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November 2011

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Reminder, November 15th Deadline! NDCA's Call for Ornaments for the 2011 North Dakota State Christmas Tree ~ This Year's Theme is Angels!
NDCA invites artists and craftspeople to provide handmade ornaments for the North Dakota State Christmas Tree. The tree will be on display in the Memorial Hall of the State Capitol building in Bismarck. The tree will be lit during a public ceremony conducted by the Governor and Mrs. Dalrymple on Monday, December 5, 2011. Submitted ornaments can vary from traditional to contemporary arts. Items that are commercially produced or made from kits are not eligible for inclusion. This is a great art project for elementary classes, Scout troops, 4-H clubs, residents of assisted living centers, etc., as well as a great family project. The theme this year is “Angels” but ornaments can also be of the designer’s choosing. Each ornament should include a brief one, or two line description of the ornament (naming the art form used, or the special circumstances through which it was created - such as through a class or senior center project). Also include the name(s) of the individual artist/craftsperson who created the ornament(s). A descriptive listing will be available at the ceremony and will be mailed to everyone who submits an ornament. Ornaments must be received in the NDCA office no later than Tuesday, November 15, 2011. All ornaments become the property of the NDCA and will be hung on the state tree each ensuing year. Mail ornaments to: North Dakota Council on the Arts, 1600 East Century Ave, Ste. 6, Bismarck, ND 58503-0649. For more information, contact the NDCA at (701) 328-7594 or email amschmid@nd.gov.

NDCA Announces the North Dakota State Tree Lighting Ceremony

The North Dakota Council on the Arts, along with the Governor’s Office and Facility Management, invites the general public to the Lighting Ceremony for the 2011 North Dakota State Christmas Tree. The ceremony will be conducted by Governor Jack Dalrymple and First Lady Betsy Dalrymple on Monday, December 5 at 5:00 p.m. in the Memorial Hall of the Capitol Building in Bismarck. Live entertainment will be provided by Joel Gilbertson, pianist; Central Dakota Children’s Choir; and the Suzuki Strings. The ceremony is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony. An “Angel” theme was chosen to show appreciation, and to offer a sincere thank you to all the "Angels" who helped family, friends and neighbors through the devastating floods that took place within our state this past year.

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

2011 Special Edition OrnamentBe Sure to Get Your NDCA Fifth Annual Special Edition Ornament!
NDCA announces their fifth annual Special Edition Ornament which is now available for purchase. Vida Klocke, the owner and operator of Vida's Collectibles in Underwood, was commissioned by NDCA to create a one-of-a-kind, porcelain ornament. Vida's Collectibles originated in 1990. As a member of Pride of Dakota, Vida currently markets a line of hand painted china to gift stores throughout the state. Her pieces are in collections across the US and many foreign countries. The fine art of China Painting was developed centuries ago. Each piece of porcelain is freehand sketched, hand painted and then fired to about 1400 degrees to acquire its permanent surface. Most pieces need several paintings and firings because the porcelain absorbs only a small amount of china paint at each firing. More color must be added and fired again to obtain the depth needed to bring out the design. The art of china painting allows the artist to achieve a beautiful translucent effect on porcelain as it is their canvas. Each piece is an original painting. Because each piece is free hand painted, you can be sure each one is unique and unlike any other. This ornament offers the opportunity to purchase a unique, hand-made Christmas decoration and/or gift, while investing in the arts across the state. Limited quantities will be available for $25.00 plus tax (includes gift box, shipping additional). $10 from each ornament can be used as a tax-deductible donation to the North Dakota Cultural Endowment Fund, as proceeds will benefit this Fund, which was created by the State Legislature in 1979 to assist NDCA in providing artistic opportunities for citizens throughout the state of North Dakota. For more information, please visit www.nd.gov/arts/whatsnew/11Special-Edition-Ornament.html. If you would like to purchase a Special Edition Ornament, please call (701) 328-7590.

