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OCTOBER 2010
 

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STATEWIDE NEWS
 

Governor John Hoeven Declares October 2010 as Arts and Humanities Month for the state of North Dakota
This came by way of an official proclamation from his office, which recognized that “the arts and humanities enhance and enrich the lives of all citizens; and affect every aspect of life in America today including the economy, social problem solving, job creation, education, creativity, and community livability.” North Dakota’s Arts and Humanities Month corresponds with a national celebration. The National Arts and Humanities Month is sponsored by a coalition of national organizations representing the arts and humanities. It provides all cultural organizations and agencies the opportunity to highlight the work they do for their communities. The celebration grew out of National Arts Week, which was started in 1985 by the National Endowment for the Arts and Americans for the Arts. A copy of Governor Hoeven’s proclamation is available by request, please contact the North Dakota Council on the Arts at (701) 328-7594 or e-mail amschmid@nd.gov.

NDCA's Online Grant Program Deadlines Approaching

The Artist in Residence, Community Arts Access, Presenter Support and Teacher Incentive fall grants are available via NDCA's online grant system. The grant deadline is November 1, 2010 for programming taking place January 1, 2011 through June 30, 2011. If you would like to submit a draft review, the deadline is October 15, 2010. For more information, or to apply for a grant, visit NDCA's online grant system at http://northdakota.cgweb.org; or call 701-328-7590.

North Dakota Artist’s Works Exhibited in Offices of the Governor and First Lady
The North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA), along with the offices of Governor John Hoeven and First Lady Mikey Hoeven, will be exhibiting the works of Underwood artist Vida Klocke at the Capitol Building in Bismarck during the months of October, November and December. Vida’s works will be on display in the Governor’s ground floor and first floor offices, the First Lady’s fourth floor office, and the Attorney General’s first floor office. Working from a home based studio, she currently markets her pieces throughout stores and art shows around the state and on her website, www.vidascollectibles.com. To learn more, contact Vida at (701) 442-3478; or via email at klocke@westriv.com.

Plains Jazz Trio Free Performance in Fargo as Part of Arts and Humanities Month
To celebrate Arts and Humanities Month, the Federal Government supports creative expression with free musical performances. The Rocky Mountain Region U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) joins the National Endowment for the Arts to celebrate the beginning of Arts & Humanities Month in America. GSA’s Rocky Mountain Region includes Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Utah, each state recognizing contributions of American artists during the month long celebration during October. The arts have played a significant role in shaping our country’s culture and legacy, and GSA will host a free musical performance to help celebrate just that. This event is a means for the federal government to contribute making the arts accessible to the public as well as demonstrate its support for the arts. The North Dakota performance is by the Plains Jazz Trio, and it takes place Friday, October 1 from 12 - 1:00 p.m. at the US Bank Plaza, 505 2nd Avenue North on Broadway in Fargo.

Attic Treasurers Vintage Style Show and More
The Ashley Arts Council presents and afternoon of memories through vintage displays, clothing, drama, music and food on Saturday, October 2, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. at the Ashley American Legion Hall. Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased at the door. This is a fund raiser for the upcoming Ashley 125th Celebration in 2013.

FM Visual Artists’ Studio Crawl 2010
The Studio Crawl takes place October 2-3. The Studio Crawl was established in 2004 to develop an awareness and appreciation for the quality and diversity of the visual arts in our region. During the two-day event, the public is invited into the studios of the many working artists in the Fargo Moorhead area. Visiting the artists in their element and expose a dynamic educational experience, demystifing art’s "making" process. For more information visit http://www.fmva.us.

Enjoy a Great Meal and Support VSA North Dakota
On Monday October 4th, 2010 Space Aliens Grill & Bar is happy to support VSA North Dakota. VSA North Dakota strives to create and maintain a community where people with disabilities can learn through, participate in, and have access to the arts. Recognizing that every individual has a creative voice that needs to be both expressed and heard, VSA North Dakota provides, promotes, and furthers arts centered activities in inclusive settings so people with and without disabilities can experience the arts together. Please bring a copy of this letter to Space Aliens Grill & Bar in Bismarck, during normal business hours, on October 4, and 20% of your total purchase will be donated to this worthy cause. Please present the letter to your server at the end of your meal so we can make sure your organization receives proper credit. Requests for credit on meals without this letter cannot be honored. ‘Space Aliens Helping Earthlings’ is an organization started by Space Aliens Grill & Bar to help support local teams, charities, and community projects.

