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December 2011
 

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STATEWIDE NEWS
 

NDCA Announces the North Dakota State Tree Lighting Ceremony ~ This Year's Theme is Angels
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 2011 North Dakota State Christmas Tree. The ceremony will be conducted by Governor Jack Dalrymple and First Lady Betsy Dalrymple on Monday, December 5 at 5:00 p.m. in the Memorial Hall of the Capitol Building in Bismarck. Live entertainment will be provided by Joel Gilbertson, pianist; Central Dakota Children’s Choir, Bel Canto; and the Suzuki School of Music. Readings will be presented by Lieutenant Governor Drew Wrigley, and Kathleen Wrigley. The ceremony is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony. An “Angel” theme was chosen to show appreciation, and to offer a sincere thank you to all the "Angels" who helped family, friends and neighbors through the devastating floods that took place within our state this past year.

Downtown Artist Co-op Set to Open December 16
The Bismarck Downtown Artist Co-op has found a home in the former Bismarck Tribune Building, located at 222 N 4th Street. Six local artists have come together to form a Board of Directors and are busy getting the space ready for the opening reception December 16, 2011, from 6-9pm. Mike Van Beek came up with the idea of getting a Co-op started in Bismarck and worked for months trying to find the perfect location. Paul Noot, Austin Schmaltz, Andrea Ficek, Ali LaRock and Melissa Gordon are founding members of the Board and Co-op. To celebrate our space they are inviting all local artists to participate in their first exhibit, “A Foot In The Door.” They are accepting two-dimensional art in all media. The work must be 1 foot by 1 foot (12 X 12”) or smaller. Please email bismarckartist@yahoo.com for an entry form. For more information please contact Paul Noot at (701) 391.8803 or 323-4800 ext. 6050.

Arts North Dakota Seeks Part-Time Executive Director
Minimum Education: Bachelor’s Degree or 3 years of experience as Executive Director. Salary: Contract at $1,708.33 per month. Responsibilities: The Executive Director (ED) will be responsible for operations of the organization on a daily basis. The ED will report directly to the Board of Directors and be required to support and promote its Mission. The ED will cultivate key relationships with state-wide arts organizations and have a familiarity with non-profit governance. Grant writing and involvement in fundraising events are expected with a focus on securing corporate and major donor funds. The ED will work with Culture Pulse to develop and implement a strategic marketing plan. The ED will manage the marketing plan for Culture Pulse. The ED will be required to manage the budget with responsibilities such as filing legal reports, monitoring cash flow, and acquiring and maintaining revenue streams. The ED must have strong leadership and communication skills. Experience in the non-profit industry is desirable but not required. Please submit cover letter and resume to: Pattie Carr, President, AND Board of Director, via email at Pattie.Carr@dickinsonstate.edu. Deadline to apply is January 6, 2012. The target start date is March 1, 2012. For more information on AND, visit http://artsnd.org.

The Creative Community Leadership Institute to Take Place in Fargo-Moorhead Spring 2012
The Creative Community Leadership Institute is a learning network of pioneering leaders in community development and the arts. They believe that the future health of communities demands innovative, cross-sector leadership at every level. To foster this leadership, The Creative Community Leadership Institute provides comprehensive, professional-level training and support for community-engaged artists, organizers, educators, administrators and developers. The 2012 program in Fargo-Moorhead is offered by Intermedia Arts in partnership with the Bush Foundation, Plains Art Museum and NDSU Department of Visual Arts. The Creative Community Leadership Institute will bring together a new group of up to twenty-five fellows for personal learning, new partnerships and creative strategies around the question: “How do the arts and community development work together to help build caring, capable, and sustainable communities?” A pply for this leadership development opportunity if you: Build community and have active community relationships; Have significant experience working in areas such as, but not limited to, community organizing, arts, education, native sovereignty, public systems, health care, youth development, community and economic development and housing; Are open to new experiences, relationships, collaborations and potential partnerships with others in this field; Are ready to engage with new ideas and transform the way you work to more effectively meld community development and the arts in community-building strategies; Are willing to step forward and make a difference in your community; and can commit to the dates and times scheduled for the Institute. The deadline to apply is 6pm, Friday, January 6, 2012. For an application visit http://intermediaarts.org/leadership-institute-application-form1. For more information call 612-871-4444; Email: Info@IntermediaArts.org; or visit www.IntermediaArts.org.

