The Merc in Missoula

The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula is working with Macy’s to save many of the artifacts of “The Merc”, some dating to the 19th century. The Museum is asking the community for its memories, its photographs, its memorabilia, and its stories of “The Merc.” Anyone who has been a longtime resident of Missoula either worked at The Merc, The Bon, The Bon-Macy’s, or Macy’s, or had a family member or friend work there – it was virtually a right-of-passage for many Missoulians. If you’d like to share your memories, the Historical Museum will preserve them for generations of Missoulians to come. Please contact Curator of Collections Jason Bain at 728-3476, extension 2., or e-mail ftmslamuseum@montana.com

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The Merc in Missoula

Artists 1-27-2010

Artists,
Below you will find one opportunity for writers and one for performing artists.

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

Regards,

Beck

WRITERS

SEVENTH CATEGORY ADDED TO PARMLY BILLINGS LIBRARY’S HIGH PLAINS BOOK AWARDS;

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

Billings, Montana – A mystery book category is the newest award offered by the Parmly Billings Library High Plains Book Awards for 2010. Books published in 2009 by authors depicting life in the high plains can now be nominated for one of seven divisions. The most recent adoption of the mystery book award will recognize the best mystery/suspense novel or short story collection of the previous year.

Nominations are now open for the books in the following categories: Emeritus, featuring a body of work by a single living author or writing team; Best Fiction work, honoring the best novel or short story collection of the previous year; Best Nonfiction; Best Poetry; Best First Book (fiction, non-fiction or poetry); Zonta Best Woman Writer Award; and Best Mystery Book.

Nominated books must have been published for the first time in 2009 and written by a regional author or writing team, and/or be a literary work which examines and reflects life on the High Plains. Individual books must be nominated by publishers providing the reading copies. Self-published works are eligible for all awards. Nominations for the Emeritus Award can come from readers, book sellers, educators, librarians, library associations, writers and publishers. All works must have an ISBN number to be considered.

The deadline for nominations is no later than Friday, March 26, 2010 at 5pm, Mountain Standard Time, at the Parmly Billings Library. For deadlines and criteria information on how to nominate a book or a writer for the Billings Library High Plains Book Awards go to http://www.highplainsbookawards.org

PERFORMING ARTISTS

The Juried Showcase component at the Arts Northwest Booking Conference is renowned for its commitment to quality and diversity,as well as its reputation as one of the most effective methods for artists to make themselves known to presenters in the west. Twenty-six or more performing artists or groups are selected by a peer panel process to present a 12-minute excerpt of their work. The Juried Showcases are a centerpiece of the annual Arts Northwest Booking Conference and everyone attends since they are scheduled without competing events. If you are not successful in winning a Juried Showcase slot, you may also apply for consideration for An After Hours Showcase. Check the box in your application, if you would like to be eligible for this option.

Online Showcase Application and Mailed Support Materials:

You must complete an on-line showcase application, as well as mailing required support materials.

Deadline for receipt of application and support materials:

March 22, 2010 (postmarked)

You or your agent must be a member of Arts Northwest to apply to showcase at the Arts Northwest Booking Conference.

More information available on the website: https://www.artsnw.org/showcase.php

Artists 1-27-2010

Arts Educators 1-27-2010

Arts Educators,

Below you will find information about a blog I have started, a webposium with Dana Foundation on what teaching artists need to know to be successful when working with students with disabilities – deadline to register is 3:00 pm tomorrow Jan 28th, application for the Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination Program from the US DOE, NEA Survey of Public Participation in the Arts: Implications for Arts Learning, an arts education advocacy toolkit for working with school boards, the Ravalli County Museum is looking for arts education workshops, a New Report from Washington State Arts Commission – K-12 Arts Education: Every Student, Every School, Every Year, and one job opening.

Regards,

Beck

I’ve started a blog on teaching the arts, arts counterbalance. It’s primarily for Montana teaching artists and arts teachers – and anyone else is welcome too. The URL is http://artscounterbalance.wordpress.com/ Beck

Dana Foundation Webposium: What do teaching artists need to know to be successful when working with students with disabilities?

The Dana Foundation is pleased to invite you to a free Webposium for Teaching Artists on Friday, January 29, 2010 from 11:00-12:00 (CST)/12:00-1:00 PM (EST).

Join us online for a discussion about the challenges and successes of working with students with disabilities. The event will be streamed live and viewers will be able to join in the Q and A at the end of the session.

