Amber Jean on TED


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Selected to Speak at TEDx…!
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I set a goal for myself to be selected someday for TED just after viewing a TED talk for the first time years ago.  Recently selected for TEDx Bozeman I will have the opportunity to dip my toes in the TED world!!!  Unfamiliar with TED?  Click here to learn more.
(photo taken by Bozeman Daily Chronicle Photographer Sanchez-Gonzalez while I was practicing with the TEDx Bozeman team)
Tickets on sale NOW
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TEDxBozeman will be held at The Commons on Friday, March 22, 2013, with live-streaming online around the globe. Tickets to the inaugural 2012 event sold out in 6 days and this year’s expanded event promises to be even more popular. This exciting independently-organized TEDx conference is a day to showcase innovative local presenters and engage in stimulating and inspiring dialogues.  
Dreamers who DO!
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I just LOVE the theme for this years conference…!
Here is some more information taken from the TEDx Bozeman Site:
“TEDxBozeman has sought out some of the most innovative figures in Montana to speak on a diverse collection of topics related to the Big Sky State. Many of these dreamers have already been recognized on the national stage, with coverage on 60 Minutes, National Public Radio, National Geographic, the Discovery Channel, etc.  However, this collection of speakers and performers was chosen based not only on their ideas, but also on how their concrete actions help Montanans continue in their pioneering traditions.  The diverse docket of fifteen presenters includes science writer David Quammen, physicist Nicolas Yunes, global educator Genevieve Chabot, wildlife activist and TV host Casey Anderson and world-renowned composer Eric Funk.”
I am more-than-excited!  Nervous?!!  Yes that too…but I am thrilled, inspired and determined to make the most of this unique opportunity.  See you there?
In this issue
·        Tickets on sale NOW
·        Dreamers who DO!
In other news
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Amber Jean on TED

Arts Organizations February 21, 2013


Arts Organizations,
Below you will find information on:
  • DORIS DUKE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION: PERFORMING ARTS GRANTS
  • CITIZENS’ INSTITUTE ON RURAL DESIGN
  • THEATRE COMMUNICATIONS GROUP: GLOBAL CONNECTIONS PROGRAM
    High Plains Book Awards NOMINATIONS STILL OPEN
  • Montana History Foundation Announces $60,000 in Preserve Montana Grant
  • MONTANA ARTS COUNCIL SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR THE NEXT MONTANA POET LAUREATE
  • Grants Promote Contemporary Concert Music
  • The GRAMMY® Foundation first-ever Music Educator Award
  • Registration open for the Alliance of Artists Communities’ Emerging Program Institute
  • Kennedy Center offers ‘sensory-friendly’ concerts for children with special needs
  • Board Café: Ten Biggest Mistakes Boards and Executives Make
  • LESSENING THE DEPENDENCE ON DONORS: NEW BUSINESS MODEL FOR MUSEUMS
  • The Big Idea: Should Your Business be Nonprofit or For-profit?
  • Paper Chase: Study Identifies Fundraising Challenges in Nonprofits
  • Geek Alert: Making Evaluation Matter

·       Getting Started With Data-Driven Decision Making: A Workbook

·        Nonprofit Film School Primer: Or, The Idealware School of Video for Nonprofits That Don’t Video Good

