O. P. and W. E. Edwards Foundation, Inc

Here’s another one….

O. P. and W. E. Edwards Foundation, Inc. (info from Foundation Center)

Address and Contact Information
P.O. Box 2445Red Lodge, MT 59068-2445Telephone: (406) 446-1077Contact: Jo Anne Eder, Pres.; Amy Moore, Grants Admin.Additional info: FAX: (406) 446-1363E-mail: joeder@mac.comE-mail for Amy Moore: aamoore75@hotmail.comURL: foundationcenter.org/grantmaker/edwards/

Type of Grantmaker
Independent foundation

IRS Exemption Status
501(c)(3)

Background
Incorporated in 1962 in NY.

Financial Data
(yr. ended 08/31/2008)Total Assets: $13,795,414Total Giving: $4,182,048

Fields of Interest
Astronomy; Children/youth, services; Community/economic development; Education; Family services; Human services; Performing arts; Visual arts; Youth development

Limitations
Giving on a national basis. No grants to individuals.

EIN
136100965

From their website:
The O.P. and W.E. Edwards Foundation is a small, family foundation operating out of Red Lodge, MT. Created through the generosity of two brothers almost fifty years ago, the foundation is still directed by a board consisting of family members descending from the two original benefactors.
The Foundation consists of the following funds:
The General Fund is primarily focused on programs for those children, youth and their families who are severely disadvantaged economically.
The W. E. Edwards Fund is a testamentary fund distributed annually to a number of organizations specified under the will of the donor.
Arts Fund, Environmental Fund and Astronomy Fund are unendowed, pass-through funds. Grants from these three funds are suggested by the donors.

PLEASE NOTE:THE FOUNDATION DOES NOT ACCEPT UNSOLICITED APPLICATIONS.

Make sure to read our Investment Policy for more information.
The on-line grantapplications and deadlinesare for the General Fund only.
Grant applications solicited by the donors of the Arts Fund, Environmental Fund and Astronomy Fund should be submitted directly to the donors only when requested.

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O. P. and W. E. Edwards Foundation, Inc

Oro y Plata Foundation

From the Foundation Center

Oro y Plata Foundation

Address and Contact Information
P.O. Box 1079Kalispell, MT 59903-1079Contact: Jean Agather, Mgr.; Bruce Ennis

Type of Grantmaker
Independent foundation

IRS Exemption Status
501(c)(3)

Background
Established in 2002 in MT.

Financial Data
(yr. ended 12/31/2008)Total Assets: $6,902,746Total Giving: $450,800

Fields of Interest
Arts; Children/youth, services; Education; Health organizations; Human services

Limitations
Giving primarily in MT. No grants to individuals.

EIN
460512750

Oro y Plata Foundation

Arts Educators 9-23-2009

Arts Educators,

Below you will find information on
access to American Indian Experience available from MT State Library, an article on How Arts Training Improves Attention and Cognition, Artful Learning and Teaching Handbook, 2010 VSA arts International Young Soloists Award Call for Entries and one job opening.

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

Regards,
Beck

From MT State Library:
The American Indian Experience full-text digital resource from ABC-Clio/Greenwood is available statewide on a trial basis through December 20, 2009. Access information is below.
American Indian Experience (Trial)Subscription Dates: 09/14/2009 – 12/20/2009To Access Go To: http://aie.greenwood.comWhen prompted to login: Enter UserName: mtstatelibEnter Password: mtstatelib

How Arts Training Improves Attention and Cognition
By Michael I. Posner, Ph.D., and Brenda PatoineAbout Michael I. Posner, Ph.D.About Brenda PatoineSeptember 14, 2009
Does education in the arts transfer to seemingly unrelated cognitive abilities? Researchers are finding evidence that it does. Michael Posner argues that when children find an art form that sustains their interest, the subsequent strengthening of their brains’ attention networks can improve cognition more broadly. To read the whole article: http://www.dana.org/news/cerebrum/detail.aspx?id=23206

