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February 2011
 

Welcome to e-Prairie Arts! This electronic newsletter supplements our printed newsletter, Prairie Arts, which is published 3 times per year. e-Prairie Arts will be distributed during the months of February, March, April, June, July, August, October, November and December. If you know of anyone else who would like to receive e-Prairie Arts, please e-mail comserv@nd.gov. Or if you wish to unsubscribe, send an e-mail to comserv@nd.gov as well.

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STATEWIDE NEWS
 

NDCA Grant Deadlines Approaching
Application deadline dates for the North Dakota Council on the Arts grants are approaching. The Individual Fellowship Program for Literary and Musical artists final grant submission deadline is February 15, 2011. Artist-in-Residence, Teacher Incentive, Community Arts Access, and Presenter Support grants must be submitted online by April 1, 2011 (draft review deadline is March 15) for programs taking place between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012. 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 all programs. All grants (with the exception of Traditional Arts Apprenticeship) must be completed and submitted via NDCA's online grant system. To access the grant system, please visit http://northdakota.cgweb.org. If you have any questions, please call NDCA's office at 328-7590, or email amschmid@nd.gov.

Plan to Attend the Statewide Poetry Out Loud Competition March 15, 2011!

The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation, have once again partnered with state agencies to bring Poetry Out Loud to high schools across America. The North Dakota State Finals will be held at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck on March 15, 2011. This event is free and open to the public. Trio Apollo, a Bismarck-based woodwind trio, will be performing between student recitations during the semi-finals event. The winner of the state finals will advance to the National Finals, in Washington, DC, on April 27-29, 2011. At the competition there will be a Coffee House and Open Mic which is open to the public and takes place on the Mezzanine, between the semifinals and finals. Students from the Bismarck High School Lit Club are coordinating this event. In partnership with the ND Humanities Council, the ND Council on the Arts is excited to announce the return of Debra Marquart as this year’s emcee. Debra is a professor of English at Iowa State University. She teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing & Environment at Iowa State University and the Stonecoast Low-Residency MFA program at the University of Southern Maine. To learn more about Debra, visit www.debramarquart.com. Competition judges include: Bill Thomas, Director of Radio, Prairie Public; Janelle Masters, Dean of Academic Affairs, Bismarck State College; Nita Ritzke, Associate Professor of Humanities, University of Mary; and Jan Webb, Executive Director, North Dakota Council on the Arts. To learn more about Poetry Out Loud, contact NDCA at, 1600 East Century Avenue, Suite 6, Bismarck, ND 58503; call (701) 328-7593; visit http://www.nd.gov/arts/whatsnew/POL.html; or e-mail: lehreth@nd.gov.

Save the Dates for the 2011 Statewide Arts Conference & North Dakota Governor’s Awards for the Arts April 5-6, 2011
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. The conference will be held in conjunction with the Governor’s Awards for the Arts. Whether you are an artist, an arts administrator, an arts educator, or an arts advocate, you will want to join us for the annual Statewide Arts Conference as it offers the opportunity to explore arts advocacy, marketing made easy, creating partnerships and collaborations, arts funding, community development through the arts, and other current topics of interest. Anne Katz, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Citizens for the Arts, will present the keynote address, “101 people you should know” for grassroots advocacy success. Deana DeFoe, President, Five Fold Consulting, will offer creative ways to build partnerships and collaborations. And, you have a special invitation to be part of the kick off of AND – Arts North Dakota! So join us for a time of education, networking, and fun with friends! The North Dakota Governor’s Awards for the Arts program 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. Nominations are reviewed by NDCA, who then submits final candidates to the Governor for selection of the award winners. The awards will be presented at a special public event in Bismarck the evening of April 6. An agenda and registration information will be announced in the March edition of e-Prairie Arts! For more information, call (701) 328-7590.

