Artists 4-13-2012

Dear Artists, Here is an opportunity with an approaching deadline. 
Submissions are now being accepted for the 2012 River City Roots Festival Art Show in Missoula, Montana.  More than 30 artists each year from the Pacific Northwest participate in the Juried Show featuring painting, photography, pottery, sculpture, jewelry, textile arts and wood; all front and center on Main Street both days of the festival. This component of Roots Fest creates an all around experience for those who appreciate fine art both visually and musically.  If interested please visit missouladowntown.com or call 543-4238. 
Colin Hickey
Marketing & Events Director
Missoula Downtown Association
218 East Main, Suite C
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: 406.543.4238
Fax: 406.543.9831
Cell: 406.370.5982
Web: www.missouladowntown.com
Email: colin@missouladowntown.com
Deadline: May 4th
And for some Friday Fun {as our staffer Kristin Burgoyne would call it} 
Check out the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, who has just joined this international collection of art with 100 artworks by 56 artists. The J.Paul Getty Museum has offered 3, 325 works by 713.

·        LACMA, Getty among 134 museums joining Google’s art site

From the Culture Monster blog at the Los Angeles Times:
Google Art Project, which launched last year with virtual tours and digitized artworks from 17 museums, has added 134 new museums to its site. . .
I needed to download Google Chrome to view, but this is an amazing site to expand your horizons of what art has been collected by museums around the world.  Check out the User’s Gallery –these are personal “pinning” of artworks by users of this site —  which becomes a kind of virtual image gallery of their favorite pieces. These digitized versions may inspire you to travel to visit the real thing.
KBH
Kim Baraby Hurtle
Executive Assistant and Percent-for-Art Manager
Montana Arts Council
830 N Warren St, First Floor
PO Box 202201
Helena, MT 59620-2201
406-444-6639
Artists 4-13-2012

Arts Organizations 4-11-2012

Arts Organizations,
Below you will find information on MAC’s celebration to honor new MT Circle of American Masters, Midori’s Partners in Performance grant program, The Innovation Lab for Museums: Request for Proposals, Sparkplug Foundation grant supports music, 2012 National Arts Index info, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Releases Arts Education Study, New NEA Research Report Shows Potential Benefits of Arts Education for At-Risk Youth, National Endowment for the Arts announces a new literature review, Assessing the Intrinsic Impact of Arts Participation, Google Art Project, Nonprofit Social Media Decision Guide, and three job openings.
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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/
A SPECIAL INVITATION TO A VERY SPECIAL EVENT
The Montana Arts Council, the state agency charged with promoting the arts and creativity in Big Sky Country, invites you to a celebration to honor Montana’s Circle of American Masters In Visual Folk and Traditional Arts.
Old Supreme Court Chambers in the State Capitol
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Friday, May 4, 2012
Reception to follow in the Capitol Rotunda
A member of Montana’s Circle of American Masters is a person of
significant cultural and artistic stature. Their work is representative of
the historic, traditional, and innovative arts and handcrafts distinctive to the State.
It is worthy of note on both a state and national level. 
(see attached PDF for the list of artists)
Enliven the arts in your community with Midori’s Partners in Performance grant program!Since 2003, Partners in Performance has collaborated with 16 communities in states from Maine to Washington to present world-class chamber music programs by artists like Midori and pianist Jonathan Biss.  Applications for the 2013/2014 season are due May 15, 2012. Looking to revitalize interest in chamber music in your area?  Apply to Partners in Performance today!
Visit http://www.pipmusic.org/ for more information. (Both The Great Falls Symphony and the Southwest Montana Arts Council based in Dillon have received this grant – Beck)
The Innovation Lab for Museums: Request for Proposals
The American Association of Museums’ Center for the Future of Museums, EmcArts and MetLife Foundation announce the second round of a new initiative created to enable selected museums to design, research and prototype novel approaches to field-wide adaptive challenges in a laboratory-like setting. The initiative is entitled the Innovation Lab for Museums, and is now accepting proposals.
 Deadline: Monday, May 14, 2012
Click to download the Request for Proposals for Round Two.

The Innovation Lab for Museums is an 18 to 24-month program for each of the participating institutions, utilizing the expertise of CFM and the proven experience of EmcArts in incubating organizational innovations in the cultural sector. In this second round of the Lab, three proposals will be accepted and preference will be given to projects focusing on innovation in the realms of:
Youth Education: exploring how museums can play a key role in a rapidly changing educational landscape
Demographic Transformation: how museums can close this gap and serve a broader, more inclusive representation of American society
Participatory Experiences: how museums can meet the desire of audiences for  participatory and social activities in museums.

