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July 2007

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

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Statewide News

Memoir Writing Workshops with Larry Woiwode
All workshops are from 1-4pm
at the following locations: July 12 - Lake Region State College, Devils Lake; July 19 - Crossroads Arts Center, Hettinger; and July 24 - The Arts Center, Jamestown
. Read North Dakota is featuring author Larry Woiwode and his memoir, What I Think I Did. To investigate memoirs as a resource and better understand North Dakota and its people, including the winter and flood of 1996-97, Read North Dakota will host these writing workshops with Woiwode. A memoir is the next step a writer takes beyond a journal or diary. It deals with details in the writer's personal life. Examples will be referred to in the workshop, and questions and discussion will be encouraged. The workshops will deal with both the personal work any attendees might want to bring and any questions they might have about writing a memoir. Early registration is encouraged; each workshop is limited to 15 participants. The registration fee is $35 per person, which includes a copy of Larry Woiwode's memoir What I Think I Did. registration and more information…

2007 New Bohemia Symposium to Take Place in Rugby, ND, July 13, 2007
New Bohemia, ND members and supporters will meet for their annual symposium in Rugby, N.D. on Friday, July 13. This statewide arts organization meets annually to network, develop and promote the arts community of North Dakota. The symposium begins at 9:00 a.m. on July 13 and features speakers including Ben Klipfel who will talk about Culture Pulse, the new statewide arts web site; Amy Schmidt, who will discuss North Dakota Council on the Arts electronic grant submissions; and James Wolberg, who will demonstrate online marketing opportunities such as “MySpace” pages. That evening, the New Bohemia, ND (NBND) board will meet to elect new officers. The group will travel to the International Peace Garden on July 14 to participate in the Garden’s 75th anniversary celebration. Many NBND artists will display their work at the celebration, which includes hot air balloon rides, concerts, kite flying, a vintage fashion show, and a tribute to peace. schedule and more on New Bohemia symposium…

Congratulations to the Shakespeare Club-Lake Region Library of Devils Lake and the Dakota Prairie Regional Center for the Arts of New Rockford, Both Recent Recipients of the Big Read Grant Program
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) awards more than $1.5 million in grants. The NEA more than doubled the number of communities taking part in its nationwide reading program, the Big Read. One hundred seventeen cities were awarded grants to produce celebrations of American literature from September through December 2007. The Big Read encourages literary reading by asking communities to come together to read and discuss one book. The organizations selected to participate in the Big Read for the second half of 2007 will receive grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 to promote and carry out community-based programs. Of the 12 classic American novels to choose from, both the Shakespeare Club-Lake Region Library and the Dakota Prairie Regional Center for the Arts selected Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury to celebrate. The next Big Read application deadline is July 31, 2007, for communities wishing to host a Big Read program between January and June 2008. more on the Big Read…

Futurebuilders in Support of the Trollwood Performing Arts School is Among 25 to Receive National Endowment for the Arts’ Summer Schools in the Arts Program Grant
The National Endowment for the Arts announced recipients of its Summer Schools in the Arts (SSIA) program, an initiative designed to enhance the quantity and quality of arts education opportunities for youth and hence to create model programs. Twenty-five grants totaling $680,000 were awarded to organizations in communities ranging from
Boston, Massachusetts to Wailuku, Hawaii. Through these 25 programs, the students create or perform a work while engaging in a focused study of the work's artistic discipline, thus the students deepen their direct experiences while broadening their understanding of an art form. Futurebuilders in Support of the Trollwood Performing Arts School of Fargo, ND, was awarded $35,000 to support the Summer Mainstage Musical Program of the Trollwood Performing Arts School. The activities will immerse students, ages 13 to 18, in contemporary and classic musical theater while studying the basic tenets of script writing, character development, vocal performance, and stage production. more on SSIA...

Update on NDCA's New Online Grant System
The Schools and Artists as Learning Teams (SALT) and Teacher Incentive grant programs, have recently been added to NDCA's new online grant system. Other available programs include the Community Arts Access, Presenter Support, Professional Development and Special Projects grants. The Artist in Residence: New Artist, and Artist in Residence: Sponsor programs will be available by July 31, 2007. The Professional Development, Special Projects, and SALT programs are still available in pdf format at www.nd.gov/arts/grants/grants.htm. While it is not mandatory at this time, it is preferred that applications are completed via NDCA's new online system. As of November 1, 2007, it will be mandatory that all grants are completed through NDCA's new online system available at http://northdakota.cgweb.org/. To apply for an online grant, review the instructions on the home page prior to completing an online grant application, then 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 the profile information has been entered, you can now start your online application. Click on the "Current Programs & Applications" menu tab. Click on "Start Application" link under the grant 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 amschmid@nd.gov and/or call NDCA's office at 328-7590.

SALT Grant Deadline Approaching
The application deadline for the Schools and Artists as Learning Teams (SALT) grant has been changed, applications must now be postmarked or submitted by August 1, 2007. Early submission is strongly encouraged. Also, as a reminder, the Professional Development and Special Projects grant applications are accepted throughout the year, but must be postmarked no later than four (4) weeks prior to the start of the event. more on NDCA grant programs...

