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December 2006

Welcome to e-Prairie Arts! This electronic newsletter supplements our printed newsletter, Prairie Arts, which is published 3 times per year. e-Prairie Arts will be distributed during the months of February, March, April, June, July, August, October, November and December. If you know of anyone else who would like to receive e-Prairie Arts, please e-mail amschmid@nd.gov.

Statewide News

Two NDCA Grant Programs Now Available Online
The North Dakota Council on the Arts is excited to announce that we are transitioning to a new online grant system. The new system is designed to simplify and expedite the grant application process. Currently the Special Projects and Institutional Support (IS) grants are available. If you are applying for the Institutional Support grant it is mandatory that you complete your application through NDCA's new online grant system. The IS deadline is March 15, 2007. To access the new grant system please visit
http://northdakota.cgweb.org/. Once there, please review the instructions on the home page for completing an online grant application, once you have reviewed this information you will need to enter your profile information. To do so, scroll to the bottom of the home page where you will find "New to the site? Click Here to create a new profile." Once you have entered your profile information and you are ready to start your application, please click on the "Current Programs & Applications" menu tab. Then select the application program you wish to apply for. If you have questions, there is a "Tech Tips" icon on the top right hand section of each page, or you can email jwebb@nd.gov or amschmid@nd.gov and/or call NDCA's office at 328-7590. We hope to have the remaining NDCA grant programs integrated into the online grant system by the Spring of 2007.

Date Set for the North Dakota State Tree Lighting Ceremony
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 ceremony will be conducted by Governor John Hoeven and First Lady Mikey Hoeven on Thursday, December 7 at 5:00 p.m. in the Memorial Hall of the Capitol Building in Bismarck. Live entertainment will be provided by Northern Plains Ballet and a University of Mary Christmas Brass. The ceremony is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony. The tree will be decorated with ornaments handmade by children, students, artists and craftspeople from all over North Dakota, as has been the tradition since 1981. A descriptive listing of the ornaments will be available at the ceremony.

"Showcase North Dakota" Christmas at the Capitol December 26-29, 2006
Showcase North Dakota is a week full of entertainment and fun! Following are all of the details for this event: The *Snow Angel Record* takes place on the Capitol Mall at 1pm on Tuesday, Dec 26. Entertainment will be provided in the Legislative Hall each day. On Tuesday, Dec 26, entertainment will be proved by the Fauske Fiddlers, River Bend Conservatory of Music and Old Hat; Wednesday, Dec 27: Capitol City Cloggers; Thursday, Dec 28: Teen Challenge Choir and The Old Lady Thinks I’m Bowling; and Friday, Dec 29: Family Folk, Good Fortune Quartet, Elks Chorus and the Northern Lights Chorus. A North Dakota Professional Artist Art Show/Sale in the North Dakota Heritage Center takes place on Wednesday, Dec 27 and Thursday, Dec 28 from 9am to 5pm. Artists will have their artwork on display for purchase. Currently the professional artist planning to participate include: Monte & Emily Yellow Bird, Lila Christensen, Linda Olson, Sarah Regan Snavely, Beth Weiss, Sandi Dahl, Conie Bruse, Fred & Margaret Brademeyer, Michelle Lindslom, Trevor Hirst, Eloi Cyril, Nancy Brown & Margaret Lee, Sue Fink, Tama Smith, Tam Goodman, and Barb Nechiporenko. In the Memorial Hall student artwork from approximately 14 students at Bismarck High School will be on display Wednesday, Dec 27, and State Employee Arts and Crafts will be on display Thursday, Dec 28. State Agency Showcases will also be in the Memorial Hall from 1:30-4pm each day throughout the week. A showcase of trees decorated by organizations and individuals will be on display in the capitol complex buildings from Dec 12 through Jan 2, 2007. Hope to see you there - bring your family and friends! For more information please contact Ronda Berg at 328-2472, Marilyn Snyder at 328-2792, or Amy Schmidt at 328-7594. Happy Holidays! more on Showcase North Dakota...

"Celebrate the Night" in Grand Forks!
First Night® Greater Grand Forks is a unique, entertaining and safe way to usher in the New Year. Celebrating the first night of the New Year, this event fosters appreciation of visual arts, performing arts and cultural activities through a community, family-oriented, alcohol-free and smoke-free setting. The First Night® celebrations create an atmosphere in which children and teenagers can join with parents and grandparents in welcoming in the New Year. This year’s event is themed "Celebrate the Night." Fireworks at midnight top off the celebration. Admission is $8 in advance, $10 at the door, children 5 and under are free. For more information and a complete schedule of events, please visit http://www.firstnightggf.org/.

Art Teachers Needed for Children and Adult Classes

Theo Art School would like to hire experienced art teachers to teach art classes for children, as well as adults, in the Frances Leach High Prairie Arts and Science Complex in Bismarck or in after-school classes at elementary schools in Bismarck and Mandan. Theo Art School offers three sessions each year: Winter/Spring, Summer and Fall. Theo is presently looking for teachers to propose creative and imaginative classes for the Winter/Spring session. Many requests have been received for Theo Art School to offer pottery classes. Please submit a resume and application letter to: Theo Art School, 1810 Schafer St, Ste. 5, Bismarck, ND 58501. If you have any questions, please call 222-6452.