What do teaching artists need to know, understand, and be able to do to achieve success in a self-contained or inclusion classroom?

The panel consists of artists and educators dedicated to making the arts accessible to all students. The panelists will discuss practical classroom strategies, lesson plan modifications, as well as the necessary questions to ask in order for everyone (artists, students, teachers, para-professionals, and administrators) to be successful.

Panelists include:

• Judith Jellison, Regents Professor of Music and Human Learning, Butler School of Music, University of Texas, Austin (expertise in music and disabilities)

• Allison Orr, Artistic Director, Forklift Danceworks (expertise in dance and disabilities)

• Sherry Snowden, Lecturer, Art Education, Texas State University (expertise in lesson plan design, visual arts, and disabilities)

• Moderator: Russell Granet, Founder, Arts Education Resource (expertise in theatre and disabilities)

Registration ends January 28 at 5:00 pm. Register Now! (This is Eastern Time so for us it is 3:00 PM)

Applications for New Awards (FY 2010):

Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination Program

2523–2529 [2010–702] [TEXT] [PDF]
The Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination (AEMDD) Program supports the enhancement, expansion, documentation, evaluation, and dissemination of innovative, cohesive models that are based on research and have demonstrated that they effectively—(1) Integrate standards based arts education into the core elementary and middle school curriculum; (2) strengthen standards based arts instruction in these grades; and (3) improve students’ academic performance, including their skills in

creating, performing, and responding to the arts.

Applications Available: January 15, 2010.

Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: February 16, 2010.

Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: March 16, 2010.

Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: May 17, 2010.

NEA Survey of Public Participation in the Arts: Implications for Arts Learning

The National Endowment for the Arts released the results of the 2008 Arts Participation Survey on December 10, 2009. The SPPA, as it is widely known, is collected periodically by the US Census Bureau as part of its Current Population Survey. It measures multiple specific participation indicators, including attendance at performing arts events, museum visits, and literary reading; however, it does not measure attitudes towards arts or participation. This year’s study has some particularly interesting, if sobering, data about arts participation, including some implications for arts learning. Click here to read the AEP’s summary and analysis.

http://www.aep-arts.org/files/NEA_Public_Participation_Report.pdf

Just as school boards across the country are preparing their priorities for the next school year, keepartsinschools.org is launching: School Board Support for Arts Learning: A Toolkit for Action.

http://www.keepartsinschools.org/School_board/schoolboard.html

Call for educators: Workshops Wanted!

Ravalli County Museum would like you to come on over and pass that knowledge on!

We have the venue, you have the information – Let’s work together!

What you need to do:

Contact Sarah Monson at the Ravalli County Museum at (406) 363-3338 or sarahmrcm@qwestoffice.net or drop in at 205 Bedford, Hamilton to talk about what you would like to teach, set up dates and times for your workshops, sign a contract and submit your syllabus.

What we will do for you:

Advertise your workshops, schedule your students, and provide the venue for your workshops!

For more information, contact Sarah at (406) 363-3338 or sarahmrcm@qwestoffice.net

New Report from Washington State Arts Commission – K-12 Arts Education: Every Student, Every School, Every Year

The Washington State Arts Commission released a new publication, K-12 Arts Education: Every Student, Every School, Every Year, that is essential reading for anyone who is interested in the state of K-12 arts education in Washington State.

The Every Student booklet is based on a survey to K-12 principals conducted during the 2008-2009 school year. Principals responded from across the state – from 37 out of 39 Washington counties, and from schools representing 25% of the state’s student population. Their answers provide information on the frequency of arts instruction, who is providing instruction, varying levels of arts curriculum development, statistics on arts assessments, and much more. Researchers followed up with site visits to selected schools throughout the state to learn more about schools’ successes and challenges. In addition to information about the state of arts education in Washington, the publication includes context from external state and national arts education research, and identifies attributes of effective education practices, and suggestions for taking action for educators, parents, cultural organizations, and others.

K-12 Arts Education: Every Student, Every School, Every Year is available as a PDF online at http://www.arts.wa.gov/education/aeri.shtml. Also on the website you will find the PDF of the full AERI Research Report, which contains extensive survey data, excerpts from interviews with principals, and a complete survey appendix.

