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June 2011

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Gallery Opens in Downtown Richardton
On Friday, May 13, Dakota Cactus celebrated the grand opening of its new art gallery and gift shop. Some of the artists currently represented at the gallery include Jessica Magnuson, Doug Stuckle, Shelli Fenske, Tammi Paulson, and Bonnie DuFresne. Dakota Cactus is proud to represent regional artists, especially those living and working in North Dakota. The gallery offers a selection of various mediums in both contemporary and traditional styles. Stuckle says, “The artists we represent don’t all have to be from North Dakota, but we want our art to reflect the themes and subject matter inherent in this region.” Other services provided by the gallery include consultation on framing and installation methods, conservation services, and connecting both beginning and seasoned collectors with specific artists and subject matter. We are a full service fine art gallery, from finding and buying art to selling and placing art, we help build quality collections. We can also represent buyers at auctions. Corporate art programs are also available. Located in downtown Richardton, the art gallery and gift shop carries work by area artists in several mediums, and a variety of gift items. Store hours will be 9am to 6pm Tuesday through Saturday, and demonstrations and events will be offered periodically. You can reach the gallery by phone at 701-690-8570 or by email at info@dakotacactus.com. Additional contact information can be found online at www.DakotaCactus.com.

The 52nd Midwestern Invitational Exhibition

The 52nd Midwestern Invitational Exhibition will have 100 artists present works on the theme "What Would Dante Do?" This exhibition takes place June 18-September 4, 2011. A reception will be held on June 18, from 6-8pm at The Rourke Art Museum. Other events associated with the exhibition include the 51st Anniversary Dinner at 8pm on June 18, with an Awards Presentation at 9pm. At 10:30am on Sunday, June 19, there will be a memorial service for James O’Rourke at the Prairie Home Cemetery; a tree planning at 11:30am at The Rourke Art Gallery; a Brunch at John Alexander’s with juror Don Myhre at 12pm; and from 1:30-3:30pm the 52nd Midwestern Opening Annual Board meeting at The Rourke Art Museum will be held. For more information call 218-236-8861.

Recent Governor's Awards for the Arts Recipient Passes Away

Hardy D. Lieberg, 78, of Minot, died May 18, 2011, in a Minot hospital. Services were held on Tuesday, May 24, at First Presbyterian Church, Minot. Hardy was a lifelong musician, his contributions to music and musical theater in northwest North Dakota incalculable. The scope and creativity of his work enhanced the arts in the region, greatly increasing their availability and patronage to audiences whose numbers are beyond counting. For all of that, he was accorded the North Dakota Governor’s Award for the Arts on April 6, 2011. His wife, Patsy, often has said, “Minot was his mistress,” because of the city’s musical world and his involvement in all aspects of that world — as a performer, producer, teacher, and creator of events and organizations that have stood for many years. He himself said, “I was singing and playing from the time I could walk.” The North Dakota Council on the Arts offers our condolences to family and friends. Hardy will be greatly missed by all.

Public Invited to Submit Favorite Recipes for Possible Inclusion in Cookbook to be Published by Read North Dakota
Have you ever wanted to star on a cooking show? This just might be your opportunity. Read North Dakota is publishing a new cookbook, North Dakota: A Taste of Tradition, and is looking for the recipes for your family’s favorite traditional dishes. A sampling of recipes from the cookbook will be showcased in an upcoming Prairie Public cooking television show. All ethnic recipes are welcome, whether you are first generation North Dakotan, a descendent of immigrants, or part of the indigenous population that has lived here for centuries. You can share your recipes with us online or by mail. Go to www.prairiepublic.org/television and click on the Taste Of Tradition link, or call 1-800-359-6900 to request a recipe submission form. The recipe submissions deadline has been extended to Friday, July 1, 2011. Six of the recipes will be selected by Read North Dakota to be featured in Prairie Public’s cooking special, “A Taste of Tradition.” The cooks submitting the selected recipes will be guests on the television program, preparing their recipes in Prairie Public’s studio kitchen and telling the stories behind their food traditions. “A Taste of Tradition” will air this fall. In addition to the recipes, if you are interested in sharing it, we would like to know the story behind the dish. Tell us about your dish, where you learned to make it, special events featuring the dish, and why it is important to you. Has it been passed down through the generations in your family? Did your family bring it with them when they migrated to America? Is it a dish common in your community? Along with your family story, you can submit photographs of your dishes and the cooks who handed them down to you. However, a story with the recipe is not required. Recipes alone are also welcome. Whether your ancestors settled in North Dakota in the 1800s, your family is indigenous to the state, or you are a new immigrant to the Peace Garden State, join Read North Dakota in preparing a cookbook containing North Dakota old and new traditions. The goal is to make this a valued cookbook that reflects the many wonderful cultures in North Dakota. And don’t forget to check out the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibit, Key Ingredients: America By Food, as it appears in communities throughout North Dakota beginning in October in Cavalier and concluding in New Rockford the summer of 2012. Key Ingredients explores the connections between American’s and the foods they produce, prepare, preserve, and present at table – a provocative and thoughtful look at the historical, regional, and social traditions that merge in everyday meals and celebrations. Visit www.ndhumanities.org for more information and a complete schedule.

