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February 2014

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 Grant Deadlines Approaching
Application deadline dates for the NDCA grants are approaching. Artist-in-Residence, Community Arts Access, Presenter Support and Teacher Incentive grants must be submitted online by April 1, 2014 for programs taking place between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015. The draft review deadline is March 15, however the Teacher Incentive draft review deadline is now March 1st. STE[A]Mc TEAMs Grant Program applications must be submitted online for year one applicants by April 1, 2014; and for year two and three applicants by June 1, 2014. Individual Artist Fellowships program for Traditional Arts, Dance, and Theatre grant submission deadline is now May 1, 2014 (note date change) for activities taking place July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015. The Traditional Arts Apprenticeship applications must be postmarked by May 15, 2014 for project periods of July 1, 2014 to April 30, 2015. Also, a reminder that 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. Early submission is strongly encouraged for all programs. All grants (with the exception of the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship) must be completed and submitted via NDCA's online system at https://northdakota.cgweb.org/. To learn more and to apply for the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grant visit www.nd.gov/arts/folkarts/TAP-grant.html. Complete descriptions of the grant programs, guidelines, and how to apply are available through NDCA’s web site at www.nd.gov/arts/grants/grant.html. For general grant questions, or if you need assistance with the online grant system, please call NDCA’s office at (701) 328-7590.

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!

Works Exhibited in Offices of the Governor, First Lady and Attorney General
NDCA, along with the offices of Governor Jack Dalrymple and First Lady Betsy Dalrymple, are exhibiting the works of Cooperstown artist Gretchen Baird-Kottke at the Capitol Building in Bismarck through March 2014. Kottke’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. Gretchen Baird-Kottke was born in Bemidji, Minnesota in 1942. Kottke works predominantly in oil painting. She studied art at Jamestown College and the University of North Dakota. She has had solo exhibits in Fargo and Grand Forks, ND. Kottke has been invited to, and exhibited in many group shows throughout her career. In 1994, Kottke returned to her home town of Cooperstown, ND. She opened the GK Art Gallery that featured regional artists. The gallery closed in 2003. She continues to live in Cooperstown where she makes art and is a partner in the firm of Renaissance Engineering and Testing, Inc. To learn more visit www.facebook.com/gretchen.kottke; or contact Gretchen directly at (701) 797-7678; e-mail: gkgallery@invisimax.

The 2014 Poetry Out Loud North Dakota State Recitation Contest takes place March 3
Plan to attend the 2014 Poetry Out Loud North Dakota State Competition Monday, March 3rd in Bismarck where eighteen students from schools across North Dakota will compete for top honors. Competition begins at 9:00am in the Bynhild-Haugland Room located at the State Capital. Final Rounds and Award Ceremony are scheduled for 1:30pm. This event is free and open to the public. Poetry Out Loud uses a pyramid structure which begins at the classroom level. Winners continue to advance to school-wide and state level competitions. The winner of the North Dakota State Competition will participate in the National Poetry Out Loud Finals in Washington, DC on April 29-30, 2014. To learn more about Poetry Out Loud, visit these links: http://ndpol.weebly.com; and www.poetryoutloud.org/competition/national-finals.
The Arts Center in Jamestown is seeking a new Executive Director

With the retirement of Taylor Barnes just around the corner, The Arts Center is currently seeking a new Executive Director. The Executive Director is responsible for implementation of The Arts Center’s strategic work plan and grantwriting activities as well as the overall administrative management of the organization. The ideal candidate will bring energy, tenacity and a passion for the arts, culture and heritage while communicating and advancing The Arts Center’s vision, value and programming to the broader community. He or she will have a well-rounded set of competencies that places him or her ahead of other candidates in the field including: leadership experience, diplomacy, interpersonal skills, self-management, personal accountability and customer focus. Qualified applicants will have a bachelor’s degree (at minimum) and 5-7 years of progressively responsible senior management experience in a related field. Knowledge of and passion for arts, culture and heritage is preferred. Experience working with nonprofit boards is expected as are excellent communication, analytical and financial management skills. A proven track record of successful fundraising is required. The ability to work flexible hours relative to the Arts Center’s activities is a must. Competency and comfort with all standard computer applications, including Microsoft Office and QuickBooks is also required. Interested applicants may contact The Arts Center for an application package by emailing info@jamestownarts.com or calling 701-251-2496. For more information about The Arts Center, visit: www.jamestownarts.com. The deadline for application submission is March 31, 2014.

