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April 2013

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Poetry Out Loud State Finals Winners Announced
The North Dakota Council on the Arts is pleased to announce that the first place winner of the North Dakota State Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest is Janessa Hensrud of Northwood High School. The second place winner is Alexandra Howatt of Northern Cass High School. Third place was awarded to Reed Wagner of Bismarck High School. The competition was presented in partnership with The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Poetry Foundation. The state finals competition took place on Monday, March 18, at the Belle Mehus Auditorium in Bismarck, ND. Janessa Hensrud will advance to the National Finals in Washington, DC on April 29-30, 2013, where a total of $50,000 in scholarships and school stipends, with at least a $20,000 college scholarship for the Poetry Out Loud National Champion, will be awarded. For further information on Poetry Out Loud, visit www.poetryoutloud.org, or contact Rebecca Engelman at (701) 328-7593 or via email at rengelman@nd.gov.

North Dakota 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, will be exhibiting the works of Fargo artist Steve Knutson at the Capitol Building in Bismarck during the months of April, May and June. Knutson’s works will be on display in the Governor’s ground floor and first floor offices, the First Lady’s fourth floor office, and the Attorney General’s first floor office. 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. A copy of the full press release is available via this link.

NDCA Announces Individual Artist Fellowship Recipients
The NDCA has awarded two artist fellowships in the amount of $2,500 each. The recipients are Christopher Gable (Music-Composition) of Grand Forks; and Merie Kirby (Literature-Poetry) of Grand Forks. Both were recommended by a review panel and their selections were approved by the NDCA’s Board of Directors. The Individual Artist Fellowship program recognizes practicing artists residing in North Dakota with a monetary fellowship award. This program is designed to support professional artists with outstanding talent and ability to improve their artistic skills and enhance their career opportunities. Fellowships for Traditional Arts, Dance, and Theatre artists will be awarded in 2014. Full press release available via this link. For more information on NDCA’s grant programs, including complete guidelines and application forms, please visit www.nd.gov/arts/grants/grant.html or call 701-328-7590.

Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant Deadline Approaching
The Traditional Arts Apprenticeship applications must be postmarked by May 15, 2013 for project periods of July 1, 2013 to April 30, 2014. For more information visit www.nd.gov/arts/folkarts/TAP-grant.html. If you have any questions, please email tgeist@nd.gov and/or call NDCA's office at 328-7590.

FY14 Professional Development and Special Projects Now Available
The Fiscal Year 2014 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, 2013 and June 30, 2014. To learn more about these grant programs and to view the guidelines, visit www.nd.gov/arts/grants/grant.html. To access NDCA’s online grant system, please visit: http://northdakota.cgweb.org.

NDCA Requests Your Feedback
NDCA is in the process of updating their strategic plan for 2013-2015, and is asking for your feedback. Please review the Draft copy available at www.nd.gov/arts/whatsnew/images-pdfs/NDCAStrategicDraft2012.pdf, and send your comments to Jan Webb at jwebb@nd.gov. We appreciate your assistance!

Louise Erdrich to Receive Rough Rider Award
Award-winning author Louise Erdrich has been named the 39th recipient of the North Dakota Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award, the state’s top honor. Gov. Jack Dalrymple announced Monday that he will present the award to Erdrich during a ceremony April 19 in Wahpeton. Erdrich, who was born in Little Falls, Minn., in 1954, and lives in Minneapolis, grew up in Wahpeton. She is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. Portraits of all of the winners hang in the state Capitol in Bismarck. Erdrich’s portrait will be unveiled during the Wahpeton ceremony. For more information visit http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/louise-erdrich-to-get-rough-rider-award-top-north-dakota/article_28235892-9aeb-11e2-a844-0019bb2963f4.html.

Red Door Art Gallery and Three Rivers Art Council Present the Erdrich Sisters
On April 20th, the first-ever public presentation featuring all four acclaimed Erdrich sisters will be held in April on the North Dakota State College of Science campus. Attendees can take part in discussions and hear readings by Louise Erdrich, Lise Erdrich, Heid Erdrich and Angela Erdrich. The women will read stories and poems, present images of their visual art and make brief comments, followed by an open discussion about their lives as artists. A luncheon and book signing will follow the presentation and discussion. Denise Lajimodiere, Ed.D., assistant professor at North Dakota State University and Loretta Long, Ed.D., assistant professor of educational leadership at the University of North Dakota, will emcee the event. Tickets are now on sale at Bookhaven and the Red Door Art Gallery and Museum. Call 591-1010 for more information and to reserve tickets. The event will be held from 10am-2pm at the Stern Cultural Center, with lunch in the Flickertail Room at NDSCS.

