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JUNE 2010

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Artist in Residency Program at North Dakota State Parks
North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department is excited to announce the expansion of the Artist in Residency program within North Dakota State Parks. The Artist in Residency Program is a partnership with North Dakota Council of the Arts to provide local Artists the opportunity to show case their craft and talent. In 2010, the Artist in Residency Program will involve three artists, each at a different state park and will last for one week. The events will all take place between July 15 and August 30, 2010 as a collaborative effort to incorporate arts into the interpretive and educational activities presented by North Dakota Parks and Recreation interpretive services. The program will recruit writers, composers, visual and performing artists to experience North Dakota's natural resources and allow them to express their experience through their art. ND State Parks and NDCA recognize that artists have played an important role in the history of North Dakota’s State Parks and have helped define the value of protecting our natural resources. It is their aim that the art generated through this experience will allow the public to become stewards, with a deeper appreciation of artistic works inspired by North Dakota’s landscape and natural features. Through this Artist in Residency program, three artists would be invited to stay one week in one of the following parks: Icelandic State Park, Lewis and Clark State Park and Cross Ranch State Park. This program does provide a stipend of $1,200.00, received upon the completion of the residency program. Application Deadline: applications must be postmarked by June 30, 2010. The selected candidate will be notified by July 9, 2010. More information and an application is available via this link.

North Dakota Poetry Out Loud Contestant Receives Honorable Mention at National Finals
From a competitive field of more than 320,000 students nationwide, Brianna Anderson of West Fargo, North Dakota, received an Honorable mention award at the National Finals held in Washington, DC on Tuesday, April 27, 2010. With her achievement she received a $1,000 cash award, and her high school, Shanley High School, received a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. At the national finals, Brianna was accompanied by her parents, Tom and Kari Anderson, and English teacher, Lynda Lohmeier. Anderson was among 53 state champions from around the country who participated in the fifth national poetry recitation contest, sponsored by the National Arts Endowment and the Poetry Foundation. For more information, visit www.nd.gov/arts/whatsnew/POL.html.

NDMOA Art Director Selected as Juror for Groundbreaking Exhibition
The North Dakota Museum of Art (NDMOA) is pleased to announce that Art Director, Laurel Reuter, was one of three jurors invited to select the work for a groundbreaking exhibition of contemporary art by artists with disabilities. “Revealing Culture” features more than 130 works of art in a broad range of media—including installations, video, performance, painting, sculpture, and printmaking—showcasing 55 artists chosen from more than 400 international submissions. The jury took place over three days in Washington last July. The exhibition at The Smithsonian Institution’s International Gallery will be on display from June 8 through August 29 at the Ripley Center on the Washington Mall. It is a central feature of the 2010 International VSA Arts Festival. All of the attendant performing arts events take place in The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. President Barak Obama and Mrs. Michelle Obama are the Honorary Patrons of the festival. They are joined by the Board of Trustees of the Kennedy Center and VSA Founder, Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith.

North Valley Arts Council Executive Director Announced
Fargo native Marie Strinden, a certified personal trainer active in the community arts scene, has been chosen as executive director of the North Valley Arts Council in Grand Forks. “I think she’s going to do a great job,” said Julie Rygg, president of the North Valley Arts Council board, who announced the hiring. “She’s already going to meetings with (acting executive director Nicole Derenne) in preparation with the Art and Wine Walk. She’s ready to hit the ground running and do great things with NOVAC.” Strinden, 27, took over the full-time position May 17, and will work with Derenne through the Grand Cities Art Fest June 12-13, one of NOVAC’s biggest annual events.

7th Annual Governor’s Photo Contest Kicks Off
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 at www.flickr.com/groups/northdakota. The deadline to submit photos is September 8, 2010. To learn more, visit www.ndtourism.com/news/news-releases/detail.asp?newsID=360.

NDCA Board Member Inducted into the Cowboy Hall of Fame
The 200 Trustees of the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame (NDCHF) have selected two ranchers, a ranch, a great saddle bronc horse, a rodeo producer, a teacher who was a specialty act performer, another retired teacher who can rope the moon while reciting Shakespeare and three great bronc riders for induction in 2010. NDCHF Executive Director Darrell Dorgan says, “The inductees, in nine categories, were selected by the Hall of Fame’s 200 Trustees, and they will be inducted into the NDCHF’s Medora Hall of Honorees on June 26. Rex Cook, NDCA board member was inducted in the “Leaders of Ranching & Rodeo Division,” two were originally nominated. Congratulations to Rex! To learn more, visit www.northdakotacowboy.com/article.asp?ID=91.