Perpich Center for Arts Education
The Artful Teaching & Learning Handbook provides blue prints for a versatile arts education model. Full of tools, processes and examples from its field sites, the handbook offers the practitioner research-based support for building arts based and arts infused learning. This model is powered by the belief that all students can achieve high academic standards in and through the arts. To read more and down load a copy in pdf: http://www.pcae.k12.mn.us/pdr/artfulteach.html (Great information and tools to assess student work and teacher and teaching artists teaching a lesson, etc. Beck)

Announcing the 2010 VSA arts International Young Soloists Award Call for Entries
Since 1984, the VSA arts International Young Soloists Program has been seeking to identify talented musicians who have a disability. The VSA arts International Young Soloists Award is given annually to four outstanding musicians, two from the United States and two from the international arena. The award provides an opportunity for these emerging musicians to each earn a $5,000 award and a performance in Washington, D.C.
Any individual musician (instrumental or vocal) from the United States who has a disability, age 25 and under, is eligible to apply.
U.S. APPLICANTS: All VSA arts United States affiliates implement their own International Young Soloists Award programs. Applicants must send their entry materials to the appropriate address for their state.
Montana
VSA arts of Montana
200 North Adams
Missoula, MT 59802
Applications must be received by no later than November 16, 2009 for United States musicians
Applications in English
Click to download the 2010 application guidelines
Click to download the 2010 application for individual musicians
Click to download the 2010 application for ensembles

JOB OPENING

Wyoming Arts Alliance seeks Executive Director: Letter of Interest and Resumes are being accepted for the Executive Director Position of the Wyoming Arts Alliance. No relocation is required as the position is flexible and can be facilitated from a home office. Applications will be accepted online by emailing resume/letter of interest to: wyomingartsalliance@gmail.com To download the job description visit www.wyomingarts.org Applications will be accepted through October 1, 2009.

Arts Educators 9-23-2009

Arts Orgs 9-23-2009

Arts Organizations,

Below you will find information about the upcoming MT Nonprofit Assoc. conference, Historic Preservation grants from MT Dept. of Commerce, VSA arts Young Soloist call for entries, a national dialogue on the National Endowment for the Arts, Board Cafe article: Should Board Members Be Required to Give?, Seven Ways to Reduce Your Audit Costs, Instant Messaging in Nonprofits: Catching On, Foster a More “Giving” Identity to Rouse Donors and Volunteers, online programs for arts organizations, access to American Indian Experience available from MT State Library and two job openings.

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

Regards,
Beck

Come one, come all to the MNA (Montana Nonprofit Association) Funders Plenary Session: Connecting & Reconnecting: A View From Foundations. Representatives from state, regional, and national foundations will share their experiences with, and expectations for, nonprofit collaboration, including examples of successful collaborative efforts they have funded in the past.

Also, don’t miss the Funders Panel Session “Foundations and the Economic Recession” in the MTc3: Looking Ahead Track.

Learn More and Register: Sept. 28-30 http://www.mtnonprofit.org/conference.aspx

Montana Department of Commerce is Accepting Applications for Historic Preservation Grants
(HELENA) – The Montana Department of Commerce is now accepting applications for a newly
established Historic Preservation Competitive Grant Program. Montana cities, towns, counties, nonprofit organizations and private entities are encouraged to apply for the more than $3.6 million available through the Program. The deadline to submit applications is November, 16th, 2009. See attached PDF for more information.

Announcing the 2010 VSA arts International Young Soloists Award Call for Entries
Since 1984, the VSA arts International Young Soloists Program has been seeking to identify talented musicians who have a disability. The VSA arts International Young Soloists Award is given annually to four outstanding musicians, two from the United States and two from the international arena. The award provides an opportunity for these emerging musicians to each earn a $5,000 award and a performance in Washington, D.C.
Any individual musician (instrumental or vocal) from the United States who has a disability, age 25 and under, is eligible to apply.
U.S. APPLICANTS: All VSA arts United States affiliates implement their own International Young Soloists Award programs. Applicants must send their entry materials to the appropriate address for their state.
Montana
VSA arts of Montana
200 North Adams
Missoula, MT 59802
Applications must be received by no later than November 16, 2009 for United States musicians
Applications in English
Click to download the 2010 application guidelines
Click to download the 2010 application for individual musicians
Click to download the 2010 application for ensembles