  • Electronic Health Records and Small Nonprofits

·       Idealware: Best of the Web: February 2013

·       3 posts from the Artful Manager blog
  • Impact of Digital Technologies on Arts Organizations
  • Challenges of Nonprofit Fund-raising
·       2 posts from Jumper blog on the efforts of foundations to encourage diversity in nonprofit arts organizations
·       4 job openings – one with Art Mobile of Montana
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 Education Hotline 800-282-3092
http://artscounterbalance.wordpress.com/
DORIS DUKE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION: PERFORMING ARTS GRANTS
www.ddcf.org/Programs/Arts/Initiatives–Strategies/National-Sector-Building/Fund-for-National-Projects/
Deadline: March 1, 2013. The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s Fund for National Projects is accepting applications for projects that: a) strengthen the national infrastructure of the professional nonprofit dance, jazz, presenting, and/or theater fields or b) improve conditions for the national community of performing artists in professional nonprofit dance, jazz, and theater. The Fund will award a total of up to $1 million in grants each year to support key national projects in the professional nonprofit dance, jazz, presenting, and/or theater fields. Grants range from $60,000–$200,000 and cannot exceed 40 percent of a project’s total cost.
CITIZENS’ INSTITUTE ON RURAL DESIGN
www.rural-design.org/request-for-proposals
Deadline: March 5, 2013. Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) invites rural communities to apply for a $7,000 grant and in-kind design expertise and technical assistance valued at $35,000. CIRD (formerly known as “Your Town”) works to help rural communities with populations of 50,000 or fewer enhance their quality of life and economic vitality through facilitated design workshops. The program brings together local leaders, nonprofits, and community organizations with a team of specialists in design, planning, and creative placemaking to address challenges like strengthening economies, enhancing rural character, leveraging cultural assets, and designing efficient housing and transportation systems.
THEATRE COMMUNICATIONS GROUP: GLOBAL CONNECTIONS PROGRAM
www.tcg.org/grants/global_connections/globalcon_index.cfm
Deadline: March 11, 2013. Theatre Communications Group and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation present the Global Connections Program to provide support for geographically unrestricted travel to foster artistic collaboration internationally. U.S.-based organizations and individual artists may apply to one of two separate initiatives, “On the Road” and “In the Lab.”
High Plains Book Awards
NOMINATIONS STILL OPEN
Nominations for the seventh annual High Plains Book Awards are still open and will be accepted through March 15, 2013.  For information on how to nominate a book or a writer, go to highplainsbookawards.org. More than 80 nominations have already been sent in from various publishers, including six of the major New York City publishers.
The Parmly Billings Library Board established the High Plains Book Awards in 2006. The awards were established to recognize regional authors and/or literary works which examine and reflect life on the High Plains including the states of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorado, and Kansas, and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.
The 2013 awards include two new categories, Best Culinary Book and Best Young Adult Book.  Nominations are also open for the books published for the first time in 2012 in these following categories:  Best Fiction; Best Nonfiction; Best Poetry; Best First Book(fiction, non-fiction or poetry); Best Woman Writer; Best Art & Photography; and Best Short Stories. Winners receive a $500 prize and are honored at Book Awards during the annual High Plains BookFest.
Each year, an Emeritus Award is also presented to a regional writer for a body of work.  Past Emeritus winners include noted authors Tom McGuane, Larry Woiwode, Margaret Coel, Gary Ferguson, Louise Erdrich and Larry Watson. 
All nominated books are read and evaluated by community readers in the first round of the selection process.  Finalist books in each category are judged by writers with connections to the High Plains region who have published in the particular category they will judge. 
Winners will be honored at an awards banquet on Saturday, October 26, 2013, at the Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings, Montana. The Awards Banquet is a signature event held in conjunction with the 11thannual High Plains BookFest. Authors interested in participating in the 2013 BookFest should contact the YMCA Writer’s Voice director Corby Skinner corby@skinnerbenoit.com
Montana History Foundation Announces $60,000 in Preserve Montana Grant
Funds Available for Montana Community-Based History Projects
The Montana History Foundation (MHF), a statewide nonprofit committed to the preservation of Montana’s past, is proud to offer grants from our Preserve Montana Fund to protect the historic legacy of communities across the state.
“Thanks to the overwhelming success of our grants program last year, we are pleased to announce another round of funding for 2013. With very few funding options available for history projects, providing financial support in Montana is something we work hard at every day. Those efforts mean we have $60,000 to offer this year in the form of grants. If you value your heritage and want to preserve it, please apply for a grant,” MHF President Bruce Parker said.
The grants are available to organizations and individuals who want to preserve historical assets of importance to Montana’s history. These projects include buildings, particularly one-room school houses; oral histories; and collection/archival preservation. MHF has $50,000 available during this grant cycle for projects in 2013.
Grant criteria and guidelines are available from MHF online at mthistory.org or by contacting MHF at (406) 449-3770 or [ mailto:gena@mthistory.org ]gena@mthistory.org Grants will be awarded for projects ranging in scale from $500.00 to $5,000.00. Applications will be accepted between now and March 27, 3013.
MHF is able to offer this funding thanks to the support of numerous donors including The Mary Alice Fortin Foundation, Inc. and Charlotte Caldwell through her truly extraordinary book: Visions and Voices: Montana’s One Room School Houses.
MONTANA ARTS COUNCIL SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR THE NEXT MONTANA POET LAUREATE
The Montana Arts Council, an agency of state government, announces that 2013 nominations for the Montana Poet Laureate program will be accepted from January 1, 2013 until Monday, April 1st, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.
  
The Montana Poet Laureate recognizes and honors a citizen poet of exceptional talent and accomplishment. The Poet Laureate also encourages appreciation of poetry and literary life in Montana. This position was created by the state legislature in 2005.
In 2005, Sandra Alcosser became our first Montana Poet Laureate and served for two years. Greg Pape was selected as the second Poet Laureate in 2007 and he served through the summer of 2009. Henry Real Bird was selected in 2009 and served into the summer of 2011. Sheryl Noethe is our current Montana Poet Laureate and she will serve until the summer of 2013.
To learn more about this program and the nominations process, and to download forms, please go to the Montana Arts Council’s website: www.art.mt.gov   Poet Nominators and Poets who wish to apply but do not have access to computers are encouraged to call Montana Arts Council Percent-for-Art Director Kim Baraby Hurtle at 406.444.6639 for assistance before March 15, 2013 or email her at khurtle@mt.gov
Grants Promote Contemporary Concert Music
The Amphion Foundation
The purpose of the Amphion Foundation is to foster and promote excellence in, and public appreciation of, contemporary concert music, particularly by American composers. Grants are provided to publicly-supported nonprofit performing ensembles, presenters, and music service organizations that have a history of substantial commitment to contemporary concert music at a high level of excellence. For smaller organizations, grants range from $1,000 to $5,000; for larger institutions, grants range from $3,000 to $7,500. Applying organizations must have been in existence for at least two years, and have completed two full seasons of programming prior to the time of application. The application deadline is April 1, 2013. Visit the Foundation’s website for grant program guidelines.
The GRAMMY® Foundation and The Recording Academy are partnering to present their first-ever Music Educator Awardto recognize music educators for their contributions to our musical landscape and their positive influence on their students’ musical experiences. The nomination process is open now and the deadline for nominations is April 15, 2013.
The award is open to current U.S. music teachers from kindergarten through college, in public and private schools. Anyone can nominate a teacher and teachers are also able to nominate themselves. Nominated teachers will be notified and invited to fill out an application. One winner will be selected from 10 finalists each year to be recognized for their remarkable impact on their students’ lives. The winner will be flown to Los Angeles to accept the award, attend the 2014 GRAMMY Awards, and receive a $10,000 honorarium. The nine finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium.
The honorariums provided to the winners are made possible by a grant from the Ford Motor Company Fund. This new partnership with the Ford Motor Company Fund expands their financial support of GRAMMY Foundation music education initiatives.

