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August 2013

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DUNS Number now required for all NDCA organizational grantees! Individual Artists also encouraged to register
All organizational applicants who apply for a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts are now required to register for a DUNS number online before receiving grant funds. The process for registering is simple and easy and only takes a few minutes. To register visit www.artsusa.org/information_services/research/services/creative_industries/004.asp. Once you have received your DUNS number, please update your NDCA online grant Profile page. **Please NOTE: You will NOT be able to receive any of your awarded NDCA grant funds until you have your DUNS number!

NDCA Announces the Seventh Annual Special Edition Ornament
NDCA announces their seventh annual Special Edition Ornament which is now available for purchase. The Wooly Girls of Wales, ND, were commissioned by NDCA to create a one-of-a-kind, hand-felted wool ornament. To create this ornament, the sheep were shorn, the wool was washed, hand dyed, carded and felted. The sheets of hand felted wool fabric were then cut and sewn into this original Wooly Girls design. 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). $11 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 visit www.nd.gov/arts/whatsnew/13Special-Edition-Ornament.html.

NDCA Congratulates NDMOA & CCCC on NEA 2013 Our Town Grant Award
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced it plans to award 59 Our Town grants totaling $4.725 million in 34 states across the country. One of those 59 are being awarded in North Dakota. The North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA) congratulates the North Dakota Museum of Art (partnering with the Cankdeska Cikana Community College) for being one of those recommended organizations, and who will receive $150,000 to support planning for a new community arts center on the Spirit Lake Sioux Reservation, including the commission and exhibition of 20th- and 21st-century American Indian art. Through Our Town, the NEA supports creative placemaking projects that help transform communities into lively, beautiful, and sustainable places with the arts at their core. The grantee projects will encourage creative activity, create community identity and a sense of place, and help revitalize local economies. All Our Town grant awards were made to partnerships that consisted of at least one nonprofit organization and a local government entity. The North Dakota Museum of Art and Cankdeska Cikana Community College (CCCC) will work with consultant Artspace Projects, Inc., to identify space on the CCCC campus in Fort Totten, North Dakota, to include a gallery, design studio, artist workshops, live/work studio apartments, and sales opportunities for Native artists. For more information visit www.ndmoa.com. For a complete listing of projects recommended for Our Town grant support, please visit the NEA web site at www.arts.gov/news/news13/Our-Town-Announcement.html. Project descriptions, grants listed by state and by project type, and creative placemaking resources are available as well.

NDCA Congratulates Plains Art Museum for ArtPlace America Grant Award
ArtPlace America announced today the award of a $260,000 grant to Plains Art Museum for its public art projects, Defiant Gardens for Fargo-Moorhead. The Museum’s project was chosen from over 1,200 applications as an exceptional example of creative placemaking. The Museum was one of only 54 organizations across the United States to receive a grant in this round of funding. ArtPlace America is a collaboration of leading national and regional foundations, banks and federal agencies committed to accelerating creative placemaking; putting art at the heart of a portfolio of strategies designed to revitalize communities. This is ArtPlace America‚s third cycle of grant awards. With this round of grants, in total, ArtPlace America has awarded a total of $42.1 million in 134 grants to 124 projects in 90 communities across the U.S. (and a statewide project in Connecticut). For more information visit http://plainsart.org/weblog/museum-awarded-artplace-america-grant.

