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February 2012
 

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STATEWIDE NEWS
 

Red Door Gallery Reception and NDCA Board Meeting, February 1st & 2nd
The Red Door Gallery in Wahpeton officially opened in December in the former First National Bank building at 418 Dakota Avenue. A reception, hosted by the North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA) Board of Directors is scheduled for February 1st at the Red Door Gallery from 6-8pm. The reception is intended to give the general public and community officials in the Wahpeton area an opportunity to meet the NDCA board and to visit with them regarding ideas for local and statewide programs. On February 2nd from 9am to12 noon the NDCA board will hold their quarterly board meeting at the Red Door Gallery. Both the reception and the board meeting are open to the public.

2011 North Dakota Governor’s Photo Contest Winners’ Works Exhibited in Offices of the Governor, First Lady and Attorney General
The North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA), along with the offices of Governor Jack Dalrymple, First Lady Betsy Dalrymple, and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, will exhibit the works of the 2011 Governor’s Photo Contest winners at the Capitol Building in Bismarck during the months of January, February and March. Their 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. Images on display were sponsored in part by Bob’s Photo. The North Dakota Governor’s photo contest was open to any North Dakota amateur photographer. AAA and the North Dakota Department of Commerce Tourism Division awarded winners with a $200 cash prize and their photos to be featured in the 2012 campaign. “This photo contest was a great way for talented amateur photographers to capture the landscapes, people and places that make North Dakota special,” said Gov. Dalrymple. More than 650 photos were submitted for the 2011 contest. 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. For more information on the winners and their photos, visit www.nd.gov/arts/pressreleases/releases/ND_Artist_Works_displayed_at_Govs_Office_PR1-12.doc.

NDCA Grant Deadlines Approaching
Application deadline dates for the North Dakota Council on the Arts grants are approaching. Individual Artist Fellowships program for Visual Arts and Media Arts final grant submission deadline is February 15, 2012. Artist-in-Residence, Teacher Incentive, Community Arts Access, and Presenter Support grants must be submitted online by April 1, 2012 for programs taking place between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013 (draft review deadline is March 15). The Traditional Arts Apprenticeship applications must be postmarked by May 15, 2012 for project periods of July 1, 2012 to April 30, 2013. Early submission is strongly encouraged for all programs. The North Dakota Council on the Arts utilizes an online grant system that is designed to simplify and expedite the grant application process for everyone. All grants (with the exception of Traditional Arts Apprenticeship and Technology grant) must be completed and submitted via NDCA's online system which is available at http://northdakota.cgweb.org/. Complete descriptions of the grant programs, guidelines, and how to apply are available through NDCA’s web site at www.nd.gov/arts, and click on “Grant Programs.” For general grant questions, or if you need assistance with the online grant system, please call NDCA’s office at (701) 328-7590. These grants are supported by the North Dakota Council on the Arts, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding is contingent on availability of funds.

Statewide Poetry Out Loud Competition is March 19, 2012!
The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation, have once again partnered with state agencies to bring Poetry Out Loud to high schools across America. The North Dakota State Finals will be held at the Belle Mehus Auditorium in Bismarck on March 19, 2012. This event is free and open to the public. Trio Apollo, a Bismarck-based woodwind trio, will be performing between student recitations during the semi-finals event. The winner of the state finals will advance to the National Finals, in Washington, DC, on May 13-15. At the competition there will be a Coffee House and Open Mic which is open to the public and takes place in the conductor’s room, between the semifinals and finals. Students from the Bismarck High School Lit Club are coordinating this event. The ND Council on the Arts is excited to announce the return of Debra Marquart as this year’s emcee. Debra is a professor of English at Iowa State University. She teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing & Environment at Iowa State University and the Stonecoast Low-Residency MFA program at the University of Southern Maine. To learn more about Debra, visit www.debramarquart.com. Competition judges include: Bill Thomas, Director of Radio, Prairie Public; Janelle Masters, Dean of Academic Affairs, Bismarck State College; Nita Ritzke, Associate Professor of Humanities, University of Mary; and Jan Webb, Executive Director, North Dakota Council on the Arts. To learn more about Poetry Out Loud, contact NDCA at, 1600 East Century Avenue, Suite 6, Bismarck, ND 58503; call (701) 328-7593; visit www.nd.gov/arts; or e-mail: rengelman@nd.gov.

