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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.


NDCA's Online Grant Programs Now Available
The Artist in Residence, Community Arts Access, Presenter Support and Teacher Incentive fall grants are available via NDCA's online grant system. The grant deadline is November 1, 2010 for programming taking place January 1, 2011 through June 30, 2011. If you would like to submit a draft review, the deadline is October 15, 2010. For more information, or to apply for a grant, visit NDCA's online grant system at http://northdakota.cgweb.org; or call 701-328-7590.

North Dakota Artist’s Works Exhibited in Offices of the Governor and First Lady
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 Lidgerwood artist Rick Whittier at the Capitol Building in Bismarck during the months of August and September. Whittier’s works will be 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. For more information on Rick Whittier visit www.nd.gov/arts/featuredartists/previous/RickWhittier.html.

An Evening with S.D. Nelson
You are invited to join the partners in Read North Dakota as they spend an evening with the 2010 featured illustrated children’s book author S. D. Nelson, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in the Dakotas. Nelson is an author, storyteller and artist. His illustrated children’s book, Black Elk’s Vision: A Lakota Story, is the featured book of 2010. He will give a free public presentation designed for adults at the historic Fargo Theatre Thursday, October 21 at 7 p.m., to be broadcast at a later date by Prairie Public Television and Radio. Read North Dakota is dedicated to celebrating and promoting literature created in and about North Dakota, for more information visit www.readnd.org.

Opportunity for ND High School Students to Participate in Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest
NDCA invites high school teachers and students to participate in Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest - an exciting program which encourages the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry. The program encourages students to learn through memorization and performance, which helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and internalize our rich literary heritage. Thousands of high school students in grades nine through twelve from across the nation participated in Poetry Out Loud this past year. The competition begins at the classroom level, with winners advancing to a school-wide competition, then to State Finals at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck, ND, on March 15, 2011. One student from each state competes at the National Finals in Washington, DC, in April 27-29, 2011, where $50,000 dollars in scholarships and school prizes will be awarded. The NEA and the Poetry Foundation provide free curriculum materials for use by participating schools. These materials include print and online anthologies containing more than 400 classic and contemporary poems; a web site (www.poetryoutloud.org); a teacher’s guide to help instructors teach recitation and performance; and a CD featuring well-known actors and writers. To learn more about Poetry Out Loud or to register for materials contact: Linda Ehreth, North Dakota Council on the Arts, 1600 E. Century Ave., Suite 6, Bismarck, ND 58503; Telephone: (701) 328-7593; E-mail: lehreth@nd.gov. A registration form is available at www.nd.gov/arts/whatsnew/POL.html. Registration deadline is January 14, 2011.

Artists please note upcoming Seminar: “The ART of Business” Marketplace of Ideas
Presented by The Art Approach in partnership with Art Up, September 27-28, 2010 in Fargo, ND. Seminar Cost: Adult $65/Student $35; Booth: $135 before September 7th, $185 after September 7th. Seminars Topics: Business Basics for the Professional Visual Artist; Pricing Your Work; Sales 101; Display & Merchandising Techniques; Defining and Reaching Your Target Market; Policies Procedures & Controls which Prepare You for the Bumps in the Road; Building or Improving Your Portfolio; and Avenues for Marketing Your Artwork. FREE Mentoring Program (First 28 people to sign up will receive this additional training at no extra fee. Booth registrations accepted first). The Art Approach is happy to provide individual mentoring for the artists that attend your event. The mentor program involves 20 minutes for each artist to spend with the professional art consultants that will be speaking at your event. Each of our consultants have experience in the current art market place and are able to offer useful advice for artists at all points in their career. Why Register For A Booth? By registering for a booth, you will receive many additional benefits. You will be allowed to set up a booth to showcase and SELL your artwork during the Marketplace of Ideas (tax identification number needed). This showcase is open to the general public as well as all the seminar attendees (5,000 people on average). You pay one set price and you get to sell your artwork at no additional fees. Plus, you will receive the Mentoring Program as well as the Booth Critique by specialists from the Art Approach. How Do I Sign Up? Seminar Registration: www.marketplaceofideas.org; Booth Registration: http://tinyurl.com/registermaketplace. Questions: Contact Wendy Klug by email at wendy@ndsbdc.org, or call 701-213-8482.