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 sessions and locations are as follows: 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. Fargo: June 16-17, 2010; Bismarck: September 8-9, 2010.


Submit Your Video to the “Why Arts Matter” Video Contest
Created to honor their 50th anniversary, Americans for the Arts is calling on you to celebrate the arts in America by creating a video that expresses why the arts matter to you. The “Why Arts Matter” Video Contest is a way for people from across the country to share their inspirations, favorite art forms, and why the arts matter in their lives. The winners of the contest will have a portion of their video shown on MTV’s 44.5 foot video screen in Times Square! Deadline to submit is June 30, 2010. To find out more about the contest, rules and regulations, and how to submit a video, visit www.americansforthearts.org/events/2010/50th_anniv/video_contest/001.htm; or send an e-mail to webmaster@artsusa.org.

Fractured Atlas Offers Free Online Classes for Artists
Fractured Atlas, a nonprofit arts support organization based in New York City, has announced its online courses for artists will now be offered free of charge. There are currently six courses on topics such as marketing, fundraising, and professional identity and two video workshops on independent contractors vs. employees and a wellness program for dancers, with more to be added during the coming months. These courses provide a great introduction to the confusing and daunting process of being a professional independent artist. Courses include embedded video segments by experts, optional assignments, opportunities to participate in discussions on their message boards, and links to further resources. You must sign up to be a member of Fractured Atlas in order to access the courses—membership is free. Fractured Atlas also offers other resources like fiscal sponsorship opportunities and healthcare resources for artists. To learn more visit http://courses.fracturedatlas.org.

NASAA Seeking Response from CDBG Grant Recipients or Entities That Re-grant HUD Funds
The National Association of State Art Agencies (NASAA) is working to collect information about arts organizations, communities or projects that have received Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) or local entities that re-grant HUD funding. The information NASAA collects will help identify how various federal funding sources can be creatively tapped at the local level to fund arts and culture. NASAA will share more information about what they collect in the future. Please respond to Jesse Rye, Policy and Program Associate at 202-347-6352 ext. 118; or via Email: jesse.rye@nasaa-arts.org if you have, or know of an organization, community or project, that has received this type of funding.

Eligible Nonprofits to Receive Two New Federal Tax Credits
The nonprofit community has two new federal tax credits to support it in healthcare coverage and hiring efforts. The health insurance reform bill was signed into law, and with it came a provision granting eligible nonprofit organizations a tax credit of up to 35 percent of health insurance premiums available to firms with 25 or fewer employees and with average wages below $50,000 that choose to offer coverage. Then, beginning in 2014, these small business tax credits will cover 50 percent of premiums. Another federal tax credit was approved through the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act, which states that through December 31, 2010, employers, including nonprofit employers, who hire individuals who have been unemployed for at least 60 days will not have to pay the employer's 6.2 percent share of the Social Security payroll tax for the new hires. For further information on these provisions, please contact Americans for the Arts’ Director of Federal Affairs Narric Rome at nrome@artsusa.org. To learn more visit www.independentsector.org/job_creation_incentives.

TechSoup Update
Carnegie Mellon University gave nonprofit TechSoup.org its ArtsTech Award in recognition of product donations enabling the Arts to save over $100 million in technology expenses in the last 10 years. TechSoup.org is a 501(c)3 making software donations to hundreds of thousands of nonprofits from 40 major technology providers, including Microsoft, Cisco, Symantec, Intuit, Adobe and Sun (for an administrative fee as little as 5% of retail cost). To qualify, organizations must be a 501(c)3 or a library. Big changes on July 1: The average Microsoft retail price will increase is over 40%; But until June 30, TechSoup will NOT raise our admin fees … they're trying to help you as you try to save the planet in another tough year. TechSoup Registration Tips and Tricks (save the date): Webinar 11am PST June 10 will be on how to register and how to use TechSoup to best advantage! Save the date and look for it on www.techsoup.org/learningcenter/webinars/index.cfm. The Refurbished Computer Initiative: Gives nonprofits a chance to get low-cost, high-quality computers with a new operating system and up-to-date software (covered by a 90-day warranty).