Registration is now open for the Alliance of Artists Communities’ Emerging Program Institute
May 21-22 | New York City
a 2-day, don’t-reinvent-the-wheel, hands-on bootcamp for those thinking about, planning, just starting, or re-developing an artist residency program

Topics include:
  • community engagement and the relevance of place
  • the best (and worst) ways to ask for money
  • alternatives to the nonprofit model
  • developing a residency program within an existing organization
  • creating a selection process that matches artists with mission
  • long-term planning for artist residencies
  • “ask an expert” panels of residency leaders, trustees, lawyers, artists, and others
  • case studies, site visit, and more!
Visit artist residencies; meet with artists of all disciplines; go home with solid tools, resources, and ideas; and hear from trustees, field experts, and peers!  www.artistcommunities.org/events/2013-emerging-program-institute
From the Washington Post

Kennedy Center offers ‘sensory-friendly’ concerts for children with special needs

By Katherine Boyle
The children do not know that the music is about war, yet they stomp along with the fury. A young boy shakes his hands as though they have caught fire, keeping tempo with the violin’s shrieks. A girl in a pink romper, no older than 6, jumps to her feet to conduct from the 12th row. And at the abrupt end, the children wail without inhibition, because this is how one feels after hearing Shostakovich’s Eighth String Quartet; this is how one feels when dropped from its dizzying pull. And when children with autism or special needs feel something inside, they often express themselves with movements and sounds.
Ten Biggest Mistakes Boards and Executives Make
Board Cafe • By Jan Masaoka •
“To err is human,” and as we all ruefully know, nonprofit board members and executive directors are typically human. Here are some of the biggest mistakes we make:
LESSENING THE DEPENDENCE ON DONORS: NEW BUSINESS MODEL FOR MUSEUMS
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323968304578250103690093908.html
Dan L. Monroe, director of the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA, speaks about the current state of arts museums and why they are not generating enough profit. “Currently, while some American art museums receive some government support, most depend on three main sources of money: earned income from admissions, retail, restaurants and the like; revenue drawn from their endowments; and annual contributions, which too often provide the largest part.” Find out what Monroe proposes as the solution to this disproportionate source of income in his interview with The Wall Street Journal.
Three Articles from Fractured Atlas http://www.fracturedatlas.org/
The Big Idea: Should Your Business be Nonprofit or For-profit?
We have featured a number of organizations experimenting with new legal and financial models like L3C, Benefit Corporations, and mixed for-profit/nonprofit structures. Jane Chen, Co-Founder of the Embrace Infant Warmer, shares with Harvard Business Reviewthe decision-making process that Chen and her team went through when choosing a legal model for their organization. Embrace was able to form a non-profit arm which owned the intellectual property for their technology and sought philanthropic funds to support their mission, with a for-profit arm which raised funds through venture capitalists and oversaw on R&D, testing and manufacturing. It is a fascinating case study in leveraging both philanthropic and market forces to create social impact.
Facing the Mirror: Should Your Business be Nonprofit or For-profit? 

 
Paper Chase: Study Identifies Fundraising Challenges in Nonprofits
Where’s the money? That’s the question we all seem to be asking. Despite spending so much of our time chasing after it, there never seems to be enough of it. The Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fundcommissioned a study, conducted by CompassPoint, to examine the fundraising issues at nonprofits nationwide. “UnderDeveloped: A National Study of Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising” interviewed 2,700 nonprofit executive directors and development directors. One of the key findings was that instability in development director positions led to a vicious cycle of under performing  fundraising activities. Small organizations with budgets under $1 million were most impacted by this cycle with development director vacancies lasting over twice that of other cohorts.
Evaluations are important, no matter where you are in the cultural ecosystem. Whether it’s a funder, your board, your boss, or your subordinates; chances are evaluations will touch that relationship. However, often times evaluations are an end in of themselves, and don’t result in meaningful insight or positive change. Phil Buchanan, President of The Center for Effective Philanthropy, suggests a close read of Evaluation Principles and Practices: An Internal Working Paper from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Even though this paper is written from a funder perspective, this philosophy of evaluation can be useful for anyone looking to make their evaluations matter. *full disclosure: we proudly count the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation as a funder and partner on a number of projects including Archipelago, a cultural asset mapping tool.
From Idealware – check out their website for training opportunities http://idealware.org/

