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October 2012

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Governor Dalrymple Proclaims October Arts & Humanities Month in North Dakota
Governor Jack Dalrymple has declared October 2012 as Arts and Humanities Month for the state of North Dakota. This came by way of an official proclamation from his office, which recognized that “the arts and humanities enhance and enrich the lives of all citizens; and affect every aspect of life in America today including the economy, social problem solving, job creation, education, creativity, and community livability. North Dakotans are encouraged to participate in arts and humanities activities and celebrate the cultural and historical riches of our state.” North Dakota’s Arts and Humanities Month corresponds with a national celebration. The National Arts and Humanities Month is sponsored by a coalition of national organizations representing the arts and humanities. It provides all cultural organizations and agencies the opportunity to highlight the work they do for their communities. The celebration grew out of National Arts Week, which was started in 1985 by the National Endowment for the Arts and Americans for the Arts. A copy of Governor Dalrymple’s Proclamation is available via this link.

The North Dakota Council on the Arts' Sixth Annual Special Edition Ornaments Are Here!
Sixth Annual OrnamentThe North Dakota Council on the Arts 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. Frank Koch has been carving since 1981. He has studied the art extensively with professional woodcarvers in Minnesota, Michigan, Florida, Nebraska, Montana, Iowa, Texas and Canada. He has taught woodcarving classes for the past twenty eight years through the Flickertail Woodcarving Club. This ornament offers the opportunity to purchase a unique, hand-made Christmas decoration and/or gift, while investing in the arts across the state. 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, 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. 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.

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

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

Two North Dakota Recipients of the NEA National Heritage Fellows to be Featured in Free Performance at George Washington University Lisner Auditorium on October 4, 2012, Live Webcast Available at arts.gov
At its heart, the folk and traditional arts are rooted in the cultural practices of a particular community, whether it's Texas's Tejano music, the boatbuilding traditions of coastal Massachusetts, or the gospel music of Tidewater Virginia. On Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. EDT, communities around the country and world will be able to experience these art forms and more as a group of our nation's top folk and traditional artists take the stage for the annual NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert, which will be webcast live at arts.gov and open to the public. Nick Spitzer, host of public radio’s American Routes, will emcee this evening of conversations, demonstrations, and performances, featuring the 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellows, recipients of the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellows recipients will be honored at an Awards Ceremony on October 3, 2012. The 2012 North Dakota recipients are Paul & Darlene Bergren, Dog Sled and Snowshoe Designers and Builders of Minot.

NDCA's Call for Ornaments for the 2012 North Dakota State Christmas Tree ~ This Year's Theme is Holidays in the Heartland!
The North Dakota Council on the Arts invites artists and crafts people to provide handmade ornaments for the North Dakota State Christmas Tree. The tree will be on display in the Memorial Hall of the State Capitol, and Governor Jack and First Lady Betsy Dalrymple will participate in a lighting of the tree ceremony. The tree lighting ceremony is scheduled for Monday, December 3, 2012. Submitted ornaments can vary from traditional to contemporary arts. Items that are commercially produced or made from kits are not eligible. This is a great art project for elementary classes, Scout troops, 4-H clubs, residents of assisted living center, as well as a great family project. 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. A descriptive listing will be available at the ceremony and will be mailed to everyone who submits an ornament. Ornaments must be received in the NDCA office no later than Friday, November 16, 2012, and they become the property of the NDCA and will be hung on the state tree in ensuing years. Ornaments should be mailed to the NDCA, 1600 E. Century Ave., Suite 6, Bismarck, ND 58503-0649. For more information, call (701) 328-7594 or email amschmid@nd.gov.

Artist’s Works Exhibited in Offices of the Governor and First Lady
The North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA), along with the offices of Governor Jack Dalrymple and First Lady Betsy Dalrymple, is exhibiting the works of Rugby artist Terry Jelsing at the Capitol Building in Bismarck during the months of October, November and December. Jelsing’s works are 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. 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. To contact Terry, call (701) 776-7606, or e-mail him at tjelsing1@gmail.com. A copy of the press release is available via this link.

