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February 2008

North Dakota Council on the Arts, Celebrating 40 Years! (1967-2007)

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North Dakota Council on the Arts Announces Poetry Out Loud State Finals
The North Dakota Council on the Arts announces the state finals for Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. The competition, presented in partnership with The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. Schools across the state have been participating in school competitions to advance a finalist to the state finals. The North Dakota State Finals will be held at the ND Heritage Center in Bismarck on February 26, 2008. Master of ceremonies will be Larry Woiwode, State Poet Laureate. Judges include Bill Thomas, Director of Radio with Prairie Public Broadcasting; Cheryl Kulas, Executive Director of ND Indian Affairs Commission; Shadd Piehl, Associate State Poet Laureate; and the Accuracy judge is Jan Webb, Executive Director for NDCA. Attendance at the state finals is free and open to the public. Live music will be provided by Trio Apollo and Rolla High School Concert Choir. State finals schedule is as follows: 9am-Noon is the semi-finals round; Noon-1pm is lunch on your own; 1-2:30pm a coffee house and open mic; and 2:45-3:45pm is the finals round and awards ceremony. Events will take place in the Heritage Center auditorium, lobby and mezzanine. Following the state finals, the winner will advance to the National Finals held in Washington, DC, on April 27-29, 2008, where $50,000 dollars in scholarships and school prizes will be awarded. Contact Linda Ehreth at (701) 328-7593 or via email at lehreth@nd.gov for more information.

Final Forum Wednesday, February 20!

NDCA invites you to attend the final Regional Forum that will be held to ascertain barriers, educational needs, and potentially effective strategies for promoting arts careers for individuals with disabilities in North Dakota, on
February 20, 2008, at the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, from 1-4pm (CST). The Forum is being conducted by NDCA, Dakota West Arts Council, and the ND Center for Persons with Disabilities, and is free and open to the public.
Also - Save the Date and Plan to Attend! The
Statewide Conference will be held in Bismarck at the Kelly Inn Hotel, on Monday, April 7, 2008 from 9:45am-4pm (registration begins at 8:45am).
Who Should Attend: Individuals with disabilities who are interested in pursuing careers as artists or arts administrators (and family and friends); and anyone currently working as an artist or arts administrator (beginning, emerging and professional artists, arts organizations, arts councils, etc.). There will be a $25 registration fee for the statewide conference (a continental breakfast and lunch will be provided). If you are interested in attending the final forum, the statewide conference, or would like additional information, contact Amy Schmidt at (701) 328-7594, (email amschmid@nd.gov); or Linda Olsrud at (701) 222-6640, (email linda@dakotawest.org). more on Forum & Conference...

Individual Fellowship Program Deadline is February 15!

The Individual Fellowship Program was established to recognize practicing artists residing in North Dakota with a monetary fellowship award. This program is designed to support professional artists with outstanding talent and ability to improve their artistic skills and enhance their career opportunities. Two fellowships of $2,500 are annually awarded. The upcoming Individual Fellowship Program includes Traditional Arts, Dance, and Theatre. The guidelines and online grant will be available mid-December, the application deadline is February 15, 2008. If you have not yet applied for a grant through NDCA’s new online system, you can set up your profile at any time. For more information, to set up your profile, and to apply, please visit: http://northdakota.cgweb.org/. Detailed application instructions are available at www.nd.gov/arts/grants/online_app_instructions.pdf.

NDCA Grant Deadlines Approaching
Application deadline dates for the Council on the Arts grants are approaching. Artist-in-Residence (Sponsor and New Artist), Teacher Incentive, Community Arts Access, and Presenter Support grants must be submitted by April 1, 2008 for programs taking place between July 1, 2008 and June 30, 2009. The Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grants must be postmarked by May 15, 2008 for project periods of July 1, 2008 to April 30, 2009. Early submission is strongly encouraged for all programs. Also, a reminder that the Professional Development and Special Projects grant applications are accepted throughout the year, but must be submitted no later than four (4) weeks prior to the start of the event.
If you have not yet applied for a grant through NDCA’s new online system, you can set up your profile at any time. For more information, to set up your profile, and to apply, please visit: http://northdakota.cgweb.org/. Detailed application instructions are available at www.nd.gov/arts/grants/online_app_instructions.pdf. more on NDCA grant programs...

Plains Art Museum CEO/President Edward Pauley Resigns - Also, New Café Operators Announced

Edward E. Pauley, president/CEO of Plains Art Museum, has resigned to take a position as director of the Kennedy Museum of Art at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Pauley said, "I leave the Museum knowing that the staff is a highly professional and effective team. Along with excellent leadership from the board of directors, we have shared the vision of establishing a community-minded organization geared to the visitor’s experience. Thanks to emerging partnerships, the Museum is poised to take its programs to new heights. In addition, the financial situation is good and improving." Michael J. Olsen, chair of the Museum board of directors said that an interim leader will be named shortly and that he and the board’s executive committee have begun the process of establishing a search committee. He expects to proceed in a timely fashion to find Pauley’s replacement. Pauley completed his service at the Plains Art Museum as of January 25. The Plains Art Museum also announces a new operator for the Museum’s Café Muse and catering service. The food service will be called Green Market Catering and is operated by chef Andrea Baumgardner and business partner Peter Kelly. For more information, visit http://www.plainsart.org/.

