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February 2013
 

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STATEWIDE NEWS
 

~ The 63rd legislative assembly is now in session. Now would be a great time to contact your state legislators and tell them how your funding from the state legislature supports arts programs and opportunities in your community!

NDCA Grant Deadlines Approaching
The 2013 Fellowships are available for Literary and Musical Art and the final grant submission deadline is February 15, 2013. The deadline date for the Institutional Support grant is March 15, 2013, and the staff review deadline is February 15. Artist-in-Residence, Teacher Incentive, Community Arts Access, and Presenter Support grants must be submitted online by April 1, 2013 for programs taking place between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014. The draft review deadline is March 15, however the Teacher Incentive draft review deadline is now March 1st. The Traditional Arts Apprenticeship applications must be postmarked by May 15, 2013 for project periods of July 1, 2013 to April 30, 2014. As a reminder, the Professional Development and Special Projects grant applications are accepted throughout the year, but must be submitted no later than four (4) weeks prior to the start of the event. Early submission of applications is recommended since grant funds are limited and applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information or questions, please contact NDCA at 701-328-7590; or visit our web site at: www.nd.gov/arts/grants/grant.html. To access NDCA’s online grant system, or to view grant availability, please visit: http://northdakota.cgweb.org.

2012 North Dakota Governor’s Photo Contest Winners’ Works Exhibited in Offices of the Governor, First Lady and Attorney General
The North Dakota Council on the Arts, along with the offices of Governor Jack Dalrymple, First Lady Betsy Dalrymple, and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, are exhibiting the works of the 2012 Governor’s Photo Contest winners at the Capitol Building in Bismarck through March. Their 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. Next year’s contest, which will be the 10th annual, and will begin in May 2013. Winning photos can be seen at the North Dakota Tourism web site at www.ndtourism.com. For more information visit www.ndtourism.com/news/news-releases/detail.asp?newsID=524.

Poetry Out Loud: North Dakota State Finals Takes Place on March 4!
Watch as students from seventeen North Dakota high schools compete to be the state champion of poetry recitation. The Poetry Out Loud North Dakota finals will take place on Monday, March 4 at 9:00 a.m. at the Belle Mehus City Auditorium in Bismarck. The event Emcee is Debra Marquart, Professor of English at Iowa State University. Live entertainment provided by Trio Apollo, a Bismarck-based woodwind trio, and Debra Marquart, a musician and poet. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Rebecca Engelman at (701) 328-7593 or via email at rengelman@nd.gov; or visit www.poetryoutloud.org, or http://ndpol.weebly.com.

Plan to Attend NDCA's Statewide Arts Conference and Governor's Awards for the Arts March 26-27, 2013!
At this year’s conference we will discuss various grants available to communities and organizations through North Dakota Council on the Arts, Arts Midwest and the National Endowment for the Arts in addition to various other opportunities. There will be time for attendees to have private consultations with representatives from grantors, a panel discussion on grantwriting tips and issues, and several other sessions. Sessions will include an introduction to the rural arts project in Wahpeton, ND; a panel discussion by granting agencies (Arts Midwest, National Endowment for the Arts, and local arts councils); information on working with artists and audiences with disabilities; introductions to new NDCA staff members and NDCA programs; new ideas to market your programs; and more. On Tuesday, March 26, from 1:00-4:30pm NDCA will host a pre-conference on Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities. From 5:00-7:00pm the Statewide conference opening reception will take place. On Wednesday, March 27, the Statewide conference starts with breakfast from 8:00-9:00 a.m. and is scheduled to end by 3:40 p.m. The keynote speaker for lunch is Jamie Hand, Design Specialist and specialist for the Our Town grant program at the NEA. The Governor’s Awards for the Arts Ceremony Social hour starts at 5:00 p.m. with the ceremony with dinner starting at 6:00pm. The final schedule and registration form will be posted on our web site by February 15th. The conference and Governor’s Awards are jointly sponsored by the NDCA and Arts North Dakota. The Governor’s Awards ceremony is an evening of recognition for those that have devoted themselves to North Dakota arts in one way or another, as an educator, business owner, organization or as an individual. Come help us celebrate their achievements!

