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December 2013

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Sundogs and Sunflowers: Folklore and Folk Art of the Northern Great Plains CD Now Available
The national award-winning publication “Sundogs and Sunflowers: Folklore and Folk Art of the Northern Great Plains” has been adapted for radio—in a collection of narratives about lutefisk at Christmas, eerie ghost stories, folk medicine, and the tall tales that abound during hunting and fishing seasons. Bill Thomas, Prairie Public’s director of radio said, “Sundogs and Sunflowers” is a beautiful book, and what a bonus to hear these pieces of folklore orally, the way they were passed around in the first place, in the original dialects and accents. They are perfect for a car ride across the prairie - or to listen to while cooking, preferably something like knoephla soup, frybread tacos, or krumkake.” The book was compiled and edited by Timothy J. Kloberdanz, Professor Emeritus, North Dakota State University, and Troyd A. Geist, Folklorist, North Dakota Council on the Arts, and produced by the North Dakota Council on the Arts. Prairie Public partnered to produce the radio series and accompanying CD. To order this or other Prairie Public CDs, contact: Prairie Public, 207 N. 5th St., Fargo, ND 58108-3240, 701-241-6900, or www.prairiepublic.org/shop. The cost of the CD for the holiday season (pre-January 2, 2014) is $10.60 plus shipping. The regular, non-holiday season price is $14.84 plus shipping. To order the publication upon which this CD and radio series is based contact:  North Dakota Council on the Arts, 1600 E. Century Ave., Suite 6, Bismarck, ND 58503, 701-328-7590, or www.nd.gov/arts. The book is $34.95 plus tax and shipping. For more visit www.nd.gov/arts/pressreleases/releases/Sundogs-CD-13.doc.

North Dakota State Tree Lighting Ceremony set for Monday, December 9th
NDCA, along with the Governor’s Office and Facility Management, invites the general public to the Lighting Ceremony for the 2013 North Dakota State Christmas Tree. The ceremony will be conducted by Governor Jack Dalrymple and First Lady Betsy Dalrymple on Monday, December 9 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.

NDCA's Seventh Annual Special Edition Ornaments Available
NDCA's seventh annual Special Edition Ornament 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 to Participate in 2013 Pride of Dakota Holiday Showcase
Buy local and support North Dakota! This year’s Holiday Showcase in Bismarck takes place December 6-8. NDCA will have a booth up at the Bismarck Showcase, be sure to stop by and say Hi. Pride of Dakota was officially launched with about 20 companies as members. Today more than 500 member companies ranging in size from large companies with more than 100 employees to “mom-and-pop” operations, participate in the program. For more information visit www.prideofdakota.nd.gov/calendar.

Paul Noot and Bismarck High School Art students Selected To Create North Dakota’s Ornaments for the 2013 National Christmas Tree Display

Ornaments from all 56 U.S. states, territories and the District of Columbia to be displayed at the 2013 National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington, D.C. Paul Noot and Bismarck High School Art III/IV students have been chosen by the ND Council on the Arts to design and create the ornaments for North Dakota’s tree for the 2013 National Christmas Tree display in President’s Park in Washington, D.C., the National Park Foundation announced. Paul Noot and his 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. “It is an honor to be selected because it gave my students an opportunity to showcase their talents to the rest of the country and it gave them a chance to reflect on the great state that they live in,” said Paul Noot, the lead artist. For more visit www.kmot.com/story/23946299/students-create-ornaments-for-national-display.

Mark Your Calendars, the 2014 Poetry Out Loud Recitation Contest takes place March 3
North Dakota Council on the Arts list of schools participating in the upcoming 2014 Poetry Out Loud Recitation Contest is growing! This year, seventeen schools from across North Dakota will participate in the state finals scheduled for Monday, March 3, 2014 at the North Dakota State Heritage Center. To learn more about Poetry Out Loud, visit these links: http://ndpol.weebly.com; and www.poetryoutloud.org/competition/national-finals.

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!

MyNDArts is now North Dakota's 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.


