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JULY 2010
 

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STATEWIDE NEWS
 

North Dakota Council on the Arts Awards $571,498 in Grants Across the State
NDCA has completed its spring grant round for Fiscal Year 2011. $571,498.39 was awarded in six different grant programs: Artist in Residence, Community Arts Access, Institutional Support, Presenter Support, Teacher Incentive and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship. All applications were evaluated by grant review panels and all awards were subject to approval by the NDCA’s Board of Directors. A complete listing of the grant awards is available via this link. General descriptions of the different grant programs, complete guidelines and application instructions for these, and other NDCA grant programs, are available on NDCA’s web site at www.nd.gov/arts/grants/grant.html; by emailing comserv@nd.gov; or by calling 328-7590.

NDCA Announces the Addition of a Fall Presenter Support Grant Round
In order to better serve our constituents, the North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA) has added a fall grant round to the Presenter Support grant program. Previously grant applications were only accepted by April 1, for programs taking place between July 1 and June 30; now applications will also be accepted by November 1, for programs taking place between January 1 and June 30. Presenter Support is designed to benefit nonprofit organizations that are not eligible for other major grant programs through the North Dakota Council on the Arts, offers financial support for arts events and programming, and supports organizations in communities with a population of 6,000 or more. Communities with a population of under 6,000 should refer to the Community Arts Access program. To learn more about the Presenter Support grant program and guidelines, visit www.nd.gov/arts/grants/PRSguidelines.html. For further information, contact the North Dakota Council on the Arts at 701-328-7590; e-mail amschmid@nd.gov; or visit www.nd.gov/arts/grants/grant.html.

North Dakota Artist, Dan Jerome, Receives $50,000 Bush Artist Fellow Award
The Bush Foundation introduced its 2010 Bush Artist Fellows June 14, 2010, at an event in Minneapolis. Each of the 15 fellows, chosen from a competitive field of more than 500 applicants, will receive a total of $50,000 in unrestricted funds and professional development support. The Bush Artist Fellowships provide strong and promising artists with resources to deepen and advance their work, to foster their careers as artists and to explore work that stimulates community dialogue. One of the largest artist grants in the Upper Midwest, it is one of only two open-application artist fellowships of this size in the United States. This year’s fellowships focused on visual arts, media arts, and traditional and functional craft arts. Dan F. Jerome (Belcourt, ND) was born and raised in Belcourt on the Turtle Mountain Reservation. He has devoted his life efforts to teaching and preserving Native culture through traditional arts and presentations throughout his professional life as an educator, administrator and the first Native American elected to the North Dakota State Senate. He was the master in the North Dakota Council on the Arts’ Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program numerous times. The United Tribes Intertribal Council of North Dakota presented him an award “for outstanding leadership and lifelong commitment in protecting and empowering the cultural lifeways of American Indian people.” He authored The Trail of Misgivings, an educational history of his reservation. Jerome joined the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He earned degrees from the University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University. He taught in several North Dakota high schools before returning to Belcourt to become the first superintendent of schools, serving 21 years in that capacity. Complete bios and photos of all 2010 fellows are available at www.bushfound.org/publications/2010_BAF_Finalists.pdf. We would also like to congratulate another Fellowship recipient, Star Wallowing Bull, a Moorhead, Minnesota artist with ties to the Fargo arts community.

Executive Director Position Available with Arts North Dakota
Applications are now being accepted for an exciting new Executive Director position with Arts North Dakota, a new non-profit arts advocacy organization. This position will be approximately 20 hours/week at $16-$18/hour with no benefits. It is a statewide position and may be conducted from any location in the state. Some travel required. If you love the arts and you’re looking for a rewarding and challenging position – this could be it! Please send a resume with previous experience and education with a cover letter to Pattie Carr, 291 Campus Drive, Dickinson, ND 58601, or e-mail to pattie.carr@dsu.nodak.edu by August 1, 2010. More information on the position may be obtained by contacting the NDCA office at 701-328-7592 or Gail Benson at 701-388-4503.

2010 NDAGA Annual Meeting "Save the Date"
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.

Hall of Fame Named U.S. Cowboy Museum of the Year
The North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame (NDCHF) was named North Dakota’s Tourist Attraction of the Year for 2007. Now, the Medora-based heritage center has been named the Cowboy Museum of the Year for the U.S. The award was announced by the American Cowboy Culture Awards of Lubbock, Texas. The Texas-based western cultural organization sponsors a four-day festival each September to celebrate the preservation and promotion of western heritage and culture. The Hall of Fame was picked for the 2010 Western Museum of the Year award based on its continuing work to preserve western history, culture, rodeo and the Western Trail that meanders from Brownsville, Texas, through North Dakota on its way to the Canadian border. The NDCHF intends to take a delegation to Lubbock to accept the award on September 8. NDCHF Board President Phil Baird says, “The award will be presented, along with others in connection with American Cowboy Culture Awards, during the four-day western heritage celebrations. Anyone interested in going should contact Satrom Travel and Tour of Bismarck.” Baird and Dorgan have also been asked to speak at a seminar while in Lubbock on preserving heritage and cultures. The Hall of Fame recently hosted its 13th Formal Induction ceremony in Medora on June 25-26. The Release and photos is available electronically at www.northdakotacowboy.com.