Documentaries and Associated Lesson Plans Now Available Online
NDCA produced and developed four artist documentaries in partnership with Prairie Public Broadcasting (PPB), the Bush Foundation, and the Spirit Room Gallery. These videos highlight Bush Artist Fellows (BAF) and Enduring Vision Award (EVA) recipients from North Dakota: traditional Dakotah storyteller Mary Louise Defender Wilson (BAF, EVA) from Porcupine, painter Walter Piehl (EVA) from Minot, Mandan/Hidatsa storyteller and flute player Keith Bear (BAF) from Drags Wolf Village, and traditional Armenian repoussé artist Norik Astvatsaturov (BAF) from Wahpeton. NDCA also partnered previously with PPB and Amid Productions on a fifth documentary called A Lyrical Life: The Struggle and Hope of South Sudan featuring Ma’di musicians living in Fargo. These documentaries have aired independently and as part of the shows Prairie Pulse and Prairie Mosaic at least 18 times reaching an estimated 117,000 viewers. This effort was designed to create greater exposure of these exceptional artists and their art forms to the general public as well as to schools, teachers, and students. In this regard, folk arts education consultant Sue Eleuterio, NDCA arts education director Linda Ehreth, and NDCA folklorist Troyd Geist developed lesson plans in association with the documentaries. Four lesson plans (one pre, two while viewing, and one post viewing) for teachers and students are associated with each documentary. The lesson plans are based on the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction’s Standards and Benchmarks in the areas of English Language Arts, Social Studies, Music, and Visual Arts. These documentaries and their respective lesson plans are available now online at the NDCA’s website and as a part of the North Dakota Studies component of PPB’s website. Schools and teachers are encouraged to utilize these documentaries, lesson plans, and featured artists themselves and other artists with the NDCA’s Artist-in-Residence and/or Teacher Incentive grant programs. For documentaries and lesson plans, visit www.nd.gov/arts/folkarts/folk.html. For more information on NDCA’s publications and recordings, visit www.nd.gov/arts/whatsnew/publications_recordings.html.

Share Your Success Stories with NDCA
The North Dakota Council on the Arts is looking for success stories to share in our printed Prairie Arts newsletter! If you have received a grant from the Council and would like to share with others the importance of the arts and how the grant helped you, or your organization, please email your story to amschmid@nd.gov ~ thank you!

George Pfeiffer Works on Display in ND Governor’s Office
Two oil paintings by artist George Pfeiffer will hang in North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple’s office in the Capitol Building in Bismarck through 2012. The paintings are on loan to the capitol from Plains Art Museum, which holds the works in its permanent collection. The two paintings are titled Dalrymple Farms, Casselton, and Sheyenne River Valley. Dalrymple Farms, Casselton, depicts the farm of Dalrymple’s grandfather. Both paintings were originally commissioned from Pfeiffer in 1983 by Norwest Bank in Casselton and subsequently donated to the Museum in 1999.

Festival of Singing Features Local Talent

A music festival featuring voices of the Red River Valley is set for mid February at three locations in Fargo-Moorhead. Minnesota State University Moorhead voice teacher and soprano Robin Allebach founded the Fargo-Moorhead Festival of Singing last year with the goal of making it an annual event. This is the first. The voice festival opens with the “Red River Valley Hymn Sing,” led by Prairie Public Radio host Merrill Piepkorn. The event takes place Friday, Feb 11 at 7pm at Messiah Lutheran Church in Fargo. For more information, call (701) 237-6770. The event includes Piepkorn’s stories, as well as performances by Allebach and Jim Gurney, piano, and Bill Tweten, organ. The festival continues with the “College-High School Vocal Exchange” on Sunday, Feb 13 at 2pm at Fox Recital Hall in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts on the MSUM campus. Top college and high school vocalists perform, followed by an open forum about life as a college music student and professional musician. The festival concludes Thursday, Feb 17, with “Bach Your Lunch,” a 12:15 performance of music by J. S. Bach at First Presbyterian Church in Fargo. This event features Allebach and MSUM faculty members Debora Harris, flute, and Susan Nagel, piano. All events are open to the public. Free will offerings will be accepted at the churches. For more information about the festival, go to www.fmfestivalofsinging.org, or contact Robin Allebach at (773) 203-1441, or fmfestivalofsinging@aol.com.

Governor Arthur A. Link Fiddle Festival
In 2007, the Society for the Preservation of the Former Governors’ Mansion, wanting to honor former Governor Arthur A. and First Lady Grace Link for their accomplishments regarding the preservation of the site, launched the Governor Arthur A. Link Fiddle Contest to encourage elementary and secondary violin students and provide cash scholarships to outstanding performers of fiddle music. In an effort to encourage more students to participate, the Fiddle Contest has been changed to a Fiddle Festival beginning this year. All elementary and secondary violin students throughout North Dakota with an interest in non-classical violin playing are invited to the Former Governors’ Mansion State Historic Site at 320 East Avenue B in Bismarck on February 13, starting at 12 Noon and continuing until 5pm. Students at all experience levels are encouraged to attend. The festival is free and registration is not required. The intent of the festival is to help students improve their playing ability and increase their violin music repertory. Students will be able to jam and learn in a fun, low-pressure environment with accomplished North Dakota musicians. Interested non-students may attend the festival to watch and listen with the understanding that seating will be limited and students will have priority for available space.  Light refreshments will be available throughout the afternoon. For more information, contact Site Supervisor Johnathan Campbell at 328-9528 or email at jcampbell@nd.gov.

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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.

