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March 2008

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

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NDCA Announces ND State Poetry Out Loud Winners
The North Dakota Council on the Arts is pleased to announce that the first place winner of the North Dakota State Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest is Devany Schulz of Shanley High School in Fargo, ND. The second place winner is Beatrice Hill of West Fargo High School in Fargo, ND. Third place was awarded to Kathryn Dorfschmidt of Century High School in Bismarck, ND. Rachel Geinert of Edgeley Public School, and Stephanie Dutenhafer of Newburg United, also placed in the top five. The competition was presented in partnership with The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Poetry Foundation. The state finals competition took place on Tuesday, February 26, at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck, ND. Devany Schulz will advance to the National Finals in Washington, DC on April 27-29, 2008, where a total of $50,000 in scholarships and school stipends, with at least a $20,000 college scholarship for the Poetry Out Loud National Champion, will be awarded. more on Poetry Out Loud…

Statewide Conference on Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities - April 7, 2008 - Save the Date and Plan to attend!

NDCA invites you to attend the Statewide Conference on Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities. This conference is being presented by the ND Council on the Arts, Dakota West Arts Council, and the ND Center for Persons with Disabilities. The Statewide Conference will be held in Bismarck at the Kelly Inn Hotel, on Monday, April 7, 2008 from 9:45am-4pm (registration begins at 8:45am).
Who Should Attend: Individuals with disabilities who are interested in pursuing careers as artists or arts administrators (and family and friends); along with anyone currently working as an artist or arts administrator (beginning, emerging and professional artists, arts organizations, arts councils, etc.). There will be a $25 registration fee for the conference (a continental breakfast and lunch will be provided). If you are interested in attending the statewide conference (a registration form is available here) or if would like additional information, contact Amy Schmidt at (701) 328-7594, (email amschmid@nd.gov); or Linda Olsrud at (701) 222-6640, (email linda@dakotawest.org). more on Forum & Conference...

As a Reminder ~ the NDCA Grant Deadlines Are Approaching
Application deadline dates for the Council on the Arts grants are approaching. Artist-in-Residence (Sponsor and New Artist), Teacher Incentive, Community Arts Access, and Presenter Support grants must be submitted by April 1, 2008 for programs taking place between July 1, 2008 and June 30, 2009. The Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grants must be postmarked by May 15, 2008 for project periods of July 1, 2008 to April 30, 2009. 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 submitted no later than four (4) weeks prior to the start of the event.
If you have not yet applied for a grant through NDCA’s new online system, you can set up your profile at any time. For more information, to set up your profile, and to apply, please visit: http://northdakota.cgweb.org/. Detailed application instructions are available at www.nd.gov/arts/grants/online_app_instructions.pdf. more on NDCA grant programs...

Artists Celebrating Christ (ACC) Art Show March 13-15, 2008
Join the Artists Celebrating Christ as they glorify Christ through the arts at the University of Mary Benedictine Center. There will be visual art, art classes, sanctuary art, music, dance and drama. As a special memorial exhibit, the visual art will include some special samples from world renowned liturgical artist David Hetland. The event begins March 13, 7-9pm; March 14 from 9am-10pm; and March 15 from 10am-7pm. A Quick Draw and Reception takes place on March 15 from 4:30-5:30pm where you can watch artists start and complete an art piece in one hour as Gayla Sherman plays her harp; a Live Art Auction follows at 5:30 pm. Proceeds generated during the event to benefit Charles Hall Youth Services for at-risk teens. For more information, Call 255-7312 or visit http://www.accartshow.com/.

2008 Annual Capital A'Fair Call for Entries
Bismarck Art & Galleries Association (BAGA) is calling for entries for the 2008 Annual Capital A'Fair, a fine arts and craft fair held on the ND State Capitol grounds Saturday, August 2 through Sunday, August 3. This is a juried show and is open to all artists and crafters. All work must be created by the artist. Entry deadline is April 1, 2008. Stop by BAGA for a brochure and entry form, or visit http://bismarck-art.org/.
Sidewalk Chalk Artists: BAGA is looking for artists who will complete 10’ x 10’ chalk art drawings during Capital A’Fair. As a second year event, only 10 artists will be selected. Those wishing to participate must submit a drawing of the work they wish to create during the fair, or photos of previous works. There is no theme for the art. Artists must supply their own materials. Chalk pastels art eh medium – no paints or other mediums will be allowed.

