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July 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 Awarded Grant from National Endowment for the Arts
The North Dakota Council on the Arts has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) through its partnership agreement fund. The award of $675,300 will be used by the Council to support its statewide arts plan, Poetry Out Loud, arts education, folk arts partnership, and arts in underserved communities. For more information on the NEA’s partnership agreement fund, please visit http://arts.endow.gov/news/news13/Grant-Announcement-Partnerships.html.

North Dakota artist’s works exhibited in Offices of the Governor and First Lady
The North Dakota Council on the Arts, along with the offices of Governor Jack Dalrymple, First Lady Betsy Dalrymple, and Attorney General, will exhibit the works of Mandan artist Sam Coleman at the Capitol Building in Bismarck during the months of July, August and September. Coleman’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. For more information on Sam Coleman, visit www.samcoleman.org; call (701) 226-0404 or e-mail Sam at sam@samcoleman.org.

NoVAC Annual Awards call for nominations
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2013 Annual Arts Awards. The awards are presented by the North Valley Arts Council (NoVAC) to honor the artists, arts organizations, businesses and people that have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to the regional arts community. NoVAC accepts nominations in four categories: Artist of the Year, Individual Support of the Arts, Corporate Support of the Arts, and Miscellaneous Category. NoVAC must receive nominations no later than July 15th, 2013. Nomination forms can be found at www.novac.org and e-mailed to info@novac.org or mailed to 2 North 3rd Street, Suite C, Grand Forks, ND 58203. For more information, call NoVAC at (701) 772-3710.

Art & Cultural Organizations among seven tourism entities awarded tourism expansion grants
Seven North Dakota tourism entities received 2013 Tourism Expansion Grants from the North Dakota Department of Commerce, Tourism Division. These grants support new or expanding tourism or recreation facilities by providing funding for infrastructure projects. The total amount of grant dollars awarded for this program is $100,000 with individual grant amounts ranging from $5,000 to $24,000. Recipients of the 2013 Expansion Grants are: Artspace, Minot; Birding Drives Dakota, Carrington; Rolling Plains Adventures, Sterling; Ground Up Adventures, Grand Forks; Dunn County Fair Association, Killdeer; Bonanzaville USA, West Fargo; and Sakakawea Sunset Lodge, Riverdale. More details about the grant programs can be found at: www.ndtourism.com/industry/nd-tourism-grants.

Nationally Speaking Speakers Showcase comes to Fargo
The Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau team invites you at the Nationally Speaking Speakers Showcase which will be held on Thursday, July 18th in Fargo, ND. This is a special event exclusively for people who book speakers, emcees, or entertainers for their organization. There is no charge to attend and it is an excellent opportunity to review 20 speakers LIVE on stage. When choosing a speaker, seeing them LIVE is so much better than reviewing an online video clip! Registration is Free. Visit www.NDSpeakersShowcase.com and select Attend the Showcase. More information is also available at the web site.

So much to do, so little time!
From Sleepy Hollow Theatre & Arts to the Frost Fire Theatre; from Bismarck Art & Galleries Association to the Plains Art Museum; to musical groups and organizations, dance organizations, literature organizations, community art shows, art fairs, and arts in the parks, there is a plethora of art and cultural events happening this summer! To learn more visit NDCA’s calendar at www.nd.gov/arts/calendar/calendar.html; or the statewide arts and culture hub at www.myndarts.com.

Lewis & Clark State Park and NDCA present Art in the Park
On Saturday, July 27 at the Lewis & Clark State Park there will be a Pottery Workshop with Brad Bachmeier at 11am. Explore how humans began to use natural clay for pottery and sculpture purposes. Be inspired by the tools and techniques used by Native American Indians, the first pottery makers in ND, to create your own pinch and coil pottery creations. All are welcome to join us at the amphitheater! Materials provided by NDCA. Then at 4pm, there will be a Pottery and Sculpture Technique presentation. Professor and ceramic artist, Brad Bachmeier will give a lively presentation at the amphitheater about ceramic pottery and sculpture techniques, including a wheel-throwing demonstration. Discover his small and monument scale ceramic projects and artworks that are in permanent collections around the United States, including the White House. Finished works are available for viewing and handling, inspired by both nature and primitive forming and firing techniques used around the globe by many cultures since the beginning of man.

Urban Harvest 2013
Urban Harvest begins it's ninth season on July 11th at 10:00am and goes until 8:00pm for the next six Thursdays. Stroll down to the corner of 4th and Broadway in Bismarck and see what is local to the area with artists, crafters and food vendors. Find the freshest produce from local farmers and enjoy local entertainment through out the day. Raffle drawings again this year at each market for prizes from locally owned businesses.

