Arts Organizations 10-21-2009

Arts Organizations,

Below you will find information on the next Big Read grant, three items from the Artful Manager blog, two items from Nonprofit Online News on social networking, the last two panels on the NEA Forum, big savings on GrantStation membership, Board Cafe-Blue Avocado: Six Ways to Know If It’s Time to Leave and A Board Member “Contract.”

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

The Big Read is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations to conduct month-long, community-wide reads between September 2010 and June 2011. The Big Read is a national program designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture. Organizations selected to participate in The Big Read will receive a grant ranging from $2,500 to $20,000, access to online training resources, educational and promotional materials, inclusion of your organization and activities on The Big Read Web site, and the prestige of participating in a highly visible national program. Approximately 75 organizations from across the country will be selected by a panel of experts.
Application Deadline Feb 2, 2010To download the Guidelines & Application Instructions visit The Big Read Web site.Questions? Call Arts Midwest at 612.238.8010 or email TheBigRead@artsmidwest.org

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

PROJECT AUDIENCE…
I was in Chicago early this week, attending a small but intensive convening for Project Audience, an initiative seeking to improve the application of on-line technologies to engage audiences with the arts.
http://www.artsjournal.com/artfulmanager/main/project-audience.php
Posted: Monday, October 5, 2009

COLLABORATION IS A MUSCLE…
I’m often frustrated in group conversation and project work among arts organizations that we spend so much time exploring such narrow definitions of the problem. But my recent experience in Chicago is slowly teaching me to get over myself.
http://www.artsjournal.com/artfulmanager/main/collaboration-is-a-muscle.php
Posted: Wednesday, October 7, 2009

GETTING BEYOND THE LEFT-BRAIN/RIGHT-BRAIN DEBATE…
Experience designer and strategist Peter Merholz calls a ‘time out’ on our growing boosterism for ‘design thinking’ in the world of business.
Is creative problem-solving important to the process? Sure it is, says Merholz, but so are a range of other skills and perspectives on BOTH sides of the brain.
http://www.artsjournal.com/artfulmanager/main/getting-beyond-the-left-brainr.php
Posted: Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Nonprofit Online News: http://news.gilbert.org/
+ The Message in the Cryptex: Gavin Clabaugh Answers the Social Media Question

Thank you, Gavin. I have been teaching social media for years now (since long before we were talking about “2.0” stuff) and I focus on meaningful, high impact strategies that leverage the strengths of particular organizations. But that isn’t what people want. They want an easy answer to how to use the brand of the season (today it’s Facebook or Twitter) to raise money. Anyone who promises easy answers (tips, tricks, hacks, etc) will attract an order of magnitude more interest than those who don’t. Frankly, the whole dynamic infuriates me.

So, it’s with enormous gratitude that I read The Message in the Cryptex by Gavin Clabaugh. With his trademark eloquence, he tackles this very same frustration. And believe it or not, he does have an answer. And it actually is an easy one. But chances are good that most of us still won’t like it.

http://news.gilbert.org/clickThru/redir/7151/5286/rms

+ Making Sense of Social Networking and Social Media

I recently recorded a social media seminar for the clients of a colleague whose work I admire. I wish I had had my hands on Adam Louie’s excellent introduction to the topic in Making Sense of Social Networking and Social Media. It’s got much less hype than usual and he avoids over-dramatic statements like “the end of email”. He’s got some solid numbers that underscore why it’s so important that we do social media inventories of our stakeholders. Did you know that one third of adults in the U.S. have a social network profile somewhere?

http://news.gilbert.org/clickThru/redir/7150/5286/rms

BARRY’S BLOG now: www.westaf.org/blog
NATIONAL FORUM ON THE NEA continuesNEA FORUM – PANEL 5 – PRIVATE SECTOR / ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY
PARTICIPANTS: Kristen Madsen – Senior Vice-President The Grammy Foundation Terri Clark – Executive Director, The Television Academy of Arts & Sciences FoundationCary Sherman – President RIAA (Record Industry Association of America)Mary Luehrsen – Director of Public Affairs & Government Relations, NAMM (INTER-National Association of Music Manufacturers)

NEA FORUM – PANEL 6 – WORKING ARTISTSNEA FORUM CONCLUDES with PANEL 6 – WORKING ARTISTSPARTICIPANTS:Lily YehClaire LightLily KharraziHomer JacksonEugenie ChanDiem JonesRalph HelmickJames Bewley Paul McLean

