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November 2013

Welcome to e-Prairie Arts! This electronic newsletter supplements our printed newsletter, Prairie Arts, which is published 3 times per year. e-Prairie Arts will be distributed during the months of February, March, April, June, July, August, October, November and December. If you know of anyone else who would like to receive e-Prairie Arts, please e-mail comserv@nd.gov. Or if you wish to unsubscribe, send an e-mail to comserv@nd.gov as well.

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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.

Want to talk about the arts?
Arts North Dakota (AND) needs your help! AND is working on a new website to promote the discussion of important issues in the arts. This website will discuss local and national issues and also include resources for artists and organizations. They are currently testing and need some folks to test out the system. Want to help them? Contact director@artsnd.org to request access to the new website. Thanks in advance for your assistance!

The Kennedy Legacy: 50 Years Later Symposium

The Dakota Institute of the Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation, Bismarck State College and the State Historical Society of North Dakota are hosting “The Kennedy Legacy: 50 Years Later,” a symposium exploring the life and times of President John F. Kennedy November 5-7, 2013 at the National Energy Center of Excellence building on the Bismarck State College campus. John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States. He served for just 1,036 days before he was struck down by an assassin or assassins in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963. This November marks the fiftieth anniversary of that fateful day. For agenda, hotel, sponsor, symphony and other information, go to kennedylegacy.org.

Reminder ~ Ornaments for State Christmas Tree Deadline is November 15!
NDCA invites artists and crafts people to provide handmade ornaments for the North Dakota State Christmas Tree. The tree will be on display in the Memorial Hall of the State Capitol, and Governor Jack and First Lady Betsy Dalrymple will participate in a lighting of the tree ceremony. Submitted ornaments can vary from traditional to contemporary arts. Items that are commercially produced or made from kits are not eligible. This year’s motif is wooden ornaments, but ornaments can also be of any medium of the designer’s choosing. Each ornament should include the name of the person entering it, and a brief one or two line description of the ornament that includes the art form used, the special circumstances through which it was created. A descriptive listing will be available at the ceremony and will be mailed to everyone who submits an ornament. Ornaments must be received in the NDCA office no later than Friday, November 15, 2013, and they become the property of the NDCA. Ornaments should be mailed to the NDCA, 1600 E. Century Ave., Suite 6, Bismarck, ND 58503-0649.

NDCA Announces the North Dakota State Tree Lighting Ceremony
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.

2013 Pride of Dakota Holiday Showcases
Buy local and support North Dakota! This year’s Holiday Showcase schedules are as follows: Grand Forks Holiday Showcase is November 9-10; Minot Holiday Showcase is November 16-17; Fargo Holiday Showcase is November 22-24; and the Bismarck Holiday Showcase 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.

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. This year’s participating schools include: Cavalier Public School, Century High School, Dakota Adventist Academy, Edgeley Public School, Hope High School, LaMoure High School, Leeds Public School, Mandan High School, Minot High School, Northern Cass School, Northwood School, Saint Mary's Central High School, Shanley High School, Solen High School, Valley-Edinburg Public School, and Wahpeton High School. 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 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 to Present Webinar on Our Town Grant Program
The webinar takes place on Monday, November 4, 2013 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET. NEA Director of Design Programs Jason Schupbach and design specialist Jennifer Hughes will present a webinar on applying to Our Town, the NEA's primary creative placemaking grant program. The webinar will start with a presentation that covers the basics of the Our Town program, including eligibility requirements, how to select work samples, and advice on preparing a strong application. The presentation will be followed by an open Q & A session. Our Town guidelines and application materials for FY 2014 are on the NEA website at http://arts.gov/grants-organizations/our-town along with frequently asked questions and responses. Please register in advance at http://arts.gov/event/2013/fy-2014-our-town-grant-guidelines-workshop-webinar. Applications to Our Town are due on January 13, 2014.