The North Dakota Mural to be Unveiled
Join the Plains Art Museum in the Unveiling of The North Dakota Mural. A ceremony to unveil The North Dakota Mural, a 13 x 24’ painting by renowned Pop artist James Rosenquist, will be held on October 7 at 11 a.m. at Plains Art Museum. The event is free and lunch will be provided by the Museum. Rosenquist will be on hand for the unveiling. For more information visit http://plainsart.org/visit/public-programs/the-debut-of-the-north-dakota-mural.

An Evening with S.D. Nelson
You are invited to join the partners in Read North Dakota as they spend 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 will give a free public presentation designed for adults at the historic Fargo Theatre, Thursday, October 21 at 7 p.m., to be broadcast at a later date by Prairie Public Television and Radio. Read North Dakota is dedicated to celebrating and promoting literature created in and about North Dakota, for more information visit www.readnd.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.

Call for Ornaments for State Christmas Tree
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.

The North Dakota Museum of Art Announces Its Newest Rural Arts Initiative Touring Exhibition and Ceramic Workshops
The North Dakota Museum of Art started the Rural Arts Initiative program in 2004. As the official State art museum, we realize the difficulties some community members and schools face in planning trips to the Museum. To counter this, the Museum decided to tour its exhibitions to communities throughout the State while focusing on rural schools. NDMOA invites you to host an exhibition this year in your community. Organize an exhibition in collaboration with your local arts council, civic organization, school or chamber of commerce. The Museum will deliver, install and de-install the exhibition free of charge to the community. The host organization must provide a clean, secure and temperature controlled space. Exhibitions come complete with standardize lesson plans and can be adjustable to various ages and grades. Each exhibition is available for two weeks to one month. Exhibitions include original, multi-media works of art from artists around the region and world. Exhibit options include: “Fantastic” which brings together the works of a dozen artists from the United States, Canada, England, Iceland, and Argentina who delve into the implausible, incredible, and improbable; and “Into the Tussock” which is a special one-time exhibition, there is only one bookings left for this exhibition. It is made up of work by seven contemporary Icelandic artists. Also, Guillermo (Memo) Guardia is available for ceramic and sculpture workshops through the Museum’s Rural Arts Initiative. Communities are invited to host a week-long workshop with Memo in conjunction with the traveling exhibitions. All bookings are first come, first serve. If you have questions or would like to book an exhibition or ceramic workshop in your community, please contact Matthew Wallace at 701-777-4195 or mwallace@ndmoa.com.

Introduction to Cleaning Museum Artifacts: What's Right and What's Wrong
October 29, 2010. Location: North Dakota Governor’s Conference, State Historical Society of North Dakota. This 1-day workshop is designed for collections staff with little or no conservation training. Participants will learn to assess different types of artifacts for simple cleaning practices and be given the recipes for simple, safe cleaning products. Participants will find out the dangers of using common commercial cleaning products and understand how to determine when a professional conservator needs to be called in for treatment. For more details and registration information, visit http://www.preserveart.org/workshops.html#cleaningartifacts.

 
NATIONAL NEWS
 

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month
October marks National Disability Employment Awareness Month, which focuses on promoting employment opportunities for people with disabilities. In observance of the month, President Barack Obama issued a proclamation calling on "all Americans to celebrate the contributions of individuals with disabilities to our workplaces and communities, and to promote the employment of individuals with disabilities to create a better, more inclusive America." Increasing employment opportunities and career development is one of VSA arts' guiding principles.

October is National Arts and Humanities Month
National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM) in October is a coast-to-coast collective celebration of culture in America. Each year since 1993, NAHM has helped give millions of Americans the opportunity to explore new facets of the arts and humanities in their lives and has encouraged them to begin a lifelong habit of active participation. National Arts and Humanities Month's four primary goals are to: create a national, state and local focus on the arts and humanities through the media; encourage the active participation of individuals, as well as arts, humanities and other interested organizations nationwide; provide an opportunity for federal, state and local business, government and civic leaders to declare their support for the arts and humanities; and establish a highly visible vehicle for raising public awareness about the arts and humanities. For more information visit www.nasaa-arts.org/Advocacy/National-Arts-and-Humanities-Month.php.

