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March 2013

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NDCA and Governor Dalrymple Announce Recipients of 2013 Governor’s Awards for the Arts
Governor Jack Dalrymple has chosen the recipients of the 2013 Governor’s Awards for the Arts. They are as follows: Taylor Barnes of Jamestown, and Eddie “King” Johnson of Rolla in the Individual Achievement category; Dr. Thomas Porter of Bismarck in the Arts in Education category; and the North Dakota Art Gallery Association of Minot, and the Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre of Grand Forks in the Arts Organization category. The awards banquet honoring this year’s recipients will be held on Wednesday, March 27, at the Radisson Hotel in Bismarck. To learn more and to RSVP, visit www.nd.gov/arts/whatsnew/artsconference2013.html; or http://ndconference.com.

Poetry Out Loud: North Dakota State Finals Takes Place on March 4 ~ Free and Open to the Public!

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.

NDCA Grant Deadlines Approaching
The deadline date for the Institutional Support grant is March 15, 2013. 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.

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 NDCA, Arts Midwest and the National Endowment for the Arts in addition to various other opportunities. There will be a panel discussion on grantwriting tips and issues, and several other sessions. 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 5:30-7:00pm 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. To learn more and to register, visit www.nd.gov/arts/whatsnew/artsconference2013.html; or http://ndconference.com.

Fargo Film Festival 2013
The Fargo Film Festival is the premier film festival event in the state of North Dakota. The festival takes place March 5-9 at a variety of locations in the Fargo-Moorhead community. The Fargo Theatre is the festival’s home base and provides the venue for the majority of screenings. For more information and schedule, visit www.fargofilmfestival.org.

2013 International Music Camp Registration Now Open
The International Music Camp Summer School of Fine Arts offers a wide array of cultural study for children and adults alike. In weekly sessions, students of all ages gain concentrated knowledge in their particular area of interest. And, while the camp's name speaks of its foundation in music, it really includes much, much more. Dance, creative writing, painting, and drawing are only a few of the unique subject offerings you will discover at IMC. A staff of 150 artist-teachers, internationally noted guest conductors, and outstanding clinicians from the United States, Canada, and Europe provide instruction to students from around the world. To learn more and to register online, visit www.internationalmusiccamp.com. Registration deadline is May 1, 2013.

2013 Travel Industry Conference

Join the Destination Marketing Association of North Dakota and the North Dakota Tourism Division for a fun and informative 2013 Travel Industry Conference, April 15-17, at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. The agenda includes valuable sessions on how to leave a lucrative impression on your customers, branding in the social media age, hospitality, sports marketing, convention sales, volunteer recruiting and much more. Registration is now open online at www.visitgrandforks.com/meeting/participants. User name is 2013NDTIC and password is tourism. These are case and space sensitive. Information about scholarships and sponsorship opportunities are available there as well.

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.


March is National Youth Art Month
National Youth Art Month is an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art education and to encourage public support for quality school art programs. The focus of this month is to convey to the public that art education develops self-discipline, self-esteem, and a sense of pride in self-expression. Youth Art Month has been observed nationally since 1961. To learn more visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Youth_Art_Month.

May is National Chamber Music Month
May is the second annual National Chamber Music Month, created by Chamber Music America to increase awareness of the many styles of chamber music that comprise the field and to help ensembles and presenters attract audiences and media attention in their own communities. Last year, 300 ensembles and presenters from all 50 states designated concerts, residencies, lecture demonstrations, or other events during the month of May as National Chamber Music Month activities. CMA will promote all Chamber Music Month events on its website and to our national media outlets. To learn more visit www.chamber-music.org/ncmm. If you have any questions contact Sherry Robinson at chambermusicmonth@chamber-music.org or at (212) 242-2022, ext. 5073.