Plains Art Museum Calls for Community Organizations To Create, Fabricate and Donate for Worthy Agencies
Plains Art Museum has created an art program called Community Art Project: the Art of Giving, through which eight community organizations, clubs, trade associations, etc. can come to the Museum to create art projects that will benefit worthy social agencies. The resulting art projects will help these agencies meet the needs of their causes. The materials used in the art projects will actually be items needed by the recipient agencies. The construction and building of the art projects is expected to be a fun, social event for all those involved. Not only will worthy organizations benefit, but the fun of making art and seeing the development of artistic ideas and visions will be realized. After the projects are made, they will be on display at the Museum. After the exhibition, the projects will be dismantled and the items donated to the recipient agencies. Proposals are due on April 1. more on Community Art Project: the Art of Giving

Plan to Attend the North Dakota Tourism Conference
The ND Tourism Conference is set for April 20-22 at the Seven Seas Hotel in Mandan. Early bird registration is due April 1, 2008. For more information on the conference visit the ND Tourism's web site at:  http://www.ndtourism.com/industry/north-dakota-tourism-conference/.

Mark Your Calendars for May 28-29, 2008 to Attend Artist to Artist
The Artist to Artist is a powerful professional development experience for artists who are on the North Dakota Council on the Arts Artist in Residence roster, teaching artists, and classroom teachers. It takes place Wednesday, May 28 and Thursday, May 29, 2008, in Fargo, North Dakota. Artist to Artist is grounded on the principle that authentic learning in the arts is the foundation for understanding and creating meaningful arts integration in the classroom. Artist to Artist uses the power of collaborative inquiry to examine the work that artists do in order to develop deeper understandings of artists' planning, instruction, and reflection strategies. Experienced facilitators guide Artist to Artist participants in ways that allow them to share teaching and learning practices with each other, to discover mentoring and partnering opportunities with other teaching artists, and to build bridges to arts organizations and schools. Founded in 2002, Artist to Artist is a cadre of exemplary teaching artists, "translators," facilitators and emerging teaching artists. It is an informal collective of individuals from across the states of Minnesota and North Dakota that is actively supported by the Perpich Center for Arts Education, the North Dakota Council on the Arts, and the Minnesota State Arts Board. Additional sponsors for this year's Artist to Artist are Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre, Northern Prairie Performing Arts, NDSU School of Visual Arts & Architecture, and the Hotel Donaldson. To learn more about Artist to Artist, or to register for the workshop, contact Linda Ehreth at (701) 328-7593 or lehreth@nd.gov.

Hurry, the North Dakota Commemorative Quarter Sets Will No Longer be Available After March 15 2008!
ND Commerative Quarter setNDCA's special Commemorative Quarter Set will only be available until March 15, 2008! This is your last opportunity to purchase never-circulated, North Dakota quarters in a collectible case for only $5.00. Each set includes one quarter from the U.S. Mint at Denver and one from the U.S. Mint at Philadelphia. Great for gifts, collectors and for souvenirs! For more information, or to purchase the North Dakota Commemorative Quarter Set, please visit www.nd.gov/arts; email amschmid@nd.gov; or call 701-328-7594.


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 31st is Arts Advocacy Day
Arts Advocacy Day is March 31, 2008, let your legislators know that funding for the arts is vital to North Dakota! more on Arts Advocacy Day...

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/.

New Deputy Chair for States, Regions and Local Arts Agencies
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has announced the appointment of Patrice Walker Powell to the newly created position of Deputy Chairman for States, Regions, and Local Arts Agencies. Ms. Powell will be responsible for planning and managing the agency's partnership agreements and other initiatives involving the state arts agencies and regional arts organizations, small grant programs such as Challenge America Fast-Track, and the NEA's AccessAbility activities. Patrice Walker Powell has been a staff member at the NEA since 1991. Early in 2002, she took on the role of acting deputy chairman providing oversight for grants and awards totaling approximately $40 million. In recent years, Ms. Powell has also directed NEA programs including Challenge America Fast-Track which funds projects in civic design, cultural tourism, guest artist, and public arts. For more information, visit http://www.nea.gov/news/news08/Powell.html.

