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August 2011
 

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STATEWIDE NEWS
 

2011 Special Edition OrnamentThe North Dakota Council on the Arts Announces the Fifth Annual Special Edition Ornament
NDCA announces their fifth annual Special Edition Ornament which is now available for purchase. Vida Klocke, the owner and operator of Vida's Collectibles in Underwood, was commissioned by NDCA to create a one-of-a-kind, porcelain ornament. Vida's Collectibles originated in 1990. As a member of Pride of Dakota, Vida currently markets a line of hand painted china to gift stores throughout the state. Her pieces are in collections across the US and many foreign countries. The fine art of China Painting was developed centuries ago. Each piece of porcelain is freehand sketched, hand painted and then fired to about 1400 degrees to acquire its permanent surface. Most pieces need several paintings and firings because the porcelain absorbs only a small amount of china paint at each firing. More color must be added and fired again to obtain the depth needed to bring out the design. The art of china painting allows the artist to achieve a beautiful translucent effect on porcelain as it is their canvas. Each piece is an original painting. Because each piece is free hand painted, you can be sure each one is unique and unlike any other. 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). $10 from each ornament can be used as a tax-deductible donation to the North Dakota Cultural Endowment Fund, as proceeds will benefit this 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. For more information, please visit www.nd.gov/arts/whatsnew/11Special-Edition-Ornament.html. If you would like to purchase a Special Edition Ornament, please call (701) 328-7590.

NDCA's Online Grant Programs Now Available

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, 2011 for programming taking place January 1, 2012 through June 30, 2012. If you would like to submit a draft review, the deadline is October 15, 2011. 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.

The North Dakota Art Gallery Association Call for Artists
The North Dakota Art Gallery Association, NDAGA, is a non-profit corporation organized in 1975. Administered by a board of gallery member representatives, the Association provides professional training opportunities for its members. NDAGA recognizes and honors outstanding folk, contemporary and traditional artists. All works must be original and created within the past two years. No mass produced forms permitted. No factory produced items. All prints must be properly signed and numbered in a limited edition. Cooperatively booked exhibitions typically run from four to ten venues. Honorarium provided for work accepted to tour. Eligibility: The competition is open to all artists working in any media. Selection Committee: Member nonprofit gallery directors. Calendar: Deadline for entries: August 31, 2011; Accepted work notification: November 1, 2011. To enter: Indicate interest in a solo or group exhibition tour; Visual art entries will be judged from high-resolution jpegs, CD or DVD; Electronic visual entries must be in jpeg format, minimum 200 dpi, 4x6 inches. Include file with titles, size and medium. Label the electronic files: last name_entryno_titleofwork.jpg; Include at least 5, no more than 7, images for consideration; and Include chronology and artist statement. A prospectus is available via this link.

Rendezvous Art & Heritage Festival
The Rendezvous Art & Heritage Festival takes place on August 6 in Riverside Park, in Walhalla. There will be music groups, artisans from throughout North Dakota, a Farmers Market, quilters and much more. The event takes place from 9am-5pm.

2011 Capital A’Fair
Join the Bismarck Art & Galleries Association August 6-7 on the Capitol mall for Capital A’Fair. There is something for everyone! Capital A'Fair is one of the areas 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, sidewalk chalk artists creating masterpieces, and children's activities contribute to the festive mood.

Fiber Arts Festival
The 2011 Fiber Arts Festival takes place August 6-7. Explore and experience the world of fiber and hand-crafted arts through exhibits, demonstrations, classes and shopping. Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm, Rheault Farm, 2902 25th ST S. For more information visit www.fargoparks.com or call 499-7788.

JMAC Art Fest 2011
The JMAC Art Fest 2011 will take place on September 17 in Recreation Park, the 400 block of 2nd Avenue West. The days activities will start at 11am and conclude at 4pm. This is an event to celebrate art, art education, food and culture in a fun family friendly way! Call 774-3601, email jmps@nemont.net or visit www.jamesmemorial.com.

