The North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA) is a service and program agency of the state, established in 1967 by State Legislature to “to ensure that the role of the arts in the life of our communities will continue to grow and will play an evermore significant part in the welfare and educational experience of our citizens.” Our purpose is to bring that commitment to life. NDCA operates with an annual budget of approximately $1.5 million through the support of the National Endowment for the Arts and an appropriation from the North Dakota State Legislature. The majority of NDCA’s budget is awarded to organizations and individuals through various grant programs.
We strengthen the creative capacity of North Dakota for all who live and visit here: honoring our cultural traditions, empowering excellence and innovation, inspiring arts and culture opportunities for all.
The North Dakota Council on the Arts envisions North Dakota as a state in which:
To use the power of the arts to enhance the vitality of North Dakota through:
In addition to grant programs, the North Dakota Council on the Arts also supports a biennial State Arts Conference along with the biennial Governor’s Awards for the Arts, quarterly featured artists in the Capitol building, yearly exhibit at the North Dakota State Heritage Center, Poetry Out Loud, Art for Life Program, Artist in Residence program with the North Dakota Parks and Recreation department, and the Trails and Rails program. The NDCA also partners with a variety of state agencies and non-profit organizations throughout the state in the presentation and support of arts-related programs.
NDCA's reach! NDCA's work reaches across the state of North Dakota, benefiting citizens of all ages and communities of all sizes. The following brief video highlights the partnership between the arts and state government in five critical areas: Sense of Place/Quality of Life; Economic Development; Education; Health and Wellness; and Heritage and Culture. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grjYchdQ7T0&list=FLqlqMG94cvRF2jZeY2BvG3Q.
United States of Arts: North Dakota, in collaboration with NDCA, the National Endowment for the Arts looks at the arts and culture of North Dakota. Developed as part of the National Endowment for the Arts 50th Anniversary United States of Arts: Tell Us Your Art Story series. The video can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/jKVMBAOK08o.
Art50! Exhibitions celebrating the 50th anniversary of the North Dakota Council on the Arts
The North Dakota Art Gallery Association (NDAGA) and NDCA, with support from Starion Bank, organized two exhibits to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the North Dakota Council on the Arts. The exhibits displayed the artwork of 50 North Dakota artists, as well as the work of the exhibit curator. One of these exhibits was displayed in the Heritage Center, and the other exhibit will travel the state through December 2018. The exhibition schedule is available at http://www.ndaga.org/index.cfm?page=art50-2. A catalog highlighting the works in both exhibits is available to purchase for $10 through NDAGA’s office, or a PDF file is also available via this link.
NDCA published a Guide to North Dakota Art and Cultural Destinations. Not only is North Dakota known for its natural beauty and abundant resources, it is also a haven for creative spirits…a place where the arts flourish. Across the state, artists thrive in both urban and rural settings, and arts organizations offer numerous arts activities open to the public. The Guide to North Dakota Art and Cultural Destinations was created with the traveler in mind and provides a comprehensive listing of arts organizations, cultural centers, galleries, and artist studios that you may easily access and add to your vacation plans. Designed to take you through the different regions of the state while highlighting the various travel opportunities each has to offer, you will find this to be a valuable tool in your cultural tour of North Dakota. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Under the Dakota Sky: An Exhibition Celebrating 125 Years of Statehood
NDCA, the North Dakota Art Gallery Association, and Starion Financial sponsored “Under the Dakota Sky: An Exhibition Celebrating 125 Years of Statehood.” This exhibition, was featured at the ND Heritage Center during the signature event on the Capitol Mall on August 16, 2014. Over 70 North Dakota artists were represented in the exhibition which included traditional arts, photography, sculptures, paintings, and pottery. A copy of the catalog is available via this link.
What Is American Culture? A 50-State, 1-Year Exploration. To catalyze reflection on this important question, violinist William Harvey will visit all 50 states in the USA—one week per state—in a collaborative, educational, and participatory quest to highlight the many strands that combine to form the American cultural tapestry. In each state, he will perform, interview people about what American culture means to them, and conduct workshops designed to encourage reflection on the topic. To learn about William’s visit to North Dakota visit http://harmonybeat.blogspot.com/2016/07/what-is-american-culture-in-north-dakota.html.
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We strengthen the creative capacity of North Dakota for all who live or visit here: honoring our cultural traditions, empowering excellence and innovation, inspiring arts and culture opportunities for all.
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