United States Mint and National Endowment for the Arts to Present Webinar on Artistic Infusion Program
The United States Mint and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) will present a webinar on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. ET to assist interested artists in applying to the Artistic Infusion Program (AIP). The webinar will be hosted and archived on the NEA website, arts.gov. Representatives from the Mint and the NEA will be part of the webinar. For the complete release with information on registering for the webinar go to the Newsroom on the NEA website.

A Blueprint for Arts Programs to Attract and Retain Urban Tweens
As the foreword to a new report on afterschool arts programs notes, remarkable things can happen when young people get the chance to embrace their creativity and show off their hard work. And yet, in low-income urban communities, an array of barriers often stands between tweens and the arts. To find out how those obstacles can be overcome, The Wallace Foundation commissioned Something to Say: Success Principles for Afterschool Arts Programs From Urban Youth and Other Experts. The authors spoke to hundreds of young people in their homes and neighborhoods along with their families, directors of exemplary programs and other knowledgeable sources. The result: 10 principles for developing effective, high-quality arts programs that can attract urban tweens – and keep them coming. To read the report visit www.wallacefoundation.org/knowledge-center/arts-education/Community-Approaches-to-Building-Arts-Education/Pages/Something-to-Say-Success-Principles-for-Afterschool-Arts-Programs.aspx.

Creativity Can Last well into Old Age, as long as Creators Stay Open to New Ideas
With increased longevity and the aging of the baby boomers, a generation that gained a reputation in the 1960s for valuing creativity across genres from electric guitar solos to psychedelic art to nontraditional living arrangements, the questions have become more pressing. The National Endowment for the Arts is coordinating an interagency task force, which includes the National Institute on Aging, to look into how creativity can be fostered throughout a person’s life. To read the entire article visit www.washingtonpost.com/local/creativity-can-last-well-into-old-age-as-long-as-creators-stay-open-to-new-ideas/2013/11/21/31487172-52ca-11e3-a7f0-b790929232e1_story.html.

National Endowment for the Arts: Our Town Grants
Deadline: January 13, 2014. Our Town is the National Endowment for the Arts’ primary creative placemaking grants program. Pending availability of funding, grants will range from $25,000–$200,000. Our Town will invest in creative and innovative projects in which communities, together with arts and/or design organizations and artists, seek to: improve their quality of life, encourage greater creative activity, foster stronger community identity and a sense of place, and revitalize economic development. For more visit http://arts.gov/news/2013/national-endowment-arts-releases-funding-guidelines-our-town.

VANS Custom Culture 2014 Contest ~ North Dakota High Schools Encouraged to Apply!

Registration Opens: January 6, 2014. Americans for the Arts is pleased to announce that they will be partnering again with VANS on its 2014 Custom Culture Contest! This national contest offers high schools from all across the United States the chance to compete for a $50,000 grand prize to support their art programs. Mark January 6, 2014 on your calendar and make sure your local high school is among the first to register to compete. A total of 2,000 registrations from U.S.-based public or private high schools will be accepted; registration closes on February 14, 2014. Registered schools will receive four pairs of blank sneakers to be customized in four themes—Art, Music, Action Sports, and Local Flavor—and submitted to Vans by April 7, 2014. Vans staff will select a group of 50 semifinalists (10 schools per region, five total regions), and public voting online will narrow this group of 50 down to the final five who will receive an all-expense paid trip to New York City in June 2014 where the grand prize winner will be announced. For more information about how to register, check out this step-by-step video guide on YouTube, www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMt1BO9bE3o. For more visit www.vans.com/customculture, or www.artsusa.org/networks/arts_education/vans.asp.

The Big Read Grants ~ January 28th Deadline
The Big Read is accepting applications from non-profit organizations to develop community-wide reading programs between September 2014 and June 2015. 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. Organizations selected to participate in The Big Read receive a grant, educational and promotional materials, and access to online training resources and opportunities. Approximately 75 organizations from across the country will be selected. Two new titles have been added to The Big Read list this year: The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu, and When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka. Application deadline is January 28, 2014. Visit www.neabigread.org/application_process.php for more information. Questions? Call Arts Midwest at 612-238-8010 or email TheBigRead@artsmidwest.org.

