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June 2012

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NDCA Announces Individual Artist Fellowship Recipients
The NDCA has awarded two artist fellowships in the amount of $2,500 each. The recipients are Nelda Schrupp (Visual Arts-Sculpture) of Lakota; and Armando Ramos III (Visual Arts-Sculpture) of Valley City. Both were recommended by a review panel and their selections were approved by the NDCA’s Board of Directors. To learn more visit www.nd.gov/arts/pressreleases/releases/NDCAAnnouncesIndividualFellowshipRecipients12.doc.

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.

Request for Proposal ~ Culturepulse Marketing
The purpose of this request is to obtain proposals from qualified vendors to perform marketing/advertising/public relations services for Arts North Dakota’s (AND) statewide arts calendar, www.culturepulse.org. The website is currently being redesigned. AND would like a statewide advertising campaign developed and implemented in an effort to drive traffic to the website. Another intent of marketing the website is to encourage artists, organizations, vendors, event coordinators and other audience types to utilize the website’s features. Review of proposals will begin immediately after the deadline. The project is intended to begin as soon as possible after a contract is signed. Estimated to start no later than July 31, 2012. The deadline to confirm intent to submit a proposal is no later than 5:00pm (MST) Friday, June 15, 2012. Please email a letter of intent to submit to Josh Nichols director@artsnd.org. If received, a confirmation email will be sent within 24 hours. Proposals are due no later than 5:00pm (MST) Friday, June 29, 2012. Submit to: Josh Nichols, Executive Director, Arts North Dakota, P.O. Box 1911, Dickinson, ND 58602. Questions and proposal may be submitted electronically to: director@artsnd.org. The complete RFP is available via this link.

Summer Art Workshops and Classes Available!
Be sure to check out the summer art workshops and classes available through these organizations: Bismarck Art & Galleries Association, Bismarck, www.bismarck-art.org; THEO Art School, Bismarck, www.highprairiecomplex.com/theo; Shade Tree Players, Bismarck, www.shadetreeplayers.com; Northern Plains Dance, Bismarck, www.northernplainsdance.org; Sleepy Hollow Theatre & Arts Park, Bismarck, www.shst.org; Trollwood Performing Arts School at the Bluestem Center for the Arts, Moorhead, www.trollwood.org; Plains Art Museum, Fargo, www.plainsart.org; Spirit Room, Fargo, http://spiritroom.net; Fargo Park District, www.fargoparks.com; North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, www.ndmoa.com; North Dakota Ballet Company, Grand Forks, call 746-6044 for class schedule; The Arts Center, Jamestown, www.jamestownartscenter.org; Taube Museum of Art, Minot, www.taubemuseum.org; James Memorial Art Center, Williston, www.jamesmemorial.com; Putnam House, Carrington, email alison@daktel.com. For more information, and additional classes, art venues and events, visit www.culturepulse.org.

NDSU Concert Choir Places First in International Competition
The North Dakota State University Concert Choir, under the direction of University Distinguished Professor Dr. Jo Ann Miller, placed first in the mixed choir division of the 8th International Choir Competition in Zadar, Croatia, May 17-20.  They performed Chanson on “Dessus le marché d’Arras” by Orlando di Lasso, When Music Sounds by Nancy Hill Cobb, and Magnificat by Arvo Pärt in addition to a piece by a Croatian composer and an American Spiritual. Twelve other mixed choirs from Croatia, Slovenia, Poland, Macedonia, and Bulgaria participated in the competition. To learn more about the NDSU Concert Choir European Tour, follow their blog at www.facebook.com/NDSUFineArts.

Trails & Rails/Amtrak Performances Summer 2012 Schedule
Trails & Rails is an innovative partnership program between the National Park Service, Amtrak and NDCA, providing rail passengers with educational opportunities that foster an appreciation of a selected region's natural and cultural heritage. It also renews the long tradition of connecting railroads with National Parks. Don’t miss this years Amtrak Trails & Rails performances featuring talented North Dakota artists. June 12-13: Gerald Schlag and another person for bass, guitar, or other accompaniment for traditional accordion music. June 19-20: Keith Bear, Mandan/Hidatsa flute music and storytelling. June 21-22: Mary Louise Defender Wilson, Dakotah storytelling. July 5-6: Gerald Schlag and another person for bass, guitar, or other accompaniment for traditional accordion music. July 10-11: Debi Rogers, Irish music, singing, and storytelling. July 19-20: Keith Bear, Mandan/Hidatsa flute music and storytelling. July 26-27: Debi Rogers, Irish music, singing, and storytelling. August 2-3: Gerald Schlag and another person for bass, guitar, or other accompaniment for traditional accordion music. August 7-8: Keith Bear, Mandan/Hidatsa flute music and storytelling. August 14-15: Mary Louise Defender Wilson, Dakotah storytelling. To learn more, email Craig_Hansen@nps.gov; or visit www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer?c=AM_Route_C&pagename=am%2FLayout&cid=1241245653623.