Reports & Articles

Getting Started With Data-Driven Decision Making: A Workbook

NTEN has published a new resource, Getting Started With Data-Driven Decision Making: A Workbook. Idealware was happy to provide the research and framework for this new workbook, the perfect accompaniment to the 2012 State of Nonprofit Data (also published by NTEN, with research conducted by Idealware). Could you use more help thinking through how to use data to help your organization make decisions? This workbook prepared by Idealware is the perfect place to start.
Download the workbook >>>

Nonprofit Film School Primer: Or, The Idealware School of Video for Nonprofits That Don’t Video Good

We watch a lot of videos on our computers—a disproportionate number involving cats. The rise of YouTube and other video sharing sites has made it possible for anyone to upload and share their own videos, and many nonprofits have jumped on board the video bandwagon without paying much thought to cost, equipment, or the experience needed to make videos worth watching.
Because we’re so saturated with movies, videos, and television, we know what looks good and what doesn’t. You don’t need to have a film school degree to make low-budget videos that don’t look low-budget. In this two-part series, Idealware’s Research Analyst, Kyle Andrei looks at simple fixes to common video issues.
Part I  |  Part 2 

Electronic Health Records and Small Nonprofits

A guest post written for Idealware by Jennifer Amanda Jones provides tips for nonprofits struggling to begin the daunting digital conversion to meet the Electronic Health Records (EHR) requirements. While there are always bumps in the road, the process often yields a much higher quality of patient care and staff satisfaction.
Read the post >>>

Best of the Web: February 2013

The Idealware“Best of the Web” is a monthly roundup of the top nonprofit resources from the Idealware blog, our Facebook page, and our Twitter feed to help you make the right technology decisions.
Infographic: Social Media’s Impact on Giving in 2012 (Nonprofit Quarterly)
A look at how social media has affected online giving.
How-to: Quickly Optimize Your Website for Mobile Devices (NTEN)
How do you get the most bang for your buck when investing in the mobile web?
On Demand Tactical Technology Planning (Idealware)
All your tactical technology planning needs in one on-demand package to solve your organization’s current problems and avoid future issues.
Secrets to Finding Out What You Need – Good Questions to Ask During a Technology Assessment (The Data Bank)
When you start by asking the right questions, your organization will be in the best place to plan for the future.
Getting Started With Data-Driven Decision Making: A Workbook (Idealware/NTEN)
Could you use more help thinking through how to use data to help your organization make decisions? This workbook Idealware prepared for NTEN is the perfect place to start.
I Could Be Your Next Monthly Donor. So Call Me, Maybe? (NTEN)
Tips on how to recruit, retain, and upgrade monthly donors.
5 Smartphone Apps for Nonprofits (About.com)
Use these apps to keep up with the rapid growth of mobile.
The eMail Guide Email Marketing Glossary (The eMail Guide)
The 325 email marketing terms everyone needs to know.
Power through schedules with 21 Google Calendar tricks (PC World)
Save time and increase your organization’s productivity by becoming a Google Calendar whiz.
Artful Manager blog

The Ikea Effect

Feb 07, 2013 05:50 am
NPR offers a fun little tidbit on the “Ikea Effect,” the tendency for each of us to ascribe extra value to the things we have created ourselves. Described and tested in a 2011 academic whitepaper, the Ikea Effect is not limited to products from the Swedish megastore, but to any object of personal labor. Says …
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Expression v. expense

Feb 12, 2013 09:53 am
Over the past decade, we’ve seen an evolution in how we talk about and engage ‘value’ in the arts. Whether exploring intrinsic, extrinsic, social, public, personal, spiritual, economic, or other forms of value, we’ve built a better language and a productive conversation about the ways expressive acts and artifacts connect to individuals and communities. And …
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Exceptional, enjoyable, reliable…pick (at least) two

Feb 14, 2013 07:01 am
Author/graphic novelist Neil Gaiman’s commencement speech last year to the University of the Arts in Philadelphia has many great moments about life as an artist and the art of life, which made it a much-referred and much-watched video online. But his insight that keeps coming back to me is not about how artists make or …
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Impact of Digital Technologies on Arts Organizations
A new report by the Pew Research Center considers how arts organizations are evolving as they increasingly integrate and rely on digital technologies such as the Internet, social media applications and wireless communications. The report measures how these technologies impact operations, audiences and bottom lines. Arts Organizationsand Digital Technologies is based on a survey of 1,244 arts organizations that received NEA funding between 2006 and 2011. Survey results show that new technologies are enhancing core activities, such as audience engagement and fund raising, of arts organizations of various sizes, disciplines and functions.
Challenges of Nonprofit Fund-raising
In a new publication, UnderDeveloped:https://www.compasspoint.org/underdevelopedA National Study of Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising, CompassPoint examines the three main development impediments for nonprofit organizations. The first challenge is the high turnover of development leadership. The second is the lack of qualified candidates to fill those positions, resulting in inadequate performance or long vacancies. The third is insufficient organizational capacity to fund-raise, as development work should not be limited to the position of development director. The report concludes with recommendations for how nonprofits can break out of the “vicious cycle” of thwarted fund-raising efforts.