WELCOME TO THE ONLINE FORUM ON THE FUTURE OF THE NEA AND ARTS POLICY FORUMULATION IN AMERICA.
Today we launch this ambitious six week national dialogue on the National Endowment for the Arts, and indirectly, on a national arts & culture policy. Scroll down to the last two blog entries for a complete description of this project, all the participants, and some of topics and subject areas that we hope will be covered.http://www.westaf.org/blog/archives/2009/09/launch_of_natio.php
SECOND PANEL UP ON THE NATIONAL FORUM ON THE NEA http://www.westaf.org/blog/
Should Board Members Be Required to Give?
Board Cafe • By Jan Masaoka • September 14, 2009 •
Are board giving requirements a best practice or a bad idea? We report on trends and explore the real questions:
Few debates can rile up board members more than the question, “Should our board have a giving requirement?” Many of us know from firsthand experience that discussions addressing this question are often characterized by frustration, bewilderment, sarcasm, absolute certainty, or even anger.
Unfortunately, there’s no definitive answer to the question, because having a requirement for giving does work for some boards, but not having a requirement works just as well for others. There are substantive, valid arguments to be made on both sides of the debate:
To read more: http://www.blueavocado.org/node/434

Seven Ways to Reduce Your Audit Costs
Nonprofit Finance & Strategy • By Dennis Walsh, CPA • September 14, 2009 •
Too many of us think of audit costs as an expense to suffer, not to manage. CPA Dennis Walsh tells us differently:
Executive Director Blair Benson of the Mental Health Association in Greensboro, North Carolina, was hoping her audit costs wouldn’t go up much. With a budget of $340,000, there isn’t a lot to spare. But although she had expected an increase, she was stunned when her auditor said he would be increasing his fee by 40%. “An increase like this is something you just can’t build into your budget,” said Benson.
Audits are getting more expensive — have you noticed?
A survey of 160 community-based nonprofits in Guilford County, North Carolina, showed recent average audit fee increases of 9%, and noted that audit costs remain a significant burden to organizations. to read more: http://www.blueavocado.org/node/435

Instant Messaging in Nonprofits: Catching On
Word On The Street • By Jan Masaoka • September 14, 2009 •
Although we seem to be told constantly that we should be using Facebook and Twitter, a powerful application is quietly making its mark in nonprofits without much fanfare. Instant messaging (IM’ing) is the old-but-new tool that is moving from tech companies to Main Street and to nonprofits.
“Our organization uses IM’ing all the time as a quick way to have short conversations, ask questions, etc. without having to run down the hall every time,” says Hannah Wallisch of Danceworks (Milwaukee). “IM’ing is also useful when staff members are working from home, so they can still be in constant contact with staff in the office without tying up phone lines,” she continues.
IM is for grown-ups now to read more: http://www.blueavocado.org/node/439

Nonprofit Online News: http://news.gilbert.org/
+ Foster a More “Giving” Identity to Rouse Donors and Volunteers

Alice LaPlante previews some upcoming research on the role of “identity” in giving decisions. In Foster a More “Giving” Identity to Rouse Donors and Volunteers, she makes it clear that we have to take into account the performance and creation of people’s sense of themselves in our fundraising strategies. Yet another piece of research showing how much we have to learn about how our stakeholders relate to each other, rather than just to us.

http://news.gilbert.org/clickThru/redir/7127/5286/rms

National Arts Strategies
Organizational leadership for arts and culture
This organization offers many online programs for arts organizations on a variety of topics.
http://www.artstrategies.org/index.php

From MT State Library:
The American Indian Experience full-text digital resource from ABC-Clio/Greenwood is available statewide on a trial basis through December 20, 2009. Access information is below.
American Indian Experience (Trial)Subscription Dates: 09/14/2009 – 12/20/2009To Access Go To: http://aie.greenwood.comWhen prompted to login: Enter UserName: mtstatelibEnter Password: mtstatelib

JOB OPENINGS

Wyoming Arts Alliance seeks Executive Director: Letter of Interest and Resumes are being accepted for the Executive Director Position of the Wyoming Arts Alliance. No relocation is required as the position is flexible and can be facilitated from a home office. Applications will be accepted online by emailing resume/letter of interest to: wyomingartsalliance@gmail.com To download the job description visit www.wyomingarts.org Applications will be accepted through October 1, 2009.