JOB OPENINGS
http://tbe.taleo.net/NA7/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=AFTA&cws=1&rid=239

Americans for the Arts believes that every American should have access to high-quality arts education. The Arts Education Program Manager is the primary arts education knowledge resource for the organization, with a particular emphasis on grades K–12 and higher education—aware of key programs, case studies, new and existing research, arts education policy, and how arts education relates to development of the 21st century workforce. The principal tasks of this position are to use the tools of advocacy, research, and professional development to strengthen the network of local arts leaders who can then affect change in arts education programs and policies at the local and statewide levels. The Arts Education Program Manager is a member of the Local Arts Agency Services team in the Local Arts Advancement department and is the arts education hub for a cross-departmental team that includes arts education as part of its work. This position provides support to the Government and Public Affairs department as they promote federal policies that advance arts education (NCLB and Department of Education) and the Private Sector Initiatives department for their strategic alliance work with national leadership organizations such as the Conference Board and Council on Foundations.

Qualified applicants may apply using our online application system.

Arts Educators 1-27-2010

Arts Orgs 1-27-2010

Arts Organizations,
Below you will find information on the applications for the Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination Program from the US DOE, Working with Consultants from MNA, one item from the Artful Manager blog, an arts education advocacy toolkit for working with school boards, The National Arts Index from Americans for the Arts, and one job opening.
Information about unsubscribing to this email newsletter is at the end of the email.
Regards,

Beck

Beck McLaughlin

The Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination (AEMDD) Program supports the enhancement, expansion, documentation, evaluation, and dissemination of innovative, cohesive models that are based on research and have demonstrated that they effectively—(1) Integrate standards based arts education into the core elementary and middle school curriculum; (2) strengthen standards based arts instruction in these grades; and (3) improve students’ academic performance, including their skills in
creating, performing, and responding to the arts.

Applications Available: January 15, 2010.

Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: February 16, 2010.

Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: March 16, 2010.

Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: May 17, 2010.

Check out MNA’s new downloadable tool, “Working with Consultants”, developed in response to requests from members seeking tips for hiring and working with consultants and other external professionals. Designed with the help of consultants and management support organizations this guide includes information about:

* when to hire a consultant (and when not to),

* where to find good consultants,

* the process for hiring a consultant,

* preparing for your consultant,

* paying fees,

* tips for checking references,

* hiring consultants as independent contractors,

* evaluating your consultant, and

* tips for getting the most out of your consulting experience.

Other resources include sample Request for Qualifications, sample consultant contracts, and sample interview questions.

Working with Consultants:

http://bit.ly/4YWWMs

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

THE ARTS RIPPLE EFFECT…

The folks at the Fine Arts Fund in Cincinnati were clearly getting tired of the standard public conversation about arts and culture, particularly as it relates to the public responsibility to support the arts. So, they decided to look deeply, listen deeply, and reframe the way they were going to talk.

http://www.artsjournal.com/artfulmanager/main/the-arts-ripple-effect.php

Posted: Thursday, January 21, 2010

Just as school boards across the country are preparing their priorities for the next school year, keepartsinschools.org is launching: School Board Support for Arts Learning: A Toolkit for Action.

http://www.keepartsinschools.org/School_board/schoolboard.html

Americans for the Arts

MEASURING THE VITALITY OF THE ARTS IN THE UNITED STATES

The National Arts Index is a first-of-its-kind, highly distilled annual measure of the health and vitality of arts in the United States, using 76 equally weighted, national-level indicators of arts activity.

JOB OPENINGS

http://tbe.taleo.net/NA7/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=AFTA&cws=1&rid=239

Americans for the Arts believes that every American should have access to high-quality arts education. The Arts Education Program Manager is the primary arts education knowledge resource for the organization, with a particular emphasis on grades K–12 and higher education—aware of key programs, case studies, new and existing research, arts education policy, and how arts education relates to development of the 21st century workforce. The principal tasks of this position are to use the tools of advocacy, research, and professional development to strengthen the network of local arts leaders who can then affect change in arts education programs and policies at the local and statewide levels. The Arts Education Program Manager is a member of the Local Arts Agency Services team in the Local Arts Advancement department and is the arts education hub for a cross-departmental team that includes arts education as part of its work. This position provides support to the Government and Public Affairs department as they promote federal policies that advance arts education (NCLB and Department of Education) and the Private Sector Initiatives department for their strategic alliance work with national leadership organizations such as the Conference Board and Council on Foundations.

Qualified applicants may apply using our online application system.

Arts Orgs 1-27-2010