Ode to Binder Clips

Confession time. I love binder clips.

I use them to keep the chocolate chip bag closed in the freezer.

I use them on my toothpaste like this post.

I use them to weight my summer outside table cloth with clever things hanging from them.

I love posts like this one about the many other uses of binder clips.

In celebration of the simple binder clip I took the following photos.*

The binder clip holding artwork and important information:


The binder clip as organizer (I actually write on the clips so I can find things quickly.)

The binder clip as cable organizer/lifter:
Binder clip on a flash disk (why, yes, you can often find this clipped to my clothing nerds-r-us style.)
And, of course, binder clips to keep unplugged cables from falling below my desk.
HOW DO YOU USE BINDER CLIPS???

*(Why, yes, I DID get a new camera for Christmas. Why do you ask?)

Ode to Binder Clips

REDLI AND RATLEDGE TAPPED TO LEAD STATE’S CULTURAL AND AESTHETICS PROJECT ADVISORY COMMITTEE

REDLI AND RATLEDGE TAPPED TO LEAD STATE’S CULTURAL AND AESTHETICS PROJECT ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Helena, Montana – Penny Redli of Columbus and Mark Ratledge of Missoula were elected as Advisory Committee chairman and vice-chairman, respectively, of the state of Montana’s Cultural and Aesthetics Project Grants program.

The Cultural and Aesthetics Trust is a fund established from Coal Tax revenues by the legislature in 1975 to restore murals in the State Capitol and support other cultural and aesthetic projects. The Cultural and Aesthetics Project Grants program is steered by a 16-member committee of advisors, half appointed by the Montana Arts Council and half by the Montana Historical Society. The Montana Arts Council administers the program for the legislature. The advisory committee makes funding recommendations to the legislature, who make all final grant funding decisions.

Penny Redli is the executive director of the Museum of the Beartooths in Columbus, and served as executive director of the Carbon County Historical Society and Museum in Red Lodge for nearly nine years. She is the secretary/treasurer of the Museums Association of Montana and was the chair of their annual conference committee for five years. This is her second term as one of the Montana Historical Society’s appointees to the advisory committee.

Mark Ratledge, who writes a technology column for both State of the Arts and the Missoulian, received a Montana Arts Council Individual Artist’s Fellowship in Photography in 1991. He has also acted as an advisor for grant programs of the Montana Arts Council. He is an information technology consultant, and teaches English and computer science at The University of Montana.

REDLI AND RATLEDGE TAPPED TO LEAD STATE’S CULTURAL AND AESTHETICS PROJECT ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Artists 1-28-09

Artists,

Below you will find information on: nominations are now being accepted online for the Governor’s Arts Awards 2010, Travel Grants for Native Artists, Helena is looking for a new Shakespeare in the Parks coordinator and an opportunity for architecture, design, engineering, landscape architecture, urban planning, visual arts, and related fields.

Information about unsubscribing to this email newsletter is at the end of the email.

Regards,
Beck

Beck McLaughlin Education & Web Services Director Montana Arts Council PO Box 202201 Helena, MT 59620-2201 406-444-6522 Arts in Education Hotline 800-282-3092

Nominations are now being accepted online for the Governor’s Arts Awards 2010. The Governor’s Arts Awards program honors outstanding citizens and organizations in Montana whose achievements in the arts benefit all Montanans. The governor presents the Governor’s Arts Awards through a partnership with the Montana Arts Council and the Montana Ambassadors. Anyone or any organization in Montana with commensurate accomplishments can be nominated.

This year, MAC has introduced an electronic process which begins at our website at http://www.art.mt.gov/about/about_govawards.asp. Nominations and support materials must be submitted by April 26, 2009.

For questions, please contact:
Cinda Holt
Montana Arts Council c/o
514 Winters Lane
Stevensville, MT 59870
(406) 777-0090
cholt@montana.com

Travel Grants for Native Artists
New England Foundation for the Arts: National Native Artist Exchange <http://www.nefa.org/grantprog/nativearts/nativeartistexchange.html>

The National Native Artist Exchange, a program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, provides travel grants for Native artists residing in any of the 50 United States to visit different regions of the country so that they may exchange artistic knowledge and skills.
This fund is designed to assist American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian artists, and provides an opportunity for Native artists to teach, learn, and collaborate in traditional and/or contemporary Native art forms through travel from one region to another across the nation. Travel grants of up to $1,500 will be awarded based on budgets appropriate to the scope of travel. Requests must be received no later than two calendar months prior to the departure date of the proposed trip. Visit the website listed above to review the program guidelines.