FMVA 2011 Studio Crawl
On October 1-2, the Fargo Moorhead Visual Artists will offer a peek into the artists’ studios throughout the Fargo-Moorhead area during the annual Studio Crawl. The crawl is the ultimate way to survey the immense amount of artistic talent in the area. The Studio Crawl was established in 2004 to develop an awareness and appreciation for the quality and diversity of visual arts in the region. During the two-day event, the public is given a chance to go behind the scenes of a working artist’s studio and exposed to dynamic educational experiences that demystify art’s “making” process. Thirty-two studios will be open for visitation during this year’s crawl. Studio Crawl maps are available at Plains Art Museum, 704 1st Av. N., at www.fmva.us, at area businesses, and from the participating artists.

State Historical Society of North Dakota’s (SHSND) Cultural Heritage Grant Program
The State Historical Society of North Dakota’s (SHSND) Cultural Heritage Grant Program provides grant funding for local museums and historical societies, including exhibits, special projects or events, education activities, collections and capital improvements. The 2011-13 biennium will have two grant rounds and the Society is making available up to $260,000 for the first round in 2011. That amount includes $30,000 for recovery efforts of historic properties affected by the spring and summer flooding throughout the state. The 2011 grant round will be due by Friday, August 26. Interested eligible organizations that have a project they wish to be considered for an award should thoroughly read the guidelines and submit and application to the SHSND before August 26. The completed application must be accepted (not postmarked) by the SHSND by 5pm on Friday, August 26. Applications for any of the Cultural Heritage Grant programs are is available on the SHSND’s website at www.history.nd.gov  or can be requested by contacting the SHSND’s Grants and Contracts Officer Amy Munson at (701) 328-3573 or email at amunson@nd.gov.

Website Funding Grant
The Digital Community Foundation has approved website funding for select nonprofits that includes 25% of the total cost of a website project through Firespring. Grant amounts typically range from $500 to $2,000. To qualify, each grant award recipient must be located in North Dakota, be a 501(c)3 and be approved by the DCF board. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis at www.digitalcommunityfoundation.org, and the review process takes about 5 days, after which they would receive an award letter with the status of their funding request. If any nonprofits are interested in applying or exploring further, Firespring would be happy to setup a time to discuss their goals and the options available to see if this program would be a good fit. For more information contact Julie Plyler, Nonprofit Solutions Manager at julie.plyler@firespring.com ; d: 402.437.0081; t: 888.388.5778 x1081. Firespring, www.firespring.com/nonprofit.

Storing and Preserving Still Photographic Materials Collections
Midwest Art Conservation Center (MACC) Paper Conservator, Dianna Clise, will teach this one-day workshop. You’ll receive: hands-on experience in the identification of various types of negatives and prints from MACC’s extensive photographic study collection; identification of the agents of deterioration in photographic materials; hands-on identification of types of damages; proper exhibition and storage materials and a brief discussion on digitizing photographic materials collections. A comprehensive notebook of technical leaflets will be provided for each participant. $195 for MACC members and $245 for non-members. To learn more and to sign up, visit http://www.preserveart.org/workshopapp.php. Date: October 3, 2011, 9am-4pm, Location: Minitex, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. Date: October 28, 2011, 9am-4pm, Location: Bismarck Convention Center, Bismarck, ND (North Dakota Governor’s Conference).

Sundogs and Sunflowers dustjacket cover imageHave you heard about NDCA's recent publication?
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.

Let NDCA Help You with Your Gift-Giving Needs

Did you know that North Dakota Council on the Arts can help you with gift-giving needs? We can, with unique CDs, collectables, and wonderful picturesque books.  Storytellers’ present history and folklore in a way that lets your mind’s eye capture their meaning on the CD. These renditions have been handed down through generations; conveying the various cultures that are synonymous with North Dakota. Our books are bountiful with colorful crafts and scenery found in our country side. We also have collector Christmas ornaments starting with 2008. These ornaments are decorative enough to display year round. Thinking of giving an impressive gift for graduations, weddings, birthdays, or holidays? Go online at www.nd.gov/arts then call us with your order at 701-328-7590.

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! CulturePulse.org also 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.

