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April 2006

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Statewide News

See Nature Transformed Into Music by the Bamboo Orchestra of Japan
The Bamboo Orchestra of Japan explores a wealth of sounds by playing a palette of more than 20 bamboo instruments. The five-member Orchestra will perform this evening (April 3rd) at the Ann Nicole Nelson Hall at Minot State University from 7:30-8:30pm. This is the second leg of the Midwest World Fest. $12 Adults, $6 students. Call 852-2787 for tickets. The Bamboo Orchestra will also perform a mini-concert at the Sibyl Center in Stanley, ND on Saturday, April 8 at 7pm.

Poetry Out Loud State Finals

The North Dakota Council on the Arts and Dakota West Arts Council announce the state finals for "Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest."
The competition, presented in partnership with The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. On Friday, April 7, high school students will participate in the Poetry Out Loud state finals at the State Capitol building. Opening remarks and the competition will take place in the Senate chambers at 9am. "Teens Rock the Mic" perform at 10:30am and conduct a workshop for teachers and students at 12:30pm. At 3pm there will be a reading by Larry Woiwode, State Poet Laurette, and First Lady Mikey Hoeven will present the awards. The winner of this competition will advance to the National Finals in Washington, DC in May 2006, where $50,000 dollars in scholarships and school prizes will be awarded. We encourage you to attend and support these talented students. more on Poetry Out Loud...

Rolling Plains Art Gallery Kicks Off Spring Tour of North Dakota

"Identify and Vision in Minnesota and North Dakota" is an exhibition created for the Rolling Plains Art Gallery. It reflects a search for beauty and inspiration with images that portray cultural traditions and heritage as well as the social, political and economic issues of the day. The artwork offers an engaging view of our connections to home from the perspective of 31 contemporary artists from the two states. The exhibition includes paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, printmaking, photography and computer-generated art. The gallery kicks off the spring tour April 4-10 at Bismarck High School (contact Paul Noon at 701-221-3500, ext. 162); then moves to the Mott/Regent area
April 18-24 (contact Myron Schweitzer at 701-824-2249); then continues to Medina (contact Jim Dunnigan at 701-486-3124); and completes its tour in Jamestown (contact Taylor Barnes at 701-254-2496). more on the Rolling Plains Art Gallery

Award-Winning Writer Visits Drayton, ND
Award-winning writer Lauraine Snelling, author of the "Red River of the North" series and other books, will headline two special events in Drayton April 27, 2006, hosted by the Ox Cart Trails Historical Society. Ms. Snelling will give a Writing Seminar from 10am-2pm ($25 fee includes lunch) and will also keynote a Banquet at HGJ Memorial Hall beginning with a social hour from 4:30-5:30pm, an old-time meal at 5:30pm followed by a talk by Ms. Snelling entitled "Recognize Your Talents" ($10 fee). The evening will feature live performances by local musicians and a Silent Auction. For more information, call 701-454-6103 or email calendar@draytonND.com. To register for either event send registration fee, name, address, phone and email address to Ox Cart Trails Historical Society, PO Box 213, Drayton, ND 58225-0213.

Form and Fusion's Spring Performance
The Dickinson State University’s dance company "Form and Fusion" will present its annual spring performance May 5 and 6, in the Dorothy Stickney Auditorium at 7:30pm. This year’s performance will be primarily student choreography and will present ballet, lyrical, jazz, modern and tap dances. The performance will showcase the dance that Charlotte Boye-Christensen, Associate Artistic Director for the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, choreographed on the company. Reserved tickets are available through the box office by
calling 701-483-2154.
National News

April is "National Poetry Month"
Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996, National Poetry Month (NPM) brings together publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools, and poets around the country to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of businesses and non-profit organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events. more on National Poetry Month...