 
NATIONAL NEWS
 

New 990 Filing Thresholds for 2010 Tax Year
Do you know which Form 990-series return you are required to file for the 2010 tax year? The 990 filing thresholds for the year 2010 and later (filed in 2011 and later) will change as follows for all organizations required to file: Organizations with gross receipts normally < $50,000 must file Form 990-N (but may choose to file a complete Form 990 or Form 990-EZ). In prior years, only organizations with gross receipts normally < $25,000 could file the Form 990-N ("e-postcard"); Organizations with gross receipts > $50,000 and < $200,000 and total assets < $500,000 must file Form 990-EZ or a complete Form 990; Organizations with gross receipts > $200,000 or total assets > $500,000 must file Form 990; and Private foundations must file Form 990-PF.

Bush Fellowship Program
Since 1953, the Bush Foundation has invested more than $800 million in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota to strengthen leadership and ensure vibrant communities. Recently the Foundation announced the Bush Fellowship Program, a new opportunity for individuals who wish to develop their leadership skills while working on the tough problems communities face, including those who work at the intersection of the arts and the community. The Foundation believes that artists are catalysts for change and innovation and have the passion to tackle tough issues and mobilize communities to work together.  We encourage you both to apply to the Bush Fellowship Program and to pass along information about the opportunity to others who share your passion for joining with the community to address and solve tough challenges. Deadline for application to the Bush Fellowship Program is February 25, 2011. Details about the application process are available at www.bushfoundation.org.

U.S. State Department smARTpower Program Benefits Visual Artists
smARTpowersm will send fifteen U.S. artists abroad to work with local artists and young people around the world to create community-based art projects. Travel opportunities of up to 45 days will be awarded to selected artists to design and develop programs in cooperation with local arts organizations in host countries including China, Ecuador, Egypt, Ghana, India, Kosovo, Lebanon, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Turkey, and Venezuela. smARTpower will support the development and implementation of community-based art projects that engage youth and other local residents, including artists. The projects are strongly encouraged to create a tangible legacy of the work accomplished through smARTpower in a variety of visual arts media, including but not limited to painting, sculpture, drawing, video, installation, photo-based work, public art, and interdisciplinary projects. Participatory work is strongly recommended and encouraged. Artists will address a full range of relevant subjects including, but not limited to, women's empowerment, the environment, health, education, and civic engagement. Emerging to mid-career artists are encouraged to apply. Proposals must be submitted ONLINE ONLY by midnight, February 28, 2011. Please visit www.bronxmuseum.org/smartpower, and read the information on eligibility, requirements and submission carefully before applying, to ensure eligibility and proper formatting of your proposal. Mailed applications will NOT be accepted.

Application Guidelines for "Grants for Arts Projects" and "Our Town" Grants Now Available
To view the guidelines, go to www.arts.gov/grants/apply, select the field or discipline most relevant to your project, and choose Grants for Arts Projects or Our Town from the list of funding opportunities. “Grants for Arts Projects” Organizations may apply under the following categories: Art Works: To 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. (Two application deadlines: March 10 and August 11, 2011); or Challenge America Fast-Track: To support projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations. Grants are for $10,000. (Application deadline: May 26, 2011). “Our Town” Organizations may apply for creative placemaking projects that contribute to the livability of communities and place the arts at their core. An organization may request a grant amount from $25,000 to $250,000. (Statement of Interest deadline: March 1, 2011). “Grants for Arts Projects” Guidelines Presentation at http://www.arts.gov/grants/apply/GAP-presentation.html; or “Our Town” Guidelines Presentation at http://www.arts.gov/grants/apply/OurTown-presentation.html. The National Endowment for the Arts, www.arts.gov.

Artists Wanted for 2011 Midwest Arts Conference Spotlight Showcase
Arts Midwest is encouraging artists/ensembles to apply to perform in front of hundreds of presenters from across the Midwest and beyond! Their panel-selected Spotlight Showcases are an integral part of the Conference schedule and provide mainstage exposure. Artists, managers, and agents can submit applications to perform as part of the Spotlight Showcases at this September's Conference in Minneapolis. A panel of performing arts professionals will review all eligible applications in April and recommend artists to perform based on the artistic excellence shown in each artist's application materials. The application info and instructions are available at www.artsmidwest.org/programs/mac/showcases/2011-application-info. STEP 1: Online application: Must be submitted online no later than Tues, March 1, 2011, by 4:00 p.m. CST, and before mailing in your hard-copy application package; STEP 2: $70 application fee: Must be submitted online before mailing in your hard-copy application package; STEP 3: Hard-copy application package: Must be mailed to arrive in-office no later than Thurs., March 3, 2011, by 4:00 p.m. CST. (This is NOT a postmark deadline.) Arts Midwest’s presenters and affiliate organizations are some of our best resources for connecting to new and exciting artists! Mark your calendars for September 7–10, 2011, for the Midwest Arts Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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.