 
NATIONAL NEWS
 

House Votes Against NEA Funding Cuts; Strong Comeback for Arts Advocacy
The vote in the House of Representatives on July 28 demonstrated a strong victory for arts advocates intent on gaining legislative support for federal arts funding. The amendment would have reduced 2012 appropriations for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to $125 million from the level of $135 million proposed in the bill approved by the House Appropriations Committee. A similar amendment last February to bring 2011 NEA funds down to $125 million passed by a vote of 217-209. July 28th’s vote, recorded at 181-240, defeated the amendment. This time around, the voting patterns noticeably shifted. Even some of our champions in Congress were surprised at the size of the winning vote. In February, 22 Republicans joined all but three Democrats in voting against the arts funding cut. This week, all Democrats and 55 Republicans voted together to defeat the move to reduce the NEA funds. Conservative Republicans teamed up with moderates from their own party to carry the vote. Clearly, forces combined to win that outcome. The advocacy of NASAA's members was strong and engaged. Personal contacts carried the day. Our colleagues in other arts organizations were equally involved through their grass-roots networks. Our bipartisan champions in Congress stood visibly against the proposed funding cut. 55 Republicans voted to hold the line on cuts to the NEA, opposing the amendment. Each of them deserves special thanks. The House of Representatives plans to continue meeting through the weekend to finish work on the Interior Appropriations Bill—and to produce a plan for raising the debt ceiling—but their work is done on the arts appropriations. Many thanks again to all in turning around an important vote on the way to realizing the best possible budget for the NEA in 2012.
~ July 29, 2011, Thomas L. Birch, NASAA Legislative Counsel

John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowships to Assist Research and Artistic Creation
Often characterized as "midcareer" awards, Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. Deadline is September 15, 2011. For more information visit www.gf.org/applicants/how-to-apply.

What Schools Can Do to Increase Arts Education

The Arts Education Partnership has prepared a guide with support from the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities that offers several concrete actions school principals can take to increase arts education in their schools. Each action in What School Leaders Can Do To Increase Arts Education is supported with several low-cost or no-cost strategies that other school leaders have used and found to be effective.
~ NASAA Notes, July 8, 2011, Volume 14, Issue 7

Importance of Arts in Healthcare

Spending time in a hospital or rehab center can be a stressful and dehumanizing experience. When we are not feeling well, we are hypersensitive to our surroundings.  The arts offer a healing alternative to the cold and sterile. This recently published article, Why We Need the Arts in Medicine, by Gary Christenson, M.D. demonstrates how the arts not only improve the patient experience and accelerate the healing process, but can even save money. For more information on Arts in Healthcare, visit http://www.thesah.org/doc/reports/State%20of%20the%20Field%20Report%2009.pdf.
~ Americans for the Arts' July 2011 Monthly Wire

Webinar: Making the Arts Accessible to Audiences with Disabilities

Date: August 24, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. EDT. Too often, people with disabilities—especially people who are blind or have low vision—are not welcome in a community's cultural institutions simply because programs are not accessible in a meaningful way. Thus, these audiences are unrealized; moreover, people with physical disabilities are left culturally disadvantaged. The webinar will demonstrate how audio description can make performing arts, museums, and media accessible to an underserved yet vital part of your community. This webinar is free to Americans for the Arts Members, $35.00 for non-members. To learn more visit http://eo2.commpartners.com/users/afta/session.php?id=6970.

2011 Midwest Arts Conference
The 2011 Midwest Arts Conference will convene from Wednesday, September 7-Saturday, September 10, 2011 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at the Minneapolis Convention Center. If you haven’t attended the Conference in the last few years but want to get in the loop for information about the 2011 Conference, be sure to sign up for their mailing list and watch your e-mail, or you can visit www.artsmidwest.org/programs/mac for more information!

