Arts Orgs 12-31-2010

Arts Organizations,
Below you will find information on support for U.S. artists to work in communities abroad in 2011, HR for Non-profits workshop, 2011 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards, submit a nomination to THE BCA 10: Best Companies Supporting the Arts in America, travel grants and project development grants to U.S.-based theaters and individual artists, “Websites Need an Easy Path to Order”, Foundation Center Available On-Line at the Bozeman Public Library, a Nonprofit Bookkeeping Test, and one job opening – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR-Butte Center for the Performing Arts.
Happy New Year,

Beck

Beck McLaughlin
Education & Web Services Director
Montana Arts Council
http://artscounterbalance.wordpress.com/

ArtsLink Offers Support for U.S. Artists to Work in Communities Abroad In 2011, grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to individual artists, arts managers, and nonprofit arts organizations working in visual and media arts in collaboration with an artist or organization outside the United States….
Deadline: January 15, 2011
http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/rfp/rfp_item.jhtml?id=318100035

HR for Non-profits also known as
How to Stay Out of Hot Water as a Montana Employer
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Mountain West Bank’s Community Room
1225 Cedar St. 8:15 a.m.—4:30 p.m.
Complete the attached registration form & return it to the United Way office by January 28th along with your check payable to the United Way for $50 per participant.

See attached pdf  below“February workshop invitation” for details

NATIONAL ARTS AND HUMANITIES YOUTH PROGRAM AWARDS
http://www.nahyp.org/how-to-apply/
Deadline: January 31, 2011. The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities—in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services—is pleased to invite applications for the 2011 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards, formerly the Coming Up Taller Awards.

NOMINATE TODAY FOR THE BCA 10: BEST COMPANIES SUPPORTING THE ARTS IN AMERICA
http://www.americansforthearts.org/information_services/arts_and_business_partnerships/bca/programs/bca_ten/default.asp Deadline: February 18, 2011. The Americans for the Arts Business Committee for the Arts (BCA) is looking for businesses that show exceptional leadership and involvement with the arts in their communities. Take a few minutes to submit a nomination to THE BCA 10: Best Companies Supporting the Arts in America. The winners will be honored at a gala in New York City in the fall of 2011. Anyone can nominate a business, so visit our site to tell us about the great business support in your community.

THEATRE COMMUNICATIONS GROUP AND MELLON FOUNDATION LAUNCH NEW GLOBAL CONNECTIONS PROGRAM
http://www.tcg.org/grants/global_connections/index.cfm
Deadline: February 28, 2011. Designed by the Theatre Communications Group and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Global Connections program will award travel grants and project development grants to U.S.-based theaters and individual artists. The program is designed to foster new relationships by way of cultural exchange and to further pre-existing international collaborations.

Websites Need an Easy Path to Order
Some arts organizations seem timid about asking for ticket purchases and donations on their website, but in doing so they fail to realize how motivated their web visitors are to experience what they have to offer. A potential patron does not perform a search or type in a complex URL just for idle amusement. It is for the purpose of deciding whether and what to purchase. The best arts websites make it easy and obvious for visitors to purchase tickets online, by offering a general “buy tickets” or “shopping cart” link as well as specific links with each performance or event advertised. It’s a perfect illustration of the adage that you should strike while the iron is hot. Read more at arts.ruddle.com

Hello Fellow Non-profits!
I wanted to send a reminder about a very important service the Bozeman Public Library provides for organizations just like us: the Foundation Center database. I’m sure many of you are like me at this time of the year – hoping to make budget, struggling with upcoming budgets, and working on programs for 2011. A great tool to help with this is right here in the Library – one of only five libraries in the state to host the Foundation Center, free to the public.

Stop by and check it out. It’s worth it.
Foundation Center Available On-Line at the Library

The Foundation Center helps grantseekers, grantmakers, researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public better understand the field of philanthropy. Their web site http://www.foundationcenter.org/ is available free for you to use here in the Library and is designed to guide you quickly to the information you are looking for, including instruction on funding research, help with proposal writing, and tools for locating prospective funders. Stop by the Reference Desk on the second floor to find out more about the Foundation Center and its website.
Paula K. Beswick
Foundation Director
Bozeman Library Foundation
626 E. Main Street
Bozeman, MT 59715
406-582-2426

Board Café – Blue Avocado
Nonprofit Bookkeeping Test
Finance & Strategy • By Dennis Walsh, CPA •

If you’re not an accountant yourself, it can be hard to hire a qualified bookkeeper. How can you tell if an applicant really knows bookkeeping? CPA Dennis Walsh created this terrific assessment test you can give candidates for bookkeeping and accounting jobs. We especially like the chart at the end that shows what training is called for based on which questions were answered correctly or incorrectly:

This 21-question quiz samples from general bookkeeping knowledge as well as nonprofit bookkeeping and compliance matters. Use this assessment test as part of your hiring toolkit as well as for identifying staff training needs. To read more http://www.blueavocado.org/node/602

JOB OPENINGS

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR-Butte Center for the Performing Arts (BCPA). BCPA seeks a full time, experienced, self-motivated Executive Director for the 1200 seat Mother Lode Theatre and the 106 seat black box children’s theater, the Orphan Girl in Butte, Montana. Candidates must be willing to relocate and should have a Bachelor’s Degree with at least 4 years management experience in a performance venue and have strong leadership, inter-personal relationship and decision-making skills. For the full job description see the next post.

also known as

How to Stay Out of Hot Water as a Montana Employer

Join us for this workshop and find answers to top HR questions such as:
1. Who is exempt from overtime and what special rules apply to exempt individuals?
2. What special rules apply to me as a recipient of Federal or other Grant money?
3. What rules must I be aware of when engaging volunteers?
4. How may I recruit new employees efficiently and legally?
5. How can I terminate workers without being found guilty of wrongful termination?
6. What activities must I pay an hourly employee for?
7. How do I avoid charges of workplace discrimination or harassment?
8. What are my responsibilities towards an employee with a disability?
9. What time off must I approve and when can I say no?
10. How may I address medical marijuana in the workplace?
11. What are the differences in Federal and State regulations and how do I know which regulations apply to our organization?
12. How should I respond to unemployment claims?

of the Lewis and Clark Area

Training Opportunity

Sponsored by

Who Should Attend?

Executive Directors

Program Managers with HR responsibilities

Board Members Responsible for Guiding the

Executive Director on HR matters

(i.e. executive or personnel committee members)

HR Professionals

How Do I Register?

Complete the attached registration form & return it to the

United Way office by January 28th along with your check

payable to the United Way for $50 per participant.

Note: Space is limited and preference will be given to participants

from United Way partner agencies that register by January 27.

(Your check will be returned if registration is full.)

Space is limited — Must return registration form & payment by January 28th

Presented by

Jim Nys of

Personnel PLUS!

Consulting Services

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Mountain West Bank’s Community Room

1225 Cedar St. 8:15 a.m.—4:30 p.m.

Snacks provided (lunch on your own)

of the Lewis and Clark Area

Registration Form

Sponsored by

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Mountain West Bank’s Community Room

1225 Cedar St. 8:15 a.m.—4:30 p.m.

Snacks provided (lunch on your own)

Space is limited — Must return registration form & payment by January 28th

Preference will be given to participants from United Way partner agencies that

register by January 27. Your check will be returned if registration is full.

Name of your organization ______________________________________________

Mailing address including zip code _________________________________________

Contact person _______________________ Email ______________ Ph. _________

Name of participant _______________________ Email ________________ Ph. _________

Name of participant _______________________ Email ________________ Ph. _________

Name of participant _______________________ Email ________________ Ph. _________

Please make check payable to United Way for $50 per participant and mail to: PO Box 862

Helena MT 59624

Contact Terey Artz with any questions: tereya@uwlcc.com or phone 442-4360

Presented by

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Personnel PLUS!

Consulting Services

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Arts Orgs 12-31-2010

Artists 12-31-2010

Artists,

Below you will find an opportunity for several disciplines from the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission followed by opportunities for film, theatre and visual arts.

Happy New Year,

Beck

Beck McLaughlin

Education & Web Services Director
http://artscounterbalance.wordpress.com/

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY FOR CREATIVE ARTISTS

http://www.jusfc.gov/creativeartists.asp

Deadline: February 1, 2011. The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission works cooperatively with the National Endowment for the Arts to sponsor The U.S./Japan Creative Artists’ Program. The program provides support for up to five outstanding contemporary and traditional artists from the United States to spend a three-month residency in Japan to pursue their individual artistic goals.
FILM
SUNDANCE INSTITUTE: SUBMISSIONS FOR NATIVE LAB FELLOWSHIP

http://www.sundance.org/programs/native-lab-fellowship/

Deadline: February 1, 2011. Sundance Institute’s Native American and Indigenous Program has created a fellowship to provide direct support to emerging Native American, Native Hawaiian, and Alaskan Native film artists working in the United States. The fellowship is a two-stage development opportunity for filmmakers with feature film scripts, documentary projects, and short film scripts. The first stage of development is an intensive five-day workshop, May 23–27, 2011. During the workshop, fellows receive intensive feedback on their projects from established screenwriters and directors. Held at Sundance Film Festival, the second stage of the fellowship advances the careers of the fellows by providing networking opportunities with film professionals.
THEATRE
THEATRE COMMUNICATIONS GROUP AND MELLON FOUNDATION LAUNCH NEW GLOBAL CONNECTIONS PROGRAM

http://www.tcg.org/grants/global_connections/index.cfm

Deadline: February 28, 2011. Designed by the Theatre Communications Group and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Global Connections program will award travel grants and project development grants to U.S.-based theaters and individual artists. The program is designed to foster new relationships by way of cultural exchange and to further pre-existing international collaborations.