GrantStation October Sale: Scary Cheap GrantStation Membership for $119 a Year https://www.grantstation.com/Programs/Join/orderform1.asp For the month of October, GrantStation is offering scary savings on new and renewal memberships. The regular price for GrantStation memberships is $599 per year, but this October your nonprofit can get a full year for just $119! For more chills, pay just $99 per year for two years, or $79 per year for three years. These are full GrantStation Memberships, which provide you with access to our U.S. Charitable Giving and International Charitable Giving databases, continually updated federal grant deadlines, and website links to state grant programs, as well as a variety of tutorials on grant research, grant writing, and grant management. To take advantage of this special offer, visit the website listed above

Board Cafe – Blue Avocado nonprofit magazine
Six Ways to Know If It’s Time to Leave
Feature Articles • By Tim Wolfred, Psy. D. • October 4, 2009
Are you tired, a bit listless? Maybe the demands of the job seem ever more burdensome, or the board seems increasingly dissatisfied, or your retirement clock is ticking. Do you need more than a megavitamin? Even better is this advice from Tim Wolfred, a pioneer and leader in the field of nonprofit executive transitions, on how executives can weigh both the organization’s needs, and the needs of their own heart.
Executive directors don’t have term limits. Although some executives are fired or forced out by boards, most executives make the determination themselves of when and how to leave. Like other life decisions, it takes awhile to come to the decision to leave, or to come to the decision to stay.
So how can you tell if it’s time to leave? Based on research and consulting with hundreds of nonprofit executives struggling with this question, we’ve developed six indicators — each with some follow-up steps — to help you with your thinking process.
Do one or more of these statements resonate with you?
1. I keep returning to this thought: the organization needs to go in a new direction (or to a new level) and I’m not the right person for it.
This is the most common reason given by executive directors who have decided to
To read more: http://www.blueavocado.org/node/453

A Board Member “Contract”
Board Cafe • By Jan Masaoka • October 9, 2009 •
One way to be sure that each person on the board is clear on his or her responsibilities is to adopt a board member “contract.” Not intended to be legally enforced, the contract outlines explicitly what is expected of individual board members, and how the organization will in turn be responsible to them.
This contract differs from similar documents in someimportant ways. While most board agreements describe board member responsibilities, this one also outlines the responsibilities of the organization to the board member. A key principle underlying this document is the board’s responsibility to hold the organization accountable to its constituencies and to the public. Just as important, the contract communicates core values about debate and disagreement, accountability, and board-staff relationships.
Sample Board Member Contract To read more: http://www.blueavocado.org/node/455

Arts Organizations 10-21-2009

Artists 10-21-2009

Artists,

Below you will find two opportunities for visual artists.

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

Regards,
Beck

VISUAL ARTS

Seattle, WA + Harborview Nursing Commemorative
4Culture, Harborview Medical Center, and the University of Washington School of Nursing seek an artist/artist team residing in Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, or British Columbia to create a commemorative artwork honoring the nursing professionals who have studied and served at Harborview. The selected artist will work collaboratively with a committee of nursing professionals to understand and document a legacy of learning and service, and will create an innovative, interpretive artwork to honor this legacy.

This is a two-part project. In the first part, the artist/artist team will conduct, document and present research on the history of nursing at Harborview, including oral histories. This research will serve as a foundational starting point for the final artwork. In the second part, the artist/artist team with develop an interpretive and innovative artwork for permanent installation on the Harborview campus. This story-telling artwork may incorporate two and three-dimensional visual components and/or new media.

A team of nursing alumni and Harborview staff will advise the selected artist/artist team throughout the research and conceptual development process. The strongest candidates will have experience and continued interest in historical research and translation of historical research into compelling artwork. This is also a unique opportunity for self-selecting inter-disciplinary teams which may include an historian
or heritage specialist, literary, visual and/or new media artists.

Deadline: November 9, 2009
Budget: $100,000
Information: www.4culture.org
Tamar Benzikry-Stern tamar.benzikry@4culture.org

UC ART GALLERY EXTENDS CALL TO ARTISTS

The University Center Art Gallery at The University of Montana has issued its annual art call for the gallery’s 2010 exhibition calendar.
The UC Art Gallery exhibits visual arts from local, regional and national artists, while functioning as an accessible space for UM students to exhibit and learn.
Applications are available at the UC Art Gallery, The Source information desk in the UC, the entrance to the School of Art in the Fine Arts Building, or online at http://www.umt.edu/uc/artgallery. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Nov. 18.
For more information, contact Samantha Guenthner, UC Art Gallery director, at 406-243-4991 or ucartgallery@mso.umt.edu.