7th Annual Governor’s Photo Contest ~ Online Submission Now Available Through Flickr
Gov. John Hoeven and the North Dakota Tourism Division announce their continued partnership with AAA for the Governor’s 2010 North Dakota Photo Contest. The contest will run through September 8. One winner will be selected in each category and a $200 cash prize will be awarded to the photographer of each selected photo. A Best of Show photo will be selected from the winning photographs, and the photographer will receive an additional $300 cash prize and a free, one-year basic membership to AAA. In addition to the prize money: Winning photographs will be published in North Dakota Tourism’s 2011 promotional materials and websites; Winning photographs will be eligible for display in AAA North Dakota branch offices and may be printed in AAA regional publications; and Winners will also be published in North Dakota Tourism’s newsletter. “This annual contest is a great way for our state’s amateur photographers to share their talents and showcase the great things to see and do in North Dakota,” says Governor Hoeven. “It provides our citizens with an opportunity to have their work published in state and regional publications and gives North Dakota Tourism and AAA a great source of photography that captures the attractions, events, landscape, and the rich history and people of North Dakota.” New this year is the ability to submit photos online through image and video hosting site, Flickr. Sara Otte Coleman, director of North Dakota Tourism, says by adding Flickr more residents will be drawn to submit their legendary photos. “More than 700 photos were submitted for last year’s competition, and we hope to increase the amount of submissions this year.” Launched in 2004, the North Dakota Governor’s Photo Contest encourages North Dakota amateur photographers to submit photos, capturing the unique things to see and do in North Dakota. Winning photos are used in North Dakota Tourism’s marketing materials and newsletters. The deadline to submit photos is September 8, 2010. Complete contest rules can be found on the Tourism Division Web site at www.ndtourism.com. For more information, contact the Tourism Division at 701-328-2525 or 800-435-5663.

ND Game and Fish Department Taking Wildlife Photos
The state Game and Fish Department is accepting photos of North Dakota wildlife for judging. The deadline for submissions in the Watchable Wildlife photo contest is September 30, 2010. An overall winner will be chosen, along with the top photo in each of the contest categories, which include game, non-game and plants/insects. Winning photos will appear in a future edition of the North Dakota OUTDOORS magazine and on department’s Web site. Entries should include the photographer’s name, address, phone number and e-mail address. They can be sent to Watchable Wildlife Photo Contest, C/O Patrick T. Isakson, North Dakota Game and Fish Department, 100 N. Bismarck Expressway, Bismarck, ND 58501-5095. E-mailed submissions can go to photocontest@nd.gov. For more information, visit http://gf.nd.gov/multimedia/news/2010/07/100702.html.

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. To learn more and to register, visit www.impactgiveback.org. The final training session is Advanced Board Leadership: Topics of Special Interest, Audience: Board members who have attended one of our Board Basics trainings and have a special interest in one of the selected topics. Bismarck: September 8-9, 2010.

2011 Tourism Infrastructure and Expansion Grants
The Tourism Infrastructure and Expansion Grants support new or expanding tourism or recreation facilities or designated development areas primarily through infrastructure projects. Projects will involve an attraction defined as: Tourist Attraction: A tourist attraction is defined as a physical or cultural feature of a particular place that individual travelers or tourists visit for their specific leisure-related interests. Such features may occur in nature or they may be specific to a location, such as a museum, a performance or an equestrian or mountain bike trail. An attraction must have the ability to attract a visitor 50 miles (one-way) and retain a visitor in this area for at least 3 hours. Attractions include recreation, historical sites, festival and cultural events, lodging and food services which are singularly and uniquely related to historical, cultural, or recreational tourist attractions, and guide services. The grants can range from $5,000-$24,000 in any given year. Funds can only be used for buildings and equipment. Applications are due by September 15, 2010. For more information on this, and other North Dakota Tourism grants, please visit www.ndtourism.com/industry/nd-tourism-grants.

2010 NDAGA Annual Meeting
This year the 2010 Annual Meeting will be held in Minot from September 19-21, 2010. NDAGA is currently making the specific arrangements and will make additional announcements as plans progress. Rooms have been reserved at the Grand International Inn in Minot for the meeting. The block will be held at the rate of $63 per night up until two weeks before the meeting, so please book no later than September 4th. This block is under "NDAGA Annual Meeting." The Grand International is located just north of Minot State University at 1505 N. Broadway, and their phone is 852-3161.

Introduction to Cleaning Museum Artifacts: What's Right and What's Wrong
October 29, 2010. Location: North Dakota Governor’s Conference, State Historical Society of North Dakota. This 1-day workshop is designed for collections staff with little or no conservation training. Participants will learn to assess different types of artifacts for simple cleaning practices and be given the recipes for simple, safe cleaning products. Participants will find out the dangers of using common commercial cleaning products and understand how to determine when a professional conservator needs to be called in for treatment. For more details and registration information, visit http://www.preserveart.org/workshops.html#cleaningartifacts.