VISUAL ARTS
Call for Art – The Birds & The Bees – Sandpiper Gallery – Polson
The Sandpiper Art Gallery is pleased to announce ” The Birds & The Bees ” as the title and theme for the gallery’s next non-juried invitational exhibition. Artists are welcome to submit up to three pieces of original two or three dimensional work. All work must be delivered to the Sandpiper Gallery on Saturday, February 12th, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. In order to maintain the gallery’s advertised exhibition schedule artwork received after this date may be not be included in the exhibition. All works submitted should incorporate the theme, The Birds & The Bees!
There is no charge for Sandpiper members to exhibit however non-members will be charged a $15 exhibitors fee. All work must be original, ready to hang and may not exceed 48″ in any one dimension or 50 lbs. in weight. Except for photography, no prints or giclees of original works will be accepted. All work must be for sale, providing the gallery with a commission of 20% for members and 30% for non-members on work sold during the exhibition. An Opening Reception will be held Friday, February 18th , from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibit will be on display through Saturday, March 26th , at which time artists must pick up their work.
In addition to this unique opportunity to exhibit, the Sandpiper Art Gallery, located at 306 Main Street in Polson, welcomes all artists and art lovers to join the gallery to receive all of the membership benefits. Call 883-5956, visit http://www.sandpiperartgallery.com/or email kellyapgar@hotmail.com or jaylc.mail@gmail.com for additional information.

Lucid Dreams April 8 – May 21, 2011
Open Call to artist all mediums are accepted for review.
Submissions must be received by February 20, 2011

New Art Please Never Exhibited
Please send:
1. .jpg of work to exhibit to info@c-emersonfinearts.com ( or sample of past work and proposal of work to be created for this specific exhibition)
2. brief bio
3. description of work , medium and date of creation
4. Website to review previous experience and work – if possible

Lucid Dreams essential are a dream in which the dreamer is aware they are dreaming. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucid_dream for more information.

Artists 12-31-2010

Arts Organizations 12-15-2010

Arts Organizations,
Below you will find information about Guidelines now available for Institute of Museum and Library Services 2011 National Leadership Grants, two items from the Artful Manager blog, Creative Placemaking Report from the NEA, Database of Accessible Arts Organizations, What is Artistic Vibrancy?, and one job opening in Helena.
Information about unsubscribing to this email newsletter is at the end of the email.
Happy Holidays,
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/
Guidelines Now Available for Institute of Museum and Library Services 2011 National Leadership Grants

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting grant applications for the 2011 National Leadership Grant (NLG) program. Applications, guidelines, and examples of successful proposals can be found on the agency’s Web site. The deadline for submitting applications is February 1, 2011.

This grant program provides the agency’s highest level of support for innovative projects that generate transformative research, new tools, models, services, professional practice, and alliances that advance the awarded institution as well as the field. Interested museums and libraries can apply for a Project or Collaborative Planning grant in the Research, Demonstration, Advancing Digital Resources, or Library-Museum Collaboration funding categories.

IMLS will hold two conference calls for prospective applicants to ask IMLS staff about the National Leadership Grants. The calls are scheduled for Wednesday, December 15, 3:00 pm ET and Thursday, January 13, 3:00 pm ET.

Please check the National Leadership Grants page closer to the date of the call for specific dial-in instructions.

Applicants are also encouraged to contact program officers with their questions.