On coercive philanthropy and change: Breakups may be good and necessary

February 7, 2013 by Diane Ragsdale
Clay Lord has been on fire over this past week with a couple truly substantive and provocative posts—both aimed at issues around ethnic diversity in the arts. The first asserts that (1) valuing diversity and managing it are different (the former relatively easy, the latter not so much) and (2) funders interested in funding organizations to reach more diverse audiences are not as patient as they need to be if they want to see this change realized. The second post examines data from the Bay Area that attests to the (relative) lack of ethnic diversity in audiences among a sample of arts organizations and pleads for greater attention to this particular issue.
In conjunction with the second post, Clay tweeted a question to his followers that drew quite a lot of responses. The question: “Should an arts organization that finds itself located in a more diverse community be expected to serve a more diverse audience?”

When does coaxing become coercing?

February 11, 2013 by Diane Ragsdale
Last week I wrote a post on the efforts of foundations to encourage diversity (of various forms) in nonprofit arts organizations, in which I suggested that such efforts could be construed as a form of coercion. In particular, I discussed a new initiative at the Irvine Foundation and suggested that Irvine has been trying to “coax” its grantees into uncharted territory and “coerce” them into behavior that some are not ready or willing to adopt. In response to my post, Ted Russell at the Irvine Foundation tweeted the excellent question, “We’re coaxing. But when is that coercive?”
Yesterday, Barry Hessenius at Barry’s Blog wrote a post astutely synthesizing a few of the recent posts on this topic of “funding diversity” (including my own, for which I’m grateful) and offering his own thoughtful perspectives on several issues, including philanthropic coercion:
JOB OPENINGS
Executive Director for Visual Thinking Strategies (Brooklyn, NY)
The board of directors of Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) is seeking an Executive Director who will lead this successful nonprofit organization into the future. The mission of VTS is to transform the ways in which teachers teach and students learn. VTS utilizes a unique approach based on theory and research that uses the discussion of visual art to significantly increase student engagement and success. VTS has trained hundreds of educators in schools and museums in over 20 states reaching tens of thousands of students. Primary regional activities are found in New York, Massachusetts, Northern California and the Pacific Northwest.
Closing Date: March 29, 2013
Art Mobile of Montana – Teaching Artist Position 
Like to Travel? Art Mobile of Montana’s part-time Teaching Artist position offers the opportunity to travel around beautiful Montana with the AMM van as the ambassador for the Art Mobile, representing AMM to schools, educators, administrations, and the public.
Synopsis of requirements: Teaching Artist or Art Teacher – Experience with public speaking for delivering multiple presentations about annual art exhibit and teaching a variety of art lessons. Duties include and are not limited to: teaching, scheduling, travel, including weekends and one and two-week trips around the state of Montana. Numerous office duties include scheduling, record keeping, contact with exhibiting artists, among other responsibilities. Lifting required.
We need someone for the 2013-2014 school year, available to cover the entire state during scheduled visits to at least 85 sites per school year, or more if possible; to 8,000 individuals or more. Some summer work is required, including returning artworks from the school year, contacting artists, arranging for pickup of art for coming year, in addition to paperwork and lesson planning. This position will not work for someone taking a regularly scheduled class, or a student, because of the necessity to be available for travel. This issue will be covered before hiring. If this is a job-share position, the numbers of sites and individuals served will be shared between the teaching artists, to be determined.AMM serves both rural and urban schools and sites, which may include prisons, community groups, after school programs, home school groups, assisted living centers, hospitals, or any group that schedules the AMM program.
To learn more about the job and apply, contact: Sara Colburn, Director scolburn@acsol.net
Manager, Programming for Lisner Auditorium
730 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052  
Full-Time   Salary to commensurate with experience

Founded in 1821, GW is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia, to include ten academic units, with a full-time equivalent enrollment of a little over 20,000 students and approximately 11,000 full-time and part-time employees (faculty and staff). The George Washington University is a community dedicated to learning, communication,respect, service and teamwork. As one of the largest private employers in the District of Columbia, the university seeks employees who support the teaching, research, and public service mission of the university.

Job Description Summary:

Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization and six years of relevant experience. Degree requirements may be substituted for an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
For more information: https://www.gwu.jobs/postings/13933

AEP (Arts Education Partnership) is seeking applicants for a full-time Program Associate for Research and Policy. The Program Associate reports to the Director of the Arts Education Partnership and is a member of a small staff that relies on active and effective teamwork. The position is located in Washington, DC and requires some travel on a limited basis.
Click here for the full position description.

