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October 2013

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NDCA Announces New Board Appointments
The North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA) announces the addition of Terry Jelsing of Rugby, Dr. Rich Johnson of Devils Lake, Brad Bachmeier of Fargo, and Sarah Snavely of Bowman. They were recently appointed to serve on the NDCA’s board of directors effective August 2013. We would like to welcome Terry, Richard, Brad and Sarah, and give a sincere thank you to our departing members, Karen Anderson, Wayne Beyer, Rex Cook, and Walter Piehl, Jr., for their time and efforts displayed during their appointed terms. The NDCA's board consists of nine members - one from each of the state's regions, and one member-at-large, each of whom is appointed by the governor for a five-year term. Additional information on each of the board members, as well as the regions they represent, is available on the NDCA’s web site at www.nd.gov/arts/aboutus/board.html.

NDCA Announces the Seventh Annual Special Edition Ornament
NDCA announces their seventh annual Special Edition Ornament which 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.

Artist-in-Residence, Community Arts Access, Presenter Support and Teacher Incentive Grant Deadlines Approaching
Artist-in-Residence, Community Arts Access, Presenter Support and Teacher Incentive grants (for programming taking place between January 1 and June 30, 2014) are available via NDCA’s online grant system. The deadline date for these grant programs is November 1, 2013. Early submission is strongly encouraged for all programs. To access NDCA’s online grant system, or to view grant availability, please visit: http://northdakota.cgweb.org.

Governor Dalrymple Proclaims October Arts & Humanities Month in North Dakota
Governor Jack Dalrymple has declared October 2013 as Arts and Humanities Month for the state of North Dakota. This came by way of an official proclamation from his office, which recognized that “the arts and humanities enhance and enrich the lives of all citizens; and affect every aspect of life in America today including the economy, social problem solving, job creation, education, creativity, and community livability. North Dakotans are encouraged to participate in arts and humanities activities and celebrate the cultural and historical riches of our state.” North Dakota’s Arts and Humanities Month corresponds with a national celebration. A copy of Governor Dalrymple’s Proclamation is available via this link.

2013 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, will exhibit the works of the 2013 Governor’s Photo Contest winners at the Capitol Building in Bismarck during the months of October, November and December. 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. Images on display were sponsored in part by Mathison’s. First Lady Betsy Dalrymple will unveil the winning photos from the 10th annual Governor’s Photo Contest on October 9 at 3 p.m. in the Great Hall of the North Dakota State Capitol building. Joining the First Lady will be North Dakota Tourism Director Sara Otte Coleman, NDCA Executive Director Jan Webb, and Gene LaDource AAA public and government affairs. The winning photographers will also be in attendance. Launched in 2004, the Governor’s Photo Contest encourages North Dakota amateur photographers to submit photos that capture the unique things to see and do in North Dakota.

NDCA Invites Participation in Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest
What is Poetry Out Loud? The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with U.S. state arts agencies to support Poetry Out Loud, a contest that encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. Last year, over 2,540 ND students and teachers participated in the program. Poetry Out Loud uses a pyramid structure that starts at the classroom level where students and teachers explore the power poetry. Winners advance to a school-wide competition which can take several forms depending upon school size and teacher need.  The winner from each school progresses to the ND State POL Competition with the state winner moving on to the National Finals in Washington DC, where $50,000 dollars in scholarships and school prizes will be awarded. Poetry Out Loud classroom materials are free and sent to each teacher upon registration. A special feature available to participating teachers and students is the unique opportunity to schedule a classroom visit from a professional North Dakota Poet. During this visit, the poet will provide a short performance and work with students on presentation skills. There is no fee for this session and it is available on a first-come, first-served basis. School registrations are due November 1, 2013 with poet visits taking place between November 1 and January 15. Schools winners must be registered by January 15 and will compete in the POL State Finals, in Bismarck, on March 3, 2014. School winners will advance to the National Finals in Washington, DC, April 29-30, 2014. For more information, contact rengelman@nd.gov or visit our POL website at: http://ndpol.weebly.com. Registration forms may be downloaded at: http://ndpol.weebly.com/uploads/1/2/2/6/12265551/2014_pol_registration_form.pdf.

Call for Ornaments for State Christmas Tree
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. The tree lighting ceremony is scheduled for Monday, December 9, 2013. Submitted ornaments can vary from traditional to contemporary arts. Items that are commercially produced or made from kits are not eligible. This is a great art project for elementary classes, Scout troops, 4-H clubs, residents of assisted living center, as well as a great family project. 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, such as a class or senior center project. 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 and will be hung on the state tree in ensuing years. Ornaments should be mailed to the NDCA, 1600 E. Century Ave., Suite 6, Bismarck, ND 58503-0649.

