Montana State Library Achieves Major Milestone in Digitization Project

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March 24, 2011                                                  (406) 444-5357
Montana State Library Achieves  Major Milestone in Digitization Project
(HELENA)—The Montana State Library is pleased to announce that it has reached a significant milestone in its project to digitize its collection of state publications:  a million pages have now been digitized and made available to patrons all over the world via the Internet.  
The Montana State Library is digitizing and placing online its entire legacy print collection of approximately 55,000 state publications dating from the 1870s.  The project, which will take several years, was undertaken to increase access to the State Library’s collection as well as preserve and protect some of the older and more delicate print publications.  
“The digitization effort is a tremendous success,” said Darlene Staffeldt, Montana State Librarian.  “We are nearly 20 percent complete and the use rates for the online versions of our Montana state publication collection are more than 250 times their print equivalent.”
Digitization is the process of converting information from an analog format like print, VHS, or audio cassettes, to a digital format.  Print state publications are digitally photographed page by page.  These photographed images are then put through software that reads text from print images, which makes each document searchable by keyword.
“When a document is searchable by keyword, the person using it for research can type in a word they’re interested in, such as ‘water rights’,” said Staffeldt.  “Once they hit the search button, every single instance of the phrase ‘water rights’ is highlighted in the document, making it infinitely valuable for researchers.  Digitization of these documents increases awareness of the rich information contained in state publications and opens up new research possibilities.”  
In addition to being keyword searchable, all of the digital publications in the Montana State Library collection are available online, around the clock, to anyone with an Internet connection.  In addition to other formats, the digital publications are available in PDF for easy saving, emailing, and printing.  The publications are also available in the Kindle format for use on Kindle book readers.  Finally, each publication is available for use with computer screen readers so they can be heard by persons who are blind or otherwise unable to read the print versions.
The Montana State Library is completing the digitization project with existing dollars; no new monies were provided for the project.  
“We had originally hoped to have every state publication digitized by the end of the 2013 biennium,” said Staffeldt.  “However, with current budget and staff reductions, our digitization effort has been slowed.  In spite of this, we will continue to make steady progress towards our goal of digitizing each of our 55,000 state publications.”  
The Montana State Library partnered with world digitization leader, the Internet Archive, to complete the project.  Publications are being digitized in order from the beginning of the collection to the end in the Dewey decimal classification order.  Once a publication has been digitized, it is returned to the State Library and then those documents of historical significance are made available at the Montana Historical Society Research Center in addition to being made available digitally.  
Through its statewide programs, the Montana State Library empowers Montanans; enhances learning in families and communities; builds 21st Century skills; and provides opportunities for civic participation. For more information about the Montana State Library, visit http://msl.mt.gov/.   
For more information about the digitization project, visit http://msl.mt.gov/digitization/ or contact Sara Groves, Marketing and Communications Coordinator, at (406) 444-5357 or via e-mail at: sgroves@mt.gov.
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Artists 3-23-2011

