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November 2006

Welcome to e-Prairie Arts! This electronic newsletter supplements our printed newsletter, Prairie Arts, which is published 3 times per year. e-Prairie Arts will be distributed during the months of February, March, April, June, July, August, October, November and December. If you know of anyone else who would like to receive e-Prairie Arts, please e-mail amschmid@nd.gov.
 

Statewide News

North Dakota Council on the Arts to Conduct Training Sessions for Online Grant Programs
NDCA will be conducting training sessions on the new MANDATORY online application for Institutional Support grants during the month of November. The training session is not mandatory, but should assist you greatly in getting your grant together on the new online application. All Institutional Support grants will be submitted online in the upcoming year --- the guidelines, etc. will be available online the end of November and the application must be submitted by March 15, 2007. Training sessions will be held at the following locations:
Fargo: November 2, 11:00 a.m. at the
Plains Museum
Grand Forks
: November 2, 2:00 p.m. at the Bremer Bank, 3100 South Columbia Rd
Bismarck: November 14, 3:30 p.m. in the WFSI board room (in our office building) 1600 E Century Avenue
Minot: November 16, 2:30 p.m. in the Westlie Room of the MSU Student Union
For anyone unable to attend one of these sessions, please contact the office (701-328-7590) and we will make arrangements for some type of training for you. You are welcome to come to any session that is more convenient for you. All grants will be going online over the course of the current fiscal year.

2007 Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest
Created by the National Endowment for the Arts and The Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud is administered in partnership with the State Arts Agencies of all 50 states and the District of Columbia. By encouraging high school students to memorize and perform great poems, Poetry Out Loud invites the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word, and theatre into the English class. This exciting new program helps high school students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. The competition begins at the classroom level, with winners advancing to school-wide, then to the State Finals in Bismarck, ND March 14, 2007, and ultimately the National Finals in Washington DC April 30-May 1, 2007, where $50,000 dollars in scholarships and school prizes will be awarded. The NEA and the Poetry Foundation provide free curriculum materials for use by participating schools. These materials include print and online anthologies containing more than 400 classic and contemporary poems; a website (http://www.poetryoutloud.org/); a teacher’s guide to help instructors teach recitation and performance; and a CD featuring well-known actors and writers such as Anthony Hopkins, James Earl Jones, Alysso Milano, David Schwimmer, and N. Scott Momaday. To register and to learn more about Poetry Out Loud please visit: http://www.state.nd.us/arts/poetryoutloud.htm. Deadline for registering is
December 1, 2006!

Taube Museum of Art’s Festival of the Season Art Sale

The Taube Museum of Art’s Festival of the Season Art Sale will take place November 24-December 23, 2006. There are three categories to select from, you may enter all three or a combination of the three: Gallery entries; Museum Gift Shop entries; and/or Handmade Holiday Ornaments. One artist will be chosen for exhibition in the Taube Museum of Art Lower Gallery in 2007. Cash awards include $50 for one Juror selection and $50 for one People’s Choice selection. Two merchandise awards from area businesses will be awarded. All mailed and/or hand delivered items must be received at the
Taube Museum of Art by Saturday, November 18, 2006, from 11am-4pm. For a registration form, and/or for more information, please contact the Taube Museum of Art, 2 N. Main Street, Minot, ND 58703; 701-838-4445.

North Dakota Commemorative Quarter Sets Are Still Available!
A special Commemorative Quarter Set is available through NDCA's office, and online offering an opportunity to purchase never-circulated, North Dakota quarters in a collectible case for $5.00. Each set will include one quarter from the U.S. Mint at Denver and one from the U.S. Mint at Philadelphia. Great for Christmas gifts, stocking stuffers, 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.

Reminder - NDCA Announces the Governor’s Awards for the Arts Call for Nominations
The Governor’s Awards for the Arts are biennial awards presented to individuals, organizations, educators, and businesses who consistently strive to better their communities through their commitment to the arts. The Council asks for your assistance in recognizing these people by your submission of nominations for the 2007 Awards. For a nomination form and complete instructions, please visit www.nd.gov/arts; email mailto:amschmid@nd.gov?subject=Governor's Awards for the Arts Nomination; call 701-328-7594; or write to ND Council on the Arts, 1600 E Century Avenue, Suite 6, Bismarck, ND 58503-0649. The nomination deadline is November 15, 2006.

