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March 2011

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2011 Statewide Arts Conference and 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 (AND). 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. 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 2011 recipients are North Valley Arts Council of Grand Forks, Northern Lights Arts Council of Langdon, and Sleepy Hollow Summer Theater of Bismarck in the Arts Organization category; Hardy Lieberg of Minot in the Individual Achievement category; and The Hotel Donaldson in the Private Business category. The awards will be presented at a special public event in Bismarck the evening of April 6. More information, an agenda and registration form are available via this link. A press release announcing the Governor's Awards for the Arts recipients is available via this link.

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. NDCA is excited to announce the return of Debra Marquart as this year’s emcee. 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.

NDCA Grant Deadlines Approaching
Application deadline dates for the North Dakota Council on the Arts grants are approaching. 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.

Linda Ehreth Retirement Party
As you all may be aware by now, Linda Ehreth will be retiring as the NDCA Education Director as of March 31, 2011. We want to invite you to a retirement open house for her on April 1, 2011 from 10 a.m. to noon. We'll have refreshments and a few 'comments' in the Work Force Safety and Insurance boardroom in our office building at 1600 E Century Avenue. Linda has been with the NDCA since September of 2000 and been an invaluable member of the staff. She's going to be greatly missed! We'd love to have you stop by and thank her for the wonderful work she has done for schools and teaching artists throughout her time with the Council. This is an open invitation, so feel free to bring along anyone that you think might like to come.

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. Each broadcast will transport audiences behind the music for an exclusive “backstage pass” look at the LA Phil –including interviews with Dudamel, world-renowned guest soloists, and the Orchestra's musicians. LA Phil LIVE provides a unique opportunity for viewers to learn more about the music and the music-making process, as well as gain exhilarating insights into Dudamel's musical background, his phenomenal relationship with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and his enduring dedication to youth music education. The LA Phil LIVE series consists of three in-theatre events in 2011. The next LIVE concert is Sunday, March 13 at 4 pm (central time). This all-Tchaikovsky program features his three Overture-Fantasies inspired by Shakespeare plays – Hamlet, The Tempest, and Romeo and Juliet. Interspersed between these wonderful symphonic poems will be readings from the Bard’s immortal works by Orlando Bloom as Romeo, Malcolm McDowell as Prospero, and Matthew Rhys as Hamlet. Kate Burton serves as director, as well as host. The final concert is on June 5 - 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 about the programs.  Also, visit http://www.laphil.com/press/video.cfm to watch the event trailer and get a sneak peak of the concert. Each event takes place Live on Sunday afternoons at 4pm. You can see these performances at Grand Theatre in Bismarck; and Century 10 Theatre in Fargo. Tickets: $20 Adult, $16 Student.

Unfinished Works by Elaine Keller Qualley
The James Memorial Art Center is hosting “Unfinished Works by Elaine Keller Qualley” from March 1-15, 2011. This unique exhibition features works begun in acrylic, watercolor, pastels, oil and pencil. The James invites local and regional artists to view Elaine’s work and choose a piece to complete. Completed pieces must be returned to the James Memorial Art Center by August 15, 2011. The James will hold an exhibition of the completed works with a silent auction. Proceeds will be used for centennial events and continued renovation of the Center Stage. Elaine began her art career by taking an oil painting class from Jack Stewart in the 1970s. Over the next decade, she attended workshops from numerous artists. Elaine especially enjoyed oil painting workshops taught by Jean Johnson. She loved Jean’s technique and learned to set up and paint a still life. Her garden and fresh fruit markets became inspiration for her still life subject matter, as were photographing old farm buildings and searching for antiques. Elaine also worked with pastels.Elaine and her husband, Ron, resided in Williston & she taught art in the region. Her unfinished works were donated to the James Memorial Art Center following her death in 2010.  She was a member of the Bismarck Arts & Galleries, Badlands Art Association, Prairie Painters Art Club and a former board member of the James Memorial Art Center. For more information, call 701-774-3601.

North Dakota Pottery Collectors Society Announces 5th Annual Pottery Show & Competition
Open to all North Dakota Potters and North Dakota Clay Artists. If you know of a North Dakota Potter, please complete an entry form and encourage them to enter this year’s competition. The NDPCS wants to promote North Dakota potters and their pottery. All North Dakota potters should be part of the NDPCS. This contest is a wonderful opportunity for all potters. It is going to be bigger and better. You may enter up to three pieces in the competition. Potters are encouraged to become a member of NDPCS. There will be three classifications: Student: This includes the elementary grades through high school; Beginning Potters: This level includes college students and self taught; and Studio Potters: This level includes professional potters. The show takes place June 11, 2011 at the Doublewood Inn & Convention Center in Bismarck. For more information visit http://ndpcs.org/Pottery%20Contest.htm. If you have any other questions, please contact Mike Kaul (615)-351-5401 or e-mail: oaklore@comcast.net. Send your completed form and registration by June 1, 2011 to: Mike Kaul; 3375 Pioneer Place; Stillwater, MN 55082.