Director of Local Arts Agency Services, Americans for the Arts
Americans for the Arts believes that a strong network of local arts agencies (LAAs) is essential to advancing the arts in America. The Director of Local Arts Agency Services leads a team of professionals responsible for serving and advancing the nation’s 5,000 LAAs—the core membership and field service area of Americans for the Arts. The Director of Local Arts Agency Services is a foremost authority on the full diversity of LAAs—their budget trends, programs, innovations, how public vs. private or large vs. small differ, as well as their organizational and leadership needs. The director is responsible for creating and delivering programs and services that strengthen LAAs such as content for the annual convention, online learning and “how to” trainings, fulfilling technical assistance requests, producing publications, and ensuring peer-to-peer engagement through member affinity networks. For more info: http://jobbank.artsusa.org/jobdetail.cfm?job=3186017

Arts Orgs 9-23-2009

Artists 9-23-2009

Artists,

Below you will find one item of general interest followed by one opportunity each for musicians and playwrights and several for visual artists (crafts included).

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

Regards,
Beck

From MT State Library:
The American Indian Experience full-text digital resource from ABC-Clio/Greenwood is available statewide on a trial basis through December 20, 2009. Access information is below.
American Indian Experience (Trial)Subscription Dates: 09/14/2009 – 12/20/2009To Access Go To: http://aie.greenwood.comWhen prompted to login: Enter UserName: mtstatelibEnter Password: mtstatelib

MUSIC

Announcing the 2010 VSA arts International Young Soloists Award Call for Entries
Since 1984, the VSA arts International Young Soloists Program has been seeking to identify talented musicians who have a disability. The VSA arts International Young Soloists Award is given annually to four outstanding musicians, two from the United States and two from the international arena. The award provides an opportunity for these emerging musicians to each earn a $5,000 award and a performance in Washington, D.C.
Any individual musician (instrumental or vocal) from the United States who has a disability, age 25 and under, is eligible to apply.
U.S. APPLICANTS: All VSA arts United States affiliates implement their own International Young Soloists Award programs. Applicants must send their entry materials to the appropriate address for their state.
Montana
VSA arts of Montana
200 North Adams
Missoula, MT 59802
Applications must be received by no later than November 16, 2009 for United States musicians
Applications in English
Click to download the 2010 application guidelines
Click to download the 2010 application for individual musicians
Click to download the 2010 application for ensembles

PLAYWRIGHTS

Venture Theatre Proudly Presents the
Page-To-Stage One Act Festival
Submissions are now being accepted!
Heralded as “one of the most eclectic and electric night of theatre in Billings” – the Venture Theatre’s 15th annual Page-To-Stage One Act Play Festival is not until January. But submissions from aspiring playwrights are being accepted now.

Submissions for the 2010 Festival will be accepted from Montana, Wyoming and Idaho only.
Submissions deadline is November 1, 2009.
Only ONE submission will be accepted from each playwright.
All submissions must be previously unproduced works other than public readings.
All submissions must be 20 minutes or under.
Submission fee is $10. (Please include with initial submission in check or money order form made out to Venture Theatre.)
This play festival is a “workshop festival.” Playwrights must be open to potential rewrites and remain flexible to working with the production team.
We prefer work that focuses on plot, action and relationship.
All plays will be produced as a single evening performance. With this in mind, submissions must be economical in their use of stage and set requirements.

Dates of the workshops: January 7 – 7:30pm, January 8 – 8pm, January 9 – 8pm, January 13 – 7:30pm, January 14 – 7:30pm and January 15 – 8pm
Full production of all selected pieces: Friday, January 16 – 8pm, Thursday, January 21 – 7:30pm, Friday, January 22 – 8pm, and Saturday, January 23 – 8pm
See attached One act submission form 2010 for more information.

