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August 2006

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Statewide News

North Dakota Commemorative Quarter Sets Available August 30, 2006
The North Dakota Quarter, one of the newest commemorative quarter-dollar coins in the United States Mint’s 50 State Quarters® Program, will be released at a special launch ceremony scheduled for Wednesday, August 30, 2006, at 11:00 am on the State Capitol Mall. The Office of the First Lady will unveil a special Commemorative Quarter Set that will be available at the launch ceremony, and online, offering an opportunity to purchase never-circulated, North Dakota quarters in a collectible case for $5.00. Each set will include one quarter from the U.S. Mint at Denver and one from the U.S. Mint at Philadelphia. The size of the commemorative set is approximately 3 1/2" x 2 1/2" and includes a plastic display case. Very limited quantities of the sets will be available in one-of-a-kind, hand-decorated leather pouches by Native American artist Marvin Bald Eagle Youngman for $100.00. Proceeds from the sale of the Commemorative Quarter Sets will benefit the ND Cultural Endowment Fund, which was created by the State Legislature in 1979 to assist the North Dakota Council on the Arts in providing artistic opportunities for citizens throughout the state of North Dakota. For more information, or to purchase the North Dakota Commemorative Quarter Set, please visit www.nd.gov/arts; email amschmid@nd.gov; or call 701-328-7594.

Capital A'Fair 2006
Bismarck Art & Galleries Association will host the 32nd Annual Capital A'Fair, August 5 and 6 on the ND State Capitol grounds. Capital A'Fair is one of the areas largest summer art fairs featuring over 120 artisans from across the country. Other activities include tempting food booths, pottery demonstrations, children's activities, bracelet making demonstrations, temporary tattoo booth, puppet productions and a sock puppet workshop. more on Capital A'Fair...

Search is On for
North Dakota’s Next Star
Senator Kent Conrad and Agriculture Commissioner Roger Johnson unveiled plans for the Marketplace Talent Search and are calling for entries for the state’s new and exciting musi
cal talent search competition. “We are looking to shine the spotlight on North Dakota’s bright new talents,” Senator Conrad and Commissioner Johnson said. “We want to help them turn their dreams of stardom into reality. Who knows, the prairie could be the home of the next pop superstar.” The Marketplace Talent Search will be held in conjunction with Marketplace for Entrepreneurs, North Dakota’s largest and longest-running economic development conference. The statewide talent search is open to all vocal musicians. Entrants will be invited to audition in one of four regional competitions set to take place in Bismarck, Minot, Fargo and Grand Forks in September and October. There they will have the opportunity to perform a single song in front of a live audience and a judging panel of music industry professionals and local radio representatives. Contestants will be judged on originality, musicianship, and overall appeal. more on ND Talent Search...

The North Dakota Council on the Arts is Proud to be a Sponsor of the Lewis & Clark Signature Event
The Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation will be hosting the 14th National Bicentennial Signature Event August 17 – 20, 2006 at the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. On August 12, 1806 Lewis and Clark Reunited on the
Missouri River near the present-day headquarters of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation. The expedition traveled on to the Knife River Hidatsa and Mandan villages and days later, bid farewell to their interpreters Sakakawea and Toussaint Charbonneau. On August 20, 1806 the expedition left what is now North Dakota. The major themes of this Signature Event will center around Sakakawea and her life before, during, and after the expedition; the Missouri River and its impact on the lives of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara and other tribes that hold this river sacred; tribal leadership and the political, social, and ceremonial organization of tribes 200 years ago and today; tribal networks; and international trade. This four-day event will feature scholarly symposia; reenactments and dramatic presentations; an art exhibition and a trade fair; indigenous games; land and water parades; singing and traditional dance competitions and a fur trade rendezvous. more on the Signature Event…

New Arts in Education Grant Program Available Through the NDCA
Schools and Artists as Learning Teams (SALT) is a statewide professional development grant program for K-12 schools and their arts partners that supports and strengthens partnerships between North Dakota schools, artists, and community arts organizations.  Schools and their arts partners develop long-term partnerships that build the capacity of the school and the arts partner to provide meaningful learning experiences in and through the arts to improve student achievement. The grant can be renewed for up to three years, dependent on legislative funding, which allows the opportunity to stretch and explore what it means to work collaboratively. Eligible applicants must be a North Dakota K-12 public school or a 501©3 nonprofit arts organization that works with students during the regular school day; and have participated in an Artist in Residence grant from NDCA. The grant award is $5,000 for the year with a minimum school match of $1,250 (required). The match must underwrite the costs of new activities associated with the proposed SALT project. Teams who are funded and successfully progress on their project plans will have the opportunity to renew their funding for additional years. Peer coaches are assigned to a learning team at the start of the grant period. Application deadline is September 6, 2006 (postmark). For more information or application materials, please contact Linda Ehreth at 701-328-7593; or via email at lehreth@nd.gov.

August is American Artist Appreciation Month
Take the opportunity to appreciate all the artists in your life and celebrate your own artistic abilities. Art comes in all forms - keep creativity alive and vibrant!