North Dakota Tourism offers $750,000 grant for development of new tourism infrastructure
North Dakota Tourism is offering a grant to one or more new tourism attractions that can bring more visitors to North Dakota. This program is made possible by a one-time appropriation of $750,000 in funds during the 2013 North Dakota legislative session. The 2014 Tourism Infrastructure Grant Program’s purpose is to fund new tourism operations capable of attracting visitors from outside of North Dakota for at least one overnight stay. Funds can be used for building new visitor attractions, major expansions, offering a new experience and supporting services for visitors. Funds cannot be used for marketing or ongoing operating expenses. Elements that make a project a strong candidate for consideration: Projects that clearly demonstrate their role as a tourism and recreation attraction in their community and region, and the benefits the project will provide through maintaining or expanding this visitor attraction; All project funding is in place and grant funding will complete a project rather than provide “seed money” to start a project; The demand for the tourism-related project is clearly demonstrated through research and analysis; and All infrastructure needs are important and each application is judged on its own merit. Projects that offer unique or in-demand experiences and have the ability to attract and retain out-of-state visitors will score higher. The grant-eligible portion of the project must be completed by June 1, 2015. Under certain circumstances, a project may be funded if the construction has begun, a final construction schedule has been approved, and all construction projects are signed. More details about the grant program and applications can be found at: NDtourism.com. Applications must be received at North Dakota Tourism by Friday, October 18, 2013. For more information or questions, contact Dean Ihla with North Tourism at 800-435-5663 or dihla@nd.gov.

Cultural Heritage Fund Grants Available through SHSND

In 2013, the North Dakota Legislature authorized $504,500 to the State Historical Society of North Dakota (SHSND) for the Cultural Heritage Grant Program. The Cultural Heritage Grant Program is administered by the State Historical Society and provides grant funding for local museums and historical societies. Cultural Heritage Grants provide funding for exhibits, a special project or event, education activities, collections and capital improvements. The SHSND is obligating up to $200,000 for the 2013 grant round. Interested eligible organizations with a project they wish to be considered for an award should thoroughly read the guidelines and submit an application to SHSND. The completed application must be accepted (not postmarked) by SHSND by 5pm on Friday, August 16, 2013. Also available through the Cultural Heritage Fund program are Heritage Training Scholarships, North Dakota Museum Assessment Program (NDMAP) and the Archival Supply Purchase grants. 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 (701) 328-3573.

SHSND Makes Grants Available through ND Museum Assessment Program
The State Historical Society of North Dakota is accepting applications for North Dakota Museum Assessment Program grants. The North Dakota Museum Assessment Program is part of the Cultural Heritage Grant Program and provides local and regional museums with opportunities to complete in-depth reviews of their organizations, develop long-range plans, and complete a project. Applications are due by Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. To qualify for a grant, a museum must operate on a permanent basis for educational and historical purposes and care for historical objects and materials. The museum’s objects and materials must be available to the public through regular exhibits or programs in the facility that it owns and operates. The museum must have at least one professional staff member or a full-time equivalent whose responsibilities relate solely to the museum’s services and operations. The museum must be open on a regular basis with established hours and schedules.  Preference will be given to museums organized as official county museums, but other eligible museums are encouraged to apply. Grant guidelines and application forms are available on the State Historical Society of North Dakota website at www.history.nd.gov or by request. For more information contact Grants and Contracts Officer Amy Munson at 701.328.3573 or email at amunson@nd.gov.

Administrative Assistant Needed
Dakota Stage Ltd., Bismarck-Mandan's only community theatre, is seeking a part time Administrative Assistant for the 2013-2014 mainstage season. Months of open operation are September-May and the position hours are a flexible 10 per week at $10 per hour, mostly early evenings and weekends. Box office and customer service experience are preferred and an understanding of arts non profits is desired. This is a perfect position for college students. Please email resumes and cover letters to execdir@dakotastageltd.com before August 15th.

United Tribes International Powwow September 5-8
Dancers representing the Aztec culture of central Mexico will be part of the 2013 United Tribes International Powwow. The group Explendor Azteca is the featured cultural group of the annual event set for September 5-8, the weekend after Labor Day, on the campus of United Tribes Technical College. Aztec culture and dance mixes with Native American tribal music and dance during the powwow, now celebrating its 44th year. Providing the competitive action will be upwards of 1,000 participants from the northern Plains and around the country. Spectators and friends from all walks are welcomed to the circle to share the traditions of one of North Dakota’s premier cultural events. Powwow Info: www.unitedtribespowwow.com; Sandy Erickson, serickson@uttc.edu, 701-255-3285 x 1293.

