Artists 12-30-2009

Artists,

Below you will find opportunities for writers, visual artists and photographers.

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

WRITERS & VISUAL ARTISTS

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.

The following Full Fellowship Awards are available for the February 16, 2010 deadline. Please see our website for additional information. http://www.vermontstudiocenter.org

Vermont Studio Center Fellowships

(Up to 16 awards) Open to all artists and writers, based on merit.

The Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers (ALSCW) Fellowship

(1) One-month residency for a writer who is a current member of ALSCW.

Dedalus Foundation Fellowships

(3) For painters working in the modernist tradition.

Golden Award

(1) One merit-based fellowship award for a painter of outstanding talent, sponsored by The Sam and Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts.

Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Awards

(3) Open to artists and writers of merit living with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) or Spinal Cord Disease (SCD) with preference for artists and writers living with SCI.

Wheels for Wheels Award

(1) Open to an artist or writer who uses a wheelchair and/or has a spinal cord injury.

Kay Evans Award

(1) Open to all poets, merit-based; award created in honor of Maine resident Kay Evans by her friends and family.

John Pavlis Fellowship Fund

(3) Open to African-American artists (1 writer, 2 visual artists), preference will be given to students and recent graduates of Spelman College, Fisk University and Morehouse College.

Pollock-Krasner

In 2010, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation/VSC Fellowship Program for visual artists of outstanding talent will support two to four 4-week residencies for domestic artists.

Zoland Poetry Fellowships

(2) Open to writers of original English-language poetry and poetry translators.

For Application and Guidelines:

Vermont Studio Center / PO Box 613 / Johnson, VT 05656 /802-635-2727 / info@vermontstudiocenter.org

http://www.vermontstudiocenter.org

PHOTOGRAPHY

18th Annual Ernst Peterson “Photograph Montana” Contest

Enter your “Best of Montana” images!

Categories: Professional & Amateur

Scenic, Color

Scenic, Black and White

All other categories in black and white OR color

People

Domestic Animals

Wild Animals

Macro (other than flowers)

Flowers

Structures

Abstract/Manipulated

NEW – Humorous

NEW – Junior Category

(12 and under

Any topic, any subject.

Black and white OR color)

Awards:

To be presented in all categories

People’s Choice Award for entire contest

Grand Prize

Submission Deadline: January 15, 2010

Photo Exhibit: February 3 – April 15, 2010

Judging and Award Ceremony: April 4, 2010 11:00AM

Download your entry forms at http://www.brvhsmuseum.org or stop in and pick one up!

For more information, contact the Ravalli County Museum at (406) 363-3338

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Artists 12-30-2009

Arts Organizations 12-30-2009

Arts Organizations,

Below you will find a link to the training opportunities the MT Nonprofit Association is offering in the new year.

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

Montana Nonprofit Association – MNA

Calendar of Events for 2010

Register for seminars, webinars, conferences, workshops and more to help your nonprofit become more effective, more efficient, and more accountable. Training opportunities support MNA’s Principles and Practices for Nonprofit Excellence in Montana. MNA Members receive a discount on all MNA trainings and most others. If you are interested in submitting a training opportunity for posting consideration, please use the online submission form in the Training and Education menu.

For more info: http://www.mtnonprofit.org/calendar.aspx

Arts Organizations 12-30-2009

Scholarships

Americans for the Arts is pleased to offer a limited number of scholarships to arts leaders across the country to assist them in participating in the 2010 Americans for the Arts Half-Century Summit. The purpose of these scholarships is to provide assistance for arts professionals to attend the Summit, network with peers, and share strategies for success. Applicants must be professional members of Americans for the Arts. Scholarship applications are due by January 22, 2010, at 5:30 p.m. Learn more about scholarship eligibility and download the application by visiting the Half-Century Summit website.

Scholarships

Arts Educators 12-16-2009

Arts Educators,

Below you will find information on the Coming Up Taller Awards deadline, grants from PPL Montana, the VSA arts Playwright Discovery Program, Achieving Balance in Districtwide Arts Assessment Systems, and a site that features art lessons for children aged three to thirteen.

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 Coming Up Taller Awards Program Seeks Nominations

The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) is inviting nominations for the 2010 Coming Up Taller Awards. In partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), we are embarking on the thirteenth year of the Coming Up Taller Awards, which recognizes the accomplishments of exceptional arts and humanities after-school and out-of-school programs. Coming Up Taller finalists receive a $10,000 award, an award plaque, and an invitation to attend the Coming Up Taller Leadership Enhancement Conference in Washington, DC. In addition, the Coming Up Taller awards ceremony is traditionally held in the Fall at the White House, with the awards bestowed by the President’s Committee’s Honorary Chairman, First Lady Michelle Obama.