North Dakota University System’s Arts & Humanities Summit
Faculty, students, and community members from across the state will come to the VCSU campus October 11-12, 2012, to attend the North Dakota University System’s 2012 Arts and Humanities Summit. This biennial event showcases a wide variety of talent from throughout the state including musical performances, visual arts, readings, and scholarly work. A special guest of the Summit this year will be Joy Harjo, a member of the Mvskoke Nation and the author of many books. Her most recent is the young adult novel, For a Girl Becoming. She is also a musician, and won the 2009 Native American Music Award for Best Female Artist of the Year. She has released four award winning CDs -- her most recent, Red Dreams, A Trail Beyond Tears, is a traditional flute album. She will present a live performance at 7:00 pm on October 11 and a reading at 10:00 am on October 12. Additional information, detailed agenda, registration materials, and lodging information, is available at www.vcsu.edu/NDUSAHS. All events are open to the public.

Leadership Idea Exchange in Fargo
This event is built around creative engagement. It incorporates artistic voices, inviting the artist's ability to produce something new through imaginative skill. In the same way, the hope is that participants will be encouraged and inspired to engage in deep and creative thinking through the weaving of story, visual documentation, art, and conversation. Date and time is Thursday, October 25, 2012 from 8:30am to 5:00pm. Location: Plains Art Museum, 704 First Avenue North, Fargo, North Dakota 58102. Participation is free but space is limited. To learn more and to register, visit http://artslab.artsmidwest.org/get-involved/leadership-idea-exchange/event/october-25-2012-fargo-nd.

NDCA Announces Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest and Invites High School Students in North Dakota to Participate
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. Registration deadline is January 11, 2013! What is Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest? Poetry Out Loud was created by the National Endowment for the Arts and The Poetry Foundation and is administered in partnership with the North Dakota Council on the Arts to encourage our nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance. By encouraging high school students in grades nine through twelve to memorize and perform great poems, this exciting program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. Who participates in Poetry Out Loud? Thousands of high school students in grades nine through twelve from across the nation participated in Poetry Out Loud this past year. The competition begins at the classroom level, with winners advancing to a school-wide competition, then to State Finals at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck, ND on March 15, 2011. One student from each state competes at the National Finals in Washington DC in April 27-29, 2011, where $50,000 dollars in scholarships and school prizes will be awarded. How to get involved in Poetry Out Loud: High school teachers who are interested in participating in Poetry Out Loud should know that the program requires less than two or three weeks of class time. Participating schools are expected to run their program between January and March. 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 the North Dakota Council on the Arts to recognize individuals and organizations who have made outstanding contributions to the arts in the state. Nominations are reviewed by the North Dakota Council on the Arts, 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!

Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity Now Open
The Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity is an innovative collaboration between Plains Art Museum, Fargo Public Schools, other area school districts, and community artists. Aimed at ­­students and adults, the Center for Creativity is a dynamic studio and exhibition space for learning, discussion, and display of creative work. It focuses on developing 21st-century skills: creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication. The Center is housed in the buildings to the west of the Museum and encompasses a 25,500 square foot rehabilitated space. The 50-foot Bradley J. Burgum Skybridge joins the Museum to the Center for Creativity. T. L. Stroh Architects oversaw the renovation. The Center for Creativity offers studio classes to adults, K-12 students, other youth and after-school groups, and visiting artist residencies. Fargo Public Schools is a cornerstone client of the Center for Creativity, which replaces the district’s Creative Arts Studio at Clara Barton Elementary. During its inaugural year, the Center for Creativity will provide instruction to over 5,000 Fargo Public School students, focusing on grades K-5, increasing the total students served by the Museum to nearly 9,000. After its first year open, the Museum hopes to increase participation by 12,000 annually for a total of 16,000 students, including youth from other area school districts. Plains Art Museum will be a national leader in joining forces with an entire school district to offer comprehensive arts education and 21st-century skill building. A total of $6.4 million was raised to construct the Center for Creativity; Plains Art Museum has not taken on any debt for the construction. The Museum is currently in the midst of a grassroots campaign to raise an additional $50,000 to purchase a gas fire kiln and other materials for the Center for Creativity. The Center for Creativity includes a large ceramics studio with 11 pottery wheels; two clay hand-building studios;  studio for painting and drawing; sculpture studio; glazing rooms, storage, and kiln rooms; commons space for gathering; gallery space for student art; and project space for a wide variety of exhibitions and art activities.

