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November 2007

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

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NDCA Releases Statewide and Comparative Data from Arts & Economic Impact Study
Results from a study conducted by Americans for the Arts in partnership with the North Dakota Council on the Arts, were released in October. The study examined the economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences in the state of North Dakota. Compelling new evidence from this study indicates that the nonprofit arts and culture are a $102 million industry in the state of North Dakota - one that supports 2,441 full-time equivalent jobs and generates $9 million in local and state government revenue. Nonprofit arts and culture organizations, which spend $47 million each year, leverage a remarkable $55 million in additional spending by arts and culture audiences - spending that pumps vital revenue into local restaurants, hotels, retail stores, and other businesses. By demonstrating that investing in the arts and culture yields economic benefits, the Arts & Economic Prosperity III lays to rest the common misconception that communities support the arts and culture at the expense of local economic development. In fact, communities that support arts and culture not only enhance their quality of life, they also invest in their economic well-being. more on Arts & Economic Prosperity III study…

Date Set for the North Dakota State Tree Lighting Ceremony

The North Dakota Council on the Arts, along with the Governor’s Office and Facility Management, invites the general public to the Lighting Ceremony for the North Dakota State Christmas Tree. The ceremony will be conducted by Governor John Hoeven and First Lady Mikey Hoeven on Tuesday, November 27, 2007, at
5:00 p.m. in the Memorial Hall of the Capitol Building in Bismarck. Live entertainment will be provided by Central Dakota Children's Choir, Bel Canto. The ceremony is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony. The tree will be decorated with ornaments handmade by children, students, artists and craftspeople from all over North Dakota, as has been the tradition since 1981. A descriptive listing of the ornaments will be available at the ceremony.

Reminder - Ornaments for State Christmas Tree are Due in NDCA's Office by November 13
NDCA invites artists and craftspeople to provide handmade ornaments for the North Dakota State Christmas Tree.
Submitted ornaments can vary from traditional to contemporary arts. Items that are commercially produced or made from kits are not eligible for inclusion. The theme is open and can be of the designer’s choosing. 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), and the name of the individual artist/craftsperson/group who created it. A descriptive listing will be available at the ceremony and will be mailed to everyone who submits an ornament. Ornaments must be received no later than Tuesday, November 13, 2007. All ornaments become the property of the NDCA and will be hung on the state tree each ensuing year. For more information, contact the NDCA at (701) 328-7594 or email amschmid@nd.gov. Mail ornaments to: North Dakota Council on the Arts, 1600 East Century Avenue, Suite 6, Bismarck, ND 58503-0649.

2008 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
February 26, 2008, and ultimately the National Finals in Washington DC April 27-29, 2008, 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: www.nd.gov/arts/poetryoutloud.htm. Deadline for registering is December 3, 2007!

2007 Special Edition Ornaments (Limited Quantities Available)
Picture of special edition ornamentIn celebration of the North Dakota Council on the Arts’ 40th anniversary, the Council is offering a Special Edition Ornament for $25. The colors of the ornament are indicative of NDCA’s logo, and the beautiful white snow, ever-present in North Dakota’s winters. Jon Offutt, the owner and operator of the House of Mulciber Glass Studio in Fargo, was commissioned by the North Dakota Council on the Arts to create this unique ornament. This ornament offers a unique opportunity to purchase a special, hand-made Christmas decoration and/or gift, while investing in the arts across the state. Limited quantities are available, price of the ornament includes a gift box. Proceeds from the sale of the ornament will benefit the North Dakota Cultural Endowment Fund, which was created by the State Legislature in 1979 to assist the North Dakota Council on the Arts in providing artistic opportunities for citizens throughout the state of North Dakota. For more information, or if you would like to purchase a Special Edition Ornament, email mailto:amschmid@nd.gov?subject=Special Edition Ornament.

Regional Forums and Statewide Conference to Promote Arts Careers for Individuals with Disabilities

NDCA invites you to attend the Regional Forums and Statewide Conference that will be held to ascertain barriers, educational needs, and potentially effective strategies for promoting arts careers for individuals with disabilities in North Dakota. Who Should Attend: Individuals with disabilities interested in pursuing careers as artists or arts administrators, and established artists and arts administrators (including those who may not have a disability, but are responsible for accessibility within their organization).
All Forums are scheduled from 1-4pm, (CST)
November 15, 2007 - Grand Forks, North Dakota Museum of Art
January 8, 2008 - Minot, Minot State University Campus Library
February 20, 2008 - Fargo, Plains Art Museum
The Statewide Conference will be held in Bismarck at the Kelly Inn Hotel, on Monday, April 7, 2008 (schedule to be announced). Forums will be conducted by NDCA, along with the Dakota West Arts Council, and the
North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities. Attendance at the forums is free and open to the public. There will be a minimal registration fee for the statewide conference. If you are interested in attending any of the forums, the statewide conference, or 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 Forums & Conference...