The nomination application is available here: http://www.pcah.gov/cut/2010CUTNominationApplication.pdf

The deadline for nominations is Friday, January 29, 2010.

If you have questions, please visit http://www.pcah.gov or contact the President’s Committee at (202) 682-5409.

Grants for Community Programs in Montana

PPL Montana Community Fund

The PPL Montana Community Fund provides support to nonprofit organizations throughout Montana that work to improve the quality of education, enhance the environment, or promote economic development. Community grants are made in the following three program categories: Education grants support the arts and science in schools as well as special projects for before- and after-school programs. Environment grants focus on projects designed to improve the environment and/or enhance public health. Economic Development grants promote programs that make Montana communities appealing for business relocation or expansion. Community and environmental organizations, schools and school districts, community colleges, and universities are eligible to apply for grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. The upcoming application deadline is January 31, 2010. Online application information is available on the PPL Montana website.

Announcing the 2010 VSA arts Playwright Discovery Call for Scripts

http://www.vsarts.org/x244.xml

The VSA arts Playwright Discovery Program invites middle and high school students to take a closer look at the world around them, examine how disability affects their lives and the lives of others, and express their views through the art of playwriting. Playwrights may write from their own experience or about an experience in the life of another person or fictional character. Scripts can be comedies, dramas, or even musicals—be creative! Young playwrights with and without disabilities are encouraged to submit a script. Entries may be the work of an individual student or a collaboration by a group or class of students.

The winning play will be professionally produced or staged at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The winning playwright receives $2,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C., to see his or her play performed. All submissions must be received by April 15, 2010, for consideration.

Download the official rules and guidelines http://www.vsarts.org/documents/programs/pwd/2010PDP-SubmissionRules.pdf

Download the official application http://www.vsarts.org/documents/programs/pwd/2010PDP-Application.pdf

New SRI International Publication: Achieving Balance in Districtwide Arts Assessment Systems

California Alliance for Arts Education and California County Superintendents Educational Services Association are pleased to announce the publication Achieving Balance in Districtwide Arts Assessment Systems, authored by SRI International. The report reviews issues in district-wide arts education assessment systems.

The purpose of the research is to clarify issues and decision points that California school districts will face in developing assessment systems, improving program quality and enhancing reciprocal accountability for arts education.

No Child Left Behind and the emphasis on accountability exerted a considerable influence on what is taught in our schools. A broad curriculum, which includes the arts, has been narrowed, as schools must adhere to rigid standards of how academic progress is measured. In this context, what does accountability mean for the arts?

This report suggests that large scale assessment systems do have the potential to drive instruction in the arts, and that such systems are a vital mechanism toward achieving visibility among education leaders and policy makers outside the school district as well as improving program quality in arts education within the educational setting.

The full report is available online at http://www.artsed411.org/educate/research.aspx.

Julie Voigt taught art at the Hong Kong International School and more recently at the Elementary Workshop Montessori School in Wilmington, Delaware. She is widely recognized as an outstanding teacher and mentor. She has now started a blog to share her art lessons more broadly as a resource for elementary and middle school teachers. The site features art lessons for children aged three to thirteen that she found to be especially successful in her twenty-five years of teaching. Each lesson is self-contained and intended for use in school art programs. She adds a new lesson every two weeks.

Please take a careful look at http://www.ArtForSmallHands.com and pass it along to teachers who you think might find it useful. We have received very good feedback and believe that many teachers will find this to be an excellent resource.

Arts Educators 12-16-2009

Arts Organizations 12-16-2009

Arts Organizations,

Below you will find information on the next Coming Up Taller Awards deadline, PPL Montana Community Fund grants, funds for Japanese Arts and Culture programs in the West, Board Café: Recruiting for Board Diversity, one item from the Artful Manager blog and Three Reasons Why Storytelling is the Key to Social Media Marketing Success.

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 Coming Up Taller Awards Program Seeks Nominations

The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) is inviting nominations for the 2010 Coming Up Taller Awards. In partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), we are embarking on the thirteenth year of the Coming Up Taller Awards, which recognizes the accomplishments of exceptional arts and humanities after-school and out-of-school programs. Coming Up Taller finalists receive a $10,000 award, an award plaque, and an invitation to attend the Coming Up Taller Leadership Enhancement Conference in Washington, DC. In addition, the Coming Up Taller awards ceremony is traditionally held in the Fall at the White House, with the awards bestowed by the President’s Committee’s Honorary Chairman, First Lady Michelle Obama.

The nomination application is available here: http://www.pcah.gov/cut/2010CUTNominationApplication.pdf

The deadline for nominations is Friday, January 29, 2010.

If you have questions, please visit http://www.pcah.gov or contact the President’s Committee at (202) 682-5409.

