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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 Is Requesting Your Assistance and Input
We need your help! In the upcoming month the NDCA will begin its 3-year strategic planning process by e-mailing a simple online survey to you. It shouldn’t take more than ten minutes to complete and will be a valuable tool for us as we look for insights into what our future programs/projects should look like. When you receive the survey, we hope you will forward it to others that are concerned about the arts. *Save the dates!* There will also be four regional public meetings conducted the week of April 19 in each of the following locations: April 20 - Minot; April 21 - Bismarck; April 22 - Fargo; and April 23, Grand Forks (locations and times tba). Please try to attend one of these if at all possible. We want to gather as much information as possible from the field! The survey, and more information on the public meetings will be included in the March e-news.

NDCA Grant Deadlines Approaching
Application deadline dates for the North Dakota Council on the Arts grants are approaching. The Individual Fellowship Program for Literary and Musical artists final grant submission deadline is February 15, 2010. Artist-in-Residence, Teacher Incentive, Community Arts Access, and Presenter Support grants must be submitted online by April 1, 2010 (draft review deadline is March 15) for programs taking place between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011. The Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grants must be postmarked by May 15, 2010 for project periods of July 1, 2010 to April 30, 2011. Early submission is strongly encouraged for all programs. The North Dakota Council on the Arts utilizes an online grant system. This 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/. If you have any questions, please email amschmid@nd.gov and/or call NDCA's office at 328-7590.

NDCA Invites you to attend "Arts in Crisis, A Kennedy Center Initiative" on March 30, 2010, at the North Dakota Heritage Center!
In an effort to help state arts organizations during the economic downturn, the Kennedy Center, and President Michael Kaiser, have organized a 50 state tour. On March 30, Bill Thomas, Director of Prairie Public Radio will be conducting an interview with Mr. Kaiser addressing the challenges facing nonprofit arts organizations today, and inviting questions from the audience. 9:00-11:30 a.m. Free and open to the public, while pre-registration is not required, it is appreciated. To pre-register complete the registration form available via this link and fax it to (701) 328-7595, or email it to amschmid@nd.gov by March 23, 2010; you may also call (701) 328-7594 to register. For more information, visit www.nd.gov/arts/whatsnew/ArtsCrisisTour.html.

Center for Creativity Receives $1.35 Million Boost
The campaign by Plains Art Museum to construct the Center for Creativity and Lifelong Learning received $1.35 million in December 2009 thanks to grants from two charitable foundations, The Kresge Foundation, based in Grand Rapids, Mich., approved an $800,000 grant award; and The Bush Foundation of St. Paul, Minn., awarded a $555,000 grant to the campaign. “The Museum’s ambitious goals to be a creative thought leader in the community and to offer civic spaces that allow for the safe exploration of ideas and learning are admirable and have the potential to improve the quality of life in the Fargo-Moorhead community,” said Pamela Wheelock, Bush Foundation vice president. Funding for the $7.3 million capital and endowment campaign is now 71 percent complete. In December 2008, the Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Charitable Lead Unitrust propelled campaign momentum with a $200,000 grant. Additional campaign and community support includes $368,807 from corporate gifts and $1.5 million from individual donors. Museum Director and CEO Colleen Sheehy acknowledged the momentum these gifts gave the campaign, and said the boost by the two recent grants was well-received given current economic conditions. When completed, the Center for Creativity will house four classrooms, a ceramics studio, working artist studios and a gallery space. The center will serve preschool, K-12 and university students in addition to adults of all ages, providing an environment and central location for lifelong art education. For more information, visit plainsart.org.