Support for Music, Education, and Grassroots Organizing 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 first steps in the online application process must be completed by May 9, 2012. The deadline for final applications is May 30, 2012. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the funding guidelines and online application instructions.

barry’s blog – 2012 National Arts Index

Some interesting highlights from the 2012 National Arts Index from Randy Cohen at Americans for the Arts – Beck
NCES Releases Arts Education Study
A ten-year study of arts education in public schools was released on April 2 from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Arts Education in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools: 1999-2000 and 2009-10 presents selected findings from a congressionally mandated study with data collected through seven Fast Response Survey System surveys during the 2009-10 school year. Comparisons with data from the 1999-2000 FRSS arts education study are included where applicable. Here are some responses to the study from the Arts Ed community:
·        Ten Years Later: A Puzzling Picture of Arts Education in America, from Narric Rome at ARTSblog
·        Arts Instruction Still Widely Available, But Disparities Persist, from Erik Robelen at Education Week
·        Report: Arts classes at elementary schools reduced, from Cristine Armario at Associated Press

New NEA Research Report Shows Potential Benefits of Arts Education for At-Risk Youth

Youth Have Better Academic Outcomes, Higher Career Goals, and Are More Civically Engaged
Washington, DC — At-risk students who have access to the arts in or out of school also tend to have better academic results, better workforce opportunities, and more civic engagement, according to a new NEA report, The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth: Findings from Four Longitudinal Studies. The study reports these and other positive outcomes associated with high levels of arts exposure for youth of low socioeconomic status.
 
To read more and download a PDF of the report: http://www.arts.gov/news/news12/Arts-At-Risk-Youth.html

NEA Releases Audience Impact Study Literature Review

The National Endowment for the Arts announces a new literature review, Audience Impact Study Literature Review. This literature review is one of the NEA’s latest efforts to conduct and commission research that examines evidence of the value and impact of the arts in other domains of American life, such as education, health and well-being, community livability, and economic prosperity.
Assessing the Intrinsic Impact of Arts Participation
Intrinsic Impact is an on-line resource developed by WolfBrown in collaboration with Theatre Bay Area, Baker Richards and Groupofminds. The site offers tools to help arts organizations conduct meaningful assessments of the impact of performing arts events and exhibitions. It encourages consideration of audiences’ intellectual, emotional, aesthetic and social experiences as well as the “captivation” factor, which may serve as a gateway to other types of impacts. The Intrinsic Impact site offers methodological advice, survey and interview protocols and other resources to help arts organizations implement the ideas.

LACMA, Getty among 134 museums joining Google’s art site

From the Culture Monster blog at the Los Aneles Times:
Google Art Project, which launched last year with virtual tours and digitized artworks from 17 museums, has added 134 new museums to its site.
Idealware: Helping Nonprofits Make Smart Software Decisions
As nonprofits have increasingly turned to social media, policies and guidelines to govern their use of social media have become the new frontier. The open and community-based aspects of social media can be a huge benefit for nonprofits looking to reach out to new audiences and engage their existing base, but sometimes it can seem that no one knows the right way to use each channel, or where the lines are drawn—or even how to find out.  
It doesn’t have to be that way. 
A good social media policy will provide clear guidelines as to what staff should and shouldn’t do when posting and interacting with the community on a day-to-day basis. Your organization can create a policy to help guide your whole staff simply by thinking about how you would like to make use of social media.
Written using the research from the Nonprofit Social Media Decision Guide, this workbook is designed to help you, as an organization, ask the important questions about social media, and take the next steps to growing a social culture. http://www.idealware.org/reports/nonprofit-social-media-policy-workbook
To download the workbook for free you have to provide your name, organization and email address. I have taken a free webinar from this organization that was helpful – Beck
JOB OPENINGS
VIGILANTE THEATRE COMPANY
Part time Office Manager
The Office Manager is the only employee of the Vigilante Theatre Company who is not a performer.  As the only person available on a daily basis to those who contract with and donate to the Vigilantes, this staff person is critical to maintaining the viability of the Company.  Dependability, creativity, affability, maturity are all important personal qualities.
To start, this is budgeted as a 15 hour per week, three hour per day (M-F) position, with potential for increased hours, depending on success with booking and grant writing.  The Board will be flexible in setting the daily schedule, but it is expected to be consistent day to day.  Beginning pay rate is offered at $10-12/hour, depending on experience. See attached Word document for more information.
South Arts seeks a dynamic, multi-talented executive director to build on its exceptional 37-year track record of strengthening the south through advancing excellence in the arts, connecting the arts to key state and national policies, and nurturing a vibrant quality of life.
South Arts, a nonprofit regional arts organization based in Atlanta, GA, was founded in 1975 to build on the South’s unique heritage and enhance the public value of the arts. South Arts’ work responds to the arts environment and cultural trends with a regional perspective. The organization works in partnership with the nine state arts agencies of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, and is funded by those member states, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), foundations, corporations, and individuals.
For more information: http://www.southarts.org/site/c.guIYLaMRJxE/b.8022725/k.67C1/Position_Announcement.htm
Employment Opportunity: AEP Senior Associate for Research and Policy (Washington, DC)