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.

North Dakota Council on the Arts Announces Individual Artist Fellowship Recipients
NDCA has awarded two artist fellowships in the amount of $2,500 each. The recipients are Kathleen M. Coudle-King (Theatre/Playwrite) of Grand Forks; and Frank Koch (Traditional Arts/Crafts/Visual Arts) of Bismarck. Both were recommended by a review panel and their selections were approved by the NDCA’s Board of Directors. Kathleen M. Coudle-King: The Individual Fellowship will enable Kathleen to complete the research and writing of her multimedia new play, “Off the Map”. She will then be at a point to begin work-shopping a touring production. The ultimate goal for the project is to make “Off the Map” both artistic and entertaining, as well as to contribute to the dialogue related to the emptying out of small towns as industry continues to move into cities. Coudle-King believes people from cities are discovering what small town life has to offer: safety, slower pace, community and opportunity. She is excited to continue discovering the stories that are out there on and off the map. Frank Koch: Woodcarving became Frank’s passion about twenty-nine years ago. One of his goals is to do more caricature woodcarvings that represent rural North Dakota folk culture during the period of time that he spent on the farm (1940's and 50's) in an authentic and Norman Rockwell-like way: to represent the life that he and many in his area lived. Each woodcarving group will have a short narrative describing his thoughts as the piece was created. He hopes to exhibit the newly created collection in venues such as the Buffalo Museum in Jamestown, the Harold Schafer Museum in Medora, the Bismarck Library, and regional woodcarving shows. He will travel to each of the venues to set up the display and then spend the next day doing demonstrations and to answer questions by the public. Frank hopes to complete five or six pieces within the fellowship period. And his plan is to have a total of 10-12 pieces completed as a traveling Folk Culture exhibit. The Individual Artist Fellowship program recognizes practicing artists residing in North Dakota with a monetary fellowship award. This program is designed to support professional artists with outstanding talent and ability to improve their artistic skills and enhance their career opportunities. Fellowships for visual art and media arts will be awarded in 2012. For more information on NDCA’s grant programs, including complete guidelines and application forms, please visit www.nd.gov/arts/grants/grant.html.

Dakota Air: The Radio Show
The season finale performance of Dakota Air: The Radio Show's inaugural 10 show series scheduled for Saturday, June 4th at 2:30pm Mountain Time at Medora's Burning Hills Amphitheatre has been postponed until Saturday, September 17, at 2:30pm MT.... Guests stars for the show will include cowboy poet, Rodney Nelson, the mulit-talented Jesse Veeder and from the Medora Musical, The Burning Hills Singers. Special guest artist is Paulette Carlson, lead vocalist from the chart-topping, groundbreaking band, Highway 101. Steve Stark, creative director and head writer for Dakota Air will also be presenting his legendary portrayal of Teddy Roosevelt. The 90 minute radio show, hosted by Merrill Piepkorn, will be broadcast live over the statewide Prairie Publilc network. Following the radio show will be a concert featuring Paulette and the Radio Stars band playing all of her hits. Tickets for Dakota Air and the concert are $25.00 and available through the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation at 1-800-medora1 or www.medora.com. A BBQ lunch will be available on Tjaden Terrace before the show beginning at 12:30pm. Dakota Air, 2:30pm Mtn Time, concert to follow.

UND Receives NEA Grant
National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman announced the latest round of NEA funding for Fiscal Year 2011 totaling more than $88 million awarded through 1,145 grants to not-for-profit national, regional, state, and local organizations nationwide. The University of North Dakota Main Campus in Grand Forks was one of the recipients of the NEA’s 2011 Grant Awards: Access to Artistic Excellence in Literature. They received $15,000 to support the 2012 University of North Dakota Writers Conference: (HUM(AN)IMAL), featuring writers whose work explores the intersections between human and animal worlds. The university also will make available free online 40 hours of historical audio footage from past conferences dating back to 1970.

