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April 2007

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Statewide News

NDCA Announces ND State Poetry Out Loud Winners
The North Dakota Council on the Arts and Dakota West Arts Council are pleased to announce that the first place winner of the North Dakota State "Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest" is Michael Sly of Shanley High School in Fargo, ND. The second place winner is Ashley Boyko of
Dakota Adventist Academy in Bismarck, ND. Third place was awarded to Natael Falk of Lisbon High School in Lisbon, ND. The competition was presented in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Poetry Foundation. The state finals competition took place on Wednesday, March 14, 2007 at the Belle Mehus Auditorium in Bismarck, ND.  Michael Sly will advance to the National Finals in Washington, DC on May 1, 2007, 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. more on Poetry Out Loud…

Deb Knuth's Works on Display in the Offices of the Governor and First Lady

The North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA), along with the offices of Governor John Hoeven and First Lady Mikey Hoeven, is exhibiting the works of Wilton artist Deborah Knuth at the Capitol Building in Bismarck during the months of April, May and June 2007. Knuth’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 offices. This is part of an ongoing program between the NDCA and the offices of the Governor and First Lady. Every three months, visual artists from around the state are selected to exhibit their work at the Capitol Building. Artists looking to represent their region with art work placed in the offices of the governor and first lady can submit a brief resume along with photographs or slides of their work to the North Dakota Council on the Arts, 1600 East Century Avenue, Suite 6, Bismarck, ND 58503. Artists will be selected for quarterly display. The next quarter begins July 2007. more info on Deb Knuth…

Music from Israel in Minot
Esta, an energetic music ensemble from Israel, is coming to Minot as part of the Midwest World Fest. The Festival is a community-wide cultural exchange program that uses music and community interaction to foster appreciation for diversity and an acceptance of other cultures.  Esta is the final culturally specific ensemble to visit Minot as part of Midwest World Fest, a program of Minneapolis-based Arts Midwest. Experience the amazing music of Esta at 7:30 PM in Nelson Hall, MSU, May 11, 2007. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for children and are available at the Minot Area Council of the Arts, or by calling 701-833-6585 or 701-852-2787. For more information email info@minotarts.org.

NSO Summer Music Institute Finalists
The North Dakota Arts Alliance announces the finalists for the Kennedy Center/National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) Summer Music Institute. The finalists have been submitted to the Kennedy Center, where the NSO judges will chose students from throughout the United States to attend the Institute in Washington, D.C. The Institute is a 4-week summer music program at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, for student instrumentalists. The four ND finalists are: David Boese, Cello - son of Paul and June Boese of Grand Forks; Hannah Porter, Flute - daughter of Tom and Jenifer Porter of Bismarck; Kayla Johnson, Flute - daughter of Dean and Lanette Johnson of  Casselton; and Daryn Zubke, Bassoon - son of Denton and Margaret Zubke of Watford City. more on NSO Institute…

Artist to Artist Workshop

The Artist to Artist workshop is designed to address the needs of teachers and artists who want to push their work with students beyond a school residency model. The workshop explores different ways that artists and teachers work together in the classroom, from a residency to a more collaborative working relationship and what that requires in terms of planning, reflection and continuous improvement in teaching practice that results in increased student achievement. The vision of this workshop is to activate, energize and connect those who are happy to teach and would like to improve at it. Artists and teachers learn from each other, discover mentoring and partnering opportunities with other teaching artists and educators, build bridges to arts organizations and schools, and recognize and replicate good artist-teaching practices. This workshop is sponsored by the North Dakota Council on the Arts, the Perpich Center for Arts Education, the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Plains Art Museum. This workshop takes place May 31-June 1, 9am-4:15pm at the Plains Art Museum. There is no registration fee, but pre-registration is required, space is limited to 30 participants. To learn more and/or to register, contact Linda Ehreth at 701-328-7593; via email at lehreth@nd.gov.