MyNDArts Has Replaced CulturePulse.org ~ Be sure to enter your information on the statewide cultural calendar!
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.


National Endowment for the Arts Art Works Deadline Approaching
The deadline for applications to the National Endowment for the Arts Art Works funding category is August 8. For Local Arts Agencies, this is the deadline for Programming projects. A webinar outlining the application process can be viewed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRKT3guHKNw. To learn how to prepare and submit an application visit http://arts.gov/grants/apply/GAP14/LocalsAW2.html. For more information, e-mail Locals@arts.gov; or visit http://arts.gov/grants/apply/GAP14/LocalsAW.html.

President Obama Awards 2012 National Medal of Arts and Humanities
On July 10, 2013, President Obama awarded the nation’s highest honors in the arts and humanities to two dozen people whose work, he said, represented “a lasting contribution to American life.” In an East Room ceremony, the president lauded the recipients of the National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medal for teaching us “about ourselves and our world” and for making a difference in his own life. The National Medal of Arts is awarded annually and is regarded as the nation’s ultimate award for artists, art patrons and groups. Since its inception in 1984, more than 300 people have been honored. The current winners include men and women who contribute to the fine arts, writing, music, film, dance, theater, sculpture and architecture. To learn more visit http://arts.endow.gov/news/news13/medals2012.html.

From July 17-August 31, Future of Music Coalition (FMC), Artists Health Insurance Resource Center (AHIRC), and Fractured Atlas are conducting a survey of US-based artists about their access to health insurance
Artists: do you have health insurance? If not, why not? Nonprofit artist groups are conducting an online survey from July 17-August 31 to assess how many US-based artists have health insurance on the eve of the Affordable Care Act. Visit www.research.net/s/artistsandhealthinsurance to participate in this survey. Your answers are anonymous and confidential, and the survey should take about 10 minutes to complete. They urge you to participate so they can really understand the health insurance needs and priorities of the artist community.

The DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center Invites You to Register for the Annual: Board Development Intensive for Not-for-Profit Arts Organizations, October 7-8, 2013
Held at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C., led by Michael M. Kaiser, President, The Kennedy Center. Space is limited. Registration will close when maximum capacity is reached or on September 13, 2013. Participation Fee: $250. The participation fee includes all seminar materials and light refreshments both days. Leaders join boards with the best of intentions: to support and participate in the production of art that serves, elevates, and inspires. Successful collaboration with talented artists, educators, and staff is exhilarating, and all board members want to contribute to a winning enterprise, propel a growing family of supporters, and fuel a flourishing vision. At the same time, the not-for-profit world has its own rules, politics, and requirements for success. If staff or board responsibilities and expectations are unclear, misunderstanding or stagnation can follow. In many organizations, cash—not art—now drives leadership conversations. For more information, and to register, please visit: www.devosinstitute.org/boardseminar. Questions? Email capacitybuilding@kennedy-center.org, or call (202) 416-8874. NDCA Professional Development grants are available for this Intensive, for more information visit www.nd.gov/arts/grants/PDguidelines.html.

Taking a Look at Music Education and the Achievement Gap, by Nina Kraus, Ph.D., Northwestern University
Music has a profound effect on the human brain. Listening to music can bring about a deep emotional response and affect our mood and sense of well-being. But what I find really compelling is the effect on the brain that making music has. Research in the past couple decades on the musician’s brain has found pervasive effects on brain anatomy—enhancements in auditory and motor centers, increases in gray matter in sensory-motor areas, increases in white matter in the internal capsule and corpus collosum, and increased cerebellar volume. There likewise are increases in brain function, such as a greater activation of left-hand-related motor areas in string musicians, corresponding to the more intricate demands placed on the left (fingering) versus right (bowing) hand. Even more exciting to me are the real-life outcomes of musicianship. Musicians have better auditory working memory and attention, for example. They also are better able to follow conversations in loud background noise. Interestingly, these advantages persist, even years after music training has stopped. And—something of great interest to me—there is a distinct link between rhythmic ability and reading skills. For more visit http://artworks.arts.gov/?p=17401.