NEA Grants Support Two ND Organizations
The National Endowment for the Arts' (NEA) has awarded Challenge America Fast-Track grants to the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra and the Fargo-Moorhead Opera. These organizations are two of only 162 organizations nationwide to receive these grants in 2012. Both organizations were awarded $10,000. The Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra's grant is in support of A Place in Heaven: The BMSO and Soprano Korliss Uecker. The April 21 concert at the Belle Mehus Auditorium in Bismarck will feature Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 4. Project activities will include a series of performances and a master class in Bismarck and Hettinger, featuring Korliss Uecker, a North Dakota native. More information is available at www.bismarckmandansymphony.org. Fargo-Moorhead Opera’s grant will support the April 13 and 15 production of Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio, at Reineke Festival Concert Hall on the NDSU campus. The production will feature mega-star soprano Cynthia Lawrence in the title role. The production will also feature Lucy Thrasher, David Hamilton, Kurt Link and Guido LeBron, as well as Metropolitan Opera basso and North Dakota native LeRoy Lehr who will join the cast as the jailer Rocco. More information is available at www.fmopera.org. Challenge America Fast-Track grants supports projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations. Grants are for $10,000. The next deadline is May 24, 2012. To learn more visit www.nea.gov/grants/apply/index.html.

Plains Art Museum Meets Burgum Family Challenge Match Goal, Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity to Open in Fall of 2012
The Plains Art Museum announced that it reached—and surpassed—a $200,000 challenge grant fundraising goal set by the Burgum family of Fargo. The funds will be used toward construction of the Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity at Plains Art Museum. The challenge grant was announced on December 15, the same day that a $300,000 donation from the Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Trust was announced for the Center for Creativity project. For the Center to be ready for students by fall 2012, construction needs to begin ASAP. To act as a catalyst for ensuring that construction does indeed begin in early 2012, the Burgum family issued the $200,000 grant challenge. For the Plains Art Museum to receive the challenge grant funds in their entirety, donations needed to be received by December 31, 2011. A total of 78 donors contributed $250,000, exceeding the goal set by the challenge grant. With the money raised, construction will soon begin on the Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity.

Art Organizations Announce Changes
The North Valley Arts Council (NoVAC) announces they have moved to a new, more convenient office location in downtown Grand Forks, 2 North Third Street, Suite C. The entrance is on Demers Avenue. NoVAC is also proud to announce and welcome Kirsten Gunnarson as the Council’s Marketing Director. Moorhead’s Rourke Art Museum and Gallery hired Fargo native Tania Blanich as the museum director on January 3, 10 months after the organization’s founder and previous director, James O’Rourke, died. The Lake Region Heritage Center in Devils Lake announces their new director, Kristin Wood, who starts on February 1. The Bush Foundation announced today that President Peter Hutchinson has resigned and will transition from his leadership role with the Foundation in January of 2012.  After joining the Foundation in November of 2007, Hutchinson led a dramatic redesign of the organization and its work. He will serve in an advisory capacity on select Foundation initiatives.

Three New Artists Added to NDCA’s Artist in Residence Roster
The North Dakota Council on the Arts announces three new Artist in Residence rostered artists: Music - Sowah Mensah of Minneapolis, MN; Dance - Northern Plains Dance of Bismarck, ND; and Theatre - Barry Wolcott of Bismarck. For more information on these new artists, existing artists and organizations, and program details visit www.nd.gov/arts/arts_ed/roster.html; or contact Rebecca Engelman at (701) 328-7593.

