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North Dakota Council on the Arts
December 2008

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Statewide News

Join Governor and Mrs. Hoeven, and NDCA at the State Tree Lighting Ceremony December 9th!
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 Tuesday, December 9 at 5:00 p.m. in the Memorial Hall of the Capitol Building in Bismarck. Live entertainment will be provided by Northern Plains Ballet, an Ensemble from the Bismarck-Mandan Civic Chorus, and Kylie Helm, Junior Teen Miss North Dakota, will read a poem dedicated to our military friends and loved ones serving oversees. 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. This year, 308 ornaments were donated to the State tree. A descriptive listing of the ornaments will be available at the ceremony.

2008 Special Edition OrnamentJust in Time for the Holidays - Get Your Special Edition Ornament Today!
NDCA announces the second annual Special Edition Ornament which is now available for purchase! Robin Reynolds, the owner and operator of Dacotah Clayworks in Hebron, was commissioned by NDCA to create this unique, small handled basket ornament. Reynolds forms her pottery with local clay mined by the Hebron Brick Co. She processes their rough material into a clay body suitable for pottery making. Native clays from the
Badlands are gathered, making earthen slip-glazes to finish her rustic ware. This ornament offers a unique opportunity to purchase a special, hand-made Christmas decoration and/or gift, while investing in the arts across the state. Limited quantities will be available for $25.00 (includes gift box and a candy). Proceeds benefit the ND Cultural Endowment Fund, which was created by the State Legislature in 1979 to assist NDCA in providing artistic opportunities for citizens throughout the state of North Dakota. To purchase your Special Edition Ornament, call 328-7590.

First Night® Greater Grand Forks New Year's Eve Celebration
First Night® Greater Grand Forks is a New Year’s Eve arts, cultural, and entertainment festival for everyone. Several entertainment options on various stages throughout downtown Grand Forks and East Grand Forks come alive with musicians, dancers, artists, magicians, jugglers, and comedians. 
Shuttle buses run continuously to all sites throughout the evening. In addition to the entertainment stages, the event includes an ice garden where sculptors have carved intricate designs in ice to create magnificent works of art, a children’s hands-on crafts and activity area, and fireworks at midnight to top off our celebration. A variety of regional talent, both well known and obscure will be featured. With the purchase of an admission button, a wide variety of entertainment can be enjoyed all evening ending with a dazzling display of fireworks marking the beginning of the First Night® of the New Year. The festival is alcohol-free and open to everyone. For more information, visit http://www.firstnightggf.org/.

Vienna Boys Choir is Coming to
The world famous Vienna Boys Choir will be in Bismarck for one special evening, February 17, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. at the Belle Mehus City Auditorium. Public ticket sales begin Friday, December 5, at 9:00 a.m. and will be priced $25-$100, with $5 discounts to senior citizens 65 and older, students with I.D., and people with disabilities. These can be purchased at the Dakota West Arts Council office at 215 N. Sixth Street in the WW Memorial Building. Cash or check only. This event is sponsored by Dakota West Arts Council. For more information, call 222-6640.

Call for Nominations - Don't Forget to Submit Your Nomination for NDCA's 2009 Governor’s Awards for the Arts

The Governor’s Awards for the Arts are biennial awards presented to individuals, organizations, educators, and businesses who consistently strive to better their communities through their commitment to the arts. Nominations can be made in the following categories: Individual achievement (artist, staff, volunteer, administrator); Arts organization; Arts in education (teacher, administrator, school); and Private business. Nomination deadline is January 15, 2009. The awards will be presented at a special public event on April 7, 2009, at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck. For a nomination form and more information, visit www.nd.gov/arts/Gov_Award_Conf/Nominations-08.pdf; email amschmid@nd.gov; or call 328-7590.

Minot History Wanted!
Mouse River Players Community Theatre is planning for a historical drama presentation in March. In conjunction with this, they are asking for anyone who is willing to share their memories of the 1920's and 1930's in Minot to contact Holly Eidsness at 839-8210 or leave a message at the theater office at 838-3939.


