Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Economic Development Funding To Create Jobs, Economic Opportunity and Strengthen Rural Communities

     WASHINGTON, June 30, 2011 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the selection of 44 community-based organizations to receive funding to promote economic growth. The organizations will receive more than $9.5 million in loans and grants to support rural business development, create jobs and strengthen local communities.
“These funds support USDA’s partnership with rural America to bring increased economic opportunity to rural citizens and communities,” Vilsack said. “They will serve as investments that will help organizations build the capacity and expertise of local businesses, business owners and nonprofit groups.”
The funding announced today is being provided through the Rural Community Development Initiative Program (RCDI).  RCDI helps community-based development organizations, federally recognized Indian tribes and other groups promote economic growth in low-income, rural communities. Recipients are required to obtain matching funds, which increase the value of the grants. The grants are awarded to public or nonprofit intermediary organizations. The funds are then provided to recipients, which must be located in eligible rural areas.
Two Montana organizations will receive funding through the RCDI program in this selection:
Montana Credit Unions for Community Development will receive $76,623 to provide training for financial coaching programs in fifteen rural Montana communities through their member Credit Unions. The communities include Dillon, Lewistown, Red Lodge, Culbertson, Havre, Whitehall, Glendive, Polson, Libby, Sheridan, Hamilton, Columbus, Circle, Troy, and Wolf Point.
Ravalli County Economic Development Authority will receive $175,105 to support the Montana Arts Council’s development of a three-year job skills program. The program will provide market-readiness training and market opportunities for Montana artists who wish to increase their income through the sale of their artwork.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of state and local offices. Rural Development has an existing portfolio of more than $150 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. To better coordinate Federal programs and maximize the impact of Federal investment, President Obama signed an Executive Order on June 9, 2011 creating the White House Rural Council that will work throughout government to create policies to promote economic prosperity and a high quality of life in our rural communities. Agriculture Secretary Vilsack serves as chair of the Council.
Visit for additional information about the agency’s programs or to locate the USDA Rural Development office nearest you.
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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Economic Development Funding To Create Jobs, Economic Opportunity and Strengthen Rural Communities

CdA Arts Commission seeks Artists for Wastewater Treatment Plant

The City of Coeur d’Alene Arts Commission is seeking artists for its Wastewater Treatment Plant to create public art to bring forward and support the important functions of the facility and highlight the city’s natural environment and relationship with its precious resources. 
The Coeur d’Alene area is one of the fastest growing regions in the Northwest.  The new Wastewater Treatment Plant is designed to handle the current and projected growth while protecting the natural environment and public health of the region.  The Coeur d’Alene Wastewater Treatment Plant public art should be integrated and made to feel seamless within the overall project, visually enhance areas of the Wastewater Treatment Plant that are within public view/access, create unique, thoughtful and context sensitive public art, educate visitors through interpretive opportunities, and provide cost efficiency through durability and low maintenance.
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.
Information packets are available at City Hall, 710 E. Mullan Avenue, or online at  Artist proposals are due by 5:00 p.m., August 31, 2011.   Artists with questions are encouraged to contact Steve Anthony, Arts Commission Liaison, at
To view the Call to Artists, please click on the following link:
CdA Arts Commission seeks Artists for Wastewater Treatment Plant

Nevada Arts Council Grants Program Coordinator Position Open

Good Day All
IF you know of any qualified applicants seeking full time work our Grants Program Coordinator position is open. Please forward them the following position information from our Executive Director, Susan Boskoff.  Please warn them a state employment application thru Nevada State Personnel is required and that the system will be down from August 5th through the 15th so they should “act now”.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to give me a call directly at (775) 687-7109.
Best Regards,
Robin A. Hodgkin
Community Arts Development Program
Nevada Arts Council
(775) 687-7109  
Nevada Arts Council – Grants Program Coordinator
When contacting State Personnel, refer to Announcement #14587, Cultural/Natural Resource Specialist 2, Council on the Arts. Direct Inquiries to: SHERI DUNN, Nevada State Personnel, (775) 684-0129 or email Please Note: The Nevada State Personnel system will be down between August 5 – 15, so applications must be submitted online prior to August 5 or after August 15.
The position manages the Nevada Arts Council’s Grants Program with a budget of approximately $600,000, and oversees the grants application process, grants management systems and the electronic grant application system, monitors grantees for compliance, and provides technical assistance for existing grantees and potential applicants. Other responsibilities include the development of program policy recommendations for the agency; coordination of the annual grants panel review process and quarterly Jackpot review committees; writing various articles and publications; workshop development for statewide constituency on grants writing, grants management and fiscal management; assessment of the needs of the field through research and planning; and assigned tasks for agency-wide activities, including conferences, board meetings, workshops and strategic planning. More on the Nevada Arts Council at; on Nevada Arts Advocacy at
Travel: Up to 25% of the time to Reno, Las Vegas and rural communities is required.
Approximate Annual Salary: $40,862.16 to  $60,405.84  
Qualifications: Graduation from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Arts Administration or closely related field and two years of professional level experience in community development and general arts administration with a State arts agency, local arts agency, arts organization or other public or nonprofit setting ; OR An equivalent combination of education and experience in which the applicant demonstrates possession of the entry level knowledge, skills and abilities. Areas of special attention include: Excellent organizational skills, Excellent verbal and writing skills, Commitment to a teamwork approach. Experience in database and software programs.
Additionally: The position requires experience with grants program management. This experience must be clearly indicated on your application. The eligible list established from this recruitment will be used only when this requirement exist.
Examination: In addition to filling out the state application form, candidates must answer a set of questions, which is called an exam. The exam will consist of a rating of training and experience weighted 100%. It is essential that applications include extensively detailed information with time frames regarding education and experience. Your score will be based on the information provided in your application and your responses to the questions asked below. If there are several parts to a question, answer each part separately. Along with each answer, identify the position(s) and/or training (as described in your application) where you gained the background asked for in the question. Absence of experience/training asked for in a question is not necessarily disqualifying. Failure to answer the questions will result in a score based solely on the application. Qualified applicants will be contacted by the hiring agency for interview.
1.     Describe your experience working in and with a state arts agency.
2.     Describe your experience working with or in a community based, non-profit, arts or cultural organizations.
3.     Describe your experience developing and evaluating arts and cultural programs or community based programs and services.
4.     Describe your experience with grant programs and grants management systems.
5.     Describe your experience with the National Endowment for the Arts or other national/regional State service organizations.
6.     Describe your budget development and management experience
7.     Describe your experience planning and conducting public meetings, workshops and conferences.
8.     Describe your experience in database management and software programs such as 1) Microsoft Access; 2) Excel; 3) Outlook; 4) Publisher; 5) PowerPoint and Word.
Nevada Arts Council Grants Program Coordinator Position Open

