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August 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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Artist-in-Residence, Community Arts Access, Presenter Support and Teacher Incentive Grants Now Available Online
Artist-in-Residence, Community Arts Access, Presenter Support and Teacher Incentive grants (for programming taking place between January 1 and June 30, 2013) are now available via NDCA’s online grant system. The deadline date for these grant programs is November 1, 2012. The draft review deadline is October 15, 2012. Early submission is strongly encouraged for all programs. To access NDCA’s online grant system, or to view grant availability, please visit: http://northdakota.cgweb.org.

DUNS Number Now Required for NDCA Institutional Support and Presenter Support Grant Recipients!
If you do not have a DUNS number, you will need to register and receive your number prior to applying for an Institutional Support or Presenter Support grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts. If you are not applying for either of the grant programs, NDCA still srongly encourages individual artists and organizations to register for a DUNS number online. The process for registering is simple and easy and only takes a few minutes. To learn how to register, visit www.americansforthearts.org/information_services/research/services/creative_industries/004.asp.

North Dakota Has Two Recipients of the NEA's Our Town Grant Initiative Funds
Congratulations to the North Valley Arts Council of Grand Forks, and the Circle of Nations School of Wahpeton, two of 80 recent recipients of the NEA’s “Our Town” grant funds! North Valley Arts Council received $75,000 and Circle of Nations School received $50,000. Through Our Town, the NEA supports creative placemaking projects that help transform communities into lively, beautiful, and sustainable places with the arts at their core. The grantee projects will improve quality of life, encourage creative activity, create community identity and a sense of place, and help revitalize local economies. All Our Town grant awards were made to partnerships that consisted of a minimum of a not-for-profit organization and a local government entity. To learn more about this exciting news, visit http://arts.gov/news/news12/Our-Town-announcement.html.

Save the Dates ~ March 26-27, 2013!
The Statewide Arts Conference will take place in Bismarck March 26-27, 2013, with the Governor’s Awards for the Arts program (presented by the Governor’s Office and the North Dakota Council on the Arts) to take place the evening of March 27. More information coming soon, but make sure to mark your calendars and plan to attend!

Jamestown Fine Arts Association Selected to Participate in ArtsLab
ArtsLab, an Arts Midwest program, recently selected 15 organizations to participate in their two-year (2012-2014) Peer Learning Community. These organizations were selected from a competitive pool of applicants and are diverse in artistic discipline, audience, and region. Through this shared learning program, Arts Midwest encourages new, cross-sector collaborations, builds management skills, and strengthens operational resiliency. Congratulations to the Jamestown Fine Arts Association!

Creative Placemaking Initiatives Sweep the Nation; ArtPlace Announces $15.4 Million in Grants for 47 Projects Nationwide
The restoration of a Memphis bluesman’s home into an interactive music center… an art installation of aerial “nets” stretching across a Philadelphia pier where new development is happening… a venture to engage artists to creatively combat urban vacancy and foreclosure in Cleveland… these are just a few of the 47 projects awarded grants from ArtPlace to support their use of the arts to improve quality of place and transform their communities. Magic City Lofts, Artspace of Minot, ND was one of the recipients. In Minot, Artspace is developing a mixed-use arts facility that will bring new vibrancy to the city’s flood-ravaged historic downtown and create a new art gallery featuring Native American artists. ArtPlace received almost 2,200 letters of inquiry from organizations seeking a portion of the $15.4 million available for grants in this cycle. Inquiries came from 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands. To learn more, visit www.artplaceamerica.org/articles/artplace-announces-47-new-grants.

North Dakota Art Gallery Association Seeks Solo or Group Exhibitions
North Dakota Art Gallery Association, a nonprofit organization of galleries from the Upper Midwest, is seeking proposals for solo or group exhibitions for 2013-2015. All works must be original and created within the past two years. No mass produced forms permitted. No factory produced items. All prints must be properly signed and numbered in a limited edition. Cooperatively booked exhibitions typically run from four to ten venues. Honorarium is provided for work accepted to tour. Eligibility: The competition is open to all artists working in any media. Selection Committee: Member nonprofit gallery directors. Deadline for entries: August 31, 2012. Accepted work notification: November 15, 2012. Submitted proposals will be reviewed for acceptance at the NDAGA Annual Conference and booking session, September 23-25, 2012, in Bismarck. Artists who have submitted work and are interested in attending the artist review session to present their work are encouraged to contact the NDAGA office at ndaga@ndaga.org, or by calling (701) 858-3242 for more information. A copy of the prospectus is available via this link.