Artists 10-21-2009

Historic Preservation Grants

Anthony J. Preite, Director
301 S. Park Ave. � P.O. Box 200501 � Helena, Montana 59620-0501
Phone: 406-841-2700 � Fax: 406-841-2701 � TDD: 406-841-2702 � http://commerce.mt.gov
BRIAN SCHWEITZER, GOVERNOR
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
CONTACT: Dave Cole, Administrator
Historic Preservation Competitive Grant Program
Montana Department of Commerce
406-841-2776
Marissa Kozel
Communications Director
Montana Department of Commerce
406-841-2772
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.
The Historic Preservation Competitive Grant Program was created through the Montana Reinvestment
Act (HB645), which implements the federal American Recovery Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.
Montana is the only state in the nation to make funds available for historic preservation as part ARRA.
The Montana Reinvestment Act provided a total of $4 million to the program. Of that total, the Montana
Reinvestment Act allocated awards to three historic preservation projects:
Marcus Daly Mansion, Hamilton: $50,000 for Restoration and Preservation
St. Mary’s Mission, Stevensville: $40,000 for Restoration and Preservation
Traveler’s Rest Historic Site, Lolo: $180,000 for Restoration and Preservation
“Montana’s rich and colorful history is a key player in contributing to our economy,” said Governor
Brian Schweitzer. “From the 10 million out-of-state travelers who visit Montana each year, to the
businesses that operate in Montana’s historic downtown districts – historic places generate revenue for
most every Montana community. Through these funds, we are preserving our history, putting people to
work, reinvesting in our economy, improving efficiency, increasing public safety, and making a cleaner,
healthier Montana.”
“The Montana Department of Commerce encourages eligible organizations to apply for these important
funds,” said Anthony Preite, Director of the Montana Department of Commerce. “Many partners have
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worked diligently to secure these funds for Montana. The Department will work equally as hard to
ensure these funds are used to preserve Montana’s most special places.”
The grant ceiling for HB 645 historic preservation grants is $250,000. Grant requests must be sufficient
either by themselves or in combination with other proposed funding sources to complete the proposed
activities. Individual grants will be awarded only in amounts appropriate to the scope of the identified
proposed project activities, and the documented needs, resources and administrative capacity of the
applicant. The MDOC reserves the right to award an amount that is less than what is requested, in order
to fund only a specific portion of the proposed project. Therefore, applicants should identify the cost
associated with each portion of the proposed project that could be completed as a stand-alone project.
Eligible applicants may submit only one application for a Historic Preservation Grant. The Department
will not accept multiple applications that are intended to support the same historic preservation project.
The five competitive criteria included in the Montana Reinvestment Act will be used to determine the
merit of each application for historic preservation competitive grants. The funding criteria are:
(1) The degree of economic stimulus or economic activity, including job creation and work creation for
Montana contractors and service workers;
(2) The timing of the project, including the access to matching funds if needed and approval of permits
so the work can be completed without delay;
(3) The historic or heritage value related to the State of Montana;
(4) The successful track record or experience of the organization directing the project; and
(5) The expected on-going economic benefit to the State as a result of the project completion.
For more information on the Historic Preservation Competitive Grant Program, or to apply for funds,
visit http://recovery.mt.gov/commerce/hpg/default.mcpx, or call 406-841-2776.
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Historic Preservation Grants

Arts Educators 10-06-2009

Arts Educators,

Below you will find information on MAC’s online survey of arts education in MT schools, a link to an article on online teacher professional development, the Any Given Child initiative created by the John F. Kennedy Center, and Grantmakers Funding Elementary/Secondary School Reform.

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

Regards,
Beck

All Montana K-12 principals will be emailed the Montana Arts Council’s online survey of arts education in Montana schools on October 19th and 20th. The email and the cover letter to the online survey are cosigned by Denise Juneau, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Arlynn Fishbaugh, Executive Director, Montana Arts Council.

Important and missing baseline information for arts education in Montana will be the focus of the survey. The study will benefit schools by annually measuring arts education in our schools, providing schools with consistent and credible data. All Montana public schools and private schools accredited by the Board of Public Education will receive the survey. The survey will be conducted annually for the next three years and subsequently every third year thereafter.

