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MARCH 2010

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Plan to Attend the Statewide Poetry Out Loud Competition March 9, 2010!
The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation, have once again partnered with state agencies to bring Poetry Out Loud to high schools across America. The North Dakota State Finals will be held at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck on March 9, 2010. This event is free and open to the public. Trio Apollo, a Bismarck-based woodwind trio, will be performing between student recitations during the semi-finals event. The winner of the state finals will advance to the National Finals, in Washington, DC, on April 25-27, 2010. At the state competition there will be a Coffee House and Open Mic which is open to the public and takes place on the Mezzanine, between the semi-finals and finals. Students from the Bismarck High School Lit Club are coordinating this event. In partnership with the ND Humanities Council, the North Dakota Council on the Arts is excited to announce Debra Marquart as this year’s emcee. Debra is a professor of English at Iowa State University. To learn more about Debra, visit www.debramarquart.com. To learn more about Poetry Out Loud, contact NDCA at (701) 328-7593; visit www.nd.gov/arts/whatsnew/POL.html; or e-mail: lehreth@nd.gov.

Mark Your Calendars and Plan to Attend!! NDCA Invites You to "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.

NDCA Board Meeting
The North Dakota Council on the Arts’ next board meeting takes place on March 29, 2010 from 2:30 to 5:00 pm. The meeting is open to the public and takes place in the Workforce Safety and Insurance board room (located at 1600 East Century Avenue). For more information, call 328-7590.

Have You Completed NDCA’s Planning Survey Yet?
We’ve heard from many of our constituents already, but we want a good survey turnout! NDCA’s funding from the NEA is dependant on our planning process, and a higher number of survey responses will show more constituent involvement. Every three years NDCA updates its strategic plan, and we need to hear from the North Dakota arts community in order to assure our next plan moves the arts in the right direction. Please help by sharing your opinions in a simple online survey available at www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22A86X5STXW. The deadline for accepting survey responses is March 22, 2010. If you haven’t yet replied, it is easy and will only take a few minutes of your time. We look forward to hearing from you! **In addition there will be four regional public meetings conducted the week of April 19 in each of the following locations: April 20, Taube Museum in Minot, 5-7pm; April 21, Bismarck Art & Galleries Association, 5-7pm; April 22, Plains Art Museum in Fargo, 5-7pm; and April 23, North Dakota Museum of Art in Grand Forks, noon luncheon. Please try to attend one of these if at all possible. We want to gather as much information as we can from the field!

NDCA Grant Deadlines Approaching
Application deadline dates for the North Dakota Council on the Arts grants are approaching. 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.

UND Writers Conference
The UND Writers Conference is now in its 41st year. The conference takes place March 23-27, 2010; unless otherwise noted, all events will be held in the UND Memorial Union and are free and open to the public. Films will be shown in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. For more information and a complete schedule, visit www.undwritersconference.org/wc-schedule.htm. The 2010 featured authors and artists include: Art Spiegelman, Frank X Walker, Nick Montfort, Cecelia Condit, Saul Williams, Mark Amerika, Stuart Moulthrop, Deena Larsen, Zeitgeist, and Kanser with More Than Lights. To learn more about the authors and artists, visit www.undwritersconference.org/wc-authors.html.

2010 North Dakota Tourism Conference
The North Dakota Tourism Conference is the annual conference for tourism marketers, attractions, events and tourism sector businesses and groups. In 2010, a new pre-conference workshop on Eco-Tourism is available. The theme, "Free to Be ND: Create, Celebrate, Captivate" highlights and applauds the unique attributes of the North Dakota tourism industry. Keynote speakers will include Jane Eckert, Bruce Christopher and Sam Giest. The 2010 conference will be offered at 2009 prices. Thru April 1, registration is $125 for the first attendee and $115 for each additional attendee from the same business. The conference will take place April 26-28 at the Holiday Inn in Minot. The conference rate is $60/night for single occupancy, $70/night for double, triple and quad occupancy. For reservations call 701-852-2504. For more information, visit www.ndtourism.com/industry/2010-north-dakota-tourism-conference.