Theatres in North Dakota to Show Live Feed Performance of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Simón Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela
On February 18, Gustavo Dudamel leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Simón Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, combined with multiple choirs and soloists in Mahler’s 8, “Symphony of a Thousand”, the apotheosis of the Romantic symphony. This live performance will put more than 1,000 musicians on the stage in Caracas, Venezuela, giving North American audiences a chance to witness Dudamel making music on his home turf. Enhanced behind-the-scenes content will include special footage from Caracas. Theatres in North Dakota showing this live feed performance will include the Grand Theatre in Bismarck, and Century 10 Theatre in Fargo. For more information visit www.LAPhilLIVE.com.

ND Native Composes Music Film Score/Screened Around the World

Troy Sterling Nies, Mandan, ND native, composer for film television, radio, theatre and concert hall announced that the feature film he worked on over the last two years (filming spanned New Hampshire, Vermont, Mass., Pasadena, California and a variety of other locations) is released and has been screened all over the world. Troy did the on-set sound and composed the music film score. The official DVD release is currently underway. More information and his personal notes on the project (scroll down a number of entries) can be found at http://www.troysterling.blogspot.com.

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.

2011 Special Edition OrnamentBe Sure to Get Your NDCA Fifth Annual Special Edition Ornament Before They Are Gone ~ Only Four Remaining!
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. Ornaments are 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. Limited quantities of the second, third and fourth edition ornaments are available as well. 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.

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.

 
NATIONAL NEWS
 

Creative Capital Grants
On February 1, 2012, Creative Capital will begin accepting online Letters of Inquiry for grants in Emerging Fields, Literature and Performing Arts. The Inquiry Form will be open until March 1. Visit http://creative-capital.org/apply to read the grant guidelines and learn more about the application process, or attend an in-person or online information sessions (available at http://creative-capital.org/infosessions). Creative Capital provides integrated financial and advisory support to artists pursuing innovative and adventurous projects. Acting as a catalyst for the development of exceptional and imaginative ideas, we support artists whose work is provocative, timely and relevant; who are deeply engaged with their art forms and demonstrate a rigorous commitment to their craft, yet are also boldly original and push the boundaries of their genre; who create work that carries the potential to reshape the cultural landscape. Selected grantees receive up to $50,000 in direct support and a suite of services valued at more than $40,000. To be eligible to apply, an artist must be: A U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident; At least 25 years old; A working artist with at least five years of professional experience; and Not a full-time student. Questions? Visit http://creative-capital.org/apply or email grants@creative-capital.org.

NEA’s Our Town Grants Now Available
Art works to improve the lives of America's citizens in many ways. Communities across our nation are engaging design and leveraging the arts to create livable, sustainable neighborhoods with enhanced quality of life, increased creative activity, distinct identities, a sense of place, and vibrant local economies that capitalize on existing local assets. Application Deadline: You are required to submit your application electronically through Grants.gov, the federal government's online application system. The Grants.gov system must receive your validated and accepted application no later than 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on March 1, 2012. They strongly recommend that you submit at least 10 days in advance of the deadline to give yourself ample time to resolve any problems that you might encounter. Applicant Eligibility: All applications must have partnerships that involve two primary partners: a nonprofit organization and a local governmental entity. One of the two primary partners must be a cultural (arts or design) organization. Additional partners are welcomed. For more information visit www.arts.gov/grants/apply/OurTown/index.html.

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.

Americans for the Arts Announces New Leadership Development Program, Local Arts Classroom
Americans for the Arts launched its Local Arts Classroom program, a four-month virtual leadership development series that provides an opportunity for local arts leaders to master foundational concepts and build skills through exposure to current practice in the core areas of local arts development. This program is designed to serve arts professionals with less than 10 years of experience in the arts field, including current undergraduate or graduate students and those who are transitioning into the field from another sector. Participants will attend six 90-minute webinars and five 60-minute post-webinar discussion calls and will receive a one-year individual membership with Americans for the Arts and opportunities to connect with field leaders. Registration opened in January; Americans for the Arts will select a maximum of 40 participants. For more information, contact Leadership Development Program Manager Stephanie Evans Hanson at sevanshanson@artsusa.org, or visit www.americansforthearts.org/networks/emerging_leaders/classroom/001.asp.