AEP is currently seeking a Senior Associate for Research and Policy. The ideal candidate is an experienced and visionary leader in education and the arts who is a strategic thinker, exceptional project manager, skilled researcher and policy analyst, and a strong communicator.  He or she also should enjoy working as part of a dynamic and highly collaborative team.  The position is based in Washington DC. For the full job description, including requirements, qualifications and application instructions, please visit www.ccsso.org/careers.

Arts Organizations 4-11-2012

Arts Educators 4-11-2012

Arts Educators,
Below you will find information on MAC’s celebration to honor new MT Circle of American Masters, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Releases Arts Education Study, New NEA Research Report Shows Potential Benefits of Arts Education for At-Risk Youth, Google Art Project, and a new online conversation apace for arts in 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/
A SPECIAL INVITATION TO A VERY SPECIAL EVENT
The Montana Arts Council, the state agency charged with promoting the arts and creativity in Big Sky Country, invites you to a celebration to honor Montana’s Circle of American Masters In Visual Folk and Traditional Arts.
Old Supreme Court Chambers in the State Capitol
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Friday, May 4, 2012
Reception to follow in the Capitol Rotunda
A member of Montana’s Circle of American Masters is a person of
significant cultural and artistic stature. Their work is representative of
the historic, traditional, and innovative arts and handcrafts distinctive to the State.
It is worthy of note on both a state and national level. 
(see attached PDF for the list of artists)
NCES Releases Arts Education Study
A ten-year study of arts education in public schools was released on April 2 from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Arts Education in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools: 1999-2000 and 2009-10 presents selected findings from a congressionally mandated study with data collected through seven Fast Response Survey System surveys during the 2009-10 school year. Comparisons with data from the 1999-2000 FRSS arts education study are included where applicable. Here are some responses to the study from the Arts Ed community:
·        Ten Years Later: A Puzzling Picture of Arts Education in America, from Narric Rome at ARTSblog
·        Arts Instruction Still Widely Available, But Disparities Persist, from Erik Robelen at Education Week
·        Report: Arts classes at elementary schools reduced, from Cristine Armario at Associated Press

New NEA Research Report Shows Potential Benefits of Arts Education for At-Risk Youth

Youth Have Better Academic Outcomes, Higher Career Goals, and Are More Civically Engaged
Washington, DC — At-risk students who have access to the arts in or out of school also tend to have better academic results, better workforce opportunities, and more civic engagement, according to a new NEA report, The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth: Findings from Four Longitudinal Studies. The study reports these and other positive outcomes associated with high levels of arts exposure for youth of low socioeconomic status.
 
To read more and download a PDF of the report: http://www.arts.gov/news/news12/Arts-At-Risk-Youth.html

LACMA, Getty among 134 museums joining Google’s art site

From the Culture Monster blog at the Los Aneles Times:
Google Art Project, which launched last year with virtual tours and digitized artworks from 17 museums, has added 134 new museums to its site.
New Online Conversation Space for Arts in Education

A new online community discussion site, Continuing the Conversation (CtC), provides opportunity and inspiration for substantive dialogue on the issues facing the arts in education community. An initiative with roots in the Arts in Education Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, CtC brings together professionals and supporters of the field from all over the world. The mission of Continuing the Conversation is to promote and advance dialogue in order to identify and work on urgent issues in the Arts in Education sector and to inspire those involved to lead and create change in this sector and beyond through expanding the place of the arts in education and in society. Follow the link above to join or start a conversation.

Arts Educators 4-11-2012