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July 2011

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NDCA Awards $531,470.49 in Grants Throughout the State
The North Dakota Council on the Arts completed its spring grant round for Fiscal Year 2012. $531,470.49 was awarded in six different grant programs: Artist in Residence, Community Arts Access, Presenter Support, Institutional Support, Teacher Incentive and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship. All applications were evaluated by grant review panels and all awards were subject to approval by the NDCA’s board of directors. General descriptions of the different grant programs, complete guidelines and application instructions for these, and other NDCA grant programs, are available on NDCA’s web site at www.nd.gov/arts; or by calling (701) 328-7590. A copy of the complete press release is available at www.nd.gov/arts/pressreleases/releases/Spring_11grants-awarded-pressrelease.doc.

NDCA Announces New Arts in Education Director
The North Dakota Council on the Arts is proud to announce and welcome Rebecca Engelman as our new Arts in Education Director effective June 1, 2011. Mrs. Engelman brings with her over twenty-four years of experience in arts education. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND and is currently pursuing a Master of Art Education degree from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Prior to her employment with the Council, Mrs. Engelman was a Teaching Assistant with the Department of CE-HD at the University of Minnesota; and an Art Specialist at Cathedral School in Bismarck from 1986 to 2010, where she instructed grades K-8 in Art History, Criticism, Aesthetics, and Production. During her time at Cathedral, Mrs. Engelman also spent two years as an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Mary; she presented workshops at the North Dakota Teacher’s Education Program; and was an Art Instructor at THEO School of Art for three years. Mrs. Engelman understands the benefits of, and has created sustained programs that encourage partnerships between schools, artists, and communities. She will continue to make the personal commitment required to create positive collaborations, seek and provide meaningful learning opportunities, and develop ongoing working relationships. She believes it is important to be proactive when seeking common ground and is passionate about discovering and nurturing the unique gifts within others. Mrs. Engelman is a long-time art educator, a 1999 North Dakota Governor’s Awards for Arts recipient in Arts Education, a Fulbright Scholar, and a 2010 Bush Foundation Fellow. NDCA is pleased to have her join its staff, and looks forward to working with her in developing arts education programs and projects across the state.

Flood Damage Assessment Assistance
If you as an artist or arts organization (or you know of an artist or organization) that needs assistance in assessing damage from this year's flooding or financial assistance/loans, etc., please let the NDCA office know by calling 328-7592, or email jwebb@nd.gov. There are several national groups that can help - but they need to know what is needed.

North Dakota Artist’s Works Exhibited in Offices of the Governor and First Lady
The North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA), along with the offices of Governor Jack Dalrymple and First Lady Betsy Dalrymple, will exhibit the works of Valley City artists Clint Saunders and Daron W. Krueger at the Capitol Building in Bismarck during the months of July, August and September. Their works will be on display in the Governor’s ground floor and first floor offices, the First Lady’s fourth floor office, and the Attorney General’s first floor office. To learn more about these two artists, click on this link to view the Featured Artists...

Two New Artists Added to NDCA’s Artist in Residence Roster
NDCA announces two new Artist in Residence rostered artists: Music\Multidisciplinary – Penny and Pals (Penny Andrist) of Fargo, ND; and Music – Copper Street Brass Quintet of Minneapolis, MN. For more information on these new artists, existing artists and organizations, or for program details, visit www.nd.gov/arts/arts_ed/roster.html; or contact Rebecca Engelman at (701) 328-7593.

FY12 Professional Development and Special Projects Available
The Fiscal Year 2012 grant cycles for Professional Development and Special Projects are now available online. Please note that these grants are for programs/events taking place between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012. To learn more, and to apply online visit www.nd.gov/arts/grants/grant.html.

Nominations Now Being Accepted for the 2011 NoVAC Annual Arts Awards

The awards are presented by the North Valley Arts Council (NoVAC) to honor the artists, arts organizations, businesses and supporters that have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to the arts community. NoVAC accepts nominations in four categories: Artist of the Year, honoring a regional artist who has demonstrated extraordinary achievements in his or her artistic field over the past year. The recipient is presented with a $1,000 stipend; Individual Support of the Arts, honoring an individual who has shown extraordinary commitment to the regional arts community through volunteerism, leadership, financial contributions or other support; Corporate Support of the Arts, honoring a regional business that has demonstrated extraordinary commitment to the arts community through sponsorship, volunteerism or other support; and Miscellaneous Category, NoVAC recognizes individuals and organizations that do not fit into the three standard award areas. This award can be given for career achievement, volunteerism, and more.  The public is encouraged to nominate any individual or organization that has demonstrated extraordinary commitment to the regional arts community. The Annual Arts Awards and Art Auction will be held on September 15th at the Empire Arts Center. In addition to the awards ceremony, work by visual artists will be represented and available for auction. Cocktail hour will precede the awards. There is an easy-to-use nomination form online at www.NOVAC.org. Nominations can also be submitted to info@novac.org; to 124 N. 3rd Street, 2nd Floor, Grand Forks, ND 58203; or by fax at 701-772-3757. Please include your nominee's phone number, e-mail and street address; your own phone number, e-mail and street address; and include a short bio on your nominee, including artistic background, leadership qualities, community involvement and other relevant information. Nomination deadline is August 1, 2011.