Arts Organizations February 21, 2013

Arts Educators February 21, 2013


Arts Educators,
Below you will find information on:
  • Free School Programs at the Bair Museum begin May 1st!
  • High Plains Book Awards NOMINATIONS STILL OPEN
  • AEP 2013 National Forum
  • College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts
  • The GRAMMY® Foundation first-ever Music Educator Award
  • MONTANA ARTS COUNCIL SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR THE NEXT MONTANA POET LAUREATE
  • Kennedy Center offers ‘sensory-friendly’ concerts for children with special needs
  • The archives of the Key West Literary Seminar contain hundreds of unique presentations by some of the world’s most influential
·        4 job openings – one with Art Mobile of Montana
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 Education Hotline 800-282-3092
http://artscounterbalance.wordpress.com/
Free School Programs at the Bair Museum begin May 1st!
The Charles M. Bair Family Museum is open Monday through Friday for schools tours starting May 1, 2013. Experienced and knowledgeable docents are ready to help teachers plan an educational day at the museum for their students. Subjects classes may explore include Native American history and art, Western history, European and Western art, historic photography and interior design. The art museum provides a unique close-up look at the Bair family’s Native American collection and a user-friendly touch screen that allows everyone to explore the collection’s objects. The Bair home offers an eclectic array of objects and furniture in several periods and styles.
School tours are free of charge. School representatives should call now to reserve time for their visit. Please call 406-572-3314.
For more information visit www.bairfamilymuseum.org
High Plains Book Awards
NOMINATIONS STILL OPEN
Nominations for the seventh annual High Plains Book Awards are still open and will be accepted through March 15, 2013.  For information on how to nominate a book or a writer, go to highplainsbookawards.org. More than 80 nominations have already been sent in from various publishers, including six of the major New York City publishers.
The Parmly Billings Library Board established the High Plains Book Awards in 2006. The awards were established to recognize regional authors and/or literary works which examine and reflect life on the High Plains including the states of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorado, and Kansas, and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.
The 2013 awards include two new categories, Best Culinary Book and Best Young Adult Book.  Nominations are also open for the books published for the first time in 2012 in these following categories:  Best Fiction; Best Nonfiction; Best Poetry; Best First Book(fiction, non-fiction or poetry); Best Woman Writer; Best Art & Photography; and Best Short Stories. Winners receive a $500 prize and are honored at Book Awards during the annual High Plains BookFest.
Each year, an Emeritus Award is also presented to a regional writer for a body of work.  Past Emeritus winners include noted authors Tom McGuane, Larry Woiwode, Margaret Coel, Gary Ferguson, Louise Erdrich and Larry Watson. 
All nominated books are read and evaluated by community readers in the first round of the selection process.  Finalist books in each category are judged by writers with connections to the High Plains region who have published in the particular category they will judge. 
Winners will be honored at an awards banquet on Saturday, October 26, 2013, at the Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings, Montana. The Awards Banquet is a signature event held in conjunction with the 11thannual High Plains BookFest. Authors interested in participating in the 2013 BookFest should contact the YMCA Writer’s Voice director Corby Skinner corby@skinnerbenoit.com
AEP 2013 National Forum
Doing more of what’s working and what’s undeniably right for every young person must be the order of the day.
The America of the future should be one in which all students have equal access and opportunity to high quality public education that includes the arts as an essential component. With so many changes in education, AEP National Forum attendees will be challenged to re-envision how they address students’ diverse and individual needs, to be innovative in their approach to new academic standards and practices, and to cultivate deeper connections with the communities they serve.

Keynote address, Redesigning Leadership, by John Maeda, PH.D, President of the celebrated Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).  What does leadership look like for the next America? Maeda uses perspectives from his diverse backgrounds—as an artist and designer, a technologist, and a professor—to discuss new leadership lessons he’s learned since taking the helm of RISD months before the Great Recession.

Registration information:

  • General Registration: $250; Now -March 16 (midnight EST)
  • Late Registration: $280; March 17-April 4 (midnight EST)
Click hereto register and to read the National Forum Registration Policies.

Reserveyour room today at the Renaissance Washington, DC Dupont Circle Hotel. The special National Forum rate of $239 per night is guaranteed until Tuesday, March 12, 2013.
 Click herefor more information about the AEP National Forum.

