VSA Deadline

VSA SHIFT

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Every life contains moments of change. Shift seeks to investigate those moments that alter the direction of a person’s path and create a new reality.
Artists are invited to share a moment in time when a shift in their landscape occurred—it may be personal or professional, mental or physical, internal or external. Artists may submit a single work or a pair or series of works that illustrate this before-and-after transformation.
All artists are asked to consider the theme Shift as it relates to their submission, although a relationship to the theme does not have to be explicit or obvious in the work itself. However, the moment of change and its connection to the submitted work should be described in the application materials.

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NEA Grant Application Information

This was in a previous post but I don’t want anyone to miss it…

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.

NEA Grant Application Information

Arts Educators 1-12-11

Arts Educators,
Below you will find information about ArtsEdge, the National Endowment for the Arts 2011 grant application and one job opening.
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 http://artscounterbalance.wordpress.com/
ArtsEdge is a free online resource for teaching and learning in the arts.
At the Kennedy Center http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org
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.

JOB OPENINGS
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://ccsso.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3222734d2cafa7abd15e2c1b2&id=d8eaec9449&e=fa55d9595e.

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News from High Plains Films, January 11, 2011

FACING THE STORM: STORY OF THE AMERICAN BISON now available on DVD with Public Performance Rights.
This limited-edition DVD includes the full feature-length documentary, the one-hour broadcast version, several short companion movies, and more. It is available exclusively from the High Plains Films web site

Public performance rights purchase allows for exhibition, at the purchasing institution only, including classroom use, to public audiences where no admission is charged. Please contact us for rental prices for exhibition where admission is charged. Home video and wholesale buyers, please contact High Plains Films for details.
FACING THE STORM, a co-production of ITVS and Montana PBS, is the epic account of our tempestuous relationship with the iconic symbol of wild America. It explores the inextricable relationship of the Plains Indians with the animal, and the harrowing near-destruction of the species in the late nineteenth century. It graphically exposes the annual slaughter of bison outside of Yellowstone National Park, where the largest genetically-pure herd remains in semi-captivity.

Finally, the film explores the epic vision — and monumental obstacles — to restore bison to immense tracts of the Great Plains.

This involves a dramatic transformation of how we understand the Great Plains – from a utilitarian world view to a fully-functional ecosystem that combines a lost culture with modern ecological science and contemporary economies. FACING THE STORM shows us that the American bison is not just an icon of a lost world, but may very well show us the path to the future.

What reviewers are saying about FACING THE STORM –

“An incisive history of the animals relationship to man and efforts to restore bison herds to the Great Plains.” Kansas City Star

“A smart, elegant production…sure bison are photogenic, iconic and mostly gone, but the latest from High Plains Films gets beyond the familiar story we think we know.” Newwest.net

“Maps the tragic history of the American buffalo, the majestic species that was hunted to near extinction by western settlers and is slowly making a comeback.” St. Louis Post Dispatch

“Beautifully documented…both historical documentary and wildlife film, FACING THE STORM may be the most comprehensively-concise examination of how and why we managed to nearly eradicate 30 million animals from the Great Plains in less than 50 years, and what’s being done today to ensure their survival.” Missoula Independent

“You might think a 78 minute film would be more than you’ll ever need to know about the buffalo. If that’s the case, FACING THE STORM will surprise you. The film is part nature documentary, part history lesson and part an affectionate appreciation of the American bison.

It’s hard to say which is more impressive: the newly filmed footage of buffalo, offering insight into their behavior and giving a fair example of their majesty, or the well-selected archive footage that pulls the film just short of connecting to the old west, when the creatures were nearly wiped out. This is an unexpectedly passionate film about animals and nature and their precarious state in the modern world.” St. Louis Beacon

“Directed by national Emmy-nominee Doug Hawes-Davis, the film explores efforts to protect and restore bison herds and details the complex relationship between the Plains Indians and the animal. It also recounts the near destruction of the species from an estimated 30 million in the mid-19th century to fewer than 300 by the late 19th century.” Great Falls Tribune

“Featuring archival film and photographs, breathtaking original footage, evocative animated sequences, and a slate of interviews with a diverse array of characters – from scientists to ranchers, animal rights activists to state governors -from scientists to ranchers, animal rights activists to state governors – FACING THE STORM paints a portrait of the issue that’s as broad and subtly shaded as the Great Plains themselves.” Missoulian