National News

Attention! Arts Education Advocates!
Are you concerned with the state of arts education in America? If so, your help is needed to ensure a place for the arts in every child's education. The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), which authorizes the U.S. Department of Education’s major programs for public schools, is up for reauthorization next year. Congress has recently begun preliminary hearings and will continue to gather information and feedback through early next year, when an actual drafting process will begin.  As Congress starts this process, it is important that arts advocates speak up and make their support for arts education known. Currently, the Commission on No Child Left Behind, a bipartisan independent commission, is soliciting comments in all areas of K-12 education. The Commission will make formal recommendations to Congress in early 2007. To facilitate the collection of these comments, Americans for the Arts has designed a webpage that will send your comments to both the Commission and to your congressional delegation.  Please visit the Americans for the Arts E-Advocacy Center and send your comments to the Commission on No Child Left Behind. Your action today will help secure an integral place for the arts in schools tomorrow.

Program for Young Artists
The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts is accepting 2006-2007 registrations from young artists for its talent search program. The program recognizes students entering their senior year of high school, or students age 17 or 18 by December 1, in nine disciplines: dance, film and video, classical, pop and jazz music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice and writing. The awards package includes cash prizes and a chance to be named a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Each year, the foundation also selects 160 artists to participate in its art week, which includes performances, master classes, workshops, readings, exhibits and enrichment activities in January in Miami. The final registration deadline is October 2, and the deadline for submitting audition and/or portfolio materials is November 1, 2006. more on NFAA program and how to register…

NEA Grant Opportunity ~ The Big Read
The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, in partnership with the
Institute of Museum and Library Services, and in cooperation with Arts Midwest. It is designed to revitalize the role of literature in American popular culture and bring the transformative power of literature into the lives of its citizens. The Big Read works with multiple partners across the country to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment. Approximately 100 organizations of varying sizes in all 50 states will be selected through two selection cycles to participate in The Big Read in 2007. Approximately 50 organizations will be selected for programming occurring between January and June 2007 - deadline for these applications is September 12, 2006; and approximately 50 organizations will be selected for programming occurring between September and December 2007 - deadline for these applications will be in April 2007 (guidelines will be available in February 2007).  more on The Big Read…

2006 Midwest Arts Conference

Midwest Arts Conference, one of the nation's largest booking and educational conferences for the performing arts, will be held September 13-16, 2006 in Little Rock, AR. For more information, visit http://www.artsmidwest.org/programs/mac06.asp or contact Ann Christensen at ann@artsmidwest.org or 612/341-0755 x17.

National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts' 69th National Convention
The National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts will host its 69th national convention, the Conference for Community Arts Education, in Phoenix, AZ, from October 31 – November 4, 2006.  350 leaders of community-based arts education organizations from 45 states will attend to share information and ideas, learn from experts in the field, and set the direction for the future of the community arts education field.  The Conference is the only national event of its kind in the U.S.  Nationally renowned leaders in the fields of advocacy, arts integration, arts education assessment, board development, curriculum, evaluation, finance, fund raising, marketing / public relations, management, partnerships, planning, research, and technology, will lead sessions.  Two pre-conference institutes, on arts education partnerships and outcome-based evaluation, are also planned.  Staff, faculty, trustees and volunteers at community-based arts education organizations and programs are encouraged to attend.  Detailed program, schedule and registration information is available at www.communityartsed.org or by phone at (212) 268-3337 x 18.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' Board Member Seminar, October 19-21, 2006
Board members of most not-for-profit arts organizations are faced with many challenges: developing strategic plans, evaluating and approving budgets, hiring senior administrative and artistic staff, and leading fundraising campaigns.  Too few Board members have experience and/or skills in how to facilitate the effectiveness of organizations to succeed at their missions while navigating these challenges.  As a result, many board members must rely too heavily on conventional wisdom as they attempt to fulfill their roles. We encourage teams of current and potential board members and senior staff from arts organizations throughout the country to participate in this practical and user-friendly seminar.  The senior staff of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will lead teams in discussions promoting more effective and efficient board leadership.  During this seminar, participants will learn how to delve into not-for-profit financial statements, how to select creative, resourceful, and forward-thinking individuals to lead their organizations, how to evaluate and implement fundraising campaigns, and the importance of and techniques for building institutional identity.  Building on the success of last year's seminar, this year the seminar will be held October 19-21, 2006 and in Spring 2007 (dates to be determined)..... more on Board Member Seminar...

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 comserv@nd.gov.

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!

Did you Know...

The most valuable Warhol picture was a screen print, entitled "Orange Marilyn" (Monroe). It sold for $17.3 million dollars at auction in May 1998.
~ www.famousartreproductions.com/factsaboutart.html

A study released by the Guggenheim Museum suggests that arts education helps students learn in other subjects. "The study found that students in the program performed better in six categories of literacy and critical thinking skills — including thorough description, hypothesizing and reasoning — than did students who were not in the program."
~ The New York Times 07/27/06

Other Resources

Tools for Nonprofit Organizations

Idealist.org has compiled a list of the most useful sites they have found on the Web for individuals starting, managing and funding a nonprofit organization.

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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