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March 2012

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NDCA Grant Deadlines Approaching
Application deadline dates for the North Dakota Council on the Arts grants are approaching. 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.

Plan to Attend the Statewide Poetry Out Loud Competition, Monday, 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 http://www.nd.gov/arts/whatsnew/POL.html; or e-mail: rengelman@nd.gov.

Application Available for NDCA/Creative Capital PD Workshop
The North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA) recently announced they were the recipient of a $10,000 Creative Capital Professional Development Program’s Workshop Subsidy Grant from Creative Capital based out of New York City. This grant, supported by the Kresge Foundation, will assist in funding a weekend workshop for approximately 24 artists of all disciplines in Bismarck, ND, April 13-15, 2012. The Workshop uses an integrated approach to cover the topics of marketing/public relations and fundraising with a particular emphasis on strategic planning for individual artists. The NDCA will partner with Arts North Dakota (AND) and ArtUp! in hosting the weekend retreat. Space is limited and will be awarded to those that meet the criteria of being a professional, working artist in the state of North Dakota on a first come- first serve basis. More information and the application can be found online at http://www.nd.gov/arts; or directly at http://www.nd.gov/arts/whatsnew/images-pdfs/CCPDApp.pdf.

2020 and Beyond Looking For Input
Let's make sure the arts have a voice ~ give your input at one of the scheduled public meetings to be held in Fargo (March 13), Wahpeton (March 13), Jamestown (March 14), Williston (March 20), Minot (March 21), Devils Lake (March 27), and Grand Forks (March 27). Visit www.ND2020andbeyond.com for more information. Sessions in Dickinson and Bismarck were held in February.

Free Collections Assessments and Workshops Available to Museums, Libraries and Archives in the Dakotas
Museums, libraries and archives in North and South Dakota are invited to apply for a free institutional collections assessment and hands-on workshop hosting opportunity! Applications are due March 7, 2012! The assessments and workshops, which will be offered this summer, are the first phase of the Dakota Collections Care Initiative (DCCI), a partnership between collections care professionals at museums, libraries and archives in North Dakota and South Dakota to improve collections care and emergency preparedness and response for the small and mid-sized collecting heritage institutions across the two states. To be considered for the free assessment and workshop hosting opportunity, collecting institutions must submit an application form, which is available: Online at http://history.nd.gov/dcci/index.html; by calling (701) 355-4458; or by emailing clearfour@btinet.net. Terri Schindel, a conservator affiliated with the Museum Training Network, has been selected to lead the institutional assessments and training workshops. She brings 20 years of collection-related experience working with small, rural and tribal institutions throughout the region to the project. The project is made possible by a two-year Connecting to Collections implementation grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). To learn more about the Institute, please visit www.imls.gov.

The Cultural Heritage Grant Program, administered by the State Historical Society
The Cultural Heritage Grant Program, administered by the State Historical Society, provides grant funding for local museums, historical societies, and others. In 2011 the North Dakota Legislature authorized $504,500 to the State Historical Society of North Dakota (SHSND) for this program. The regular 2012 grant round will have $160,000 of grant money available. The grants provide funding for exhibits, a special project or event, education activities, collections and capital improvements. Grant applications for any eligible project will be considered, but funding priority will be given to organizations and property that have been affected by a recent natural disaster or for disaster planning and preparedness projects. Priority will also be given to organizations that did not receive a Cultural Heritage grant in the 2011 grant round. The SHSND has also established a special funding grant round to assist with recovery efforts of historic properties affected by the flooding throughout the state. An additional $30,000 is available for these grants, and preference will be given to applicants that did not receive funding in the first round in 2011. This special funding is available to individual owners of historic properties. Under the guidelines, there is a dollar-for-dollar match requirement. That match may be either in cash or in-kind services. Interested eligible parties should thoroughly read the Historic Fund Application Guidelines posted at the SHSND website. Completed applications for the grants must be received (not postmarked) by the SHSND by 5 p.m. on March 30. Funds are also still available through the Cultural Heritage Fund program for Heritage Training Scholarships and Archival Supply Purchase Grants. Applications can be made and grants or scholarships will be awarded until the funds are exhausted. Heritage Training Scholarships are available for local and county historical society staff members to participate in training opportunities. Each individual can apply for any number of scholarships throughout the biennium, with the total amount awarded cannot exceed $2,000 per individual. Archival Supply Purchase Grants are available for local and county historical societies, museums, and archives to purchase archival supplies such as storage boxes, photo sleeves, and environmental monitors. Qualifying organizations can apply for any number of Archival Supply Purchase grants throughout the biennium, with the total amount awarded not to exceed $1,500 per organization. Applications for any of the Cultural Heritage Grant programs are available on the SHSND’s website at www.history.nd.gov or can be requested by contacting Grants and Contracts Officer, Amy Munson at 328-3573.