SHSND Makes $60,000 available for Restoration, Preservation of Historic Property
The State Historical Society of North Dakota (SHSND), through its annual appropriation of Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) money from the National Park Service, is making $60,000 available to the public for use in the restoration, stabilization, and protection of historic and archaeological properties. This money can only be used on properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places. North Dakota’s funding priority for the 2010 fiscal year is publicly-owned buildings. Applications will be reviewed by a committee from the SHSND’s Archaeology and Historic Preservation Division and rated based on four major categories: quality of the application, need for the development work, impact on the historic preservation program, and the project’s compliance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.All applications must be received by the SHSND by Friday, July 16, 2010. To receive an application contact Amy Munson at (701) 328-3573, fax (701) 328-3710 or email amunson@nd.gov. The application is also available on the State Historical Society of North Dakota’s web site at http://history.nd.gov.

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 www.nd.gov/arts/whatsnew/images-pdfs/NoDakFilmCalltoArtists.pdf.

Advertise in the 2011 North Dakota Legendary Travel Guide
Advertising gets you great opportunities to attract your share of visitors! “If you are going to do only one advertisement to attract visitors-the 2011 North Dakota Legendary Travel Guide is the one!”-Sara Otte Coleman, Director, ND Department of Commerce Tourism Division. Clark A. Van Horn, advertising manager of North Dakota LIVING, invites you to look over this media kit and consider advertising inside the 2011 North Dakota Legendary Travel Guide. For more information, contact Clark A. Van Horn at 800-234-0518; Direct: 701-667-6436; Cell: 701-226-3521; or visit www.ndliving.com.

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.

 
NATIONAL NEWS
 

Small Employer Health Credit
The new health care reform law lets smaller nonprofits claim up to a 25 percent tax credit when they pay for at least half of the health insurance premiums for their employees. To claim the credit, the nonprofit must have 25 or fewer full time employees who earn less than $50,000 in average wages and the nonprofit must pay at least 50% of the insurance premium cost for employees. Eligible nonprofits can start claiming the credit as early as when they file their second quarter payroll tax returns. Nonprofit organization will soon be receiving a postcard from the Internal Revenue Service providing information about the small employer credit. To learn more, go to www.IRS.gov.

House and Senate Arts Caucuses Grow to Record Numbers
The House Congressional Arts Caucus, co-chaired by Reps. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and Todd Platts (R-PA), has recently grown in membership to 233 members of the House of Representatives, up from 176 at the beginning of this year. This body serves as the first line of defense for cultural interests when there is arts-related legislative action. This recent jump is due in large part to the work done during congressional office visits by grassroots advocates on Arts Advocacy Day, making the Arts Caucus one of the largest voluntary caucuses in the House of Representatives. The Senate Cultural Caucus has grown from 30 members one year ago to 38 members currently. For more information on the Congressional Arts Caucus, please contact Americans for the Arts’ Government Affairs Grassroots Coordinator Natalie Shoop at nshoop@artsusa.org. View the Congressional Arts Caucus; or View the Senate Cultural Caucus.

Americans for the Arts’ 50 States 50 Days Initiative
Starting on Saturday, July 31 and continuing until Saturday, September 18, Americans for the Arts Action Fund will coordinate a “50 States 50 Days” initiative that supports local advocacy activities in all 50 states and in as many congressional districts as possible. Sign up now for a free 50 States 50 Days webinar on Thursday, July 8 at 3:00 p.m. (EST) to learn more about details, logistics, and tools you should know when hosting an event in your community that includes your members of Congress. On the webinar, Americans for the Arts Action Fund staff will walk participants through the easy steps to producing an event and using the 50 States 50 Days website to help you spread the word to your community, manage your event, and download materials you can use to advocate for the arts and arts education. This is an important opportunity for you to engage congressional district staff and reinforce your role as a ready resource for members of Congress, their staff, and constituents.