The Neuroscience of Creativity and the Arts is Explored in the Latest Public Webinar from the NEA Interagency Task Force on the Arts and Human Development

What is the essence of creativity? Join a discussion with neuropsychologist and researcher Rex E. Jung as he debunks some of the common assumptions about creativity: how it's defined and measured, and how scientific inquiry can enhance our understanding about creativity and art-making. This is the latest public webinar hosted by the NEA Interagency Task Force on the Arts and Human Development, an alliance of 17 federal departments, agencies, divisions, and offices to encourages more and better research on how the arts help people reach their full potential at all stages of life. To join the webinar: The webinar takes place on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET. It is free and open to the public. Please register in advance at http://artsgov.adobeconnect.com/task-force-nov2013-webinar/event/registration.html. To learn more, visit http://arts.gov/news/2013/neuroscience-creativity-and-arts-explored-latest-public-webinar-nea-interagency-task-force.

National Endowment for the Arts Presents Highlights from the 2012 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts
How do Americans participate in the arts in the course of a year? What kinds of art forms and activities do they engage with, and in what numbers? The NEA investigates these questions and more in the 2012 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (SPPA), the nation’s largest population survey of arts participation trends. On September 26th, the NEA released an initial report of the survey's findings. A more comprehensive report will be available in 2014. “One of the most important things we can do as the National Endowment for the Arts is to understand how our nation engages with the arts,” said NEA Senior Deputy Chairman Joan Shigekawa. “This iteration of the Survey of Public Participation in the Arts is our most comprehensive look yet at the myriad ways art works for Americans.” To learn more visit http://arts.gov/news/2013/national-endowment-arts-presents-highlights-2012-survey-public-participation-arts.

Artists and Health Insurance Survey
Online survey designed by Future of Music Coalition and the Artists’ Health Insurance Resource Center, a program of the Actors Fund. Information about the survey disseminated through a network of over 100 artist service organizations, associations, and state-based arts agencies. Over 3,400 US-based artists took the survey. The goal of the survey was to gather information from artists of all types – dancers, theatre actors, visual artists, musicians, film/media artists – about whether they currently have health insurance, and whether they thought their health insurance status would change with the continued rollout of the Affordable Care Act. Here is the “Big Picture”: 43% of artists don't have insurance (2x greater than general population); Of those who have insurance 39% pay for it themselves (6.5x greater than general population); Of those who do not have it 88% say it is because "they can't afford it"; 55% don't understand how the ACA will impact them; and 37% are unsure of what they will do when the health insurance exchanges open. This percentage is even greater for those who are currently uninsured. An executive summary and full report are available at http://futureofmusic.org/hcr.

New Big Read Grants and Reading Selections Available
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.

Survey for the Midwest Presenting and Touring Industry

If you are a presenting organization in the Midwest, an artist who tours the Midwest, or a manager or agent who represents artists who tour in our region, please consider taking Arts Midwest’s survey about their Touring Fund. Your responses will help them to learn more about performing arts engagements in the region, and how best to serve their constituents across the Midwest. The survey is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TL6MCXP.


**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:

Bismarck Downtown Artist Co-op Third Foot in the Door: The Artist Co-op is planning an anniversary exhibit, titled Third Foot in the Door. This is the third year for this exhibit. Over 100 pieces were exhibited last year to celebrate the opening of the Artist Co-op in December of 2011. This is the only exhibit that is also open to non-members. The Co-op is seeking artists from all over the USA. BDAC is accepting two and three-dimensional art in all media. All art must be 12” X 12” or smaller including the frame. The entry fee is one for 15.00 or two entries for 20.00. Registration, fees and delivered art are all due on November 30, 2013. The opening reception is slated for December 6, 2013, 5:30-8:30. For more information, contact BDAC at 202.3400 or email bismarckdac@gmail.com for a prospectus for the exhibit.

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.

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


Corporate funding came back after the recession, but did it leave the arts behind?
While a new report shows that the global recession shifted funding away from the arts, is there a silver lining in how companies have changed their view of investing in communities? CECP, in association with The Conference Board, recently released Giving in Numbers: 2013 Edition, an annual analysis of corporate giving trends among the world’s largest businesses. Despite a slow economic recovery, the majority of companies gave more in 2012 than in 2007, before the recession, yet the majority of funders decreased their funding of the arts. The news is not all bad for arts organizations. While the majority of arts funders have decreased funding, many continue their support today. To learn more visit www.partnershipmovement.org/news/p/corporate-funding-came-back-after-the-recession-but-did-it-leave-the-arts-behind.


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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