Top Technology Trends: What’s Ahead for Arts Marketers in 2011
In 2010, technology influenced our field tremendously. Some predicted trends, like Google Wave and Google Buzz, failed to take off, and many unexpected trends, like group-manipulated pricing and Ask a Curator, flourished. Following are some major trends that have gathered momentum in the past year and/or are poised to take off in 2011: Group discounts and group-manipulated pricing; Go mobile or go home: mobile app development and mobile ticketing; Changing media consumption; The privacy debate; Rise of location-based social media. To learn more about these trends, visit http://artsmarketing.org/resources/article/2011-01/top-technology-trends-what%E2%80%99s-ahead-arts-marketers-2011.

Tax Bill Extends IRA Rollover Charity Incentive
The tax bill brokered and signed in December by President Obama extends for another year the benefit to charitable donors age 70-1/2 and older who tap their individual retirement accounts to make charitable donations. The law, which was in place for 2009 but had not been extended for 2010, allows a taxpayer to contribute to charities up to $100,000 a year from individual retirement accounts without paying federal taxes on the withdrawal. Such a break was in place for 2009, but Congress had not acted to extend it for 2010. The so-called IRA Charitable Rollover giving incentive has been a top tax policy priority for the nonprofit community. The giving incentive just enacted is retroactively reinstated for gifts made during 2010, and extends through 2011. In addition, gifts made by January 31, 2011, may be recognized as 2010 gifts for tax purposes.

 
EVENT AND EXHIBIT CALENDAR, ARTS OPPORTUNITIES
 

Artists Celebrating Christ
Call for artists! ACC, Artists Celebrating Christ is continuing with plans for another great event, taking place March 31–April 3, 2011. The University of Mary’s Benedictine Center is the host location for this event, showcasing beautiful art pieces of faith, liturgical décor, music and more. Registration deadline for entry is February 12, 2011. For more info call (701) 255-7312, E-mail info@accartshow.com; or visit the web site at www.accartshow.com.

Art Fest Applications Now Available for Artists, Artisans, Performers and Concessionaires
Admire the art. Savor the food. Breathe in the outdoors. Feel the sun. Tune in to new music. Introduce your senses to 145+ artists, more than 20 performance groups, and 16+ concessioners at the 2011 Grand Cities Art Fest June 11 and 12 in downtown Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. Art Fest is a diverse gathering of local artistic talent and entertainment that highlights our region’s unique culture. Shop for fine art and homemade crafts, spark your kids’ imaginations with child-centered craft making, experience live, local music and see Town Square come alive as artists turn raw materials into original masterpieces at “Arts in Action” – all framed by the scenic banks of the
Red River of the North. Visit www.novac.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=77299 to download your application. If you would like a paper copy, please e-mail your address and which type of application you would like to info@novac.org. Paper copies will be mailed to previous participants. Applications due March 11, 2011.

Mandan Art Association 53rd Annual Spring Art Show, April, 2011
Due to changing circumstances and the change in space restrictions it was necessary for us to make several changes in the show guidelines. Accepted media will include: Acrylic, Oil, Pastel, Tempera, Watercolor, Charcoal, Collage, China Painting, Mosaic, Pen & Ink, Pencil, Colored Pencil, Scratch Art, Leather Art, Pottery, Sculpture, Woodturning, and Woodcarving. No prints of original artwork will be accepted. No photography, digital photography or fabric (textile) art will be accepted in this show (see future shows for these mediums). We will be hosting a textile show in July and a photography show in September. Hanging artwork shall not exceed 24” x 30” total size (total 720 sq. inches—this includes frame). Three dimensional artwork (pottery, sculpture, wood carving, china painting, and wood turning) must not exceed 24” tall x 12” wide. You must list approximate size for each entry on registration form. We no longer have a student division. Since the show will be held in our gallery we are able to keep the displays up for nearly a full month. Registration Deadline postmarked by March 15, 2011. If you have any questions on the show or entry form please call or email Rose Heiser, Gallery Director at mandanartassociation@yahoo.com; or home phone 751-0796. A registration 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!

 
DID YOU KNOW ...
 

Technology and the Performing Arts Field: Usage and Issues
The world is constantly evolving in how it uses technology. In consequence, the arts field has struggled, adapted, and sometimes excelled in its own utilization of technology. To capture and better understand these trends, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation commissioned a study of technology usage in the arts field to learn about organizations’ practices and needs. This report combines a comprehensive survey of the arts field with more recent in-depth qualitative research. The report is available through the Grantmakers in the Arts website at www.giarts.org/article/technology-and-performing-arts-field-usage-and-issues.

 
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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