Helena is looking for a new Shakespeare in the Parks coordinator. See attached letter.

architecture, design, engineering, landscape architecture, urban planning, visual arts, and related fields
Graham Foundation Supports Arts and Artists
http://www.grahamfoundation.org/foundation/grantguidelines.aspThe Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts provides Production and Presentation Grants to individual artists and arts organizations. These grants support production-related expenses necessary to bring projects from conceptualization to presentation in the public realm. Individual grants normally do not exceed $20,000; organizational grants generally do not exceed $30,000. Individuals are also eligible to apply for Research and Development Grants, which provide awards of up to $10,000 in support of projects early in their formation. Grants are provided for projects in a variety of artistic fields, including architecture, design, engineering, landscape architecture, urban planning, visual arts, and related fields. The 2009 deadline for organizational applications is February 25, 2009. Application information for individuals will be available online in July 2009 with a September 15, 2009 deadline. Visit the Foundation’s website for additional information and to submit the online inquiry form.

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Arts Educators 1-28-09

Arts Educators,

Below you will find information on the Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) Survey, U.S. Dept. of Education Teaching Ambassador Fellowship, nominations are now being accepted online for the Governor’s Arts Awards 2010, and Helena is looking for a new Shakespeare in the Parks coordinator.

Information about unsubscribing to this email newsletter is at the end of the email.

Regards,
Beck

Beck McLaughlin Education & Web Services Director Montana Arts Council PO Box 202201 Helena, MT 59620-2201 406-444-6522 Arts in Education Hotline 800-282-3092

Since 1998, the NAMM Foundation has been conducting the Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) Survey, a nationwide search for communities whose programs exemplify commitment to music education. The initiative recognizes and celebrates communities and their school administrators, teachers, board members, parents, community leaders and students for their support and commitment to their music education programs. The program also acknowledges community and school district commitment to assure access to music education for all students. Visit The NAMM Foundation on the Web at www.nammfoundation.org January 15, 2009 through March 13, 2009 to review and complete an online survey form on behalf of your community. Click here to participate in the survey: http://www.nammfoundation.org/bcme.html

U.S. Dept. of Education: Teaching Ambassador FellowshipThe U.S. Department of Education is accepting applications for the 2009-2010 Teaching Ambassador Fellowship program, which offers highly motivated, innovative public school teachers the opportunity to contribute their knowledge and experience to the national dialogue on public education. Washington Fellows become full-time federal employees at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C., participating in policy discussions and working alongside staff on education programs and strategies aimed at educational improvement. Classroom Fellows remain in their local schools under their regular teaching contracts and provide their experience and perspectives to the Department through various assignments and part-time projects. Maximum award: fellowship compensated at the federal GS-12 level. Eligibility: state certified pre-K-12 public school teachers of all subjects who have spent at least three years in the classroom. Deadline: March 16, 2009. http://www.ed.gov/programs/teacherfellowship

Nominations are now being accepted online for the Governor’s Arts Awards 2010. The Governor’s Arts Awards program honors outstanding citizens and organizations in Montana whose achievements in the arts benefit all Montanans. The governor presents the Governor’s Arts Awards through a partnership with the Montana Arts Council and the Montana Ambassadors. Anyone or any organization in Montana with commensurate accomplishments can be nominated.

This year, MAC has introduced an electronic process which begins at our website at http://www.art.mt.gov/about/about_govawards.asp. Nominations and support materials must be submitted by April 26, 2009.

For questions, please contact:
Cinda Holt
Montana Arts Council c/o
514 Winters Lane
Stevensville, MT 59870
(406) 777-0090
cholt@montana.com

Helena is looking for a new Shakespeare in the Parks coordinator. See attached letter.

Arts Educators 1-28-09

Arts Orgs 1-28-09

Arts Organizations,

Below you will find information on: nominations are now being accepted online for the Governor’s Arts Awards 2010, Independent Contractor versus Employee follow-up, 2008 Montana Nonprofit Wage & Benefit Survey Report, Sarbanes-Oxley and Nonprofits: Bogeyman in the Boardroom?, Arts Policy in the New Administration,
grants for projects in a variety of artistic fields, including architecture, design, engineering, landscape architecture, urban planning, visual arts, and related fields;
National Endowment for the Arts recently announced recipients of the first Creativity and Aging in America grants, challenges managers face dealing with different generations in the workplace, a New York Times article Arts Leaders Urge Role for Culture in Economic Recovery, two items from the Artful Manager blog, and Helena is looking for a new Shakespeare in the Parks coordinator.

Information about unsubscribing to this email newsletter is at the end of the email.

