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March 2006

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Statewide News

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, Lewis and Clark Community Grants, Community Arts Access, and Presenter Support grants must be postmarked by April 1, 2006 for programs taking place between July 1, 2006 and June 30, 2007. The Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grants must be postmarked by May 15, 2006 for project periods of July 1, 2006 to April 30, 2007. 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 postmarked no later than four (4) weeks prior to the start of the event.

Soprano Louise Pinkerton Advances in Byrd Competition
This March, Louise Pinkerton, soprano, will compete for over $10,000 in combined prize money and the opportunity to perform with the Flint Symphony Orchestra. Pinkerton is one of only thirty-two singers from across the nation selected for the William C. Byrd Young Artist Competition. The top singers are selected for the competition based on recordings and application materials submitted in January. Pinkerton will sing in the Semi-Finals during the day on March 4th in Flint, Michigan. Five finalists are then selected from the competitors, and they perform in formal concert that evening where the First and Second Prize Winners are decided by a panel of three distinguished judges. more on Louise Pinkerton...

Call to North Dakota Artists Interested in Wildlife Art
The regulations for the 2006 Federal Duck Stamp Contest have been released and are available to lo
cal artists. North Dakota artists are encouraged to apply, as they did not receive any entries from ND last year. Entries will be accepted from June 1 until August 15. This year's eligible species are: American wigeon, wood duck, gadwall, ring-necked duck, and cinnamon teal. more details, prospectus and registration form…

North Dakota Chamber of Commerce Seeks Business Award Nominations
The North Dakota Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its 2006 North Dakota Community Leadership Awards. Individuals, businesses and organizations may submit nominations for award recipients. Criteria for recipients include leadership in activities that contribute to an enriched quality of life and enhancement of our North Dakota communities. Suggested areas of leadership could include, but is not be limited to: community service, business, farming, industry, their professions, education, health, religion, politics, environment, and law enforcement. more on nomination information...
National News

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.

March 9th is Arts Advocacy Day
Arts Advocacy Day is March 9, 2006, let your legislators know that funding for the arts is vital to North Dakota!

April is Jazz Appreciation Month
Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) is intended to draw public attention to the glories of jazz as both an histori
cal and a living treasure. The idea is to encourage musicians, concert halls, schools, colleges, museums, libraries and public broadcasters to offer special programs on jazz every April. In addition, JAM is intended to stimulate the current jazz scene and encourage people of all ages to participate in jazz--to study the music, attend concerts, listen to jazz on radio and recordings, read books about jazz, and support institutional jazz programs. The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History has designated the month and has enlisted a distinguished roster of federal agencies and departments, nongovernmental organizations, foundations and broadcasting networks. Any organization can participate in Jazz Appreciation Month. For more information, a calendar of activities and to learn how to participate and celebrate JAM, visit http://www.smithsonianjazz.org/.

Arts in Education Grant Program
The U.S. Department of Education recently announced a new competition for its Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination Grants Program. We believe this program presents an ideal opportunity to develop, evaluate, and disseminate innovative arts in education model programs. School districts may utilize this opportunity to integrate and strengthen the arts in the core elementary and middle school curricula and improve students’ academic performance, including their skills in creating, performing, and responding to the arts. Arts organizations may seize this opportunity to strengthen their partnerships with local school districts while supporting their core mission of connecting their communities with the arts. more on Arts in Education grant...

Prairie Arts Management Institute 2006 Practical Arts Leadership Training
Professional development, and practical training for staff of small and mid-sized community arts organizations. June 6-9, 2006 at the Augustana College, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Registration Fee is $350 prior to April 30, 2006; $400 after May 1, 2006. Register on-line and pay with Pay Pal or Print registration form and mail in payment. Events included in Registration: Opening night dinner; Visual Arts Center Exhibit at Washington Pavilion of Arts and Sciences; Tour Washington Pavilion Arts and Sciences; Special dessert evening at Zandbroz Variety Shop; SculptureWalk 2006, which includes 40 new sculptures downtown; Closing “graduation” dinner Friday evening. more information on the PAMI Institute...

*Reminder* National Arts Marketing Project Conference - "Blockbuster Results on an Indie Budget: Arts Marketing and Earned Income Strategies that Work!"

This year’s National Arts Marketing Project Conference focuses on strategies for earned income and audience development that have gotten big bang for the buck. The conference will be held April 29-May 2, 2006 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. Sessions will highlight case studies in branding, high-tech e-marketing, guerilla tactics on a budget, researching and reaching diverse Audiences, and collaborations of all kinds from organizations of all art forms and all sizes! more on NAMPC and registration information...

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...

America's nonprofit arts industry generates $134 billion in economic activity every year, including $24.4 billion in federal, state and local tax revenues. Source: Americans for the Arts, Arts & Economic Prosperity, 2002

"In the Box" by Mary CassettThe most valuable painting by a female artist is "In the Box" by Mary Cassatt sold at Christie's in New York City for the sum of $3.67 Million dollars. Note...Seven of the ten highest prices paid for works ever sold by a female artist were created by Mary Cassatt.
Other Resources

"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
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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