Artists,
Below you will find information on The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) announced a call for letters of intent for the Foundation’s 2011 grants, call for artists for emerging artists with disabilities, two videos from Art21 news, followed by one opportunity for music and two for visual arts.
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/
NATIVE ARTS AND CULTURES FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES CALL FOR LETTERS OF INTENT FOR 2011 GRANTS
The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) today announced a call for letters of intent for the Foundation’s 2011 grants. The three categories include: Artist Project Grants; Mobilizing the Community; and the Regional Collaboration Pilot Program. NACF’s grants support the artistic creativity of American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian individual artists, programs and organizations.
This year, grants will be awarded in three categories: Support for Individual Artists (2011 Artistic Innovation Initiative); Support for Communities (2011 Mobilizing the Community Initiative); and Support for the Field (2011 Strengthening the Arts and Cultures Infrastructure Initiative).
The Artistic Innovation Initiative will support individual artist projects that engage community members in new ways. Grants up to $10,000 per artist will be awarded.
The Mobilizing the Community Initiative will support networks of artists, with particular consideration given to organizations presenting arts conferences, convening artist gatherings, or supporting master artist-to-artist residencies. Awards will be up to $15,000 per project.
The Strengthening the Arts and Cultures Infrastructure Initiative will focus on organizations providing support for arts and cultural activities. Particular consideration will be given to organizations that do at least one of the following: re-grant; offer professional development opportunities; focus support in a particular field or practice; and/or provide unique opportunities to artists in national arenas. Awards will be up to $40,000 per organization.
Letters of intent are due to the NACF on Friday, April 29. Visit www.nativeartsandcultures.org for criteria and guidelines.
VSA seeks entries for Momentum, a national juried exhibition for emerging artists with disabilities, ages 16-25.
Deadline: June 10, 2011
Momentum offers an exhibition opportunity for emerging visual artists with disabilities in the U.S. ages 16-25. The program is presented annually by VSA, the international organization on arts and disability, and Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
Fifteen artists will be selected for the exhibition and will share $60,000 in cash awards: a $20,000 grand prize, a $10,000 first award, a $6,000 second award, and 12 awards of excellence of $2,000 each.
The exhibition takes place at the Smithsonian Institution’s S. Dillon Ripley Center in Washington, D.C., from September 2011 to January 2012 and will travel nationally to college and university galleries and art museums for up to two years.
For more information: http://www.vsarts.org/x5796.xml
New Videos: An-My Lê and Allan McCollum
An-My Lê: “29 Palms”
Exclusive Episode #136: “I just wanted to approach the idea of war in a more complicated and more challenging way” says artist An-My Lê, whose photographic series and film “29 Palms” (2003-04) explore the training exercises and desert landscape near Joshua Tree National Park as a staging ground for the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Allan McCollum: “Lost Objects” & “Natural Copies”
Exclusive Episode #137: Filmed in his Brooklyn studio, artist Allan McCollum discusses two projects utilizing dinosaur fossils-“Lost Objects” (begun 1991) and “Natural Copies (begun 1994)-and his interest in how both scientific and local communities define the historical value of objects.
MUSIC
Seed Money for Music, Education, and Social Justice Programs
Sparkplug Foundation    The Sparkplug Foundation primarily supports nonprofit organizations that are proposing start-up projects in the fields of music, education, and grassroots organizing. In the Music category, the Foundation supports emerging professional musicians or music-development programs. In Education and Teaching, the Foundation funds projects that deal with “the whole student” and with learning as a community activity. Through Grassroots Organizing, the Foundation encourages activist strategies for addressing institutional injustices and for building a reasoned, just society. The Foundation also provides limited support for projects in Israel that involve Palestinian communities. The next application deadline is May 20, 2011. A telephone conversation to determine eligibility must be held by May 6, 2011 in order to initiate the application process. Visit the Foundation’s website for examples of funded programs and application guidelines.  http://sparkplugfoundation.org/
VISUAL ARTS
CdA Arts Commission seeks Artists for “ArtCurrents”
The City of Coeur d’Alene Arts Commission is seeking artists to participate in its new “ArtCurrents” program.    Artists submit applications for placement of their sculptures around CdA’s downtown for a period of one (1) year.  The displayed works will also be offered for sale, with the City of Coeur d’Alene receiving a 25% commission from the sale.
Ten art pieces will be selected and the artist or artist team will be awarded a $500.00 stipend to cover the cost of shipping.  The selected artwork will be displayed along Sherman Avenue, Lakeside Avenue, and City Park.
Public art can be a change agent for the community.  It creates and enhances neighborhood and community identity.  It enhances the visual landscape and character of the city.  It turns ordinary spaces into community landmarks and promotes community dialogue and, most importantly, it’s accessible to everyone. 
Ten art pieces will be selected and the artist or artist team will be awarded a $500.00 stipend to cover the cost of shipping.  The selected artwork will be displayed along Sherman Avenue, Lakeside Avenue, and City Park.
Information packets are available online at City Hall, 710 E. Mullan Avenue, or online at http://www.cdaid.org/Artist proposals are due by 5:00 p.m., April 18, 2011.  Installation of the artwork will begin the week of June 6th.
Artists who are interested in participating are encouraged to contact Steve Anthony, Arts Commission Liaison, at 769-2249. 
To view the Call to Artists, please click on the following link:
Seattle seeks artist to develop artwork for King Street Statio
The Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Seattle Department of Transportation, seeks an artist or artist team to create a temporary, site-specific public art project for the new Jackson Street Plaza at King Street Station . The station is located in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood. The temporary artwork should enliven the space and offer passersby a new and energized view of the historic train station. Possible approaches may include projections or light, participatory or interactive artworks, and/or a temporary installation in the plaza.

The artist will develop the artwork in summer and fall 2011. The project should be completed by fall 2012.

