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North Dakota Council on the Arts
October 2008

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Statewide News

The North Dakota Council on the Arts Announces New Staff Member
The North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA) is pleased to announce the hiring of Sheryl Fines, NDCA's new part-time, temporary, employee. Sheryl will be working with grants management. As a retired employee from the Office of Management and Budget, and the Department of Transportation, Sheryl has extensive experience with state government and with the PeopleSoft system. She starts on October 7, and will work 2-3 days per week. Please join us in welcoming Sheryl!

North Dakota Council on the Arts 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 2009 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. The Governor’s Awards for the Arts are presented by NDCA and the Governor’s Office. Nominations can be made in the following categories: Individual achievement (artist, staff, volunteer, administrator); Arts organization; Arts in education (teacher, administrator, school); and Private business. The nomination deadline is January 15, 2009. All nominations will be reviewed by the North Dakota Council on the Arts board. Finalists will be forwarded to the Governor’s Office for final selection. The awards will be presented at a special public event on April 7, 2009, at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck. To download the nomination form, and for more details, please visit www.nd.gov/arts/Gov_Award_Conf/Nominations-08.pdf; or email amschmid@nd.gov; call 328-7594; or write to NDCA, 1600 E Century Avenue,
Suite 6, Bismarck, ND 58503-0649.

North Dakota Artist’s Works Exhibited in Offices of the Governor and First Lady
NDCA, along with the offices of Governor John Hoeven and First Lady Mikey Hoeven, is exhibiting the works of Minot State University art instructors, at the Capitol Building in Bismarck during the months of October, November and December 2008. Works from Jim Bailey, Dr. Andrea Donovan, William Charles Harbort, Linda Olson, Walter Piehl, Jr., Doug Pfliger, Patrick Sheldon and Avis R. Veikley 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 first floor office. This is part of an ongoing program between the NDCA and the offices of the Governor and First Lady. Artists looking to represent their region with art work placed in the offices of the governor and first lady can submit a brief resume along with photographs or slides of their work to the NDCA, 1600 East Century Avenue, Suite 6, Bismarck, ND 58503. Artists are selected for quarterly display. more on MSU art instructors...

Governor Hoeven Proclaims October Arts & Humanities Month in North Dakota
Governor John Hoeven has declared October 2008 as Arts and 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. A copy of Governor Hoeven’s proclamation is available upon request, contact the NDCA at 328-7594 or e-mail amschmid@nd.gov. For more information on National Arts & Humanities month, visit Americans for the Arts.

The North Dakota Council on the Arts Announces the Second Annual Special Edition Ornament
NDCA announces their second annual Special Edition Ornament which is available for purchase after October 1, 2008. Robin Reynolds, the owner and operator of Dacotah Clayworks in Hebron, was commissioned by NDCA to create this unique, small handled basket ornament. Reynolds forms her pottery with local clay mined by the Hebron Brick Co. She processes their rough material into a clay body suitable for pottery making. Native clays from the
Badlands are gathered, making earthen slip-glazes to finish her rustic ware. 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 will be available for $25.00 (includes gift box). Proceeds benefit the ND Cultural Endowment Fund, which was created by the State Legislature in 1979 to assist NDCA 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, please visit www.nd.gov/arts; or call 328-7590. Images of the ornament are available upon request (after Oct 7).

Artist-in-Residence, Community Arts Access and Teacher Incentive Grant Deadlines Approaching
Application deadline dates for the North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA) grant programs are approaching. Artist-in-Residence, Community Arts Access and Teacher Incentive grants must be submitted, via NDCA’s new online grant system, by November 1, 2008, for programs taking place between January 1 and June 30, 2009. Early submission is strongly encouraged for all programs. Draft review deadlines are October 15, 2008. To access NDCA’s online grant system, or to view grant availability, please visit: http://northdakota.cgweb.org/. 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. Early submission of applications is recommended since grant funds are limited and applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you have questions or concerns regarding the new online grant system, or would like additional information, contact the NDCA at 328-7590; or visit NDCA’s web site at: www.nd.gov/arts/grants/grants.htm.

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 building in Bismarck. It will be lit during a public ceremony conducted by the Governor and Mrs. Hoeven on December 9, 2008, from
5 to 6pm. 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 (art form used, or special circumstances through which it was created), and 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 Friday, November 21, 2008. All ornaments become the property of the NDCA and will be hung on the state tree each ensuing year. Mail ornaments to: North Dakota Council on the Arts, 1600 East Century Avenue, Suite 6, Bismarck, ND 58503-0649.