The College Board is now accepting applications for the 2013 College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts. This annual award recognizes and celebrates the achievements of six member institutions that have implemented an arts program that promotes student learning and creativity in exemplary and innovative ways.
DEADLINE: All applications must be submitted online by April 5, 2013, 11:59 PM EDT.
One school from each of the College Board’s six regions will be awarded $3,500 to support the continuation and growth of their arts programs. Of the six finalists, one school will be named the national winner and will be awarded an additional $1,500. Regional winners will be honored at their respective College Board Regional Forums; the national winner will also be honored at the College Board National Forum.
Eligibility
The applicant program must have been in place for a minimum of one year prior to the application date. Applicants must be College Board member institutions or member districts that serve grades 6–12. To find out if your school is a member, email membership@collegeboard.org
Previous recipients of the College Board’s Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts are not eligible, but semi-finalists, honorable mentions, and schools that have applied in the past are encouraged to reapply.
The GRAMMY® Foundation and The Recording Academy are partnering to present their first-ever Music Educator Awardto recognize music educators for their contributions to our musical landscape and their positive influence on their students’ musical experiences. The nomination process is open now and the deadline for nominations is April 15, 2013.
The award is open to current U.S. music teachers from kindergarten through college, in public and private schools. Anyone can nominate a teacher and teachers are also able to nominate themselves. Nominated teachers will be notified and invited to fill out an application. One winner will be selected from 10 finalists each year to be recognized for their remarkable impact on their students’ lives. The winner will be flown to Los Angeles to accept the award, attend the 2014 GRAMMY Awards, and receive a $10,000 honorarium. The nine finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium.
The honorariums provided to the winners are made possible by a grant from the Ford Motor Company Fund. This new partnership with the Ford Motor Company Fund expands their financial support of GRAMMY Foundation music education initiatives.
MONTANA ARTS COUNCIL SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR THE NEXT MONTANA POET LAUREATE
The Montana Arts Council, an agency of state government, announces that 2013 nominations for the Montana Poet Laureate program will be accepted from January 1, 2013 until Monday, April 1st, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.
  
The Montana Poet Laureate recognizes and honors a citizen poet of exceptional talent and accomplishment. The Poet Laureate also encourages appreciation of poetry and literary life in Montana. This position was created by the state legislature in 2005.
In 2005, Sandra Alcosser became our first Montana Poet Laureate and served for two years. Greg Pape was selected as the second Poet Laureate in 2007 and he served through the summer of 2009. Henry Real Bird was selected in 2009 and served into the summer of 2011. Sheryl Noethe is our current Montana Poet Laureate and she will serve until the summer of 2013.
To learn more about this program and the nominations process, and to download forms, please go to the Montana Arts Council’s website: www.art.mt.gov   Poet Nominators and Poets who wish to apply but do not have access to computers are encouraged to call Montana Arts Council Percent-for-Art Director Kim Baraby Hurtle at 406.444.6639 for assistance before March 15, 2013 or email her at khurtle@mt.gov

Kennedy Center offers ‘sensory-friendly’ concerts for children with special needs

By Katherine Boyle
The children do not know that the music is about war, yet they stomp along with the fury. A young boy shakes his hands as though they have caught fire, keeping tempo with the violin’s shrieks. A girl in a pink romper, no older than 6, jumps to her feet to conduct from the 12th row. And at the abrupt end, the children wail without inhibition, because this is how one feels after hearing Shostakovich’s Eighth String Quartet; this is how one feels when dropped from its dizzying pull. And when children with autism or special needs feel something inside, they often express themselves with movements and sounds.
“The archives of the Key West Literary Seminar contain hundreds of unique presentations by some of the world’s most influential writers. The best of these recordings are now being digitized and released online for use by educators, students, and readers worldwide.”
Arlo Haskell is especially keen on bringing these recordings to the attention of educators who will make use of the resource in their classrooms. As a poet himself, he is particularly proud of their collection of poetry audio — and KWLS have shared a number of these resources with national programs including the Poetry Foundation, the American Academy of Poets, and the University of Pennsylvania program PennSound, in the quest to bring our recordings to the largest possible audience.

Podcasts: http://www.kwls.org/podcasts/

JOB OPENINGS
Executive Director for Visual Thinking Strategies (Brooklyn, NY)
The board of directors of Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) is seeking an Executive Director who will lead this successful nonprofit organization into the future. The mission of VTS is to transform the ways in which teachers teach and students learn. VTS utilizes a unique approach based on theory and research that uses the discussion of visual art to significantly increase student engagement and success. VTS has trained hundreds of educators in schools and museums in over 20 states reaching tens of thousands of students. Primary regional activities are found in New York, Massachusetts, Northern California and the Pacific Northwest.
Closing Date: March 29, 2013
Arts Director posting for Denver Public Schools
Qualified applicants should apply for this Professional Technical position through the DPS Human Resources website: http://www.workindps.com/

The Arts Director posting and job description can be accessed directly here:  https://www2.recruitingcenter.net/Clients/DPS/PublicJobs/controller.cfm?jbaction=JobProfile&Job_Id=24579&esid=az

With the recent passage of a new DPS mill levy, which provides funding to expand Arts programming for middle and high schools (picking up on a 2003 Elementary Arts mill levy), DPS has a lot of new and exciting Arts opportunities!  This Director position has been created to plan and lead that work.