Behind the Scenes – A Tour of Artists’ Studios

August 27-28, 2011, 10AM-5PM

Livingston and surrounding area.

•Preview Exhibition: August 23–28

•Opening Reception: August 26 (Art Walk!)

•All at the Danforth Gallery: 106 N. Main

The Park County Friends of the Arts and the 2011 Studio Tour Committee are proud to bring you the annual Park County Studio Tour. This year the Studio Tour spotlights the personal work space of 40 artists. From painters to potters and boat builders, this is a unique opportunity to see behind the scenes of the creative process and purchase original works of art in the private setting of artists’ studios.

The popular self-guided studio tour is held each year over two consecutive days highlighting accomplished regional artists. The tour provides a stimulating context for the public to discover the rich variety of work being produced in the Livingston area. We invite you to come meet some of the talented and renowned artists who make Montana such a creative place to live.

From barn studios in Paradise Valley to lofts in downtown Livingston and workshops outside Wilsall, see first hand how the studio setting inspires the art produced. We hope to meet you on the tour!

Learn more about the tour, tickets, prizes, and the artists:

Behind the Scenes – A Tour of Artists’ Studios

Paris Gibson Square Art Teachers Needed

Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art needs art teachers for its Fall after school classes, adult art classes Saturday, weekend programs, VSA and preschool programs.
We are looking for art teachers who are serious about making their own art and communicating their knowledge of the creative process to others, both children and adults.  Teaching experience and art expertise are necessary. Preference is given to experienced teachers with advanced degrees in art or art education.
Please send a resume with references, a teaching philosophy, your art images and your student’s artwork to:
Suzanne Shope
Curator of Education
Paris Gibson Square Art Museum
1400 First Ave. North
Great Falls, MT 59401
or call 406-727-8255, for more information.

Paris Gibson Square Art Teachers Needed


from North Central Montana RSVP Newsletter “Volunteer Power”
Montana is aging at a faster rate than most of the other States in the Union.
The 2005 census projections indicated that by 2030, Montana is expected to rank 5th in the Nation in the percentage of people over the age of 65 at 25.8%.
The first of the Baby Boomer Generation turns 65 years of age in 2011 and for the next 20 years, the 65 and older generation will increase in record numbers.
Starting in January 2011, every 7.5 seconds, a Baby Boomer will turn 65. In Montana, this equates to 25 people every day turn 65 or more than 9,100 each year.
The 85 and older age group has been identified as the fastest growing segment of our society which means we are an aging society and that people are living longer.
Montana’s 65 and older population is 14.68% of our States total population and growing.
By 2015, Montana’s 65 and older population will have increased by 22.6% and by 2020 it will have increased by 52.7%
In 2000, Montana had 160 people over age 100. By 2030, this age group may be over 3,000.
Many Rural/Frontier communities in Montana are already at or above the 2030 projection of 25.8% of their populations being over the age of 65 and several of our counties are rapidly nearing this figure.

Artists 8-10-2011

A short newsletter this time because of vacation. Will be back the end of August.
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
USArtists International
Program Supports Sending U.S. Performing Artists
to Festivals Abroad
The first deadline for the USAI 2012 program is September 6, 2011 for projects taking place between November 1, 2011 and October 31, 2012. Guidelines will be available on the Foundation website at  by August 1, 2011.
John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowships to Assist Research and Artistic Creation
Deadline: September 15, 2011
Often characterized as “midcareer” awards, Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.
Arts Opportunities, Center for Arts Management and Technology, Carnegie Mellon University
City of Las Vegas Arts Commission, Public Art Opportunities
Artists 8-10-2011