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.

Creative Non-fiction Writing Workshop led by Melanie Hoffert, author of Prairie Silence: A Memoir
Have a story to tell, but not sure where to start? Already writing and want some techniques to bring out your best work? Spend a relaxing evening exploring tips to further your writing practice. This hands-on workshop focusing on creative non-fiction, including memoir, is designed for members of the community interested in honing their writing skills. Anyone age 18 and over is invited to attend this free workshop at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at the Prairie Room of the BSC Student Union. Attendees should bring a notebook, pen/pencil, and one specific writing question or problem. For more information contact Brenna Gerhardt, North Dakota Humanities Council, at director@ndhumanities.org; by calling 255-3360; or visit www.ndhumanities.org/writing-workshop-with-melanie-hoffert.html.

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.

 
NATIONAL NEWS
 

Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design Issues RFP
The Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design Issues (CIRD) issued a Request for Proposals (RFP). The RFP is seeking proposals from rural communities with populations of 50,000 or fewer, seeking to enhance their quality of life and economic vitality through facilitated design workshops in 2013. The deadline for submitting a proposal is Tuesday March 5, 2013 at 5:00 pm EST. CIRD will offer three free application-assistance calls to answer questions and guide interested applicants in assembling their proposals. These calls will take place on Thursday, February 7, and on Thursday, February 28, 2013. Participation in each call is free but registration is required. To register, visit www.rural-design.org/application-assistance. To learn more visit http://arts.gov/news/news13/CIRD.html.

Grant Opportunity: Art Works
The NEA's Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. Within these areas, innovative projects are strongly encouraged. Organizations referred to as arts councils, departments of cultural affairs, or arts commissions make up the field of local arts agencies (LAAs). LAAs can be private, nonprofit entities; others are public municipal, county, or regional agencies that operate in cooperation with mayors and city managers. There are two deadlines for Art Works grant applications: March 7, 2013 and August 8, 2013. Different project types are accepted at each deadline depending on the arts discipline of the project. To learn more visit http://arts.gov/grants/apply/GAP14/LocalsAW.html.

Arts Midwest Touring Fund Now Accepting Applications

Arts Midwest Touring Fund is a program of that engages people in meaningful experiences with the fine arts of dance, music, theater, and other performing arts forms. Inter-state touring and the engagement of professional artists is central to the work of Arts Midwest. The program provides financial support to presenting organizations in the Midwest. Funded engagements feature public performances and in-depth outreach activities by professional touring artists that reach underserved audiences and foster exchanges between artists and Midwest communities. Application deadline is April 4, 2013. To learn more visit www.artsmidwest.org/programs/paf.

National Endowment for the Arts Accepts Nominations for 2013 National Medal of Arts

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2013 National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists, arts organizations, and arts patrons in the United States. The American public may nominate artists and arts patrons for this award through the National Endowment for the Arts' website at http://arts.gov/honors/medals/nomination/index.html. The deadline is April 5, 2013. The National Medal of Arts are awarded annually by the President with the NEA managing the nomination process. Since the inception of the National Medal of Arts in 1984 under President Ronald Reagan, 290 individuals have been honored for their creativity, inspiration, and hard work. These exceptional individuals have significantly enriched the cultural life of our nation and include writers, visual artists, actors, musicians, dancers, architects, designers, arts educators, directors, and composers. Arts organizations have been recognized as have arts patrons.

2013 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention
Why are the arts the best kept secret when it comes to building healthy, diverse, and engaged communities? Americans for the Arts know that they spur economic growth, connect citizens, improve education, and are key to quality of life. Join more than 1,000 arts and community leaders at the 2013 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention taking place June 14-16, 2013 in Pittsburgh, PA, as they share innovative ways leaders are using the arts to build communities. Strategize how we can better communicate the essential impact that the arts offer to generate understanding and support for years to come. Register now at http://bit.ly/12njlOl for one of the best professional development opportunity of the year! If you sign up before the early-bird deadline, April 26. NDCA Professional Development funds are available to assist with participation at this conference. To learn more visit www.nd.gov/arts/grants/PDguidelines.html.

