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April 2012

Welcome to e-Prairie Arts! This electronic newsletter supplements our printed newsletter, Prairie Arts, which is published 3 times per year. e-Prairie Arts will be distributed during the months of February, March, April, June, July, August, October, November and December. If you know of anyone else who would like to receive e-Prairie Arts, please e-mail comserv@nd.gov. Or if you wish to unsubscribe, send an e-mail to comserv@nd.gov as well.

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Vacancy Announcement, NDCA is Currently Hiring for an Administrative Officer I Position
Summary of Work: Individual will be responsible for agency accounting functions, grants management, agency procurements, and general office and reception duties. The position works with the state PeopleSoft program and Cognos. The agency is primarily a granting agency with ten grant programs currently in existence and this position is responsible for federal and state final reports as well as monitoring all constituent grants. This position administratively supports four other staff members and reports directly to the Executive Director. Minimum Qualifications: Position requires a minimum of two years of college with major coursework in office management, general accounting, or a field closely related to the work to be performed; and three years of directly related experience involving a supervisory or key responsibility role in the performance of the position's duties. Applicant must have a working knowledge of Office XP Word, Excel, and Access; PeopleSoft experience a plus.  Individual must be well-organized, able to multi-task, and possess excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills. Preference will be given for previous work experience with grants, federal and/or state government, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) policies and PeopleSoft. All application material must be received on or before the closing date at the following address: NDCA, 1600 East Century Ave, Ste 6, Bismarck, ND 58503. For more information, assistance or accommodation, contact: Jan Webb at 701-328-7592 or e-mail jwebb@nd.gov. Closing Date: April 20, 2012. Status: Full-time, Regular (with State benefits). For more information you can find the complete job posting at www.nd.gov/hrms/jobs/7096528.html.

FY13 Professional Development and Special Projects Now Available
The Fiscal Year 2013 grant cycles for Professional Development and Special Projects are now available online. Please note that these grants are for programs/events taking place between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013. To learn more, and to apply online visit www.nd.gov/arts/grants/grant.html.

Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant Deadline Approaching
The Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grants must be postmarked by May 15, 2012 for project periods of July 1, 2012 to April 30, 2013. Early submission is strongly encouraged. For more information, visit www.nd.gov/arts/folkarts/TAP-grant.html. If you have any questions, please email tgeist@nd.gov and/or call NDCA's office at 328-7590.

Poetry Out Loud State Finals Winners Announced
The North Dakota Council on the Arts is pleased to announce that the first place winner of the North Dakota State Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest is Stephen Gasser of Minot High School, Magic City Campus in Minot, ND. The second place winner is Matthew Donahue of Shanley High School in Fargo, ND. Third place was awarded to Levi Brown of Cavalier Public School in Cavalier, ND. Dorothy Tegtmeier of Northern Cass County High School, and Caleb M. Lee of Wahpeton High School also placed in the top five. The competition was presented in partnership with The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Poetry Foundation. The state finals competition took place on Monday, March 19, at the Belle Mehus Auditorium in Bismarck, ND. Stephen Gasser will advance to the National Finals in Washington, DC on May 13-15, 2012, where a total of $50,000 in scholarships and school stipends, with at least a $20,000 college scholarship for the Poetry Out Loud National Champion, will be awarded. Emcee Debra Marquart and Poetry Out Loud Coordinator Rebecca Engelman, presented the awards to the participants. All participating contestants received a $25 book store gift card, certificate of participation, a poetry book, an engraved dog tag necklace and an engraved bookmark. As first place winner, Stephen also received a trophy, medallion, $200, plus an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC, and his school will receive a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. As second place winner, Matthew also received a trophy, medallion, $100, plus $200 for his school library. As third place winner, Levi also received a trophy, medallion, and an additional $25 gift card. As the first place winner, Stephen will also be taking home the North Dakota Poetry Out Loud traveling trophy. For further information on Poetry Out Loud, visit www.poetryoutloud.org, or contact Rebecca Engelman at (701) 328-7593 or via email at rengelman@nd.gov.