NDCA Seeks Poetry Out Loud Participants
North Dakota high school students are encouraged to participate in this school year’s Poetry Out Loud Program. This national recitation contest encourages youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance. The competition begins at the classroom level, with winners advancing to a school-wide competition and then the state finals, which will be March 19, 2012, in Bismarck. One student from each state will compete at the 2012 national finals in Washington, D.C., May 13-15, where $50,000 in scholarships and school prizes will be awarded. Free curriculum materials are available for use by participating schools, including print and online anthologies with more than 400 classic and contemporary poems, a website (www.poetryoutloud.org), a teacher’s guide for teaching recitation and performance, and a CD of well-known actors and writers. To learn more about the program, or to register, contact Rebecca Engelman at the NDCA, 701-328-7593, or rengelman@nd.gov. A registration form is available at www.nd.gov/arts/whatsnew/POL.html. Registration deadline is January 13, 2012!

Sentinel Butte Artist Sheila Rieman Killed in Car Accident

Our hearts are saddened by the news, Sheila Rieman, 53, died after a deer strike caused her car to crash into the end of a guard rail about 30 miles east of Billings, Mont., where she was to attend the opening of a gallery show featuring some of her work. Rieman and Pete Novotny, a horse farrier and her companion of 30 years, moved to Sentinel Butte seven years ago. They built a studio and horse barn about halfway to Medora, in the pinks and tans of Badlands country where she escaped to paint, and they raised horses. The Billings' Gallery Interiors was among a half-dozen that represented Rieman's art. Gallery owner Joe Booth said the artist had earned a national reputation for pastels and oils rendered with superior draftsmanship in bright vibrant color. NDCA staff offers our sincerest condolences to Sheila’s family, friends and to everyone who knew and loved her. To read the entire article published by the Bismarck Tribune, visit http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/sentinal-butte-artist-sheila-rieman-killed-in-collision-with-deer/article_c3c6f120-14a3-11e1-af0f-001cc4c002e0.html.

NDCA Announces Touring Exhibit
Opportunity
NDCA’s book, Sundog and Sunflowers: Folklore and Folk Art of the Northern Great Plains recently won first place in the North Dakota Library Association’s 2011 Notable Document Awards. We are excited and pleased with this honor. NDCA has been working on a photographic exhibit based and derived from this book. The exhibit has been complete and is ready for travel. The exhibit will be offered for tour to cultural organizations, schools, senior centers, and art galleries throughout the state. The book includes folklore and folk art from every single county in our state, from small towns and large throughout the state. The exhibit consists of 28 full-color didactic panels (with text and images); two to three panels as a sample from each of the 10 chapters in the book. The panels are 30” x 20” on gallery/exhibit ready framed, laminated sintra. The crating, mounting instructions, condition reports, press packages, and book order forms accompany the exhibit. An online link providing visual examples of the exhibit’s didactic panels is available at: www.nd.gov/arts/whatsnew/SundogsandSunflowers.html or a direct link to the YouTube video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0KKbPe1tDw. For more information, contact Troyd Geist at tgeist@nd.gov or by calling (701) 866-0959.

NDCA to Participate in Pride of Dakota Holiday Showcase Event

NDCA will be participating in the Pride of Dakota Holiday Showcase event in Bismarck, December 2-4, 2011. Be sure to stop by NDCA's booth to check out the CD's, publications and Special Edition Ornaments we will have for sale! Purchase unique gifts for friends, family or yourself and help support the arts in North Dakota! Hope to see you there!

2011 Special Edition OrnamentBe Sure to Get Your NDCA 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. Limited quantities of the second, third and fourth edition ornaments are available as well. 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.

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 Special Edition 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; or email comserv@nd.gov.

