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June 2007

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Statewide News

North Dakota Photo Contest Announced
Gov. John Hoeven and the North Dakota Tourism Division kicked-off North Dakota Tourism Week, which was May 12-20, by announcing the North Dakota Governor's Photo Contest. Any amateur photographer who lives in North Dakota is invited to submit entries to the Governor's Photo Contest. Winning photographers will receive a $100 cash prize and their entry will be featured in North Dakota Tourism's marketing materials. "For three years, amateur photographers in our state have been providing great images of North Dakota's natural beauty, its people, places and events," said Hoeven. "This year's contest will be no exception, giving photographers an opportunity to have their images published and the Tourism Division another source of excellent photography that captures the beauty of our great state." The deadline to enter is September 7, 2007. more on Photo Contest...

Plains Art Museum Seeks New Artists
The Plains Art Museum is requesting proposals from local and regional artists for inclusion in its store. Approximately every three months, work from local and regional artists is considered for inclusion in The Store by The Store committee. Proceeds from The Store benefit Museum programs. Typical store merchandise includes books, cards, original artwork, and one-of-a-kind, hand-made jewelry, clothing and household furnishings. Interested artists should go to www.plainsart.org/thestore/thestore.html and access the artist consignment application.

Renowned Fargo Composer, Producer and Teacher Dies at 78

Paul Severson passed away on Sunday, May 20, 2007. He was a very influential member of the jazz community and was very successful in the ad business nationally; among his many accomplishments, he started the music industry program at MSUM. Life celebration services will be at 3 p.m. June 5 at Faith United Church of Christ in International Falls, Minnesota, and at 3 p.m. June 8 at Fargo’s First United Methodist Church. more on Paul Severson...

Bismarck Art & Galleries Association's 7th Annual "For Arts Sake" Flea Market
BAGA's Flea Market will take place on June 16, from 8am-5pm. Stop by and see what hidden treasures you might find! If you would like to donate items to the flea market, suggested items include: books, cookware, dishes, bikes, camping gear, toys, furniture, holiday decorations, and yard equipment (no shoes or clothes please). Drop off donations at the BAGA office at 422 E Front Avenue, or call 223-5986 for more information.

Laurel Reuter Honored
Laurel Reuter received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of North Dakota on May 12, 2007. Reuter is the Founding Director of the North Dakota Museum of Art. She was born in Devils Lake, N.D., and was raised in Tokio, N.D., on what is now the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation. Reuter started the Museum as a student gallery in the Memorial Union in the early 1970’s as she pursued her M.A. degree in the Department of English. With the goal of "building the best small museum in America," Reuter curated more than 100 exhibitions by national and international artists. In 1996, she positioned the Museum as a private not-for-profit organization with its own Board of Directors and Foundation Board to secure the future, both intellectual and financial, of the Museum.
In honor of the founding director, Laurel Reuter, an endowment within the North Dakota Museum of Art Foundation designated to furthering the intellectual life of the Northern Plains, will be established. At her request it will be named the "Wallace Family Endowment."

Stop Horsin' Around, Help Stop Child Abuse
Black Pinto Horse Fine Arts traveled to Rapid City in May 2007, where Monte Yellow Bird, or better know in the Art world as Black Pinto Horse, painted a life-size colt and thoroughbred on sight in the Rushmore Mall. The embellished horses will be auctioned at sale
in January 2008, at the Rapid City Stock Show, with the proceeds going to CASA of Rapid City, South Dakota. CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates, operates on the belief that every child deserves to live in a permanent, loving and safe home. CASA volunteers provide advocacy service for abused and neglected children from newborn to age 18 in juvenile court. more on Black Pinto Horse Fine Arts...

