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October 2007

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

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2007 Special Edition Ornaments 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)
October 23, 2007 - Bismarck, Bismarck Public Library
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...

Rugby Artist’s Works Featured in the offices of the Governor for October, November and December 2007
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 Rugby artist Caroline A. Doucette at the Capitol Building in Bismarck during the months of October, November and December. Doucette’s works are on display in the Governor’s ground floor and first floor offices, the First Lady’s fourth floor office, and the Attorney General’s office. 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 information on Caroline A. Douchette…

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 November 27, 2007, 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. 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.

Call to Visual Artists/Craftspeople/Musicians of North Dakota - 2nd Annual Showcase North Dakota, a Celebration at the Capitol, December 26-27, 2007
NDCA, on behalf of the Showcase North Dakota Committee, would like to invite artists to exhibit/display their artwork, crafts, CD’s, etc., at the Heritage Center located on the Capitol grounds in Bismarck, ND on Wednesday, December 26, and Thursday, December 27, from 9am-5pm. There are no fees for display space or selling your artwork; 100% of your sales will go directly to you. It is not required, but preferred that you participate both Wednesday and Thursday. This is a great opportunity to market and sell your work! New this year – their will be live entertainment in the Heritage Center to bring in even more visitors! Previous visitation to the Heritage Center the week after Christmas has averaged from 350-400 people per day. This professional artists exhibit/sale will be publicized along with all of the other Showcase North Dakota activities that will take place the two days following Christmas. If you are interested in participating, call (701) 328-7594 or email amschmid@nd.gov. Response deadline is October 15, 2007.

Call to Artists: Americas 2000 Paper Works Competition

Works in any medium, traditional or experimental, on or of paper, including photographs, qualify. All works must be original and not measure over 60 inches in any direction. Work must be ready to exhibit, completed within the last two years, and not previously exhibited in an Americas 2000 exhibition. A maximum of five entries are allowed per artist. Deadline (postmark) to submit entries is
November 1, 2007. For more information, and/or a copy of the prospectus, please visit: www.minotstateu.edu/nac/pdf/pw_2008_prospectus.pdf. Mail to: Americas 2000: Paper Works, Northwest Art Center, Minot State University, 500 University Avenue West, Minot, North Dakota 58707. If you have questions, e-mail: nac@minotstateu.edu, or phone: (701) 858-3264 / (800) 777-0750 x. 3264.

Try Out for the State's Premiere Vocal Solo Competition
Marketplace Talent Search is conducting auditions for "North Dakota's Next Star." All audition times are 4-6pm, and 7-9pm. Auditions will be held in Fargo on Oct 8, at the Fargo North High School Theatre; in Minot on Oct 9, at the MSU Ann Nicole Nelson Hall; and in Dickinson on Oct 29, at the DSU Dorothy Stickney Auditorium. Pre-registration is required. For info call (888) 384-8410, email marketplace@btinet.net, or visit: http://www.marketplaceforentrepreneurs.org/.

Host a Paid Summer Intern
The Partners Internship Program (PIP) grants internship awards to nonprofit organizations in Minnesota, North Dakota, and northwestern Wisconsin. Each recipient organization hires an undergraduate student to manage a project designed by the organization. Information sessions will be held in Fargo at the YWCA Cass Clay, Wednesday, October 31, at 1pm (232-3449); in Bismarck at the Bismarck Memorial Library, Thursday, November 1, at 1pm (222-6410); and in Grand Forks, Friday, November 2, at 11am (3100 Columbia Road South, 795-4520). Please RSVP. HECUA staff will be available to provide information, advise organizations on potential internship projects, and answer questions about the program. Eligible organizations must have a 501c(3) or (4) status. For more information, to RSVP, or to request an application, contact Trisha Hasbargen at (651) 287-3316, email pip@hecua.org, or visit www.hecua.org/pip.php.


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.

Conservation Assessment Program 2008 Application to be Released October 5, 2007

The condition of collections in 106 museums in 40 states and the District of Columbia will be assessed in 2007 through the Conservation Assessment Program (CAP). CAP helps small to mid-sized museums of all types, from art museums to zoos, obtain general assessments of the condition of their collections, environments, and historic buildings. Following an on-site assessment by a conservation professional, museums receive 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 FY2008 CAP will be mailed on Friday, October 5, 2007
, to museums on the CAP mailing list and will also be available on Heritage Preservation’s Web site at www.heritagepreservation.org/CAP.  The postmark deadline for submitting applications is December 1, 2007. To be added to the CAP application mailing list or for more information, call 202-233-0800 or email cap@heritagepreservation.org.

National Education Association Student Achievement Grant

The vision of the National Education Association (NEA) Foundation is a great public education for every student. The NEA Foundation provides grants to improve the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area(s). The proposed work should engage students in criti
cal thinking and problem solving that deepen their knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work should also improve students’ habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection. Proposals for work resulting in low-income and minority student success with honors, advanced placement, or other challenging curricula are particularly encouraged. The grant amount is $5,000. Grant funds may be used for resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, software, or scholars-in-residence. Grants will fund activities for twelve months from the date of the award. Applications may be submitted at any time. Applications are reviewed three times per year, every year. Applications received by February 1, will be notified by June 15; applications received by June 1, will be notified by November 15; and applications received by October 15, will be notified by March 15. Please give careful attention to the timeline of your grant. Applications that include activities scheduled prior to the date of notification will not be considered. Applicants must be practicing U.S. public school teachers in grades PreK–12; public school education support professionals; or faculty or staff at public higher education institutions. For more information, please visit www.neafoundation.org/programs/StudentAchievement_Guidelines.htm.


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!


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.

More than 1.6 million Americans volunteered with arts or cultural organizations in 2005. In contrast to volunteers with other types of organizations, arts volunteers are older, better educated, and more giving of their time.
National Endowment for the Arts' Research Note #95, "Volunteers with Arts or Cultural Organizations: A 2005 Profile"


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/.

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…

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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