The survey questions cover:
School demographics
Student learning in the arts
The number and training of arts teachers
Professional development in the arts for teachers
Space and resources for the arts
The data will help guide the arts council to specifically target funding and resources to help Montana schools.
When you see your local school principal ask if he or she has filled out the survey. Thank them if they have and if not encourage them to participate. The survey closes on December 4th.
For more information on the survey contact Beck McLaughlin, Education & Web Services Director at the arts council. Email: bemclaughlin@mt.gov , phone: 406-444-6522

An education-technology scholar discusses the current state and promise of online teacher Professional Development.
http://www.teachersourcebook.org/tsb/articles/2009/10/01/01dede.h03.html

The Any Given Child initiative, created by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, seeks to bring access, balance, and equity to each child’s arts education, using an affordable model that combines the resources of the school district, local arts groups, and the Kennedy Center. The program is designed for students in grades K-8.
Kennedy Center staff members work with community leaders and school administrators in a Community Team to develop a long-range plan for arts education that is tailor-made for their school district. The Team reviews existing arts resources in the school district and the education programs offered by local arts organizations and companies. Once there is a snapshot of the arts education resources, the Team develops a plan specific to the needs of that community. For more information go to the website: http://www.kennedy-center.org/education/anygivenchild/
Foundation Center
Grantmakers Funding Elementary/Secondary School Reform
http://maps.fdncenter.org/Education/
Click on MT to see the two funders for our area – Beck

Arts Educators 10-06-2009

Artists 10-6-2009

Artists,

Below you will find two items of general interest and four for visual artists (includes crafts and photography).

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

Regards,
Beck

Emerging Artists Supported Puffin Foundation Artists GrantsThe Puffin Foundation seeks to open the doors of artistic expression by providing grants to art organizations and artists throughout the country who are often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to their race, gender, or social philosophy. The Foundation provides grants ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 to encourage emerging artists in the fields of fine arts, film and video, music, photography, theater, and public interest. The Foundation is particularly interested in supporting innovative initiatives that will advance progressive social change. Prospective applicants must request funding guidelines and forms by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to the Foundation’s office. Completed application packets for 2010 grants will be accepted from October 1 through December 30, 2009. Visit the Foundation’s website for more information. http://www.puffinfoundation.org/grants/prospectiveapplicant.html
Application forms for the 2010 cycle will be available from September until December 15, 2009. Application forms are not available electronically, but require a SASE (#10 self-addressed stamped envelope) first be sent to us. The application submissions for the 2010 cycle will be accepted from October until the deadline of December 30, 2009 postmarked by midnight.
To receive an application packet please send a SASE (#10 self-addressed stamped envelope) to:
Puffin Foundation Ltd.20 Puffin Way (formerly East Oakdene Ave.)Teaneck, NJ 07666-4111

All Montana K-12 principals will be emailed the Montana Arts Council’s online survey of arts education in Montana schools on October 19th and 20th. The email and the cover letter to the online survey are cosigned by Denise Juneau, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Arlynn Fishbaugh, Executive Director, Montana Arts Council.

Important and missing baseline information for arts education in Montana will be the focus of the survey. The study will benefit schools by annually measuring arts education in our schools, providing schools with consistent and credible data. All Montana public schools and private schools accredited by the Board of Public Education will receive the survey. The survey will be conducted annually for the next three years and subsequently every third year thereafter.

The survey questions cover:
School demographics
Student learning in the arts
The number and training of arts teachers
Professional development in the arts for teachers
Space and resources for the arts
The data will help guide the arts council to specifically target funding and resources to help Montana schools.
When you see your local school principal ask if he or she has filled out the survey. Thank them if they have and if not encourage them to participate. The survey closes on December 4th.
For more information on the survey contact Beck McLaughlin, Education & Web Services Director at the arts council. Email: bemclaughlin@mt.gov , phone: 406-444-6522

VISUAL ARTS

Ciao Gallery of Jackson, Wyoming
Call to Artists
Juried Exhibitions
Upcoming Competitions 2009
“How We Are Seen” Original & Unique Portraits
DEADLINE October 16th, 2009
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD APPLICATION

“Winter Solstice” Fine Crafts & Jewerly Exhibition
DEADLINE November 14th, 2009
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD AN APPLICATION

“Open Photography Competition”
DEADLINE December 18th, 2010
APPLICATION WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON – http://ciaogallery.com/calltoartists.php

“3rd Annual Naturally Nude”
DEADLINE January 22nd, 2010
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD AN APPLICATION

Artists 10-6-2009

Arts Orgs 10-06-2009

Arts Organizations,

Below you will find information on MAC’s online survey of arts education in MT schools, the national forum on the NEA continues, news on non-profits and current health care bills, When “Best Practice” is Bad Practice, three items from the Artful Manager blog and Board Café: Critical Path for the Board.

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

Regards,
Beck

All Montana K-12 principals will be emailed the Montana Arts Council’s online survey of arts education in Montana schools on October 19th and 20th. The email and the cover letter to the online survey are cosigned by Denise Juneau, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Arlynn Fishbaugh, Executive Director, Montana Arts Council.