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
 

The Big Read Now Accepting Applications
Join a Nation of Readers! The Big Read is accepting applications from non-profit organizations to develop community-wide reading programs between September 2012 and June 2013. The Big Read is a national program designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment. Organizations selected to participate in The Big Read receive a grant, access to online training resources and opportunities, and educational and promotional materials designed to support widespread community involvement and participation. Approximately 75 organizations from across the country will be selected. Application submission deadline: February 1, 2012. To review the Guidelines & Application Instructions visit The Big Read website at www.neabigread.org/application_process.php. Questions? Call Arts Midwest at 612.238.8010 or email TheBigRead@artsmidwest.org.

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Commits $50 Million to Support Individual Artists
The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has announced the launch of a ten-year, $50 million initiative designed to support more than two hundred individual artists in the fields of jazz, theater, and contemporary dance. Believed to be the largest such effort in the nation, the Doris Duke Performing Artists Initiative will invest in the development and future work of individual artists by providing unrestricted multiyear cash grants. Specifically, the initiative will award fellowships to a total of one hundred artists who have won funding on a national level for at least three different projects over the past ten years, with at least one project having received support from a DDCF-funded program; fellowships to an additional one hundred artists who have demonstrated the potential to influence their respective fields but who have yet to receive significant national support; and a minimum of fifty residencies to artists at dance companies, theaters, or presenting organizations, with half of each grant going to the artist and half to the supporting organization. Grantees will be chosen through an anonymous peer-review process, with the first cohort to be announced in 2012. Established to enable artists to take creative risks, explore new ideas, and tend to critical needs such as health care and retirement savings, the initiative represents an additional investment by DDCF in the arts above its existing commitment. Since its inception in 1996, the foundation has awarded more than $218 million to bolster the arts nationwide. To learn more, visit www.ddcf.org/Arts/Program-Initiatives/Special-Performing-Artists-Initiative.

National Inspirational Teacher Awards
The Kennedy Center is accepting nominations from students for its Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards held annually in honor of Stephen Sondheim’s birthday on March 22. Teachers of all grades and levels, elementary to university, residing within the United States are eligible to be nominated. Recipients of this award will receive $10,000 as well as being showcased with their students on The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards website. The deadline is December 16, 2011. Visit www.kennedy-center.org/programs/awards/sondheim/index.cfm for more information.

Charitable Deduction Remains Under Threat
Despite the recent Senate Finance Committee hearing (http://finance.senate.gov/hearings/hearing/?id=915d5477-5056-a032-524b-feac6e9e3321) and other signs of broad congressional support, the charitable deduction remains under intense scrutiny as the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (the “supercommittee”) looks for ways to raise revenues and close the federal deficit gap. A Republican member proposed a plan which suggested changes or elimination of the deduction altogether. Americans for the Arts has been working closely with the larger charitable sector and advocacy groups such as Independent Sector and the National Council on Nonprofits in raising concern over possible harmful changes or elimination of the deduction. The joint committee had until November 23 to make these crucial decisions. For further information on charitable tax deductions, please contact Associate Director of Federal Affairs Gladstone Payton at gpayton@artsusa.org. Independent Sector Letter, http://independentsector.org/charitable_deduction; National Council on Nonprofits Letter, http://www.givevoice.org/letter.
~ Americans for the Arts November Monthly Wire

 
EVENT AND EXHIBIT CALENDAR, ARTS OPPORTUNITIES
 

**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.

Northwest Art Center's Americas 2012: Paperworks
Works in any medium, on or of paper, traditional or experimental, including photographs, qualify. All works must be original and not measure over 60 inches in any direction. Work must be ready to exhibit, completed within the last two years, and not previously exhibited in an Americas 2000 exhibition. Two-dimensional work should be framed and protected by clear acrylic glazing. Entry deadline is December 29, 2011. A maximum of five entries are allowed per artist. Submit electronic images, a non-refundable entry fee payable in US dollars (cost details to follow), and the completed entry form to Americas 2012: Paperworks. Entry will not be accepted without the proper fee. Entry Fee: 2 entries/$25; Additional Entries: $5 each. Enclose a $20 annual membership fee, and you may enter at the NAC Art Friends membership rate. NAC Art Friends Members rate: 2 entries/$15; Additional Entries: $2 each. MAIL TO: Americas 2012: Paperworks, Northwest Art Center, Minot State University, 500 University Avenue West, Minot, North Dakota 58707. For prospectus and more information, visit www.minotstateu.edu/nac; E-mail: nac@minotstateu.edu; or call (701) 858-3264 or 800 -777-0750 (ex.3264).

