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April 2011

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There is still time to register for the 2011 Statewide Arts Conference and North Dakota Governor’s Awards for the Arts!
Creative Communities: The Art of the State of North Dakota will take place Tuesday and Wednesday, April 5-6, 2011 at the Radisson Hotel in Bismarck, ND. The Statewide Arts Conference is sponsored by the North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA) and Arts North Dakota (AND). The conference will be held in conjunction with the Governor’s Awards for the Arts, which is presented by the Governor’s Office, NDCA, and Arts North Dakota to recognize individuals and organizations who have made outstanding contributions to the arts in the state. The 2011 recipients are North Valley Arts Council of Grand Forks, Northern Lights Arts Council of Langdon, and Sleepy Hollow Summer Theater of Bismarck in the Arts Organization category; Hardy Lieberg of Minot in the Individual Achievement category; and The Hotel Donaldson in the Private Business category. The awards will be presented at a special public event in Bismarck the evening of April 6. A limited number of rooms are still available at the Radisson Hotel in Bismarck, but you need to call NDCA at (701) 328-7590 and we will reserve the room for you. Rooms are available at this rate on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registrations are due April 1, 2011! More information, the agenda and registration forms are available via this link.

Join us on Friday for Linda Ehreth Retirement Party!

As you all may be aware by now, Linda Ehreth will be retiring as the NDCA Education Director as of March 31, 2011. We want to invite you to a retirement open house for her on April 1, 2011 from 10 a.m. to noon. We'll have refreshments and a few 'comments' in the Work Force Safety and Insurance boardroom in our office building at 1600 E Century Avenue. Linda has been with the NDCA since September of 2000 and been an invaluable member of the staff. She's going to be greatly missed! We'd love to have you stop by and thank her for the wonderful work she has done for schools and teaching artists throughout her time with the Council. This is an open invitation, so feel free to bring along anyone that you think might like to come.

Poetry Out Loud State Finals Winners Announced
The North Dakota Council on the Arts is pleased to announce that the first place winner of the North Dakota State Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest is Karson Pederson of Watford City High School in Watford City, ND. The second place winner is Brianna Anderson of Shanley High School in Fargo, ND. Third place was awarded to Kaley Schwab of Mandan High School in Mandan, ND. Bethany Brumbaugh of Cavalier High School in Cavalier, and Sam Hager of St. Mary’s Central High School in Bismarck also placed in the top five. The competition was presented in partnership with The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Poetry Foundation. The state finals competition took place on Tuesday, March 15, at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck, ND. Karson Pederson will advance to the National Finals in Washington, DC on April 27, 2011, where a total of $50,000 in scholarships and school stipends, with at least a $20,000 college scholarship for the Poetry Out Loud National Champion, will be awarded. For more information, visit www.nd.gov/arts/whatsnew/POL.html.

FY12 Professional Development and Special Projects Now Available

The Fiscal Year 2012 grant cycles for Professional Development and Special Projects are now available online. Please note that these grants are for programs/events taking place between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012. To learn more, and to apply online visit www.nd.gov/arts/grants/grant.html.

Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant Deadline Approaching

The Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grants must be postmarked by May 15, 2011 for project periods of July 1, 2011 to April 30, 2012. Early submission is strongly encouraged. For more information, visit www.nd.gov/arts/folkarts/TAP-grant.html. If you have any questions, please email tgeist@nd.gov and/or call NDCA's office at 328-7590.

Applications Open: Manager, North Dakota and South Dakota Activities Position at Bush Foundation
The Bush Foundation is accepting applications for a new Manager, North Dakota and South Dakota Activities position. The position serves all program areas of the Foundation-the Educational Achievement, Leadership and Communities, and Native Nations teams. The Foundation works across North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota partnering with public institutions and communities to be a catalyst to create sustainable solutions to tough public problems. Our work across three states, 23 Native nations, more than 200 counties, hundreds of school districts, and thousands of cities and townships requires a greater presence in the region, particularly in ND and SD. The success of our work depends on an accurate understanding of the communities and the issues they face. Basing staff in ND and SD better situates the Foundation to reach out to all corners of the region, and to explore opportunities for cross-boundary and intergovernmental cooperation. Interested applicants should refer to the Bush Foundation's website at www.bushfoundation.org/about/job_opportunities.asp for instructions on applying. The application deadline is April 6, 2011. A detailed job description is available at http://bushfoundation.org/Publications/NN_Manager_ND_SD_JD032011.pdf. Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Application materials should include a resume and a letter addressing how the candidate's experiences meet the requirements of the position. Materials must be submitted by the deadline of April 6, 2011. For more information about the Bush Foundation, visit www.bushfoundation.org. Submit materials to: Ann Yelich, Human Resource Consultant Bush Foundation, 332 Minnesota Street, Suite E-900, St. Paul, MN 55101; Fax: 651-297-6485; E-mail: Human_Resources@bushfoundation.org.

