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October 2006

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Statewide News

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. Nominees are in every community.  There are many whose contributions are highly valued by those who know them, but whose deeds often go unnoticed by most.  You know them by their commitment, interest, ownership and support; whether behind the scenes or in the forefront.  From the business people who give financial support, to the arts organization that presents the arts, to the teacher who finds money to bring the arts to his/her students; look for people who have helped plan, shape and promote your area arts events. 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.

NDCA Grant Deadlines Approaching
Application deadline dates for the Council on the Arts grants are approaching. Artist-in-Residence, Community Arts Access and Teacher Incentive grants must be postmarked by November 1, 2006 for programs taking place between January 1 and June 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. Early submission of applications is recommended since grant funds are limited and applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis. For further information, contact the North Dakota Council on the Arts at 701-328-7590; e-mail mailto:amschmid@nd.gov?subject=NDCA grant deadlines or go online at: http://www.state.nd.us/arts/grants/grants.htm. These grants are supported by the North Dakota Council on the Arts, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding is contingent on availability of funds.

Call for Ornaments for State Christmas Tree
NDCA invites artists and craftspeople to provide handmade ornaments for the North Dakota State Christmas Tree. The tree 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. Items that are commercially produced or made from kits are not eligible for inclusion. This is a great art project for elementary classes, Scout troops, 4-H clubs, residents of assisted living centers, etc., as well as a great family project. 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 – such as through a class or senior center project). Also include the name of the individual artist/craftsperson 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 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, contact the NDCA at 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.

North Dakota Artist’s Works Exhibited in Offices of the Governor and First Lady
The North Dakota Council on the Arts, along with the offices of Governor John Hoeven and First Lady Mikey Hoeven, is exhibiting the works of Fargo photographer Scott Archer at the Capitol Building in Bismarck. Archer’s photographs will be on display in the governor’s ground floor and first floor offices as well as the first lady’s fourth floor office during the months of October, November and December 2006. This is part of an ongoing program between the NDCA and the offices of the governor and first lady. Every three months, visual artists from around the state are selected to exhibit their work at the Capitol Building. more on Scott Archer…

North Dakota Commemorative Quarter Sets Available at Norsk Hostfest
The North Dakota Quarter, one of the newest commemorative quarter-dollar coins in the United States Mint’s 50 State Quarters® Program, was released at a special launch ceremony on Wednesday, August 30, 2006. A special Commemorative Quarter Set that is available through NDCA's office, online, and at the Norsk Hostfest October 11-14, 2006, offers 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. The size of the commemorative set is approximately 3 1/2" x 2 1/2" and includes a plastic display case. Proceeds from the sale of the Commemorative Quarter Sets will benefit the ND 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 to purchase the North Dakota Commemorative Quarter Set, please visit www.nd.gov/arts; email amschmid@nd.gov; or call 701-328-7594.

October is Arts & Humanities Month
Governor John Hoeven has declared October 2006 as Arts & Humanities Month for the state of
North Dakota. This came by way of an official proclamation from his office, which recognized that “the arts and humanities enhance and enrich the lives of all citizens; and affect every aspect of life in America today including the economy, social problem solving, job creation, education, creativity, and community livability.” North Dakota’s Arts and Humanities Month corresponds with a national celebration. The National Arts and Humanities Month is sponsored by a coalition of national organizations representing the arts and humanities. It provides all cultural organizations and agencies the opportunity to highlight the work they do for their communities. The celebration grew out of National Arts Week, which was started in 1985 by the National Endowment for the Arts and Americans for the Arts. more on Arts & Humanities Month…

International Music Camp Names New
Camp Director
The Board of Directors of the International Music Camp has appointed Dr. Tim Wollenzien as Camp Director as of  September 1, 2006.  Wollenzien is a graduate of Rolla (ND) High School, and attended Minnesota State University Moorhead.  He earned Masters’ and Ph.D. degrees in music education from the University of Minnesota.  Wollenzien has been a music educator in Minnesota for the past 22 years, and was most recently a professor of music at St. Cloud State University.  Dr. Wollenzien is only the third person in the 51-year history of the Camp to hold the position of Camp Director.  He succeeds Joe T. Alme, who is retiring after 23 years of service. The International Music Camp is a summer school of fine arts, located at the International Peace Garden on the border between North Dakota and Manitoba. more on Dr. Tim Wollenzien...

Pangea Essay and Poetry Contest
The Heritage Hjemkomst Interpretive Center announces the Pangea Essay and Poetry Contest in conjunction with the exhibit Pangea-Weaving Our Cultures Together. Essay question: How can cultural diversity be compared to a weaving? Guidelines for the contest: Open to Middle School students; Essay or Poem length: one page maximum; and the Deadline is October 20, 2006 at 5:00 p.m. Prizes for first, second, and third place. There is also an honorable mention prize. The winners will be announced November 4, 2006 at the 2nd annual Pangea-Cultivate Our Cultures festival. For more information, contact Michelle Kittleson at 218-299-5511 x222.