Zion National Park Announces Chuck Kimmerle as the New Artist-in-Residence

Chuck, a photographer, will spend a month in the park creating art that is relevant both to his style and the surroundings. Chuck Kimmerle is best known for his quiet and unassuming photographs of the northern plains, which have been published in numerous magazines and catalogs as well as exhibited nationally. His most recent exhibition, The Unapologetic Landscape, has been touring for more than year. The Artist-in-Residence program offers professional artists the opportunity to live and work in the majestic splendor of Zion National Park. The works completed under this program will contribute to the public understanding and appreciation of Zion National Park. It is the park’s hope that works produced during this time will characterize Zion for present and future generations and offer park visitors and the general public the opportunity to see America’s heritage through the creative vision of contributing artists. On Monday, November 7 at 8:00 p.m., Chuck will present a lecture at the Zion Lodge about his experience as Artist-in-Residence in Zion National Park. He will also give a presentation for Art Insights, the Southern Utah University Department of Art and Design’s weekly lecture series, on Thursday, November 3 at 7:00 p.m. More information can be found at www.nps.gov/zion, and interested artists can contact the Artist in Residence Coordinator at Zion_Artist_in _Residence@nps.gov

NDMOA Invites You to Host a Rural Arts Initiative Traveling Exhibition/Visual Artist
The North Dakota Museum of Art invites you to host a special Rural Arts Initiative traveling exhibition and/or visiting artist. The Museum will make available five regional and international visiting artists to do week-long workshops in North Dakota schools, plus one international traveling exhibition to three sites in the State. This year the Museum will bring two visiting artists from Iceland, one from Argentina, one from Peru, and one from Minot, ND, to communities throughout the State. All five artists are well established in their careers as artists and educators. All workshops are one week in length and dates vary. Guillermo Guardia's workshops are available year around; however, the other four visiting artists will only do one workshop each and, therefore, are on first come, first serve basis. Please contact Matthew Wallace at the Museum by calling 777-4195 or sending an email to mwallace@ndmoa.com to discuss hosting a visiting artist. This autumn the Museum will tour Rena Effendi: Pipe Dreams through its Rural Arts Initiative. This exhibition will only be available to three North Dakota sites. As with all Rural Arts Initiative exhibitions, Pipe Dreams will be free of charge to host communities. The Museum will deliver, install, and return to de-install the exhibition. Host communities must supply a clean, secure exhibition space. In addition, communities are responsible for providing volunteers to oversee the exhibition while it is open to the public, keep attendance, and assist in organizing tours for area schools. Communities or organizations interested in hosting Rena Effendi: Pipe Dreams should contact Matthew Wallace at the Museum at 777-4195 or mwallace@ndmoa.com.

NDCA to Participate in Pride of Dakota Holiday Showcase Events
NDCA will be participating in the Pride of Dakota Holiday Showcase events in Minot, November 12-13; and in Bismarck, December 2-4, 2011. Be sure to stop by NDCA's booth to check out the CD's, publications and Special Edition Ornaments we will have for sale! Purchase unique gifts for friends, family or yourself and help support the arts in North Dakota! Hope to see you there!

Let NDCA Help You with Your Gift-Giving Needs
Did you know that North Dakota Council on the Arts can help you with gift-giving needs? We can, with unique CDs, collectables, and wonderful picturesque books.  Storytellers’ present history and folklore in a way that lets your mind’s eye capture their meaning on the CD. These renditions have been handed down through generations; conveying the various cultures that are synonymous with North Dakota. Our books are bountiful with colorful crafts and scenery found in our country side. We also have collector Special Edition ornaments starting with 2008. These ornaments are decorative enough to display year round. Thinking of giving an impressive gift for graduations, weddings, birthdays, or holidays? Go online at www.nd.gov/arts then call us with your order at (701) 328-7590; or email comserv@nd.gov.

CulturePulse.org, the ARTbeat of North Dakota
CulturePulse.org is the North Dakota Statewide Arts Calendar. To learn more about all of the exciting arts and cultural activities happening throughout the state, and to view North Dakota artist profiles, be sure to visit www.culturepulse.org. Artists, organizations and venues - if you have not yet done so - be sure to get your art and cultural information listed on CulturePulse.org! CulturePulse.org also has a Facebook fan page! Stay on top of all of the latest arts and cultural information by becoming a fan at www.facebook.com/culturepulse. To learn how to enter your information on CulturePulse.org, visit www.culturepulse.org.