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 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 this Holiday Season!
Did you know that North Dakota Council on the Arts can help you with gift-giving needs? We can, with unique CDs, collectables, and wonderful picturesque books. Storytellers’ present history and folklore in a way that lets your mind’s eye capture their meaning on the CD. These renditions have been handed down through generations; conveying the various cultures that are synonymous with North Dakota. Our books are bountiful with colorful crafts and scenery found in our country side. We also have collector Special Edition ornaments starting with 2008. Frank Koch's hand-carved Santa oranments for 2012 will be available soon! These ornaments are decorative enough to display year round. Thinking of giving an impressive gift for graduations, weddings, birthdays, or holidays? Go online at www.nd.gov/arts then call us with your order at (701) 328-7590; or email comserv@nd.gov.

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


October is National Arts and Humanities Month
The North Dakota Council on the Arts and the North Dakota Humanities Council recognize the importance of culture to the well-being of families, communities and the nation. It’s time to plan how your organization or community will celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month this October. American’s for the Arts has everything you need to plan and promote a celebration in your community, so join them in the largest annual celebration for the arts and humanities in the nation! National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM) is a coast-to-coast celebration of the importance of culture in America, designed to encourage all Americans to explore new facets of the arts and humanities in their lives. What part will you play? Will you hold an event or open house at your arts center? Have you considered hosting a Creative Conversation or planning a live arts performance? Whatever way you choose to celebrate NAHM, Americans for the Arts offers a number of new tools to help you showcase the arts in your community. Visit their website at www.americansforthearts.org/get_involved/advocacy/nahm/default.asp, to find tips for planning and promoting your event.

ArtPlace Launches 2013 Grant Program
ArtPlace has launched its third round of grant applications to support creative place making in communities across America. A collaboration of foundations, banks and federal agencies (including the National Endowment for the Arts), ArtPlace has awarded nearly $27 million in grants to date. The 2013 grants will be awarded to projects in which artists and arts organizations join with local and national partners to help transform community vibrancy. See the announcement for more information and a partial list of past grant recipients at www.artplaceamerica.org/articles/artplace-launches-new-grants-for-2013.  Per the guidelines, available at www.artplaceamerica.org/loi,  letters of inquiry will be accepted until November 1, 2012.

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

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, contact Leadership Development Program Manager Stephanie Evans Hanson at shanson@artsusa.org. Visit the website today for schedule and application details, 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. As a delegate, you'll have the opportunity to develop new skills, share best practices with hundreds of peers, explore model programs, visit some of Dallas' leading arts education institutions, and bring home practical ideas for advancing your work. Key topics to be addressed at this year's conference include collaboration and partnership, measuring impact, and ensuring equitable access to arts education for all. For more information visit http://communityartsed.nationalguild.org/Program/2012/Program.aspx. Early registration deadline is August 8, 2012.


**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.

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

Northwest Art Center’s Americas 2013 Paperworks
Works in any medium, on or of paper, traditional or experimental, including photographs, qualify. All works must be original. Deadline (postmark) for submitting entries is November 1, 2012. Prospectus available at www.minotstateu.edu/nac/pdf/pw_2013.pdf; e-mail: nac@minotstateu.edu; Telephone: (701) 858-3264 or (800 ) 777-0750 (ex.3264).

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.

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

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


Venues Shape Arts Participation
A new white paper from Wolf Brown (www.wolfbrown.com) examines how the venues and settings of cultural activities affect arts participation. All the World's a Stage looks at the disconnect between what art facilities provide and the participatory activities consumers desire. For more, visit http://wolfbrown.com/index.php?mact=News,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=140&cntnt01origid=414&cntnt01detailtemplate=sounding_board_detail&cntnt01returnid=415.


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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