Author Chuck Klosterman to be in Bismarck April 11
Chuck Klosterman, noted journalist and now the author of two novels, will appear at the Sidney J. Lee Auditorium on the Bismarck State College April 11, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. His free, public presentation is sponsored by the partners of Read North Dakota and the BSC ArtsQuest program. Prairie Public will air the performance on the PBS station the following week. A native of Wyndmere, North Dakota, Klosterman recently released his seventh book, The Visible Man (Scribners). The novel’s narrator is Victoria Vick, a therapist in Texas, who shares the story of her most mysterious client, a man who can render himself invisible. According to a recent interview with Klosterman, the novel “is about how people act when they’re not being watched, and the sketchy moral line that’s crossed by the watcher.”  For more, go to the interview at http://edition.cnn.com/2011/10/04/showbiz/chuck-klosterman-new-book/index.html; or listen to the conversation Merrill Piepkorn, host of “Hear It Now,” had with Chuck Klosterman on Monday, October 10, http://www2.prairiepublic.org/radio/hear-it-now?post=35089.

Berg Announces 2012 Art Competition for ND High School Students
Winner receives trip to Washington D.C. and will have artwork represent North Dakota in U.S. Capitol. In an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in North Dakota, Congressman Rick Berg has invited all North Dakota high school students to compete in the 2012 Congressional Art Competition. Interested students are encouraged to visit www.berg.house.gov/art-competition or call Berg’s office at (701) 235-9760 for more information. In an invitation mailed earlier to all North Dakota high schools, Berg invited high school students to submit artwork reflecting the theme “What North Dakota Means to You.” The winner’s artwork will hang in the United States Capitol for an entire year, representing North Dakota in the “Artistic Discovery” exhibition. The winning student will also receive two complementary plane tickets from Minneapolis to Washington, D.C., courtesy of Southwest Airlines, to attend the Exhibition Opening Celebration. “North Dakota has a rich history of creativity and artistic talent, and the Congressional Art Competition provides North Dakota students with a wonderful opportunity to represent our state and showcase their artwork,” Congressman Berg stated. “This year’s Congressional Art Competition will allow students to share what North Dakota means to them, and I look forward to displaying North Dakota students’ artwork in the U.S. Capitol and in our offices across the state.” The submitted artwork will be judged by college art departments at Bismarck State College, Minot State University, University of North Dakota, and North Dakota State University. The sixteen semi-finalist pieces of artwork will also be posted to Berg’s Facebook page for input from the public and by Congressman Rick Berg.  All of the above factors will weigh into selecting a winner. Artwork must be submitted for consideration by April 11, 2012. Complete details regarding the submission process may be found at www.berg.house.gov/art-competition. The competition is open to all North Dakota high school students. Last year, Katie Dregseth, a senior at Red River High School in Grand Forks, was chosen as the first place winner. Her colored pencil drawing of a wooden duck, “Natural Reflection,” presently hangs in the U.S. Capitol as part of the Artistic Discovery exhibition. 

Community Connect Forum: Mapping Our Community Stories, April 28 in Buffalo, ND
The community of Buffalo, N.D. will be abuzz with residents from North Dakota, Minnesota, and UND faculty and students attending a public forum at the new Buffalo Fire Department Saturday, April 28. “Mapping Our Community Stories” is the theme of the annual Community Connect Forum sponsored by the UND Center for Community Engagement and hosted this year by the Buffalo Historical Society and the City of Buffalo Historic Preservation Commission. Forum registration is available at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dG53YU8wOGZkYTJmTGhxYkFFSDQ1UUE6MQ. Forum panels, workshops, and brainstorming sessions will give participants a chance to learn about finding stories in their communities, telling community stories effectively using media and social technologies, and organizing community stories to achieve social change. Buffalo’s changing story will be featured in the program, demonstrat­ing how the community of just under 200 was able to band together to improve the community’s curb appeal, save their grocery store, and take on renovation and develop­ment projects. During registration and lunch, there will be ample time for networking among participants, as well as an opportunity to visit with exhibitors about projects, agencies, and resources. The event will wrap up with the world premiere of Off the Map, written by UND playwright Kathy Coudle-King, at the Buffalo Community Center. For more information, visit http://und.edu/centers/community-engagement.

Bush Fellowship Program Applications Now Available
Creating change can involve risk, failure and conflict, and yet today communities need change in order to solve their toughest problems. If you're ready to harness the energy of these often-feared components of change, to bring your passion and leadership to the service of your community, to be a catalyst for the collective wisdom of your community, you're ready to be a Bush Fellow. Application deadline is May 4. The Bush Fellowship is an opportunity for individuals to increase their capacity for and improve their practice of leadership while working with others to solve tough problems in their communities. Read more about the fellowship at www.bushfoundation.org/solutions/building-leadership-capacity/bush_fellowship; and review the application process at www.bushfoundation.org/solutions/building-leadership-capacity/bush_fellowship/fellowship-application-process. Remember, applicants may choose one of the two applications periods that remain in 2012: from March 7 to May 4, or from May 9 to July 9.