**Don't miss your chance to meet and greet the editors of Sundogs and Sunflowers: Folklore and Folk Art of the Northern Great Plains, Timothy J. Kloberdanz and Troyd A. Geist, and have them sign your very own copy! They will be at the Barnes & Noble book store (565 S 7th Street) in Bismarck, ND on March 16, 2011, from 11am to 1pm!**

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Don't Miss Your Chance to Purchase 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.culturepulsemedia.com.


2011-2012 Performing Arts Fund Applications Open
The Performing Arts Fund supports the inter-state touring of professional performing artists specializing in the fine arts of dance, theater, music, youth and family entertainment, and other meaningful performing arts forms appropriate for communities throughout Arts Midwest's nine-state region (IL, IN, IA, MI, MN, ND, OH, SD, and WI). These engagements must include public performances and in-depth educational activities reaching audiences who lack access to the performing arts. A complete application includes the submission of an eGRANT application and receipt of the hard-copy application package in Arts Midwest’s office. To learn more about the eligibility, guidelines, Star Projects, and more on the 2011-2012 applications page at www.artsmidwest.org/programs/paf/guidelines-eligibility. Submit your eGRANT application by March 30, 2011.

President Obama Honors the Arts
On Wednesday, March 2, 2011, President and Mrs. Obama presented the 2010 National Medal of Arts to eight recipients for their outstanding achievements and support of the arts. The medals were presented by the president in the East Room ceremony at the White House. The recipients are: Robert Brustein, Van Cliburn, Mark di Suvero, Donald Hall, Quincy Jones, Harper Lee, Sonny Rollins, Meryl Streep, James Streep, and Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. The National Medal of Arts is a White House initiative managed by the National Endowment for the Arts. Each year, the NEA organizes and oversees the National Medal of Arts nomination process and notifies the artists of their selection to receive a medal, the nation's highest honor for artistic excellence. To learn more, visit www.nea.gov/honors/Medals/index.html.

March is National Youth Art Month
National Youth Art Month is an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art education and to encourage public support for quality school art programs. The focus of this month is to convey to the public that art education develops self-discipline, self-esteem, and a sense of pride in self-expression. Youth Art Month has been observed nationally since 1961. To learn more visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Youth_Art_Month.

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.


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.

Capital A'Fair
Capital A'Fair is accepting applications. Artists, enjoy the beautiful weather and sell your work over a two-day festival August 6-7, 2011 on the state Capitol grounds. Only handcrafted work by the selling artist will be accepted. Cost for booth space is $150 and vendors must supply their own tents, displays, tables and chairs. Applications are available at the Bismarck Art & Galleries Association gallery, the deadline for entry is April 1, 2011. For more information call 223-5986; or email sherry.baga@midconetwork.com.

National Watermedia Exhibition Seeking Entries
The Red River Watercolor Society is seeking entries in the 18th Annual National Juried Watermedia Exhibition to be held June 19 to September 19, 2011, at the Historical Society Clay County Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead. Over $3000 in cash and merchandise prizes will be awarded to artists chosen by juror Marilyn Hughey  Phillis. She is an internationally recognized artist, juror and instructor. Entries must be postmarked April 1, 2011. Submissions are by hard copy photographs or by jpeg image on CD. Prospectus will be available no later than December.  For a prospectus send a SASE ( self-addressed stamped #10 envelope) to RRWS/prospectus, PO Box 1656, Fargo ND 58107 or download at redriverws.org. The Red River Watercolor Society is a non-profit, international organization founded in 1989. Its mission is to promote appreciation of all watermedia, both within the society and the community. A variety of programs and opportunities are offered which appeal to all levels of ability, including exhibitions, artistic growth, professional concerns, and general art experiences in the community.

Village Gallery Craft Fair
The Village Gallery Craft Fair takes place June 10 & 11, 2011 at the Center Civic Center, 312 Lincoln Ave North in Center, ND. Registration fee is $7.50 per 3’x 6’ table. For more information call 794-3168 or e-mail: tshaag@westriv.com. Late entry fee $5 - no refunds after May 30. Deadline is May 30, 2011. An entry 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!


Is Creativity the Number One Skill for the 21st Century?
Ernst & Young released its 2010 Connecting Innovation to Profit report, detailing compelling reasons why creativity is the essential skill set for the future. "We assume that 50 percent of our revenue in five years' time must come from sources that do not exist today. That is why we innovate." The same Ernst & Young report found that highly successful companies realize that "the ability to manage, organize, cultivate, and nurture creative thinking is directly linked to growth and achievement."


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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