Artists 7-28-2010

Artists,
Below you will find two items of general interest and two opportunities for visual artists.
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 http://artscounterbalance.wordpress.com/
Attached is an article about a scam/fraud that was attempted against me.  I want to make this information public, so other artists will be cautious and aware that scammers are targeting the arts community. I would appreciate if you could publish the information I have presented. 
Rockin’ Horse Art Studio
Condon, MT
Art21 News
The latest Exclusive videos focus on two artists who look to personal experiences and everyday life to make works that speak to a broader human condition.
Kimsooja: Art & Everyday Life
Episode #114: With her video Sewing into Walking as a backdrop, Kimsooja tells a story about mending traditional Korean bed covers and realizing that art can be drawn out of everyday activities.
Doris Salcedo: Istanbul
Episode #115: Doris Salcedo discusses her installation for the Istanbul Biennial, describing how she wanted to create a “topography of war” that would transcend the specificity of historical events.

A correction to the previous issue of Art21 News: Though Jeff Koons: Art History was listed as a featured video, the image and title linked to the previous Jeff Koons Exclusive video, Jeff Koons: Potential. Below is the correct link for Jeff Koons: Art History.
Jeff Koons: Art History
Episode #112: Jeff Koons describes how he likes to “communicate with other artists” by making art historical references–from Classical to Modern–in his sculptures and paintings.
VISUAL ARTS
The Art Mobile is currently searching for amazing, eclectic, professional artwork to tour the entire state of Montana during our 2010-2011 Art Mobile of Montana exhibit. The size of your work needs to be smaller in nature, with 24”x36” on the large end of our capacity.  Please take into account that the AMM is a traveling exhibit when selecting a piece to loan. We store the 2-D works in Strong Boxes with 3 layers of foam, with 3-D art placed in bubble-wrap inside bins and stored in a secure, climate-controlled environment. (See Call For Artists 2010 attached)
PLEASE, don’t hesitate to call or email with any questions!  We are in the midst of a busy summer, and contacting me quickly would be greatly appreciated! August 1, 2010 Deadline
Allison McGree and the Art Mobile of Montana amcgree@gmail.com    (406) 431-6911
The North Carolina Arts Council seeks to commission artists for two park-sited public art projects, each of which will become a centerpiece of cultural tourism trails celebrating the state’s rich history, creative heritage and contemporary artistic practices.
Applicant artists must be U.S. citizens or legal residents aged 18 years or older. Artists may apply to both RFQs, but they must submit two separate application packages. Please see below for project abstracts and links to full RFQs and additional resources.
DEADLINE: Tuesday, September 7, 2010, at 5:00PM EST (This is not a postmark deadline.)
DEADLINE: Tuesday, September 7, 2010, at 5:00PM EST (This is not a postmark deadline.)