National News

House Panel Votes Record NEA Fund Increase

The House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee on May 23 voted a record increase in funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), approving legislation proposed by subcommittee chair Rep. Norm Dicks (D-WA) setting the arts spending at $160.0 million for the 2008 fiscal year, $35.6 million above the current level of $124.4 million. The President’s budget had proposed increasing the NEA’s budget by $4 million in the coming year. The last time Congress approved an arts funding increase of such magnitude was 1979, when the arts endowment’s budget was raised by $26 million. The Interior Appropriations Bill next goes to the full Appropriations Committee for approval, with House floor action anticipated in June. Continued advocacy support will be needed as Congress progresses through its work on the FY08 spending legislation. more on NEA Fund Increase…

National Endowment for the Arts Announces 2007 National Winner of Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest
With a powerful command of the stage, Duke Ellington School of the Arts senior Amanda Fernandez, riveted audiences with "Ma Rainey," a vibrant portrait of rural African American life by poet Sterling A. Brown. This was one of three recitations that earned Fernandez the title of 2007 Poetry Out Loud National Champion and a $20,000 scholarship prize. The Poetry Out Loud National Finals were held May 1, 2007, at the George Washington University Lisner Auditorium in Washington, DC. Fernandez was among 12 finalists and 51 state champions from around the country who participated in the second national poetry recitation contest, sponsored by the National Arts Endowment and the Poetry Foundation. more on National POL Winner…

Arts Education Network Seeks Writers
Get published. Americans for the Arts is seeking writers for its new publication, the Arts Education Information Quarterly (AEIQ), which will share expertise in advancing arts education. Americans for the Arts invites submissions of manuscripts and proposals for the AEIQ series. Submissions are always welcome; reviews take place quarterly. For more information, contact Arts Education Manager John Abodeely at jabodeely@artsusa.org; or visit http://www.americansforthearts.org/pdf/services/arts_education/cfp_aeiq.pdf.

100% Travel Grants for U.S. Presenters
Dear Performing Arts Presenters: Is there an artist you would like to see perform, but you need assistance with the travel costs to attend a performance? PennPAT Presenter Travel Grants now support 100% of travel/lodging costs (up to $500) for presenters based anywhere in the United States, if interested attending a live performance by a PennPAT roster artist. The application deadline is 6 weeks prior to the performance. A simple application form is available online. If you have questions about this grant or about the PennPAT Program, please feel free to contact us at katie@pennpat.org, via telephone at (215) 496-9424, or visit http://www.pennpat.org/. list of upcoming performances by PennPAT roster artists…

McKnight Foundation Non-profit Toolkit
The Nonprofit Management Toolkit on the McKnight Foundation website offers fundraising resources, tips for honing your nonprofit's message for the media and the public, and advice about effectively evaluating programs and services. The fundraising resources section provides links to information compiled by the Foundation Center, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Charity Channel, Idealist.org, the Minnesota Council on Foundations, and other organizations. http://mcknight.org/resources/toolkit.aspx.

National Teaching Artists Compensation Survey
The Association of Teaching Artists (ATA) is trying to reach as many teaching artists as possible to complete its survey on teaching artists and compensation. ATA is looking for baseline information to help teaching artists throughout the country who contact ATA with questions about pay scales and who sets fees. For more information, contact Arts Education Manager John Abodeely at jabodeely@artsusa.org. complete this survey…

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...

Study Links Arts to Academic Achievement
An analysis of 2005-2007 data reported by Texas public school campuses demonstrates that schools that have higher levels of student participation in fine arts receive higher academic ratings and have lower drop out rates. Study results were released on March 4, by the Texas Coalition for Quality Arts Education. For information about Americans for the Arts' arts education efforts, please contact Arts Education Manager John Abodeely at jabodeely@artsusa.org. more on Academic Achievement study...

Foundation Giving to Arts and Culture Increased in 2005
Foundation grants are an important source of income for many nonprofit organizations. The Center's Foundation Giving Trends, 2007, reported that foundations awarded six percent more grant money in 2005 than in 2004. Arts and culture received the fourth largest share of grant dollars ($2 billion)—trailing education, health, and human services—and the third largest share (18,698) of total grants. more on Foundation Giving…

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/.

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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