THE ARTFUL MANAGER | a weblog on the business of arts & culture by Andrew Taylor, ataylor@artsjournal.com
THE PROBLEM WITH PROCESS…
In so many of our public conversations about any public enterprise, we’re talking more and more about transparency and accountability. But the tools we bring to bear to ensure such transparency and accountability have a rather insidious way of leading us farther from the goal http://www.artsjournal.com/artfulmanager/main/the-problem-with-process.php
Posted: Wednesday, December  1, 2010
THE FINE ART OF SELF DESTRUCTION…
I’ve been referring lots of friends and colleagues to the fabulous keynote by Russell Willis Taylor at this past summer’s League of American Orchestra’s conference. Now available in video form, Russell shares the 12 key steps to ensure your arts organization goes out of business quickly and decisively.
Posted: Thursday, December  9, 2010
Creative Placemaking Report from NEA
The National Endowment for the Arts has released a new white paper on the role of the arts in fostering sustainable and livable communities. Creative Placemaking reviews how communities small and large have strategically shaped their physical, economic and social landscapes through the arts and culture. The paper outlines the many benefits of these efforts, such as sparking innovation, generating jobs, reju­venating public spaces, enhancing local business viability, fostering livability and cultivating diversity. Also included are insights from civic and cultural leaders about common chal­lenges, solutions and lessons learned. Based on the stories of 14 communities from around the nation, the report distills six keys to success. State arts agencies, policy leaders, advocates and cultural practitioners all will find useful information in the executive summary http://www.nea.gov/pub/CreativePlacemaking-Executive-Summary.pdf   and complete report http://www.nea.gov/pub/CreativePlacemaking-Paper.pdf   (which begins with the summary).
Project Access: Database of Accessible Arts Organizations
Let the public know about the accessible features of your institution and the programs you have available for people with disabilities: register on Project Access. Created and coordinated by Art Beyond Sight/Art Education for the Blind (AEB), Project Access is the first national database of accessible U.S. arts and cultural organizations. Partnering with AEB on this project are the American Association of Museums, the American Association of State and Local History, the Association of Science-Technology Centers, and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Registration is free.
What Is Artistic Vibrancy?
This issue of Sounding Board from WolfBrown reflects on how cultural organizations can achieve higher levels of artistic vibrancy, innovation and creativity in their programming. Several commentators offer thoughts on the meaning of artistic excellence and its implications for arts participation, arts management and arts grant making.
JOB OPENINGS
Live! at the Civic, based in Helena, Montana, is seeking an experienced, visionary leader to fill the part-time position of Executive Director. This person will be responsible, together with the Board, for the direction of the organization. This position is open until filled.
Arts Organizations 12-15-2010

Arts Educators 12-15-2010

Arts Educators,
Below you will find information on the Speak Up Survey – K-12 education – has been extended to Jan 21st, EdSteps launches work collection for Creativity, Arts Education Partnership’s spring forum, and four videos from Art21.
Information about unsubscribing to this email newsletter is at the end of the email.
Happy Holidays,
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/
Project Tomorrow’s Annual Speak Up Survey Extended until January 21, 2011!

Project Tomorrow believes that the voices of all students (kindergarten through high school), educators, aspiring teachers and parents should be included in the national, state and local discussions about K-12 education. Participate in the online Speak Up survey and have your voices heard!

The survey addresses topics such as technology, 21st century skills, schools of the future, and science and math instruction.  Education, business and policy leaders report using the Speak Up data regularly to inform federal, state and local education programs.  Help make sure the voice of arts education is included!


You too can participate at http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2010/.  For more information about Project Tomorrow and Speak Up, visit www.tomorrow.org.
EdSteps Launches Work Collection for Creativity

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) has announced the launch of its EdSteps program and is officially soliciting work samples that demonstrate creativity. EdSteps is an innovative online resource for teaching and assessment focused on five skill areas that are important to college and career readiness but are typically difficult and costly to assess: writing, global competence, creativity, problem solving, and analyzing information. EdSteps is seeking samples of student creativity across grade levels, subject areas, demographics, ability levels, and geography. A sample may consist of a video of a performance, a visual work, or even a creative application in mathematics or science. Teachers, parents, and students will be able to access the work samples online to answer central questions for student growth: Where is a particular student now, and what should he or she do to improve? EdSteps has been developed by CCSSO with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Visit www.edsteps.org or contact info@edsteps.org for more information

AEP Spring 2011 National Forum: “Picturing a Complete Education: Keep the Arts in Mind” May 6-7, 2011 in Washington, DC

Join your colleagues and friends at the beautiful Hotel Palomar in Washington, DC’s Dupont Circle for another lively, timely gathering where we’ll be discussing the essential role of the arts in a complete education.  The theme for this Forum is “Picturing a Complete Education: Keep the Arts in Mind.”  Watch this space and http://ccsso.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3222734d2cafa7abd15e2c1b2&id=464d13e1dc&e=fa55d9595e for more information about the Forum as it unfolds.  Help us shape the conversation and make this the best Forum yet – consider submitting a small group discussion session proposal. Contact Laura at lauras@ccsso.org or Cristine at cristined@ccsso.org for more information, or download the RFP here.