Mark your calendars for 2011 Midwest Arts Conference! September 13–September 16, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana
Planning for the 2010 Midwest Arts Conference is well under way, and they are excited to be offering the same strong core programming that participants have come to expect—a lively Marketplace, ample opportunities for in-person networking, an ever-growing lineup of live performances, and a wealth of timely knowledge – all at affordable rates. This year’s highlights include: More time in the Marketplace! This year, the Marketplace will be open for nearly 10 hours of dedicated business time, plus several additional hours where the hall will be accessible for informal networking and meetings, concurrent with other Conference activities; and In-depth pre-Conference seminars are a great way to dig into a particular topic. This year’s sessions include: Presenting 101, Fundraising is the Work of Engagement, and Leadership Skills for Navigating Turbulent Times. Learn more about these sessions. Conference registration is now open! The 2010 Registration Guide, mailed at the end of April and available online, is a great resource, but be sure to visit www.artsmidwest.org/programs/mac for the most current and detailed information, including instructions for registering online. Take advantage of the lowest possible Conference rate available by registering by the July 7 discount registration deadline. Does your organization have new members? Please send their contact information to Arts Midwest at midwestartsconference@artsmidwest.org so they can include them in future Conference correspondence. FAST FACTS is a handy one-page guide that gives you a quick and easy way to share news about the Conference and to give interested colleagues an overview. To download and share this document, visit www.artsmidwest.org/programs/mac/highlights/promoting-conference. Exhibiting: If you plan to promote artists at the Conference, you’ll need to purchase exhibit space in the Marketplace. You’re also welcome to purchase exhibit space if you’d just like greater visibility and a dedicated place to meet with other Conference attendees and/or conduct consultations. For more information, visit Midwest Arts Conference page at www.artsmidwest.org/programs/mac. Become a fan of Arts Midwest on Facebook! You can also RSVP to the Midwest Arts Conference event on their fan page to let your colleagues know you’re attending – don’t forget to invite your colleagues to join you there. NDCA Professional Development funds may be available to presenters to attend this conference, to learn more visit www.nd.gov/arts/grants/PDguidelines.html; or call Amy at 328-7594. Professional Development grant deadline for this event is August 19, 2010.

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.

Funding for Arts on Radio and Television
Funding guidelines for the Arts on Radio and Television category are now available. Through this category the Arts Endowment seeks to make the excellence and diversity of the arts widely available to the American public through nationally distributed television and radio programs. Grants range from $10,000-$200,000; the deadline for submission is September 2, 2010. To learn more, visit www.nea.gov/grants/apply/RadioTV/index.html.

 
EVENT AND EXHIBIT CALENDAR, ARTS OPPORTUNITIES
 

University of North Dakota Seeks Sculptor
The University of North Dakota will commission the design and creation of a bronze bust sculpture of George Walsh to be mounted outside on their campus. This public art opportunity is open to artists of any age, ethnicity, religion or gender. Proposals should be received by 4:00 PM, July 12, 2010. More information and a complete prospectus is available via this link. Please contact the following for further information: JoAnn Albrecht, Senior Buyer, University of North Dakota Purchasing Office at 701-777-2681; via Fax at 701-777-2125; or via email at joannalbrecht@mail.und.edu.

Strong Communities Competition
Deadline: August 11, 2010. CommunityMatters and Ashoka’s Changemakers are partnering to offer the Strong Communities: Engaging Citizens, Strengthening Place, Inspiring Change competition! Art practitioners, elected officials, and citizens can enter innovative, replicable, sustainable projects and ideas to steer change and take charge of the future of their communities. Submissions will be accepted at changemakers.com/strongcommunities. The top three entries will each win $5,000. The best entry submitted by 5:00 p.m. (EST) on July 14, 2010 will be eligible to win a $500 Early Entry Prize.Eight Strong Communities competition finalists will be invited to attend the CommunityMatters’10 Conference in Denver, October 5–8, 2010 to showcase their work and collaborate with other leaders in the field. To learn more, visit changemakers.com/strongcommunities; or  communitymatters.org/strong-communities-competition.

**Check out the upcoming Events and Exhibits listed on NDCA's regional calendars, and for more information, visit North Dakota's Statewide Arts Calendar at www.culturepulse.org. If you have events, exhibits or artist opportunities that you would like included on the NDCA web site, please email them to comserv@nd.gov.

Check out the current Arts Opportunities available on the NDCA web site!

 
DID YOU KNOW ...
 

10 Tips for Improving Your Art Sales
Taking the time to create a good sales approach is key to increasing your success. Here are 10 straightforward ideas that are sure to power up your sales: 1) Develop a distinctive and consistent vision. 2) Know your customer and “customer profile.” 3) Know why your work is selling. 4) Spend money to make money. 5) Make your next reception memorable. 6) Build second tier relationships. 7) Network outside your circle. 8) Keep close contact with your best buyers. 9) Diversify, diversity, diversity. 10) Be consistent and persistent. To learn more about each tip, please visit http://orders.artcalendar.com/article.asp?ID=241.
~ Art Calendar, June 24, 2010

 
OTHER RESOURCES
 

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:

 
 
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