Art Odyssey Trip to Reykjavik, Iceland
The North Dakota Museum of Art has rescheduled this year's Art Odyssey trip to Reykjavik, Iceland. Art Odyssey will now take place May 19 - 22, or longer should you choose to stay and explore on your own. Art Odyssey is an annual cultural excursion organized by the Museum and is open to anyone who wishes to attend. This year's guests will spend four days in beautiful Reykjavik, Iceland, visiting artist studios, museums, attending concerts and openings, in addition to exploring the city and surrounding area. People wishing to attend pay a $100 Art Odyssey fee to the Museum, plus their own flight, hotel, food, etc. Please call Matthew Wallace at 777-4195 or email mwallace@ndmoa.com to reserve your place or with any questions.

Symphony Music Director to Host Mozart Tour to Salzburg-Vienna-Prague
Dr. Beverly Everett, music director of the Bismarck-Mandan and Bemidji Symphonies,  is hosting a Mozart Tour to Salzburg, Vienna and Prague August 15-25, 2011. The tour will include concerts in the three cities. The itinerary will also emphasize the general history of the area and participants will see the beautiful countryside in this region, including the Austrian Alps. Three days will be spent in each city, giving the traveler time to learn in depth about these delightful destinations. Dr. Everett  holds degrees in organ and conducting from Baylor University, where she was a Presser Foundation Scholar, and from the University of Iowa, where she earned a Doctor of Musical Art in 2001. Dr. Everett has studied at the Aspen Music Festival and abroad. She is a concert pianist and organist, as well as a composer.  Plans are underway for her to present an organ performance at a historic church on this journey. A complete itinerary/brochure is available from Satrom Travel & Tour, 1-800-833-8787 or info@satromtravel.com. Satrom Travel specializes in cultural tours which, in addition to Dr. Everett’s tour, currently include a TransAtlantic Crossing plus England tour with humanities scholar Clay Jenkinson May 16-29; Sleepy Hollow New York City tour (for adults as well as providing an educational component for students) October 19-24, and Satrom Travel’s annual New York City Theatre Tour December 1-4. Contact: Katherine Satrom, 258-5000.

Construction Work on $52 Million North Dakota Heritage Center Expansion Project Begins
After many years in the planning, construction work begins on the North Dakota Heritage Center expansion projec
t.  The $52 million project will nearly double the size of the current facility with the addition of 97,000 square feet. Located on the state capitol grounds, the North Dakota Heritage Center is the headquarters of the state’s history agency, the State Historical Society of North Dakota (SHSND). It is also the state’s history museum, and its largest museum. Construction will take about two years, from March 2011 to January 2013.  The new exhibit galleries will open over the following two-year period, culminating in North Dakota’s 125th anniversary of statehood on November 2, 2014. The 2009 Legislative Assembly authorized $51.7 million for the expansion of the exhibits and collections spaces of the North Dakota Heritage Center. Of this, $39.7 million in state funds was appropriated. The remaining funds are being raised by the State Historical Society of North Dakota Foundation. For more information about the North Dakota Heritage Center expansion project, visit the State Historical Society of North Dakota’s website at www.history.nd.gov or the State Historical Society of North Dakota Foundation’s website at www.statehistoricalfoundation.com.

For the first time ever, NCM Fathom and the Los Angeles Philharmonic are partnering to bring three specially selected performances LIVE from the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles to movie theatres nationwide. LA Phil LIVE is an immersive sight and sound experience, featuring full concert performances with the LA Phil led by its dynamic music director Gustavo Dudamel, broadcast live from Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. In-theatre audiences will experience up-close and dramatic views of Dudamel and the orchestra in action, captured with multiple HD cameras and in thrilling 5.1 surround sound. The final concert is on June 5 at 4pm - Power and beauty can be heard throughout Brahms’ Fourth Symphony, from the tragic first movement – the composer at his most dramatic and passionate – through the requiem-like second and surprisingly joyful third, to the climactic final chords of the forceful last movement. Dudamel also is joined by brothers Renaud and Gautier Capuçon for Brahms’ towering Double Concerto, Brahms’ final orchestral work. Visit www.LAPhil.com/LAPhilLIVE to purchase tickets and learn more.  Also, visit http://www.laphil.com/press/video.cfm to watch the event trailer and get a sneak peak of the concert. You can see these performance at Grand Theatre in Bismarck; and Century 10 Theatre in Fargo. Tickets: $20 Adult, $16 Student.

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Check Out NDCA's Groundbreaking Compilation 30 Years in the Making!

Sundogs and Sunflowers: Folklore and Folk Art of the Northern Great Plains is a groundbreaking compilation thirty years in the making celebrating the proud folk heritage of the Northern Great Plains. Published by the North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA), it is compiled and edited by North Dakota State University Professor Emeritus Dr. Timothy J. Kloberdanz and NDCA folklorist Troyd A. Geist. Sundogs and Sunflowers represents a concerted effort to focus long overdue attention on the folk traditions of North Dakota and the Northern Great Plains. This 352 page, coffee-table-size, full color, hardcover volume features more than a thousand examples of folklore and folk art, as well as more than three hundred images. NDCA invites you to take a look at the short online video promotion via this link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIDJ6zQstZ8. The book is only $34.95! (plus tax & shipping if applicable) For further information, or to order in time for the holidays, contact the NDCA at (701) 328-7590, or via email at comserv@nd.gov. Visit www.nd.gov/arts/whatsnew/SundogsandSunflowers.html to learn more.