Arts Midwest World Fest Performance in Devil's Lake
Cudamani, as part of the Arts Midwest World Fest, is scheduled to perform in Devils Lake, ND, September 23-29, 2012. World Fest brings International music ensembles to smaller communities throughout the Midwest. Take a tour to Bali and experience the enchanting sounds of Çudamani. Hailing from the village of Pengosekan, Çudamani performs a highly creative musical and dance repertoire that is vibrant, technical, and free spirited. Evoking both contemporary vitality and dedication to Balinese traditions, the ensemble brings to life vivid tales of gods, heroes, and the cosmos in Balinese mythology. Enjoy the inspired and complex tones of Çudamani and be instantly transported to the rich and diverse islands of Indonesia. To learn more visit www.artsmidwestworldfest.org.

NDCA Offers 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. Frank Koch's hand-carved Santa oranments for 2012 will be available soon! 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.


NEA Research Note on State Arts Participation
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has released a new research note (www.nea.gov/research/Notes/106.pdf) on state-level arts participation using data from the American Time Use Survey (ATUS) (www.bls.gov/tus). The note contains findings on the percentage of time spent per day by residents in each state attending performing arts events, museums and "other arts/entertainment"; participating in art and crafts activities; and listening to or playing music. Participation statistics in each category for every state are included as detailed tables at the end of the report. The research note builds on prior NEA analysis of the 2008 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (SPPA) (www.nea.gov/research/2008-SPPA.pdf). Interestingly, analyses of both the ATUS and SPPA show a consistent finding that arts participation rises with education level. (~NASAA Notes, July 2012)

Americans for the Arts Releases Arts Education Field Guide

Americans for the Arts has released a new tool, The Arts Education Field Guide, which can help you find the connections and partnerships to strengthen arts education in your community. This 48-page reference guide provides detailed information about the complex web of citizens, policymakers, government entities, and organizations that influence arts education. The Field Guide will help you understand each person’s motivations and connections in arts education, allowing you to build more effective relationships from the schoolhouse to the White House and from the living room to the boardroom. For more information about the Arts Education Field Guide, please contact Arts Education Program Coordinator Kristen Engebretsen at kengebretsen@artsusa.org; or visit www.americansforthearts.org/networks/arts_education/002.asp.

GEO's Four Essentials for Evaluation
GEO offers grantmakers a practical perspective on how to increase the capacity of their organizations to tap the transformative power of evaluation for learning. With key questions, guidelines and action steps, this new guide equips grantmakers to tackle evaluation for learning with “four essentials”: Lead, Plan, Organize and Share. To learn more, visit www.geofunders.org/publications/four-essentials.

Midwest Arts Conference, September 12-15, 2012, Grand Rapids, Michigan
A program of Arts Midwest, the Midwest Arts Conference is the preeminent booking and educational conference for the Midwest performing arts industry. Attended by nearly 1,000 performing artists, managers, and agents; performing arts presenters/venues; and arts administrators from throughout the United States and beyond, the four-day conference is filled with opportunities to network, learn, and experience live performing arts. Don't miss out on registration discounts! Register for the Midwest Arts Conference by July 10 to take advantage of our discounted prices. Registration fees increase on July 11. Register today at www.artsmidwest.org/programs/conference/register to take advantage of our best prices. Check out ways to make the conference more affordable at www.artsmidwest.org/programs/conference/discounts-scholarships. Don't forget to reserve your room at the Conference hotel, the Amway Grand Plaza, and stay in the heart of the action.

2012 National Arts Marketing Project Conference: Getting Down to Business
Feel like your marketing campaigns are lost up in the clouds? Are you concerned that the changing winds of new media may carry away your loyal audience? The 2012 National Arts Marketing Project Conference: Getting Down to Business, November 9–12, 2012 in Charlotte, NC, will provide the business and marketing tools you need to stay relevant and fresh in your community. With hundreds of colleagues by your side at workshops on technology, revenue generation, and audience engagement, you’ll have access to everything you need to plant your organization firmly on the ground while you set your sights high and seek new ventures. Register by September 14 at http://artsmarketing.org/conference/action/register-now for the Early-Bird discount! Plus, receive $50 off a second registration for a colleague. For more information, visit http://artsmarketing.org/conference.

75th Annual Conference for Community Arts Education
November 14-17, 2012, Dallas, Texas. Gain inspiration and connect with hundreds of community arts education leaders throughout the United States. The Conference for Community Arts Education provides essential professional development and networking opportunities for staff, faculty, trustees, and teaching artists at more than 350+ arts education organizations and program. As a delegate, you'll have the opportunity to develop new skills, share best practices with hundreds of peers, explore model programs, visit some of Dallas' leading arts education institutions, and bring home practical ideas for advancing your work. Key topics to be addressed at this year's conference include collaboration and partnership, measuring impact, and ensuring equitable access to arts education for all. For more information visit http://communityartsed.nationalguild.org/Program/2012/Program.aspx. Early registration deadline is August 8, 2012.