Over 60 artists responded to the call to participate in a statewide exhibition celebrating the arts in North Dakota. Hailing from all corners of the state, visual artists, writers, musicians and videographers submitted work to be included in the exhibition ARTS DAKOTA. The North Dakota Art Gallery Association, New Bohemia, ND and the North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA) sponsored this exhibition to celebrate the Council’s 40th Anniversary. Focusing exclusively on North Dakota artists, ARTS DAKOTA showcases many of North Dakota’s finest creative personalities, both professional and amateur. To learn more and to view the touring schedule, visit Arts Dakota.

National News

New PSA Encourages "More Arts"
Sponsored by Americans for the Arts, National Association of Music Merchants, and the American Ad Council, "The Arts. Ask for More." is a new public service announcement
PSA campaign was created to increase involvement in championing arts education both in and out of school. The PSAs use the popular Disney Little Einsteins™ characters to inspire children to play music, dance, and draw with their friends and family. The Arts: Allow kids to express themselves creatively and bolster their self-confidence; Teach kids to be more tolerant and open; Improve kids’ overall academic performance; Show that kids actively engaged in arts education are likely to have higher SAT scores than those with little to no arts involvement; Develop skills needed by the 21st century workforce: critical thinking, creative problem solving, effective communication, team work and more; and Keep students engaged in school and less likely to drop out. Click here to view the PSA and visit http://www.americansforthearts.org/ for 10 simple ways to get more art in the lives of children.

January USArtists International Deadline Approaching!
USArtists International has recently expanded its aesthetic and geographic parameters and now includes support for American dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo artists invited to perform at significant international festivals anywhere in the world outside the United States and its territories. The application deadline for the next grant round of the program will be on Friday, January 9, 2009
for engagements taking place between March 1, 2009 and February 28, 2010. A copy of program guidelines and application are available at http://www.midatlanticarts.org/. Questions about USArtists International should be directed to Marie Suzuki, Program Associate, International at marie@midatlanticarts.org or via telephone at 410-539-6656 x113. Contact via email at: karen@midatlanticarts.org; or web: http://www.midatlanticarts.org/.

Leveraging Investments in Creativity Announces Next Cycle of ARTOGRAPHY
Deadline: January 30, 2009. New York-based Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC) is launching a new cycle of grants open to all exemplary, diverse American arts organizations through its grantmaking program, ARTOGRAPHY: Arts in a Changing America. Two-year grants under the ARTOGRAPHY program will focus funds on how organizations can be more actively engaged in documenting what they do and sharing the lessons nationally. Mid-size arts organizations that fit the scope of this program are encouraged to submit a preliminary grant proposal. LINC is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to enhance the capacity of artists to create work, build social capital, and contribute to democratic values. ARTOGRAPHY is offered by LINC with funding from the Ford Foundation. For more information and to apply, visit http://artsinachangingamerica.net/.

5th Annual Custer Stampede Buffalo Art Auction in Custer City, SD
Applications are due from artists by January 31, 2009. The event is a public art project with artwork displayed from Memorial weekend through the auction weekend, September 25 & 26. Auction weekend activities are held in conjunction with the Custer State Park Buffalo Round up and Arts Festival. All artist application information can be found on the Custer Stampede Buffalo Art Auction website, http://www.custerstampede.com/.

National Endowment for the Arts Issues Research Note on Women Artists: 1990 to 2005

Gender pay gap persists among full-time working artists. A new National Endowment for the Arts research note shows that women are making gains in traditionally male artist occupations, but still earn less than male artists. Women Artists: 1990-2005 takes a closer look at female artist employment trends that were previously mentioned in the May 2008 NEA report Artists in the Workforce: 1990-2005. For the full press release and research note, visit www.arts.gov/news/news08/WomenArtists.html.

Art Calendar Launches The
Alliance of Professional Artists – A National Artist Association
Art Calendar announces the launch of The Alliance of Professional Artists. The APA is a national artist organization committed to supporting and educating art-driven individuals and groups, while serving as an advocate for the art community. Art Calendar, the business magazine for visual artists, launched this organization with the intention to unite artists for mutual support in the spirit of friendship and cooperation, and provide an outlet for education and change. APA members have access to discounted health insurance, prescription drug discounts, art supply and printing discounts and more. To serve as an education resource, the APA will provide all members a subscription to Art Calendar magazine. Members also have access to educational webinars. Upcoming features will include access to sample resumes, artist statements, consignment contracts and a monthly e-newsletter providing the most up-to-date income opportunities available and current industry news. Membership is open to individual artists, art schools, museums, galleries, studios, art organizations, communities, associations, foundations and more. For more information about The Alliance of Professional Artists including membership rates and affiliate sponsorships, visit http://www.allproartists.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 available on the NDCA web site!