NDMOA Recipient of $150,000 Grant
The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation announced the recipients of its new Artistic Innovation and Collaboration grant program (AIC) to advance the values promoted by artist and activist Robert Rauschenberg during his lifetime and career. The AIC grant program is the first national competitive grant program for the Foundation. It propels the organization’s philanthropic mission of cultivating, promoting, encouraging, and supporting the production and exhibition of art. In 2011, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation invited 65 arts organizations across the country to apply for the inaugural grant cycle. After a competitive application process, nine grants, totaling $800,000, were awarded to a diverse group of innovative projects. The North Dakota Museum of Art received $150,000 over three years to support the commissioning of artists Rena Effendi, Bill Harbort, John Hitchcock, Terry Jelsing, Mary Lucier, and Tim Schouten to create work exploring life on North Dakota’s mixed race, multi-cultural Spirit Lake Nation of the Dakota (Sioux) people. The project brings together artists from various disciplines and backgrounds, including Native Americans, to create work with and about a community that has minimal contact with contemporary artists. A copy of the full press release is available at http://files.e2ma.net/28902/assets/docs/ndmoa_rauschen.press.rel.pdf.

North Valley Arts Council and City of Grand Forks Award $112,943 in Grants
The North Valley Arts Council (NoVAC) is pleased to announce the 2012-2013 City of Grand Forks/NoVAC Re-Grant Funds Allocation. The Re-Grant program is funded by the City of Grand Forks and administered by the North Valley Arts Council. Non-profit and cultural organizations that run public events are eligible for financial support. The mission of the Re-Grant program is to support the infrastructure of arts and culture in Greater Grand Forks by primarily providing resources to nonprofit arts organizations that facilitate the continued creation of art for public consumption. For more information, visit www.NOVAC.org.

Arts North Dakota Announces Executive Director
Arts North Dakota (AND) has announced that Mr. Josh Nichols has been appointed Executive Director of Arts North Dakota effective February 2012. Nichols was appointed interim Executive Director by Arts North Dakota September 1, 2011, and has been actively working to promote Arts North Dakota across the state of North Dakota since his appointment. "I am very excited about being appointed the Executive Director of Arts North Dakota,” said Nichols. “I have learned much about the organization and the arts throughout North Dakota these past few months. I hope to continue to build momentum with this fast growing organization and build upon the firm foundation set by the board members. I am driven to see AND become a thriving force of the ND arts community." Nichols is the Marketing Specialist for the Strom Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. He graduated from Dickinson State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. During his time at Dickinson State University he was active in theatre productions as an actor. He is the current President and founding member of SneakPique productions, a community theatre organization in Dickinson. Josh can be reached via email at director@artsnd.org. Arts North Dakota (AND) is a private, non-profit advocacy organization whose mission is simply to advance the arts in North Dakota. For more information, visit http://artsnd.org.

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

Let NDCA Help You with Your Gift-Giving Needs
Did you know that North Dakota Council on the Arts can help you with gift-giving needs? We can, with unique CDs, collectables, and wonderful picturesque books.  Storytellers’ present history and folklore in a way that lets your mind’s eye capture their meaning on the CD. These renditions have been handed down through generations; conveying the various cultures that are synonymous with North Dakota. Our books are bountiful with colorful crafts and scenery found in our country side. We also have collector Special Edition ornaments starting with 2008. These ornaments are decorative enough to display year round. Thinking of giving an impressive gift for graduations, weddings, birthdays, or holidays? Go online at www.nd.gov/arts then call us with your order at (701) 328-7590; or email comserv@nd.gov.