National Endowment for the Arts Celebrates the Fifth Year of The Big Read With $1 Million in Grants
Kicking off the program's fifth year, the National Endowment for the Arts announced that 75 not-for-profits -- including arts and cultural organizations, libraries, and universities -- will receive grants totaling $1 million to host a Big Read project between September 2010 and June 2011. The Big Read brings communities together to read, discuss, and celebrate one of 31 selections from United States and world literature, which for the first time includes Julia Alvarez's In the Time of the Butterflies. Since the 2006 pilot program with ten participating organizations, the NEA, in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and in cooperation with Arts Midwest, has given more than 800 grants to support local Big Read projects. Please see the complete listing of grants. For more information, visit http://arts.endow.gov/news/news10/big-read-grants-2010-2011.html.

Arts in Education Week Designated
On July 26, The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.Con.Res. 275, legislation designating the second week of September as "Arts in Education Week." Authored and introduced by California Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA), this resolution is the first Congressional expression of support celebrating all the disciplines comprising arts education. This is a very positive showing of support for arts education and comes at a key time when Congress is making plans to overhaul federal education policy.

Charitable Giving Report
The GivingUSA Foundation has published Giving USA 2010: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2009. This annual report tracks donation trends for all sectors of charitable giving, including the arts. In 2009, charitable giving overall declined 3.6%, while giving to the arts declined 2.4%. More details can be found in the executive summary, available for free.
~ NASAA Notes July 2010, Volume 14, Issue 2  

Learning for Social Impact
McKinsey & Company's Social Sector Office has developed a resource center on social impact assessment. These resources, geared toward funders, grantees and other partners, offer best practices, guidelines, tools, insights and practical help in developing assessment plans. Resources include the new Learning for Social Impact report, which proposes an assessment framework applicable to the entire social sector. In beta testing phase is an on-line database, Tools and Resources for Assessing Social Impact (TRASI). Hosted by the Foundation Center, TRASI contains more than 150 approaches to measuring and analyzing social impact for programs and investments from a range of organizations.
~ NASAA Notes July 2010, Volume 14, Issue 2

There's a New NEA Podcast Every Week
Want to hear about Wave Hill, the public garden that's "New York City's backyard on the Hudson," or performing arts triple-threat Rita Moreno's road from her family's living room in Puerto Rico to the Oscars, or how New York Phil Music Director Alan Gilbert feels about conducting his violinist mother? These stories and more are recent releases in the NEA Podcasts section available online at www.arts.gov/av/avCMS/podcasts.html. Listen now online or download an MP3 to listen to later.


Taube Museum of Art Call to Artists
The Taube Museum of Art in Minot, ND announces Artfest 2010 to be held on October 15 & 16 at the Minot City Auditorium. The deadline date has been extended until August 20, 2010, to make it more accessible to more artists! An Artist Prospectus for Artfest 2010 is available via this link.

Bismarck Art & Galleries Association's Fall Art Show
BAGA's annual Fall Art Show is coming up, the deadline for entries is September 18, 2010. For more information visit http://www.bismarck-art.org.

Artwork Wanted
Nathan Anderson, Founder & Owner of NoDak Films is set to begin production of their first movie titled ‘Last Summer For Boys.’ One vital component of NoDak Films is recognizing, and in effect advertising, the state of North Dakota - ARTISTS INCLUDED. What he needs is art. At this point he doesn’t have a definitive number of pieces of art needed, or the kinds of art so he is open to any kind of submission as long as he can see a picture, or understand the piece through a brief description. If interested, more information is available at http://www.nd.gov/arts/whatsnew/images-pdfs/NoDakFilmCalltoArtists.pdf.

**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!


Insurance is an important but often overlooked issue for artists. Generally, artists should contemplate insuring themselves for two main reasons: "Insurance either protects you for your own kind of losses, or it protects you against claims by other people," observes William Rattner, executive director of Chicago-based Lawyers for the Creative Arts. To learn more about each insurance, please visit http://orders.artcalendar.com/article.asp?ID=242.
~ Art Calendar, July 8, 2010


CulturePulse.org, the ARTbeat of North Dakota
CulturePulse.org is the North Dakota Statewide Arts Calendar. To learn more about all of the exciting arts and cultural activities happening throughout the state, and to view North Dakota artist profiles, be sure to visit www.culturepulse.org. Artists, organizations and venues - if you have not yet done so - be sure to get your art and cultural information listed on CulturePulse.org! Did you know CulturePulse.org now has a Facebook fan page? Stay on top of all of the latest arts and cultural information by becoming a fan at www.facebook.com/culturepulse. To learn how to enter your information on CulturePulse.org, an informational video is available at www.culturepulsemedia.com/2009/09/training-introduction-to-culture-pulse.

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.

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

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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