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North Dakota Council on the Arts

July 2008

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Statewide News

Writing Workshops Sponsored by Read North Dakota Scheduled for July Statewide
Read ND will be sponsoring three workshops in July by authors Jo Ann B. Winistorfer and Cathy A. Langemo. Their book Tracing Your Dakota Roots: A Guide to Genealogical Research in the Dakotas will be used in a workshop presenting information and assisting attendees in creating and writing their own family stories. Early registration is encouraged. Registration fee is $35 per person, which includes a copy of Tracing Your Dakota Roots ($15 for the workshop only). Locations and dates of the writing workshops are: Bowman Public Library - July 7, 1:00-4:00 p.m. (MST), 18 East Divide, Bowman, ND. Contact Sarah Snavely at (701) 523-3797, or sarah@artofthegreyhound.com; Three Affiliated Tribes Museum - July 8, 1:00-4:00 p.m. (CST), Highway 23, New Town, ND. Contact Marilyn Hudson at (701) 627-4477, or mhudson@restel.net; Sweets 'N Stories - July 12, 1:00-4:00 p.m. (CST), 509 Main Avenue, Oakes, ND. Contact Heather Roney at (701) 742-2007, or phroney@drtel.net. These workshops are part of a series of events scheduled for 2008 to promote and celebrate reading and writing in North Dakota. A website hosting a suggested reading list of North Dakota books, book discussion points, curriculum resources for use in the classroom, and much more is available at http://www.readnd.org/.

North Dakota Artist’s Works Exhibited in Offices of the Governor and First Lady
The North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA), along with the offices of Governor John Hoeven and First Lady Mikey Hoeven, is exhibiting the works of Bismarck artist
Barb Nechiporenko at the Capitol Building in Bismarck during the months of July, August and September 2008. For more information, or to contact Barb Nechiporenko, send an email to: nechiporenko@bis.midco.net.

Presenters to Receive Support from Arts Midwest
Arts Midwest announced the presenting organizations selected to receive support through the 2008-2009 Performing Arts Fund. Due to the increase of funds received from the NEA, Arts Midwest was able to fund all eligible applications received as of May 5, 2008. Approximately 200 engagements will be supported, totaling more than $550,000. A new component of the program this year is Star Projects. Applications qualifying as a Star Project go beyond the general eligibility requirements of the program by engaging performing artists from the Midwest, deepening participation with community-based residencies, or providing cultural access to specific populations, such as people with disabilities, tribal communities, immigrant communities, at-risk youth, or veterans. North Dakota presenting organizations received a combined total of $6,670. ND recipients include: East Central Dakota Educational Consortium and Griggs Country Central Schools in Cooperstown; The Learning Bank in Fargo; Northern Lights Arts Council in Langdon; Sheyenne Fine Arts Association in Lisbon; Mayville State University in Mayville; North Dakota Museum of Art in Grand Forks; and Nordic Culture Clubs in Fargo. For more information on the ND recipients, visit www.artsmidwest.org/files/SAANorthDakotaReport_5.5.08.pdf. If you have any questions regarding the Performing Arts Fund, please contact Christy Dickinson directly at 612.238.8019, via email at christy@artsmidwest.org; or visit the Performing Arts Fund web page.

North Dakota Summer Theaters
Be sure to check out the summer theater productions throughout North Dakota! Bismarck: Shade Tree Players, http://www.shadetreeplayers.com/; Sleepy Hollow Theater, http://www.shst.org/; Capitol Shakespeare, 202-9569 or crystal.reid1@gmail.com; Devils Lake: Forth Totten Little Theatre, http://www.tottentrailinn.com/; Fargo: Little Country Theatre, www.ndsu.edu/finearts/theatre; Trollwood Summer Theater, http://www.trollwood.org/; Grand Forks: Summer Performing Arts Company, http://www.spacompany.org/; LaMoure: LaMoure County Summer Musical Theatre, http://www.lcsmt.com/; Langdon: http://www.nlac.us/; Mandan: Melodramas at Fort Lincoln, http://www.fortlincoln.com/; Medora: www.medora.com/attractions; Minot: Minot Area Theatrical Society, http://www.minottheater.com/; Minot State University, www.minotstateu.edu/theatre/summer.shtml; New Rockford: The Opera House, http://www.dprca.com/; Valley City: Valley City Area Community Theater, 490-0143; Walhalla: Frost Fire Theatre, http://www.frostfiretheatre.com/; and Williston: Youth Education on Stage, 577-3179.

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!