Grants for Community Programs in Montana

PPL Montana Community Fund

The PPL Montana Community Fund provides support to nonprofit organizations throughout Montana that work to improve the quality of education, enhance the environment, or promote economic development. Community grants are made in the following three program categories: Education grants support the arts and science in schools as well as special projects for before- and after-school programs. Environment grants focus on projects designed to improve the environment and/or enhance public health. Economic Development grants promote programs that make Montana communities appealing for business relocation or expansion. Community and environmental organizations, schools and school districts, community colleges, and universities are eligible to apply for grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. The upcoming application deadline is January 31, 2010. Online application information is available on the PPL Montana website.

Funds for Japanese Arts and Culture Programs in the West

The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles: Arts & Culture Mini-Grants

The Japan Foundation works to promote international cultural exchange and mutual understanding between Japan and overseas countries. The Arts & Culture Mini-Grants program, administered by the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, supports projects that take place within the 13 states west of the Rocky Mountains. The purpose of funded projects should be to nurture further understanding of Japanese arts and culture, or to produce U.S.-Japan collaborative projects through performing arts, exhibitions, film screening, lectures, and/or symposia. Grants of up to $1,000 are available for publicity costs, honoraria and travel expenses for artists and lecturers, and shipping fees for materials related to the proposed event. Applications must be received at least three months prior to the beginning date of the project. Visit the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles website to download the application form.

Recruiting for Board Diversity: Part 3 in Diversity Series

Board Cafe • By Jan Masaoka • December 14, 2009 •

In Part 1 of this series on diversity, we discussed mission reasons, business reasons and other ways to think about diversity on nonprofit boards. In Part 2 we looked at diversity at the nonprofit sector level and the importance of organizations of color in the nonprofit ecosystem. Here in Part 3 we offer specific, practical tips for recruiting people “unlike ourselves” for nonprofit boards.

To read more: http://www.blueavocado.org/node/477

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

Building the right metaphor

I was fortunate to take part in a planning session in New York last week, hosted by Fractured Atlas, to begin sketching out an open-source solution to a vexing but central part of engaging audiences with art: ticketing. Fractured Atlas is the project leader on ATHENA Tix, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, which promises to be the first stage of a multifunction software system for the arts. . . .

The obvious metaphor we’ve used for performing arts ticketing is sales. . . .

But what if we thought of the process in a different way? What if our goal was to gather expressive individuals and prepared individuals in a common space?

http://www.artsjournal.com/artfulmanager/main/building-the-right-metaphor.php

(As one comment says: “This is all very out there and the opposite of the way orgs do things now but in my discouragement I’m open to anything.” I found it worth considering. Be sure and read the first comment from Erin McPeck, Zootown in Msla – Beck)

Nonprofit Online News: http://news.gilbert.org/

+ Three Reasons Why Storytelling is the Key to Social Media Marketing Success

I enjoyed 2020Social’s Three Reasons Why Storytelling is the Key to Social Media Marketing Success not so much for the three reasons, but because of the nicely selected resources on the topic at the end of the post. The three reasons are good ones, of course, and less shallow than they seem at first glance: (1) We like hearing stories, (2) We learn from stories, and (3) We like sharing stories. But follow the links to some of those resources: 50 web 2.0 ways to tell a story, a compilation of storytelling resources, a free ebook from 40 storytelling professionals, and more.

http://news.gilbert.org/clickThru/redir/7187/5286/rms

Arts Organizations 12-16-2009

Christmas Shopping at the Historical Society

Have you been to the Museum Store at the Montana Historical Society?

Shopping in the Museum Store does not require an admission fee…. although you might want to spring for the fee to see the new exhibition that celebrates 100 years of Glacier National Park.

They have lots of books and unique gift items. They also have a coffee blend that is pretty tasty.

Can I recommend Montana: Stories from the Land by Krys Holmes?? It is the new Montana History book and you can order it online. It has additional textbook support available here. It really is a good read and it has a fabulous arts section….. yes, an arts section for each chapter.

Click here to browse the MHS website.

Christmas Shopping at the Historical Society

Arts Organizations 12-3-2010

Below you will find information on the next Coming Up Taller Awards, the next Big Read application deadline, Kennedy Center for Performing Arts’ Arts In Crisis Initiative is looking for mentors, three items from the Artful Manager blog, VSA arts and CVS Caremark All Kids Can, and one job opening.

Regards,

Beck

2010 Coming Up Taller RFP Announcement
The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) is inviting nominations for the 2010 Coming Up Taller Awards. In partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), we are embarking on the thirteenth year of the Coming Up Taller Awards, which recognizes the accomplishments of exceptional arts and humanities after-school and out-of-school programs. Coming Up Taller finalists receive a $10,000 award, an award plaque, and an invitation to attend the Coming Up Taller Leadership Enhancement Conference in Washington, DC. In addition, the Coming Up Taller awards ceremony is traditionally held in the Fall at the White House, with the awards bestowed by the President’s Committee’s Honorary Chairman, First Lady Michelle Obama.
More information: http://www.cominguptaller.org/

The deadline for nominations is Friday, January 29, 2010.