NDCA 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.


President Proposes NEA Fund Cut in 2011 Budget
The Obama administration released the president's budget for fiscal year 2011, proposing to cut funding for the National Endowment for the Arts from the 2010 level of $167.5 million to $161.315 million in the coming year. The amount requested for 2011 is the same amount proposed by President Obama in his budget for 2010. The NEA's funding has grown in recent years by more than 35%—from $124.4 million in 2007 to $167.5 million in the current year. According to available budget documents, the reduction in NEA funding would come from program grants, while support for the agency's salaries and expenses would increase slightly by $1 million.
Thomas L. Birch, Legislative Counsel, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, February 1, 2010, Legislative Alert, Vol. 02:10

NEA Request for Proposals for a New Logo
Deadline: March 5, 2010. National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced that the NEA has released a request for proposals for a new Art Works logo. When used by the chairman, the phrase “art works" has three meanings: "art works" are the plays, paintings, dances, films, and the other works of art that are the creation of artists; "art works" describes the effect of art on audiences and viewers, the work that art does to transport, transform, inspire, and challenge us; and "art works” as a reminder that arts workers are real workers with real jobs who are part of this country's real economy. Find out more by visiting www.arts.gov/artworksdesign.

Register Early for Arts Education Partnership Spring 2010 Forum
The Arts Education Partnership (AEP) will host its 2010 national forum, States of Change: New Leadership in Arts and Education, in Washington, D.C., April 9-10. Invited speakers include U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts Rocco Landesman. Early registration closes March 15. Reasons to register and book your room early: You save $30 per registrant; The 2009 AEP forum in Boston was completely sold out; and The 2010 forum takes place during the final days of D.C.’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival, when many hotels will fill up. Registrations for AEP forums fill quickly. If you anticipate a delay in travel approval, please contact the AEP staff directly for instructions: 202-326-8693.

Federal Arts in Education Grant Program
The U.S. Department of Education is accepting applications for its Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination grants. This program supports the enhancement, expansion, documentation, evaluation, and dissemination of innovative, cohesive models that are based on research and have demonstrated that they effectively integrate standards based arts education into the core elementary and middle school curriculum; strengthen standards based arts instruction in these grades; and improve students’ academic performance, including their skills in creating, performing, and responding to the arts. The application deadline is March 16.

Register Now for Arts Advocacy Day 2010
Dates: April 12–13, 2010. Americans for the Arts is pleased to invite you to the 23rd Annual National Arts Advocacy Day, which brings together arts, education, entertainment, and policy leaders to develop strong support for increased public funding for the arts. Especially in these times of economic uncertainty, it is even more crucial to make our case that the arts are an important engine for economic growth. This is why we would like to invite you to join hundreds of grassroots advocates from across the country in legislative training sessions, the Congressional Arts Kick Off on Capitol Hill, the Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and meetings with your members of Congress on important arts-related issues. Your involvement does make an impact, so register now! To learn more and to register, visit www.artsusa.org/events/2010/aad/default.asp; or contact Natalie Shoop at nshoop@artsusa.org.

MetLife Foundation Innovative Space Awards
The MetLife Foundation Innovative Space Awards is a competitive national funding program that recognizes outstanding efforts in the design and development of affordable space for artists. The program emphasizes the benefits artist spaces yield for both artists and their communities. Leading artist spaces will be selected from across the country to receive unrestricted awards ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 along with access to technical assistance and a learning community of peer institutions. Applications may be submitted by non-profit organizations, individual artists, public agencies, or a combination of the three, for artist space projects. How to apply: To learn more about the Awards, including the guidelines for how to apply, please visit www.lincnet.net/artist-space/awards. For additional questions, or to request application materials in an alternate form, you can contact Rise Wilson, Program Manager at 646-731-3275. Deadline for all application materials is April 23, 2010.