BAGA Offers Tours of Fall Art Show to Schools
Bismarck Arts & Galleries Association would like to invite schools, classes and students to visit the Fall Art Show "Autumn Artistry." This year marks its 62nd year with entries from local and regional artists. It is North Dakota's longest running art show. This non-juried show opens October 3 and continues through October 27, 2006. School tours are available Tuesdays through Fridays from 10am-5pm. To schedule a tour, or for more information, please call the gallery at 701-223-5986.


National News

NEA Announces Redesigned Accessibility Section of Their Web Site
The NEA is pleased to announce their newly redesigned Accessibility section of their website. They hope you will find the site’s information, resources, and publications more accessible, organized, and usable. You may access the site by going to http://www.arts.gov/ and clicking on the wheelchair Accessibility symbol in the lower left hand corner, or access the site directly by going to: http://www.arts.gov/resources/Accessibility/index.html. The site contains: information on funding opportunities, laws & compliance standards; new and updated resource lists; as well as articles and links related to Accessibility Leadership Initiatives. Please note that the Accessibility Planning and Resource Guide for Cultural Administrators and Design for Accessibility: A Cultural Administrator's Handbook are under "Publications and Checklists."

Conservation Assessment Program Announces 2006 Participants, 2007 Application to be Released October 6, 2006
The condition of collections in 110 museums in 39 states and the District of Columbia will be assessed this year through the Conservation Assessment Program (CAP). The 2006 recipients include the Michigan Maritime Museum, Arizona State University Center for Meteorite Studies, the Mississippi Museum of Art and the Adams Museum and House in Deadwood, South Dakota. To view the list of 2006 CAP grant recipients, visit http://heritage.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=B3hAXAAWAAEAAAH9AAC6qg. CAP helps small to mid-sized museums of all types, from art museums to zoos, obtain a general assessment of the condition of their collections, environment, and historic buildings. Following an on-site assessment by a conservation professional, the museum receives a written report recommending priorities to improve collections care. This report assists museums in educating staff and board members on conservation practices, creating long-range and emergency plans, and raising funds to improve the care of their collections. Forms for applying to the FY2007 CAP will be mailed on Friday, October 6, 2006, to museums on the CAP mailing list and will also be available on Heritage Preservation's Web site at http://heritage.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=B3hAXAAWAAEAAAwBAAC6qg.  Eligible participants will be accepted into the program on a first-come, first-served basis, and applicants are encouraged to mail their completed application as soon as possible. The postmark deadline for applications is December 1, 2006. To be added to the CAP application mailing list or for more information, call 202-233-0800 or email cap@heritagepreservation.org.

National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts' 69th National Convention
The National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts will host its 69th national convention, the Conference for Community Arts Education, in Phoenix, AZ, from October 31 – November 4, 2006.  350 leaders of community-based arts education organizations from 45 states will attend to share information and ideas, learn from experts in the field, and set the direction for the future of the community arts education field.  The Conference is the only national event of its kind in the U.S.  Nationally renowned leaders in the fields of advocacy, arts integration, arts education assessment, board development, curriculum, evaluation, finance, fund raising, marketing / public relations, management, partnerships, planning, research, and technology, will lead sessions.  Two pre-conference institutes, on arts education partnerships and outcome-based evaluation, are also planned.  Staff, faculty, trustees and volunteers at community-based arts education organizations and programs are encouraged to attend.  Detailed program, schedule and registration information is available at www.communityartsed.org or by phone at (212) 268-3337 x 18.

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...

Estimated charitable giving reached $260.28 billion in 2005, an increase of 6.1 percent before inflation, the latest report from the Giving USA Foundation finds. According to Giving USA 2006, researched and written by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, individual giving rose 6.4 percent to an estimated $199.07 billion and accounted for 76.5 percent of all estimated giving in 2005. In addition, foundation grantmaking rose 5.6 percent to $30 billion.
~ NASAA "Snippets" August 2006

The number of American volunteers increased from 59.5 million in 2002 to 65.4 million in 2005, according to a study from the Corporation for National and Community Service. The study reveals that, despite the increase in volunteers, the national volunteering rate remained steady at 28.8%. State volunteer rates ranged from 48% in Utah (ranking first), to 18.8% in Nevada, with North Dakota ranking 13th at a rate of 36.5%.
~ Volunteering in American: State Trends and Rankings, Corporation for National & Community Service, June 2006

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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