers (Minnesota) and Mary Louise Defender Wilson (North Dakota) each will receive $100,000 over the next three to five years to encourage their continued influence on present and future generations of artists, audiences and their chosen field of work. The Enduring Vision Award is the only award of this size and intent in the country. Up to three awards are given annually to artists in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota who have at least 25 years of experience as working artists. For the 2009 awards, nominations were received for artists working in the performing and literary arts (2010 awards will consider visual and media arts). The full press release is available via this link.

North Dakota Artist, Keith Bear, Receives $50,000 Bush Artist Fellow Award
The Bush Foundation introduced its 2009 Bush Artist Fellows June 15, 2009, at an event in Minneapolis. Each of the 15 fellows, chosen from a competitive field of 414 applicants, will receive a total of $50,000 in unrestricted funds and professional development support. Keith Bear (O’Mashi! Ryu Ta - “Northern Lights”) of New Town, was the only North Dakota artist chosen as a 2009 Artist Fellow recipient. Career field: Traditional and Ethnic Performing Arts; and Secondary field: Storytelling. The Bush Artist Fellowships provide strong and promising artists with resources to deepen and advance their work and to foster their careers as artists. One of the largest artist grants in the Upper Midwest, it is one of only three open-application artist fellowships of this size in the United States. This year’s fellowships focused on performing and literary arts. The full press release is available via this link.

North Dakota Council on the Arts Awards $550,591 in Grants Across the State
The North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA) has completed its spring grant round for Fiscal Year 2010. $550,591.28 was awarded in six different grant programs: Artist in Residence, Community Arts Access, Institutional Support, Presenter Support, Teacher Incentive and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship. All applications were evaluated by grant review panels and all awards were subject to approval by the NDCA’s Board of Directors. The full press release is available via this link.

State Historical Society of North Dakota Announces Funds to Preserve or Restore Historic Properties
The State Historical Society of North Dakota (SHSND), through its annual appropriation of Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) money from the National Park Service, is making $80,000 available to the public for use in the restoration, stabilization, and protection of historic and archaeological properties. This money can only be used on properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places. North Dakota’s funding priority for the 2009 fiscal year is publicly-owned buildings. The granting of HPF money is a competitive process. Applications will be reviewed by a committee from the SHSND’s Archaeology and Historic Preservation Division and rated based on four major categories: quality of the application, need for the development work, impact on the historic preservation program, and the project’s compliance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. Eligible activities include pre-development work (plans, evaluations, engineering and architectural or archaeological services), restoration, rehabilitation, and preservation projects and must meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards. Routine maintenance and work on properties owned by religious organizations or used for religious purposes are not eligible for funding.  Pre-development work on religious properties may be eligible. All applications must be received by the SHSND by Friday, July 31. To receive an application for a Historic Preservation Fund grant, contact the SHSND’s grants and contracts officer, Amy Munson, at 612 East Boulevard Avenue, Bismarck, ND 58505-0830, telephone (701) 328-2672, fax (701) 328-3710 or email amunson@nd.gov. The application is also available on the State Historical Society of North Dakota’s web site at http://www.history.nd.gov/hp/grantshpfund.html.

NDCA Announces New Technology Grant Program
The North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA) announces a new Technology Grants program for FY 2010. This grant program will be used to assist organizations in updating and creating technological improvements. Grants of up to $600 may be requested for web development, equipment purchase, and new software. You must be a current non-profit arts organization registered with the ND Secretary of State in order to qualify for funding. Guidelines are now available via this link, for review. Funds are available on a first come, first served basis beginning July 1, 2009. Limited funds are available for this fiscal year.

 
NATIONAL NEWS
 

Urge Senators to Vote for $15 Million Increase for the NEA and NEH
June 26, 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a $15 million increase for both the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for FY 2010. Currently funded at $155 million, this increase would bring both agencies' budgets to $170 million. Please take two minutes to write to your Senators and urge them to support this important funding increase!

United We Serve (Serve.gov) - Learn How You Can Serve Your Community
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

National Endowment for the Arts Findings on Arts Attendance
Initial, key findings from The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) 2008 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts show that the percentage of Americans attending live arts events decreased in 2008, to 35 percent, after remaining relatively steady over the previous 20 years at 40 percent. In 2008, one in three American adults (34.6 percent) attended at least one of seven “benchmark” arts activities: theater, opera, ballet or other dance, classical music, jazz, or an art museum (excludes elementary or high school performances). In addition, performing arts attendees are increasingly older than the average U.S. adult. For more information, visit www.arts.gov/news/news09/SPPA-highlights.html; or www.nea.gov/research/SPPA/index.html.

Nation’s Report Card in the Arts Released

The National Center for Education Statistics released the results of the long-awaited 2008 National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP) on the arts on June 15, 2009. The report found significant racial/ethnic, gender, and socioeconomic gaps in the results of both the music and visual arts assessments. Due to budgetary constraints and the sheer lack of measurable programs in dance and theater, assessments in these areas were unable to be completed. The last NAEP on the arts was conducted in 1997, and the next one isn’t scheduled until 2016. For more information, visit http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard.

2009 Midwest Arts Conference in St. Paul
A dynamic marketplace, ample time and events for in-person networking, an ever-growing lineup of live performances, and a wealth of timely knowledge and ideas from a carefully chosen slate of professional development sessions. September 9-12, 2009. Bonus: Specific to these economic times, Arts Midwest has partnered with EmcArts—a service provider on innovation and organizational change—to develop a field-specific educational program to give attendees valuable takeaway knowledge to strengthen their own organization. The conference connects talent with presenters, so appeals to artists, performers, managers, presenters, suppliers...essentially anyone connected with the arts. Sponsor opportunities also available. Tip: To exhibit, move quickly! For more information, the Midwest Arts Conference Web site (http://www.artsmidwest.org/programs/mac) or contact Angela Urbanz, program director, at angela@artsmidwest.org. Contact info: Arts Midwest, 2908 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 200 Minneapolis, MN 55408; Tel. 612-341-0755.

 
EVENT AND EXHIBIT CALENDAR, ARTS OPPORTUNITIES
 

Bowdon Duck Fest Art Show
The Bowdon Duck Fest Art Show takes place October 9-10, 2009, at the Community Gym in Bowdon, ND. If you are interested in submitting your artwork, contact Holly Widicker at 984-2697 or go to www.bowdonnd.com for entry forms or more information (entry forms will be available after July 1, 2009).

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 ...
 

According to the eNonprofit Benchmarks Study, which surveyed 26 large national charities, the total amount of money raised on-line rose in 2008 by 26%. The number of on-line gifts climbed 43%, however the average size of those contributions decreased by 17%. For a summary of the report from the Chronicle of Philanthropy, see Size of Average Online Gift Dropped in 2008, from $86 to $71
~ NASAA Notes June 2009, Volume 13 Issue 3, Friday, June 5, 2009
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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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