2014 VSA International Young Soloists Competition
The Kennedy Center invites musicians with a disability, ages 14 to 25,  to enter the 2014 VSA International Young Soloists Competition. The competition is open to international and domestic musicians, soloists and ensembles of two to five members, and musicians of all genres. Since 1984, the VSA International Young Soloists Program has identified talented musicians with a disability. The VSA International Young Soloists Competition annually selects up to four outstanding musicians from the United States and around the world, and supports and encourages them in their pursuit of a career. These emerging musicians receive $2,500, professional development opportunities, and a performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Application Deadline: January 27, 2014. Submission guidelines, application, and more information available at: www.kennedy-center.org/IYS.


**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:

Dakota Stage Ltd. is holding open auditions for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, a fabulous musical farce, at 412 E Main Ave. in Bismarck, on Sunday, December 8th and Tuesday, December 10th from 7-9pm
.  The company is seeking 18 enthusiastic actors and actresses for characters of a variety of ages and types. Auditioners are asked to prepare a song to promote their singing pipes. An accompanist and a CD player will be on hand at the audition. An audition workshop will take place from 6-7pm on Sunday to offer participants the opportunity to engage in exercises, learn helpful tips to stay focused, and access the selected readings before the actual audition. Performance dates for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum are January 30th through February 9th. Visit www.dakotastageltd.com, email execdir@dakotastageltd.com, or call 701-258-4998 for more information. 

State Historical Society's Second Annual Photo Contest, Theaters are this year’s Theme: The second annual State Historical Society of North Dakota Photo Contest is accepting entries until December 31, 2013. The subject for the 2013 contest is Theaters in North Dakota. The theme of theaters includes movie, drive-in, and stage theaters, amphitheaters, and opera houses. Theaters have played a major role in the entertainment of North Dakotans for many years and are currently facing another technology change and threat to their survival. Some changes have been made to the rules of the contest this year. Rules are available by contacting Lisa Steckler at lsteckler@nd.gov or 701-328-3577, online at www.history.nd.gov/photocontest, or by writing to: State Historical Society of ND, c/o Lisa Steckler, 612 E Boulevard Avenue, Bismarck ND 58505.

Artists Celebrating Christ: Call to artists to enter the annual Artists Celebrating Christ art event. ACC, Artists Celebrating Christ is a unique inter-denominational event uniting Christian artisans from across the nation at the University of Mary’s Benedictine Center March 27-30, 2014. We have found the opportunity to exhibit all forms of Christian art in a supportive atmosphere will inspire creativity and revive the use of the arts to enhance the worship experience. All art forms accepted. Registration forms will be available at www.accartshow.com and are due February 15, 2014. Highlights of the weekend include a juried art show from artists across the nation, student art entries, a church banner and liturgical art display, an educational element inviting school students to attend art presentations and tours of the exhibits, adult art classes, a quick draw and silent auction, and musical entertainment. Please contact Shannon Wirrenga (Event Coordinator) at 701-400-2815; www.accartshow.com; info@accartshow.com for more information.

Red River Watercolor Society 21st National Juried Watermedia Exhibition: Red River Watercolor Society 21st National Juried Watermedia Exhibition takes place June 16 - July 26, 2014. Juror/Workshop Instructor Michael Reardon. Awards: $1,250- $1000 - $750 plus more. For a prospectus:  #10 SASE to Anne Kaese, 3420 Birchwood Ct. South, Fargo, ND 58104-6226; or visit www.redriverws.org. Deadline is April 4, 2014.

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


Using the Arts Helps Address Some of the Military’s Most Pressing Concerns
The military has identified four areas as critical to the success and preparedness of our troops: Readiness, Resiliency, Retention, and Reintegration. Artists and arts organizations are uniquely suited to help service members in these four critical areas by the very nature of the work they already do – using art to help people express themselves and build bridges through shared experiences in a community. The report, “Arts, Health and Well-Being across the Military Continuum—White Paper and Framing a National Plan for Action,” offers research, practice, and policy information and recommendations for using the arts to address some of the military’s most pressing concerns.  An electronic copy is available at http://artsusa.org/pdf/ArtsHealthwellbeingWhitePaper.PDF.


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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