2011 Southwest Conference on Disability
Early Bird registration is now open for the 2011 Southwest Conference on Disability, held during the 40th annual International Balloon Fiesta October 4-7, 2011! Take advantage of the $195 registration fee for all three days of the conference. Register today at http://cdd.unm.edu/swconf/register.asp. In addition to three keynote speakers and over eighty breakout sessions, highlights of the 2011 conference include pre-conference workshops, special emphasis themes on technology and inclusion, and the Disability and the Arts program, including the Third Annual Disability Film Festival, Artisans Showcase, and Artists in Residence program. The special conference rate of $99 per night at the Doubletree hotel is available three days before and three days after the conference. More information on conference events, hotel reservations, preconference workshops and the Disability and the Arts program is available at 
http://cdd.unm.edu/swconf/index.asp.

2011 National Arts Marketing Project Conference
The 2011 National Arts Marketing Project Conference, November 12–15, 2011, in Louisville, KY, will show you that when you work toward winning new audiences the sky’s the limit. Americans for the Arts is offering a limited number of scholarships to arts leaders to assist them in participating in the National Arts Marketing Project Conference. The scholarship application is available at www.artsmarketing.org/sites/default/files/documents/conference/NAMPC%202011%20scholarship%20app%20041111.pdf, the scholarship deadline is August 10, 2011. The conference schedule is available at www.artsmarketing.org/conference/daily-schedule. For more information about this program, visit http://artsmarketing.org/conference; call the Americans for the Arts Meetings and Events Department at 202.371.2830; or e-mail events@artsusa.org.

 
EVENT AND EXHIBIT CALENDAR, ARTS OPPORTUNITIES
 

Mandan Art Association 1st Annual Photography Show, September, 2011
Artwork Eligibility: All photography, both standard and computer enhanced (please mark your piece accordingly). Each piece shall not exceed 24” x 30” total size (total 720 sq. inches—this includes frame). You must list approximate size for each entry on registration form. Each hanging entry must be suitably framed with hangers or it will not be hung. Final decision for hanging artwork will rest with the MAA check-in committee. All photography must be for sales. Entries are to be priced complete with frame and any attached hardware. Registration forms and fees must be postmarked by August 15, 2011, and sent to: Mandan Art Association, 411 West Main Street, Mandan, ND 58554. The registration form and more information, is available via this link.

8th Annual Governor’s Photo Contest
Online submission now available through Flickr. Gov. Jack Dalrymple and the North Dakota Tourism Division, in partnership with AAA, are kicking off the Governor’s 2011 North Dakota Photo Contest. The contest will run from May 16 through August 31, following North Dakota Tourism Week events. Any North Dakota amateur photographer is invited to submit entries to the Governor's Photo Contest. One winner will be selected in each category and a $200 cash prize will be awarded to the photographer of each selected photo. Additional honorable mentions may be selected in each category, with photographers receiving North Dakota Legendary merchandise. A Best of Show photo will be selected from the winning photographs, and the photographer will receive an additional $300 cash prize and a free, one-year basic membership to AAA. In addition to the prize money: Winning photographs will be published in North Dakota Tourism’s 2012 promotional materials and websites; Winning photographs will be eligible for display in AAA North Dakota branch offices and may be printed in AAA regional publications; and Winners also will be published in North Dakota Tourism’s newsletter and likely in future promotional publications and marketing efforts. The deadline to submit photos is August 31, 2011. Physical entries must be postmarked with this date. Entered photos must be family-friendly. Complete contest rules can be found on the Tourism Division Web site at NDTourism.com. For more information, contact the Tourism Division at 328-2525 or 800-435-5663.

**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 ...
 

Josh Groban Launches New Arts Education Foundation
In July, Americans for the Arts Artists Committee Member and renowned singer-songwriter Josh Groban launched his new Find Your Light Foundation by announcing a partnership with Americans for the Arts on a text-to-give campaign to support national arts education advocacy. Through Find Your Light, Groban plans to focus his philanthropy on supporting arts education and cultural awareness. Groban hopes that through Find Your Light, he can accomplish a number of goals “from providing instruments and funding for arts programs in schools to introducing people to the arts and culture around them and even around the world through the use of technology.” During his Straight to You Tour through November, Groban is highlighting local arts education nonprofits at each of his U.S. tour stops. You can check out the organizations being featured each week on Find Your Light Foundation’s website. For more information, visit http://findyourlightfoundation.org.

 
OTHER RESOURCES
 

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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