Call for Ornaments for State Christmas Tree
NDCA invites artists and craftspeople to provide handmade ornaments for the North Dakota State Christmas Tree which will be on display in the Memorial Hall of the State Capitol in Bismarck. It will be lit during a public ceremony conducted by the Governor and Mrs. Hoeven on December 7, 2006 at 5:00 p.m. Submitted ornaments can vary from traditional to contemporary arts (theme is open). Items that are commercially produced or made from kits are not eligible for inclusion. Each ornament should include a brief one or two line description of the ornament (naming the art form used or the special circumstances through which it was created – such as through a class or senior center project). Also include the name of the individual artist/craftsperson who created it. Ornaments must be received in the NDCA office no later than Monday, November 27. All ornaments become the property of the NDCA and will be hung on the state tree each ensuing year. For more information, call 701-328-7594 or email mailto:amschmid@nd.gov?subject=Call for ornaments. Mail ornaments to: North Dakota Council on the Arts, 1600 East Century Avenue, Suite 6, Bismarck, ND 58503-0649.

 
National News

Creativity in the Classroom Fellowships
Two Creativity Workshop Educator Fellowships will be given to two educators for attendance at the Creativity Workshop in Florence, Italy, July 13 - 22, 2007. The two fellowships will be given on the basis of a 500 word proposal: "How to Inspire and Implement Creativity in the Classroom". The concept of creativity can be in any subject area from the hard science to the more traditional creative arts. The chosen educators will spend 10 days in the beautiful city of Florence, Italy experiencing its creative spirit and attending the Creativity Workshop. 1st Prize: Free tuition and 9 nights accommodations in Florence, Italy to attend the Creativity Workshop July 13 - 22, 2007. (Airfare is not included). 2nd Prize: Free tuition to attend a Creativity Workshop July 13 - 22, 2007 in Florence, Italy. (Airfare and accommodations are not included). There is no registration fee. Requirements: 1) A 500 word proposal: "How to Inspire and Implement Creativity in the Classroom". The concept of creativity can be in any subject area from the hard science to the more traditional creative arts. 2) Applicants must be full time educators at an accredited educational institution. Deadline: Friday, December 1, 2006. Email submissions only. Full Guidelines are available at: http://www.creativityworkshop.com/educatoraward.html.

Results from the National Arts Education Opinion Survey
What does the general public - and in particular, parents - think about arts education? Americans for the Arts conducted a national telephone survey and a focus group with parents of children in grades K-12 to compare today's trend attitudes about the importance of a child's arts education with those of 2001, when the first phase of "Art. Ask for More." public service campaign was launched. Some of the results include: 93% of Americans believe the arts are vital to providing a well-rounded education for their children; 86% agree that arts education encourages and assists in the improvement of a child's attitude towards school; 79% believe this is important enough for them to get personally involved in increasing the amount and quality of arts education, but 60% feel pressed for time and don't know how to get involved even if they had time; and 54% rated the importance of arts education a "10" on a scale of one to 10. For more information about "Art. Ask for More." call Nicole Sparks, Government and Public Affairs Coordinator, at 202-371-2830; or visit http://www.americansforthearts.org/information_resources/funding_resources/default_005.asp for a "Fact Sheet About the Benefits of Arts Education for Children."
~ Americans for the Arts' "ArtsLink" Fall 2006 Issue

National Education Association Grant Opportunity
National Education Association Foundation is accepting entries for NEA Fine Arts Grants (grades 6-12), which supports fine arts teachers implementing arts programs that promote learning among students at risk of school failure. For more information, visit www.neafoundation.org/grants.htm. Deadline: December 15, 2006.

Association of Performing Arts Presenters Conference
The Association of Performing Arts Presenters will hold its annual conference January 20-23, 2007 in New York City
. For more information, visit http://www.artspresenters.org/. Registration Deadlines: November 9, 2006 (early) and January 18, 2006 (regular).

 
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 amschmid@nd.gov.

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...

Arts-related businesses make up 4.4 percent of all businesses and 2.2 percent of all jobs in the United States and are present in every congressional district. Across the country, more than 578,000 of the nation's 13.3 million businesses are arts-centric, and they employ 2.97 million people. 
~ Creative Industries 2005: The Congressional Report

In a recent survey, more than 80 percent of business leaders ranked "creativity and innovation" among the top five applied skills that college graduates need to succeed in today's workplace. However, only 21.5 percent of recent four-year college graduates were assessed as "excellent" in these skill sets, and more than half of high-school graduates were rated "deficient."
~ Are They Really Ready to Work? Employers' Perspectives on the Basic Knowledge and Applied Skills of New Entrants to the 21st Century U.S. Workforce


 
Other Resources

Tools for Nonprofit Organizations

Idealist.org has compiled a list of the most useful sites they have found on the Web for individuals starting, managing and funding a nonprofit organization.

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
 

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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