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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.


Institutional Support and Individual Artist Fellowships Online Applications Now Available
Online applications are now available for the Institutional Support grant and the Music and Literature Individual Artist Fellowship program. The Institutional Support Program is designed to benefit artists, arts organizations, and the general public. The program provides general support for qualifying arts and cultural organizations that have proven they have strong management and leadership, quality artistic programming and services, and are an important part of the arts infrastructure in their communities. Applicant’s primary activity must be presentation, production, or service to the arts. Final grant applications must be submitted on or before March 15, 2010. The Individual Fellowship Program was established to recognize practicing artists residing in North Dakota with a monetary fellowship award. This program is designed to support professional artists with outstanding talent and ability to improve their artistic skills and enhance their career opportunities. Two fellowships of $2,500 are awarded annually with different disciplines in each fiscal year. 2010 Fellowships are available for Literary and Musical artists. Final grant submission deadline is February 15, 2010. Early submission is strongly encouraged for all programs. You can access NDCA’s online grant system at http://northdakota.cgweb.org. For more information or questions, please contact NDCA at (701) 328-7590; or visit our web site at: www.nd.gov/arts/grants/grant.html.

Just in Time for the Holidays - Get Your Special Edition Ornament Today!
Special Edition OrnamentThe North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA) announces their third annual Special Edition Ornament which is now available for purchase. Alfred Jason Lindell, the owner and operator of Sundog Glass Design in Park River, was commissioned by NDCA to create a one-of-a-kind, fused-glass ornament. This ornament offers a unique opportunity to purchase a special, hand-made Christmas decoration and/or gift, while investing in the arts across the state. Limited quantities will be available for $25.00 plus tax (includes gift box, shipping additional). 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. For more information, or if you would like to purchase a Special Edition Ornament, please visit www.nd.gov/arts; or call (701) 328-7590.

Save the Date for An Evening with Raymond Schroth, November 12
You are invited to join the partners in Read North Dakota as they spend an evening with Raymond Schroth, author of “The American Journey of Eric Sevareid,” Read North Dakota’s 2009 Featured Selection. The lecture, sponsored by Read North Dakota, takes place Thursday, November 12, 2009, at 7:00 p.m. at the North Dakota Heritage Center Auditorium in Bismarck. Read North Dakota is dedicated to celebrating and promoting literature created in and about North Dakota, for more information visit www.readnd.org.

Join Governor and Mrs. Hoeven, and NDCA at the State Tree Lighting Ceremony December 3rd!
The North Dakota Council on the Arts, along with the Governor’s Office and Facility Management, invites the general public to the Lighting Ceremony for the North Dakota State Christmas Tree. The ceremony will be conducted by Governor John Hoeven and First Lady Mikey Hoeven on Thursday, December 3 at 5pm in the Memorial Hall of the Capitol Building in Bismarck. Live entertainment will be provided by Suzuki School of Music. The ceremony is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony. The tree will be decorated with ornaments handmade by children, students, artists and craftspeople from all over North Dakota, as has been the tradition since 1981. A descriptive listing of the ornaments will be available at the ceremony.

Reminder - Ornaments for the State Christmas Tree Deadline is November 20!
NDCA invites artists and craftspeople to provide handmade ornaments for the North Dakota State Christmas Tree. The tree will be on display in the Memorial Hall of the State Capitol building in Bismarck. It will be lit during the public ceremony on December 3, 2009. Submitted ornaments can vary from traditional to contemporary arts, items that are commercially produced or made from kits are not eligible for inclusion. Each ornament should include a brief one line description of the ornament (art form used, or special circumstances through which it was created), and the name of the individual who created it. A descriptive listing will be mailed to all contributors and will be available at the ceremony. Ornaments must be received in the NDCA office by Friday, November 20, 2009. All ornaments become the property of the NDCA and will be hung on the state tree each ensuing year. Mail ornaments to: North Dakota Council on the Arts, 1600 East Century Avenue, Suite 6, Bismarck, ND 58503-0649.

5th Annual Valley City Artists Crawl
The 5th Annual Valley City Artists Crawl takes place November 6-8th and features Linda Whitney, Theresa and Don Paul, Sue Morrissey, Jennifer Cabezas, Jessica Sundquist, Dennis and Gail Pederson and Sara McManigle. The crawl is a great chance to view demos, purchase unique artwork, and to meet the local artists. A reception will be held on November 6th at the VCSU Art Department from 5:30-7pm followed by open studios from 7-9pm; and the studios open again on Saturday from 10am-4pm and Sunday from 11am-4pm. For more details visit www.crawlingartists.com.

NDCA Announces Upcoming Board Meeting
The North Dakota Council on the Arts’ board meeting will take place in the Icelandic Room of the Commerce Department, located in the Century Center building at 1600 East Century Avenue, on November 17, from 1-4pm. Board meetings are open to the public. For more information, call 328-7590.

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.