VISUAL ARTS

The Montana World Trade Center will host a marketing workshop for artists on The University of Montana campus in June. The Marketing for Artists Workshop will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 26th, in Gallagher Business Building Room 105 The cost of attendance is $50, which includes lunch. See attached Workshop Press Release for more information.
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority has issued two Calls to Artists for upcoming projects at Washington Dulles International Airport. The application deadline for both of these projects is October 15, 2009.
Call to Artists: International Arrivals Building–The Airports Authority is seeking artists who will create artwork for three permanent installations intended to welcome arriving international passengers to the United States and the National Capital Region, to enhance their travel experience and to promote the cultural diversity of the National Capital Region.
Call to Artists: Federal Inspection Services Area, Concourse C–One project artist will be selected to work with nine classroom/art teachers at schools in the National Capital Region to create student portraits for a public art project titled, HELLO AND WELCOME.
I would greatly appreciate it if you could publicize the attached calls to your artist community. Both calls can also be found on the front page of our website at www.mwaa.com.

The American Craft Council is now accepting AltCraft applications for our flagship show in Baltimore Feb. 25 – 28, 2010 and, new this year, our show in Atlanta Mar. 11- 14, 2010.

We will be accepting 15 artists for Baltimore and 10 for Atlanta.

Applicants are eligible only if they have NOT shown in an American Craft Council show previously. Embellished commercially-bought items (such as t-shirts and notecards) are not eligible.
The deadline is Thursday, October 15. Please submit:
· (3) low-resolution images of your work
· a brief description of your work (materials, dimensions, techniques)
· contact information (mailing address, email addresses & website)
· if the application is for the Baltimore, Atlanta or both
Send submissions and inquiries to Erika at altcraft@craftcouncil.org.
Finalists will be announced in mid-November.
(I checked their website for more information but all the information is for last year. Nothing has been updated. Beck)

Seattle seeks artist for Rainier Beach Community Center project
Seattle’s Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation, seeks one artist or artist team to develop a three-dimensional, site-specific or site-integrated artwork for the new Rainier Beach Community Center and Pool. Applicants will ideally have skills in designing, fabricating and installing artwork in one or more of the following media: metal, glass, stone, concrete, ceramic, wood, light, new media, surface treatment, sustainable design and environmental design.

The selected artist/artist team will work with the community, community center design team, and the Office’s and Parks’ staff in the design process.

Eligibility: Open to established professional artists living in the United States. Students are not eligible to apply.
Budget: $180,000, all inclusive.
Deadline: 11 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, 2009 (Pacific Time)
Call and guidelines in PDF at: http://officeofartsculturalaffairs.cmail3.com/t/y/l/khjktd/huputily/k

The Missoula Art Museum invites you to submit your work for consideration to the 38th Benefit Art Auction and exhibition! This annual fundraiser supports MAM’s commitment to contemporary art by directly sustaining its operating budget. And, with the current economic conditions, this annual event is more important now than ever before.
September 15, 2009 First day to submit online at mam.slideroom.com
November 1, 2009 Last day to submit
For more information see attached PDF.

Artists 9-23-2009

Artists 9-11-2009

Artists,

Below you will find information on Secretary of State Linda McCulloch’s Treasured Montana Artist program, the Vermont Studio Center residency program and opportunities for photography, visual arts and writers.

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

Regards,
Beck

Secretary of State Linda McCulloch will unveil the next Treasured Montana Artist, Shaila Sorenson, on September 9th.
Every four months, McCulloch personally selects an artist from Montana and gives them the opportunity to display their artwork in the front lobby of the Secretary of State’s Office, which is located in the historical State Capitol Building in Helena. She chose Shaila for the September-December exhibit, for the uniqueness and beauty of her Intaglio Prints.

The Vermont Studio Center is an international residency program open to all artists and writers. Year-round, VSC hosts 50 artists and writers per month, each of whom receives an individual studio, private room, and all meals. Residencies last from 2-12 weeks and provide uninterrupted time to work, a community of creative peers, and a beautiful village setting in northern Vermont. In addition, VSC’s program includes a roster of Visiting Artists and Writers (2 painters, 2 sculptors and 2 writers per month) who offer slide talks/readings and individual studio visits/conferences.
October 1st, 2009 deadline
For Application and Guidelines:
Vermont Studio Center / PO Box 613 / Johnson, VT 05656 /802-635-2727 / info@vermontstudiocenter.org / www.vermontstudiocenter.org

PHOTOGRAPHY

Landscape Interrupted
A Photographic Exhibition of the Influenced Landscape.