SAVE THE DATE - North Dakota Poetry Out Loud State Finals
Mark your calendars for Tuesday, February 26, 2008! The North Dakota Council on the Arts and Dakota West Arts Council announce the 2008 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. High school students will participate in the 2008 Poetry Out Loud State Finals at the North Dakota Heritage Center. The winner of this competition will advance to the National Finals in Washington, DC where $50,000 dollars in scholarships and school prizes will be awarded. For more information, contact Linda Ehreth at (701) 328-7593/email lehreth@nd.gov; Linda Olsrud at (701) 222-6640/email linda@dakotawest.org; or visit http://www.poetryoutloud.org/.

Call to Artists - Second Annual Duckfest Art Show
Artists are invited to submit their work in the 2nd Annual Duckfest Art Show at Bowdon, ND on October 5 and 6, 2007. For more information and a registration form please contact Dorothy Miller, 4849 - 5th St. NE, Heaton, ND 58418-9396; or call 701-984-2555.

Call to Artists - Artists Celebrating Christ (ACC)

Our first show was so successful, we were asked to have another! Artists Celebrating Christ (ACC) is calling all artists interested in Christian themes. The show will take place March 13-15, 2008 at the University of Mary Benedictine Center, Bismarck, ND. This is a juried show. Visual art accepted: painting, pencil, ink, pastel, collage, mixed medium, photography, woodcarving, fiber/fabric art, liturgical art (banners, paraments etc), stained glass, pottery, sculpture.  Don’t forget to alert the liturgical artists in your churches to enter their art pieces. Registration Deadline: January 12, 2008. To register, be put on our mailing list, or for more information, email info@accartshow.com or call Shannon Wirrenga at 701-255-7312.

 
National News

August is American Artist Appreciation Month
Take the opportunity to appreciate all the artists in your life and celebrate your own artistic abilities. Art comes in all forms - keep creativity alive and vibrant!

2007 Midwest Arts Conference
Mark your calendars! The 2007 Midwest Arts Conference is coming to Columbus, Ohio, on
September 5-8, 2007! Build, Enrich, Connect: The Midwest Arts Conference is your destination for building new relationships, enriching existing partnerships, and connecting in person with performing arts colleagues. We offer numerous opportunities to prepare in advance so you can maximize your networking time over the four-day event. Whether you’re setting up on-site meetings, researching organizations that will be attending, or sending a promotional mailing, you’ll be ready to make the most of your face-to-face experiences in Columbus. The Midwest Arts Conference plays a vital role in connecting the performing arts to audiences across the central United States. Each year, more than 1,000 performing artists, artist managers/agents, performing arts presenters, and service organization representatives gather to meet in person to strengthen business contacts and enhance their professional knowledge. The only meeting of its kind in the Midwest, the Conference is managed by Arts Midwest and serves the 15 states represented by Arts Midwest and Mid-America Arts Alliance. Visit Arts Midwest web site at www.artsmidwest.org/programs/mac for more information and to register.

Showcase Artists Sought for ArtsMarket, Premiere Performing Arts Showcase
The North Carolina Arts Council is accepting showcase applications for ArtsMarket, one of the top performing arts showcase and booking conferences in the nation. Applications are due by 5pm, August 1, 2007. The biennial ArtsMarket will bring more than 500 performing artists, agents and booking coordinators to High Point November 5–7, 2007. The showcase and booking conference features exceptional performances by state and national musicians, dancers and other performers, an exciting exhibit hall and an opportunity to network with representatives of presenting organizations, performing artists, agents and artist managers. More than 35 juried showcases and 150 exhibitors will be featured. “ArtsMarket is a national model for a successful performing arts showcase,” said Mary B. Regan, executive director of NCAC. Intended for organizations that book all types of performers for regular season programming and special events like street festivals and fairs, the conference draws representatives from arts centers, colleges and universities, schools, local arts councils, civic groups and other organizations from across North Carolina and beyond. For more information and an application, artists should visit http://www.ncarts.org/ or http://www.ncpresenters.org/.

Ovation Awards Call for Entries
Ovation TV, a national cable network dedicated to arts programming, announces an opportunity for friends of Americans for the Arts. Awards for excellence in original arts content will recognize quality cultural programming suitable for television broadcasting. Lo
cal arts organizations are asked to submit entries, consisting of video content in the areas of performing arts, visual arts, and artists’ profiles. Winning submissions will be broadcast on Ovation TV and the nominating or submitting organizations will receive awards of $5,000-10,000. Nominations must be submitted to Ovation TV by August 11, 2007. For more information, and the required submission and release form, please view the Ovation TV Awards Information.

Institute for Museums and Library Services Grants Available
Institute for Museums and Library Services offers several grant opportunities, for more information visit http://www.imls.gov/,
call 202-653-IMLS (4657), or email imlsinfo@imls.gov. Conservation Project Support, Deadline: October 1, 2007; Museums for America, Deadline: November 15, 2007; Conservation Assessment Program, Deadline: December 1, 2007; Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, Deadline: December 15, 2007; Museum Assessment Program, Deadline: February 15, 2008; and National Leadership Grants for Museums and Libraries, Deadline: March 1, 2008.

 
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...

In fiscal year 2007, state arts agencies invested $362.7 million in creating and sustaining arts infrastructures in communities across the nation.
Source: National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, Legislative Appropriations Annual Survey, FY 2007

Australia's most famous building, the Sydney Opera House, received World Heritage listing as a site of international cultural significance, taking its place alongside the Taj Mahal, the Pyramids and the Great Wall of China. The harbor-side landmark, completed in 1973, is the youngest building on the list, and one of only 15 or so from the 20th century.
Source: The Independent, June 29, 2007


 
Other Resources

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/.

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…

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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