NDSU Visual Arts and Pears Education and Research Studio (PEARS) Visiting Artist Program is pleased to present the 12th annual summer printmaking workshop with printmaker Nichole Maury, Associate Professor of Art at Western Michigan University.  During this two-week opportunity, June 11-22, 2012, participants will attend printmaking workshops and prepare an exchange portfolio using presented methods and theory. Maury will present The Non-Repeatable Print introducing students to monotype and monoprint screenprinting techniques with a focus on content and experimentation. Students will learn a wide variety of non- or semi-repeatable mark making techniques using both traditional and non-traditional stenciling processes. Attention will be given to the development of serial imagery, ghost imagery and the successful use of color (in combination with transparency and texture).  The goal of this workshop is to develop individual content and equip students with tools needed to work independently. Setting up a personal water-based screenprinting studio will be addressed. Maury’s prints have been included in several international and national venues including The International Print Center New York, The Scuola di Grafica, Venice, Italy, The Chicago Cultural Center, and The Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI.  She has been awarded residencies at The Frans Masereel Centrum, Belgium, The Kala Art Institute of Art, Berkeley, CA, Women’s Studio Workshop, NY, and Jentel, WY and her prints have been included in several publications such as New American Paintings (Vol. 89), and Printmakers Today (Schiffer Publishing 2010). To register and/or learn more visit www.ndsu.edu/finearts/visual_arts/PEARS/summer_workshop/registration.html. Professional Development grant opportunities (for non-credit participants) are available through the North Dakota Council on the arts to attend this workshop, to learn more visit www.nd.gov/arts/grants/PDguidelines.html.

NDCA Announces Touring Exhibit Opportunity
NDCA’s book, Sundog and Sunflowers: Folklore and Folk Art of the Northern Great Plains recently won first place in the North Dakota Library Association’s 2011 Notable Document Awards. We are excited and pleased with this honor. NDCA has been working on a photographic exhibit based and derived from this book. The exhibit has been complete and is ready for travel. The exhibit will be offered for tour to cultural organizations, schools, senior centers, and art galleries throughout the state. The book includes folklore and folk art from every single county in our state, from small towns and large throughout the state. The exhibit consists of 28 full-color didactic panels (with text and images); two to three panels as a sample from each of the 10 chapters in the book. The panels are 30” x 20” on gallery/exhibit ready framed, laminated sintra. The crating, mounting instructions, condition reports, press packages, and book order forms accompany the exhibit. An online link providing visual examples of the exhibit’s didactic panels is available at: www.nd.gov/arts/whatsnew/SundogsandSunflowers.html or a direct link to the YouTube video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0KKbPe1tDw. For more information, contact Troyd Geist at tgeist@nd.gov or by calling (701) 866-0959.

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.


April is Jazz Appreciation Month
Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) is intended to draw public attention to the glories of jazz as both an historical and a living treasure. The idea is to encourage musicians, concert halls, schools, colleges, museums, libraries and public broadcasters to offer special programs on jazz every April. In addition, JAM is intended to stimulate the current jazz scene and encourage people of all ages to participate in jazz--to study the music, attend concerts, listen to jazz on radio and recordings, read books about jazz, and support institutional jazz programs. The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History has designated the month and has enlisted a distinguished roster of federal agencies and departments, nongovernmental organizations, foundations and broadcasting networks. Any organization can participate in Jazz Appreciation Month. For more information, a calendar of activities and to learn how to participate and celebrate JAM, visit www.smithsonianjazz.org.

April is National Poetry Month
Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996, National Poetry Month (NPM) brings together publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools, and poets around the country to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of businesses and non-profit organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events. For more on National Poetry Month visit www.poets.org/index.php.

Updated ADA Regulations and Ticketing: Are the Cultural and Sports Venues in Your Area in Compliance?
As of September 15, 2010, the U.S. Department of Justice has added new language regarding ticketing to the regulations for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Title II (State and Local Government) and Title III (Places of Public Accommodation). These new regulations are enforceable as of March 15, 2011. The new ticketing regulations are composed of eight sections and section five specifically regulates the hold and release of wheelchair-accessible locations. On Thursday, April 12 from 2-3:30 PM Eastern, the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center will present a webinar open to theaters, stadiums, and other performing arts and sports venues who must comply with these regulations. Our presenter will be Betty Siegel, Director of VSA and Accessibility at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The cost of this session is $15. For more information visit Updated ADA Regulations and Ticketing Webinar at www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1075884.