Sign Up to Receive E-mail Notifications of Federal Grant Opportunities
The best way to learn about federal grant opportunities is to go to the Subscription Services page at Grants.gov, the federal grant portal. Sign up for e-mail notification when new opportunities are posted.

National Endowment for the Arts Announces Maurice Cox as Director of Design
The National Endowment for the Arts announces that Maurice Cox, an architecture professor at the
University of Virginia, has been appointed the NEA's Director of Design. In that position, Cox will supervise the panel selection and grant making process in design, oversee the Mayors' Institute on City Design, Governors' Institute on Community Design, and Your Town programs, and provide professional leadership to the field. He will assume his new responsibilities on October 2. Mr. Cox arrives at the NEA at an exciting time. The Arts Endowment announces that the Edward W. Rose III Family Fund of The Dallas Foundation has given a generous gift of $250,000 for the NEA's Mayors' Institute on City Design. more on Maurice Cox...

California Arts Emergency Relief Fund
While it is too early to assess the ultimate impact of the fires on Southern California residents, many venues have canceled performances, artists have been displaced, and public art has been damaged. In response to the magnitude of this disaster, Americans for the Arts is collecting donations for the Americans for the Arts Emergency Relief Fund, a permanent fund developed to provide financial assistance to victims of a major disaster to help them rebuild the arts in their community. One hundred percent of relief funds will be distributed directly to local arts service organizations to assist with their recovery and their provision of services and funding to nonprofit arts organizations, individual artists, and other cultural relief efforts. Along with your donations, Americans for the Arts is adding a $20,000 contribution from reserves to build the efficacy of the Fund. To make a contribution to the Emergency Relief Fund, visit our website at www.AmericansForTheArts.org/EmergencyRelief, or contact Americans for the Arts toll-free at 866.471.2787 and ask for the Americans for the Arts Emergency Relief Fund.

Call for Nominations: Independent Sector Leadership Award
Deadline: January 31, 2008. The John W. Gardner Leadership Award was established to honor outstanding Americans who exemplify the leadership and the ideals of John W. Gardner, American statesman and founding chair of Independent Sector. This award is presented each year to an individual whose leadership in or with the nonprofit community has been transformative and who has mobilized and unified people, institutions, or causes that improve people's lives. Anyone may nominate an individual for the award, but nominations should be made without the candidate's knowledge. more on Independent Sector Leadership Award...

Sign Up for ACORNS

ACORNS (Arts and Culture Online Readers News Service) is the free newsletter of the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA). IFACCA produces ACORNS to improve the management and sharing of information and ideas between arts and culture organizations around the world. It includes news from and about arts and culture funding agencies, general interest news for people working for arts councils and culture agencies, and a digest of resources—such as links to websites, new publications, jobs, conferences, and events. more information and to sign up for ACORNS...


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!


Arts Patrons Prefer Online Marketing - A survey of arts patrons shows that many prefer web-based marketing to traditional offline media. Of those arts patrons who responded to the survey, 52% said they spend more time on average on the internet and less time with radio, television, newspapers and magazines, stating they would rather receive marketing emails directly from arts venues or visit a production's web site.
New York, New York (PRWEB) October 17, 2007. more on Online Marketing...

2006 Donation Rankings Released - Private support for arts institutions, including libraries, museums and public broadcasting, rose 17.5 percent from 2005 to $2.5 billion, according to a survey by the Chronicle of Philanthropy released October 29, 2007. By comparison,
U.S. educational institutions, a leading magnet for private philanthropy, saw an 11.3 percent increase in private donations to $17.6 billion. The Chronicle survey covers 400 of the largest U.S.-based nonprofit institutions, and the year under study is fiscal 2006, for which the ending date varies among those surveyed. Houston's Museum of Fine Arts was the top recipient of private donations among U.S. arts organizations in 2006, with a total of $185.8 million; New York's Museum of Modern Art was No. 2 in the survey, with $133.5 million raised.
~ Bloomberg.com, October 29, 2007. more on 2006 Donation Rankings...


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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