Help NDCA increase our Facebook Fans and promote your images as well!
Help the North Dakota Council on the Arts increase our Facebook presence by “liking” our page and encouraging others to do so as well! NDCA is looking for images to share on our Facebook page. We would like to update our cover photo once every few weeks. Please submit your images of visual, performing and literary artwork; artistic events and exhibits; artist residencies; or anything else that expresses the joy, value and importance that the arts have in our state, along with a brief description to comserv@nd.gov. NDCA cannot guarantee that all images provided will be used. This promotion is open to North Dakota images/events only (some exceptions may apply). If you have questions you can e-mail comserv@nd.gov, or call (701) 328-7594. “LIKE” NDCA at https://www.facebook.com/NDCouncilontheArts.

Join Arts North Dakota for FREE

One of the most important goals of Arts North Dakota (AND) is to have a core group of art enthusiasts who can help us advocate for the arts. The best way to receive the periodic alerts is through this newsletter. As such, AND would like to offer free memberships to anyone who signs up for their newsletter. As a subscriber, consider yourself a member and a supporter of the arts in North Dakota! You can unsubscribe at any time. Tell your friends, family, coworkers, local artists, educators, and everyone you meet to get connected to AND. You can sign-up for the newsletter and become a supporter by visiting http://artsnorthdakota.com/register.

Limitied Quantities of NDCA's Seventh Annual Special Edition Ornaments are still Available
NDCA's seventh annual Special Edition Ornament is still available for purchase. The Wooly Girls of Wales, ND, were commissioned by NDCA to create a one-of-a-kind, hand-felted wool ornament. This ornament offers the opportunity to invest in the arts across the state. Limited quantities are available for $25 plus tax (includes gift box, shipping additional). $11 from each ornament can be used as a tax-deductible donation to the ND Cultural Endowment Fund, as proceeds will benefit this Fund, which was created by the State Legislature 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.

Sundogs and Sunflowers: Folklore and Folk Art of the Northern Great Plains
CD's Available

The national award-winning publication “Sundogs and Sunflowers: Folklore and Folk Art of the Northern Great Plains” has been adapted for radio—in a collection of narratives about lutefisk at Christmas, eerie ghost stories, folk medicine, and the tall tales that abound during hunting and fishing seasons. To order this or other Prairie Public CDs, contact: Prairie Public, 207 N. 5th St., Fargo, ND 58108-3240, 701-241-6900, or www.prairiepublic.org/shop. The cost of the CD is $14.84 plus shipping. To order the publication upon which this CD and radio series is based contact: NDCA at 701-328-7590, or www.nd.gov/arts. The book is $34.95 plus tax and shipping. For more visit www.nd.gov/arts/pressreleases/releases/Sundogs-CD-13.doc.


Inside the NEA: A Look at 2014 Local Arts Agency Funding Trends and Opportunities Webinar takes place tomorrow, Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 3:00pm (EST)
Join Americans for the Arts as they welcome Michel Killoren, Director of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Local Arts Agencies / Challenge America Fast-Track programs. Michael will be discussing local arts agency funding trends and opportunities at the NEA. They will also discuss the upcoming local arts agency census that Americans for the Arts will be conducting in collaboration with the NEA. Learn about this comprehensive survey designed to benchmark the financial health and programmatic trends of the richly varied, highly diverse, and extremely important work of the nation’s 5,000 LAAs and the communities they serve. Register now at www.americansforthearts.org/events/webinars/inside-the-nea-a-look-at-2014-local-arts-agency-funding-trends-and-opportunities?delta=0. Don’t forget that Americans for the Arts webinars are free to members and $35 for non-members.

Arts Victory in Congress

In mid-January, Congress released the details of its massive FY 2014 Omnibus spending bill. The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) have each been allocated $146 million for the year. In fact, this new funding level is an increase over last year’s, since all federal budgets were previously subject to a 5.5% sequester cut. The sequester cut brought the NEA’s budget down to $138 million last year. However, this year Congress is suspending these sequester cuts. NEA will now have the full spending power of $146 million to invest in community-based arts programs across the country. For more visit www.artsactionfund.org.

NEA Art Works Grant Deadline Approaching

Art Works Introduction The guiding principle of "Art Works" is at the center of everything we do at the NEA. "Art Works" refers to three things: the works of art themselves, the ways art works on audiences, and the fact that art is work for the artists and arts professionals who make up the field. Grants generally will range from $10,000 to $100,000. All Artist Communities applicants must apply under the February 20, 2014 deadline. To learn more visit http://arts.gov/grants-organizations/art-works.

National Endowment for the Arts Accepts Nominations for 2014 National Medal of Arts Nomination Form available at arts.gov
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists, arts organizations, and arts patrons in the United States. The American public may nominate artists and arts patrons for this award through the National Endowment for the Arts' website. Nominations are only accepted online. The deadline is March 14, 2014. The National Medal of Arts are awarded annually by the President with the NEA managing the nomination process. For the press release and related content, visit the NEA newsroom.