NEA Announces Beth Bienvenu as the New Director of Accessibility Programs
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announces that Beth Bienvenu will join the NEA as the new director of Office of Accessibility. Dr. Bienvenu will manage the NEA's technical assistance and advocacy work devoted to making the arts accessible for people with disabilities, older adults including veterans, and people living in institutions. This includes initiatives related to universal design, arts and aging, arts in healthcare, and careers in the arts for people with disabilities. Prior to coming to the NEA, Ms. Bienvenu worked for five years as a policy advisor with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Office of Disability Employment Policy. In that capacity, she analyzed federal laws and regulations, as well as public and private sector policies and practices related to all elements of employment for persons with disabilities. She created and delivered training sessions on recruiting, hiring, accommodating, and retaining individuals with disabilities and developed partnerships with other federal agencies, nonprofit organizations, and business on behalf on those constituents. Ms. Bienvenu replaces Paula Terry who has served for many years at the NEA on behalf of populations often isolated from full participation in the arts. Ms. Terry has established leadership initiatives in Creativity and Aging, Universal Design, Careers in the Arts for Individuals with Disabilities, Arts in Healthcare, and Arts in Corrections. Under her leadership the Accessibility Office has helped form a nationwide network of accessibility coordinators in state and regional arts agencies and has produced a variety of reports and technical assistance materials for the field. In recognition of her accomplishments, the NEA has garnered national honors including the 1998 Universal Design Award, a 2002 award from the National Business & Disability Council. In 2006, the NEA was recognized for excellence in accessibility leadership by the Christopher Reeve Foundation and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. For more information on the NEA's accessibility programs and publications, please visit arts.gov; for the complete press release, visit www.arts.gov/news/news10/Beth-Bienvenu-NEA-appointment.html.

NEA Announces Michael Killoren as the New Director of Local Arts Agencies and Challenge America Fast Track
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced today that Michael Killoren will join the NEA as the director of Local Arts Agencies and Challenge America Fast Track. Mr. Killoren will manage NEA’s grantmaking for these two programs as well as develop partnerships to advance the local arts agency field as a whole. He will begin his work on October 12, 2010. Mr. Killoren comes to the NEA from Seattle, Washington where he served as director of the Mayor’s Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. Prior to July 2002 when he began his work with the mayor’s office, he was the director of cultural tourism for Seattle’s Convention and Visitors Bureau; the arts program coordinator and later executive director of the King County Arts Commission; and managing director of the Alice B. Theatre, all three organizations based in Seattle. For three and a half years prior to coming to Seattle, he was part of the programming staff at the Sheldon Arts Foundation in St. Louis, Missouri. For more information, please visit arts.gov.

Arts Education Partnership (AEP) Fall 2010 National Forum
Dates: October 21–22, 2010. The Arts Education Partnership (AEP) will host its Creativity Works! Arts, Education, and the Innovation Economy Forum in Denver, October 21–22, 2010. The forum will feature key leaders in the field of arts and education and will engage participants in discussions on cultural, educational, and economic systems and the pressures on each of them. Small group discussions will also focus on new models for research, policy, and practice. For more information visit www.aep-arts.org/forums/denver2010.htm.

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.

 
EVENT AND EXHIBIT CALENDAR, ARTS OPPORTUNITIES
 

Jean Ranstrom Oil Workshop October 2-3, 2010
This class is open to all oil painters intermediate to advanced. Cost is $130. The workshop takes place Friday, October 1 from 7-9pm, and Saturday, October 2, from 9am-3:30pm. The workshop will emphasize shape painting to build better composition and help you be more accurate in modeling form for anything you paint. For more information, or to register call Bismarck Art Galleries & Associations at 223-5986.

Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra announces auditions for the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Youth Orchestra
The Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce fall auditions for its youth orchestra, conducted by the BMSO’s new concertmaster, Everaldo Martinez. The auditions will be held at the Symphony Office at 215 N. 6th Street on Sunday, October 3 from 2:00-4:00pm. Young musicians in seventh grade through college who have played an instrument for at least two years are strongly encouraged to call the Symphony Office at (701) 258-8345 to schedule an audition time. Strings, winds, and brass are welcome to audition. The BMSYO rehearses on Tuesdays at 4:30pm at Bismarck State College starting on Tuesday, October 5. The ensemble will be featured on the Symphony’s holiday concerts on November 19 and 20. The semester will conclude with a free BMSYO performance at Bismarck State College. There is a nominal fee for students in the youth orchestra to cover the cost of tuition and music.

The National Arts Program Call for Art
The call is for the art show at Grand Forks Air Force Base. Registration deadline is October 18. Participants must be military members, military retirees, civilian employees of GFAFB or immediate family member of one of the above. Areas for entry include painting, works on paper, photography, sculpture, craft, and mixed media. Many prizes and awards in various categories including amateur, intermediate, professional and youth. Contact laurie.vsand@gmail.com for a registration form or more information.

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!

 
DID YOU KNOW ...
 

Secrets of the Trade: Free Marketing and Business Tools the Pros Use. By now, most artists know that, when used strategically, social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter can be effective, free marketing tools. But are you aware that there are dozens of other simple, free digital tools that marketing experts, entrepreneurs and even big corporations use all the time to manage and market their businesses? To learn more visit http://orders.artcalendar.com/article.asp?ID=243.
~ Art Calendar, 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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