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February 2006

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Statewide News

North Dakota Council on the Arts Announces New Board Appointments
The The North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA) announces the addition of Rex Cook and Karen Anderson, who have recently accepted appointments to serve on the NDCA’s board of directors. more on new board appointments...

GGF Young Professionals Announce ARTSEE

Organizations Partner to Increase Awareness of Regional Artists
. The Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals (GGFYP) organization is hosting ARTSEE February 2nd at the North Dakota Museum of Art from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. In partnership with the North Dakota Museum of Art, NOVAC and New Bohemia, GGFYP is proud to announce this first-time event featuring six regional artists in a unique and interactive forum. Participating artists from around the region include Adam Kemp, Jason Lindell, Gretchen Kottke, Jon Offutt, Jon Olson and Greg Vettel. The artists will be on hand to present their work and talk about art and being an artist in the region. more on ARTSEE...

Mouse River Players Community Arts Center Auditorium Named After Supporter of Minot's Performing Arts

Arlene Saugstad is Minot’s most well-known and loved socialite, and is considered the Queen of the Mouse River Players (MRP), she has long been a supporter of the arts in Minot. Arlene is MRP’s longest serving member and a key player in raising awareness (and funds) for the group, it was Arlene who gave the name to the group, so it seemed only appropriate and fitting that the theater be named in her honor. The building itself is known in Minot as The Old Labor Temple and it was purchased it in the spring of 2004. The building is now known as the Mouse River Players Community Arts Center and the theater located in the Center is officially named “The Arlene Saugstad Theater”, or, “The Arlene!” more on Arlene Saugstad...

Arts Patron Leaves Legacy

A year ago,
Fargo arts patron Ruth Landfield offered 50 yards of chartreuse raw silk to Becky Sundet-Schoenwald, executive director of the Fargo-Moorhead Opera. She’d bought the expensive fabric decades ago to cover furniture in her home. She figured the opera could use the silk on sets or in the company’s auction. It was an unusual donation, though less so coming from a woman who over the years fed the auctions with spoils of her opera pilgrimages across the country and around the world: Posters, paintings of opera singers and two packets of Metropolitan Opera napkins. But Landfield’s generosity manifested itself in extraordinary ways. In the wake of the 87-year-old’s death Dec. 3, area arts leaders recalled her varied contributions to the Fargo-Moorhead cultural scene, which extended far beyond her generous financial support. (The Forum, December 11, 2005) more on arts patron...

Local Composer Featured in Film, Film Selected for Slamdance Film Festival
Troy Sterling Nies, a composer originally from Mandan, but who currently resides in Killdeer, N.D., was one of several composers selected to compose an original film score for a film adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Call of Cthulhu”.  The film premiered in October 2005, at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland, Oregon during the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival. Troy attended this film festival and at the premiere, the film won 2 Brown Jenkin Awards: Audience Award - Best of Show; and Jury Award - Best Short Film. http://www.hplfilmfestival.com/ They’ve had very good response to this movie at various festivals, and recently were selected for the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. http://www.slamdance.com/  more on local composer…

ND Artist's Commissioned to Paint the Easter Seals Goodwill ND, Inc.'s "Catch A Painted Pony" Horses
North Dakota's artists commissioned to paint the 2006 "Catch A Painted Pony" horses include from Beulah: Cheryl L. Neely; Bismarck: Peg Schemmel, Rebecca Young, Melissa Gordon, Michelle Lindblom, Leon Basler, Paul Noot, Brian P. Hushagen, Mary Rennich, and Wayne Pruse; Center: Donna M. Berger, and Elvera Hintz; Devils Lake: Monte Yellow Bird; Dickinson: Lily Stewart; Glen Ullin: Margaret Swift; Hazen: Karli Boehm; Mandan: Chip Liebel, and Christine Ross; Minot: Vern Skaug, Pat Marquart, and Doug Pfliger; Oberon: M.K. Ingwaldson-Poulsen; Rugby: Tammy McLintok, Glory Monson, and Deb Jenkins; Taylor: Beverly Hass; Towner: Andy Knutson, and Tam Goodman; Velva: Joan Hansen; and from Voltaire: Clara Hauck. The 2006 horses will be displayed on streets, in parks and at businesses throughout Bismarck and Mandan beginning May 1, 2006.

ND & MN Artist's Commissioned to Paint the “Herd About the Prairie” Buffaloes
North Dakota’s artists commissioned to paint the "Herd About the Prairie" buffaloes include from Bismarck: Charlene A. Jones & Josephine Eckman; Buchanan: Ruth Severson; Cooperstown: B.L. (Barry Lee) Getz; Devils Lake: Monte Yellow Bird; Fargo: Karen Bakke, Eddy Barrows, Wanpen Chinwongs, William Damon, Ellen Jean Diederich, Spider Johnk, Kim Jore, Donald E. Larew, Ryan Lavelle, Ann Leclerc & Sheila Sornsin, Jack Lunde, Nathan Mastrud, Rhonda Ness, Carrie Jean Ness-Savageau, Arion P. Poitra, Elizabeth Schwankl, and Geri Burkhart Weiner; Kindred: Heather M. Dahl; Kloten: Elizabeth Stromme & Dee Abbate; Towner: Tam Goodman, and Andrew Knudson; Valley City: Linda Whitney; Voltaire: Clara Hauck; Walcott: Robert E. Kurkowski; and from West Fargo: Anne Bradley, and Juliet Hanratty. The Minnesota artists include from Anoka: Jan Johanson; Blaine: Pat Kueger; Breckenridge: Laura Youngbird; Buffalo: Michelle Otten; Detroit Lakes: Hans Gilsdorf; Hawley: Kay Ornberg; Monticello: Mike Bray; and from Moorhead: Jill Johnson-Danielson, Timothy Ray, and Karman Rheault. The buffaloes will be displayed at businesses and public areas throughout the central Red River Valley area beginning May of 2006. For more information on the “Herd About the Prairie” buffaloes, please visit the web site at: http://www.herdabouttheprairie.org/index.html

