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October 2011

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Governor Dalrymple Proclaims October Arts & Humanities Month in North Dakota
Governor Jack Dalrymple has declared October 2011 as Arts and Humanities Month for the state of North Dakota. This came by way of an official proclamation from his office, which recognized that “the arts and humanities enhance and enrich the lives of all citizens; and affect every aspect of life in America today including the economy, social problem solving, job creation, education, creativity, and community livability.” North Dakota’s Arts and Humanities Month corresponds with a national celebration. The National Arts and Humanities Month is sponsored by a coalition of national organizations representing the arts and humanities. It provides all cultural organizations and agencies the opportunity to highlight the work they do for their communities. The celebration grew out of National Arts Week, which was started in 1985 by the National Endowment for the Arts and Americans for the Arts. A copy of Governor Dalrymple’s Proclamation is available via this link.

NDCA's Online Grant Programs Now Available
The Artist in Residence, Community Arts Access, Presenter Support and Teacher Incentive fall grants are available via NDCA's online grant system. The grant deadline is November 1, 2011 for programming taking place January 1, 2012 through June 30, 2012. If you would like to submit a draft review, the deadline is October 15, 2011. In addition, the application deadline for the Individual Artist Fellowship program is February 15, 2012. It provides a monetary award to practicing artists residing in North Dakota. Fellowships and guidelines for visual and media artists are now available online. For more information, or to apply for a grant, visit NDCA's online grant system at http://northdakota.cgweb.org; or call 701-328-7590.

NDCA Receives $10,000 Grant from Creative Capital
The NDCA has recently received notification that it is the recipient of a $10,000 Professional Development Program’s Workshop Subsidy Grant from Creative Capital based out of New York City. This grant, supported by the Kresge Foundation, will assist in funding a weekend workshop for approximately 24 artists of all disciplines in Spring 2012. The Workshop uses an integrated approach to cover the topics of marketing/public relations and fundraising with a particular emphasis on strategic planning for individual artists. The NDCA will partner with Arts North Dakota (AND) and ArtUp! in hosting the weekend retreat for the artists. Recruitment of artists will begin this winter and anyone interested in participating should contact Jan Webb at jwebb@nd.gov, or call 328-7592 for further information.

NDCA Publication Wins an Award
The North Dakota Council on the Arts publication entitled "Sundogs and Sunflowers: Folklore and Folk Art of the Northern Great Plains" won first place for the North Dakota Library Association's 2011 Notable Document Award. The race was extremely close and the competition was fierce between the exquisitely crafted North Dakota State Document publications submitted as nominees. “Sundogs and Sunflowers” along with the two other winning State Documents from North Dakota will be sent to the American Library Association for nomination on the national level for consideration by the ALA Notable Documents Committee. Winners of the ALA award are announced in the magazine publication Library Journal, generally in the May 15 issue. For more information on “Sundogs and Sunflowers” visit www.nd.gov/arts/whatsnew/SundogsandSunflowers.html.

Artist’s Works Exhibited in Offices of the Governor and First Lady
NDCA, along with the offices of Governor Jack Dalrymple, First Lady Betsy Dalrymple, and the Attorney General, will exhibit the works of former New Town artist, Bernice Sitting Crow Estes at the Capitol Building in Bismarck during the months of October, November and December. Her works will be on display in the Governor’s ground floor and first floor offices, the First Lady’s fourth floor office, and the Attorney General’s first floor office. This is part of an ongoing program between the NDCA and the offices of the Governor and First Lady. Artists looking to represent their region with art work placed in the offices of the governor and first lady can submit a brief resume along with photographs or slides of their work to the North Dakota Council on the Arts, 1600 East Century Avenue, Suite 6, Bismarck, ND 58503. Artists are selected for quarterly display. Bernice’s artwork is currently on loan from the Three Affiliated Tribes Museum, PO Box 147, New Town, ND. For more information on the Museum, call 701-627-4477 or Email tatmuseum@restel.net. A copy of the press release is available via this link.

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.

Arts North Dakota Announces Josh Nichols as Interim Executive Director
Josh Nichols graduated from Dickinson State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. During his time at DSU, he was very active in the theatre productions. Since graduation, Josh has acted, directed, and assisted with many community theatre productions. He is the current President and a founding member of SneakPique productions, a community theatre organization in Dickinson. He currently works at DSU as the Intake and Transition Coordinator for the federal Student Support Services program. He also co-owns a small business multimediaGEEKS, and is current president of the Dickinson Young Professionals. Josh is excited at the opportunity to work with Arts North Dakota and its very committed board of directors. Josh can be reached via email at director@artsnd.org. The mission of Arts North Dakota (AND) is three-fold: Advocacy - AND is committed to monitoring state and federal legislation concerning the arts, arts education, and community development through the arts; Education - AND, in partnership with NDCA and NDAA, creates and co-sponsors professional development opportunities, conferences and seminars, providing information and training to enhance leadership and educational experiences for artists, educators, and arts administrators and advocates; and Service - AND serves as a repository of a variety of resources available to artists, educators, administrators, and advocates.

