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December 2005

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Statewide News

Reminder - The North Dakota State Tree Lighting Ceremony is Tuesday, December 6 at 5:00 p.m. The North Dakota Council on the Arts, along with the Governor's Office and Facility Management, invites the general public to the Lighting Ceremony for the North Dakota State Christmas Tree. The free ceremony will be conducted by Governor John Hoeven and First Lady Mikey Hoeven on Tuesday, December 6 at 5:00 p.m. in the Memorial Hall of the Capitol Building in Bismarck.

Art Contest Invitation for Elementary, Jr. High, High School and Adults Colorado Medieval Festival (c) 2006. This juried contest has NO entry fee and there is $500.00 in Cash Awards being offered by Colorado Medieval Festival (c) for the best Art works. Awards are being made to the first 3 Places in each group and Honorable Mention. Categories are Elementary, Jr. High, High School and Adults. Entries will be accepted starting January 1, 2006, and all entries must be received by March 31, 2006. Jury begins evaluating the art works starting April 1, 2006. more on art contest...

The Greater Grand Forks Marketing Services Partnership is Hosting the Following Events:
A Presentation on Public Participation in the Arts, from 8:30-10:30 a.m., and Continuous Learning: Audience Research Methods and Practice Workshop, from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public, and will take place on Wednesday, December 7, at the James C Ray Idea Lab, located at the Ina Mae Rude Entrepreneur Center, 4200 James Ray Drive on the UND Campus. more on GGF marketing...

Worldwide Instructor Robert Burridge to Teach a Marketing Workshop
An information-packed workshop presentation, "HOW TO CASH IN WITHOUT SELLING OUT," combined with "GOOF-PROOF PHOTOGRAPHY" will be held May 13, 2006, at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead. Mr. Burridge has successfully assembled and compiled almost everything that an artist should know on how to sell their art. For more information on the Red River Watercolor Society Marketing workshop call Carmen Bruhn at 237-3669. more on Robert...
National News

Grants Available from the Starbucks Foundation
Our commitment to youth Inspired by Jonathan Kozol’s 1995 book Amazing Grace about children in the South Bronx, Howard Schultz, Starbucks founder and chairman, established the Starbucks Foundation in 1997.The mission: to create hope, discovery and opportunity in communities where Starbucks partners (employees) live and work. The Starbucks Foundation invites letters of inquiry from qualifying 501 (c) 3 organizations that work with underserved youth in the fields of literacy (reading, writing and creative/media arts) and environmental literacy. Starbucks supports literacy programs through its foundation grants. Grants range from $5,000-$20,000.
Cultural, Heritage and Tourism Leaders Lend Support to the Revitalization of the Gulf Coast Region
The loss of revenue from tourism and culture has had a major impact in the areas hit by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, which devastated many Gulf Coast historic sites and brought New Orleans' tourist-driven economy to its knees. Many of the region's irreplaceable cultural and historic resources are gone forever. However, in the midst of this devastation there is a vision of hope and opportunity for the revitalization of this area. more on support…

Event and Exhibit Calendars, and Arts Opportunities

Upcoming Events and Exhibits calendars on the NDCA web site

If you have events that you would like included on the NDCA Calendar of Events, please email them to mailto:comserv@nd.gov?subject=e-Prairie Arts: Upcoming Events.

Arts Opportunities on the NDCA web site

Did you Know...

Playing music can be good for your brain - Stanford study finds it helps the understanding of language. (San Francisco Chronicle) more on music…

The most expensive painting ever sold at auction was Portrait of Dr. Gachet, created by Vincent Van Gogh. It became the world's most visible work of art, only to vanish from view - its whereabouts is still a mystery. At Christie's auction house in New York, a Tokyo art dealer acquired Portrait of Dr. Gachet on behalf of an unknown client, for a total of $82.5 million. (U.S.News Online) more on painting...

Other Resources

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.

The North Dakota Arts Alliance/Alliance for Arts Education is a state network dedicated to education and advocacy for the arts and arts education. The Alliance is a member of the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network, and is funded by membership contributions, the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the North Dakota Council on the Arts.

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