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. 

Brianna McNelly Joins the Plains Art Museum Staff
Plains Art Museum has named Brianna McNelly to the Museum staff as the new manager of youth programs. McNelly will coordinate educational programming in the Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity, opening fall of 2012. She will also oversee school visits, plan family events, coordinate classes, and create a teen after-school program.

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. 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, Salzburg Global Seminar, and Embassy of Austria to present Transcending Borders: The Intersections of Arts, Science, Technology, and Society on a Global Stage
The National Endowment for the Arts, the Salzburg Global Seminar, and the Embassy of Austria will join the conversation with a panel discussion, Transcending Borders: The Intersections of Arts, Science, Technology, and Society on a Global Stage on Monday, June 4, 2012. Featuring artist-scientist teams, along with policy makers and curators, the participants will examine the impact that creativity and collaboration across sectors can have in shaping the world of today and tomorrow. The event takes place from 5:00 to 7:00 PM EST and will be webcast live at arts.gov, and can be followed on Twitter with the hashtag #neaartsci. "This event demonstrates the NEA's continuing commitment to expanding the creative possibilities for the arts, artists and audiences," said Chairman Landesman. "A program like this brings new voices into conversation with artists, and will serve as a valuable source for new ideas, resources, and leading practitioners. It is going to be a great evening." "The intersection of art and science is arousing growing interest across the world as societies reach for needed inspiration and creativity," said Stephen Salyer, Salzburg Global Seminar president. "Joining with the NEA to link artists and scientists from Europe and the United States is an important step in encouraging international pursuit of this exciting exchange." Based in Salzburg, Austria, the Salzburg Global Seminar gathers young and established leaders from around the world for creative strategy-making and relationship building.

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.

White House Seeks to Spur Innovative Spending by Foundations
Program-related investments may soon become more common as the Obama administration seeks to update the regulations currently imposed on foundations. Program-related investments offer foundations a way to invest in nonprofits and other social causes other than grantmaking, for example through low-interest loans or stock purchases in for-profit companies. The proposal, drafted by the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service, is accepting comments on the draft rules until July 18. To learn more visit http://philanthropy.com/article/White-House-Seeks-to-Spur/131840.

Kansas State Legislature Passes Bill for Arts Funding
On May 1, the Kansas House of Representatives approved the Creative Arts Industries bill to restore public funding for the arts in Kansas, and on May 10, Gov. Brownback signed it into law. This is a huge success and turn around for Kansas after having the state’s Arts Commission eliminated just a year ago. Chair of the Kansas Citizens for the Arts Henry Schwaller made a statement regarding the creation of the new agency: "We are pleased that Gov. Brownback signed the bill creating the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission. The creation of the new agency has been a collaborative effort between the governor, legislators, and arts advocates, resulting in the successful passage of legislation that all Kansans can be proud of.” Please visit http://kansasarts.org for more information.

Arts Education Partnership Releases ArtsEdSearch
A new resource for gathering arts education research has been made available by the Arts Education Partnership. ArtsEdSearch.org presents a matrix of topical areas of research including education setting, educational level and types of outcomes. By selecting any area on the matrix, administrators can find summaries of "What we know" about each area of arts education, including that a "significant body of research demonstrates a positive relationship (www.artsedsearch.org/summaries/12/17/32) between arts education and literacy and language development at the elementary level." To learn more, visit www.artsedsearch.org.