American Mothers, Inc. Annual Literature, Art and Music Competition
The ND Chapter of American Mothers, Inc. is seeking entries for their annual Literature, Art and Music competition. The competition is open to all mothers. The Literature competition categories are poetry, short fiction, and essay or article. Vo
cal competition requires a recording made of one classical song or aria, one 20th century or music theater song or lullaby. Art categories include oil or acrylic paintings, watercolor, pastels, mixed media, photography, crafts and computer graphics. North Dakota winners will be honored and receive the opportunity to go on to the National competition. Entries must be submitted by December 20, 2006. For information and an application, please call Mary Ann Hagen at 228-2998 or visit www.americanmothers.org/aliceabelcompetition.cfm.

North Dakota Commemorative Quarter Sets Available
A special Commemorative Quarter Set is available through NDCA's office, 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. Great for Christmas gifts, stocking stuffers, collectors and for souvenirs! 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.


National News

100% of Arts Ballot Measures Pass Overwhelmingly Across the Country
This was a successful election year for the arts. Americans showed their overwhelming support for the arts and arts education by approving local and state ballot measures and by electing pro-arts candidates at the local, state, and federal levels. Eleven out of 11 local and state ballot initiatives passed overwhelmingly in the following cities and counties: Akron (OH); Alameda County (CA) (San Leandro and Berkeley); Austin (TX); Cuyahoga County (OH); Louisiana; Marin County, (CA); Portland, OR; Salt Lake County (UT); San Francisco (CA); and Santa Clara County (CA). The state measure was passed in Louisiana. These local and state measures will infuse millions of dollars for arts education programs in local schools and increased funding for cultural facilities and general operating support for nonprofit arts organizations. more information on Arts Measures…

President Bush Nominates Six New Members To National Council On The Arts
President George W. Bush announced his intent to nominate six new members to serve on the National Council on the Arts, the advisory body of the National Endowment for the Arts. The nominations will be sent to the Senate. The appointments are: Ben Donenberg, theater producer and arts educator, Los Angeles, CA; Chico Hamilton, NEA Jazz Master percussionist, New York, NY; Joan Israelite, local arts agency executive, Lee's Summit, MO; Charlotte Kessler, arts patron, New Albany, OH; Bret Lott, author, Baton Rouge, LA; and Frank Price, film industry executive, Pacific Palisades, CA. "The National Council on the Arts provides important and invaluable advice and counsel to the Arts Endowment," said NEA Chairman Dana Gioia. "The President has appointed a group of artists and patrons who bring the passion, expertise, and commitment necessary to perform this duty on behalf of the American people. The entire NEA staff looks forward to working with all of our new Council members." more on National Council Members…

2007 International Symposium on the Arts in Society, New York
February 23-25, 2007. Held in collaboration with New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and its Center for Art and Public Policy. This mid-year Arts Symposium will address a range of critically important themes relating to the arts today. The symposium will run in conjunction with The Armory Show International Art Fair, one of the leading and largest visual art fairs in the world. Conference presenters will include artists and organizers involved in The Armory Show, as well as leading theorists and practitioners from NYU and our International Advisory Board. The general theme of the symposium is Arts and Public Reception. Symposium speakers and performers will include leading contributors in all areas of the arts - artists, curators, writers, theorists and policymakers - as well as papers, colloquia and workshop presentations by artists in all disciplines (visual, performing and literary) and arts researchers. This is a symposium for any person with an interest in, and a concern for, arts practice, arts theory and research, curatorial and museum studies, and arts education in any of its forms and in any of its sites. The organizing committee is currently inviting proposals to present at the 2007 Arts Symposium. The purpose of both this Arts Symposium and the annual Arts Conference is to create an intellectual frame of reference for the arts and arts practices, and to create an interdisciplinary conversation on the role of the arts in society. They are intended as a place for critical engagement, examination, and experimentation of ideas that connect the arts to their contexts in the world, on stage, in museums and galleries, on the streets, and in communities. more information on the International Symposium…

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 amschmid@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...

In 1878 the alumni of Thomas Jefferson University, a medical school in Philadelphia, paid $200 for a painting depicting a revered professor, Dr. Samuel D. Gross, performing a gory operation on a man's thigh. Today that work, ''The Gross Clinic,'' by Thomas Eakins, is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest canvases of American Art. The University’s board voted to sell its prized 1875 painting for $68 million to the National Gallery of Art and the new Crystal Bridges Museum of Art. That sum is a record for an artwork created in the United States before World War II.
~ The New York Times, November 11, 2006

Canadians shelling out more to support arts - A new report from Hill Strategies Research shows that Canadians are giving more money to the arts than ever before. The report, Individual Donors to Arts and Culture Organizations in Canada in 2004, examined Statistic Canada data and found that 732,000 Canadians 15 years of age or older gave a total of $188-million to arts and culture organizations in 2004. This represents, on average, a donation of $257 per donor and is a record high.
~ Globe and Mail (Canada) Thursday, November 23, 2006

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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