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November 2012

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NDCA Announces Recent Board Appointments
The North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA) announces the addition of Shannon D. Fox of New Town, and Dr. Lana Schlecht of Ellendale. They were both recently appointed to serve on the NDCA’s board of directors effective August 2012. We would like to welcome Shannon and Lana, and give a sincere thank you to our departing members, Taylor Barnes and Marilyn Hudson, for their time and efforts displayed during their appointed terms. Additional information is available at www.nd.gov/arts/aboutus/board.html.

NDCAs' Sixth Annual Special Edition Ornaments Now Available!

Sixth Annual OrnamentThe NDCA announces their sixth annual Special Edition Ornament which is now available for purchase. Frank Koch of Bismarck, was commissioned by NDCA to create a one-of-a-kind, hand-carved wood ornament. Limited quantities will be available for $25.00 plus tax (includes gift box, shipping additional). $12 from each ornament can be used as a tax-deductible donation to the North Dakota Cultural Endowment Fund. For more information, please visit www.nd.gov/arts/whatsnew/12Special-Edition-Ornament.html. If you would like to purchase a Special Edition Ornament, please call (701) 328-7590.

Institutional Support Grant Now Available Online
The deadline date for the Institutional Support grant is March 15, 2013. All applicants must submit a letter stating their intent to apply no later than January 15. Letters must be printed on either the applicant's organizations letterhead or e-mailed directly to the NDCA (jwebb@nd.gov). The staff review deadline is February 15, 2013. To access NDCA’s online grant system, or to view grant availability, please visit: http://northdakota.cgweb.org.

DUNS Number Now Required for NDCA Institutional Support and Presenter Support Grant Recipients!
If you do not have a DUNS number, you will need to register and receive your number prior to applying for an Institutional Support or Presenter Support grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts. To learn how to register, visit www.americansforthearts.org/information_services/research/services/creative_industries/004.asp.

Reminder ~ NDCA's Call for Ornaments for the 2012 North Dakota State Christmas Tree Deadline is November 16
NDCA invites artists and crafts people to provide handmade ornaments for the State Christmas Tree. Submitted ornaments can vary from traditional to contemporary arts. Items that are commercially produced or made from kits are not eligible. This year’s theme is “Holidays in the Heartland” with wheat ornaments featured, but ornaments can also be of any medium of the designer’s choosing. Each ornament should include the name of the person entering it, and a brief one or two line description of the ornament that includes the art form used, the special circumstances through which it was created, such as a class or senior center project. Ornaments must be received in the NDCA office by Friday, November 16, 2012. Mail to the NDCA, 1600 E. Century Ave., Suite 6, Bismarck, ND 58503-0649.

NDCA Announces the North Dakota State Tree Lighting Ceremony
NDCA, along with the Governor’s Office and Facility Management, invites the general public to the Lighting Ceremony for the 2012 North Dakota State Christmas Tree. The ceremony will be conducted by Governor Jack Dalrymple and First Lady Betsy Dalrymple on Monday, December 3 at 5:00 p.m. in the Memorial Hall of the Capitol Building in Bismarck. Live entertainment will be provided. The ceremony is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony.

Midway Public School Selected to Create North Dakota’s Ornaments for the 2012 National Christmas Tree Display
Midway Public School Students and their art teacher, Mrs. Eva Branvold,  have been chosen to design and create the ornaments for North Dakota’s tree in President’s Park in Washington, D.C. Mrs. Branvold and her students join local artists and youth from each U.S. state, territory and the District of Columbia who were selected to design and create 24 ornaments for their respective state or territory tree. For more information visit www.nd.gov/arts/pressreleases/releases/MidwayPS-NDornament.doc.

NDCA Invites High School Students in North Dakota to Participate in Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest
The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation present Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest, in partnership with the North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA). Schools in North Dakota are invited to participate in the statewide competition. High schools that wish to be part of the official Poetry Out Loud program must register by January 11, 2013. A registration form is available online at www.nd.gov/arts/arts_ed/images-pdfs/2013poetryoutloudregistrationform.pdf. Questions? Contact Rebecca Engelman: 701-328-7593 or rengelman@nd.gov or visit http://ndpol.weebly.com.

North Dakota Governor’s Awards for the Arts Call for Nominations
Call for Nomination materials must be postmarked by January 14, 2013! Nomination form is available at www.nd.gov/arts/whatsnew/images-pdfs/GovAwardsCallforNominations-2012.pdf. The North Dakota Governor’s Awards for the Arts program is presented by the Governor’s Office and NDCA to recognize individuals and organizations who have made outstanding contributions to the arts in the state. Nominations are reviewed by the NDCA, who then submits final candidates to the Governor for selection of the award winners. The awards will be presented at a special public event in Bismarck, March 27, 2013.

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

Let NDCA Help You with Your Gift-Giving Needs this Holiday Season!
Did you know that NDCA has unique CDs, collectables, and wonderful picturesque books for sale? Thinking of giving an impressive, unique gift for graduations, weddings, birthdays, or holidays? Visit www.nd.gov/arts then call us with your order at (701) 328-7590; or email comserv@nd.gov.