Congress Votes $12.5 Million NEA Increase
In back-to-back votes on October 29, both the House and the Senate passed the final version of the bill appropriating $167.5 million for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in fiscal year 2010. The funding legislation agreed to by a House-Senate conference committee earlier in the week set the arts endowment budget for the year with an increase of $12.5 million above the 2009 level of $155 million. President Obama had proposed raising the arts funding to $161.3 million, the same amount set in the Senate version of the legislation. The House had allocated $170 million for the arts endowment in the coming year.
~ NASAA Legislative Alert, Thomas L. Birch, Legislative Counsel, October 30, 2009; Vol. 01:10

Statement from NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman on Congressional Approval of the NEA's Fiscal Year 2010 Budget of $167.5 Million
October 30, 2009 - "We are thrilled that the House of Representatives and the Senate have approved an increase in NEA funding for 2010 and are particularly grateful to Representatives Norm Dicks and Mike Simpson and Senators Dianne Feinstein and Lamar Alexander for their leadership.  We are pleased that the 111th Congress has made a commitment to supporting the work of the Arts Endowment that provides vital support to the arts across the nation."
~ http://arts.endow.gov/news/news09/budget.html

The Big Read
The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in cooperation with Arts Midwest. The Big Read brings together partners across the country to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment. Approximately 75 organizations in communities of varying sizes across the country will be selected to participate in The Big Read from September 2010 through June 2011. Application instructions and guidelines are available via this link. Application deadline is February 2, 2010.

Arts Midwest Performing Arts Fund
Arts Midwest Performing Arts Fund grants are applied for by and made directly to presenting organizations (organizations that book artists to perform in their venues) in Arts Midwest’s nine-state region of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. All available funds for the 2009-2010 funding cycle have been depleted. This funding cycle supports engagements taking place between July 1, 2009, and June 30, 2010. The 2010-2011 guidelines and eligibility are now available! This cycle will support engagements occurring between July 1, 2010, and June 30, 2011. You will be able to complete the online application via eGRANT beginning in February 2010. Contact us Arts Midwest with questions at performingartsfund@artsmidwest.org or 612.341.0755. For more information visit http://www.artsmidwest.org/programs/paf/tools.

Sign Up for Your Free Duns & Bradstreet Number
Art organizations are encouraged to sign up for a free Duns & Bradstreet number, which allows your organization to be counted in national arts data. It takes 30 days to get a new DUNS number, apply at http://www.dnb.com.

Check Out These New Offering from TechSoup
TechSoup is announcing some great new offerings, for more information visit http://home.techsoup.org.

**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.


United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program
The United States Mint invites artists to be a part of American history through coin design. The Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) provides gifted artists the opportunity to contribute creative and beautiful designs for coins that will be enjoyed by all Americans. AIP artists have submitted successful designs for coins released through the 50 State Quarters® Program and the Presidential $1 Coin Program. Honorariums are $2,000 for each design submission and $5,000 for each selected design. For more information and to apply, visit www.usmint.gov/artists. Application deadlines: Application Period One: November 9, 2009; Application Period Two: March 8, 2010; and Application Period Three: July 6, 2010.

Bismarck Art and Galleries Association (BAGA) Member Artist Show
Deadline: November 18, 2009. The Bismarck Art and Galleries Association (BAGA) Member Artist Show is open to all BAGA member artists in the United States ages 18 years or older. Artists may submit works in any medium. No copies, numbered prints or reproductions will be accepted; original works only! Art must have been created within the last two years by the artist. Artists entering must be a current paid member of BAGA. Sales tip: Enter new works that have not been recently exhibited. Registration: Return a completed and signed entry form to Bismarck Art & Galleries Association by November 18, 2009 to insure inclusion in the show catalogue. There is no entry fee for this show. This show will be promoted toward holiday sales. All artwork entries must be for sale. It will be cash and carry, meaning if your artwork sells, the purchaser can take it with them and the artist can replace the piece with new artwork. Consent for publicity reproduction is considered granted unless otherwise stated. An entry form is available via the following link: www.bismarck-art.org/2009%20member%20artist%20brochure%208x11.pdf.

VSA arts and Metlife Foundation Arts Connect All Grant
Deadline: December 11, 2009. VSA arts and MetLife Foundation are now accepting applications for their sixth annual Arts Connect All grant program. The goal of the program is for arts organizations to strengthen partnerships with local public schools by creating or enhancing inclusive educational programs. A maximum of 10 grants of up to $15,000 each will be awarded to selected programs. For more information, visit www.vsarts.org/x273.xml.

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!


Social Networking for Artists: Tips for Success
Much like in-person networking, "social networking" consists of communities of people who share interests and/or activities; however, it takes place on Web sites known as social sites. The most popular social sites — Facebook.com , LinkedIn.com and Twitter.com — are free. The full article and tips for success are available via this link.  


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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: http://www.ahirc.org/facet/field_ahirc_scope_0%3A%22ND%22+field_national%3A%22National%22.

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:

The North Dakota Council on the Arts is the state agency responsible for the support and development of the arts throughout North Dakota, and is funded by the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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