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November 2010

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Just in Time for the Holidays - Get Your Special Edition Ornament Today!
4th Annual Special Edition OrnamentThe North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA) announces their fourth annual Special Edition Ornament which is now available for purchase. Sue Jacobson, the owner and operator of Sue’s Originals & More in Bottineau, was commissioned by NDCA to create a one-of-a-kind, porcelain ornament. Porcelain painting is done with a process developed over 1,000 years ago. Sue meticulously paints each individual design several times; each painting is followed by exposure to heat of approximately 1,400 degrees, making the designs permanent. Sue was the 2001 recipient of the “Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Arts Education.” Her work is owned by many dignitaries throughout the nation and the world. This ornament offers the opportunity to purchase a unique, 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 North Dakota 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. **Limited quantities of the second and third annual Special Edition ornaments are also still available!** If you would like to purchase a Special Edition Ornament, please call (701) 328-7590. For more information, please visit www.nd.gov/arts.

Broadcast of An Evening with S.D. Nelson Now Available
Guests and the partners in Read North Dakota spent an evening with the 2010 featured illustrated children’s book author S. D. Nelson, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in the Dakotas. Nelson is an author, storyteller and artist. His illustrated children’s book, Black Elk’s Vision: A Lakota Story, is the featured book of 2010. He gave a free public presentation designed for adults at the historic Fargo Theatre on October 21. A broadcast of his presentation is now available through Prairie Public Television and Radio. If you would like view the video of the program visit www.prairiepublic.org/an-evening-with-s-d-nelson. Read North Dakota is dedicated to celebrating and promoting literature created in and about North Dakota, for more information visit www.readnd.org.

Fundamentals of High Impact Fundraising
Discover how to strategically approach one of the most critical and challenging duties of a nonprofit board. Learn how to effectively design, manage and evaluate a fundraising system to fit your unique organization. If there is no money, there is no mission. Effective fundraising is critical to delivering your organization's mission and having a high impact in your community. To achieve maximum fundraising results, an organization needs to have a systematic development plan with measurable goals and clearly defined roles for staff, board members, and volunteers. Board members play a key role in setting fundraising goals, supporting staff, raising funds and assessing results. In this session, participants will explore what it takes to develop and manage an efficient fundraising system. Topics covered will include: Optimal roles for staff, board, and volunteers; Best practices for board members; Creating a fundraising plan; Utilizing a fundraising calendar; Identify new donors and sustain them; Raising major gifts; and How to mitigate conflict and strain. Sessions take place November 17 from 9:30am - 1:30pm at the Fargodome in Fargo; and November 18 from 9:30am - 1:30pm at the Best Western Doublewood Inn in Bismarck. Thanks to their generous sponsors, this seminar is only $75 per person including lunch. This seminar will be presented by Jim and Scott Holdman, MoD Fundraising. To learn more, visit www.impactgiveback.org.

VSA Successful Arts Partnerships Institute
Successful Arts Partnerships Institute, November 18, 2010 in Bismarck. This is a one-day intensive session that is part of the VSA arts Institute. This interactive workshop focuses on the benefits of partnering and ways to create successful partnerships among schools, educators, artists, and community organizations. You will learn approaches to problem-solving, explore the benefits of partnering programs, and how to build successful collaborations. Registration deadline is November 4, but space is limited. A registration form is available via this link. More information regarding the institute is available via this link.

Join Governor and Mrs. Hoeven, and NDCA at the State Tree Lighting Ceremony December 6th!
The North Dakota Council on the Arts, along with the Governor’s Office and Facility Management, invites the general public to the Lighting Ceremony for the North Dakota State Christmas Tree. The ceremony will be conducted by Governor John Hoeven and First Lady Mikey Hoeven on Monday, December 6 at 5pm in the Memorial Hall of the Capitol Building in Bismarck. Live entertainment will be provided. The ceremony is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony. The tree will be decorated with ornaments handmade by children, students, artists and craftspeople from all over North Dakota, as has been the tradition since 1981. A descriptive listing of the ornaments will be available at the ceremony.

The Holiday Glow Art Sale & Show
Fifteen artists will have their art work displayed and for sale at ten open houses. The holiday home tour in Grand Forks is November 12, from 5-9pm and November 13, from 10am-5pm. Artists will serve refreshments and the venues will be informal and fun places to see and buy art and meet the artists who make it. This year each artist has chosen a non-profit/charitable organization to benefit from the event, too. Artists will donate a percentage of their sales to the various charities. The artists participating this year are: Kim Wilson, Paula Kallinen, Tom Perdue, Marian Gates, Carolyn Meisel, Karla Nelson, Sheila Dalgleish, Sandy Johnson, Dianne Paulsen, Brian Paulsen, Terry Kuntz, Pieper Bloomquist, Tom Johnson, Jean Westman and Jackie Uthus. For more information call 775-8424, or visit http://grandforks.culturepulse.org/event/detail/440899711/Holiday_Glow_Art_Sale_Show.