2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards ~ Deadline is February 10th
The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is inviting applications for the 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. The 12 award-winning programs will receive $10,000 and an invitation to accept their award from the President’s Committee’s Honorary Chairman, First Lady Michelle Obama, at a ceremony at the White House. After-school and out-of-school arts and humanities programs sponsored by museums, libraries, performing arts organizations, educational institutions, arts centers, community service organizations, businesses, and eligible government entities are encouraged to consider submitting an application. Programs applying for the award must meet all of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award’s eligibility criteria. The deadline is February 10, 2014. To learn more visit www.nahyp.org/how-to-apply.

Join Arts Advocates from across the Country in Washington, DC for the 27th Annual Arts Advocacy Day
Between tax reform, budget battles, and education reauthorization, we need your support! Come to Washington, DC for the 27th annual Arts Advocacy Day on March 24-25, 2014 and make your voice heard! Strategize with experienced advocates during an interactive role play session on how to make the case for the arts and arts education to your members of Congress. Network with your fellow arts advocates from across the country and go on congressional visits led by State Captains. Learn the latest research facts and figures on the arts to help make your case. For more information and to reserve your two free Hanks Lecture tickets, please visit www.AmericansForTheArts.org.

The Year of the Rural Arts
The Year of the Rural Arts is a biennial program of events, conversations, and online features celebrating the diverse, vital ways in which rural arts and culture contribute to American life. This inaugural effort will connect citizens, artists, scholars, designers, and entrepreneurs and meet with audiences on the grounds of universities, museums and galleries, cultural organizations, and across rural and urban communities. The Year is coordinated by Art of the Rural and organized by a collective of individuals, organizations, and communities from rural and urban locales across the nation. Art of the Rural fosters an open source philosophy of sharing resources and ideas, and it values exchange across regions, cultures, and disciplines. Collaboration is at the heart of this work. Do you have a vision for an event, project, or calendar posting? Are you interested in featuring your work on the Atlas of Rural Arts and Culture or the Art of the Rural site? Would your organization like to become a partner in this work? Please contact info@artoftherural.org or visit http://artoftherural.org/year-of-the-rural-arts-2014/ to learn more.

National Center for Arts Research Publishes First Assessment of Arts Sector
The National Center for Arts Research (NCAR) at Southern Methodist University, which launched in spring 2013, has published its first assessment of the nonprofit arts industry. The report, available at http://mcs.smu.edu/artsresearch/about/report, is based on data from the National Endowment for the Arts, U.S. Census Bureau, Cultural Data Project and other national sources. It features a series of interactive infographics illustrating findings for eight performance indices relative to arts sector, organizational size and geographic area.


**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:

Artists Celebrating Christ: Call to artists to enter the annual Artists Celebrating Christ art event. ACC, Artists Celebrating Christ is a unique inter-denominational event uniting Christian artisans from across the nation at the University of Mary’s Benedictine Center March 27-30, 2014. We have found the opportunity to exhibit all forms of Christian art in a supportive atmosphere will inspire creativity and revive the use of the arts to enhance the worship experience. All art forms accepted. Registration forms will be available at www.accartshow.com and are due February 15, 2014. Highlights of the weekend include a juried art show from artists across the nation, student art entries, a church banner and liturgical art display, an educational element inviting school students to attend art presentations and tours of the exhibits, adult art classes, a quick draw and silent auction, and musical entertainment. Please contact Shannon Wirrenga (Event Coordinator) at 701-400-2815; www.accartshow.com; info@accartshow.com for more information.

2014 Grand Cities Art Fest: Art Fest is a diverse gathering of artistic talent, food and entertainment that highlights our region’s unique culture and it takes place June 14-15, 2014 in Downtown Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. Concessions, artists and emerging artists applications due March 14, 2014; Performer applications due April 11, 2014. To learn more visit www.novac.org.

Red River Watercolor Society 21st National Juried Watermedia Exhibition: Red River Watercolor Society 21st National Juried Watermedia Exhibition takes place June 16 - July 26, 2014. Juror/Workshop Instructor Michael Reardon. Awards: $1,250- $1000 - $750 plus more. For a prospectus:  #10 SASE to Anne Kaese, 3420 Birchwood Ct. South, Fargo, ND 58104-6226; or visit www.redriverws.org. Deadline is April 4, 2014.

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


Ten Surprising Social Media Statistics Might Make You Rethink Your Approach
If you’re managing social media for your business, it might be useful to know about some of the most surprising social media statistics this year. The following link contains 10 that might make you rethink the way you’re approaching social media: www.fastcompany.com/3021749/work-smart/10-surprising-social-media-statistics-that-will-make-you-rethink-your-social-stra.


MyNDArts is North Dakota's 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.

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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