The Arts Community Celebrates the North Dakota Council on the Arts’ 40 Year Anniversary with a Touring Exhibition - ARTS DAKOTA
ARTS DAKOTA will be on display at the Northwest Art Center Library Gallery through October 21, and in the Hartnett Hall Gallery October 6 through October 21. A public reception for the exhibition will be Wednesday, October 15, from 6:30 to 8pm at the Hartnett Gallery. Over 60 artists responded to the call to participate in a statewide exhibition celebrating the arts in North Dakota. Hailing from all corners of the state, visual artists, writers, musicians and videographers submitted work to be included in the exhibition ARTS DAKOTA. The North Dakota Art Gallery Association
, New Bohemia, ND and the North Dakota Council on the Arts sponsored this exhibition to celebrate the Council’s 40th Anniversary. Focusing exclusively on North Dakota artists, ARTS DAKOTA showcases many of North Dakota’s finest creative personalities, both professional and amateur. ARTS DAKOTA will tour throughout the state with stops in Minot, Cando, Jamestown, Fargo, Bismarck, Mayville, Dickinson, Devils Lake and Williston. The exhibition and its tour was made possible by the North Dakota Art Gallery Association with support from NDCA and the ND State Historical Society. more on ARTS DAKOTA…

Bush Artist Program Information Meetings - New Online Applications Available October 1, Dakotas-Based Grant Program Enters Second Year
Applicants to the Bush Foundation’s 2009 Bush Artist Fellowships will be able to submit online applications for the first time, beginning October 1. In addition, the Bush Artist Program will take applications beginning in March 2009, for grants under the Dakota Creative Connection (DCC) initiative for Dakotas-based artists, which is entering its second year. For 2009, artists may apply for a fellowship or DCC grant in five categories: literary arts, music composition, performance-based work, script works, and traditional and ethnic performing arts. The Bush Artist Program will host information meetings in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota for artists to learn more about these initiatives. North Dakota meetings are scheduled for: Bismarck, Tuesday, October 7, 7pm, United Tribes College, Jack Barden Center (3315 University Drive); and Fargo, Wednesday, October 8, 7pm, Plains Art Museum (704 First Avenue N.). At the information meetings, Bush Artist Program Director Julie Gordon Dalgleish will give an overview of the Bush Artist Program, discuss the guidelines and eligibility for the 2009 fellowships, and answer questions. She will be joined by DCC Coordinator Grete Bodřgaard, to additionally discuss the DCC program. more on DCC and Artist Fellowships...

Summer Internships Available for Nonprofit Organizations
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. The program is managed by HECUA, and supported by funds from the Otto Bremer Foundation. HECUA staff will be available at each session to provide information, advise organizations on potential internship projects, and answer questions about the program. Eligible organizations must have 501(c)(3) or (4) status. Informational Sessions are scheduled at the following locations: Monday, October 6, 4pm, Moorhead, MN, PEPP Office (116 12th Street S) 218-236-5434; Tuesday, October 7, 8:30am, Grand Forks, The Link, Community Room (300 Cherry Street), 746-2580; Tuesday Oct 7, 3:30pm, Minot, ND, Bremer Bank Community Room 20 (1st Street SW), 825-3361; Wednesday, October 8, 11:30am, Bismarck, BROWN BAG LUNCH! Bismarck Vet. Mem. Library, Room B (515 N 5th Street), 222-6410; and Wednesday, October 8, 4pm, Dickinson, Dickinson Public Schools, Central Office Board Room (444 4th Street West), 456-0002. RSVP to pip@hecua.org is requested. For more information visit the website at: www.hecua.org/pip.php.

Clay Making and Firing Workshop with Brad Bachmeier
Friday, October 10, 9am-3pm - Clay Making and Firing Workshop with Brad Bachmeier at the DSU Art Department, 1029 West Villiard Street, Dickinson, ND. Workshop includes: Wheel-throwing, small and large forms; Tips and techniques; Decorating ideas: Textures, slip-trailing, handles, templates, and textured slabs; Raku and horse-hair raku firing discussions; Glazes, cleaning, reduction methods and kilns; Raku and horse-hair firing of participants work, each person may bring 1-2 pieces of bisque ware; and 3-5pm "Clay Carnival" exhibit opening and reception; 3pm Gallery talk by the artist at Kleinfelter Gallery. For more information or to register, contact: Rhonda Walter-Frojen: 483-2312, e-mail: Rhonda.Walter-Frojen@dsu.nodak.edu; or Robin Reynolds: 878-4060. Registration Ends: October 6, 2008.