Artists 7-28-2010

Arts Organizations 7-28-2010

Arts Organizations,
Below you will find information on a two-day grants workshop in Missoula, a study on the intrinsic impact of live theatre on audiences, a ROI tool, and two grants through Opera America.
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 http://artscounterbalance.wordpress.com/
Missoula Parks & Recreation and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grants workshop in Missoula, September 16-17, 2010.  This training is applicable to grant seekers across all disciplines.  Attend this class and you’ll learn how to find grants and write winning grant proposals.
Beginning and experienced grant writers from city, county and state agencies as well as nonprofits, K-12, colleges and universities are encouraged to attend.
We are excited to be moving forward with one of the most ambitious projects that we’ve ever tackled here at Theatre Bay Area – a nationwide study of the intrinsic impact of live theatre on audiences!
The real challenge to the American theatre, and all the arts, is not a financial emergency but a crisis of relevance.  As a field, we have become very good at measuring “things financial;” any theatre knows how to count heads in the house and dollars in the box office till.  Studies are regularly conducted by major funders and service organizations to assess the aggregate financial well-being of the sector.  Advocacy groups commission research to extrapolate the mega-economic impact of the arts on communities and the nation as a whole. 
But financial data tells only a fraction of the story.  A theatre company may be financially sound, but is it really moving and exciting its audience?
The Power of GoalsBy Lara Goetsch, Director of Marketing and Communications
TimeLine Theatre Company, Chicago, IL
As the sole marketing staff member for TimeLine Theatre, a nonprofit theater in Chicago with just four full-time employees and a budget well south of $1 million, I’m all too familiar with the need to do more and more with less and less. As TimeLine has worked to meet this need by becoming more sophisticated in tracking the effectiveness of our marketing tactics, I’ve discovered a number of return-on-investment (ROI) tools we use to maximize our resources. The ROI tool that really seems to get folks’ attention is Google’s Goals function.
For more from Lara, click here.
MetLife Foundation Music! Words! Opera! Teacher Training Program
Music! Words! Opera! is OPERA America’s nationally utilized, multi-level curriculum series, and focuses on opera masterpieces while allowing students to produce their own opera. With the support of MetLife Foundation, OPERA America will provide grants of $15,000 to Professional Company Members and their partners to host training workshops for teachers. The grants will support PCMs by covering 100% ($10,000) of costs for workshops during their first year and 50% ($5,000) of costs in the second year.
Application deadline: September 10, 2010
For more information:  http://www.operaamerica.org/content/learningLab/artistic/MetLifeMWOApp.pdf
New Works Exploration Grants
New Works Exploration Grants provide support to representatives of OPERA America Professional Company Members who wish to travel to another city to attend a performance or workshop of a new work and meet with the creative artists and administrators who are responsible for the piece’s creation. The goals of the program are to broaden awareness of new North American opera and music-theater works across the field and create relationships among opera companies interested in pursuing the creation and production of new works. Grants cover the cost of transportation and lodging. There is no limit to the number of grants a company may receive during FY2011 (July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011); however, the total amount granted to a single company cannot exceed $2,000 in a given year.
Application deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until June 1, 2011.
Arts Organizations 7-28-2010

Arts Educators 7-28-2010

Arts Educators,
Below you will find information on the new 21st Century Skills Arts Map and new videos from Art 21.
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 http://artscounterbalance.wordpress.com/
21st Century Skills Arts Map Released July 15 on Capitol Hill
The 21st Century Skills Maps are organized around 13 skills areas and provide  examples of how each subject can help students build skills in these areas at the 4th, 8th and 12th grade levels. The Supporting Structures document provides a bibliography of landmark research in arts education. The Arts Education Partnership will maintain the Supporting Structures document on its website.
To access the 21st Century Skills Arts Map and press release refer to the P21 website: http://ccsso.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3222734d2cafa7abd15e2c1b2&id=4b82029b84&e=fa55d9595e.
Art21 News
The latest Exclusive videos focus on two artists who look to personal experiences and everyday life to make works that speak to a broader human condition.
Kimsooja: Art & Everyday Life
Episode #114: With her video Sewing into Walking as a backdrop, Kimsooja tells a story about mending traditional Korean bed covers and realizing that art can be drawn out of everyday activities.
Doris Salcedo: Istanbul
Episode #115: Doris Salcedo discusses her installation for the Istanbul Biennial, describing how she wanted to create a “topography of war” that would transcend the specificity of historical events.

A correction to the previous issue of Art21 News: Though Jeff Koons: Art History was listed as a featured video, the image and title linked to the previous Jeff Koons Exclusive video, Jeff Koons: Potential. Below is the correct link for Jeff Koons: Art History.
Jeff Koons: Art History
Episode #112: Jeff Koons describes how he likes to “communicate with other artists” by making art historical references–from Classical to Modern–in his sculptures and paintings.

Arts Educators 7-28-2010

Cultural Trust Applications

T-minus one week and counting to the July 30, 5:00pm Mountain Time deadline for our Cultural Trust Grants.