The Arts Center Presents The Orchestra of Fes, with Special Guest Francoise Atlan Performing in North Dakota for the First Time
Carvanserai: A place where cultures meet, is a ground breaking artistic and cultural exchange program meant to showcase the diversity of contemporary Islamic societies through their art and enhance mutual understanding between our cultures. The ensemble will be in Jamestown April 21-28, 2013. The spring 2013 Caravanserai music residency tour will feature masters of classical Judeo-Arabic music from the Andalusian tradition, the Orchestra of Fes, directed by the legendary Mohammed Briouel. They will be concluding their tour with a public performance on April 27 at 7:30pm at The Reiland Fine Arts Center (Jamestown College). In a special collaboration, acclaimed Jewish songstress Françoise Atlan joins the Orchestra for the spring 2013 residency tours. Video of Orchestra of Fes is available at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_0nGT0XeRI&feature=player_embedded. Project/Artist information: http://jamestownarts.com/caravanserai.

Arts Midwest World Fest Public Concert in Devils Lake
Arts Midwest World Fest, bringing International music ensembles to smaller communities throughout the Midwest, presents Tarim Public Concert at the Robert Fawcett Auditorium, Lake Region State College, on May 1 at 7pm. Public welcome ~ Tickets available at the door. To learn more visit http://www.artsmidwestworldfest.org.

The BSC Arts and Communications Department Presents ArtsQuest 2013

ArtsQuest is a month-long campus celebration of music, art, theater, literature and film. ArtsQuest highlights the talent of BSC students and brings performances and presentations by guest artists to campus. All ArtsQuest events are open to the public. Most are presented at no charge. For more information, visit http://info.bismarckstate.edu/artsquest call (701) 224-5601 or email artsquest@bismarckstate.edu.

MyNDArts Now Replaces CulturePulse.org
MyNDArts (replacing CulturePulse) is North Dakota's most comprehensive cultural calendar covering all of the regions in the state. The ultimate goal is to increase participation and to strengthen the arts and culture ecosystem in our state. Some new features include, but aren't limited to: Visually appealing new graphic design; Faster and more user-friendly search engine; A more comprehensive statewide artist/performer directory; Enhanced mobile experience with Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest sharing/commenting; and Foursquare check in. To learn more visit www.myndarts.com.


NEA to Present Guidelines Webinar for Challenge America Fast-Track on April 3, 2013
NEA's Challenge America Fast-Track Director, Michael Killoren, will present a webinar on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 from 3:00 - 4:00 PM EDT to help potential applicants navigate the application materials and process. There will be an overview presentation of CAFT guidelines, followed by a Q & A. The Challenge America Fast-Track (CAFT) category of funding supports primarily small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations—those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. The Challenge America Fast Track deadline is May 23, 2013. How to join the webinar. Please register in advance on the NEA's webinar page at arts.gov.

April is Jazz Appreciation Month
Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) is intended to draw public attention to the glories of jazz as both an historical and a living treasure. The idea is to encourage musicians, concert halls, schools, colleges, museums, libraries and public broadcasters to offer special programs on jazz every April. In addition, JAM is intended to stimulate the current jazz scene and encourage people of all ages to participate in jazz--to study the music, attend concerts, listen to jazz on radio and recordings, read books about jazz, and support institutional jazz programs. The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History has designated the month and has enlisted a distinguished roster of federal agencies and departments, nongovernmental organizations, foundations and broadcasting networks. Any organization can participate in Jazz Appreciation Month. For more information, a calendar of activities and to learn how to participate and celebrate JAM, visit www.smithsonianjazz.org.

Participate in International Jazz Day!

On Tuesday, April 30, 2013, the international community will come together to celebrate the second annual International Jazz Day. This year will build on the great success of the inaugural International Jazz Day in 2012, when more than one billion people were reached around the world through education programs, live performances and media coverage. Join them in this exciting global initiative by organizing your own International Jazz Day event. To learn more visit www.nd.gov/arts/calendar/images-pdfs/2013JazzDay.pdf.

April is National Poetry Month
Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996, National Poetry Month (NPM) brings together publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools, and poets around the country to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of businesses and non-profit organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events. For more on National Poetry Month visit www.poets.org/index.php.

May is National Chamber Music Month
May is the second annual National Chamber Music Month, created by Chamber Music America to increase awareness of the many styles of chamber music that comprise the field and to help ensembles and presenters attract audiences and media attention in their own communities. Last year, 300 ensembles and presenters from all 50 states designated concerts, residencies, lecture demonstrations, or other events during the month of May as National Chamber Music Month activities. CMA will promote all Chamber Music Month events on its website and to our national media outlets. To learn more visit www.chamber-music.org/ncmm. If you have any questions contact Sherry Robinson at chambermusicmonth@chamber-music.org or at (212) 242-2022, ext. 5073.

NEA Announces Four New Members of the National Council on the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts welcomes four new members to its advisory body, the National Council on the Arts. These individuals bring an impressive diversity of experience, expertise, and perspective to the NEA that will invigorate agency conversations and help the NEA advance its mission to support artistic excellence and artistic merit in communities across the country. Among the new members are two Hispanic Americans and one Asian American. Their areas of expertise range from urban planning to organic farming and cooking and two are researchers. For the complete press release and biographies of the new members, visit http://arts.gov/news/news13/NCA-March-2013.html.