New NEA Research Report Shows Potential Benefits of Arts Education for At-Risk Youth
At-risk students who have access to the arts in or out of school also tend to have better academic results, better workforce opportunities, and more civic engagement, according to a new NEA report, The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth: Findings from Four Longitudinal Studies. The study reports these and other positive outcomes associated with high levels of arts exposure for youth of low socioeconomic status. The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth study uses four separate longitudinal studies (three from the U.S. Department of Education) to track children, teenagers, and young adults who had high or low levels of arts engagement in or out of school. Those activities included coursework in music, dance, theater, or the visual arts; out-of-school arts lessons; or membership, participation, and leadership in arts organizations and activities, such as band or theater. The study focuses on the potential effects of arts engagement on youth from the lowest quarter of socioeconomic status. Although most of the arts-related benefits in this report applied only to these at-risk youth, some findings also suggest benefits for youth from advantaged backgrounds. “Arts education doesn’t take place in isolation,” said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. “It has to take place as part of an overall school and education reform strategy. This report shows that arts education has strong links with other positive educational outcomes.” To learn about key findings and more, visit www.arts.gov/news/news12/Arts-At-Risk-Youth.html.

NEA Grants for Arts Projects Guidelines Available  
The Grants for Arts Projects (GAP) categories are the NEA's primary funding opportunities for organizations. For most organizations, these categories represent the full range of funding options for the entire year. The GAP categories are: Art Works supports the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. Grants range from $10,000 to $100,000. Upcoming deadlines: August 9, 2012; and Challenge America Fast-Track supports projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations. Grants are for $10,000. Deadline: May 24, 2012. The Grants for Arts Project guidelines are posted in the Apply for A Grant section of the NEA website (http://www.nea.gov/grants/apply/index.html). Once there, click on the discipline you intend to apply under.

National Arts Advocacy Day is April 16-17

Join musician Ben Folds and Broadway actor Brian Stokes Mitchell in Washington, DC for the 25th Annual National Arts Advocacy Day on April 16–17, 2012. Hear from other acclaimed artists and congressional leaders at the Congressional Arts Kick Off on Capitol Hill. Add your voice of support and register now at Arts Advocay Day 2012. Strategize with experienced advocates during an interactive role play session on how to make the case for the arts and arts education to your members of Congress. Network with your fellow arts advocates from across the country. For just $40 more, join as a Grassroots Partner to help support the training of arts advocates and Arrive on April 15 to participate in the leadership training Executive Director and Board Member Symposium. The 25th Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy featuring Academy Award®-nominated TV, film, and stage actor and arts advocate Alec Baldwin will also be held.

2012-2013 Arts Midwest Touring Fund
Encouraging performing arts touring by providing financial support to arts presenting organizations in the Midwest. Arts Midwest Touring Fund engages people in meaningful experiences with the fine arts of dance, music, theater, and other  performing art forms. The program provides financial support to  presenting organizations in the Midwest. Eligibility & Guidelines are now available at www.artsmidwest.org/programs/paf/apply. Grants are applied for, by, and made directly to presenting organizations (organizations that book artists to perform in their venues) in Arts Midwest's nine-state region of Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. To learn more visit www.artsmidwest.org/programs/paf. Application deadline is April 11, 2012. Funding cycle programming dates are July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013.

2012 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention
Are you prepared for the new arts landscape—The New Normal? This June 8-10, in San Antonio, TX, join more than 1,100 arts and community leaders from across the nation to learn how your organization can adapt to the shifting economic climate, changing demographics, and prepare your community for the future. San Antonio is the ideal backdrop to experience how arts and culture can shape a community. From the city’s River Walk and historic museums to its ethnic diversity, you will see how the artistic practices and traditions of the past can merge with—and help redefine—the present and future. Dig deeper with colleagues during one of our focused pre-conferences, the Public Art Network Pre-conference or the Emerging Leaders Pre-conference, sponsored by American Express, June 7–8. To learn more, visit http://convention.artsusa.org. Register before the early-bird deadline, April 27, to save up to $175! Plus, register now and receive $50 off a second registration for a colleague.


**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.

2012 All Kids Can CREATE Call for Art
VSA and CVS Caremark invite you to submit artwork showing your child's or student's creativity! The 2012 All Kids Can CREATE theme is What Inspires Me. Student artwork will be featured in an online gallery and considered for display in an inclusive exhibition. The exhibition will be on view at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library in Washington, D.C. in August 2012 and feature two pieces of artwork from every state and the District of Columbia. This call for art is open to children, ages 5-15, living within the United States (all 50 states and the District of Columbia). Teachers can also receive $1,500 for use in their classrooms through the All Kids Can CREATE program. Details and application information for teachers and students can be found at www.kennedy-center.org/allkidscan. Submission Deadline: April 8, 2012.