Governors Look to the Arts to Fuel Economic Growth
The National Governors Association (NGA) has released New Engines of Growth: Five Roles for Arts, Culture and Design. Prepared in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Arts and NASAA, this report illustrates in rich detail the roles that arts, culture and design can play as states seek to create jobs, boost their economies and transition to an innovation-based economy. Abundant examples from around the country illustrate how arts, culture and design can promote economic growth, catalyze community revitalization and develop a competitive work force. For the full report, visit www.nga.org/files/live/sites/NGA/files/pdf/1204NEWENGINESOFGROWTH.PDF.

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. 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. 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.


**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.

Small Works Exhibit & Auction
The Taube Museum of Art announces a call to artists. They are looking for original artwork for their upcoming fifth annual Small Works Exhibit & Auction, which is a collection of works no larger than 80 square inches. Entry deadline is June 9, 2012. The artwork will be posted online at www.taubemuseum.org with the ability for online visitors to place bids by email or phone. We also encourage the public to call to check on the status of their bids and we will be happy to “up” their bid if interested. Small art seems to have gained popularity over the years so the Taube Museum decided to create a venue for the excitement. Small artworks are easy for artists to ship, easy for people to purchase and even easier to add to a collection, because they fit into a small space on a wall or a bookshelf. “I started this exhibition opportunity for artists five years ago because of my love of small art. That has not changed in ensuing years and the public also seems to enjoy the look and feel of the exhibit as well. It also doesn’t hurt that a person can always find space to display the work because of the small size!” says Executive Director Nancy Walter. Exhibit dates are June 19-July 31, 2012. The event will wrap up with an Annual Summer BBQ and Auction that will be held on the final day of the exhibit, Tuesday evening, July 31, 2012 from 5pm-7pm, which is free and open to the public. A portion of the proceeds will support the Taube Museum of Art, a non-profit organization, with the rest to the artist. Normal Museum and Gift Shop hours are: Tuesday-Friday: 10:30am-5:30pm and Saturday: 11am-4pm. There is no charge for admission, but contributions are accepted to help the Taube Museum fulfill their mission of enriching lives through the visual arts. Please contact Nancy F. Walter, Executive Director at the Taube Museum of Art at 838-4445 for further information. 

Pekin Days Art Show
The Pekin Days Art Show will be celebrating its nineteenth year of displaying artwork by some of the finest artists in North Dakota June 20-24, 2012. This acclaimed judged art show and sale will be open to the public for viewing and purchasing at the Pekin Auditorium on Main Street, in Pekin North Dakota. In addition to one of the largest judged art shows and sale in North Dakota the NCAC will host a number of other activities during the annual Pekin Days celebration. Fine art vendors and craftsmen booths will be open with the musical sounds from area bands and musicians creating a festive atmosphere for added enjoyment in the Playground Park located across the street from the auditorium. If you are interested in entering your works in the Pekin Days Art Show, entry deadline is June 9, 2012. Entry forms will be mailed out mid-May. For more information email bebjorlie@gondtc.com.

Artist Opportunity Cancer Survivors
Call for Submissions: Online Gallery! All work by artists that are cancer survivors will be considered for 2013 Novartis Calendar! Featuring artwork from professional artists living with illness, healthcare practitioners, and hospital artists-in-residence, The Creative Center's gallery continues to represent and sell original work, reproductions, and reproduction rights to various private, hospital, and corporate collections. This opportunity, specifically for cancer survivors, is for the sale of reproduction rights for the Novartis 2013 Calendar. All media, photography, collage, painting, sculpture, etc. accepted. (Images oriented horizontally preferred). To obtain all information about how to submit work, visit www.thecreativecenter.org/tcc/art/information_for_artists. All artwork received by Wednesday, June 13, 2012 (no exceptions) to be considered for the 2013 Novartis Calendar.

Jamestown Fine Arts Association’s 48th Annual Art Show
The Jamestown Fine Arts Association which operates The Art Center is requesting artists to participate in its 48th Annual Art Show. Deadline for registration forms is June 15, 2012. This year the exhibition will be hosted in the Arts Center's beautiful, newly renovated gallery space. The JFAA Annual is an exhibition open to artists of all ages and levels. All mediums are accepted. Artists can submit up to three art works, all will be shown provided the work is safe to hang and display. Once the artwork is installed it will be juried for prizes. This year’s Juror is Terry Jelsing, long-time North Dakota artist, instructor, curator and arts administrator. Download an entry form from the Arts Center’s website at www.jamestownartscenter.org/page16.php.

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.