National Endowment for the Arts announces Webinar Series on Social Impact Design
Social impact design—the practice of designing for public benefit, especially in disadvantaged communities—has been garnering more attention from both professional and aspiring designers in a variety of disciplines. The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has long supported design across these disciplines, from graphic to landscape design and architecture to product design. As a natural outcome of that support and to promote the emerging field of social impact design, the NEA's design program will host a series of webinars to build on findings discussed in the just-released white paper, Design and Social Impact: A Cross-sectoral Agenda for Design Education, Research, and Practice available at http://arts.gov/pub/Design-and-Social-Impact.pdf. Webinars: April 24, 2013 at 2 p.m. EST, Creating a Culture of Storytelling & Evaluation; June 12, 2013 at 2 p.m. EST, Making it Happen: Spotlight on Successful Projects; and August 20, 2013 at 2 p.m. EST, Educating the Next Generation of Social Impact Designers. For the complete press release, webinar schedule and speakers visit http://arts.gov/news/news13/Social-Impact-Design.html.


**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.myndarts.com. 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.

Professional Development Opportunities:

Picturing Writing: Fostering Literacy Through Art Workshop
Picturing Writing: Fostering Literacy Through Art Workshop, June 5, 6, & 7, 2013, at the ND Heritage Center, Bismarck, ND. Picturing Writing is an innovative, proven approach to literacy learning designed to engage students with diverse learning styles. This art-and-literature-based approach to writing offers students the opportunity to become proficient in two languages: the language of pictures and the language of words. As students move back and forth between the two, they gain access to ideas, language, and forms of expression otherwise unavailable. To learn more and to register, please visit www.nd.gov/arts/whatsnew/images-pdfs/PicturingWriting-RegistrationForm13.pdf.

2013 Rural Arts and Culture Summit
Rural Arts and Culture Summit, which will be held June 5-6, 2013 at the Center for Small Towns in Morris, MN. The theme for this year's Summit is, "Leveraging Arts and Culture to Build Thriving Communities." For more information visit the Facebook Invitation: www.facebook.com/events/403665206381600/permalink/403669219714532/; or contact Vicki Chepulis at vchepulis@gmail.com.

STEM Summer Course 2013
June 17-20, 2013, Valley City, for grades 9-12. A STEM+Arts hands-on Design Course that introduces scientific concepts re-framed in Artistic terms and applied across traditional Engineering disciplines. High School Students will be allowed to pursue these convergent and complimentary subjects sparking interest in studying a particular Engineering Field while also attaining secondary study in the College of Fine Arts. By using the School of Fine Arts to broaden Engineering and Design perspective an Engineering Sciences major modified with Studio Art will greatly enhance the students’ ability to think and perform more creatively. Students will learn to recognize and critically analyze major Engineering Structures and Architecture as works of Art. For more information and to register, visit www.gpstem.vcsu.edu; or call 1-800-532-8641 ext 7441.

Summer Intensive – Arts Integration Workshop
North Dakota Council on the Arts and the Jamestown Art Center present: Summer Intensive – Arts Integration Workshop, July 31-August 1 at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck. Join Melanie Layne, Program Consultant for the Kennedy Center’s Changing Education through the Arts Program, and ND Council on the Arts staff to uncover the characteristics of quality arts integration. To learn more and to register, visit www.nd.gov/arts/whatsnew/images-pdfs/SummerIntensiveApplication-13.pdf.

Local Arts Opportunities:

Rainbow Garden and Sculpture Walk of Mayville, ND is seeking artistic creations for an Art in the Garden festival on June 15. The juried event will feature garden sculptures and other original works related to the outdoors.  We also welcome well-crafted items of all kinds: ceramics, paintings, textiles, woodcraft, photography, etc. Please send a photo of your work. Applications are due by April 15, 2013. For complete information, visit www.rainbowgardenmayville.com. To ask questions or send a photo, email rainbowgardenmayville@gmail.com.

BAGA’s 2nd Annual Square Foot Show
Don’t miss your opportunity to participate in BAGA’s 2nd Annual Square Foot Show scheduled for August 6-30, 2013. Artists may enter up to 2 pieces in any media that can be applied to a 12” x 12” canvas. Canvases may not be altered in size and/or shape. Artists must receive their canvas from BAGA to ensure consistency of canvases. The show is open to all artists 18 years old or older. Entry forms for the Square Foot Show can be found online at www.bismarck-art.org, under the special events tab. The entry deadline is June 21, 2013. For more information or to enter this unique show contact BAGA at 701-223-5986, baga@midconetwork.com or visit their website at www.bismarck-art.org.

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


Social Media is Considered an Integral Part of the Human Experience
Social Media can be overwhelming and scary at times. If you haven’t jumped into the social media pool or feel like you can’t keep your head above water in maintaining your online presence, this article contains five simple steps you can take to not only endure, but flourish in your endeavor.
~ www.examiner.com/article/survive-and-thrive-with-your-social-media-initiative


Let NDCA Help You with Your Gift-Giving Needs!
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.

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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