2011 Special Edition OrnamentThe North Dakota Council on the Arts' Fifth Annual Special Edition Ornaments Are Here!
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.

Storing and Preserving Still Photographic Materials Collections
Midwest Art Conservation Center (MACC) Paper Conservator, Dianna Clise, will teach this one-day workshop. You’ll receive: hands-on experience in the identification of various types of negatives and prints from MACC’s extensive photographic study collection; identification of the agents of deterioration in photographic materials; hands-on identification of types of damages; proper exhibition and storage materials and a brief discussion on digitizing photographic materials collections. A comprehensive notebook of technical leaflets will be provided for each participant. $195 for MACC members and $245 for non-members. To learn more and to sign up, visit http://www.preserveart.org/workshopapp.php. October 28, 2011, 9am-4pm, Location: Bismarck Convention Center, Bismarck, ND (North Dakota Governor’s Conference).

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.

Graphic Radicals: World War 3 Illustrated & 2011 Arts & Culture Conference: Politics and the Graphic Image
“Graphic Radicals: World War 3 Illustrated” a collaborative exhibition at the Colonel Eugene E. Meyers Art Gallery, UND and The Third Street Gallery will be exhibited through October 31, with closing receptions on October 26, 4:30-6pm at Colonel Eugene E. Meyers Art Gallery, Hughes Fine Arts Center, UND; and from 7-9pm at The Third Street Gallery. Artists Peter Kuper, Seth Tobocman and Sabrina Jones will be in attendance and signed books by the artists will be available at The Third Street Gallery for purchase. In celebration of the political comic magazine, WW 3 Illustrated was started in 1980 on the Lower East Side, NYC, by two artists, Peter Kuper and Seth Tobocman, who drew on a pool of local artist colleagues, many of them street activists. Most issues have themes that are wide reaching – racism, prisons, AIDS, religion, sex, war and 9/11.  Originally exhibited at Exit Art, NYC, in Jan & Feb, 2001, Graphic Radicals is a 30th anniversary retrospective of “World War 3 Illustrated,” an independently published political comic magazine founded in 1980 by artists Seth Tobocman and Peter Kuper. Comprised of original comics drawing and paintings, posters, commissioned murals, documentary film, animation and a complete set of issues. Graphic Radicals is the largest World War 3 Illustrated exhibition to date and highlights the history that the magazine has scrutinized, documented, and participated in for three decades. World War 3 Illustrated was first established in response to the Iran hostage crisis and impending election of Ronald Regan and since then has confronted social and political issues ignored by the mainstream press. The magazine is an annual publication produced by a collection of artists in response to a particular theme. World War 3 Illustrated has covered topics as diverse as the times Square Riot, homelessness, first-person accounts of /11, the prison industrial complex, a teachers strike in Mexico, Hurricane Katrina rescue efforts and, in the upcoming issue, the food chain. Critic Lucy Lippard wrote of World War 3 Illustrated that its “ecological and social prophecies are coming to pass, and the apocalyptic vision that gives WW 3 its desperate force and unique identity is the present”. All activities are free and open to the public. For further information, please call Kim Fink at 777-2905. Financial support for the exhibition is provided by the Meyers Foundations and NDCA.
The “2011 Arts & Culture Conference: Politics and the Graphic Image” takes place at the University of North Dakota October 25-26. Visiting artists Peter Kuper, Sabrina Jones and Seth Tobocman will be at UND to lecture about their art and direct a panel discussion about “Graphic Radicals: 30 Years of World War 3 Illustrated”, an independently published comic magazine founded in 1980 by artists Seth Tobocman and Peter Kuper. The conference is interested in bringing relevant art and artists to the Greater Grand Forks area, thus providing relevant issues and creating opportunities for positive dialogue within the community. On October 25, Seth Tobocman will be lecturing about his art at the Hughes Fine Arts Center, Paul E. Barr Room, #227 from 9:30-10:30am; Sabrina Jones will be lecturing about her art at the Jellette Building, Rm. # 303; and A panel discussion about “World War 3 Illustrated” will take place at the River Valley Room, Student Union 3:30-5pm. On October 26, Peter Kuper will be lecturing about his art, 9-10am, location tba; and Visiting artist and 2002 Pulitzer Prize recipient Clay Bennett will be lecturing about his art 3-4:30pm at the Joseph Campbell Recital Hall, Hughes Fine Arts Center. All activities are free and open to the public. For further information, please call Kim Fink at 777-2905.

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.

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, visitwww.culturepulse.org.