“Besides being an enduring symbol of the Great Plains, the buffalo is also an emblem of survival. For nearly 10,000 years these animals were the driving force behind Native American culture and economy; then, in the nineteenth century, their numbers plummeted from the tens of millions to fewer than 1,000. Though they’ve been saved from extinction, recent history hasn’t been so romantic for the buffalo, as their storied past has given way to an uncertain future tied up in the realities of land management, bureaucracy, court trials and town-hall meetings. Today, even as buffalo unite Indian tribes under a common cause, they divide hunters and conservationists, lawmakers and constituents, as America continues to argue what, exactly, home on the range means for the buffalo. FACING THE STORM analyzes these ongoing challenges in a beautifully shot film that combines interviews with Native Americans, conservationists and ranchers with sweeping panoramas of the plains, simple yet effective animation and not-for-the-squeamish scenes from slaughterhouses. Thoughtful and thought-provoking, the film’s look at North America’s history and future serves as a poignant reminder that civilizations are at their best when the land and its people live in mindful accord.” Riverfront Times

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Press Inquiries/Screener Requests –

High Plains Films is a program of the Big Sky Film Institute, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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High Plains Films is a project of the Big Sky Film Institute, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

http://www.bigskyfilm.org/

News from High Plains Films, January 11, 2011

Artists 1-12-11

Artists,

Two opportunities for visual artists below

Regards,

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

Life Drawing Sessions at MSU– Anyone welcome!
Life drawing sessions, hosted by the MSU Painting and Drawing Guild, will begin during the spring semester on January 24th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm in room 233 of Haynes Hall on the MSU campus and continue every Monday evening throughout the semester. The room is located in the southwest corner of Haynes Hall on the second floor. There is a $5 admission to draw for each session. Whether you are a novice or experienced artists the experience is a fun and fulfilling chance to improve your technique and learn from others!
The MSU Painting and Drawing Guild is also looking for models to hire. Models are paid $40 for three hours. Modeling is not open to MSU art students.
The first MSU Painting and Drawing Guild meeting of the semester will be Wednesday, January 26th at 6 pm in the painting room, 227 Haynes Hall. For more information about the Guild, Life Drawing, or modeling please call 605.728.2908.

smARTpower, a pilot visual arts initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is now accepting applica¬tions. smARTpower sends U.S. visual artists abroad to collaborate with youth and local artists in creating community based projects in China, Ecuador, Egypt, Ghana, India, Kosovo, Lebanon, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Venezuela. Focusing on community engagement, the program is designed to stimulate discourse around social issues. Artists will conduct workshops, teach master classes, and perform other outreach activities while abroad. Interested artists can apply on-line by February 28, 2011. http://www.bronxmuseum.org/smartpower/

Learn more about smARTpower. http://exchanges.state.gov/cultural/smartpower.html

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Arts Organizations 1-12-11

Arts Organizations,

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.

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

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.

http://www.irs.gov/charities/article/0,,id=96083,00.html

Humanities Montana

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

JOB OPENINGS

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.

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McCulloch To Unveil "Treasured" Montana Artist Sean R. Heavey, of Glasgow, Montana;

McCulloch To Unveil “Treasured” Montana Artist Sean R. Heavey, of Glasgow, Montana;
Public Reception TODAY from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
HELENA – Secretary of State Linda McCulloch will introduce photographer Sean R. Heavey, of Glasgow, as the next “Treasured” Montana Artist during a public reception on Friday in the Secretary of State’s Office from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Heavey is the seventh Montana artist to receive the notable distinction since McCulloch launched the exhibit in January 2009.
“If a picture is worth a thousand words, Sean’s exhibit speaks volumes,” McCulloch said. “While the photos are recent, they reflect a forgotten time that should be remembered and shared with each passing generation.”
Heavey’s regional photography exhibit of Northeastern Montana titled “The Wind Blows” includes the Internet phenomenon “The Mothership”, a photo of a supercell thunderstorm rolling across the plains. The photo won a 2010 National Geographic award.
“I’m rarely seen without a camera in my hand,” Heavey said. “I enjoy driving dusty roads, walking Montana’s untamed lands, and discovering the rich spirit of all that lies under the Big Sky. I’m humbled by the honor of being selected as Secretary McCulloch’s “Treasured” Montana Artist.”
Heavey’s photos have been published worldwide, including in the United Kingdom’s largest newspaper “The Sun”, France’s “le Figaro”, and on Australia’s NineMSN.
“The Wind Blows” exhibit will be on public display in the Secretary of State’s Office at the State Capitol in Helena through April 2011.  To view photos from this exhibit and other collections, logon to Heavey’s website at alconartz.com.
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Terri L. Knapp
Communications Director
MT Secretary of State Linda McCulloch
Phone:(406)444-2807
Cell:(406)465-2564
Email:TKnapp@mt.gov
Web:sos.mt.gov
McCulloch To Unveil "Treasured" Montana Artist Sean R. Heavey, of Glasgow, Montana;