The 2017 Statewide Arts Conference and Governor's Awards for the Arts Ceremony took place on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum in Bismarck, ND
Statewide Arts Conference registration and continental breakfast will began at 9:15 a.m. with the conference welcome starting at 10:00 a.m. John Davis, the founder and Executive Director of Lanesboro Arts of Lanesboro, MN, was the conference key note speaker. His work with the Lanesboro Arts Campus initiative resulted in its selection as one of the top 12 Small Town Artplaces in America for 2013 as well as a 2014 Bush Prize for Community Innovation Award winner. Davis has over 25 years of experience with small town and rural creative social change work and is a national speaker on arts issues, risk and innovation.
John’s two sessions covered art and economic development, and he presented a guide for those who have dreams of succeeding in the arts in their communities. His sessions were titled “Small Town Big Vision” and “The Arts: Strengthening Communities.”
Other conference sessions discussed “The heART of Our Community” with Bismarck Mayor Mike Seminary; Emily Johnson, Strategy and Implementation Director for KLJ; and Deb Belquist, Managing Director of Dakota Prairie Regional Center for the Arts. There was networking opportunities as well as a session titled “The Arts are Everywhere” that touched on what is happening in the many arenas of the arts in North Dakota; several individuals spoke during this session. All conference sessions took place in Lecture Rooms A & B in the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum. The conference was scheduled to end at 4:30 p.m.
ND Tourism had a table set up to demonstrate how to sign into, and add events to, their website; the ND Association of Nonprofit Organizations was there with helpful information for nonprofits; Arts North Dakota had a table with information on VoterVoice and advocacy; and a table with information on accessibility and the arts was also available.
This was an especially significant conference and celebration as it fell within the 50th Anniversary of the North Dakota Council on the Arts.
The Governor's Awards for the Arts Ceremony Social Hour started at 5:00 p.m. in the Northern Lights Atrium, with the Awards Ceremony starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Russell Reid Auditorium. For more information on the Ceremony, visit www.nd.gov/arts/programs/governors-award-for-arts.
Conference registration was $125 for the day, and included attendance at the Governor's Awards for the Arts Ceremony that evening. Registration for only attending the Governor’s Awards for the Arts Ceremony was $30.Registrations are due on or before March 13, 2017.
The registration form for the Statewide Arts Conference and Governor's Awards for the Arts Ceremony is available via this link. (www.nd.gov/arts/sites/default/files/PDFs/ndcaregistration17.pdf)
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Complete the registration form and print.
Please make checks out to Arts North Dakota, and mail your check(s) and registration form(s) to the following address:
804 Canyon Road SW
Mandan, ND 58554
For registration questions call Renee from Signature Events at 701-226-1640.
A limited number of rooms have been reserved at the Sleep Inn & Suites. Call (701) 751-4860 and mention that you are with the North Dakota Council on the Arts to reserve a room at the state rate of $81.90. Rooms are available at this rate on a first come, first-serve basis.
Please contact the North Dakota Council on the Arts with any questions about the Conference or the Ceremony at (701) 328-7590; or email email@example.com.
|9:15-10:00 a.m.||Conference Registration and Continental Breakfast|
“The heART of Our Communities”
Bismarck Mayor Mike Seminary; Emily Johnson, Strategy and Implementation Director for KLJ; and Deb Belquist, Managing Director of Dakota Prairie Regional Center for the Arts
The arts possess a potent transformative power. They can reinvigorate a downtown business district; provide creative outlets for youth, families and the elderly; improve economic development within a community; enhance K-12 education; and impact health and wellness programs for youth, the elderly, those with disabilities, veterans, and the underserved. This session offers three perspectives on ways the arts improve a community: Mike Seminary will discuss the impact of the arts from the viewpoint of a mayor; Emily Johnson will share a unique use of art from a business perspective; and Deb Belquist will demonstrate how a local arts council completely transformed a rural North Dakota community.
"Small Town Big Vision"
National rural arts advocate John Davis will share two case studies of Lanesboro and New York Mills Minnesota as examples utilizing the arts to strengthen community. Both New York Mills and Lanesboro have been named top 100 small art towns in the country. New York Mills (pop1,199) was recognized as a national model for art and economic development in 1994 and Lanesboro (pop 754) was named a top 12 Small Town Artplace in America in 2013, and was a 2014 winner of the Bush Prize for Community Innovation.
|11:50 a.m.-1:15 p.m.||
Lunch, Concert, and Networking
"The Arts: Strengthening Communities"
John Davis will present a guide for those who have dreams of succeeding in the arts in their communities. Davis will offer a how-to session on the nuts and bolts of utilizing the arts as a driver for strengthening community. This session will cover:
"The Arts Are Everywhere"
|5:00 p.m.||Social Hour/Reception in the Northern Lights Atrium|
|6:30 p.m.||Governor's Awards for the Arts Ceremony in the Russell Reid Auditorium|
The 2015 Statewide Arts Conference and Governor's Awards for the Arts Ceremony took place on March 31, 2015 in Bismarck, ND.
The Statewide Arts Conference had a shorter format than in past years; it was a one-day, content-rich event designed to encourage attendance. Registration began at 9:30 am and the entire day was completed by 8:00 p.m.
The conference focused on ways that the arts leaders in North Dakota can work, alone and collaboratively, to best strengthen the arts in our communities and state. It was geared towards directors and staff of all agencies and organizations dealing with the arts, along with other artists, arts volunteers, and arts advocates. The conference is seen as an important time to come together and discuss how we can work collaboratively to strengthen the arts in our communities and our state as well as promote the economic impact of the arts.
Sharon Rodning Bash, from Arts Midwest, worked with attendees to help develop the stories that best reflect the importance of the arts in each community and the ways to present those stories to community and state leaders, financial supporters of the arts, and state legislators. Danielle Stuckle, from the State Historical Society, gave a session on effective advocacy and how best to talk with those in positions of power.
Additional groups who presented at the conference were Arts North Dakota, who discussed Voter Voice and the recent legislative vote, and ArtUp provided information on the business skills and documents needed for self-employed artists. Attendees were encouraged to make appointments to meet with their state legislators to discuss the importance of the arts, and time was set aside for such meetings.
The evening included a social hour with wine and hors d’oeuvres followed by the Governor’s Awards for the Arts ceremony. The North Dakota Governor’s Awards for the Arts program was presented by the Governor’s Office and NDCA to recognize organizations and individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the arts in the state.
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