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June 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!!

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.

The New York Kammermusiker Seventh Annual North Dakota Winds of Change Festival
Many people enjoy the familiar classical music offered at regular symphony orchestra concerts, but few are used to having their socks knocked off by the brilliant musicianship and amazing sound of the likes of The New York Kammermusiker. This unique chamber ensemble travels the world presenting a wide range of double-reed music, from the Renaissance through Contemporary periods, which they diligently prepare from musical manuscripts they seek out in their efforts to bring the music of the shawm band to modern listeners. Experiment and improvisation, as well as music written specifically for their unique sound, are also important aspects of this group’s repertoire. And they are bringing their music to North Dakota in July. For music lovers who wish to experience something new and different, done well and with great skill, they could hardly do better than to spend an evening with The New York Kammermusiker. Two performances are scheduled for North Dakota this summer, one in Fargo and one at the International Music Camp at the Peace Gardens. The first performance is in Fargo, July 10, 2013, at the Avalon Events Center. There is a 6:30 p.m. pre-concert theater performance featuring Bjorn Pederson, followed by a 7:00 p.m. concert. Also featured in the first half is Dr. Elmer Wasemiller, a retired surgeon from Wahpeton who picked up the oboe in his early 70’s (he’s now 93!). Tickets will be sold at the door for the Fargo performance. Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students. There is limited seating at the Avalon Events Center, so early arrival will help ensure good seating. The second performance is on July 12, at the International Music Camp at the Peace Gardens. Please call (701) 838-8472 for additional information.

ND Museums Participate in Blue Star Museums Program
Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America. First launched in the summer of 2010, Blue Star Museums offers free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day, May 27, through Labor Day, September 2, 2013. The following link is to the map for museums participating this summer in North Dakota. To learn more about the program and the participating North Dakota museums, visit www.nea.gov/national/bluestarmuseums/index2013.php?st=ND#list.

2013 Governor's Photo Contest
In a partnership with the Office of Governor Jack Dalrymple, AAA of North Dakota and the North Dakota Council on the Arts, the Tourism division announces the 10th annual Governor's Photo Contest. This contest is open to all amateur photographers who are 18 years of age or older who are legal residents of North Dakota. Entry deadline is August 23, 2013. There are six photo categories: adventure, attractions, events, people, scenery and wildlife. Photographers may enter any category and there is no limit on the number of entries. But only color photos taken within the last three years will be considered. Entries may be submitted online via the Tourism Division's Flickr group at www.flickr.com/groups/northdakota, may be mailed to the Tourism Division, or dropped-off at AAA North Dakota offices. To learn more visit www.ndtourism.com/articles/2013-governors-photo-contest.

State Historical Society Announces 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.

North Dakota Museum of Art Exhibition to Open in New York City
In 2012, the North Dakota Museum of Art was one of ten art institutions in the country to receive the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation's Artistic Innovation and Collaboration grant, a three-year grant designed to encourage artistic collaboration and innovation. Through this grant the Museum commissioned six artists to work with the people of the Spirit Lake Reservation to create a body of art work about the contemporary life of Spirit Lake. An exhibition of the first round of work (Songs of Spirit Lake) will be on display at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Project Space in New York’s prestigious Chelsea Art District May 24 through June 29, 2013. The artists have invited the Cankdeska Cikana Drum Group to perform at the New York opening. Artists include: John Hitchcock, Comanche and Northern European heritage is a printmaker and installation artist; Tim Schouten, a Manitoba based painter; Mary Lucier, New York video artist who has completed two video installations about loss in North Dakota, Floodsongs and The Plains of Sweet Regret; Rena Effendi, a documentary photographer who comes from Baku, Azerbaijan and brings an outsider vision to reservation life; Bill Harbort, a long-time New Yorker who moved to Minot in 1996 to teach graphic arts at the college; and multi-media artist Terry Jelsing of Rugby rounds out the group. The full press release is available at http://cdn.e2ma.net/userdata/28902/assets/docs/ndmoa-rrfpr.pdf.

North Dakota Heritage Center Seeking Heritage Volunteers
Expansion construction on the North Dakota Heritage Center is nearing the end stages, and more volunteers are needed to help welcome visitors and assist staff in many other areas. In order to be prepared, they are recruiting and training volunteers beginning the first week in June. Orientation session will be held on Monday, June 3, and Thursday, June 6, at 7:00 p.m.  People interested in volunteering are asked to attend one of the two sessions. Heritage Volunteers assist the State Historical Society in many different areas: Archives; Archaeology; Historic Preservation; Museum Collections; Foundation; Geological Survey; Historic Sites; and Museum Store. For information about becoming a volunteer, contact SHSND Visitor Services Coordinator Beth Campbell by email bcampbell@nd.gov or 328-2674.

Celtic Camp for Kids
Hosted by the McDonald School of Irish and International Dance, Celtic Camp takes place June 17-21 from 9am to 12 noon, or 1-4pm. Dance, language, food, folk ways, and arts and crafts. For more information email mo.mcdh@gmail.com, or call 701-412-4063. The Celtic Camp will be held at 118 Broadway, Suite 206 in Fargo. "When Irish eyes are smiling, they are up to something!"

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 Announces Funding for States and Regions for Fiscal Year 2013
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced that the NEA will award $45,085,105 in partnership agreements to fund 54 state and jurisdictional arts agencies and six regional arts organizations throughout the country. These funds will support grants and programs at the 60 agencies for fiscal year 2014. Through the combination of the NEA's partnership agreements and appropriations from the respective state legislatures, the state arts agencies will fund more than 21,000 arts projects in over 4,500 communities. Forty percent of all NEA grantmaking funds are designated for the nation's state arts agencies, regional arts organizations, and national service organizations that support the work of the states and regions. State arts agencies have been recommended to receive $37,263,715; with an additional $7,821,390 recommended for regional arts organizations; and $769,670 for the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. In addition, the NEA designated $65,900 for Pacific Resources in Education and Learning for technical assistance to the jurisdictional arts agencies based in American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Marianas. To learn more visit http://arts.endow.gov/news/news13/Grant-Announcement-Partnerships.html.