GRAMMY's Music Educator Award
For every performer who makes it to the GRAMMY stage, there was a teacher who played a critical role in getting them there. And really, that's true for all of us who are making music today. Maybe they introduced you to your first instrument. Or they showed you how to get over your stage fright. Or maybe they just inspired you to have the confidence to go for it when you were ready to give up. It's time to say thank you to all of those teachers who put in all of those hours to make sure that all of us love and play music today! And who better to do that than the people who bring you the GRAMMY Awards? They will select 10 finalists including one winner each year to be recognized for their remarkable impact. The winner will be flown to Los Angeles to accept the Award and attend the GRAMMYs, plus pick up a $10,000 honorarium. All finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium as well. Make your thanks real by nominating your teacher today! The Deadline to Nominate is April 15, 2013. To learn more visit www.grammyintheschools.com/programs/grammys-music-educator-award.

26th Annual National Arts Advocacy Day April 8-9, 2013
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drummer for Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver, and Camp Freddy, Matt Sorum will be joining arts advocates in Washington, DC for the 26th Annual National Arts Advocacy Day! Last year, Sorum joined Arts for LA in successfully opposing an effort to eliminate elementary arts education programs in L.A. public schools. Hear from Sorum, other acclaimed artists, and congressional leaders at the Congressional Arts Kick Off on Capitol Hill. Add your voice of support! Network with your fellow arts advocates from across the country. Learn the latest research and talking points to make the case for the arts and arts education to Congress. Receive two free tickets to the Americans for the Arts 26th Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy, www.artsusa.org/events/2013/hanks/default.asp, featuring a performance and lecture by acclaimed musician and arts educator Yo-Yo Ma. To learn more and to register, visit www.artsusa.org/events/2013/aad/default.asp. Advance Registration Deadline is Monday, March 25, 2013.

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: April 24, 2013 at 2 p.m. EST, Creating a Culture of Storytelling & Evaluation; 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.

Impact of Digital Technologies on Arts Organizations
A new report by the Pew Research Center (www.pewresearch.org) considers how arts organizations are evolving as they increasingly integrate and rely on digital technologies such as the Internet, social media applications and wireless communications. The report measures how these technologies impact operations, audiences and bottom lines. Arts Organizations and Digital Technologies (http://pewinternet.org/~/media/Files/Reports/2013/PIP_ArtsandTechnology_PDF.pdf) is based on a survey of 1,244 arts organizations that received NEA funding between 2006 and 2011. Survey results show that new technologies are enhancing core activities, such as audience engagement and fund raising, of arts organizations of various sizes, disciplines and functions.

Arts Midwest Touring Fund Applications Due April 4th!
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.


**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.

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. No imports. Giclee reproductions accepted; reproductions must be clearly marked. At least sixty percent of each product must be handmade by the artist. Artists, not their representatives, must be present at the show. The Grand Cities Art Fest is a quality show. To ensure high standards for our vendors and guests, a panel of qualified jurors will silently and independently judge applications on originality, craftsmanship, salability and display. The Artfest takes place June 8-9, 2013. 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.

VSA’s Emerging Artists Program – 2013 Call for Art, Deadline: June 9, 2013 at midnight. The Kennedy Center and VSA are excited to announce that entries are now being accepted for the 2013 Emerging Artists Program! This is a national juried exhibition of emerging artists, ages 16-25, with disabilities. Sponsored by Volkswagen Group of America, In/finite Earth aims to showcase artwork that illuminates innovative viewpoints at the intersection of environmentalism, creativity, and disability. This call for art asks artists to engage in the physical, emotional, and creative ties we share across our planet, and present their artistic perspectives regarding the natural world, sustainability, and our collective future. Fifteen artists will be selected for an exhibition in Fall 2013 in Washington, DC and will share $60,000 in cash awards. To learn more visit http://bit.ly/Xf0RrW.

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.

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


Artist-Driven Spaces Improve Quality of Life
The Urban Institute (http://urban.org) has published an essay that promotes the creation of artist-driven spaces. “Developing Artist-Driven Spaces in Marginalized Communities: Reflections and Implications for the Field” discusses the arts space development process and why artists work in marginalized communities. The report highlights that artist-driven spaces are especially effective in improving the quality of life and increasing opportunities in low-income areas. To learn more visit www.giarts.org/sites/default/files/Developing-Artist-Driven-Spaces-Marginalized-Communities.pdf.
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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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