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.

The deadline for applying is Feb 2, 2010

To download the Guidelines & Application Instructions visit The Big Read Web site.
Questions? Call Arts Midwest at 612.238.8010 or email TheBigRead@artsmidwest.org
Mentoring Arts Organizations

The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts’ Arts In Crisis Initiative is looking for mentors to work with producing/presenting performing arts organizations (http://www.artsincrisis.org/). Over 250 people have already signed up to mentor 500 organizations that have applied for help. However, the number of organizations in need increases daily. If you have expertise in marketing, fundraising, board development, strategic planning, etc., please consider giving back to this industry and this country through this mentoring opportunity. To sign up as a mentor, go to the Arts In Crisis website—http://www.artsincrisis.org/—and follow the directions.

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

WHAT IF THE ‘NEW NORMAL’ IS REALLY THE ORIGINAL NORMAL?…

Here’s a chilling thought: What if the past 50 years were the exception, not the rule, to human history? What if the conditions we all considered to be ‘normal’ as we built our businesses, our industries, and our common sense were actually anomalies?

http://www.artsjournal.com/artfulmanager/main/what-if-the-new-normal-is-real.php

Posted: Wednesday, November 4, 2009
IS OUR FUNDRAISING WRITING WRONG?…

Many arts organizations work really hard to craft the perfect fundraising message in their letters, their brochures, and their online communications. But a few researchers suggest that we’re picking the WRONG words with the wrong focus.

http://www.artsjournal.com/artfulmanager/main/is-our-fundraising-writing-wro.php

Posted: Friday, November 13, 2009

RENT, BUY, BUILD, OR BORROW…

When a for-profit enterprise wants to build its capacity to do something, they face a classic business question — should we rent the capacity, buy the capacity, or build the capacity? But so many nonprofit managers forget that there is a question to ask.

http://www.artsjournal.com/artfulmanager/main/rent-buy-build-or-borrow-2.php

Posted: Monday, November 16, 2009

All Kids Can Create

Calling all children! VSA arts and CVS Caremark All Kids Can encourage you to share your creativity by submitting artwork to All Kids Can…CREATE!, a national call for children’s art. The theme, State of the Art, invites young people with and without disabilities across the United States to explore their environments and discover the roles they play within their communities.
All artwork submitted before the February 5, 2010 deadline will be included in an online art gallery and considered for display in a national touring exhibition that will debut in Washington, D.C. The exhibition will be on view during the month of June and will feature one piece of artwork from every state and the District of Columbia. All submissions to the call will be included within the exhibition in an interactive kiosk even if they have not been selected for the touring show. The 51 selected artists will be invited to a reception to celebrate the opening of the exhibition. While in Washington, D.C. for the opening reception, these young people will have a chance to join in the largest celebration of the arts and disability in the world: The 2010 International VSA arts Festival.

Guidelines: http://www.vsarts.org/PreBuilt/showcase/gallery/exhibits/calls/AllKidsCan/HowToApply.html

JOB OPENINGS
Siegel Artist Management, LLC seeks a full-time Artist Representatives to represent its roster of touring artists in the ArtsNW / West Coast regions. Members of the Siegel Artist Management team work from home offices in their respective sales territories as defined by regional arts service organization. For example, Liz Silverstein manages the Arts Midwest/ Mid-America regions and is based in Illinois; Jennifer Morris lives in Pennsylvania and represents the Mid-Atlantic region.

An Artist Representative’s responsibilities include:

1. Book our roster of artists for performances and residencies in concert halls, theaters, college and universities and festivals throughout the region.

2. Attend booking conferences

3. Be familiar with all state and regional programs within the Regon, including funding opportunities for which our artists may be eligible.

4. Attend showcases and performances

5. Tour management

6. Marketing support for performances within your territory

7. Administrative duties as required for the development of your sales territory.
As we look forward to our 40th Anniversary Season in 2010-11, Siegel Artist Management is looking for a team player who is well organized, possesses excellent telephone ability and exemplary skills in negotiation and diplomacy. Candidates must be detail-oriented, have strong computer skills and be deadline-capable. Candidates must be comfortable with sales, including making cold-calls and be a “people” person. Start date is May 2010 beginning with our annual agency retreat.
This is a contract sales position and compensation is commission-only based on sales. Applicants should apply via e-mail. Please send a letter of interest and resume to Liz Silverstein, Liz@siegelartist.com

Arts Organizations 12-3-2010