September October 2008 State of the Arts

The September-October issue of State of the Arts is available here.

And, new and exciting, the issue is available as a series of pdf formats.

Great job Beck & Christy for making this happen. (Also… speaking as one of seven people left in the state who relies on dial-up internet access… thank you for making a series of small pdf’s.)

September October 2008 State of the Arts

Montana Student Art, Prose and Poetry featured at State Capitol Exhibit celebrating National Arts and Humanities Month

September 28, 2008

For Immediate Release

For More Information Contact:
Stefanie Flynn, Montana Arts Council

Montana Student Art, Prose and Poetry featured at State Capitol Exhibit celebrating National Arts and Humanities Month

Thirty students from across the state will have their artwork, prose and poetry featured in a Capitol rotunda exhibit the entire month of October to celebrate Montana’s participation in the nation-wide campaign for National Arts and Humanities month. This exhibit features selections from “Signatures from Big Sky 2008,” Montana’s only statewide K-12 student literary/art magazine, and is sponsored by the Montana Arts Council.

This campaign was promoted and endorsed this summer by Lt. Governor John Bohlinger at the national meeting of Lt. Governors.

Initiated in 1991, SIGNATURES has published hundreds of talented Montana youths’ writing and art, and this annual publication is proudly supported by three educator groups (AGATE, MATELA and MAEA), the Montana Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, Montana Cultural Trust, Qwest and others.

SIGNATURES serves to encourage students to pursue their talent, inspire other students who read/view their peers’ work, and to provide a tool for teachers in the classroom. Each year, the collection also brings evidence to parents and communities of the work being done in the arts in our Montana classrooms.

Student artists and writers included in this exhibit:
(By town A-Z)

Michael Lane – Bigfork
Lena Olson – Bigfork
Jessica Kougl – Billings
Isabella Whitworth – Billings
Delaney Fredericks – Billings
Marshall Granger – Billings
Nicole Thompson – Billings
Ashton Nagel – Gallatin Gateway
Haley Lipszye – Glasgow
Claire Knox – Great Falls
Christian Meredith – Great Falls
Danielle Houtchens – Helena
Ellie Newell – Helena
Carly Starke – Helena
Amy Miller – Helena
Chateau Christensen – Hinsdale
Wayne Stevenson – Hobson
Colter Effertz/ Kevin Jepsen – Kalispell
Ka Mayfield – Kalispell
Heidi Arney – Missoula
Alyssa Bashor – Missoula
Tanner Zimmerman – Missoula
Jacob Peterson – Missoula
Valin Heward – Plains
Madison Perry – Power
Abigail Hensel – Ryegate
Summer Graff – Scobey
Hunter Johnston – Sheridan
Isaac Sampson – Stevensville

Montana Student Art, Prose and Poetry featured at State Capitol Exhibit celebrating National Arts and Humanities Month

Big Sky Institute for the Advancement of Nonprofits Grant Opp

This one has a really short turn around (Due Oct 20th) but it might be of interest:

The Big Sky Institute for the Advancement of Nonprofits is pleased to
announce the launch of a new grantmaking program to build nonprofit effectiveness!
The purpose of Montana Nonprofit Connections is to strengthen the capacity and management capabilities of nonprofit organizations based in Montana. It is designed to strengthen nonprofit organizations so that they become more effective and efficient in managing their internal operations and accomplishing their mission.
During the fall of 2008, grants from Montana Nonprofit Connections will support an organizational assessment process with the assistance of an experienced consultant. The assessment will look at various facets of the organization, and help set priorities for improving governance, management, and leadership.
The second round of granting under this program will occur in Spring of 2009, and will provide funds to Montana nonprofits to carry out consultant-assisted projects. Only organizations that have recently conducted a comprehensive assessment will be eligible for the Spring 2009 round of project funding. Funds will support projects such as conducting strategic planning, developing a stronger board, improving financial management, or strengthening fundraising efforts
The guidelines and application form will be available Thursday, September 25 at the Big Sky Institute website, (look for the Montana Nonprofit Connections button on the left side of the page).
The deadline for applications will be Monday, October 20, 2008.
Questions? Contact Project Director Ned Cooney – or 406/212-7242

Big Sky Institute for the Advancement of Nonprofits Grant Opp