Did you Know...

The Arts are Seen as Key to Workers Who are "Ready to Innovate"
U.S. employers rated creativity/innovation among the top five skills that will be in high demand during the next five years, and ranked it among the top challenges facing CEOs. But, are the arts being connected to creativity? "Ready to Innovate," a new study conducted by the Conference Board, Americans for the Arts, and the American Association of School Administrators provides the first research-based evidence that shows the answer is "yes." Business leaders identified "arts-related study in college" and "self-employed work" as the top two indicators of creativity, while school superintendents ranked arts degree study as the highest indicator of creativity. Yet, the study also reveals that fewer than 10 percent of companies provide creativity training to all their employees, and school superintendents provide arts classes primarily on an elective basis. The report offers this promising conclusion: "…both sectors see involvement in the arts and other work experience as markers of creativity…it is clear that the arts—music, creative writing, drawing, dance—provide skills sought by employers of the third millennium." For more information, visit: www.AmericansForTheArts.org/go/policyroundtable.
~ Americans for the Arts November 2008 Monthly Wire

Other Resources

Applying for 501(c) Status Without a Lawyer
The IRS has created a new website (http://www.stayexempt.org/) that enables new organizations to apply for 501(c) status without using a lawyer. This site is helpful and easy to follow.

Art Calendar

Art Calendar is the industry’s foremost business magazine for visual artists. Founded in 1986, Art Calendar acts as a beacon to guide artists on their journey toward making a living with their art. Written by knowledgeable industry pros and successful working artists, Art Calendar offers practical business advice on subjects such as art marketing, art law, portfolio development, exhibition presentation, communication skills and sales techniques, as well as advanced technical applications of photography, computer and Web tools. It also offers the most extensive and recent listings of Calls to Artists, including galleries reviewing portfolios, juried competitions, grants, fellowships, festivals, publishing opportunities and residencies. Best described as “The Artist’s Guide to Making It,” Art Calendar is the only subscription-driven, business-oriented magazine published specifically for visual artists. Art Calendar enables professional artists to make a living doing what they love. Offering innovative ideas, along with all of the necessary tools to sell their work and further their careers, Art Calendar has established itself as the ultimate resource for visual artists. http://www.artcalendar.com/; http://www.artscuttlebutt.com/; http://www.craftercircle.com/.

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/.

Online Arts Job Resource
Americans for the Arts have created an online arts job resource for employers and employees to come together. This new resource can be accessed by visiting http://jobbank.artsusa.org/search.cfm.

Prairie Independent
Introducing the "Prairie Independent" Bismarck-Mandan's newest community newspaper of people, places and events. The "Prairie Independent" is available at over 130 locations including community coffee shops, restaurants, waiting rooms, bars, entertainment centers, convenience stores, churches and at the Prairie Independent office. The "Prairie Independent" is a Free publication, if you are interested in advertising availability or offering the "Prairie Independent" to your customers, please contact Don Morrison at don@ndpeople.org, or 527-0060.

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…

Artists' Health Insurance Resource Center
The Artists’ Health Insurance Resource Center (AHIRC) database was created in 1998 by The Actors’ Fund of America, with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, as a health insurance resource for artists and people in the entertainment industry. Since then, with support from The Commonwealth Fund, it has expanded to include resources for the self-employed, low-income workers, the under-insured, the uninsured who require medical care and many other groups. For more information visit: http://www.ahirc.org/; for a direct link to North Dakota resources, visit: www.ahirc.org/state_indx.cfm?st=ND.

Online Legal Primers on the Arts
A new web site, http://www.thelawportal.info/, offers legal primers for artists and arts organizations, covering topics that range from the traditional and familiar (such as copyright) to the new and sometimes obscure (two-way broadband network access), and from the personal (how to find healthy materials) to the professional (how to develop contracts) to the political (free speech).

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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