Mixed Media Workshop “Visions in Motion”
Artist and Instructor ~ Leon Basler at The Assumption Abbey, 418 3rd Ave West, Richardton, ND, July 20-22, 2012. (Minimum 12 students). Leon Basler is a patient and talented instructor. He teaches with ease and variety so the artist can create in acrylic and mixed media. Leon has a passion for art and will teach you the basics of good design and composition. Richardton Assumption Abbey has a wonderfully relaxing and enjoyable atmosphere for creating art. Workshop participants will work in a large room with artists’ north lighting and a full panoramic view of rolling prairie hills. Students will dine with the monks and take accommodations in former college dorms. On the Abbey grounds you will have the opportunity to visit a pottery studio, wine cellar and gift shop. St. Mary’s church is beautiful and is a work of art in itself. It was built in Bavarian Romanesque Style. When you arrive in Richardton off of I-94, (23 miles east of Dickinson or 73 miles west of Bismarck) just look to the North for the twin steeples of the church. Welcome to Western North Dakota. Registration Fee: $200.00 Reserves your spot. (Does not include lodging and meals) Cut-off date for workshop Registration is by June 30, 2012. If the class does not fill by this date, your payment will be refunded. Lodging costs at the Abbey are: Single $20.00 per night. Double $15.00 per person per night (must be two people per room to get this rate) Meal costs for entire workshop: $60.00 (Lodging and meal charges may be paid at the time of registration depending on what you select.) Workshop is sponsored by Abbey Prairie Arts Council. Make check payable to: Art Depot., 3519 94th Ave. SW, Taylor, ND, 58656. For more information, please contact Beverly L. Haas at 701-290-3275; or Brother Llewellyn Kouba at 701-974-3315. For more of Basler’s work check his painting out at http://leonbasler.com/index.php.

2012 Zombie Music Fest Poster Competition
The North Valley Arts Council (NoVAC), producer of Zombie Music Fest, is excited to announce the first ever Zombie Music Fest Poster Competition. The winning poster will be the official poster image for the 2012 Zombie Music Fest. The poster submissions will be judged by a group of arts professionals who will choose the top five posters. Once the top five are chosen, they will be posted on Zombie Music Fest’s Facebook page to have the public vote, anonymously. There will be a bloody good prize of $100 plus glory, and what’s cooler than seeing your poster plastered to boards around the city? Be artistic, be creative, be horrifying. Not all zombies have to be green - play with the color scheme! We encourage you to put some thought into it. For example, if a zombie were to die, what would it die holding? Or, let’s say a zombie can return to the living with its favorite object, what does it look like? All the gory details: Poster size is 11” x 17”, with 2.5” x 11” of blank space reserved at the bottom for sponsor logos; Deadline is July 1, 2012, winner announced on July 15th; File type: High resolution PDF or JPG (NOTE: If chosen, the winner must submit original and unflattened artwork to NoVAC’s Marketing Director as well as grant permission to NoVAC for unlimited use of elements from the poster in other marketing materials for Zombie Music Fest). If you have any questions about this, please contact Kirsten Gunnarson at 701.772.3710. This information MUST be on the poster (or it will be ineligible): Zombie Music Fest, Saturday, October 6th from 3-10 p.m., FREE, Town Square, Downtown Grand Forks, Website: www.NOVAC.org, Facebook Info: www.facebook.com/zombiemusicfest, Please leave room for at least six band names. Filler words are allowed, Zombie Fest Film Festival, October 5th at 7:00 p.m., Empire Arts Center. Submit your poster by sending a high-res PDF or JPG to kirstengunnarson@novac.org, or mail a disk to: Kirsten Gunnarson, 2 N 3rd St, Suite C, Grand Forks, ND 58203.

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


Updated National Arts Index and Local Arts Index
Americans for the Arts has updated the National Arts Index (www.artsindexusa.org/national-arts-index), which shows improved conditions for the cultural sector. An updated website (www.artsindexusa.org) provides new county-level indicators as part of the Local Arts Index (www.artsindexusa.org/local-arts-index), with three initial indicators for every county, within which are included expenditures on musical instruments, population shares visiting art museums and "creative industries" shares of all businesses.


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!
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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:

The North Dakota Council on the Arts is the state agency responsible for the support and development of the arts throughout North Dakota, and is funded by the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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