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March 2014

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NDCA Announces the Winners of the 2014 Poetry Out Loud State Finals
The North Dakota Council on the Arts is pleased to announce Julia Johnson of Shanley High School as the 2014 State Champion and first place winner of the North Dakota State Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. Lindsey Bertsch of Minot High School received second place honors. Placing third was Marcie Woehl of Mandan High School. Julia Johnson will advance to the National Finals in Washington, DC on April 27-29, 2014, where a total of $50,000 in scholarships and school stipends, with at least a $20,000 college scholarship for the Poetry Out Loud National Champion, will be awarded. This year’s ND Poetry Out Loud State Finals competition took place on Monday, March 3, at the State Capitol in Bismarck, ND. For more information visit www.nd.gov/arts/pressreleases/releases/POLWinnerAnnouncedPR14.doc.

Engaging STEM Strategies Conference
The North Dakota STEM Network and The North Dakota Department of Instruction Math Science Partnership in partnership with the Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM, the North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education and the North Dakota Council of the Arts invite you to save the dates, April 3-5, 2014, for the Engaging STEM Strategies Conference. Join ND educators, students, innovators and leaders from business and government for the Engaging STEM Strategies at the Bismarck State College National Energy Center of Excellence in Bismarck, ND. More information concerning the conference, calls for proposal and registration links can be found on the ND STEM website, Google+page, and Facebook Page. Friday, April 4, 4pm, Hear John Eger (bio) Director of the Creative Economy Initiative at San Diego State University, former Advisor to two Presidents and Director of the White House Office of Telecommunications speak on "Art Education and the Innovation Economy". Read more at: “And the Word is STEAM”. Saturday, April 5, 10:30am-12:00pm, Join the NDCA sponsored panel discussion on STEM +Art. Panel members include: Armando Ramos, VCSU, Higher Ed - The Interconnectedness between STEM and Visual Arts; Mimi Brown and Ben Clifton, VCSU, High School - Combining musical performance and STEM; Bonnie Tressler and Emma Mickelson, Jamestown Public Schools, Elementary – Kandinsky meets Geometry; Joey Kolosky, West River Head Start, Early Childhood – Art + STEM in the Outdoor Classroom; Armando and Joey will conclude by discussing their collaboration for developing STEM based artworks for West River Head Start.

Promote your art discipline/agency/event and help NDCA increase our Facebook Fans 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.

Art UP, A Day With Artists For Artists “Helping Artists with The Business of Art”
Come join Wendy Klug, director of Art UP, as she shares her knowledge through hands-on seminars aimed at emerging and established artists looking for additional business help. These seminars are geared for visual artists of all mediums. Seminar topics will include: What Is Art UP?, Working To Get What You Want, Website Development, Marketing That Works For You, and Online Advertising. These seminars will be taught with a “hands-on method” allowing you to start your business venture while receiving one-on-one attention. Join us as we gather with artists from your community and start your business venture. Following are the seminar dates and locations: April 4, in Wahpeton; April 26 in Bismarck; April 25 in Jamestown; May 1 in Belcourt; and May 2 in Williston (tentatively scheduled). These seminars are free to attend, and free follow up services are available through Art UP. If you are interested in attending a seminar and receiving one-on-one consultations, email Wendy Klug for more information at wendy@ndsbdc.org or call (701) 213-8482 to reserve your spot today.

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. The draft review deadline is March 15, however the Teacher Incentive draft review deadline is now March 1st. STE[A]M 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). The Traditional Arts Apprenticeship applications must be postmarked by May 15, 2014. 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.

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!

NDCA Announces Upcoming Board Meetings
On March 7, 2014, NDCA will be holding a Board meeting in the Workforce Safety & Insurance Board Room, in Bismarck from 1:00-4:00pm. Also, on May 17, NDCA will be holding a Board meeting at 8:30am at the James Memorial Preservation Society in Williston. NDCA Board meetings are open to the public. Call 328-7590 for more information or questions. You can subscribe to receive email notifications of all NDCA meetings by visiting the Secretary of States web site at https://intranetapps.nd.gov/sos/ndpmn/meetings/searchMeetings.htm.