Promoting the Arts in US Schools
Americans for the Arts is teaming up with American Girl to help promote the arts in U.S. schools through the Elevate the Arts School Grant Contest and Learning Guide. Saige—American Girl's newest doll—is focused on arts education. Saige is a spirited and imaginative young girl. To support Saige’s message of preserving arts programs in U.S. schools, Americans for the Arts has teamed up with American Girl to provide tools and resources for arts supporters everywhere. Elementary schools throughout the United States with students in grades 3–6 can submit entries to support their art program through the Elevate the Arts School Grant Contest. Additionally, schools can compete to win up to $10,000 for their art programs through American Girl’s Elevate the Arts contest. For more information on Americans for the Arts’ partnership with American Girl, please contact Arts Education Program Manager Kristen Engebretsen at kengebretsen@artsusa.org.

 
EVENT AND EXHIBIT CALENDAR, ARTS OPPORTUNITIES
 

**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.

ACC, Artists Celebrating Christ, a unique inter-denominational event to exhibit all forms of Christian art in a supportive atmosphere. All art forms accepted. Registrations due February 15, 2013. For more information contact Shannon Wirrenga at (701) 400-2815; visit www.accartshow.com; or e-mail info@accartshow.com.

Superstition Review is an online literary and arts magazine at Arizona State University. They will be accepting submissions until February 28, 2013 for their Issue 11 which will be published on April 26. To view the magazine visit: www.superstitionreview.com. To submit, go to: https://superstitionreview.submittable.com/submit. To contact them e-mail superstition.review@gmail.com.

Grand Cities Art Fest 2013, participation is open to all artists exhibiting work of original concept, design and execution. Only handcrafted work by the selling artist is acceptable. The Artfest takes place June 8-9, 2013 in Grand Forks. Applications are due March 8, 2013. For an application and more information, visit www.novac.org/uploads/5/2/0/3/5203893/artist_application.pdf.

Montana's Whitefish Review invites you to submit your best work for the Summer 2013 Issue, Lucky #13—guest edited by Pam Houston. There is no entry fee to submit fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art or photography. In this issue we'll explore LUCK — both good and bad, superstitions, the one leftover or left out, the "unlucky" object or person, the luck of the draw, the human fear of the unknown. With your help, issue #13 will be pushed to surprising places through words and art. Submission deadline is March 15, 2013. Submissions accepted via www.whitefishreview.org.

Red River Watercolor Society 19th National Juried Watermedia Exhibition, Submission deadline is April 1, 2013. Red River Watercolor Society 19th National Juried Watermedia Exhibition starts June 16th. Juror/Workshop instructor is Arne Westerman. Top Awards: $1,250; $1,000; $750; plus more. For a prospectus and more information visit www.redriverws.org/Wordpress/2012/10/26/national-show-prospectus-and-workshop-2013; or send a #10 SASE to RRWS, PO Box 1656, Fargo, ND 58107-1656.

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.

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

 
DID YOU KNOW ...
 

Poetry Makes Better Business Leaders
Poetry is a sharp tool for business leadership development, according to a recent article, The Benefits of Poetry for Professionals, on the Harvard Business Review blog (http://blogs.hbr.org). Reading or writing verse, the article explains, not only develops empathy and increases sociability, but also helps leaders navigate and simplify complexity. Poets are system thinkers—at least in the words of the founder of the audio giant Harman Industries—and the article points to several of them who have excelled in business. Dana Gioia, poet and former head of the National Endowment for the Arts, for example, was a General Foods executive. He says that poetry fosters creativity, thereby facilitating entrepreneurial and imaginative methods and solutions. To learn more visit http://bit.ly/WpUtSW.

 
OTHER RESOURCES
 

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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