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MARCH 2009

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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 (draft review deadline is March 15) 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. NDCA's 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 online system. To access the grant system, please visit http://northdakota.cgweb.org/. To access the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grant, visit www.nd.gov/arts/grants/grant.html. If you have any questions, please email amschmid@nd.gov and/or call NDCA's office at 328-7590.

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. 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.

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. Every successful organization needs to utilize new and existing technology to inspire their organizations, to connect with their audiences, and to cultivate new ideas. 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 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. The conference registation fee is $25 ($30 after March 30). A Registration Form is available via this link. Attendees may be eligible for travel assistance, to learn more call (701) 328-7592.

Poetry Out Loud State Finals
The North Dakota Council on the Arts invites you to attend the Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest State Finals. The competition, presented in partnership with The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. On Tuesday, March 17, high school students from across the state will participate in the Poetry Out Loud State Finals at the North Dakota Heritage Center. The winner of this competition will advance to the National Finals in Washington, DC in April 27-29, 2009, where $50,000 dollars in scholarships and school prizes will be awarded. Featured speakers and participants include Emcee: Larry Woiwode, State Poet Laureate; Judges: Jan Webb, Executive Director, North Dakota Council on the Arts; Brenna Daugherty, Executive Director of ND Humanities Council; Nita Ritzke, Associate Professor of Humanities, University of Mary; Bill Thomas, Director of Radio, Prairie Public; and Ryan Berry, 2006 North Dakota Poetry Out Loud State Finalist. Live entertainment will be provided by Trio Apollo, a Bismarck-based woodwind trio, and the Mandan High School Swing Choir. Semi-finals start at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17, and the finals round and awards ceremony take place at 2:00 p.m. at the North Dakota Heritage Center, Russell Reid Auditorium, in Bismarck, ND. Attendance is free and open to the public. Pizza and soda will be available to purchase during the lunch break, which is followed by a complimentary coffee house and open mic session. For more information, contact Linda Ehreth at (701) 328-7593 or via email at lehreth@nd.gov.

North Dakota Humanities Council Board Seeks New Members
The North Dakota Humanities Council’s (NDHC) is seeking nominations for new council members to be elected at the April 3, 2009 meeting in Grand Forks. The NDHC is the state’s independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The council seeks members who reflect a broad diversity of backgrounds, interests, and heritage. Individuals who have exhibited leadership and participated in community-building activities, especially in educational, cultural, and civic roles are encouraged to seek nomination. The governing board consists of 15 volunteer academic and public members, three of whom are gubernatorial appointees. Council members help to make the humanities accessible statewide and take active roles in council program and fundraising initiatives. The NDHC holds three regular meetings per year in March, June, and October, and generally distributes up to $150,000 in grant funds for humanities-based programs and initiatives across the state. Understanding and appreciating what history, literature, philosophy, and the other humanities can bring to people of all ages is one of the important criteria for selecting NDHC members. Nominations for membership are accepted throughout the year. Interested parties should visit the council’s website at www.nd-humanities.org, call the council office at 701-255-3360 or toll free at 1-800-338-6543, or contact a council member from your area for more information.

North Dakota Music Educators Conference
The North Dakota Music Educators Conference is scheduled for March 22-24, 2009 at the Bismarck Civic Center. For more information and a schedule of activities, visit www.ndmea.org/6932.html; call 293-1564; or email denese@cableone.net.

Bismarck State College Presents ArtsQuest 2009
The BSC Arts and Communications Department presents ArtsQuest 2009, a month-long campus celebration of music, art, theater, literature and film. ArtsQuest highlights the talent of BSC students and brings performances and presentations by guest artists to campus. All ArtsQuest events are open to the public. Most are presented at no charge. For more information, visit http://bismarckstate.edu/artsquest. The ArtsQuest 2009 schedule is also available via this link.

Photos of North Dakota on Display in Germany
You are invited to attend the opening event of Leo Kim’s North Dakota Photograph exhibition at the German-American Institute in Tuebingen, Germany on March 12th, 2009. This is the fourth showing of Leo’s ND photos in Germany.  Each show drew large visitors. There were many positive write-ups in the towns where the photos were shown. Ironically, there was a Lignite, ND native who currently lives in Frankfurt with his wife who came to the opening event in Heidelberg. The following link is in German, but has more information regarding the upcoming exhibit. www.dai-tuebingen.de/de/index.php?sec=vera&search=ausstellung&see=1007#1007. In addition, approximately 24 of Leo’s ND photographs which are included in the Microsoft Permanent Art Collection, are touring to all of Microsoft’s offices around the world. To learn more, about Leo Kim Photography and his works, visit www.leokim.com/Leo_Kim_Photography/Home.html.