Eligibility:
Open to artists living in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, California and British Columbia, Canada.
Budget:
$35,000, all-inclusive of travel expenses, taxes, and project costs for design, fabrication/production, installation and removal of artwork
Deadline:
11 p.m., Wednesday, April 27
Application:
Click here to apply
Info:
Patricia Hopper, public art project manager, (206) 684-7311
Artists 3-23-2011

Arts Educators 3-23-2011

Arts Educators,
Below you will find information about “Working with Children on the Autism Spectrum” workshop, Native Voices: Montana Writing Project satellite institute, EdSteps collecting student work, ArtsPowered Schools Institute in Idaho, call for artists for emerging artists with disabilities, art students engage in entrepreneurial activities, seed money for music programs, two Art21 videos and Paris Gibson Square is looking for a Curator of Education.
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/
VSA Montana and the Montana Arts Council presents:
Working With Children on the Autism Spectrum
A free workshop for teachers, teaching artists, staff at arts organizations and parents
Saturday, April 16, 2011, 8:30-4:00
Hellgate High School, Missoula
900 South Higgins Ave.
Six (6) Renewal Units from the Montana Office of Public Instruction are available for attending the whole workshop
Registration Deadline is Tuesday, April 12, 2011
See attached schedule and registration for more information.
Native Voices: Montana Writing Project satellite institute
June 30-July 8
Montana Writing Project is delighted to partner with Salish Kootenai College to offer Native Voices, a Montana Writing Project satellite institute that is a three-week long immersion course in Native literature.  It offers participants an equal balance between becoming acquainted with a long history and the contemporary reality of Native use of narrative and exposition.  Over the course of the program, participants will be provided ample opportunities to do writing on their own, as well as the opportunity to produce and present an inquiry demonstration lesson that develops out of an investigation into teaching/learning issues concerning American Indians today. The institute will be held on the Salish Kootenai College in Pablo, and runs from June 30-July 8. The cost is $125. Seven graduate credits from the University of Montana, valued at more than $2000, are available for a recording fee of $135. Applications are available online at http://www.cas.umt.edu/english/mwp/documents/NativeVoicesApplication2011.pdf. For more information, call 406.243.4680 or email mwp@umontana.edu. The application deadline is May 1, 2011.
EdSteps Launches Contest to Collect Student Work
EdSteps is holding a contest to collect samples of student work in the areas of Creativity, Problem Solving for Learning, and Global Competence. These work samples will be used to give a tool for teachers to teach and students to learn in these areas. Work samples are welcome in any form, genre or medium for any audience or purpose. Any type of student work done inside or outside the classroom is eligible: visual art, videos, blog posts, etc.

Students of all levels, from early childhood to graduate school, teachers of all subject areas and individuals in the workplace may participate. The contest prize is one of two $1,000 Visa gift cards. For each piece of student work you submit, you will receive one entry for the contest. There are no limits on the number of entries that one may have.

Submissions can be uploaded at www.edsteps.org until May 14th, 2011, 11:59pm EST. Winners will be contacted on May 15th, 2011.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email
info@edsteps.org. For more information, visit www.edsteps.org.

Each summer the ArtsPowered Schools Institute offers a residential professional opportunity
designed to immerse educators in strategies for teaching and learning through the arts.
Caldwell, Idaho June 26 to July 1, 2011

 The 2011 ArtsPowered Schools Institute will focus on the arts and literacy in the elementary classroom.
For more information visit the ArtsPowered School website
Presented by the Idaho Commission on the Arts and the State Department of Education.