Art21 News
Allan McCollum: “Over Ten Thousand Individual Works”Exclusive Episode #129: Filmed in his Brooklyn studio, Allan McCollum reveals the process and logic behind the project Over Ten Thousand Individual Works (begun in 1982). Cast in plaster, hand-painted, and displayed in vast quantities, each Individual Work is a unique combination of shapes adapted from commercially-produced objects.
Jessica Rankin: Mind & LanguageSpecial video: “My work’s always had a lot to do with language and the landscape of the mind,” says artist Jessica Rankin, referencing her intricately embroidered pieces. Filmed in 2008 in a Berlin studio adjoining that of her partner, artist Julie Mehretu, Rankin discusses how learning a foreign language as well as reading literature are influential to her working method.
Beryl Korot: “Babel: the 7 minute scroll”Exclusive episode #130: Beryl Korot discusses a recent work – Babel: the 7 minute scroll (2007) – which takes the form as both a large-scale print and an animated digital video. With pictographs that reference ancient Egypt and the biblical story of the Tower of Babel, Korot’s work investigates the history of tools and technology, language and narrative.
Beryl Korot: “Text and Commentary”Exclusive episode #131: Featuring excerpts from her groundbreaking video installation Text and Commentary (1977), artist Beryl Korot discusses how information has been encoded in lines and patterns throughout human history, whether in print media, through video, or on a weaving loom.

Arts Educators 12-15-2010

Artists 12-15-2010

Artists,
Below are four new videos from Art21.
Information about unsubscribing to this email newsletter is at the end of the email.
Happy Holidays,
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/
Art21 News
Allan McCollum: “Over Ten Thousand Individual Works”Exclusive Episode #129: Filmed in his Brooklyn studio, Allan McCollum reveals the process and logic behind the project Over Ten Thousand Individual Works (begun in 1982). Cast in plaster, hand-painted, and displayed in vast quantities, each Individual Work is a unique combination of shapes adapted from commercially-produced objects.
Jessica Rankin: Mind & LanguageSpecial video: “My work’s always had a lot to do with language and the landscape of the mind,” says artist Jessica Rankin, referencing her intricately embroidered pieces. Filmed in 2008 in a Berlin studio adjoining that of her partner, artist Julie Mehretu, Rankin discusses how learning a foreign language as well as reading literature are influential to her working method.
Beryl Korot: “Babel: the 7 minute scroll”Exclusive episode #130: Beryl Korot discusses a recent work – Babel: the 7 minute scroll (2007) – which takes the form as both a large-scale print and an animated digital video. With pictographs that reference ancient Egypt and the biblical story of the Tower of Babel, Korot’s work investigates the history of tools and technology, language and narrative.
Beryl Korot: “Text and Commentary”Exclusive episode #131: Featuring excerpts from her groundbreaking video installation Text and Commentary (1977), artist Beryl Korot discusses how information has been encoded in lines and patterns throughout human history, whether in print media, through video, or on a weaving loom.
Artists 12-15-2010

Artists

Artists,
I forgot to include an invitation from the Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce for artists and crafters to submit materials for consideration as the featured artist for the 2011 Sunrise Festival of the Arts. It will be held July 9, 2011 in Sidney’s Veterans Memorial Park.
They ask you submit photos of your work and tell them about yourself and your artwork. You can email this information to schamber@midrivers.com. If you have questions you can call 406-433-1916. Deadline is Jan. 3, 2011.
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/

Artists

Letter to the Editor

In Praise of the Montana Arts Council:
Our MAPS, Media Arts in the Public Schools program, is midway through its sixth year and there are many, many people and organizations that have contributed to our success. However, there is one organization – in particular – that I think deserves special recognition and that is the Montana Arts Council.
We first met MAC in 2004, way before MAPS was even a twinkle in our collective eyes. I had contacted the council about grant support, and when longtime MAC person Beck McLaughlin, returned my call, I happened to be on a tractor and putting up hay. So like most folks who get a cell call while raking, I yelled into the receiver to ‘hang on’ and then I turned the tractor off so we could both hear each other. (Needless to say, our introduction made us laugh then and continues to this day.)
Every year since, the Montana Arts Council has been an ardent supporter of MAPS.  Among their many outstanding qualities was the ability to ‘see’ the MAPS vision before it existed and did everything in their power to help us grow. And as a result of this belief, many, many, many outstanding high school media artists have been able to learn and benefit by the MAPS program.
And so as we enter the holiday season, I wanted to thank the Montana Arts Council for all the support and encouragement you have given us over these years…you are indeed the gift that keeps on giving.
Bless your hearts and thank you for your sense of humor.
Peter Rosten
President
MAPS
Peter Rosten
MAPS Media Institute
(406) 370-3745
Letter to the Editor