Landscape Interrupted seeks to exhibit photographic artwork depicting the influence that humans have within our landscape. Entries should focus on the interaction and change and takes place when humans correspond with our natural world. Landscape Interrupted is a national juried photography exhibition that will be held at the Coconino Center for the Arts, the cultural hub of Northern Arizona and the Flagstaff community, from January 19th to February 17th, 2009.

The deadline for the call is November 20th For more information http://www.culturalpartners.org/landscape.htm

VISUAL ARTS
Zoot Enterprises, in Bozeman, MT is inviting Montana artists to submit proposals for displaying their work in the Zoot Art Gallery. The museum quality gallery boasts 108 square feet of wall hanging space and large floor areas for sculpture.
Exhibits rotate approximately every four months, and are selected by the Zoot Committee for the Arts (ZCA). Application materials deadline is October 1, 2009 COB. The ZCA will select three artists for the following exhibit openings, Feb.2010 – May 2010, June 2010 – Sept. 2010, and Oct. 2010 – Jan. 2011.
All work sold through the gallery is commission-free. Underwriting is provided for artists’ opening receptions. For further information and to download the application materials visit the Zoot art gallery website at www.zootartgallery.com or contact Darcy Barry, the gallery coordinator, at dbarry@zootweb.com

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts announced today a call for artists interested in painting the official state portrait of Governor Donald L. Carcieri. State law requires that a portrait of Governor Carcieri be commissioned and presented to the State by the time the governor leaves office in January 2011. The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts will assist the Governor in choosing a portrait artist.

The deadline for submitting sample work to the Arts Council is Thursday, October 15, 2009.

A website providing an historical list of all Rhode Island governors with links to their official portrait can be found at http://www.sec.state.ri.us/library/riinfo/governors.
A panel consisting of representatives from the arts community, the Governor’s Office, and the Historic Preservation Commission among others will select up to ten finalists to present to the Governor for his review. The Governor will choose a portrait artist from among the finalists, or he may ask the panel for additional choices. The artist chosen by the Governor will then be commissioned to produce an official portrait.

The portrait will be created in cooperation with the Governor and the Rhode Island Historical and Preservation Commission, which is the caretaker of the portraits of past Rhode Island Governors on display at the State House. The finished portrait must be completed and turned over to the State by January 2011, at the conclusion of Governor Carcieri’s final term in office.
Artists interested in being considered for the commission should contact the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts or visit its web site for an application form. Artists will be asked to submit a resume and no less than five and no more than ten digital images of previously commissioned work. Interested artists have until Thursday, October 1, 2009 to submit samples of their work to the State Council on the Arts.

Full details are available at http://www.arts.ri.gov/portrait or by calling the Council at 222-3880.

A Small Art Competition in the Chicago Arts District

notBig is a juried show that is open to all individual artists working in the contemporary arts. This is an open call for any medium including painting, sculpture, ceramics, collage, mixed media, photography and glass. There is no intended theme for the work; it just needs to fit the criteria of being “small art”. No works over 12 inches in any direction.
Entry Deadline: October 31, 2009 see attached pdf

WRITERS

PLAYWRIGHTS: ENTER YOUR WORK IN THE CHEYENNE LITTLE THEATRE PLAYERS 2009-2010 NEW PLAY PROJECT

November 30, 2009 is the deadline for Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming playwrights to enter their work to the New Play Project, a program created by the Cheyenne Little Theatre Players (CLTP) to encourage, recognize and support playwrights in the seven-state region. Entries must be full-length plays that have not been performed previously; no film scripts or musicals are allowed. The winning stage play will be presented as a Readers Theatre production by CLTP during its 2010-2011 season. The winning playwright will be announced by February 1, 2010 and will receive a $500 cash award and an all-expenses paid trip to Cheyenne, WY to attend production meetings, auditions, rehearsals, and performances of the work. The competition entry fee is $20 per play submitted.

Submission guidelines, application form and a release form are available at the Cheyenne Little Theatre Players website:
http://www.cheyennelittletheatre.org/new_play_competition.asp

Artists 9-11-2009