Blue Star Museums Initiative Offers Free Admission to all Active Duty Military Personnel
Blue Star Families announced the launch of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,600 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel, including active Reserve and National Guard, and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2012. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. The complete list of participating museums is available at www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums. “Through Blue Star Museums, the arts community is extending a special invitation to military families to enjoy over 1,600 museums this summer,” said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. “This is both an opportunity to thank military families for their service and sacrifice, as well as a chance to create connections between museums and these families that will continue throughout the year. Especially for families with limited time together, those on a limited budget, and ones that have to relocate frequently, Blue Star Museums offers an opportunity to enjoy one another and become more fully integrated into a community.” This year, more than 1,600 (and counting) museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are taking part in the initiative, including more than 300 new museums this year. Museums are welcome to join Blue Star Museums throughout the summer. This year’s Blue Star Museums represent not just fine arts museums, but also science museums, history museums, nature centers, and 70 children’s museums. North Dakota participating museums include: Abercrombie, Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site; Beulah, Mercer County Museum; Bismarck, Former Governors' Mansion State Historic Site and Gateway to Science; Cooperstown, Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site; Fargo, Plains Art Museum; Medora, Billings County Museum and Chateau de Mores State Historic Site; Rugby, Prairie Village Museum; Valley City, Barnes County Historical Society Museum.


**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.

9th Annual Governor’s Photo Contest
Gov. Jack Dalrymple and the North Dakota Tourism Division, in partnership with AAA, are kicking off the 2012 Governor’s Photo Contest. The contest will run from May 14 through August 31, following North Dakota Travel and Tourism Week events. Any North Dakota amateur photographer is invited to submit entries to the Governor's Photo Contest. One winner will be selected in each category and a $200 cash prize will be awarded to the photographer of each selected photo. Additional honorable mentions may be selected in each category, with photographers receiving North Dakota Legendary merchandise. A Best of Show photo will be selected from the winning photographs, and the photographer will receive an additional $300 cash prize and a free, one-year basic membership to AAA. In addition to the prize money: Winning photographs will be published in North Dakota Tourism’s 2013 promotional materials and on the website; Winning photographs will be eligible for display in AAA North Dakota branch offices and may be printed in AAA regional publications; Winners also will be published in North Dakota Tourism’s newsletter and likely in future promotional publications and marketing efforts; In partnership with the North Dakota Council on the Arts, winning photographs will be featured in a public display at the North Dakota Capitol building from January-March, 2013. For the third year, photos can be submitted online through Flickr, an image and video hosting site. More than 500 of the 660 photos entered were submitted via Flickr. Launched in 2004, the Governor’s Photo Contest encourages North Dakota amateur photographers to submit photos that capture the unique things to see and do in North Dakota. The deadline to submit photos is August 31, 2012. Physical entries must be postmarked by this date. To enter the contest by mail, photographs must be submitted on a CD with a 5x7 or 8x10 print copy. Prints need not be mounted or framed. The back of the photo and CD must be labeled with the entrant's name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, contest category, title of photo, location and date the photo was taken.  Entries should be mailed to North Dakota Department of Commerce Tourism Division, Attention Heather LeMoine, at P.O. Box 2057, Bismarck, ND 58502-2057. AAA branch offices in Fargo and Bismarck will also accept entries. Entrants cannot be guaranteed that submitted photos will be returned. Complete contest rules can be found on the Tourism Division Web site at NDTourism.com. For more information, contact the Tourism Division at 701-328-2525 or 800-435-5663.

Grain Elevator Photo Contest
The grain elevator is one of the classic sights on the prairies of North Dakota. The State Historical Society of North Dakota is sponsoring a photo contest to gather images and information on grain elevators in North Dakota. Photographs submitted for the contest will be displayed on a webpage that highlights elevators and the grain industry. The grand-prize-winning photograph will be made into a poster for distribution across the state. Dotted across the landscape, grain elevators have provided North Dakota farmers with the ability to store and distribute grain throughout the state, nation, and the world.  They were invented in Buffalo, New York, in the early 1840s and have been built out of wood, concrete, steel, and other materials in many different sizes. Grain elevators came to North Dakota with the railroad, and their owners have included the railroads, government, cooperatives, private companies, or individuals. All photographs, with necessary identifying information, will also be added to the files of the State Historical Society of North Dakota, as part of the North Dakota Cultural Resources Survey. The contest opens runs through December 31, 2012. It is open to all amateur photographers, but the subject of the photos must be a grain elevator in North Dakota and the location of the elevator must be included with the submission. Photographs should be taken within the last three years. For more information about the contest rules and prizes, visit our website at www.history.nd.gov/PhotoContest or contact the State Historic Preservation Office at 701-328-2089.

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


Free Social Media E-Book is Now Available
13 Social Media Infographics Every Marketer Must See: Volume 2. Arts marketers have relished the rise of infographics and their ability to creatively map patterns, trends, and relationships. Americans for the Arts’ newest e-book shows the biggest trends and best practices for staying ahead of the digital marketing curve. Stop grappling with whether or not there is measurable ROI in social media and cultivate an appreciation for nonprofits that believe in social media despite limited budgets. To learn more visit http://artsmarketing.org/resources/ebooks/13-infographics-volume-2.


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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