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

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

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

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.

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Check Out NDCA's Latest 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.

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 Endowment for the Arts Funding Update
The House Appropriations Committee has begun drafting spending bills for fiscal year 2012. The Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, with responsibility for setting the funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), has not yet set a date for its mark-up session, but action is expected in the subcommittee in mid-June following a Memorial Day recess. Members of Congress from both parties would like to hear from constituents about the value of federal funding for the arts. Arts advocates would like the NEA funded at $167.5 million with 40% of the entire programming budget going to the regional and state arts agencies.

New Arts Education Research Released Three new arts education reports from Americans for the Arts, the U.S. Department of Education, and the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities come at a key time when federal arts education programs are being challenged in Congress. Americans for the Arts has published its National Arts Policy Roundtable recommendations, which include the need for increased research, strong public policy support, and better case-making efforts from the field. The U.S. Department of Education released a first look at the data collected on the national status and condition of arts education. “Reinvesting in Arts Education: Winning America’s Future Through Creative Schools” (http://pcah.gov/news/pcah-releases-landmark-arts-education-study) is a report from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, which makes five recommendations on how to strengthen arts education. For more information on arts education, please contact Senior Director for Federal Affairs and Arts Education Narric Rome at nrome@artsusa.org. Summary of the Research and Recommendations is available at http://blog.artsusa.org/2011/05/06/feast-or-famine-a-week-of-arts-education-research-recommendations.
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National Endowment for the Arts: Art Works Grants
The National Endowment for the Arts has changed its presenting guidelines. NEA's Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. Within these areas, innovative projects are strongly encouraged. An organization may request a grant amount from $10,000 to $100,000. Deadline: August 11, 2011. For more information visit www.arts.gov/grants/apply/Presenting.html.


2011 Pekin Days Art Show
The Nelson County Arts Council announces the Pekin Days Art Show to be held June 22-26, 2011, in Pekin, ND. The call for entries deadline is June 6, 2011. There will be nine judged divisions with categories: 1) Paintings: oil, watercolor, acrylic and pastels; 2) Drawings: pencil/colored pencil, pen & ink, and charcoal; 3) Potter/Glass; 4) Sculpture; 5) Photography; 6) Mixed Medium; 7) Textile; 8) Traditional; and 9) Diversified. For more information and entry form, call Brenda Bjorlie at (701) 296-4410; or visit www.pekinnd.com.

Mandan Art Association’s 1st Annual Fabric-Textile Show
The Mandan Art Association will be sponsoring their first annual Fabric/Textile Show at their gallery at 411 West Main Street. All fabric or yarn related items will be accepted into the show. Awards will be given for Best of Show, Gallery Award, and Creativity Award. Come and vote for your favorite piece for the People's Choice Award. Entry deadline is June 15, 2011. For entry guidelines and registration visit our website at www.mandanart.org or visit us on Facebook. Entry forms will also be available at various quilt, yarn and fabric shops in Bismarck-Mandan. For more information contact mandanartassociation@yahoo.com or call 751-4331.

Plains Art Museum Issues Call for Regional Artists for Juried Exhibition “Art On the Plains XI”
Plains Art Museum invites participation from both established and emerging visual artists for its Art on the Plains regional juried exhibition. Artists working in the states of North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota, Montana, Kansas, Nebraska, and the provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba are encouraged to enter. Museum Director Colleen Sheehy said the Museum aims to provide a snapshot of creative visual artwork from the midsection of the continent. “We’re happy to bring back this signature juried exhibition after a three-year hiatus,” Sheehy said. The exhibition, on display January 29 to May 20, 2012, will feature work of two- and three-dimensional media as well as installations and digital media entries. The deadline for entry is June 15, 2011. Complete entry details can be found at http://plainsart.org/support/artontheplains.

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.

**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!


National Endowment for the Arts Released a New Study Measuring the Value of the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts has released a new report titled “Time and Money: Using Federal Data to Measure the Value of Performing Arts Activities,” which measures the value of the arts in three ways: time spent on arts activities; organizational revenue and expenses; and direct consumer spending. Key findings state that the U.S. performing arts industry is supported by nearly 8,840 organizations with a total of 127,648 paid workers. These organizations generate nearly $13.6 billion in annual revenues, and on any given day, 1.5 million Americans attend arts performances, usually with family or friends. To learn more and to read the full report visit http://nea.gov/news/news11/TimeAndMoney.html.


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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