NFF's 4th Annual Nationwide Survey, Nonprofit Arts Organizations Urged to Respond
NDCA would like to call your attention to a survey that launched from the Nonprofit Finance Fund, http://nonprofitfinancefund.org, (NFF). This is NFF's fourth annual nationwide survey examining the current state of the nonprofit sector, and nonprofit arts organizations are urged to add their voice. The more arts and culture respondents complete the survey, the more likely that NFF will be able to provide robust data specific to this important sector. The NFF 2012 survey available at http://app.fluidsurveys.com/s/NFFSurveyArts, is anonymous and takes 10-15 minutes to complete-collects data on important financial and management issues facing nonprofits. (See 2011 survey findings and media attention at http://nonprofitfinancefund.org/state-of-the-sector-surveys, as well as arts-specific breakout reports at http://www.nasaa-arts.org/Research/Key-Topics/Nonprofit-Finance/2011_NFF_Arts.pdf.) NFF will provide results in late March; survey respondents who choose to give their contact information will receive results directly. The findings, and the comparison to previous years' findings, will help identify the most critical areas of need in both the arts and culture sector and nonprofit sector as a whole.

NEA Announces Research, Interagency Task Force on Arts and Human Development
On November 30, 2011, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) released a white paper summarizing current research relating the arts to positive cognitive, social and behavioral outcomes. The Arts and Human Development (www.arts.gov/research/TaskForce/Arts-and-Human-Development.html) presents evidence based claims of the effect of the arts on the health and well-being of children, adolescents and young adults, and older adults. The white paper also identifies research gaps and makes recommendations for future research. State arts agencies, researchers and arts education specialists will find the concise summaries of studies within the white paper to be helpful for advocacy and case making. The NEA also announced the convening of the Interagency Task Force on the Arts and Human Development (www.arts.gov/research/TaskForce/task-force-members.html) consisting of 13 federal agencies and departments that will collaborate to encourage research in this area. The task force intends to present a series of webinars to further facilitate the sharing of information among health care, the arts and education agencies.

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Commits $50 Million to Support Individual Artists
The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has announced the launch of a ten-year, $50 million initiative designed to support more than two hundred individual artists in the fields of jazz, theater, and contemporary dance. Believed to be the largest such effort in the nation, the Doris Duke Performing Artists Initiative will invest in the development and future work of individual artists by providing unrestricted multiyear cash grants. Specifically, the initiative will award fellowships to a total of one hundred artists who have won funding on a national level for at least three different projects over the past ten years, with at least one project having received support from a DDCF-funded program; fellowships to an additional one hundred artists who have demonstrated the potential to influence their respective fields but who have yet to receive significant national support; and a minimum of fifty residencies to artists at dance companies, theaters, or presenting organizations, with half of each grant going to the artist and half to the supporting organization. Grantees will be chosen through an anonymous peer-review process, with the first cohort to be announced in 2012. Established to enable artists to take creative risks, explore new ideas, and tend to critical needs such as health care and retirement savings, the initiative represents an additional investment by DDCF in the arts above its existing commitment. Since its inception in 1996, the foundation has awarded more than $218 million to bolster the arts nationwide. To learn more, visit www.ddcf.org/Arts/Program-Initiatives/Special-Performing-Artists-Initiative.