VSA seeks entries for Momentum, a national juried exhibition for emerging artists with disabilities, ages 16-25.
Deadline: June 10, 2011
Momentum offers an exhibition opportunity for emerging visual artists with disabilities in the U.S. ages 16-25. The program is presented annually by VSA, the international organization on arts and disability, and Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
Fifteen artists will be selected for the exhibition and will share $60,000 in cash awards: a $20,000 grand prize, a $10,000 first award, a $6,000 second award, and 12 awards of excellence of $2,000 each.
The exhibition takes place at the Smithsonian Institution’s S. Dillon Ripley Center in Washington, D.C., from September 2011 to January 2012 and will travel nationally to college and university galleries and art museums for up to two years.
For more information: http://www.vsarts.org/x5796.xml
High school art students in Ashland, Oregon are receiving an opportunity to market their work and receive some entrepreneurial advice from local business owners.  The Ashland Gallery Association hosts an annual event each March which allows visual art students to set up business meetings with gallery owners, set their own prices for their creations, and display their works in the galleries alongside professional artists.  Through the program, high school teachers nominate works of art, and the students must do the rest, including coordinating artwork prices and show times for their pieces.  Organizers feel the opportunity for students to engage in such entrepreneurial activities well better acclimate them for their careers—as artists or otherwise.
Seed Money for Music, Education, and Social Justice Programs
Sparkplug Foundation    The Sparkplug Foundation primarily supports nonprofit organizations that are proposing start-up projects in the fields of music, education, and grassroots organizing. In the Music category, the Foundation supports emerging professional musicians or music-development programs. In Education and Teaching, the Foundation funds projects that deal with “the whole student” and with learning as a community activity. Through Grassroots Organizing, the Foundation encourages activist strategies for addressing institutional injustices and for building a reasoned, just society. The Foundation also provides limited support for projects in Israel that involve Palestinian communities. The next application deadline is May 20, 2011. A telephone conversation to determine eligibility must be held by May 6, 2011 in order to initiate the application process. Visit the Foundation’s website for examples of funded programs and application guidelines.  http://sparkplugfoundation.org/
New Videos: An-My Lê and Allan McCollum
An-My Lê: “29 Palms”
Exclusive Episode #136: “I just wanted to approach the idea of war in a more complicated and more challenging way” says artist An-My Lê, whose photographic series and film “29 Palms” (2003-04) explore the training exercises and desert landscape near Joshua Tree National Park as a staging ground for the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Allan McCollum: “Lost Objects” & “Natural Copies”
Exclusive Episode #137: Filmed in his Brooklyn studio, artist Allan McCollum discusses two projects utilizing dinosaur fossils-“Lost Objects” (begun 1991) and “Natural Copies (begun 1994)-and his interest in how both scientific and local communities define the historical value of objects.
JOB OPENING
Curator of Education
Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art
Great Falls, MT
Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art is inviting applications from qualified individuals to serve as Curator for the Museum’s education program.  Qualifications include a BA in Art, Art Education or related field with three years of related experience, demonstrated teaching ability, an understanding of contemporary art, and the ability to communicate related concepts, theories and practices to audiences of all ages and abilities. Must demonstrate initiative and be able to adapt successfully to multiple tasks and projects.  This is a full-time position with benefits.  For a full job description and position announcement, please contact the museum at 406-727-8255 or email info@the-square.org.  Information also is available on the museum’s website at http://www.the-square.org/Applications will be accepted through April 15.
Arts Educators 3-23-2011

Arts orgs 3-23-2011

Arts Organizations,
Below you will find information on a webcast from the National Endowment for the Arts this Friday, March 25th; “Working with Children on the Autism Spectrum” workshop, The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) announced a call for letters of intent for the Foundation’s 2011 grants, Creative Capital workshop subsidy grants, seed money for music programs, and article from Board Café, Alternatives to Strategic Planning Part II, and Paris Gibson Square is looking for a Curator of Education.
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/
National Endowment for the Arts to Webcast National Council on the Arts Meeting Friday, March 25, 2011 at 9:00 a.m.

The 172nd meeting of the National Council on the Arts, the advisory body to the National Endowment for the Arts, will take place on Friday, March 25, 2011 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. EDT in room M-09 of The Nancy Hanks Center, 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. The public is invited to attend in person or to watch a live webcast at arts.gov.

The session will begin with an examination of the intersecting roles of technology, making the arts affordable, and arts education in building audiences. Presentations on their organizations’ efforts in these areas will be made by Deborah Cullinan, executive directorof San Francisco’s Intersections for the Arts; Howard Herring, president & CEO of Miami’s New World Symphony; and Arlene Shuler, president & CEO of New York City Center, who will speak on the center’s annual Fall for Dance program.

During the second half of the session, NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman will make a presentation on the NEA’s ongoing partnerships with three other federal agencies: the Department of Housing and Urban Development, National Science Foundation, and Department of Health and Human Services.

VSA Montana and the Montana Arts Council presents:
Working With Children on the Autism Spectrum
A free workshop for teachers, teaching artists, staff at arts organizations and parents
Saturday, April 16, 2011, 8:30-4:00
Hellgate High School, Missoula
900 South Higgins Ave.
Six (6) Renewal Units from the Montana Office of Public Instruction are available for attending the whole workshop
Registration Deadline is Tuesday, April 12, 2011
See attached schedule and registration for more information.
NATIVE ARTS AND CULTURES FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES CALL FOR LETTERS OF INTENT FOR 2011 GRANTS