The Sky is the Limit for Mural Artist
by Tony Spilde/Bismarck Tribune; Dec 10, 2007. Life, as always, is looking up for Ric Sprynczynatyk. And up. And up. "I am a very optimistic person, actually," he said. "I'm always looking up. But with a head as big as mine, trying to hold up my fat noggin can be a bit of a struggle." If you don't know Sprynczynatyk, you probably know his work. He spends a great deal of time with his head in the clouds, recreating skies around the world that are a close second to Mother Nature's originals. He just finished a ceiling in China where a patron looked up and thought it was going to rain. Around town, Sprynczynatyk's most notable work is on the ceilings at the Bismarck Airport, Fiesta Villa and Space Aliens restaurant. Today, he'll finish his smallest commercial job - the foyer in the new Eye Center of the Dakotas building on Divide Avenue. At about 256 square feet, it's considerably smaller than his last job. Sprynczynatyk returned in October from Macau, where he painted the ceiling at the sprawling Venetian resort hotel. At 256,000 square feet - nearly six acres - it is the world's largest mural. Sprynczynatyk was in China for nine months, then went to Las Vegas, then New York, back to Vegas and now home. He's the lead painter for Denver-based Sky Art, which does a lot of work in casinos and hotels. But Sprynczynatyk likes the little jobs, too. Especially the ones at home. "It's nice when somebody locally gives me a chance," he said. more on Sprynczynatyk... This article was reprinted with permission from Tony Spilde at the Bismarck Tribune.

Sculptor Named James Rosenquist Artist in Residence for 2008 at NDSU
The Department of Visual Arts at North Dakota State University has announced that Jonathan Pellitteri, Baton Rouge, La., has been named the James Rosenquist Artist in Residence at NDSU. Pellitteri will work spring semester 2008 in the studio dedicated for the program at NDSU’s Downtown Visual Arts Department, interacting with students, holding public lectures and opening his studio to visitors. "NDSU is delighted to welcome our second Rosenquist Artist in Residence," said President Joseph A. Chapman. "After its successful launch a year ago, I am thrilled that we are able to continue offering this unique opportunity to students, as they learn from an outstanding artist." Pellitteri’s focus as a sculptor is to reach the public with works representing his observations of the world around him. He notes that each time he works in a fresh place, his artwork develops in unexpected and exciting directions. Pulling from his experiences in construction as a mason and carpenter, Pellitteri handles various mediums and processes and introduces news materials and methods into his work. more on Pellitteri...


President Bush Signs Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008 with $144.7 Million for National Endowment for the Arts - Increase Largest for NEA in 28 years
December 26, President George W. Bush signed an omnibus appropriations bill for FY 2008 that includes $144.7 million for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). This represents an increase of $20.1 million over the 2007 funding level of $124.562 million. It is the largest dollar increase in the NEA appropriation since 1979 and will allow the agency to devote more funds to direct grants to arts organizations and to extend the reach of the agency's National Initiatives that support touring and arts education in theater, music, dance, literature, and the visual arts. The highest level of the NEA's appropriation was $175.9 million in FY 1992. The new appropriation raises the NEA to its highest level in 13 years. more on NEA Increase…

New Filing Requirements for Smaller Not-for-Profit Organizations
Beginning in 2008, small tax-exempt organizations that previously were not required to file returns risk losing their tax-exempt status if they do not file an annual electronic notice (e-Postcard).
Small tax-exempt non-profit organizations must now file a short electronic form called Form 990-N with the IRS. Form 990-N, also called the E-postcard, is a short electronic form that most small, tax exempt organizations such as 501(c) (3)’s have to now file with the IRS, for activities from January 1, 2007 onward. If your organization has gross receipts of less than $25,000 and is not required to file another IRS form such as Form 990 or From 990-EZ, you must file the Form 990-N. Form 990-N must be filed every year by the 15th day of the 5th month after your non-profits’ fiscal year ends. For example if your calendar ends on December 31, you must file by May 15 the following year. If your calendar year ends on June 30 you must file by November 15. The IRS requires that the E-postcard be filed electronically. There is no paper form. You must file via the internet, but no software or download is required. If your non-profit organization fails to file the e-postcard for three consecutive years, the IRS will revoke you tax-exempt status. Consult your tax preparer for more information on how to properly fulfill this requirement. For more information please visit the IRS web-site www.irs.gov/charities/.