Regards,
Beck

Beck McLaughlin Education & Web Services Director Montana Arts Council PO Box 202201 Helena, MT 59620-2201 406-444-6522 Arts in Education Hotline 800-282-3092

Nominations are now being accepted online for the Governor’s Arts Awards 2010. The Governor’s Arts Awards program honors outstanding citizens and organizations in Montana whose achievements in the arts benefit all Montanans. The governor presents the Governor’s Arts Awards through a partnership with the Montana Arts Council and the Montana Ambassadors. Anyone or any organization in Montana with commensurate accomplishments can be nominated.

This year, MAC has introduced an electronic process which begins at our website at http://www.art.mt.gov/about/about_govawards.asp. Nominations and support materials must be submitted by April 26, 2009.

For questions, please contact:
Cinda Holt
Montana Arts Council c/o
514 Winters Lane
Stevensville, MT 59870
(406) 777-0090
cholt@montana.com

Independent Contractor versus Employee follow-up:
(This is from MAC’s accountant Carleen Layne)
I have again met with Labor and Industry representatives and have a proposed exemption for nonprofits from workers compensation as shown below—the wording right now says that it’s for performing arts and humanities only, but I’ve had an email exchange with the attorney who agrees this should be changed to cover all arts organizations. A further agreed to amendment is to change the dollar amount of $600 to link it to the minimum wage, so it will go up as that does. Right now it appears that amount would be $675.

I was more hopeful before I got more of the facts about the issue, which as it turns out is a very complex issue and not only relates to state, but federal requirements, as well. I saw recently on the IRS website that this is going to be a hot audit topic for them as well.
(To read more see the attached Word document.)

2008 Montana Nonprofit Wage & Benefit Survey Report
At the end of 2007, MT Nonprofit Association commisioned the first ever Montana Nonprofit Wage and Benefit Survey. The Report, published in September 2008, provides specific salary and benefit data for 2,170 employees in 16 of the most common nonprofit position descriptions. MNA has copies of the 2008 Wage & Benefit Report for sale. The new IRS Form 990 requires an organization to have a policy in place for setting executive compensation. The MNA Report can help satisfy that requirement. You can download an order from our website. Learn more at http://www.mtnonprofit.org/wagebenefitssurvey.aspx

Sarbanes-Oxley and Nonprofits: Bogeyman in the Boardroom?
Board Cafe • By Jan Masaoka • January 17, 2009 •
Somehow, all the publicity about Sarbanes-Oxley made it seem as if this legislation applied to nonprofits, too. But contrary to what is frequently thought (and said in nonprofit boardrooms!), Sarbanes-Oxley is not applicable to nonprofits, albeit with just a couple of exceptions. In other words, there are a couple of small points to note (templates later in this article), a lot to relax about, and a lesson to be learned in nonprofit leadership. To read more: http://www.blueavocado.org/node/288

From: National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
Resources:
Arts Policy in the New Administration

Graham Foundation Supports Arts and Artists
http://www.grahamfoundation.org/foundation/grantguidelines.aspThe Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts provides Production and Presentation Grants to individual artists and arts organizations. These grants support production-related expenses necessary to bring projects from conceptualization to presentation in the public realm. Individual grants normally do not exceed $20,000; organizational grants generally do not exceed $30,000. Individuals are also eligible to apply for Research and Development Grants, which provide awards of up to $10,000 in support of projects early in their formation. Grants are provided for projects in a variety of artistic fields, including architecture, design, engineering, landscape architecture, urban planning, visual arts, and related fields. The 2009 deadline for organizational applications is February 25, 2009. Application information for individuals will be available online in July 2009 with a September 15, 2009 deadline. Visit the Foundation’s website for additional information and to submit the online inquiry form.

The National Endowment for the Arts recently announced recipients of the first Creativity and Aging in America grants. Fourteen projects were funded out of 55 applicants, for a total of $330,000. The new program supports projects that involve older Americans as creators through literature and music, and that promote lifelong learning in the arts. Projects were funded in cities around the country.

Zap The Gap – Part 3 “Go ahead and fire me … I wanted to go to a party tonight anyway!” Dealing with the New Millennial Generation
By Larry Johnson, CSP and Meagan Johnson, CSP

In the last two issues of this e-zine, we’ve discussed some of the challenges managers face dealing with different generations in the workplace. In the first article, Zap the Gap, Part 1, we covered the concept of signposts that drive generational behavior and we described how to work with more effectively with the Traditional Generation who came of age during the Great Depression. In Zap The Gap, Part 2 we addressed dealing with the Baby Boomer Generation (born between 1946 and 1964) and Generation X (born between 1965 and 1980.) If you missed these articles, and would like to read them, go to http://larry-johnson.com/free-articles.shtml and click on the two Zap the Gap articles listed there. (For the rest of this article see Word doc Zap the Gap 3 – Beck)

ARTS January 26, 2009 The New York TimesArts Leaders Urge Role for Culture in Economic Recovery By ROBIN POGREBIN As the Obama administration tackles the challenge of shoring up the economy, cultural leaders are urging the president not to forget arts institutions.