Arts Midwest World Fest Concert in Grand Forks
Arts Midwest World Fest presents Baladino. Journey through the music of the Mediterranean with Baladino, a fresh Israeli world music ensemble. A Baladino public concert will be take place in Grand Forks at the Empire Arts Center, Friday, March 14th at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $20. To learn more, visit www.novac.org/world-fest.html.

Picturing Writing: Fostering Literacy Through Art Workshop
Picturing Writing: Fostering Literacy Through Art Workshop, June 11, 12 & 13, 2014, at the ND Heritage Center, Bismarck, ND. Picturing Writing is an innovative, proven approach to literacy learning designed to engage students with diverse learning styles. This art-and-literature-based approach to writing offers students the opportunity to become proficient in two languages: the language of pictures and the language of words. As students move back and forth between the two, they gain access to ideas, language, and forms of expression otherwise unavailable. To learn more and to register, please visit www.nd.gov/arts/whatsnew/images-pdfs/PicturingWriting-Registration14.pdf. Registrations must be received by May 15, 2014.

North Dakota Celebrates 125th Anniversary of Statehood

In January, Gov. Jack Dalrymple and Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley kicked off North Dakota's 125th Anniversary of Statehood celebration. During the kick off, Wrigley announced two statewide signature events that will be held August 16 and November 2, the state’s official 125th birthday. The August event will be held on the Capitol grounds and will showcase the best of North Dakota with home-grown entertainment, food, crafts and games. Two of the acts confirmed to perform at the event are Tigirlily and Chuck Suchy. Other performers announced include The Burning Hills Singers, The Blenders, Mitch Malloy, Robbie Vee, Jesse Veeder, Dakota Air, Keith Bear, Kevin Locke and Greg Hager. The commemoration of the state’s official birthday on November 2 will coincide with the grand opening of the new North Dakota Heritage Center. Activities for the public will be planned at both the Capitol and the Heritage Center for that day. More details will be announced closer to the date. For more information visit http://governor.nd.gov/media-center/news/dalrymple-wrigley-kick-north-dakotas-125th-anniversary-statehood.

Nominations being sought for North Dakota Governor’s Awards for Tourism
Nominations are being accepted for the North Dakota Governor’s Awards for Travel and Tourism. These annual awards recognize outstanding tourism leaders, events and attractions in the state. The Governor’s Awards for Travel and Tourism will be presented at the 2014 North Dakota Travel Industry Conference April 14-16 in Fargo. Nominations can be submitted online at www.ndtourism.com/travel-industry-conference-awards-nomination-form. Deadline is March 14. For more information, contact North Dakota Tourism at 800-435-5663 or (701) 328-2525.

2014 Travel Industry Conference
The Destination Marketing Association of North Dakota (DMAND) invites you to the 2014 Travel Industry Conference, to be held April 14-16 at the Hilton Garden Inn of Fargo. This annual conference includes education and networking sessions on industry trends, marketing and business topics. Early bird registrations are due by March 31, 2014 at the rate of $150 for the first attendee and $140 for each additional attendee from the same organization. After March 31, the cost is $175 per registration. Online registration is now available at: https://2014ndtic.eventbrite.com. To register via printable form, please download the registration PDF, fill out and return to the Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau with payment. For more information visit www.ndtourism.com/information/2014-travel-industry-conference.

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 sign-up for the newsletter and become a supporter by visiting http://artsnorthdakota.com/register.


President Obama Announces his Intent to Nominate Jane Chu as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts
President Obama said, “Jane’s lifelong passion for the arts and her background in philanthropy have made her a powerful advocate for artists and arts education in Kansas City. She knows firsthand how art can open minds, transform lives and revitalize communities, and believes deeply in the importance of the arts to our national culture. I’m proud to nominate her as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.” Dr. Jane Chu is President and CEO of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri, a position she has held since 2006. Dr. Chu received an A.A. in Visual Arts from Nebraska Wesleyan University, a B.M. in Piano Performance and a B.M.Ed. in Music Education from Ouachita Baptist University, an M.A. in Piano Pedagogy from Southern Methodist University, an M.B.A. from Rockhurst University, and a Ph.D. in Philanthropic Studies from Indiana University. To learn more, visit www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/02/13/president-obama-announces-his-intent-nominate-jane-chu-chairman-national.