White House Announces 2009 National Medal of Arts Recipients
President Barack Obama presented the National Medal of Arts to ten recipients for their outstanding achievements and support of the arts. (Twelve medalists were announced; however two were not able to attend the ceremony. Their medals will be presented at another time.) The medals were presented by the president and Mrs. Michele Obama in an East Room ceremony at the White House. The National Medal of Arts is a White House initiative managed by the National Endowment for the Arts. Each year, the NEA organizes and oversees the National Medal of Arts nomination process and notifies the artists of their selection to receive a medal, the nation’s highest honor for artistic excellence. The list of recipients and entire press release is available via this link.

Orchestra Audience Demographic Trends
In early 2009, the League of American Orchestras asked McKinsey & Company to collect and analyze existing orchestra audience participation data to understand the impact of demographic trends on orchestras now and in the future. The League’s new Audience Demographic Research Review contains their report. This report, released concurrently with the NEA’s Survey of Public Participation in the Arts findings, provides additional details about the behavior of orchestra audiences within and across generations.
National Assembly of State Arts Agencies February 2010 NASAA Notes


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. Images of your work must be sent to BAGA for jurying. Jurying will no longer be done by slides. Returning vendors do NOT need to submit images. Please email 2 digital images in jpg format of your work to BAGA or copied to a CD and mailed with your application. Photographs of your work will be accepted, but artwork/craft photographs must be of high quality, shot close-up to show your product clearly. Photographs will not be returned. Acceptance letters will be mailed by April 16, 2010. Photographs must accurately represent the body of the artists’ work to be exhibited. Email: baga@midconetwork.com; Mail to: BAGA-Capital A’Fair, 422 E. Front Ave., Bismarck, ND 58504. Do not send samples, resumes, biographical material or other items with your application. For more information and a copy of the application, visit: www.bismarck-art.org/special%20events.htm.

Jamestown Fine Arts Association Annual Spring Art Show
May 6 - June 18, 2010.This annual exhibition occurs every spring and features regional and community artists. It is open to anyone who wishes to enter. Each artist can submit up to 3 pieces. All media are accepted. All artwork submitted will be shown the exhibition provided it meets some basic requirements. This exhibition is juried for cash prizes, one in each category and one Grand prize. The show is open to both adult and youth artists and you need not be a professional to enter. Artwork needs to have been created in the past 3 years and should not have been shown previously at the Arts Center. 2010 Juror: Matthew Wallace from the North Dakota Museum of Art. Registration Forms Deadline is April 1, 2010. Fees: Non-members: $10 first entry, $5 for each additional entry; and Students: $5 per artwork submitted. A copy of the prospectus and entry form is available via this link.

43rd Annual Sheyenne Valley Arts & Crafts Association’s Arts and Crafts Festival
September 25 & 26, 2010, Fort Ransom, North Dakota. This is a juried show. All articles for sale must be hand crafted by the exhibitor. All exhibitors are asked to include photos of their art or craft as well as a complete description of all items that will be sold. No commercial displays. Average attendance for this show is 6,000-8,000 for the weekend. Entry deadline is May 1, 2010. For an application and more information Contact: Sheyenne Valley Arts & Crafts Association, PO Box 21, Fort Ransom, ND 58033; 701-973-4461; Email svaca@drtel.net; visit www.svaca.org or www.ransomcountynd.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!


Social Media: What Works, What Doesn’t
Everyone is buzzing about social media. There is no doubt that it connects people, but the big question is can it successfully work for a non-profit. According to Carol Meerschaert, Director of Marketing and Communications for Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association, it can. She feels “Done right social media can increase awareness, engagement and motivate volunteers.” To read the entire article, visit: www.nptechnews.com/management-features/social-media-what-works-what-doesnt.html.


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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