National Endowment for the Arts Opera Honors
For the first time in 25 years the National Endowment for the Arts has created a new award to recognize lifetime achievement and individual excellence, the National Endowment for the Arts Opera Honors. This award will honor visionaries and luminaries who, by making extraordinary contributions to opera in the United States, have become cultural treasures of this great nation. This honor represents the highest recognition that our nation bestows in opera. Whether opera is produced on a grand scale or for an intimate chamber setting, the creators and interpreters bring to life, through music, stories that provide context for our human experiences. The National Endowment for the Arts Opera Honors will honor those visionary creators, extraordinary performers, and other interpreters who have made a lasting impact on our national cultural landscape. This impact may be based on a lifetime of artistic achievements or a single, uniquely valuable accomplishment. Recipients of the National Endowment for the Arts Opera Honors will be selected on the basis of nominations from the public. Nominees may include composers, librettists, singers, conductors, designers, directors, or, in special circumstances, collaborative artistic teams. Nominations must be submitted online at the Arts Endowment's Web site no later than
February 11, 2008. more on NEA Opera Honors...

New NEA Grant Guidelines Available

Application guidelines for the next round of Grants for Arts Projects are now available on the NEA's website. To view the guidelines, go to http://www.arts.gov/grants/apply/, select the field or discipline most relevant to your project, and Grants for Arts Projects will be the first funding opportunity listed. Organizations may apply under the following categories:
Access to Artistic Excellence: To encourage and support artistic excellence, preserve our cultural heritage, and provide access to the arts for all Americans. An organization may request a grant amount from $5,000 to $150,000. (Two deadlines: March 10 and
August 11, 2008)
Challenge America: Reaching Every Community Fast-Track Review Grants: To support projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations. Grants are for $10,000. (Deadline:
June 2, 2008)
Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth: To advance arts education for children and youth in school-based or community-based settings. An organization may request a grant amount from $5,000 to $150,000. (Deadline:
June 9, 2008)

Announces New Play Development Project in Partnership with Arena Stage
Arts Endowment selects Arena Stage to administer program that will include support for seven new play projects at theaters nationwide. New Arts Endowment initiative will enhance the ability of the nation’s nonprofit theaters to bring new work to full production. The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announce a new program, the NEA New Play Development Project (NPDP), to help the nation’s nonprofit theaters bring more new plays to full production. The national program will be administered by DC-based Arena Stage’s American Voices New Play Program. Selecting and providing support for exceptional new plays and new play development models will be a key component of the program. The NEA New Play Development Project will support the development of seven new plays at theaters from across the country. Two projects selected as NEA Outstanding New American Plays will receive up to $90,000 each to support advanced development, including at least one full production. Five projects selected as NEA Distinguished New Play Development Projects will receive up to $20,000 each to support the early stages of development for a new play with strong potential to merit a full production. In both cases, the selected plays will be developed in close collaboration with the playwrights. more on New Play Development Project…

National Endowment for the Arts Announces Retirement of Arts Education Partnership Director Dick Deasy
The NEA announces the retirement of Richard J. Deasy, Director of the Arts Education Partnership (AEP). For more than a decade, Deasy has skillfully led this coalition, co-founded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the U.S. Department of Education, the Council for Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA). Deasy will step down in June 2008. "Dick Deasy has shown exceptional leadership in the field of arts education," said NEA Education Director, Dr. Sarah Cunningham. "Through this crucial forum, he has enabled a range of organizations to strengthen and deepen the role of arts education throughout the nation." more on Deasy…

March is
National Youth Art Month
National Youth Art Month is an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art education and to encourage public support for quality school art programs. The focus of this month is to convey to the public that art education develops self-discipline, self-esteem, and a sense of pride in self-expression. Youth Art Month has been observed nationally since 1961. more on Youth Art Month...

Register Now for the Arts Advocacy Day: The 2008 National Arts Action Summit, March 31-April 1, 2008

Register Today. You are invited to attend National Arts Advocacy Day 2008 in Washington, DC, at the Capital Hilton Hotel. The event is strategically timed to give grassroots advocates the opportunity to shape federal arts policy and educate members of Congress on how they can affect arts policy. During the last Arts Advocacy Day, the first hearing in 12 years dedicated to the importance of investing in the arts was held and included testimony by Wynton Marsalis. Arts Advocacy Day is held in conjunction with the Congressional Arts Caucus, and many members of Congress will be involved in the day's events. Additionally, dozens of national arts, humanities, educational, and civic organizations co-sponsor this event each year. For more information email Americans for the Arts staff at events@artsusa.org.


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!


Skills such as problem-solving, innovation, and creativity are critical in today's global economy, and the arts can deliver on these demands. The Partnership for 21st Century Skills has developed a resource for educators as they prepare young people for success in this new economy. Route 21 is an online, one-stop shop for 21st century skills-related resources.

A study "Assessing the Intrinsic Impacts of a Live Performance" attempts to define and measure how audiences are transformed by a live performance. This study developed a simple measurement tool to assess impact - giving performing arts presenters information to select programs more purposefully and evaluate them on the basis of impact instead of attendance.


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.

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 701-527-0060.

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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