How Nonprofits Should Value Volunteer Labor

A blog post from The Chronicle of Philanthropy encourages nonprofits to monetize the value of volunteer labor to make the most of it. Since people are more willing to donate time than money, according to the post, nonprofits should consider the extent donated time displaces paid time, the dollar value of the displaced paid time, and the cost of managing volunteers. One resource for calculating volunteer value is Independent Sector, a leadership network for nonprofits, which tracks, by state, the wage value of volunteering. For 2012, the U.S. average value was $22.14 per hour. North Dakota’s average value was $19.18 per hour (www.independentsector.org/volunteer_time). To learn more, you can read the entire blog post at http://philanthropy.com/blogs/measuring-up/time-is-money-how-to-measure-the-value-of-volunteers/55.

2013 State of the Nonprofit Sector Survey Results
The Nonprofit Finance Fund (http://nonprofitfinancefund.org) has published the results of the 2013 edition of its annual State of the Nonprofit Sector Survey. The survey addresses a variety of issues nonprofits face, such as financial health, data management and demand for services. A blog post looks specifically at arts, culture and humanities organizations, and you can sort the survey results by state, sector and budget size in various combinations (http://survey.nonprofitfinancefund.org/2013/#respondents,demand,finhealth,actions,gov,data,engagement,perceptions).  To access the survey, visit http://nonprofitfinancefund.org/announcements/2013/state-of-the-nonprofit-sector-survey.

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: 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.

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 opens 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:

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.

Free Museum Workshops
- The State Historical Society of North Dakota (SHSND) will be offering free workshops for county, local, and tribal organizations this summer. “Good, Better, Best: Museum Standards and Best Practices” workshops will allow museum staff, board members, and volunteers to better understand the best practices and standards being used by small museums. Presenter Danielle Stuckle, Outreach coordinator with SHSND, will also discuss the StEPs program and how it can be used to evaluate policies and procedures and help museums better achieve their missions. Other featured topics will include collections care and management; care and maintenance of buildings; and general administration and management. Workshops will include a discussion of current museum projects in the region, and a tour of the host museum. The first workshop will be at the Cass County Historical Society in West Fargo, ND, on June 14, 2013, at 1 p.m. A second workshop will take place on June 28, 2013, at 1 p.m. at the Sargent County Historical Society and Museum in Forman, ND. For more information and to register, contact Outreach Coordinator Danielle Stuckle at 701-328-2794 or email dlstuckle@nd.gov.

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:

West River Head Start is seeking an artist, creative craftsman, engineer, or “master tinkerer” interested in designing and creating an interactive work of art or sculpture for their new Outdoor Classroom. Funding available. Please contact Rebecca Engelman, NDCA Arts in Education Director at: rengelman@nd.gov or Josef Kolosky, Director, West River Head Start at: jkolosky@hitinc.org for more information.

Americas 2013: All Media - The Northwest Art Center announces the Americas 2013: All Media art exhibit to be on display August 20 through September 26, 2013. The call for entries deadline is June 1, 2013. Works in any medium, traditional or experimental, qualify. All works must be original and not measure over 60 inches in any direction. Work must be ready to exhibit, completed within the last two years, and not previously exhibited in an Americas 2000 exhibition. All two-dimensional artwork must be secured to a rigid backing. It is preferred that two-dimensional work be framed and protected by clear acrylic glazing. For more information visit www.minotstateu.edu/nac/pdf/am_2013.pdf.

Pekin Days Art Show - This year is the 20th Anniversary of Nelson County Arts Council’s Pekin Days Art Show! The Art Show takes place June 26-30, 2013 in Pekin, North Dakota. The hours of the show are Thursday-Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  There will be an artist’s reception on Wednesday, June 26 at 7:00 p.m. The juror this year is Linda Olson, Minot State University and the Director of the North Dakota Art Gallery Association. Entry deadline is June 8, 2013. Open to all artists 18 years and older. All Work Must Be For Sale. This is a juried exhibition. All work, wall-hung or 3 dimensional, must be safe, ready to display, framed and wired appropriately for hanging. Serrated hangers will not be accepted. Please notify us if you have a piece that needs to be displayed in an unusual fashion or if you have an unusually large piece to verify sufficient space is available. All work must be original, less than 3 years old and not previously exhibited in the Pekin Days Art Show. No more than three (3) entries may be submitted. For more information and entry form, visit www.nelsoncountyarts.com/pekin-days-art-show; or e-mail ncac@gondtc.com; call 701-247-3112 (Steph) or 701-296-4410 (Office).

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.

NDGA 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!


The Arts Prepare Students for Success in School, Work & Life
The latest research bulletin from the Arts Education Partnership (AEP), Preparing Students for the Next America: The Benefits of an Arts Education, is a brief summary of the empirical evidence showing that the arts prepare students for success in school, work and life. The bulletin's data comes from AEP's ArtsEdSearch.org (www.artsedsearch.org), an on-line clearinghouse of arts education research and policy. ArtsEdSearch.org provides objective information about student outcomes—academic, cognitive, social and professional—associated with arts learning. To learn more about this research bulletin, visit www.aep-arts.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Preparing-Students-for-the-Next-America-FINAL.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.

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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