October is National Arts and Humanities Month
The North Dakota Council on the Arts and the North Dakota Humanities Council recognize the importance of culture to the well-being of families, communities and the nation. It’s time to plan how your organization or community will celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month this October. American’s for the Arts has everything you need to plan and promote a celebration in your community, so join them in the largest annual celebration for the arts and humanities in the nation! National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM) is a coast-to-coast celebration of the importance of culture in America, designed to encourage all Americans to explore new facets of the arts and humanities in their lives. What part will you play? Will you hold an event or open house at your arts center? Have you considered hosting a Creative Conversation or planning a live arts performance? Whatever way you choose to celebrate NAHM, Americans for the Arts offers a number of new tools to help you showcase the arts in your community. Visit their website at www.americansforthearts.org/get_involved/advocacy/nahm/default.asp, to find tips for planning and promoting your event. If you already have an arts activity planned, be sure to register it on the National Arts and Humanities Month Calendar, to generate additional buzz and to connect with others in your community. And don't forget to share your celebration through social media: like us on Facebook, use the #NAHM hashtag on Twitter, and share your photos from your events on Flickr with the NAHM tag.

Southern Exposure Application Now Open
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation announces the availability of the online application for the inaugural grant round of Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America, a program designed to bring exemplary contemporary and traditional dance, music and theater artists from Latin America to audiences across the United States. Southern Exposure will support projects that are developed collaboratively by presenter consortia based in the United States and its territories that include public performances and complementary activities intended to build appreciation for the artists' work and cultures. The program will invest in projects in which the presenting organizations work with a variety of community partners to offer the public opportunities for significant engagement with the visiting artists. The application receipt deadline for the 2012-2013 Southern Exposure program is February 10, 2012. Program guidelines and the application are available at www.midatlanticarts.org/funding/pat_presentation/Southern_Exposure/guidelines.html.

2011 National Arts Marketing Project Conference
The 2011 National Arts Marketing Project Conference, November 12–15, 2011, in Louisville, KY, will show you that when you work toward winning new audiences the sky’s the limit. Americans for the Arts is offering a limited number of scholarships to arts leaders to assist them in participating in the National Arts Marketing Project Conference. The scholarship application is available at www.artsmarketing.org/sites/default/files/documents/conference/NAMPC%202011%20scholarship%20app%20041111.pdf, the scholarship deadline is August 10, 2011. The conference schedule is available at www.artsmarketing.org/conference/daily-schedule. For more information about this program, visit http://artsmarketing.org/conference; call the Americans for the Arts Meetings and Events Department at 202.371.2830; or e-mail events@artsusa.org.

U.S. Department of State Launches ExchangesConnect “Dance With Us” Photo Contest to Capture Motion Across Cultures
The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) has launched a photo contest entitled “Dance With Us: Motion Across Cultures” on its ExchangesConnect online community. From spontaneous dance with family members to formal performances, ECA asks that participants capture the way people express themselves through movement around the world. The photo contest celebrates the ECA’s upcoming DanceMotion USA program, developed by the Department of State to acknowledge the significant role that dance plays in overcoming cultural differences. This fall and next spring four American dance companies will visit 14 countries and territories, conducting substantive exchanges through dance and learning about the traditions of other cultures. The contest runs until October 25, 2011 and is open to the global public, ages 14 and up. Two grand prize winners will receive tablet computers as well as global recognition when their work is featured on ECA websites and displayed at the Department of State in Washington, DC. Runners up will receive ExchangesConnect T-shirts and postcards featuring the top 20 submissions. ExchangesConnect is a unique online community that hosts people-to-people dialogue among over 32,000 members about Department of State exchange programs and supports ECA’s mission to promote international mutual understanding through a wide range of academic, cultural, professional, and sports exchange programs. Please visit ExchangesConnect at http://connect.state.gov/page/photo-contest for official contest rules, guidelines and a video introduction to the contest.

Guide for Implementing a Strategic Plan
The Bridgespan Group (www.bridgespan.org) has published a guide to help nonprofits implement their strategic plans. Living Into Your Strategic Plan: A Guide to Implementation That Gets Results (www.bridgespan.org/living-into-your-strategic-plan.aspx) is designed to share Bridgespan clients' experiences as well as insights from other nonprofits that have excelled at moving from strategic planning to implementation. These nonprofits have used practical approaches to convert their visions into tangible actions, and have been diligent about monitoring progress and correcting course when circumstances change. This guide presents their methods for implementation, with templates that illustrate the types of tools these nonprofit leaders used to lead implementation within their organizations.
~ NASAA Notes, September 2011, Volume 14, Issue 9


**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!


Jamie Foxx’s New Movie Highlights Arts Education
On Friday, September 23, Thunder Soul opens in theaters across the country. This film tells the true story of charismatic high school teacher, Conrad “Prof” Johnson, and his inner-city Houston band during the 1970s, as Prof turns the school’s mediocre jazz band into an internationally renowned funk powerhouse. Thirty-five years later, Prof’s students honor their 92-year-old mentor whose love, discipline, and expectation of excellence changed their lives. Executive Producer of Thunder Soul, Jaime Foxx, knows that arts education champions, like the teacher in Thunder Soul, make a difference in kids’ lives. Learn more about this film and what you can do for arts education at http://artsactionfund.org/news/entry/documenting-the-importance-of-arts-education.
~ Americans for the Arts’ Monthly Wire, September 2011


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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