NDCA Offers Touring Exhibit Opportunity
NDCA’s book, Sundog and Sunflowers: Folklore and Folk Art of the Northern Great Plains recently received national recognition as a Notable Document from the American Library Association, and was awarded first place in the ND Library Association’s 2011 Notable Document Awards. The exhibit will be offered for tour to cultural organizations, schools, senior centers, and art galleries throughout the state. For more information visit www.nd.gov/arts/whatsnew/SundogsandSunflowers.html or view the YouTube video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0KKbPe1tDw. Contact Troyd Geist at tgeist@nd.gov or by calling (701) 866-0959 to learn more.

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.


For The First Time U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis Will Measure Contribution of the Arts to Gross Domestic Product
"A creative economy is the fuel of magnificence," said Ralph Waldo Emerson in an 1857 essay. For the first time, the American creative sector will be measured on a macroeconomic level by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), the federal agency of record on the U.S. economy and a part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. In a groundbreaking partnership, the BEA and the National Endowment for the Arts will develop an "Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account" (ACPSA). This new account will identify and calculate the arts and culture sector's contributions to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), a measure representing the final dollar value of all goods and services produced in the United States. To learn more visit http://arts.endow.gov/news/news12/BEA.html.

New Our Town Funding Guidelines Available
The Arts Endowment has posted the 2013 Our Town application guidelines at http://www.arts.gov/grants/apply/OurTown/index.html. Our Town invests in creative and innovative projects in which communities, together with their arts and design organizations and artists, seek to improve their quality of life, encourage greater creative activity, and foster stronger community identity and a sense of place, and revitalize economic development. Grants range from $25,000 to $200,000. The application deadline is January 14, 2013.

New Big Read Grants and Reading Selections Available

The Big Read is accepting applications from non-profit organizations to develop community-wide reading programs between September 2013 and June 2014. The Big Read is a national program designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment. Approximately 75 organizations from across the country will be selected. Join them for a webinar hosted by the National Endowment for the Arts on November 13 @ 4:30pm. Visit www.NEABigRead.org/application_process.php for more information. Application deadline: February 5, 2013. Questions? Call Arts Midwest at (12) 238-8010 or email TheBigRead@artsmidwest.org.

Local Arts Classroom Accepting Applications
This five-month virtual leadership development series, running January–May 2013, provides an opportunity for emerging local arts leaders to master foundational concepts and build skills through exposure to current practice in the core areas of local arts development. The 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. Deadline is November 16, 2012. For more information visit www.artsusa.org/networks/emerging_leaders/classroom/001.asp.

75th Annual Conference for Community Arts Education
November 14-17, 2012, Dallas, Texas. Gain inspiration and connect with hundreds of community arts education leaders throughout the United States. The Conference for Community Arts Education provides essential professional development and networking opportunities for staff, faculty, trustees, and teaching artists at more than 350+ arts education organizations and program. Key topics to be addressed at this year's conference include collaboration and partnership, measuring impact, and ensuring equitable access to arts education for all. For more information visit http://communityartsed.nationalguild.org/Home.aspx.


**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.

International Music Camp Summer School of Fine Arts Seeks Executive Director
IMC Summer School of Fine Arts Seeks is hiring for an Executive Director to start January 1, 2013 (negotiable based on availability). The International Music Camp was founded in 1956 as a one-week summer band camp, and has evolved into a vibrant summer school of fine arts now offering over 40 programs for students of all ages. Approximately 2,000 students from around the world attend camp every summer, and more than 127,000 students have participated in IMC programs over 57 seasons. For more information, visit www.nd.gov/arts/artopps/image-pdfs/IMC-director.docx.

VCSU Hiring Director, VCSU Community School of the Arts
Valley City State University is hiring for a Director, VCSU Community School of the Arts. This position is half time during the academic year (August-May) with flexible summer hours. The Director schedules lessons, organizes performances, prepares recital programs; oversees bookkeeping; maintains webpage. Qualified candidates will have an AA degree in Office Management or related area, or 4 years of experience. Please visit www.vcsu.edu/jobopenings to apply! EOE

Attention All Artists
A "Learn How to Make Money" seminar for artists will take place on Wednesday, November 14, from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm at DSU in the Student Center Room #18. Seminar topics will include: Business Basics, Marketing That Works for You, Website Development, and Online Advertising and Social Media. Consultations can be assigned with art consultant at seminar with consultation to take place at a latter date. Consultations are free and will be only be given to those that attend the seminar. Call to reserve your spot today! (701) 213-8482 or email wendy@ndsbdc.org.

Bismarck Downtown Artist Co-op Seeking Entries for Anniversary Exhibit
The Artist Co-op is planning an anniversary exhibit, titled A Second Foot in the Door. This is the second year for this exhibit. Over 100 pieces were exhibited last year to celebrate the opening of the Artist Co-op. The exhibit is open to Co-op and non-members. BDAC is accepting two and three-dimensional art in all media. All art must be 12” X 12” or smaller including the frame. The entry fee is one for $10 or two entries for $15. Registration and fees are due November 30, and hand delivered work due on December 1. The opening reception is slated for December 7, 5:30-8:30. For more information, contact BDAC at 202-3400 or email bismarckdac@gmail.com.

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


Arts Philanthropy
As companies emerge from the fog of the worst recession in generations, the state of arts philanthropy from business is showing improvement. To learn more visit www.corporatephilanthropy.org/pdfs/giving_in_numbers/GIN2012_finalweb.pdf.


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.

"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.

Web Sites with Resources
Following are some web sites that 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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