Statewide Arts Calendaring Website Holds Logo Design Contest
The recently launched North Dakota arts and culture calendaring website, CulturePulse.org, is sponsoring a logo contest with a cash prize of $200. The contest is being conducted online at 99Designs.com from January 25 through February 5 and is open to anyone wishing to enter. “We’re gearing up for a statewide marketing campaign and want to have an eye-catching, memorable logo.  It needs to capture in a glance that CulturePulse is the site that broadcasts all that’s ‘playing’ throughout the entire state during any given week,” says spokesperson and technical coordinator for the website Scott Wild of Wild Inspire. The design contest asks the contestant to consider both full color and black and white appearance, and provides specifications for both.  Each quadrant of the state, based in Grand Forks, Fargo, Bismarck and Minot, administers a regional division of the website and has the contest posted online as an event.  All details on how to submit a logo idea, including format, are on the contest website. Designers who register for the contest should visit www.CulturePulse.org and explore each of the four quadrant sites to grasp the site’s purpose and potential. The website operates beyond a traditional calendar by offering in-depth profiles of all the artists and organizations whose events are listed.  It also features high graphic content—slide shows and videos— for each individual event, cross links each event to ticket purchasing and culture websites, invites visitors to write reviews of each events, and provides venue maps for each listing. Originally created with a grant from the Knight Foundation, the expansion of  CulturePulse is possible through the support of North Dakota Council on the Arts and select arts organizations and their sponsors in each quadrant of the state: In the northeast quadrant, the North Valley Arts Council of Grand Forks; in the southeast quadrant, the Arts Partnership of Fargo; in the southwest quadrant, the Frances Leach High Prairie Arts & Science Complex of Bismarck; and the northwest quadrant, the Minot Arts Council.  For more information about the contest or about CulturePulse.org call or email Jennifer at jhaaland@bisparks.org, (701) 471-9492.

Student Contestants Needed for 3rd Annual Arthur A. Link Fiddle Contest
The Society for the Preservation of the Former Governors’ Mansion is seeking contestants for the third annual Governor Arthur A. Link Fiddle Contest. The contest is family-friendly and violin students from throughout North Dakota are invited to participate in this event. There are two divisions this year: Junior Division -- grades one through six; and Senior Division -- grades seven through 12. All contestants will receive a certificate signed by former Governor Arthur and Grace Link. Cash scholarships will be provided to the persons chosen for recognition: Senior Division -- $350 for first place, $250 for second place and $150 for third place. Junior Division -- $100 for first place, $75 for second place and $50 for third place. The entry deadline is Friday, February 5. The entry application can be downloaded from the State Historical Society of North Dakota’s website at www.history.nd.gov. Questions can be emailed to linkfiddlecontest@gmail.com. The contest will take place Sunday, February 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Former Governors’ Mansion in Bismarck. Contestants waiting to perform will be able to practice at Trinity Lutheran Church across the street from the site.  Immediately following the end of the contest, a jam session will take place at the mansion as the judges tabulate the scores for the winners. A concert featuring the top three performers from the contest will take place the same day at 6 p.m. in the community hall of Trinity Lutheran Church. The concert is free and open to the public.

Writers Conference 101
Writers Conference 101 is the community’s opportunity to get together and examine some of the works by the authors attending the UND Writers Conference, which takes place March 23-27, 2010. These are free, informal discussions about the 41st Writers Conference authors and their work. No need to reserve a seat nor are you required to attend all discussions. You need not be familiar with the author discussed – we will fill you in! No homework, no tests. In fact, anyone who attends gets an “A+”. Feb 7 - Digital media writers Mark Amerika and Stuart Moulthrop discussion facilitated by Crystal Alberts at GF Public Library. Feb 21 - Affrilachian poet Frank X. Walker discussion facilitated by Heidi Czerwiec at Porpoura Coffee House. Focus is on his most recent collection of poetry, When Winter Come. Feb 28 - Graphic novelist Art Spiegelman discussion facilitated by Joel Jonientz at UND Bookstore Café. Mar 7 - Slam poet Saul Williams discussion facilitated by Lorenzo Serna at Porpoura Coffee House. Please take a look at the authors’ bios and Internet links at www.undwritersconference.org. Questions? 777-2787 or Kathleen.king@und.nodak.edu.

North Valley Arts Council’s Grand Cities Arts Fest
The dates of the show are June 12 & 13, 2010. Grand Cities Arts Fest is one of North Dakota's most popular outdoor events. Over 35,000 visitors will view the work of 125+ artists. North Dakota's economy is strong and has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the United States. We anticipate excellent visitor attendance, exciting juried work and strong sales. 2010 is the first year a professional juror from outside Grand Forks has been invited to jury Arts Fest. We believe this will bring a new perspective with regard to the quality of work and standards of the show. Arts Fest is held on the banks of the Red River of the North, located in Grand Forks, ND (west side) and East Grand Forks, MN (east side). Grass and pavement sites are available. Please indicate your preference on the application. Arts Fest shows both fine and functional art. The artist must be on-site during the entire show. Work must be of: Original concept; Original design; and Artist execution. Imports are not accepted. Reproductions must be clearly marked. The 2010 Juror is Ann Ruhr Pifer from Grand Hand Gallery in St. Paul, MN. Artist application deadline is March 5, 2010. Prospectus and application are available via this link.