8th Annual Custer Stampede Buffalo Art Auction
The Custer Stampede Buffalo Art Auction is a public art project in Custer, SD sponsored by the Custer Area Chamber of Commerce. Artists are encouraged to apply to create a unique table top bison form or a free form/original piece of bison artwork. Artists are selected by committee, their work is displayed in Custer and throughout the Black Hills from Memorial Day weekend through the end of September, when it is auctioned off. This is a tremendous opportunity for artists to receive exposure and recognition to a very wide audience. Custer City is nestled in the Southern Black Hills of South Dakota, hosting over two million visitors a year and is close to Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Crazy Horse Memorial, and Custer State Park. Application materials are due by January 31, 2012. Submit materials to: Custer Stampede Buffalo Art Auction:  Artist Committee, PO Box 5018, Custer, SD 57730. No original artwork should be submitted or will be accepted in the application process. Please only submit requested materials. Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you wish to have your materials returned after review. The Custer Stampede committee will make its selection by February 20, 2012 and notify all artists in writing. The Custer Stampede committee invites all artists to apply regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, age, or disability. To learn more about the Custer Stampede Buffalo Art Auction, visit www.custerstampede.org.

Artists Celebrating Christ Call to Artists
ACC, Artists Celebrating Christ (Bismarck, ND) invites you to enter the 2012 art show.  It will be another great event with adult and student entries, two wonderful presenters from Illinois:  Dr. Denis McNamera (Sacred Art and Architecture) and David J.P. Hooker (Sculpture), a quick draw/reception, student art classes and a silent auction.  Spaces for art booths will be available. Purchase awards will be given. Average attendance is 1700.  Registrations are due January 31, 2012. For more information call (701) 255-7312, email: info@accartshow.com, or download registration forms at www.accartshow.com.

The Great Winter Crow Show
The Great Winter Crow Show at the Spirit Room, held in alternate years, is a non-competitive festive exhibition free of entry fees. It is intended to be a mad combining of energies and visual ingredients. The theme is the crow, the blackbird, and all their marvelous and malevolent associations. The crows and ravens keep us company in the wintertime and continue to remind us with their squawks and pacing that they keep a close eye on our behaviors and movements. Crows are known to play catch with twigs, to slide down snowy hills on their backs head-first, to soar and dive for entertainment, to carry shiny objects back to their nests for contemplation, and to collect hallucinogenic seeds in the fall, saving them to bring color to winter-white boredom. It gets slow in the winter for people too, a good reason to celebrate “the uncanny crow.” The Reverend Henry Ward Beecher said in the mid 1880s, “If men had wings and bore black feathers, few of them would be clever enough to match the crow.” This is a chance to put on your thinking cap and share your talents and good humor by entering the Great Winter Crow Show. General Guidelines: To enter the Crow Show, all deadlines must be met. There is no entry fee. Deadlines: Entry Registration Forms are due at PO Box 1657, Fargo, ND 58107 by Friday, February 24, 2012. For more information visit http://spiritroom.net/index.php.

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

 
DID YOU KNOW ...
 

Best YouTube Practices for Non-Profits
Following are six great tips for non-profits when using YouTube: 1. Display Subscribers and Friends; 2. Send Friend Requests Weekly; 3. Subscribe to Channels Created by Funders and Partners; 4. Sign Up for YouTube’s Nonprofit Program; 5. Integrate Your Videos into Your Website, Blog, Social Networking Communities, and Mobile Campaigns; and 6. Create an Annual “Thank You” Video. To learn more, visit www.nonprofitmarketingblog.com/comments/6_more_youtube_tips_for_nonprofits.

 
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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