For those of you interested in trying to squeak out an application in the next seven days.  The application is located here.

For those of you “in the business” and interested in our online applications…. call me…. I’ll give you the nickel tour and give you an access code so you can see what I see.  Call me geeky but it really is fascinating. 

Some general (unedited) rambling thoughts about this process to date…..

So far it has been a lot of work.  Designing, re-designing, streamlining, re-thinking.  I believe there are two key points to creating a really good process…. staff buy-in and streamlined systems.  And, of course, patience.  I don’t believe the online process will necessarily save us work load because it is exchanging one set of challenges with another but I do believe what we produce will be more consistent, accurate and reliable.  Ask me if I still believe this a year from now.

A few things I’ve questioned during this online application process.

1.  What about all the little things I’m missing in developing the application?  MST?  Is it MST or MDT?  Standard or Daylight?  All I know is… when my desktop calendar says 5:00 (or when my cell phone says 17:00…) next Friday I am shutting down the application.  I can do that.  I have the power.  Also a bit confusing… while the company we work with is located in Bozeman, Montana, their server is in Iowa somewhere… so some things have a central time zone time stamp.  This has messed me up more than once.  LESSON LEARNED:  It is the little tiny things I didn’t realize I had to think about that may be my downfall.  Slow down.  Take a break and let your mind perk on the problem for a while and you will probably realize the solution. 

2.  What if everyone doesn’t have the software or software knowledge I have?  For example… Foundant contracts to use a service called fax-to-file.  You click the link, some directions and a fax number pop up, you fax the documents and they magically are turned into pdf forms.  Sweet, right?  You need a hard-copy signature for the application page to show the sponsor is aware of the project?  Use fax-to-file.  You want to upload your 501 c 3 letter from 1973 and don’t have a scanner?  Use fax-to-file.  So here’s a special story I’ve been sharing with our grantees who are feeling technologically-deficient.  I decided I better actually USE fax-to-file instead of just touting the ease of it.  So I did.  And it worked.  Magically.  Until I opened the pdf file and it was BLANK.  BLANK.  I was sputtering.  Stupid technology.  And then I had a moment of clarity and realization.  I put the documents on the fax machine back-to-front.  I faxed the backside of my documents to my pdf.  I admit it.  Not upside-down but bass-ackwards.  There goes my technology merit badge for 2010.  LESSON LEARNED:  Be patient.  If I can screw it up, so can you.  So don’t feel bad when you call me with what you think is question that demonstrates your technological lackings.  (But PS… call me soon… if you call me at 4:45 next Friday I promise I won’t be as patient with you as I will today.)

3.  What if someone gives up because they are terrified of the technology?  Call me.  Really.  I’m right here.  (Ok, yes, I was out on Monday and Tuesday but that couldn’t be avoided…. Officially we are calling it a “family emergency” but the reality is my mom was fighting a CRP fire and hit a badger hole with the 4-wheeler.  She had a very acrobatic landing and ended up spending a night in the hospital.  All is well…. and I’m very thankful for my flexible co-workers who covered for me while I was gone.)  I’ve talked to several applicants who are not pleased with the concept of online applications but I think this is the direction things are going and our agency staff is here to help.  LESSON LEARNED:  We’ve tried to make this application process as simple as possible but without you trying it out and telling us what works and what doesn’t work we won’t be able to make it better.  That’s my nice way of saying, “You are beta-test guinea pigs for my evil plot to take over the world.”  Kidding.

The serious lesson in all of this is the learning process.  This online application is a learning process for all of us and we, as a staff, are open to hearing your thoughts, constructive criticisms and ideas for improvement. 

Cultural Trust Applications

Shapes Copper Cookie Cutters

January 27, 2010

January 27, 2010

From art 21….