National News

Target Corporation Provides Grants for Arts in Communities
Target Corporation is providing local grants, averaging $1,000 to $3,000, to nonprofit programs. Currently grants focus on three areas: arts, family violence prevention, and reading. Target store team leaders play a key role in local grant programs, reviewing your application, making funding recommendations, and updating you on the status of your request. If you are involved with a nonprofit program and would like to be considered for a Target grant, visit their website at http://target.com/target_group/community_giving/grant_guidelines.jhtml for additional guidelines. Deadline: March 1-May 31, 2006. All funding decisions will be communicated no later than September 30, 2006. Please take this time frame into consideration when applying for a specific program or event.

Arts Advocacy Day, The 2006 National Arts Action Summit
March 13-14, Washington, DC - Entering its nineteenth consecutive year, Arts Advocacy Day is the only national event designed to bring together a broad cross section of America’s national cultural and civic organizations. These groups will join hundreds of grassroots advocates from across the country to underscore the importance of developing strong public policies and appropriating increased public funding for the arts. For more details, please visit the Americans for the Arts’ web site at http://www.americansforthearts.org/events/2006/aad/001.asp

Invitation for Schools to Participate in the World Children's Festival on the National Mall in
Washington, DC in the Summer of 2007 - Third Arts Olympiad (2005-2008)
The World Festival is a culmination of the Arts Olympiad, the world's largest and most prestigious program for 8- to 12-year-old children. The Arts Olympiad commences in schools with a painting and digital art competition on the theme, "My Favorite Sport." A distinguished panel will select the finalists from each state. If one of your students is selected, then the student, his/her parents, schoolteacher and principal are invited as official delegates to be honored at the World Festival.
The International Child Art Foundation (ICAF) does not charge any fee for participation in the Arts Olympiad and the World Festival. Each school arranges a fundraiser to cover the travel and hotel costs involved. In the past, ICAF has been able to arrange host families for its delegates. The World Festival also makes it a unique school trip for students and teachers. For more information, please visit the ICAF’s web site at www.icaf.org/programs/artsolympiad/ao.html

Research Services: Creative Industries - SIGN UP AND BE COUNTED! A National Campaign to Register Artists and Nonprofit Arts Organizations with Dun & Bradstreet

Americans for the Arts urges all individual artists and arts organizations to get their own free Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) number—or if they already have a D&B number, to ensure that they are accurately coded as an arts organization or artist. Since 2004, Americans for the Arts has produced the Creative Industries: Business & Employment in the Arts report, a study of the nonprofit and for-profit arts-related businesses in America. In 2005, our analysis revealed that roughly 578,000 arts businesses employed 2.97 million people. But we know this is an undercount! more on research services…

National Endowment for the Arts Announces Random House as Publisher of Operation Homecoming Anthology
NEA Chairman Dana Gioia announced the publisher of Above and Beyond: Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Homefront in the Words of U.S. Troops and Their Families, the anthology of wartime writings that resulted from the NEA National Initiative, Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience, a unique program that preserves the stories and reflections of U.S. military personnel and their families. To be released by Random House Publishing Group in September 2006, Above and Beyond will feature an estimated 100 writings by troops and their families, from letters and emails, to short stories, memoirs, and poems. more on NEA anthology…

IRS Web Site Update for Charities and Nonprofits

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) debuted a new and updated website with an improved search function and a new row of navigation buttons, including a specific area for charities and nonprofits. Under the "Charities & Nonprofits" landing page, visitors will find a second level of navigation for charities, churches and religious organizations, contributors to charities, other nonprofits (including trade and professional associations), political organizations, and private foundations.
more on IRS web site...

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...

Performing arts establishments in the United States have more paid employees than spectator sports, race tracks, amusement parks or casinos. (Economic Census: Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Subject Series, www.census.gov/prod/ec02/ec0271sssz.pdf)

The Arts Are Important to Young People and our Future Workforce. Research shows that children who study the arts demonstrate stronger overall academic performance - these young people are the creative thinkers that employers need in our increasingly complex workforce; arts education aids achievement of “core competencies” needed for employment such as thinking creatively, problem solving, exercising individual responsibility, sociability, and self-esteem; and in a national sample of 25,000 students, those with high levels of arts learning experiences earned higher grades and scored better on standardized tests than those with little or no involvement in the arts, regardless of socioeconomic status. (Minnesota State Arts Board) more on future workforce...

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.

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