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June 2006

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Statewide News

North Dakota Places in Top Five at the Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest
Shanley High School student Ryan Berry of Fargo, ND, scored among the top five finalists in the Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest on May 16, 2006! At the competition, Ryan performed “Kubla Kahn,” “Jabberwocky,” and “Casey at the Bat.” The Poetry Out Loud National Finals were held at the historic Lincoln Theatre in Washington, DC.  Berry competed amongst 51 state champions from around the country who participated in the first national poetry recitation contest. more on Ryan Berry…

Third Annual North Dakota Governor's Photo Contest Announced
To kick off See North Dakota Week, which was May 13-21, Gov. John Hoeven and the State Tourism Division announced the third annual North Dakota Governor's Photo Contest. Any North Dakota amateur photographer is invited to submit entries to the Governor's Photo Contest. Winning photographs will receive a $100 cash prize and be featured in North Dakota Tourism's marketing materials. "The photos submitted during the past two contests prove there are many talented amateur photographers who have captured the beauty and originality of North Dakota," Hoeven said. "This contest provides a way for North Dakotans to share their talents, and allows the Tourism Division another source of photography to showcase our great state." more on Photo Contest…


North Dakotans Invited to Join Learning-Based Vacations Program
N.D. Tourism Division is looking for local providers to share knowledge with tourists and visitors. North Dakota Tourism is looking for passionate North Dakotans with a business, class or hobby, who are interested in sharing their knowledge or experiences with the traveling public. For example, if you are an artist, craftsman, birder, professor or farmer, the Tourism Division would like to add your name to their new database of people interested in sharing their expertise or hobby with tourists and visitors. The database is part of a "learning-based vacations" program that originated with the 2005 Legislature. Learning-based vacations customize visits for people who want to combine learning with fun and adventure, and are a growing segment of the tourism industry. more on Learning-Based Vacations...

Plains Art Museum Volunteers Reopen Museum Store
The Plains Art Museum announces the re-opening of The Store. Volunteers gave a preview of The Store to attendees at the annual fundraising gala on May 6. Volunteers Naomi Nakamoto of Fargo and Carol Zielinski of Ottertail County, Minnesota, spearheaded the re-opening. A total of 17 artists' work will be represented, including 13 artists whose work has never been offered in The Store. Work from additional artists will continually join the mix. In addition, items pertaining to the exhibitions and unique art supplies will be offered. Proceeds from The Store support Plains Art Museum. more on The Store...


Calling All Artists!
Prairie Rose Art Association in conjunction with the NEW Bowman Library has a call for all artists for an annual Tri-State Art & Photography Show June 26-July 30, 2006. Students, Amateurs, and Professionals invited! Top three People's Choice & one K-12 award. The entry deadline is June 24, 2006. For more information, contact Marsha at 701-279-6670 or Syneva at 701-523-3651. more on Call to Artists…
 
National News

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Announces Winner of National Finals of Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest
Columbus Alternative High School senior Jackson Hille won first prize among 12 finalists from around the country. While he is a young man, Ohio senior Jackson Hille humorously explored the trials of aging in the poem "Forgetfulness," by Billy Collins, which helped win him the title of Poetry Out Loud national champion. The Poetry Out Loud National Finals were held last night at the historic Lincoln Theatre in Washington, DC. Hille was among 12 finalists and 51 state champions from around the country who participated in the first national poetry recitation contest, sponsored by the National Arts Endowment and the Poetry Foundation. more information on the Poetry Out Loud National Contest...

NEA Announces
The Big Read
The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to revitalize the role of literature in American popular culture and bring the transformative power of literature into the lives of its citizens. Created by the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest, the Big Read aims to bring the power of reading into the lives of Americans. The Big Read will work with multiple partners across the country to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment. more on The Big Read...

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Cultural Tourism" Focus of 2006 Professional Arts Management Institute (PAMI)
The 44th annual Professional Arts Management Institute, America’s longest running interdisciplinary seminar series in the arts, will, for the first time, devote its entire program to a single topic: Cultural Tourism. Presented by Columbia College Chicago’s Arts, Entertainment & Media Management Department (AEMM) from June 23-25, 2006, at University Center, the weekend program will feature 20 hours of lectures, panel discussions and interactive sessions.  Directed and moderated by Alvin H. Reiss, editor of both Travel Arts Partnership and Arts Management and “Arts Agenda” columnist for Travel Weekly, the program will include sessions led by top travel and arts professionals. Topics include: 1) Marketing cultural tourism programs, 2) Working with hotels; partnerships with CVB’s and tourism agencies, 3) Utilizing resources; developing cultural tourism plans, 4) Cultural tourism in city neighborhoods, 5) Discussions of case histories and a “hands-on” interactive group session. more on Cultural Tourism Institute...


TJ Casey and Martin Guitar Support the National Day of the Cowboy
TJ Casey and Martin Guitar & Company have teamed up to support the work of the National Day of the Cowboy nonprofit organization. Martin has donated one of its famous "Little Martin" LXM Series Acoustic Guitars to TJ, to be raffled for the benefit of the recently formed Cowboy and Western heritage focused organization. Raffle tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20, and the winning ticket will be drawn on the Second Annual National Day of the Cowboy, July 22, 2006! Tickets are available for purchase through TJ's web site at http://www.tjcasey.net/. TJ, is a multi-talented Western singer, songwriter, and Cowboy poet; and is an official spokesperson for the National Day of the Cowboy Organization. Casey also teaches Western heritage and Cowboy culture to young cowboys and cowgirls, helping them connect to Western roots. With the help of several arts councils (including the North Dakota Council on the Arts) and 4-H, TJ also has the opportunity to teach Cowboy poetry in the classroom. more on TJ Casey…  more on National Day of the Cowboy…
 
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 (includes calls to artists, workshops, seminars, classes, grant opportunities, fellowships and much more) available on the NDCA web site!

Did you Know...


In fiscal year 2006, state arts agencies invested $327.5 million in creating and sustaining arts infrastructures in communities across the nation.
~ National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, Legislative Appropriations Annual Survey, FY 2006

A violin actually contains 70 separate pieces of wood.
~ http://www.amusingfacts.com/facts/Entertainment/Music/index.html
 

Other Resources

Web Site Offers Guidance for Online Donations
If you are in the market for online credit card software products, Idealware can help you choose wisely. This new site is dedicated to helping nonprofits with technology products and has reviewed 27 lower-priced online software tools for accepting donations from a web site. www.idealware.org/donations

"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.

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
 
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