Lauraine Snelling comes to Drayton
On July 18-19, award-winning author and speaker Lauraine Snelling will headline two events at this summer's Drayton Riverfest. Lauraine Snelling will host a Writers Workshop Jul 18 from 10am-4pm at Hastings Landing Restaurant. Pre-registration is required and the fee is $60, which includes lunch. Hastings Landing is located at 909 North Main Street in Drayton. Coffee with Ingeborg, an enlightening and entertaining talk by Lauraine Snelling, will be held Jul 19 at 1:30pm at H G Johnson Memorial Hall. Lauraine Snelling will be in character as Ingeborg Strand Bjorklund, and other characters from her Red River of the North novels will be on hand. The event will feature live Norwegian music, Norwegian goodies, coffee, and gifts for everyone.  Reservations are required and cost is $20.00. The location is 105 Almeron Ave, downtown Drayton. To reserve your spot for either event, send a check to Ox Cart Trails Historical Society, PO Box 213, Drayton, ND, 58225.  Should you have any questions, please email president@oxcarttrails.net or phone 701-454-6103.

Grand Forks photographer named North Dakota artist of the year
Fine art photographer Beth Wold of Grand Forks was named North Dakota Artist of the Year in the latest issue of “Twin Cities Exploring TOSCA” magazine. Beth Wold specializes in landscape and wildlife photography. Although Beth is a North Dakota native and resident, she spent 17 years abroad in Africa where her passion for wild places and wild things was ignited. Inspired by line and form as well as negative space, her wildlife photographs are modern and celebrate the individuality and grace of her subjects. Beth’s landscapes tend toward intimate views of the landscape and are often abstract in form. Her work has been collected and displayed on four continents. Several photographs have been given awards in juried art competitions. Beth earned a Bachelors of Arts from the University of North Dakota. Wold’s photography can be viewed and purchased at www.bethwold.com. For more information, visit www.grandforksherald.com/event/article/id/267099/group/homepage.

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.


The National Endowment for the Arts releases new Research Tool on Working Artists
What do we know about the 2.1 million artists in the United States' labor force? To help answer that question, the NEA released "Equal Opportunity Data Mining: National Statistics about Working Artists." This new online research tool offers 70 searchable tables with figures on working artists by state and metropolitan area, by demographic information (including race and ethnicity, age, gender, and disability status), and by residence and workplace. The public is welcome to investigate the tables, a map of state-level rankings, and links to original sources. To learn more visit www.arts.gov/news/news13/Data-Series-1.html.

NEA to present second webinar on Visa Process
The National Endowment for the Arts' International Activities Director, Pennie Ojeda, will moderate a webinar on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET with guest presenters from the Public Engagement Division of the Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The webinar is designed for those working at not-for-profit  organizations in the United States who prepare visa petitions on behalf of international artists invited to perform here. USCIS representatives will provide information to help U.S. arts presenters understand the timeframe for the petition process, determine the appropriate category for the visa petition, and the information required to complete the form. The presentation will be followed by Q & A. Please register in advance on the NEA's webinar page. You may listen using your computer's speakers or dial-in to 1-877-685-5350 and use participant code: 739587. Attendees will be muted but able to type in questions and comments through a Q & A text box. An archive of the webinar will be available on the NEA's website in the webinar section shortly after the event.

VSA Funding Available for Organizations to Perform Arts, Education and Disability Programming
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Office of VSA and Accessibility, is seeking proposals from organizations  to carry out the following 7 (seven) VSA programs:  VSA Arts Connect All Professional Development Program,  VSA Arts Connect All Workshop/Residency Program, VSA Children's Visual Art Discovery Program, VSA International Young Soloists: Music for Every Student Program, VSA Playwright Discovery Program, VSA Rosemary Kennedy Internship Program, and VSA Accessible Arts for Kids Program.  Contract amounts will vary but generally range between $2,000 and $25,000. Deadline is July 31, 2013. To learn more and to apply visit www.kennedy-center.org/education/vsa/programs.

New Resource for Cultural Marketing
Arts Council England has launched CultureHive, a free on-line resource to help artists discover and share best practices in cultural marketing. The website represents the collective know-how of cultural organizations, audience development agencies and consultants. It features case studies, toolkits, research, articles and more, visit http://culturehive.co.uk to learn more.

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 those looking to dig deeper into a topic the half-day In-Depth Seminars on fundraising, social media, and Presenting 101 are an affordable add on to your Conference experience. Arts Midwest Touring Fund staff will be available for consultations and several state and regional Presenter Networks will be holding business and block booking discussions. Of course we’ll mix the business with some Texas sized fun and have plenty of time to network and play in true Austin style. Conference registration is now open. Register by July 10 to take advantage of discount pricing. 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.


**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 Professional Development Opportunities:

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:

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!


Polling Firm Tests America's Musical Preferences
A recent survey from Public Policy Polling (PPP) (www.publicpolicypolling.com/main) shows that Americans support a wide range of musical genres and artists. Survey results (www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2013/05/music-poll-results-day-one.html) found that classical music had the highest favorability rating (77 favorable vs. 13 unfavorable) among all genres, followed by country (71 vs. 23) and jazz (71 vs. 20). Crosstabs in the full report (www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/2011/PPP_Release_Music_050913.pdf) show preferences for genres and a number of popular artists by gender, race and party affiliation. The survey also reveals that only 17% of Americans "have been to the club."


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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