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.


FY12 NEA Funding Update
The Interior Appropriations Subcommittee in the House of Representatives is scheduled on July 6 to vote on the first draft of a spending bill for fiscal year 2012 to include funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). This is a key vote. Action taken by this subcommittee will set the direction for consideration of NEA funding this year in Congress. If you have concerns about the these funds you should contact your Representatives. Their support of funding at the 2010 level of $167.5 million, and maintaining the integrity of the 40% share for the states is important for each state's ability to fulfill the federal mandate to expand access to the arts in every state. This provision does not affect the overall appropriation to the NEA.
~ National Assembly of State Arts Agencies Legislative Update

Arts in Education Funds at Risk

In May, a piece of federal legislation named “Setting New Priorities in Education Spending Act” (HR 1891) was introduced for the purpose of terminating 43 existing federal education programs, including Arts in Education. The Arts in Education program currently funds 57 active education projects around the country, and to date has supported more than 210 competitive grants serving students in high-need schools, as well as the affiliates of the Kennedy Center and VSA arts education programs. The Arts in Education program also provides critical federal leadership in supporting a well-rounded curriculum throughout our nation’s public schools. The full House of Representatives may vote on HR 1891 prior to their August Congressional Recess. If you have concerns about the elimination of these funds you should contact your Representative.
~ Americans for the Arts

Reinvesting in Arts Education Report, Panel
The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities announces the release of its landmark report Reinvesting in Arts Education: Winning America's Future Through Creative Schools (http://pcah.gov/sites/default/files/photos/PCAH_Reinvesting_4web.pdf). The culmination of 18 months of research, meetings with stakeholders, and site visits all over the country, the report represents an in-depth review of the current condition of arts education, including an update of the current research base about arts education outcomes, and an analysis of the challenges and opportunities in the field that have emerged over the past decade. It includes a set of recommendations to federal, state and local policymakers. Read a summary of the report (http://pcah.gov/sites/default/files/photos/PCAH%20Arts%20ED%20%20Report%20Summary%20%26%20Recommendations.pdf) and view a panel presentation (www.ustream.tv/recorded/14522801) on the report and its implications on the NEAarts Ustream channel.
~ NASAA Notes, June 2011

National Endowment for the Arts: Arts Education Grants

The National Endowment for the Arts encourages organizations to apply for its School-Based Projects “Art Works” Arts Education grant program. Activities may take place in or outside of the school building at any time of the day. This includes after-school and summer enrichment programs that are formally connected to school curricula. Projects must be based on a curriculum that aligns with national or state arts education standards and include assessment of participant learning. Deadline: August 11, 2011. To learn more visit http://arts.endow.gov/Grants/apply/GAP12/ArtsEdAW.html.

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!

Social Media and the Arts
Do you blog, tweet, use YouTube, Facebook, Flickr, or Yelp? Or do you snuggle with a teddy bear under the desk in hopes it will all go away? Social media researcher Devon Smith and Theatre Bay Area have produced The Tangled Web: Social Media and the Arts, a 30-page social media benchmarking report. Smith states in the report, “The vast majority of arts organizations across the country are using at least one social network to connect with their audience…but most continue to struggle with how to do so authentically, toward a useful purpose, and with satisfactory results.” www.theatrebayarea.org/_docs/_lsm2/LSM_TangledWeb_SocialMediaintheArts_byDevonVSmith.pdf.
~ Americans for the Arts June 2011 Monthly Wire


Celebrating Creation on the Prairie
First Presbyterian Church is Celebrating Creation on the Prairie with its Fine Arts Festival. Deadline for entry is August 1, 2011. Entry forms are available at www.fpcbismarck.com. For more information call 223-6091.

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!


Giving by Corporations Increased in 2010, Survey Finds
Although median levels of charitable giving by corporations in 2010 remained largely unchanged from the previous year, corporate contributions in the aggregate rose almost 18 percent, a new survey by the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy finds. To learn more visit http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/news/story.jhtml?id=341100044.


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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