THE ARTFUL MANAGER WEEKLY SUMMARY FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 2009 a weblog on the business of arts & culture by Andrew Taylor, ataylor@artsjournal.com

THREE GENERATIONS…
At the Arts Presenters conference in New York a few weeks back, there were several formal sessions and lots of informal conversation about knowledge sharing between generations. In all, it was clear that knowledge and insight flowed both ways.
http://www.artsjournal.com/artfulmanager/main/three-generations.php
Posted: Wednesday, January 21, 2009

THE SENTINAL EVENT…
One of the key requirements for learning in any complex endeavor is time for focused reflection following action. Looking back on goals, choices, actions, and perceptions, and comparing them to actual outcomes is the one best way to become more effective over time. But where can we do this in the arts?
http://www.artsjournal.com/artfulmanager/main/the-sentinal-event.php
Posted: Thursday, January 22, 2009

Helena is looking for a new Shakespeare in the Parks coordinator. See attached letter.

Arts Orgs 1-28-09

Independent Contractor versus Employee followup

Following is a memo sent by our accountant, Carleen Layne. Many of you have been following the independent contracter versus employee issue closely…..

Independent Contractor versus Employee followup:

I have again met with Labor and Industry representatives and have a proposed exemption for nonprofits from workers compensation as shown below—the wording right now says that it’s for performing arts and humanities only, but I’ve had an email exchange with the attorney who agrees this should be changed to cover all arts organizations. A further agreed to amendment is to change the dollar amount of $600 to link it to the minimum wage, so it will go up as that does. Right now it appears that amount would be $675.

I was more hopeful before I got more of the facts about the issue, which as it turns out is a very complex issue and not only relates to state, but federal requirements, as well. I saw recently on the IRS website that this is going to be a hot audit topic for them as well.

I understand that this may not look like a lot, but I believe it’s the maximum we can hope for at this time. It covers only the smallest payments and anyone who makes over this amount of money in a year would still either have to jump through the Independent Contractor hoops or be an employee and fully covered. At least they won’t be making less than it costs to apply for the exemption. Every individual you pay is either a vendor, e.g. the people you buy supplies from, an employee or an independent contractor. In Montana you must go through the exemption process to be determined to be an independent contractor, otherwise you’re an employee. So we’ve been caught in an unintentional net with the law change in Montana.

Even with this exemption to not have to cover people who make less than the specified amount per year, you still have to deal with the liability issue. I don’t know how insurance companies would respond to this. The exemption that Labor and Industry prepared is as far as the state is willing/able to go to fix this matter. Their big deal is liability, which is why they changed the law in the first place–what happens if someone gets hurt? Who pays for it?

To make major changes in the law would be a big fight over a long haul at the federal level too. I believe it would have to involve the whole nonprofit sector and be a big orchestrated magilla. Right now I think nonprofits in many state are acting like the people they pay are independent contractors without any evidence that is in fact the case. If the IRS does make this a big deal, the whole national sector could find it self in the same position we’re in today in Montana. That might be what it takes to make major change. Sorry–I wish I were more optimistic.

Please let me know ASAP if this would provide any relief to your case and if it will, I’ll hook up with Labor and Industry to introduce legislation this session. We believe we have a legislator who will sponsor this legislation.

39-71-401. Employments covered and employments exempted. (1) Except as provided in subsection (2), the Workers’ Compensation Act applies to all employers and to all employees. An employer who has any employee in service under any appointment or contract of hire, expressed or implied, oral or written, shall elect to be bound by the provisions of compensation plan No. 1, 2, or 3. Each employee whose employer is bound by the Workers’ Compensation Act is subject to and bound by the compensation plan that has been elected by the employer.
(2) Unless the employer elects coverage for these employments under this chapter and an insurer allows an election, the Workers’ Compensation Act does not apply to any of the following employments:
. . .
(z) employment of a person paid less than [$600] [in cash wages] a [calendar] year by a not-for-profit organization, if the not-for-profit organization is primarily engaged in the presentation of the performing arts or the humanities to the public.

Independent Contractor versus Employee followup