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, visit www.culturepulse.org.


The 24th Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy
Academy Award-winning actor and Artistic Director of the Old Vic Theatre, Kevin Spacey, will deliver the 24th Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy April 4, 2011 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall. Receive two free tickets to the lecture with your Arts Advocacy Day registration or reserve your tickets online today at www.artsusa.org/events/2011/hanks/001.asp. Register Now for Arts Advocacy Day at www.artsusa.org/events/2011/aad/003.asp. For more information visit www.artsusa.org/events/2011/aad/default.asp.

National Endowment for the Arts: Art Works Grants
The National Endowment for the Arts has changed its presenting guidelines. NEA's Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. Within these areas, innovative projects are strongly encouraged. An organization may request a grant amount from $10,000 to $100,000. Deadline: August 11, 2011. For more information visit www.arts.gov/grants/apply/Presenting.html.

April is Jazz Appreciation Month
Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) is intended to draw public attention to the glories of jazz as both an historical and a living treasure. The idea is to encourage musicians, concert halls, schools, colleges, museums, libraries and public broadcasters to offer special programs on jazz every April. In addition, JAM is intended to stimulate the current jazz scene and encourage people of all ages to participate in jazz--to study the music, attend concerts, listen to jazz on radio and recordings, read books about jazz, and support institutional jazz programs. The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History has designated the month and has enlisted a distinguished roster of federal agencies and departments, nongovernmental organizations, foundations and broadcasting networks. Any organization can participate in Jazz Appreciation Month. For more information, a calendar of activities and to learn how to participate and celebrate JAM, visit http://www.smithsonianjazz.org/.

April is National Poetry Month
Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996, National Poetry Month (NPM) brings together publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools, and poets around the country to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of businesses and non-profit organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events. more on National Poetry Month...


Capital A'Fair
Capital A'Fair is accepting applications. Artists, enjoy the beautiful weather and sell your work over a two-day festival August 6-7, 2011 on the state Capitol grounds. Only handcrafted work by the selling artist will be accepted. Cost for booth space is $150 and vendors must supply their own tents, displays, tables and chairs. Applications are available at the Bismarck Art & Galleries Association gallery, the deadline for entry is April 1, 2011. For more information call 223-5986; or email sherry.baga@midconetwork.com.

National Watermedia Exhibition Seeking Entries
The Red River Watercolor Society is seeking entries in the 18th Annual National Juried Watermedia Exhibition to be held June 19 to September 19, 2011, at the Historical Society Clay County Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead. Over $3000 in cash and merchandise prizes will be awarded to artists chosen by juror Marilyn Hughey  Phillis. She is an internationally recognized artist, juror and instructor. Entries must be postmarked April 1, 2011. Submissions are by hard copy photographs or by jpeg image on CD. Prospectus will be available no later than December.  For a prospectus send a SASE ( self-addressed stamped #10 envelope) to RRWS/prospectus, PO Box 1656, Fargo ND 58107 or download at redriverws.org. The Red River Watercolor Society is a non-profit, international organization founded in 1989. Its mission is to promote appreciation of all watermedia, both within the society and the community. A variety of programs and opportunities are offered which appeal to all levels of ability, including exhibitions, artistic growth, professional concerns, and general art experiences in the community.

Village Gallery Craft Fair
The Village Gallery Craft Fair takes place June 10 & 11, 2011 at the Center Civic Center, 312 Lincoln Ave North in Center, ND. Registration fee is $7.50 per 3’x 6’ table. For more information call 794-3168 or e-mail: tshaag@westriv.com. Late entry fee $5 - no refunds after May 30. Deadline is May 30, 2011. An entry form is available via this link.

**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!


Investing in Arts Development Pays Off
The Urban Land Institute recently published an article on the virtues of embedding the arts into economic development and sustainability planning efforts. Written for property developers, investors, architects and urban planners, Investing in Arts Development calls arts funding cuts "wrongheaded." It concludes, "The evidence, both academic and practical, strongly suggests that those communities that continue to invest in their creative appeal will fare much better economically than those that do not."


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
The "Prairie Independent" is Bismarck-Mandan's community newspaper of people, places, culture and what’s going on. The "Prairie Independent" is free and available at over 220 locations including coffee shops, restaurants, waiting rooms, bars, entertainment centers, convenience stores, churches, colleges, retail stores, offices and work places. It is published monthly by the North Dakota Center for the Public Good. If you are interested in advertising your events or efforts, suggesting articles about your events or efforts, or having copies of the "Prairie Independent" for 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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