CulturePulse.org, the ARTbeat of North Dakota
CulturePulse.org is the North Dakota Statewide Arts Calendar. To learn more about all of the exciting arts and cultural activities happening throughout the state, and to view North Dakota artist profiles, be sure to visit www.culturepulse.org. Artists, organizations and venues - if you have not yet done so - be sure to get your art and cultural information listed on CulturePulse.org! CulturePulse.org also has a Facebook fan page! Stay on top of all of the latest arts and cultural information by becoming a fan at www.facebook.com/culturepulse. To learn how to enter your information on CulturePulse.org, visit www.culturepulse.org.


March is National Youth Art Month
National Youth Art Month is an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art education and to encourage public support for quality school art programs. The focus of this month is to convey to the public that art education develops self-discipline, self-esteem, and a sense of pride in self-expression. Youth Art Month has been observed nationally since 1961. To learn more visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Youth_Art_Month.

ArtsLab Applications Now Available
Arts Midwest has posted applications for two important programs, the ArtsLab two-year Peer Learning Community and the ArtsLab Leadership Idea Exchange. These in-depth programs of Arts Midwest are designed to strengthen artists, arts learners, and arts organizations in the Midwest through peer learning programs focused on leadership and strategy development within small and midsized arts organizations, their leadership and artists, and the communities they serve. For information about the scope of these two programs, as well as eligibility requirements, we invite you to turn to the ArtsLab website at www.artslabonline.org. Brief fact sheets regarding these programs are also available for download. Your questions about the scope of the two-year peer learning community, as well as technical assistance questions regarding the e-application process will be answered in a series of “How to Apply” sessions. Most will be webinars, for your convenience. Please check the ArtsLab website for information regarding registration, or contact Birdie@artsmidwest.org. Registration will be followed by dial-in information for the sessions. Please let us know at the time of registration if there are any ADA accommodations that are required. “Live” ADA accessible session: March 14, 2012, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Dreamland Arts, St. Paul, Minnesota. Webinar sessions: March 15, 2012, 3:30-5:00 p.m., and March 26, 2012, 10:00-11:30 a.m. After March 15th the webinar session will also be posted online for review at your convenience.

NEA Grants for Arts Projects Guidelines Available  
The Grants for Arts Projects (GAP) categories are the NEA's primary funding opportunities for organizations. For most organizations, these categories represent the full range of funding options for the entire year. The GAP categories are: Art Works supports the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. Grants range from $10,000 to $100,000. Upcoming deadlines: March 8 and August 9, 2012; and Challenge America Fast-Track supports projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations. Grants are for $10,000. Deadline: May 24, 2012. The Grants for Arts Project guidelines are posted in the Apply for A Grant section of the NEA website (http://www.nea.gov/grants/apply/index.html). Once there, click on the discipline you intend to apply under.

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

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

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.


**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.

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.

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

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

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

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


President Obama Proposes $8M NEA Boost for 2013
On February 13, 2012, the Obama Administration released its much-anticipated Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Request to Congress which includes funding for the nation’s cultural agencies and programs such as the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and the Smithsonian Institution. Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts stated the following: “The administration request of $154 million for the National Endowment for the Arts marks a greatly needed increase. Since 2010 the NEA has been cut $22 million, reducing it to $146 million last year, which threatens its ability to make critical grants throughout the country. By boosting specific funding for programmatic grants by $6.75 million, the White House is sending a clear message that it understands the importance of the creative sector to our communities and economy and the incredible return on investment those funds generate to federal, state and local treasuries. The higher appropriation enhances the ability of the NEA to fund projects in every congressional district. The proposed increase extends a much needed lifeline to state budgets and local arts organizations who have been hit hard by the economic downturn and scarcity of philanthropic dollars. Again this year, the NEA confirmed that each direct grant dollar leverages another eight of non-federal support. By boosting these funds the White House is sending a clear message that it understands the importance of the creative sector to our communities and economy and the incredible return on investment those funds generate to federal, state, and local treasuries. While we are very pleased at the attempt to reverse the recent decline in funding of the NEA, we also realize this is just a first step in the legislative process as the U.S. House and Senate will weigh in soon on this request. We stand ready to assist our congressional leaders in sustaining this critical federal source for leveraging support for cultural programs and public and private funding to every state and community in our country." In addition, IMLS was funded at $232 million (nearly level funding) and the Smithsonian budget was increased to approximately $856 million (this includes nearly $200 million in facilities/improvements).
~ http://americansforthearts.org/news/afta_news/default.asp#item7


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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