36th Annual Capital A’Fair
The 36th Annual Capital A’Fair is one of the area’s largest summer art fairs. It features over 130 artisans from across the country and attracts thousands of local and regional visitors. Music, great food, performing arts groups, antique car show, and children’s activities contribute to the festive mood. The setting is the beautiful Capitol grounds of North Dakota. Capital A’Fair proceeds benefit the Bismarck Art & Galleries Association, a non-profit visual arts center. To best ensure the financial success of our artists, we limit the number of accepted applicants to 150. Enclose a fee of $150 for each booth payable to Bismarck Art & Galleries Association. The fee will be refunded if applicant is not selected to exhibit. Deadline for application submission is April 1, 2010. For more information and a copy of the application, visit: www.bismarck-art.org/special%20events.htm; Email: baga@midconetwork.com; or Mail to: BAGA-Capital A’Fair, 422 E. Front Ave., Bismarck, ND 58504.

NDCA Still Has Some Special Edition Ornaments Available - Purchase Yours 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. $11.50 of each ornament purchase is a donation and is tax-deductible. For more information, or if you would like to purchase a Special Edition Ornament, please visit www.nd.gov/arts/whatsnew/09Special-Edition-Ornament.html; or call (701) 328-7590.

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.


NEA Grants for Arts Projects Guidelines
The FY 2011 NEA Grants for Arts Projects application guidelines are now available. The three funding categories - Access to Artistic Excellence, Challenge America Fast-Track, and Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth - represent the Arts Endowment's primary support for organizations. For more information visit www.arts.gov/grants/apply/index.html.

Federal Grant Opportunities
The best way to learn about federal grants, including the National Endowment for the Arts, is to go to Grants.gov, the federal government's grant-making portal, to sign up to be notified when grant opportunities are open. To learn more, visit www.grants.gov/help/rss.jsp. The following grant opportunity postings were added to Grants.gov: National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Access to Artistic Excellence, FY 2011 Grant, www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&flag2006=false&oppId=51055; NEA Challenge America Fast-Track, FY 2011 Grant, www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&flag2006=false&oppId=51056; NEA Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth, FY 2011 Grant, www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&flag2006=false&oppId=51058; and the NEA Literature Fellowships: Creative Writing, FY 2011 Modification 1, www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&flag2006=false&oppId=51061.

Kennedy Center Conference on Arts Integration Schools
Takes place April 7–10, 2010. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will host a conference called Arts Integration Schools: What, Why, and How in Washington, DC. During the conference, the Kennedy Center will share a decade of its experience in 20 District of Columbia-area schools aimed at building a school-wide philosophy for and practice of arts integration. For more information, visit www.kennedy-center.org/education/ceta/conference.html.

PoetrySpeaks.com Connects New Audiences to Poets and Poetry
Sourcebooks has launched PoetrySpeaks.com, a social network and business site for poets, poetry lovers and poetry presses. On the site, poets can manage their information, blog, explain and display their work, and post speaking or performance schedules. Visitors can create "favorites" and connect to the poets via Twitter and other social networking sites. As a business and marketing engine for poets and poetry presses, PoetrySpeaks.com sells individual poems in audio, video or text formats (much like music on iTunes) as well as books, e-books, DVDs and CDs, and tickets to on-line performances, slams and readings.
~ NASAA Notes, January 2010, Volume 13, Issue 8

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.

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!

Cultural and Heritage Travel Contributes More Than $192 Billion Annually to the U.S. Economy
A recent research study conducted for the U.S Cultural & Heritage Tourism Marketing Council, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Commerce, reveals that 78% of all U.S. leisure travelers participate in cultural and/or heritage activities while traveling. This figure translates to 118.3 million adults each year. Cultural and heritage travelers spend an average of $994 per trip and contribute more than $192 billion annually to the U.S. economy.
~ NASAA Notes, January 2010, Volume 13, Issue 8
~ www.enewsbuilder.net/nasaanotes/e_article001634392.cfm?x=bgrvdBw,b8LGW82r,w


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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