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

Crossroads Entertainment Conference
The Crossroads Entertainment Conference is the Upper Midwest’s only event to educate, connect and showcase the work of entertainment industry in an effort to strengthen the entertainment infrastructure now and for the future. Musicians, visual and performance artist, film makers, entertainment entrepreneurs, food and beverage masters and industries that support creativity all come together at Crossroads. The 2011 event "Challenge Drives Change" will feature two days of professional development seminars highlighting models and skills that have helped organizations triumph in challenging times. The showcase will once again act as a launch pad for eight bands and give the Upper Midwest Entertainment Professional a premier opportunity to connect. All this is happening in Downtown Des Moines, November 10 -11, 2012. For more information, visit www.crossroadsmidwest.com.

Summer International Fellowship at the Kennedy Center
Launched in 2008, the DeVos Institute's Summer International Fellowship offers international not-for-profit arts managers an immersive program of study in arts management strategy. For four weeks each summer, for three consecutive years, international fellows participate in seminars, group projects, individual mentorships and practical rotations supervised by Institute faculty and Kennedy Center senior staff. In their home countries, fellows are encouraged to teach and distribute fellowship resources. In this way, the Institute invests in critical arts ecologies worldwide, building strength and sustainability one manager at a time. The curriculum includes seminars and coursework in: Strategic Planning; Board Development; Fundraising; Marketing; and Artistic Planning. Applicant Criteria: Minimum five years working experience in an administrative capacity in a not-for-profit arts organization; Currently serving as an executive or department head with decision-making authority in your organization; Able to conduct business in English, orally and in writing; and Able to commit to the full term of the Fellowship (4 weeks during late June/July in 2012, 2013, and 2014). Fellows receive air transportation to and from the U.S., lodging during the fellowship, per diem to cover living expenses, visa sponsorship and program materials. Please visit the DeVos Institute of Arts Management’s website at http://www.kennedy-center.org/education/artsmanagement/fellowships.cfm#IntFellowships for more information, or apply online at http://artsmanagerfba.artsmanager.org/kcprograms/pages/SummerInternationalFellowship.aspx. Application Deadline is December 1, 2011.

Senate Appropriators Set 2012 NEA Funding at $155 Million
The bipartisan leadership of the Senate Subcommittee on Interior Appropriations, Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), last week released the draft text of the fiscal year 2012 appropriations legislation setting funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) at the 2011 level of $155 million. The companion bill taken up in the House in August would allocate $135 million to the arts endowment. The president's budget request for 2012 proposed reducing the NEA funding to $146.255 million. It is not clear when the Interior appropriations bill will be cleared by the Senate Appropriations Committee or when the measure might go to the Senate floor. The Senate has shown its intention to bundle appropriations into groups of three and the Interior bill could be among the next set to reach the full Senate. The House still must take a final vote on its version of the bill. Action on the Interior measure was suspended in the House in August, following completion of debate and votes on amendments addressing NEA funding, with the defeat of an amendment to cut an additional $20 million from the funds in the House bill.
~ October 26, 2011, Thomas L. Birch, NASAA Legislative Counsel, Vol. 01:12

KRIS Helping Arts Education
One of America's fastest growing Italian wines, KRIS, is teaming with Americans for the Arts as part of its second annual "Art of Education" program. KRIS will award 16 schools in the United States a total of $25,000 to improve academic achievement through quality arts education. When the program concludes on November 30, the school with the most votes will be awarded $5,000. The next five schools receiving the top number of votes will receive $2,000. Schools that rank sixth through 16th in total number of votes will receive $1,000. Visit KRIS Wine's Facebook page at http://apps.facebook.com/krisartofeducation/ to vote for your favorite K-12 public school to win funding for arts education programs.

Lionell Thomas Appointed New ED in D.C.
The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) is pleased to announce the appointment of Executive Director Lionell Thomas. Thomas most recently served as executive director for the Prince George's [County, Maryland] Arts and Humanities Council. Prior to his position with Prince George's County, Thomas served DCCAH for 22 years in several capacities, including deputy director and interim director. He has received local and national recognition for his creative approaches to arts management and programming, and is proudest of initiatives developed to bring arts programs to underserved communities. "I am delighted to be returning home to the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities," said Thomas. "I am looking forward to working together with Mayor [Vincent] Gray's administration and the community to expand and cultivate the creative energy of our great city on behalf of the residents and visitors to Washington, D.C."