The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) today announced a call for letters of intent for the Foundation’s 2011 grants. The three categories include: Artist Project Grants; Mobilizing the Community; and the Regional Collaboration Pilot Program. NACF’s grants support the artistic creativity of American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian individual artists, programs and organizations.
This year, grants will be awarded in three categories: Support for Individual Artists (2011 Artistic Innovation Initiative); Support for Communities (2011 Mobilizing the Community Initiative); and Support for the Field (2011 Strengthening the Arts and Cultures Infrastructure Initiative).
The Artistic Innovation Initiative will support individual artist projects that engage community members in new ways. Grants up to $10,000 per artist will be awarded.
The Mobilizing the Community Initiative will support networks of artists, with particular consideration given to organizations presenting arts conferences, convening artist gatherings, or supporting master artist-to-artist residencies. Awards will be up to $15,000 per project.
The Strengthening the Arts and Cultures Infrastructure Initiative will focus on organizations providing support for arts and cultural activities. Particular consideration will be given to organizations that do at least one of the following: re-grant; offer professional development opportunities; focus support in a particular field or practice; and/or provide unique opportunities to artists in national arenas. Awards will be up to $40,000 per organization.
Letters of intent are due to the NACF on Friday, April 29. Visit www.nativeartsandcultures.org for criteria and guidelines.
Professional Development Workshops for Artists Funded
Creative Capital: Workshop Subsidy Grants
The purpose of Creative Capital is to support artists pursuing adventurous and imaginative ideas, drawing on venture capital concepts to provide funding, counsel, and career development services. Creative Capital is currently offering Workshop Subsidy Grants through its Professional Development Program (PDP), which helps artists to manage the business side of their art with greater efficiency and results. Organizations can apply for grants to partner with Creative Capital to offer these PDP workshops to artists in their area for a significantly reduced fee, thereby increasing the diversity of participating artists. Subsidies ranging from $3,000 to $10,000 are available for workshops in planning, Internet, and verbal communications, as well as for a workshop given in Spanish. The application deadline for workshops to be held in 2012 is June 17, 2011. Visit the Creative Capital website to learn more about the application process.
Seed Money for Music, Education, and Social Justice Programs
Sparkplug Foundation    The Sparkplug Foundation primarily supports nonprofit organizations that are proposing start-up projects in the fields of music, education, and grassroots organizing. In the Music category, the Foundation supports emerging professional musicians or music-development programs. In Education and Teaching, the Foundation funds projects that deal with “the whole student” and with learning as a community activity. Through Grassroots Organizing, the Foundation encourages activist strategies for addressing institutional injustices and for building a reasoned, just society. The Foundation also provides limited support for projects in Israel that involve Palestinian communities. The next application deadline is May 20, 2011. A telephone conversation to determine eligibility must be held by May 6, 2011 in order to initiate the application process. Visit the Foundation’s website for examples of funded programs and application guidelines.  http://sparkplugfoundation.org/

Where Should the Board Chair, the ED, the Staff Sit?

Sounds like a trivial question, but where everyone sits not only reflects organizational philosophy, it sends a strong, visual message to everyone about authority, participation, and the role of the board.

How is a board meeting affected by where the board chair and the executive director sit? Where each sits, particularly in relation to each other, sends a message and influences how the meeting may go. Some board chairs and execs make a point of sitting next to one another at the head of the table: a clear signal about their authority and their partnership.
Reader M.K. Wegman of the National Network is even more detailed: “The board chair sits between the CEO and the COO at the top of the U.” And executive director Roger L. explores the idea but rejects it: “Most board presidents have wanted me to sit right next to them so that I could provide tidbits of information as necessary or write a brief note regarding another member’s comments. I have always found these activities a bit disconcerting. . . I prefer to sit directly across from the board president: this gives an opportunity to send body messages to show where I am standing on an issue, and vice versa. This way we can convey nearly the same messages without appearing obvious.”
Alternatives to Strategic Planning
Finance & Strategy • By Jan Masaoka •
In Part 1 of this two-article series, we discussed some of the ways in which strategic planning processes have served nonprofits poorly. One key reason is that strategic planning is the primary organizational change process that nonprofits know about, that boards are comfortable with, and that funders will fund. In this article we give some alternatives, in part because it’s helpful just to have choices when facing organizational decisions.
Strategic planning — when done appropriately for your organization — can be exactly the right tool for the job. But, too often, strategic planning is undertaken for reasons that would be better served by other methods: engaging the board, getting everyone on the same page, getting buy-in from stakeholders, and so forth. And sometimes when boards are unhappy with their executive director, a strategic planning effort is the one thing they both can agree on.  
Different processes are better for different types of decisions and challenges. Here are some tips to strengthen any process as well as some specific alternative planning processes.
JOB OPENING
Curator of Education
Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art
Great Falls, MT
Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art is inviting applications from qualified individuals to serve as Curator for the Museum’s education program.  Qualifications include a BA in Art, Art Education or related field with three years of related experience, demonstrated teaching ability, an understanding of contemporary art, and the ability to communicate related concepts, theories and practices to audiences of all ages and abilities. Must demonstrate initiative and be able to adapt successfully to multiple tasks and projects.  This is a full-time position with benefits.  For a full job description and position announcement, please contact the museum at 406-727-8255 or email info@the-square.org.  Information also is available on the museum’s website at http://www.the-square.org/Applications will be accepted through April 15.
Job Opportunity: MacPhail Center for Music Seeks Chief Executive Officer