 
National News

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Dana Gioia Announces His Future Plans
National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Dana Gioia announced on September 12, that he will leave his position at the head of the Arts Endowment in January 2009. He will return to writing, his primary occupation prior to leading the Arts Endowment. He will also join the Aspen Institute on a half-time basis as the first Director of the Harman/Eisner (H/E) Program in the Arts. Dana Gioia began his term in February 2003, becoming the NEA's ninth chairman. In December 2006 he was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate for a second, four-year term. Chairman Gioia has led a transformation of the NEA, reinvigorating the institution with a mission of bringing the best of arts and arts education to all Americans. He has also helped restore the NEA's leadership in fostering informed public discussion of important issues affecting the arts, artists, and education. "It has been a thrilling experience to help rebuild a great American institution," said Gioia. "We have created a new national consensus on the importance of public support for the arts and arts education. Six years ago that would have seemed unlikely. I announce my departure with mixed feelings," he added. "I will never have a more interesting job. But I am a writer. If I don't return to poetry soon, the Muse will never have me back." more on Gioia’s future plans…

Operation Homecoming Documentary Wins Two Emmy® Awards
The documentary Operation Homecoming, based on the National Endowment of the Arts' (NEA) remarkable anthology and program on wartime writing, received two Emmy® Awards in the News & Documentary category. The film, which aired on PBS in April 2007 as part of the America at a Crossroads series, received awards in two categories: Outstanding Informational Programming - Long Form, and Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Music and Sound.  Operation Homecoming, which also received a 2008 Academy Award® nomination, was produced by The Documentary Group and directed by Richard Robbins. The 29th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards were presented by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences on Monday, September 22 in New York City. more on Operation Homecoming…

IRS Completes New Form 990-EZ Form

The IRS has completed a redesign of the Form 990-EZ, impacting all organizations with annual receipts of less than $1,000,000 and assets of less than $2.5 million. The 990-EZ form has not changed as dramatically as the Form 990, but there are several additional schedules to file, depending on an organization’s activities. The qualifications for the Form 990-EZ have been adjusted temporarily to allow more organizations to file the simpler form, providing a gradual transition to the significantly revised Form 990. All 501(c)(3) organizations that file the 990-EZ will still be required to complete Schedule C if they engage in political or lobbying activities. The IRS will allow EZ filers to choose between two methods for reporting compensation to officers, directors, trustees, and key employees. For more information, visit www.irs.gov/charities/article/0,,id=186630,00.html.

 

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 mailto:comserv@nd.gov?subject=e-Prairie Arts: Upcoming Events.

Check out the current Arts Opportunities available on the NDCA web site!


Did you Know...

In fiscal year 2008, state arts agencies invested $359.6 million in creating and sustaining arts infrastructures in communities across the nation.
~ National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, Legislative Appropriations Annual Survey, FY 2008.

Video Games Are Good for Kids! Virtually all American teens play computer, console, or cell phone games, and that gaming experience is rich and varied, with a significant amount of social interaction and potential for civic engagement. The report "Teens, Video Games, and Civics" surveyed 1,102 youth between 12 and 17 and found that 97% of American teens — 99% of boys and 94% of girls — play video games. The report indicated that youth who have civic gaming experiences are more likely to be civically engaged in the offline world, and are also more likely to go online to get information about current events. Teens are also more likely to persuade others how to vote in an election, they are committed to civic participation, and help raise money for charity. In addition, the study found that these civic gaming experiences occurred equally among all kinds of game players, regardless of family income, race, and ethnicity. "We need to focus less on how much time kids spend playing video games and pay more attention to the kinds of experiences they have while playing them," said the report’s co-author.
~ MacArthur Foundation News, Sep 16, 2008, www.macfound.org/site/c.lkLXJ8MQKrH/b.4196225/apps/s/content.asp?ct=5915671


 

Other Resources

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 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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