Below you will find information about the National Endowment for the Arts 2011 grant application, IRS workshops for small and mid-size 501(c)3 organizations in Billings and Helena, grant proposal deadlines for Humanities Montana, nominations for the National Medal of Arts, nominations for the 2011 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, Nonprofit Fundraising Survey report, audio interviews with innovative orchestras and one job opening.
Education & Web Services Director
Montana Arts Council
National Endowment for the Arts 2011 Grant Application Information
The National Endowment for the Arts will post the next round of grant application guidelines on Thursday, January 13, 2011. The NEA has posted three presentations on arts.gov to make organizations aware of the category deadlines, application requirements and review criteria under the new Art Works guidelines.
The first presentation provides an overview of the NEA’s latest strategic plan – Art Works for America: Strategic Plan, FY 2012-2016 – which is the framework for all of the agency’s work, including grants to arts organizations.
The second presentation walks you through the changes from last year’s guidelines and the third introduces the NEA’s Our Town, which will be a new funding stream that will invest in partnerships among arts, cultural, or design organizations and local governments. This funding will be invested in planning, design, or arts engagement projects that contribute toward the livability of communities and help transform them into lively, beautiful, and sustainable places with the arts at their core.
Workshops for Small and Mid-Size 501(c)(3) Organizations
IRS Exempt Organizations is offering a one-day workshop for small and mid-size section 501(c)(3) exempt organizations. Each workshop, presented by experienced Exempt Organizations specialists, will explain what 501(c)(3) organizations must do to keep their tax-exempt status and comply with tax obligations. This introductory workshop is designed for administrators or volunteers who are responsible for an organization’s tax compliance. Pre-registration is required.
Workshops in Billings April 26 and Helena April 28
Specific information is not posted yet; keep your eye on the link below for details.
Upcoming Grant Proposal Deadlines
The next deadline for grants under $5,000 is February 20. Full information on grant guidelines and deadlines is available at Grants. http://www.humanitiesmontana.org/Grants/grants.php
We invite you to submit your nominations for the National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the United States Government. During the past 26 years, more than 250 extraordinary patrons and artists in the fields of visual, performing, and literary arts have received the award. These honorees include Aaron Copland, Ralph Ellison, Jessye Norman, Georgia O’Keeffe, the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, and Ray Charles. The award is presented by the President in a White House ceremony.
We encourage you to share the attached information with members of your staff and organizations in your state. Any member of the public may submit a nomination online at http://www.nea.gov/honors/medals/index.html. The deadline for the 2011 nominations is March 11. Winners are expected to be announced in the fall.
If you have any questions, please contact the National Endowment for the Arts’ Office of the Chief of Staff at (202) 682-5434.
Call for Nominations: 2011 National Medal for Museum and Library Service
Supporters of outstanding museums and libraries are encouraged to nominate these institutions for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for exemplary museum and library community service. The National Medal honors museums and libraries that make extraordinary civic, educational, economic, environmental, and social contributions. Medal winners receive a $10,000 award and are honored at a National Medal award ceremony held in Washington, D.C.
Any individual, including a museum or library employee, may nominate a museum or library in the United States and its territories for the National Medal. Public or private nonprofit museums, including zoos, art, history, science and technology, children’s, and natural history museums; historic houses, nature centers, and botanical gardens; and all types of nonprofit libraries, including public, school, academic, research, and archival, are eligible to receive this honor.
For more information and to access the nomination form, please go to: www.imls.gov/about/medals.
Nonprofit Fundraising Survey
The Nonprofit Fundraising Survey of more than 2,500 nonprofit organizations provides infor¬mation on fund-raising activities for 2010 to date. Fielded by the Urban Institute’s National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS), the Nonprofit Fundraising Survey was a collabora¬tion between NCCS, GuideStar, Indiana University’s Center on Philanthropy, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Foundation Center and Blackbaud. It reports that 35% of charities reported an increase in private contributions for the first nine months of 2010 com¬pared to the same period in 2009, while 37% reported a decline. An executive summary of the report as well as the full report are available for download. http://www.urban.org/publications/1001467.html
Audio Interviews with Innovative Orchestras
Have you heard about the League of American Orchestras report, Fearless Journeys: Innovation in Five American Orchestras, but don’t have time to read it? The League has created a series of audio interviews http://www.americanorchestras.org/knowledge_research_and_innovation/fearless_journeys_audio.html exploring innovative practices of the five orchestras highlighted in the full report, available as YouTube videos, iTunes podcasts, and in mp3 and Windows Media formats. The full report is available as a pdf, Kindle and EPUB download http://www.americanorchestras.org/knowledge_research_and_innovation/fearless_journeys_audio.html
EdTA begins search for Executive Director
The Educational Theatre Association has begun its search for a new executive director.
EdTA seeks an individual with a passion for theatre education, among other qualifications, including a bachelor’s degree (at minimum), as well as 8-10 years of senior management experience in a related field.
The role of the executive director includes working in cooperation with board members and other geographically dispersed volunteers in developing, implementing, and monitoring the vision of EdTA. The executive director leads and oversees everyday operations of the Association, including marketing, publications, finance, fundraising and development, member services, educational events, chapter relations, and educational policy.
More information and the complete job description can be found at http://bit.ly/fbZJbt.