The Arts Receive $50 Million in Stimulus Support
On Friday, February 13, the United States House of Representatives and Senate passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, with $50 million in direct support for arts jobs through National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grants. The massive $787 billion legislation is the result of reconciliation between the House and Senate versions of the stimulus legislation. Since the original Senate bill did not include funding for the NEA, it took an unprecedented effort by all involved to restore the appropriation for final passage. In addition, the restrictive “Coburn Amendment” (which excluded museums, theaters, and arts centers from receiving any stimulus money) was dropped from the final bill. President Obama, who had pledged to make culture an important part of his agenda, signed the package into law on February 17, 2009. For more information, please contact Associate Director of Federal Affairs Gladstone Payton at gpayton@artsusa.org; or visit: http://newsmanager.commpartners.com/a4amwire/issues/2009-02-20.html#economy.

National Endowment for the Arts Announces New Acting Chairman

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced on February 2, 2009, the appointment of Patrice Walker Powell as the agency's acting chairman. In this position, she will provide oversight for agency grantmaking and day-to-day agency operations and supervise administrative activities. She assumed the role on January 29. In 2008, Powell was appointed deputy chairman for states, regions, and local arts agencies. In that role, Powell is responsible for managing the agency's grants and special projects involving a national network of governmental and nonprofit partners; small grant programs such as Challenge America Fast-Track; and the NEA's AccessAbility activities that are also carried out in conjunction with state and regional organizations. Powell has been a staff member at the NEA since 1991. In addition, Anita Decker was appointed by the White House as NEA director of government affairs effective February 4. In this role she manages the National Endowment for the Arts' relations with Congress and the White House, international and federal partnership programs, and the operations of the National Council on the Arts. Previously, Decker was on the staff of President Obama's election campaign. For more information, visit www.arts.gov/news/news09/nea-acting-chairman.html.

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. Age alone (e.g., youth, seniors) does not qualify a group as underserved; at least one of the underserved characteristics noted here also must be present. This category, as an essential component of the Arts Endowment's goal of providing wide access to artistic excellence, supports local projects that can have significant effects within communities. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development. Partnerships can be valuable to the success of these projects. While not required, applicants are encouraged to consider partnerships among organizations, both in and outside of the arts, as appropriate to their project. These Fast-Track Review Grants: Extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations; Are limited to the specific types of projects outlined below; Are for $10,000 each; and Receive an expedited application review. Organizations are notified whether they have been recommended for a grant approximately six months after they apply; projects may start shortly thereafter. 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.

State Arts Funding Decreases in FY 2009
Legislative appropriations to state arts agencies decreased by 3.3% in fiscal year 2009, according to the Legislative Appropriations Annual Survey published by the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA). Between fiscal years 2008 and 2009, state arts agencies lost $11.6 million in state funds, leaving total legislative appropriations to state arts agencies at $343.1 million, or $1.12 per capita. Fiscal year 2009 marks a decline in legislative appropriations, following four consecutive years of increases. The number of states experiencing increases (21) and decreases (24) were approximately equal, while a handful of major decreases accounted for the aggregate percent decline. The most significant cuts took place in Florida, South Carolina and New Jersey. "The arts are worthy of continued public investment," says Jonathan Katz, NASAA CEO. "They represent part of the solution in today's troubled times. Nonprofit arts organizations, which are creating jobs at a faster rate than the for-profit sector, are being subjected to external forces that threaten their very existence. Investment in these organizations helps to secure jobs, keep downtowns and neighborhoods vital, and ensure the continuation of the services that artists and arts organizations provide." A copy of the complete press release is available via this link.  

Nonprofits Organizations - Save $$$ on Various Software Programs!
Adobe, Microsoft, Symantec, and MYOB have donated new software to support the valuable work nonprofits do. These new tools, which are highlighted below, join the hundreds of donated software, hardware, and hosted products already available through TechSoup that can empower your organization to do more good. Click on the following links to learn more: Get your message out with new Adobe software; Collaborate across your organization with updated Microsoft server tools; Symantec helps you protect your valuable data; and Take charge of your organization's finances with new MYOB software.

March is National Youth Art Month
National Youth Art Month is an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art education and to encourage public support for quality school art programs. The focus of this month is to convey to the public that art education develops self-discipline, self-esteem, and a sense of pride in self-expression. Youth Art Month has been observed nationally since 1961.

Arts Advocacy Day, March 30-31
Arts Advocacy Day is March 30-31, 2009, let your legislators know that funding for the arts is vital to North Dakota! more on Arts Advocacy Day...

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...

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.

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. For more information visit: www.ndsu.edu/finearts/visual_arts/PEARS/about.shtml.
A registration form 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!

Will the Obamas' interest in the arts create an inflation of appreciation? Barack and Michelle Obama and their daughters spent the evening of February 6 in the presidential box at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, applauding the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Evidently it was the first family's idea of a fun Friday night out. If outings to arts venues become a habit with the first family, "it would be a huge boon to the arts community in Washington and for the United States and the world," said David Andrew Snider, president of the League of Washington Theatres. "There's a widespread feeling that he ... gets the importance of the arts."
~ Chicago Tribune, March 1, 2009
To view the complete article, visit www.chicagotribune.com/features/arts/chi-0301-obama-artsmar01,0,4919968.story.


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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