Bush Foundation Debuts New Initiative: Dakota Creative Connections Grants Available to Dakota Artists
The Bush Foundation recognizes that artists living in largely rural areas face many challenges developing their work and getting it noticed.  In response, the Bush Artist Fellows Program, in partnership with Springboard for the Arts, invites artists living in North Dakota and South Dakota to apply for the new Dakota Creative Connections (DCC) program. DCC’s goal is to help Dakota-based artists develop new ideas and directions for specific projects and their creative lives. The idea for the program came from conversations between the Bush Artist Fellows Program staff and artists who live and work in North and
South Dakota communities. DCC will choose eight to 12 artists annually, awarding small project grants ranging from $3,000 to $6,000 and hosting professional development activities and meetings with other artists for grant recipients. Artists (over age 21) at all stages of their life’s work and in all disciplines are eligible for support. The categories will rotate on an annual basis. In 2008, the Foundation will make awards to artists working in three categories—contemporary visual arts; media arts; and visual arts: traditional, ethnic and functional crafts. In 2009, awards will be made to artists working in five categories—literary arts; music composition; performance-based work; script works; and performance: traditional, folk and ethnic arts. Applications and work samples will be reviewed by a five-person regional panel, including accomplished artists, folklorists, curators, arts presenters and arts administrators from South and North Dakota and Minnesota. Grantees will be publicly announced in July. Check the Bush Foundation website at http://www.bushfoundation.org/ for more specific category and eligibility information, as well as to download applications. Applications must be received by April 25, 2008.

Arts Midwest’s 2008-2009 Performing Arts Fund
The Performing Arts Fund supports the inter-state touring of professional performing artists specializing in the fine arts of dance, theater, music, youth, family entertainment, and other meaningful performing arts forms appropriate for communities throughout Arts Midwest's nine-state region (IL, IN, IA, MI, MN, ND, OH, SD, and WI). These engagements must include public performances and in-depth educational activities reaching audiences who lack access to the performing arts. Open Date: March 26, 2008; Close Date: Varies as funds are depleted for each state. New and Important!: Determination of Submission Date - In order for your application to be considered for funding, both an eGRANT application must be submitted AND a hard-copy application package, with Certification Page, must be received in Arts Midwest's office; For the 2008-2009 application cycle, your submission date is when all materials (eGRANT and hard-copy application package) have been received. (In the past, the submission date was when your online eGRANT application was submitted); Materials received prior to March 26, 2008, will be considered to arrive on March 26. To apply, visit the online Tools for Applicants, where you will find: "2008-2009 Performing Arts Fund" eGRANT Application - Now Available!; Application Checklist; Assurance of Compliance (to be included with your application package); and Accessibility Tools. For more information, contact Katherine Haugen, program associate, 612.341.0755, ext. 28; or e-mail performingartsfund@artsmidwest.org.

2008 Creative Industries Report: New Data Available
The new 2008 Creative Industries reports are now available. Our analysis of Dun & Bradstreet data shows an increase in both the number arts-related businesses and employment nationwide. Act now to ensure that you start the 2008 legislative season armed with these important advocacy and visibility tools that make the case that the arts mean business! Each customized Creative Industries report contains a color map of your community, a table listing the number of arts-related businesses and employees in the area, and a table summarizing the percentage of change in arts businesses and employees from 2007-2008. To learn more about the Creative Industries research, visit www.AmericansForTheArts.org/CreativeIndustries or contact Research Associate Tsion Lencho at 202.371.2830 or tlencho@artsusa.org.

Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice
The Panel on the Nonprofit Sector has released its Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice: A Guide for Charities and Foundations. Americans for the Arts has joined with hundreds of organizations in recommending that all nonprofits use these 33 principles as a catalyst and a guide to improve governance within our own organizations. The guide is designed as a practical tool to help evaluate, update, and improve governance practices in the following areas: legal compliance and public disclosure, effective governance, strong financial oversight, and responsible fundraising. Americans for the Arts encourages you to review the principles and decide how they apply to your operations, then forward them to colleagues and affiliates as appropriate. Download or Order Your Free Copy Today


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!


Regular participation in high quality afterschool programs is linked to significant gains in standardized test scores and work habits as well as reductions in behavior problems among disadvantaged students, a recent study found. This study, conducted by researchers at the University of California, Irvine, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Policy Studies Associates, Inc. finds that these gains help offset the negative impact of a lack of supervision after school. The two-year study followed almost 3,000 low-income, ethnically diverse elementary and middle school students from eight states in six major metropolitan centers and six smaller urban and rural locations. About half of the young people attended high-quality afterschool programs at their schools or in their communities. more on Determining Long-Term Benefits of Afterschool Programs

You know the feeling - the shiver that shoots across your skin when you hear that song. But why do some of us feel the tingle of Barber's strings, while others are tickled by Bjork's epic voice? And why do a small proportion of us feel no shivers at all? The glory of the iPod is lost on those who suffer from a rare condition known as amusia - a complete inability to comprehend or take pleasure from music. Where once these people would have been dismissed as "tone deaf," there is a growing recognition that amusia is a neurological condition, inherited through families. more on amusia…


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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