Widespread Empathy
Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and Jump Associates have released Widespread Empathy: 5 Steps to Achieving Greater Impact in Philanthropy. This new publication describes how empathy allows grant makers to base their decisions and actions on an authentic, firsthand understanding of the perspectives of grantees, community members and other partners. In philanthropic organizations that have widespread empathy, every single person—from program officers, the board and executives to office and administrative staff—has an immediate sense of the true needs, concerns and priorities of grantees and communities and what solutions will best meet those needs. This publication shares stories from grant makers that are invoking this model in their day-to-day work.


**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.

November 12 - North Dakota Museum of Art's Annual Fall Art Auction takes place at 6:30pm

Plains Art Museum, NDSU Instructor Seeks Ideas for Winter Sculpture Project
Plains Art Museum and NDSU landscape architecture instructor Stevie Famulari invite the public to participate in the creation of an innovative snow “garden.” Famulari is spearheading an effort to create snow sculptures for a “Winter Wonderland” display on the NDSU campus for a Fire and Ice Festival to be held Saturday, February 3, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Famulari is an artist who participated in the Museum’s Defiant Gardens for Fargo-Moorhead symposium in 2009 and was a member of Team USA in the snow sculpture competition held at Winnpeg’s Festival du Voyageur. Anyone can participate. Participants are encouraged to form a team, develop a unique design, and submit their plan and model by November 15. Sculptures and structures will be built on the NDSU campus near the Student Union. The proposals will be judged by Famulari and Museum Director Colleen Sheehy. Winning entries will build their sculptures in late January/early February. For complete details of the competition, contact Stevie Famulari at (701) 231-5144 or via email at stevie.famulari@ndsu.edu.

Mandan Art Association Second Annual Miniature Show
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 will be accepted. Mail registration form and fees to Mandan Art Association, 411 West Main Street, Mandan, ND 58554. For inquiries, phone the Mandan Art Gallery at 701-751-4331 or Rose at (701) 751-0796; or email: mandanartassociation@yahoo.com. Registration Deadline (postmark) is Saturday, November 19, 2011.

Festival of the Season Art Sale
Eligibility: The Taube Museum of Art, Festival of the Season Art Sale is open to artists 18 years or older. Artists may submit works in any medium. Artwork must be created within the last two years and not previously displayed in the Festival of the Season Art Sale. Registration: Return the completed entry forms and fees to the Taube Museum of Art by November 19, 2011 to: Taube Museum of Art, 2 N. Main St., Minot, ND 58703
www.taubemuseum.org; or email taube@srt.com.

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

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

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


Music and the Impact on Healthcare
In 2009, the Weill Music Institute of Carnegie Hall launched the Musical Connections Program. The program was founded on these premises: Music has the power to transform lives and to bring hope and comfort to people in challenging circumstances; All people deserve to have great music in their lives; and Carnegie Hall feels a responsibility to provide and develop programs that respond to community need based on the organization’s mission and civic position. Carnegie Hall recently decided to expand Musical Connections nationally based on the idea that the success of local programming’s response to New York City’s needs had implications for communities across the country. One of the aims of a national partnership is to try to find an underlying set of common goals and measures that might offer opportunities for cross site documentation and assessment. A first step in this effort is to ground the work in a broader understanding of theory and practice about the way music connects to the fields in which the program is active. This paper is intended to do that for the field of music and health. The paper begins by exploring a core premise of the program: that music can have a transformative impact on people’s lives. Music is a primary force in the lives of individuals, families, and societies. Across cultures and throughout recorded history, humans make music. Rhythm, song, and improvisation punctuate the progress of individual and collective experience, from the melodies of everyday life to the set incantations of ritual. Music activates and shapes the human brain, sharpening the mind’s ability to hear and interpret speech, awakening emotion, and encoding memory. Music has been an element in the survival and development of the human species and musical instinct has its basis in biology. To read the full report visit http://wolfbrown.com/images/articles/Music_and_Health_Care.pdf.
~ http://wolfbrown.com/index.php?page=music-and-health-care


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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