Arts Midwest Touring Fund Accepting Applications
Arts Midwest Touring Fund 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 performing artists is central to the work of Arts Midwest. Engagements feature public performances and community outreach activities by professional touring performing artist that reach underserved audiences and foster exchanges between artists and Midwest communities. Grants are applied for by and made directly to presenting organizations (organizations that book artists to perform in their venues) in Arts Midwest's nine-state region of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Application deadline: April 16, 2014. For most organizations, the application should take an hour or less to complete. The application is streamlined—there is no required budget, there are only two narrative questions, and everything is electronic, eliminating printing and postage time and costs. Applications must be submitted online using Art Midwest's eGrant. To learn more and to apply visit www.artsmidwest.org/programs/paf/apply.

Rural Broadband Experiments: Initiative Soliciting Proposals
National Rural Assembly Broadband, submit an Expression of Interest to the FCC by the March 7, 2014 deadline. The Federal Communications Commission announced the Rural Broadband Experiments - an initiative soliciting proposals to bring high-speed Internet service to Rural America. For the first time, cooperatives, municipalities, nonprofits, anchor institutions, and Tribal governments are able to access federal funding to bring broadband service to rural areas. This is a historic opportunity for rural advocates and entities committed to closing the digital divide in rural communities. Whether you are an interested Internet provider or a concerned community advocate, the RBPG highly encourages you to submit an Expression of Interest. For more information on how to file, please contact Edyael Casaperalta, RBPG Coordinator, at edyael@ruralstrategies.org. Or visit www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/rural-broadband-experiments; or https://ruralassembly.squarespace.com/broadband-resources.

Citizens' Institute on Rural Design Invites Proposals for Rural Communities Facing Design Challenges
The Citizens' Institute on Rural Design, a leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, works with rural communities of 50,000 or less to enhance their quality of life and economic vitality through facilitated design workshops. CIRD’s workshop program brings together local leaders, nonprofits, and community organizations with a team of specialists in design, planning, and creative placemaking to address challenges such as strengthening local economies, enhancing rural character, leveraging cultural assets, and designing efficient housing and transportation systems. Each community selected to participate in the program will receive $7,000 to support planning for and hosting a two-day workshop and will be required to provide approximately $7,000 in matching funds (cash or in-kind).CIRD will work with the communities to assemble teams of specialists based on the communities' individual needs. In addition, workshops will be augmented with conference calls and webinar presentations open to the public and led by experts on topics related to rural design. Deadline: May 6, 2014. To learn more or to apply, visit http://rural-design.org/apply.

NEA Research: Art Works Grants Final Papers
Since 2012, NEA Art Works Research Grants have underwritten research on the impact of arts investments and the nature of the U.S. arts ecology. Recently, the NEA released a series of final papers with the results, or working results, of research funded by Art Works Research Grants. The papers cover a wide variety of topics, including board diversity, arts organization longevity, arts and economic growth, arts education and youth development, and cultural districts. The research helpfully adds to the evidence-based analysis of arts and cultural activities in the United States. To learn more visit http://arts.gov/artistic-fields/research-analysis/research-art-works-grants-final-papers.

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.

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.

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.


**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.

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


Charitable Giving in 2013 Had Highest Growth Since Great Recession
A new report by Blackbaud reveals last year’s fundraising trends and totals among nonprofit organizations. It was an up year, with giving increasing overall almost 5 percent. The combination of growth across organizations of all sizes and a reversal of negative trends by all sectors contributed to a positive year. Charitable giving in 2013 saw the largest year-over-year increase since the Great Recession, according to Blackbaud’s latest “Charitable Giving Report.” Overall, giving in 2013 increased by 4.9 percent from 2012 and represented $12.5 billion in fundraising. To learn more visit http://associationsnow.com/2014/02/charitable-giving-2013-highest-growth-since-great-recession.


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. 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. 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. 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.

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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