Important and missing baseline information for arts education in Montana will be the focus of the survey. The study will benefit schools by annually measuring arts education in our schools, providing schools with consistent and credible data. All Montana public schools and private schools accredited by the Board of Public Education will receive the survey. The survey will be conducted annually for the next three years and subsequently every third year thereafter.

The survey questions cover:
School demographics
Student learning in the arts
The number and training of arts teachers
Professional development in the arts for teachers
Space and resources for the arts
The data will help guide the arts council to specifically target funding and resources to help Montana schools.
When you see your local school principal ask if he or she has filled out the survey. Thank them if they have and if not encourage them to participate. The survey closes on December 4th.
For more information on the survey contact Beck McLaughlin, Education & Web Services Director at the arts council. Email: bemclaughlin@mt.gov , phone: 406-444-6522

NATIONAL FORUM on the NEA continues – PANEL # 3 – The Funding Community (foundations and government).
NEA FORUM – PANEL 3 – THE FUNDING COMMUNITY
The National Forum on the NEA continues……….PANEL 4 (Arts Education, Emerging Leaders, Artists Services, Consultanats & Bloggers)
NEA FORUM – PANEL 4 – Arts Ed, Emerging Leaders, Consultants, Artists Services & Bloggers

Small Nonprofits Included in Modified Chairman’s Mark
MNA (Montana Nonprofit Association) Members and Friends:
I write to inform you of some important recent developments in our efforts to include nonprofits in health care reform. On Tuesday, Senator Baucus released his “Modified Chairman’s Mark” in Senate Finance Committee which includes a modified version of the Kerry/Snowe/Schumer/Lincoln/Cantwell nonprofit amendment. Specifically, the amendment extends the small business tax credit to 501(c)(3) organizations that would otherwise qualify for the credit by permitting them to apply the credit to employee withholding taxes and hospital insurance taxes. This is obviously very good news.

Nonprofit Online News: http://news.gilbert.org/
Weekly Edition for Tuesday, September 29, 2009

+ When “Best Practice” is Bad Practice
Here’s one more article I’ve been meaning to write for years that I can strike off my list because someone else has done such a good job of it. When “Best Practice” is Bad Practice, by the wonderful Hildy Gottleib, addresses three key reasons why this phrase and concept are so problematic: (1) It teaches us to look for answers outside ourselves and our communities of practice, (2) Who says it’s best and what is it best about?, (3) Often, these so-called “best” practices are actually terrible. Are you often looking for some expert just to tell you what to do (rather than how to build toward your own methods)? Read this and be open to the bigger messages.

http://news.gilbert.org/clickThru/redir/7137/5286/rms

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

THINK YOU’RE A CONTENT PROVIDER? THINK AGAIN….
Programmer and essayist Paul Graham offers a thoughtful rebuttal to any current publishers who think they are content providers. Says
Graham: They’re not.
http://www.artsjournal.com/artfulmanager/main/think-youre-a-content-provider.php
Posted: Monday, September 21, 2009

THE CHALLENGE (AND OPPORTUNITY) OF NONPROFIT DEBT…
The for-profit world used to complain that the nonprofit world needed to behave more like businesses. Now that nonprofits are suffering the same wrenching impacts as every other industry, the complaint is that we were behaving too much like businesses. The current such complaint relates to debt.
http://www.artsjournal.com/artfulmanager/main/the-challenge-and-opportunity.php
Posted: Wednesday, September 30, 2009

RETHINKING ARTS JOURNALISM…LIVE!…
This Friday, I’ll be carrying the live stream of the National Arts Journalism Summit. Watch along at home as they explore the future of arts journalism, and the public conversation about arts and culture.
http://www.artsjournal.com/artfulmanager/main/arts-journalism-live.php
Posted: Friday, October 2, 2009

Critical Path for the Board
Board Cafe • By Jan Masaoka • October 1, 2009
What is the board supposed to be discussing, anyway? What is the board supposed to be doing, anyway? Rather than suggesting a strategic plan or a conventional list of discussion topics, in this issue we offer a powerful approach to determining the board’s agenda—and work—for the year.

Whether on a current or past board, perhaps you have had the experience of seeing months go by without a discussion that feels either genuinely important or interesting. One reason may be that traditional board agendas are heavy on committee and staff reports, such as Finance Committee Report, Fundraising Committee Report, or Executive Director Report. There isn’t much to do except listen.

Many boards and their executive directors complain about a “lack of engagement” and bring in speakers or even undertake strategic planning as ways to “get the board engaged.” But even if there is discussion at meetings, shouldn’t the goal be something more than just lively talking? Instead of “How can we get the board engaged?” perhaps the question should be: “WHAT should the board engage with?” To read more: http://www.blueavocado.org/node/399

Arts Orgs 10-06-2009