Allan McCollum
Shapes Copper Cookie Cutters

Larry Little, co-founder of Aunt Holly’s Copper Cookie Cutters with his wife Holly, describes his experiences working with artist Allan McCollum on Shapes from Maine (2009). Little describes the origins of his home business in Trescott, Maine, the process he developed for making cookie cutters by hand, and his working relationship with McCollum.

In case the link above doesn’t work:
http://blog.art21.org/2010/01/15/allan-mccollum-shapes-copper-cookie-cutters/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Art21

Shapes Copper Cookie Cutters

Health Insurance Program

Contact:  Jackie Boyle, CSI, 406-444-2040, jboyle@mt.gov
            
New program for the uninsured begins in Montana
Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Monica J. Lindeen encourages enrollment in new insurance program for the uninsured or to consider an existing program, like Insure Montana or Healthy MT Kids for coverage
Helena, MT – Montanans with pre-existing conditions who are seeking affordable, high-quality health benefits are strongly encouraged to contact the Montana Comprehensive Health Association (MCHA), which will begin accepting applications for the Montana Affordable Care (MAC) plan, a new federal high risk health insurance pool program that is part of the federal health care reform law.
“Montanans who think they may be eligible for the new program should act fast.  Spots are limited and we want those most in need to get coverage,” said Monica Lindeen, Montana’s Commissioner of Securities and Insurance.  “The new Montana Affordable Care plan is a good alternative for people who have been uninsured for more than six months and have not been able to access coverage elsewhere. If you are not eligible for MAC, but own a small business please consider checking out tax credits available from the federal government and locally from Insure Montana.  As always, parents should look into the Healthy Montana Kids program to cover kids under 19 years old.” 
To learn more about:
·         Health care benefits provided by the Montana Comprehensive Health Association, including the new Montana Affordable Care Plan, please refer to: www.mthealth.org or call 1-800-447-7828, ext. 2128.
·         Health care benefits for children and teenagers via the Healthy Montana Kids program, please refer to:hmk.mt.gov or 1-877-543-7669.
·         Small business health insurance programs and tax credits provided by Insure Montana, please refer to:http://sao.mt.gov/InsureMontana/index.asp or 1-800-332-6148.
·         Small business tax credit for health insurance from the Federal Government, please refer to: www.irs.gov.
Commissioner Lindeen’s remarks were made during the launch of the new Montana Affordable Care plan today.  The MAC plan will be administered by the MCHA along with other high-risk pool health benefit alternatives for uninsured individuals. 
To qualify for the new MAC plan, an individual must be a citizen or national of the United States, or lawfully present, must be a Montana resident, must have a preexisting medical condition and must have been uninsured for at least 6 months before applying for the federal program.  Enrollment in the federal MAC Plan is limited and on a first-come basis.  The federal MAC Plan is funded by the premiums paid by insured people and funding authorized by the federal government.  If the federal funding is exhausted, insured people may move to an MCHA traditional plan of the insured’s choice.  The insured will need to pay the full MCHA premium for that coverage. 
The new MAC Plan has the following features: 
Deductible:       $2,500;
Premium:         Monthly premiums range from $190-$615 depending on age of applicant
Coinsurance:    70/30 (In network) and 50/50 (Out of network);
Maximum Annual Liability:  $5,950 (Prescription drug copayments WILL apply to the maximum annual liability amount (out of pocket maximum.)
How to Apply:  Applicants must complete the MCHA Traditional Plan/Federal High Risk Pool Application.  Applicants will need to provide documentation of citizenship, Montana residency, and proof of a pre-existing condition or coverage which excludes benefits for a pre-existing condition.  Please see the application for the full requirements for making application for the plan. 
As Montana’s Commissioner of Securities and Insurance, Monica J. Lindeen serves as watchdog for the citizens of Montana in the insurance and securities industries.  The Commissioner of Securities and Insurance’s office is a criminal justice agency charged with protecting Montana’s consumers through insurance and securities regulation and also through informing the public about insurance and securities issues. More information is available at: http://www.csi.mt.gov/
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Health Insurance Program