National Arts Marketing Project (NAMP) Conference Registration Now Open
Dates: November 12–15, 2010. Trying to make sense of the avalanche of emerging technologies and how they can help you build for the future? Then the 2010 National Arts Marketing Project (NAMP) Conference is the place for you! New Tech. New Tools. New Times. presents the best in technology and audience engagement, in sunny San Jose, CA. Learn what innovations will drive our field forward from featured speakers like best-selling author Chip Heath, Susan Medak of Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and hotelier Chip Conley of Joie de Vivre. Make face-to-face connections with hundreds of colleagues during conference sessions, roundtables, and networking lunches. To learn more visit www.ArtsMarketing.org/conference/register.


Watercolor Painting Workshop
Artist, Author, Publisher and Instructor ~ Ellen Diedeirch. July 23 – July 25, 2010, at The Assumption Abbey, 418 3rd Ave West, Richardton, ND. (Minimum 12 Students – with 18 maximum). Assumption Abbey in Richardton has a wonderfully relaxing and enjoyable atmosphere for creating art. The artistry and imagination of Ellen Jean Diederich springs from a gifted and award winning palette. Ellen has a B.F.A. and a B.A. in Art Education from MSUM.  Workshop participants will work in a large room with artists’ north lighting and a full panoramic view of rolling prairie hills. Students will dine with the monks and take accommodations in newly renovated dorms. On the Abbey grounds you will have the opportunity to visit Abbey Pottery, wine cellar and gift shop. St. Mary’s church, built in Bavarian Romanesque Style, is beautiful and a work of art in itself. When you arrive in Richardton off of I-94, (23 miles east of Dickinson or 73 miles west of Bismarck) just look to the North for the twin steeples. Welcome to Western North Dakota.You can view Ellen’s work on line at: www.givinity.com/about.html. Registration Fee: $200.00 Reserves your spot. (Does not include lodging and meals). Cut-off date for workshop Registration is by June 30, 2010. If the class does not fill by this date, your payment will be refunded. Lodging costs at the Abbey are: Single $20.00 per night. Double $15.00 per person per night (must be two people per room to get this rate) Meal costs for entire workshop: $60.00 (Lodging and meal charges may be paid at the time of registration depending on what you select.). Make check payable to: Art Depot., 3519 94th Ave. SW, Taylor, ND, 58656. For more information, please contact Beverly L. Haas, Phone 701-290-3275; Brother Llewellyn Kouba, Assumption Abbey, Phone 701-974-3315 or email, llewellyn@assumptionabbey.com.

June 30-July 1, 2010 - Habitats of North Dakota, A Visual Arts Approach
(1 graduate credit) at the North Dakota Game & Fish Dept. 8 am-4 pm both days. Instructors: Sherry Near & Paul Noot. This is an education workshop for teachers, environmental educators, or anyone that works with youth. The workshop will be held at North Dakota Game & Fish Department headquarters with field trips to the OWLS site. Teachers completing this course will have a basis for teaching ecological concepts and environmental stewardship to their students through the visual arts using the new Habitats of North Dakota Curriculum. The workshop will be fun and fast paced with many hands-on activities educators can use in their classrooms, discussion of classroom and curriculum integration, and identification of local resources. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to experiment with different visual arts media including clay, watermedia, pastel, and colored pencil. No previous art experience is necessary or required for this workshop. All supplies are provided. The cost of the workshop is $30 for registration and graduate credit is available through the University of North Dakota for an additional $50. Registration deadline for the workshop is June 30, 2010. For more information on the workshop or registration materials please contact Sherry Niesar, Program Director at Bismarck Art & Galleries Association, 223-5986 or email baga@midconetwork.com.

**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!


The Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) recently released a survey of more than 1,300 nonprofit leaders in markets nationwide and found many are facing year-over-year increases in demand and continue to operate with little-to-no financial buffer. According to the survey’s findings, nearly 90 percent of respondents expect 2010 to be as difficult or more difficult than 2009; only 12 percent expect 2010 to be financially easier for their organizations. Eighty percent of nonprofits anticipate an increase in demand for services in 2010, and only 49 percent expect to be able to fully meet this demand level. The majority—61 percent—have less than three months of cash available; 12 percent have none. To learn more visit http://www.nonprofitfinancefund.org/content.php?autoID=230.


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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