Career Planning for Artists
May 19, 2007, 10am-12pm, at the Clay County Family Services Bldg. 714-11th St. N., Moorhead. Presented by Kathleen Richert, from Springboard for the Arts, the workshops and individual sessions are designed for visual, performing and literary artist. You will be taught the skills you need to promote yourself and your work. This exciting workshop will offer individual artists the opportunity to focus on where they want to be-both artistically and professionally. The workshop concentrates on examining your career and developing a well-thought-out career plan. You can learn how to define your career path, and develop goals and strategies for achieving your objectives. Workshop will consist of a general morning session from 10am-12pm. For artists who are interested in a one on one career consultation, individual one hour sessions may be scheduled from 1-4pm, after the general session. Cost of workshop is $45. Fee for individual session is $45. You may attend either or both. Deadline to register is May 11, 2007. Pre-registration is required, register by email at lrac4@charterinternet.com; call LARAC at 218-739-5780; email admin@fm-arts.com; or call LAAC at 237-6133.

Plains Art Museum's Rolling Plains Art Gallery Calls for North Dakota Communities for 2007/2008 Tour
Bring the Rolling Plains to your town! The Rolling Plains Art Gallery will be touring North Dakota in 2007 and 2008 with its exhibition "Creative Traditions - Living Culture." Rolling Plains is an educational outreach program of the Plains Art Museum developed to provide rural access to art. It is a 48-foot semi-trailer converted into a mobile art gallery. The exhibition space on wheels travels with an artist educator and original artwork, bringing art exhibitions that actively engage people in experiences designed to enhance and develop their appreciation, understanding and connection with art. The deadline for interested communities is April 30, 2007. To learn more and request an application, visit http://www.plainsart.org/ or contact Pam Jacobson, curator of outreach, at 701-232-3821, ext. 127; or 701-238-7614; or via email at pjacobson@plainsart.org.

The Plains of Sweet Regret
The North Dakota Museum of Art is touring its exhibitions around the state and country. Currently, Mary Lucier’s "The Plains of Sweet Regret" is on display at the Lennon, Weinberg, Inc. Gallery in New York. The exhibition, which runs until April 28, 2007, is part of a series of commissions by the Museum that addresses the emptying out of the Northern Plains. Lucier’s work is an eighteen minute, five-channel video installation that incorporates four video projects, two plasma screens and rescued objects and artifacts. As family farms and ranches are being swept away, Lucier asks her audience to re-imagine their place as she takes them through rodeos, abandoned towns and rolling wheat fields. Lucier, in a recent interview with the Brooklyn Rail, explains, "The whole idea of 'sweet regret' isn’t about literally regretting anything, it’s really more about melancholy and longing kept at bay, like the echo of the past in your present or the loss of certain essentials that you will never regain, but you make a path forward anyway." For full text of interview visit: http://www.brooklynrail.org/2007/3/art/mary-lucier. more on "The Plains of Sweet Regret"...

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...

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 idea is to encourage musicians, concert halls, schools, colleges, museums, libraries and public broadcasters to offer special programs on jazz every April. In addition, JAM is intended to stimulate the current jazz scene and encourage people of all ages to participate in jazz--to study the music, attend concerts, listen to jazz on radio and recordings, read books about jazz, and support institutional jazz programs. The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History has designated the month and has enlisted a distinguished roster of federal agencies and departments, nongovernmental organizations, foundations and broadcasting networks. 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/.

Human Resource Experts Say Workers Could Benefit More from Art than from Math and Science
At a forum presented by the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council and the MetLife Foundation, arts educators, HR consultants, and artists discussed the importance of arts education. While math and science are the big talking and testing points in education these days, human resource experts believe that to truly succeed in the global economy tomorrow's workers may benefit most from studying and participating in the arts. Hilary Robinson, dean of the College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University, said that arts education "nurtures many transferable skills, including creativity, innovation, teamwork, lateral thinking, intuitive reasoning, and thinking outside the box". Phyllis Hartman of PGHR Consulting—a strategic human resources planning consulting firm in McCandless, PA—agreed, but said that "there is still a lack of understanding in HR circles of the value of the arts, unless the product or service of the company itself is art." more on "Workers Could Benefit More from Art"… To find out more about the MetLife Foundation National Arts Forums Series, please contact Private-Sector Programs Manager Jay House at jhouse@artsusa.org.