The Arts Midwest Conference takes place in Austin, Texas, Monday, September 9 – Thursday, September 12, 2013
The Arts Midwest Conference is the preeminent booking and educational conference for the Midwest performing arts industry. Join 1,000 of your colleagues when the Conference brings performing artists, managers, and agents; performing arts presenters/venues; and arts administrators together for an educational and motivational four days focused on promoting and presenting live touring performing arts. During the Conference, attendees can connect with colleagues; promote or discover artists in the Marketplace exhibit hall; experience 200+ live performances or perform in showcases; and learn new skills and enrich their knowledge at a wide range of professional development sessions. For more information and to register, please visit www.artsmidwest.org/programs/conference.

National Arts Marketing Project Conference

Save the dates, November 8-11 in Portland, OR. Learn the tools for activating community connections and new technology to leverage solid marketing results. As one of the most progressive, community-centric, and leading cities in environmental initiatives, technological innovations, and artistic diversity, Portland is the perfect place for the 2013 NAMP Conference. Registration opened June 26th. To learn more visit http://artsmarketing.org/conference. NDCA Professional Development grants are available for this conference, for more information visit www.nd.gov/arts/grants/PDguidelines.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.

Local Arts Opportunities:

The North Valley Arts Council (NoVAC), announces the 2nd Annual Zombie Music Fest Poster Competition
- The winning poster will be the official poster image for the 2013 Zombie Music Fest. The poster submissions will be judged by a group of arts professionals who will choose the top posters. Once the top are chosen, they will be posted on Zombie Music Fest’s Facebook page to have the public vote, anonymously. The prize is $100 plus glory, and what’s cooler than seeing your poster plastered to boards around the city? Be artistic, be creative, be horrifying. The theme for this year’s Zombie Music Fest is Zombie Prom. To learn more visit www.novac.org/zombie-music-fest.html. Deadline: August 22nd, 2013.

2013 Governor’s Photo Contest - The deadline for entries in the Governor’s Photo Contest is August 23. Cash prizes are award­ed in the categories of adventure, attractions, events, people, scen­ery and wildlife. Online contest entries are accepted on our Flickr page at www.flickr.com/groups/northdakota/discuss/72157633433661825. More infor­mation and contest rules can be found at www.ndtourism.com/articles/2013-governors-photo-contest.

NDAGA 2013 Call for Artists - North Dakota Art Gallery Association (NDAGA), a nonprofit organization of galleries from the Upper Midwest, is seeking proposals for solo or group exhibitions for 2014-2015. NDAGA works hard to establish artist and gallery connections for possible exhibition. In the fall of each year the gallery directors from North Dakota and surrounding states hold their annual conference. It is at this time that proposing artists have the opportunity for their work to be reviewed for possible exhibition. These traveling exhibitions are promoted throughout the Midwest to regional gallery and museum directors and curators. As well, honorariums are paid to chosen artists to tour their work. Member artists are eligible for exhibition review privileges without a fee. Artists working in any medium are encouraged to submit their art. A copy of the prospectus is available at www.ndaga.org/index.cfm?page=opportunities. Please contact us at ndaga@ndaga.org for further information. Entry deadline is August 31, 2013.

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


Arts/culture fastest-growing philanthropic cause
In terms of donations, arts and culture was Americans’ fastest-growing charitable cause in 2012, rising an estimated 7.8% to $14.44 billion, according to a leading annual research report on charitable giving. For more the more information and a downloadable report, visit www.givingusareports.org.


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.

"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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