After a successful NY run, NDMoA seeks help to bring the artists and exhibition Songs for Spirit Lake back to its home Reservation
Imagine traditional dancers and tribal drummers on 19th Street in New York’s Chelsea gallery district. Imagine a New York exhibition opening with a prayer delivered in the Dakota language. Or the President of Fort Totten’s Cankdeska Cikana Community College dressed in full regalia escorting Robert Rauschenberg’s son Christopher through an Honor Song from a community that has minimal contact with contemporary artists. Welcome to the opening of Songs for Spirit Lake, an exhibition overrun by mythical bison, which haunt the present on North Dakota’s Spirit Lake Sioux Reservation. They are joined by painted and photographed images of today’s inhabitants of the Spirit Lake Nation, sculptural investigations into tribal family structure, and poetic reflections on tough social issues faced by today’s Spirit Lake people. Help the North Dakota Museum of Art (NDMoA) and Cankdeska Cikana Community College bring this exhibition back to Spirit Lake. Funding will continue from the Rauschenberg Foundation for the six artists to collaborate more fully with traditional artists. However, they must raise the funds to open the exhibition on October 17, 2013, in the College’s new mechanical building before the snowplows, trucks, and tractors move in. It will run until snowfall drives the art out. To learn more or to donate, visit www.kickstarter.com/projects/871433505/songs-for-spirit-lake.

Norsk Høstfest and the Medora Musical Among North America's 100 Best Events for 2014
The American Bus Association (ABA) announced that Norsk Høstfest and the Medora Musical have been designated Top 100 Events in North America for 2014 by an expert tourism industry selection committee. For more information visit www.buses.org/news-publications/top-100.

Designer of the Northern Lights Tower in Rugby Dies at 93
William “Bill” E. Reynolds, 93, Bismarck, died Sept. 23, 2013, in a Bismarck hospital. Bill married Meredith Bacon on Aug. 6, 1947, whom he met while they both were employed at Old Faithful Lodge in Yellowstone Park. They lived in Minot, where he was employed as a designer and vice president at J.W. Bacon Inc. Outdoor Advertising. In 1976, he resigned to open his own business in Bismarck, WM. Reynolds Depiction & Design Inc. They retired to Washburn in 1991, where he was active in art, design and community projects. They moved back to Bismarck in 2008. While in Minot, Bill was a Cub Master for many years and was awarded the Scouter’s Key. He was a charter member of both the Colin Brown Y’s Mens Club and the Nodakords Barbershop Chorus. He served three terms as senior warden at All Saints Episcopal Church and sang in their choir. In Bismarck, he sang in the choir at St. George’s Episcopal Church and was active in the Northern Lights Chorus as an officer, quartet member and as the script writer for annual shows. In Washburn, he was active with the Art Association and American Legion. He was called on to design the Northern Lights Tower in Rugby, the sculptures for the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and the Veterans Memorial in Washburn, and the Medal of Honor Memorials in Minot. Between commercial art projects, he painted watercolors, mostly North Dakota landscapes. He received many blue ribbons at area art shows. For more information visit http://bismarcktribune.com/news/obituaries/william-reynolds.

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.


Federal Shutdown in Effect Today
At 12:01 this morning, October 1, federal fiscal year 2014 began without an appropriation of funding from Congress. As a result, a partial federal shutdown is now in effect. Most federal offices—including the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)—are closed. The shutdown comes after weeks of often tense negotiations between leaders in the House and Senate and President Obama over how to structure a short-term spending bill, known as a continuing resolution, failed to yield an agreement. How long the shutdown will last is unclear at this time. Key legislators from both parties remain in Washington, and can hold a vote in short order to fund the government should an agreement be reached. The NEA's State & Regional office staff are furloughed and are prohibited from responding to phone calls or e-mails, but grants.gov is expected to be available on-line. If you have any questions you can contact NDCA at 328-7590.