MacPhail Center for Music, one of the largest and most dynamic community music schools in the country, seeks an exceptional Chief Executive Officer to lead the Center at an exciting and ambitious moment in its history. Located in Minneapolis, MN, MacPhail seeks an enterprising and inspiring leader who will grow the organization and explore opportunities to leverage the organization’s considerable strengths, working in partnership with a dedicated board of directors, faculty and staff.

MacPhail is seeking an entrepreneurial leader who is comfortable supporting its mission and growing the impact of the organization. Candidates should have a strategic business sense, a passion for music and a deep commitment to educational access. This unique leadership opportunity will require senior-level management experience, fundraising acumen, a collaborative spirit and the ability to motivate others to go the extra mile.

Applications, nominations and requests for a full position profile should be sent electronically and in confidence to Jonathan Richardson, Associate, Isaacson, Miller, MacPhail@imsearch.com.

Arts orgs 3-23-2011

MADE IN MONTANA WEEK PROCLAIMED FOR MARKETPLACE

MADE IN MONTANA WEEK PROCLAIMED FOR MARKETPLACE
(HELENA) – Great Falls Mayor Michael Winters has officially proclaimed this week, Made in Montana Week, to recognize the annual Made in Montana Marketplace taking place March 25-26 at the Mansfield Convention Center.
Presented by the City of Great Falls and the Montana Department of Commerce, the two-day trade show brings together producers of Made in Montana products with wholesale buyers from throughout the region.
“Montana’s legendary natural beauty, spectacular landscapes, majestic mountain ranges and expansive, open skies are reflected in the goods created here and sold at the Made in Montana Marketplace,” said Winters.
With 111 booths, and hundreds of products, the show is perfectly timed to connect exhibitors showcasing their Montana-made goods with wholesale buyers looking to purchase products for their spring and summer seasons.  
        
Exhibitors from 36 different Montana communities produce goods that range from jewelry, fine handcrafts and personal care products, to wine, art, photography and souvenirs. A list of exhibitors scheduled to attend the Marketplace – along with their products – can be found at the Marketplace website: www.greatfallsmt.net/events/madeinmontana/
Wholesale buyers can also register at the Marketplace website free of charge. Buyers represent a wide range of resellers, including department stores, grocery stores, gift shops and state and national park stores across Montana and the region.
The first day of the show is open to registered wholesale buyers only, while Saturday is open to the general public for $3 per person 12 and older.
Johna Wilcox of Wendt Integrated Communications, a buyer from Great Falls, said the company looks for products for their tourism-related clients when attending the Marketplace, “We’re proud to represent Montana by supporting the Made in Montana Week,” said Wilcox.
The Montana Department of Commerce and the Montana Department of Agriculture started the original Made in Montana Food & Gift Show in 1998. In 2004, funding for the show was cut. The Schweitzer Administration restored funding to help sponsor the rebirth of the show in 2005. In 2006, the City of Great Falls assumed production of the show and renamed it the Made in Montana Marketplace. The Department of Commerce remains a primary partner and sponsor of the Marketplace. The Department of Agriculture and Montana Arts Council are contributing partners.
Other sponsors include All American Pharmaceuticals, Big Sky Commerce, Bresnan Communication, Color World Printers, Fatmoose Media, Great Falls Tribune, LaQuinta Inn and Suites, PPL Montana, Quality Inn, Slingshot Creative Group, and The Country Register.
To learn more about the 2011 Marketplace, call (406) 455-8510 or visit the Marketplace website, www.greatfallsmt.net/events/madeinmontana/.
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Marissa P. Kozel
Communications Director, Director’s Office
Montana Department of Commerce
406-841-2772 (o)
406-465-7208 (c)
MADE IN MONTANA WEEK PROCLAIMED FOR MARKETPLACE