Importance of Arts-Based Learning
With the rapid changes taking place in today's global economy, society, and technology, there is an increasing recognition in the business world that companies will need to radically rethink their methods of innovation, leadership, and problem-solving in order to survive in the future. As it becomes clearer that innovative thinkers are a scarce resource, business schools worldwide are adding arts-based courses to their curricula, top recruiters are scouting M.F.A.s, and major corporations are engaging artists to develop creative new business models. For more information on Americans for the Arts program on arts-based learning for businesses, please visit http://ww3.artsusa.org/private_sector_affairs/arts_and_business_council/programs/creativity_connection/default_sales.asp.

Prairie Arts Management Institute 2007 Practical Arts Leadership Training
Professional development, and practical training for staff of small and mid-sized community arts organizations.
June 5-8, 2007 Tuesday night through Friday night, Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD. Register at http://www.sdarts.org/pami/index.htm. Registration Fee is $350 prior to April 30, 2007; $400 after April 30, 2007. Register on-line and pay with PayPal or Print the registration form and mail in payment. more information on the PAMI Institute...

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 available on the NDCA web site!

Did you Know...

In 2006, 574,596 U.S. businesses participated in the production or distribution of art and employed nearly 3 million people.
Americans for the Arts, Creative Industries Report, 2006. more on North Dakota's Report...

In fiscal year 2006, state arts agencies invested $327.5 million in creating and sustaining arts infrastructures in communities across the nation.
National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, Legislative Appropriations Annual Survey, FY 2006

Other Resources

Sell Your Arts/Crafts Online at PrairieWorksMall.com
Prairie Works
is organized to empower rural and isolated North Dakota artists and artisans to market their crafts and gain access to professional networks. Its purpose is to promote access to, and development of, arts in rural and tribal communities in North Dakota. Prairie Works is an organization founded to continue the art and craft heritage of rural ND artists by providing a source to market and sell their creative products. Prairie Works is providing the On-Line Gallery, a web site to sell art and craft work that ND artists, crafters and art entrepreneurs have created. The arts/crafts of Prairie Works will consist of quality, originality, creativity, and use of appropriate techniques. All work must be handmade by the ND artisan. For more information; to become a member; and/or to sell your arts/crafts online, please visit http://www.prairieworksmall.com/.

Self Employment in the Arts (SEA)
The focus of SEA is on the business of art. SEA was created with the idea that more artists will succeed if they have business skills, knowledge, resources, and contacts. Through artist-led conferences, a website full of resources and articles, and educational tools like the award winning Entrepreneurial Artist DVD; SEA helps artists turn their passions into a living. SEA is for college students, serious high school students, artists, and educators. Their mission is to provide educational resources to help aspiring artists gain the entrepreneurial knowledge and skills needed to establish and maintain a career as an independent artist. more on SEA...

"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.

United States Artists (USA)
USA is a new organization dedicated to the support of America's finest living artists. Artists now have a home where they may find significant private funding to ignite the creativity that makes this country great. USA was launched in September 2005 with $20 million in seed funding provided by a coalition of leading foundations—Ford, Rockefeller, Prudential, and Rasmuson—in an act of unprecedented private investment in individual artists and the creative potential of America. Their initial investment enables them to pilot the USA Fellows program, awarding unrestricted $50,000 grants to fifty artists each year beginning in 2006. USA's long-term vision is to create an organization dedicated to the unlimited promise of our finest artists. Their horizon line is not three, five, or 25 years, but rather 100 years and beyond. Building on their base of private funding, their aspiration is to be permanently endowed. more on United States Artists…

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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