2012 VSA Playwright Discovery Program Call for Scripts
The 2012 Call for Scripts is now open! The VSA Playwright Discovery Program invites middle and high school students to take a closer look at the world around them, examine how disability affects their lives and the lives of others, and express their views through the art of playwriting. Up to five playwrights will be chosen to receive $1,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C. for workshops, rehearsals, and professional staged readings of their plays at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts! Guidelines, application, and teacher resources are available at www.kennedy-center.org/playwrightdiscovery. Submission Deadline: April 16, 2012.

Target’s Arts, Culture + Design in Schools Grants
Each year, Target’s mission is to aid schools across America to incorporate more arts into their curriculum. Arts that children deserve to have access to include music, art, dance, drama, and visual arts. Grants in this program total $2,000. Deadline: April 30, 2012. To learn more visit http://sites.target.com/site/en/company/page.jsp?contentId=WCMP04-031819.

7th Annual Rendezvous Art & Heritage Festival
Art for All Ages, Saturday August 11, 2012 from 10am-5pm at Riverside Park in Walhalla. They are looking for artisans to display and sell their art. Registration deadline is May 15, 2012. The festival is sponsored by the Arts & Heritage Council. Activities for everyone, including youth art projects, adult and youth progressive paintings, amateur photo contest, storytelling, music and food. For more information call (701) 549-3939 or 549-3593.

Village Gallery Craft Fair
The Village Gallery Craft Fair will be held June 8-9, 2012, at the Betty Hagel Memorial Civic Center in Center, ND. Registration fee is $7.50 per 3`x6 table. Late entry fee $5; no refunds after May 30. Deadline is May 30, 2012. Make Checks payable to the Village Gallery. Return the form available via this link, and check to: Sharon Haag 3051 HWY 25, Center, ND 58530. Craft Fair Schedule is Friday 1-6pm; and Saturday 1-5pm. For more information call 794-3168 or email tshaag@westriv.com.

1st Annual Square Foot Show
Bismarck Art and Galleries Association will host the 1st Annual Square Foot Show, July 31–August 25, 2012. Artists may enter up to 2 pieces in any media that can be applied to a 12” x 12” canvas. Canvases may not altered in size and/or shape. Artists will receive their canvas from BAGA to ensure consistency of canvases. The show is open to all artists 18 years old or older. All artwork will be priced at $125 by BAGA. Entry Fee: Entry forms can be found online at www.bismarck-art.org under the special events tab. Fees are $20 for 1 entry or $25 for 2 entries. This fee covers the cost of the canvas, shipping and program printing. This fee is non-refundable. (A $20.00 NSF fee will be charged for all returned checks.) Return completed entry form and fees to Bismarck Art & Galleries Association by June 22, to insure inclusion in the show catalogue. The entry deadline is June 22, 2012. Delivery of artwork will not be accepted after July 23, 2012. Qualifying Artwork: Artwork must be completed on canvases supplied by BAGA to ensure consistency. Canvases are available at BAGA and may be picked up at the gallery office. If entering by mail or online, your canvas will be mailed to you. Accepted media includes Acrylic, Watercolor, Water Media, Oil or Mixed Media. Canvases that have been changed by altering the shape (one square foot) will not be accepted. Art work must be done on a square grid and not at an angle. All artwork must be wired for hanging. Artwork with saw tooth hangers will not be hung. Sales: A 25% commission will be retained by BAGA on all sales. Money received from sales of artwork will be issued to the artist after the close of the show.

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


2012 Creative Industries Reports
Nationally, there are 904,581 businesses in the U.S. involved in the creation or distribution of the arts that employ 3.34 million people. Representing 4.25 percent of all businesses and 2.15 percent of all employees, respectively. In advocacy, knowledge is power, but jobs are persuasion. Using data from Dun & Bradstreet—widely acknowledged as the most comprehensive and trusted source for business information in the United States—Creative Industries: Business & Employment in the Arts reports offer a research-based approach to understanding the scope and importance of the arts to the nation's economy. While most economic impact studies of the arts have focused on the nonprofit sector (such as our own Arts and Economic Prosperity studies), Creative Industries is the first national study that encompasses both the nonprofit and for-profit arts industries. To learn more visit www.artsusa.org/information_services/research/services/creative_industries/default.asp.


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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