 
EVENT AND EXHIBIT CALENDAR, ARTS OPPORTUNITIES
 

**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.

Contemporary Indigeneity: The New Art of the Great Plains Juried Exhibition
The Great Plains Art Museum announces a juried exhibition focusing on Native American culture in the Great Plains region. Founded in 1980, the Great Plains Art Museum is home to a large collection of historical and contemporary works by Native North American artists. The Museum regularly hosts exhibitions that focus on contemporary Native identity as well as historical Native issues. This is the first juried exhibition hosted by the Great Plains Art Museum, by which we seek to enhance knowledge and appreciation about Native American contemporary arts in the Great Plains today. Eligible works should express some element of North American Indigenous Culture and have a contemporary or historical significance and placement within the Great Plains of North America. Works submitted for the juried exhibition must reflect the mission of the Great Plains Art Museum. The Great Plains Art Museum’s mission is: In keeping with the research, teaching, and outreach missions of the Center for Great Plains Studies and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the mission of the Great Plains Art Museum is to collect, preserve, research, and interpret the art and literature of the Great Plains region and to foster study and enhance appreciation, through changing exhibits and public programs, the history and creative spirit of the Great Plains of North America. This exhibition is expected to include the works of well- and lesser- known individuals whose work expresses the texture of Native American life in the Great Plains today. Selected by jury, this exhibition strives for a broad-ranging exploration which conveys the spectrum of contemporary visual art and fine craft in the Great Plains region, with a special emphasis on Native American culture. There are no media restrictions. A $15 donation for 1-5 entries is suggested. For further information visit the prospectus at www.unl.edu/plains/gallery/juriedprospectus.shtml; or send a self addressed stamped envelope to the Great Plains Art Museum, 1155 Q Street, Hewit Place, Lincoln, Nebraska 68588-0250. For questions contact Alicia Harris at greatplainsartmuseum@gmail.com, or call (402)472.0599. Deadline for digital and mailed entries is February 22, 2012.

The Great Winter Crow Show
The Great Winter Crow Show at the Spirit Room, held in alternate years, is a non-competitive festive exhibition free of entry fees. It is intended to be a mad combining of energies and visual ingredients. The theme is the crow, the blackbird, and all their marvelous and malevolent associations. The crows and ravens keep us company in the wintertime and continue to remind us with their squawks and pacing that they keep a close eye on our behaviors and movements. Crows are known to play catch with twigs, to slide down snowy hills on their backs head-first, to soar and dive for entertainment, to carry shiny objects back to their nests for contemplation, and to collect hallucinogenic seeds in the fall, saving them to bring color to winter-white boredom. It gets slow in the winter for people too, a good reason to celebrate “the uncanny crow.” The Reverend Henry Ward Beecher said in the mid 1880s, “If men had wings and bore black feathers, few of them would be clever enough to match the crow.” This is a chance to put on your thinking cap and share your talents and good humor by entering the Great Winter Crow Show. General Guidelines: To enter the Crow Show, all deadlines must be met. There is no entry fee. Deadlines: Entry Registration Forms are due at PO Box 1657, Fargo, ND 58107 by Friday, February 24, 2012. For more information visit http://spiritroom.net/index.php.

Mandan Art Association’s 54th Annual Spring Art Show
Mandan Art Association’s 54th Annual Spring Art Show which will be held April 2-30, 2012. Registration forms will be available in January. Members and interested persons will receive forms by email or regular mail. Forms will also be available at the Gallery at 411 West Main Street, Mandan, ND. An open house reception will be held the first Saturday, April 7th, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the gallery. Awards will be given for Best of Show, Gallery Award, and Creativity Award. The People’s Choice award will be given to the entry that receives the most votes from the people attending the show. It’s not to early to get your entries ready. Let’s make this another successful show. If you have questions contact the Mandan Art Association at 751-4331 (gallery) or 751-0796 (Rose) or email mandanartassociation@yahoo.com.

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

 
DID YOU KNOW ...
 

Survey Results Available on "How Strong Is Your Social Net?"
The final results of Trudel | MacPherson's 2011 national survey, How Strong Is Your Social Net? are now available at www.trudelmacpherson.com. The findings record a snapshot of the arts field's use of digital and social media, including perceptions of the results these tools have delivered thus far. The report also takes a look at some of the biggest trends for digital and social media in the upcoming year. This report marks the first step toward an ongoing data collection effort on digital and social media in arts organizations. For more information about this initiative, see NASAA's How Strong Is Your Social Net? web seminar transcript available at www.nasaa-arts.org/Learning-Services/Web-Seminars/SocialNetTranscript.pdf.

 
OTHER RESOURCES
 

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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