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Announces New Artists in the Workforce Study
The NEA announced the release of Artists in the Workforce: 1990-2005, the first nationwide look at working artists' demographic and employment patterns in the 21st century. Artists in the Workforce analyzes working artist trends, gathering new statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau to provide a comprehensive overview of this workforce segment, its maturation over the past 30 years, along with detailed information on specific artist occupations. For more information visit: www.arts.gov/news/news08/ArtistsinWorkforce.html.

NEA ARTS Features NEA Partnership with the State Arts Agencies
NEA ARTS is the 16-page newsletter of the National Endowment for the Arts, published five times a year. Each issue includes recent information on the NEA's national initiatives, sponsored programs, awards and grants. In the 2008, Volume 2 issue of NEA ARTS, the NEA partnership with State Arts Agencies is featured. Since the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) was established in 1965, it has worked in partnership with the 56 state, territorial, and jurisdictional arts agencies (SAAs) and six multi-state regional arts organizations (RAOs) to meet the Arts Endowment's goal of bringing the arts to all Americans. This dynamic relationship has resulted in an exemplary record of growth for the arts, stimulating an extraordinary economic impact in communities throughout the country. With the NEA’s assistance and funding, SAAs and RAOs are recognized today as leaders in the arts. To access the NEARTS publication online, visit www.nea.gov/about/NEARTS/2008_v2/index.php; or via pdf at www.nea.gov/about/NEARTS/2008_v2/neaArts_2008vol2.pdf.

House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee Approves $15.3 Million Increase for the NEA
On June 11, the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee approved legislation with a substantial FY 2009 increase for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) of $15.3 million. Chairman Norm Dicks (D-WA) has once again proposed more funding for arts and culture in the face of dramatic cuts proposed in the president’s recent budget. On the heels of last year’s historic increase to the current $144.7 million level, the administration had requested $128 million for the NEA for FY 2009. For more information or to send a letter to your member of Congress asking them to support this legislation, visit the Arts Action Center.

2008 Midwest Arts Conference, Kansas City, Missouri
Mark your calendars for Wednesday, September 17-Saturday, September 20, 2008. The Midwest Arts Conference plays a vital role in connecting the performing arts to audiences across the central United States. Each year, performing artists, artist managers/agents, performing arts presenters, and service organizations gather to meet in person to strengthen business contacts and enhance their professional knowledge. The Conference is committed to providing a productive and energized environment where attendees can: expand their networks of performing arts colleagues, resources, and opportunities; learn new skills and gain valuable insights into issues relevant to the performing arts; discover artists from a diverse range of disciplines in the Marketplace exhibit hall and at live performances; and deepen their commitment to creating dynamic performing arts experiences for artists and audiences. 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. Discounted registration deadline is July 7, 2008. For more information on the Midwest Arts Conference, or to register, visit www.artsmidwest.org/programs/mac.

National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts' Conference for Community Arts Education

The Conference for Community Arts Education is the preeminent gathering of community arts education leaders in the United States. As a delegate, you’ll develop new skills, share best practices with over 500 peers, and identify new opportunities for collaboration and growth. Join the Guild in Philadelphia and learn how to attract new students, recruit and retain talented faculty, establish successful partnerships, employ the latest technology, raise more money, fill studios in off-peak hours, diversify your program offerings, and increase access to quality arts education in your community! Philadelphia, PA, October 29-November 1, 2008. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.communityartsed.org/index.cfm. Early registration deadline is July 31, 2008.

NEA Access to Artistic Excellence Grants
The Access to Artistic Excellence grant program is designed to encourage and support artistic excellence, preserve our cultural heritage, and provide access to the arts for all Americans. This granting category supports projects that provide short-term arts exposure or arts appreciation for children and youth as well as intergenerational education projects. Guidelines are determined by the chosen discipline of each project, and more information about each can be found on the National Endowment for the Arts website. Deadline: August 11, 2008. For more information visit www.nea.gov/Grants/apply/Artsed.html.

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...

"Le Bassin aux Nymph
éas," one of the rarest of Monet's water lilies, sold for a record price of $80.4 million at Christie's auction on June 24, 2008. The previous record for a Monet was $41.4 million for his painting "The Railroad Bridge at Argenteuil." ~ New York Times, 6/25/08

A growing number of arts organizations are capitalizing on e-mailing, text messaging, and online social networking as a way of building new audiences. Broadway producers have used interactive online advertising for several years, and nonprofit theaters are now improving their Web sites with features such as Web logs and videos. It's too soon to tell whether a YouTube video can really lure a 20-year-old to the theater. But just like other advertisers, arts groups hope that becoming more tech-savvy will help them speak more effectively to young audiences. ~ New York The Sun, 7/11/08

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.

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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