Reminder - Ornaments for the State Christmas Tree Deadline is November 19!
NDCA invites artists and craftspeople to provide handmade ornaments for the North Dakota State Christmas Tree. The tree will be on display in the Memorial Hall of the State Capitol building in Bismarck. The tree will be lit during a public ceremony conducted by the Governor and Mrs. Hoeven on Monday, December 6, 2010. Submitted ornaments can vary from traditional to contemporary arts. Items that are commercially produced or made from kits are not eligible for inclusion. This is a great art project for elementary classes, Scout troops, 4-H clubs, residents of assisted living centers, etc., as well as a great family project. The theme is open and can be of the designer’s choosing. Each ornament should include a brief one, or two line description of the ornament (naming the art form used, or the special circumstances through which it was created - such as through a class or senior center project). Also include the name(s) of the individual artist/craftsperson who created the ornament(s). A descriptive listing will be available at the ceremony and will be mailed to everyone who submits an ornament. Ornaments must be received in the NDCA office no later than Friday, November 19, 2010. All ornaments become the property of the NDCA and will be hung on the state tree each ensuing year. Mail ornaments to: North Dakota Council on the Arts, 1600 East Century Ave, Ste. 6, Bismarck, ND 58503-0649. For more information, contact the NDCA at (701) 328-7594 or email amschmid@nd.gov .

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

NDCA Announces Upcoming Board Meeting
The North Dakota Council on the Arts’ board meeting will take place on November 22, from 10am-4pm in the Dakotah Room at the Job Service building, located at 1601 E Century Avenue in Bismarck. Board meetings are open to the public. For more information, call 328-7590.

Artist Portfolios: What Are These Things? How Can I Make Mine Shine?
by Peter Colon, Associate, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Presentation portfolios are the most direct representation of who you are as an artist and as a marketer of your work. When it comes to building your visual voice and the success of your work, pay close attention to these insider tips, and your responses will be strong: www.artsmarketing.org/resources/article/2010-10/artist-portfolios-what-are-these-things-how-can-i-make-mine-shine.


Metrics of Success in Art Museums
One of the members of the Art Museum Partnership recently discovered a fascinating article on measuring a museum's success (beyond counting the number of bodies that come through the door). This is essential reading for every museum professional! It was written by Maxwell L. Anderson, Director and CEO of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, for the Getty Leadership Institute. To read the article "Metrics of Success in Art Museums" visit www.cgu.edu/pdffiles/gli/metrics.pdf.

College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts
The College Board is now accepting applications for the first annual College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts. The College Board, acting on a recommendation from its National Task Force on the Arts in Education, established this annual award to recognize and celebrate the achievements of six member institutions that have implemented an arts program that promotes student learning and creativity in exemplary and innovative ways. One school from each of the College Board’s six regions will be awarded a grant of $3,000 to support the continuation and growth of their arts programs. Of these six finalists, one school will be named the national winner and will be awarded an additional $1,000. Regional winners will be honored at their respective 2011 College Board Regional Forums; the national winner will also be honored at the College Board Forum 2011. The deadline for applications is November 15, 2010. Find out more about the award at https://artsaward.collegeboard.org.

2011 VSA International Young Soloist Award
The VSA International Young Soloists Award is given annually to four outstanding musicians with disabilities age 25 and under—two from the United States and two international awardees. Small ensembles are also welcome to apply. The awardees each receive $5,000 and perform at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. Deadline: November 15, 2010. For more information visit www.vsarts.org/soloists.

Devos Institute Summer International Fellowship Program at the Kennedy Center
The Summer International Fellowship Program provides practical experience for 15 mid-to-high-level arts leaders currently working in international nonprofit performing arts organizations. While at the Center, the fellows take classes and refine strategic plans for their home organizations. This full-time, four-week intensive program takes place at The Kennedy Center each July. Fellows attend each summer for three consecutive years. The deadline is December 1, 2010. For more information, visit www.kennedy-center.org/education/artsmanagement/fellowships.cfm.

2010 National Arts Marketing Project Conference
The 2010 National Arts Marketing Project Conference—New Tech. New Tools. New Times.—will be held in San Jose, CA, November 12–15, 2010. Situated in the heart of Silicon Valley, this year’s conference will spotlight ground-breaking marketing and fundraising strategies that are surfacing throughout our field. To register, and for more information, visit www.ArtsMarketing.org/Conference.


Mandan Art Association First Annual Miniature Show
Call for artwork. Accepted media will include: Acrylic, Oil, Pastel, Tempera, Watercolor, Charcoal, Collage, China Painting, Mosaic, Pen & Ink, Pencil, Colored Pencil, Scratch Art, Leather Art, Pottery, Sculpture, Woodturning, and Woodcarving. No prints of original artwork will be accepted. Artwork shall not exceed 8” X 10” total framed size (total 80 sq. inches—this includes frame). Three dimensional artwork (pottery, sculpture, wood carving, china painting, and wood turning) must not exceed 10” tall x 8” wide. Registration forms and fees must be postmarked by November 15, 2010 and sent to: Mandan Art Association, 411 West Main Street, Mandan, ND 58554.For inquiries, phone the Mandan Art Gallery at 701-751-4331 or Rose at 701-751-0796 or Email: mandanartassociation@yahoo.com. Show takes place Wednesday, December 1, 2010 through Friday, December 31, 2010.

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

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

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


Nonprofits and the National Jobs Picture
The Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies has released several reports about the recession's impact on nonprofit employment. An initial analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals that nonprofit employment actually grew during the worst part of the recession, from 2007 to 2009. A recent survey, conducted as a part of the Listening Post Project, reveals more nuance to this story. While nonprofit organizations are adding staff as a whole, many are finding it difficult to maintain existing services and the increased demands are taking a serious toll on human resources.
~ NASAA Notes October 2010, Volume 13, Issue 7  


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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