National Endowment for the Arts Spotlights the Teachers & Writers Collaborative
Teachers & Writers Collaborative (T&W), one of the oldest arts education organizations in the country, was founded on the belief that professional writers could make a unique contribution to the teaching of writing and literature. Since 1967, it has been conducting writers in- the-schools programs in New York City. As technology develops at a rapid rate, it is necessary to create new strategies to interest young people in the art of writing. Following this thinking, T&W developed an online writing program in 1999 called the Virtual Poetry Workshop, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Virtual Poetry Workshop is part of WriteNet, a public online forum on teaching writing that also offers book reviews, interviews, and other literary and educational resources. Students from across the country can access the workshop via libraries or from home. For more information on the WriteNet, visit there web site at: http://www.writenet.org/. more on NEA Spotlight…

Americans for the Arts 2006 Annual Convention, June 3-5, 2006

The Americans for the Arts 2006 Annual Convention—"Living Cultural Democracy: Arts in Changing Communities"—will take place in Milwaukee. "Living Cultural Democracy: Arts in Changing Communities" will focus on the profound reality of shifting demographics in U.S. cities and towns and the way these shifts are transforming every level of community life, from how citizens relate to each other to aspects of community priorities and economic policy. Pre-conferences on arts education, public art, and united arts fundraising will be held June 1-2. Registration is now available online, so plan to attend what may be the most relevant conversation you participate in this year. To register or for more information, visit the Americans for the Arts web site at http://www.americansforthearts.org/sc/Convention2006.

"Cultural Tourism" Focus of 2006 Professional Arts Management Institute (PAMI), June 23-25, 2006
The 44th annual Professional Arts Management Institute, America’s longest running interdisciplinary seminar series in the arts, will, for the first time, devote its entire program to a single topic: Cultural Tourism. Presented by Columbia College Chicago’s Arts, Entertainment & Media Management Department (AEMM) from June 23-25, 2006, at University Center, the weekend program will include: 1) Marketing cultural tourism programs, 2) Working with hotels; partnerships with CVB’s and tourism agencies, 3) Utilizing resources; developing cultural tourism plans, 4) Cultural tourism in city neighborhoods, 5) Discussions of case histories and a “hands-on” interactive group session. Information about PAMI’s cultural tourism program and registration materials can be found at www.aebmedia.com/pami.

*Reminder* April is "Jazz Appreciation Month"

Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) is intended to draw public attention to the glories of jazz as both an histori
cal and a living treasure. The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History has designated the month. Any organization can participate in Jazz Appreciation Month. For more information, a calendar of activities and to learn how to participate and celebrate JAM, visit http://www.smithsonianjazz.org/.
Event and Exhibit Calendars, and Arts Opportunities

Upcoming Events and Exhibits calendars on the NDCA web site. If you have events, exhibits or artist opportunities that you would like included on the NDCA web site, please email them to mailto:comserv@nd.gov?subject=e-Prairie Arts: Upcoming Events.

Check out the current Arts Opportunities (includes calls to artists, workshops, seminars, classes, grant opportunities, fellowships and much more) available on the NDCA web site!
A picture of the Faberge "Winter Egg"
Did you Know...

American novelist Mark Twain was the first known author to submit a typed manuscript.

The Faberge, "Winter Egg" was sold in 1994 for $5.6 million. This is the most expensive decorative egg that has ever been sold. www.amusingfacts.com/facts/Arts_and_Literature

Other Resources

Web Site Offers Guidance for Online Donations
If you are in the market for online credit card software products, Idealware can help you choose wisely. This new site is dedicated to helping nonprofits with technology products and has reviewed 27 lower-priced online software tools for accepting donations from a web site. www.idealware.org/donations

"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.

Online Classifieds Opportunities & Services for Artists
The New York Foundation for the Arts' Online Classifieds Opportunities & Services for Artists, is a free national online sources for artist opportunities and services. These include calls for entry, services such as photography of art work and accounting, space for rent, and many others. New listings are posted daily (designated with an orange "new" icon for one week) and remain on the site until they expire. Organizations posting listings are solely responsible for the content of those listings.

Additional Web Sites

The following Web sites have resources that may be of service to educators, individual artists, and arts organizations including funding and other opportunities, publications, arts events, etc:
National Endowment for the Arts
Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network
National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
Arts Midwest
Arts Education Partnership
The North Dakota Council on the Arts is the state agency responsible for the support and development of the arts throughout North Dakota, and is funded by the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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