October is National Arts and Humanities Month

The North Dakota Council on the Arts and the North Dakota Humanities Council recognize the importance of culture to the well-being of families, communities and the nation. It’s time to plan how your organization or community will celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month this October. It provides all cultural organizations and agencies the opportunity to highlight the work they do for their communities. The celebration grew out of National Arts Week, which was started in 1985 by the National Endowment for the Arts and Americans for the Arts. American’s for the Arts has everything you need to plan and promote a celebration in your community, so join them in the largest annual celebration for the arts and humanities in the nation! National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM) is a coast-to-coast celebration of the importance of culture in America, designed to encourage all Americans to explore new facets of the arts and humanities in their lives. What part will you play? Will you hold an event or open house at your arts center? Have you considered hosting a Creative Conversation or planning a live arts performance? Whatever way you choose to celebrate NAHM, Americans for the Arts offers a number of new tools to help you showcase the arts in your community. Visit their website at www.americansforthearts.org/get_involved/advocacy/nahm/default.asp, to find tips for planning and promoting your event.

National Endowment for the Arts Releases Funding Guidelines for Our Town
Now available on the NEA website are guidelines and application materials for Our Town, the agency's primary creative placemaking grants program. Pending availability of funding, grants will range from $25,000 to $200,000. Our Town will invest in creative and innovative projects in which communities, together with arts and/or design organizations and artists, seek to: Improve their quality of life; Encourage greater creative activity; Foster stronger community identity and a sense of place; and Revitalize economic development. To learn more visit http://arts.gov/news/2013/national-endowment-arts-releases-funding-guidelines-our-town.

How Museums and Libraries Foster Early-Childhood Education
In a new report, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) summarizes the 10 key ways libraries and museums can be effective resources for fostering early-childhood learning. The report explains how these community institutions provide self-directed and experiential learning experiences that not only prepare children for school and keep them engaged during summer breaks, but also develop their critical executive-function skills. Growing Young Minds: How Museums and Libraries Create Lifelong Learners includes case studies and recommendations for action. To learn more visit www.imls.gov/assets/1/AssetManager/GrowingYoungMinds.pdf.

Results from a New Research Report from the National Endowment for the Arts
"Design, vitalized and simplified, will make the comforts of civilized life available to an ever-increasing number of Americans," said 20th-century industrial design pioneer Raymond Loewy. For the first time, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) takes an in-depth look at this dynamic field in the report “Valuing the Art of Industrial Design: A Profile of the Sector and Its Importance to Manufacturing, Technology, and Innovation”. NEA representatives announced the report in August at the Industrial Designers Society of America's international conference in Chicago, Illinois. "Industrial designers play a significant role in today's innovation economy, and they bring a creative lens to approach complex problems or challenges," said NEA Senior Deputy Chairman Joan Shigekawa. "We hope this report provokes more discussion about how art works in the U.S. economy." To read more visit http://arts.gov/news/2013/industrial-designers-play-critical-role-manufacturing-technology-and-innovation.

Disability Action Plan Training
The Arts and Disability Action Plan Training (ADAPT) project of Victoria, Australia, is a good resource for cultural groups looking to make their events more accessible and inclusive. A collaborative effort of Arts Victoria and the Office for Disability, ADAPT encourages arts organizations to incorporate accessibility goals into their planning and programming. The ADAPT website provides information on how to develop a "disability action plan." It also includes a number of accessibility tip sheets, which address customer service, workplace flexibility, marketing, audience development and working with boards of directors. To learn more visit www.arts.vic.gov.au/Research_and_Resources/Resources/ADAPT_-_The_Arts_Disability_Action_Plan_Training_Project.

Register Now for the Virtual Innovation Summit for Arts & Culture
Take Part in 27 live streamed talks on innovation in action from bold arts and culture leaders. EmcArts, ArtsFwd, and supporting partners are thrilled to announce the Virtual Summit (October 20–22, 2013), a free online event that extends the on-site experience of the National Innovation Summit for Arts & Culture. The Virtual Summit will livestream 27 dynamic, thematically linked 12-minute talks that highlight the remarkable stories of innovative projects unfolding in arts and culture organizations. The takeaways: practical tips and a big dose of inspiration. Join in the conversation on Twitter via #ArtsFwd during each session, where your big questions and ideas will be shared with the speakers. Learn more and register for free at http://artsfwd.org/summit/register-virtual-summit.

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. NDCA Professional Development grants are available for this conference, for more information visit www.nd.gov/arts/grants/PDguidelines.html.


**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!


Free Lifelong-Learning Training for Teaching Artists is available online
The National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA) (www.creativeaging.org) is offering free on-line training to teaching artists on how to lead lifelong-learning programs in the arts. NCCA Online Artist Training is self-guided and covers topics such as the aging process, the creative potential of older adults, and how to identify community partners in aging, arts and health-related services. It provides guidance on how to plan, implement and evaluate arts programming for older populations. NCCA estimates the training takes 12 to 15 hours to complete. For more visit www.creativeaging.org/artisttraining.


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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