Art Mobile of Montana – Teaching Artist Position 
Like to Travel? Art Mobile of Montana’s part-time Teaching Artist position offers the opportunity to travel around beautiful Montana with the AMM van as the ambassador for the Art Mobile, representing AMM to schools, educators, administrations, and the public.
Synopsis of requirements: Teaching Artist or Art Teacher – Experience with public speaking for delivering multiple presentations about annual art exhibit and teaching a variety of art lessons. Duties include and are not limited to: teaching, scheduling, travel, including weekends and one and two-week trips around the state of Montana. Numerous office duties include scheduling, record keeping, contact with exhibiting artists, among other responsibilities. Lifting required.
We need someone for the 2013-2014 school year, available to cover the entire state during scheduled visits to at least 85 sites per school year, or more if possible; to 8,000 individuals or more. Some summer work is required, including returning artworks from the school year, contacting artists, arranging for pickup of art for coming year, in addition to paperwork and lesson planning. This position will not work for someone taking a regularly scheduled class, or a student, because of the necessity to be available for travel. This issue will be covered before hiring. If this is a job-share position, the numbers of sites and individuals served will be shared between the teaching artists, to be determined.AMM serves both rural and urban schools and sites, which may include prisons, community groups, after school programs, home school groups, assisted living centers, hospitals, or any group that schedules the AMM program.
To learn more about the job and apply, contact: Sara Colburn, Director scolburn@acsol.net
AEP (Arts Education Partnership) is seeking applicants for a full-time Program Associate for Research and Policy. The Program Associate reports to the Director of the Arts Education Partnership and is a member of a small staff that relies on active and effective teamwork. The position is located in Washington, DC and requires some travel on a limited basis.
Click here for the full position description.

Arts Educators February 21, 2013

High Plains Book Award Nominations


High Plains Book Awards
NOMINATIONS STILL OPEN

Nominations for the seventh annual High Plains Book Awards are still open and will be accepted through March 15, 2013.  For information on how to nominate a book or a writer, go to highplainsbookawards.org. More than 80 nominations have already been sent in from various publishers, including six of the major New York City publishers.
The Parmly Billings Library Board established the High Plains Book Awards in 2006. The awards were established to recognize regional authors and/or literary works which examine and reflect life on the High Plains including the states of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorado, and Kansas, and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.
The 2013 awards include two new categories, Best Culinary Book and Best Young Adult Book.  Nominations are also open for the books published for the first time in 2012 in these following categories:  Best Fiction; Best Nonfiction; Best Poetry; Best First Book (fiction, non-fiction or poetry); Best Woman Writer; Best Art & Photography; and Best Short Stories. Winners receive a $500 prize and are honored at Book Awards during the annual High Plains BookFest.
Each year, an Emeritus Award is also presented to a regional writer for a body of work.  Past Emeritus winners include noted authors Tom McGuane, Larry Woiwode, Margaret Coel, Gary Ferguson, Louise Erdrich and Larry Watson. 
All nominated books are read and evaluated by community readers in the first round of the selection process.  Finalist books in each category are judged by writers with connections to the High Plains region who have published in the particular category they will judge. 
Winners will be honored at an awards banquet on Saturday, October 26, 2013, at the Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings, Montana. The Awards Banquet is a signature event held in conjunction with the 11th annual High Plains BookFest. Authors interested in participating in the 2013 BookFest should contact the YMCA Writer’s Voice director Corby Skinner corby@skinnerbenoit.com
High Plains Book Award Nominations

artists February 15, 2013


Dear Artists,
Below you will find several items of general interest followed by opportunities for VISUAL ARTISTS, PHOTOGRAPHERS, PERFORMING ARTISTS AND WRITERS.
Regards, Kim
Information about unsubscribing to this email newsletter is at the end of the email.
·        Grand Canyon National Park’s Artist-in-Residence program
·        The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture- Call to video and still image documentary crew
·        Umpqua Valley Arts Association-PhotoWorks/ArtWorks NW 2013-CALL TO ARTISTS
·        Provincetown, Massachusetts-Fine Arts Works Center-The 2013 Summer Program catalog of classes is online.
·        DORIS DUKE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION: PERFORMING ARTS GRANTS
·        High Plains Book Awards -NOMINATIONS STILL OPEN
·        Poets and Writer’s magazine- Show Me the Money
State of the Arts
Montana artists can receive a free subscription to the Montana Arts Council’s State of the Arts newspaper by simply clicking through the following link;
http://art.mt.gov/resources/resources_soasubscribe.asp . Online and out-of-state hard-copies are also available.
Of General Interest:
Digital Media Challenge Offers $100,000 in Prizes For Fresh Ideas on Democracy
Published February 3, 2013
Today marks the launch of a new digital media challenge that seeks to start a national conversation on ideas and solutions to improve American democracy, with cash prizes for the most fresh and creative submissions.
Looking@Democracy is a national competition offering a total of $100,000 in prize money for short, provocative media submissions designed to spark a national conversation about why government is important to our lives, or how individuals and communities can come together to strengthen American democracy. Launching today, February 4, 2013, the challenge will award $25,000 for First Place along with significant prizes for 2nd and 3rd place as well as categories and awards for People’s Choice and Emerging Artists.
Examples of welcome submissions would be addressing a critical topic that is absent from the national debate, looking at data and exploring the stories behind them, or highlighting an aspect about democracy taking place on a local level. By making submissions in any digital format welcome, the challenge hopes to engage with independent media makers, investigative reporters, students, graphic designers and artists – anyone with creative ideas to help engage Americans and shift the political discussion in a fresh and engaging way.
Looking@Democracy is a project of the Illinois Humanities Council (IHC), with support from the MacArthur Foundation. Through new initiatives and past work, the two organizations have shown their commitment in providing platforms for more people to understand and participate in the democratic system through creative means. http://lookingatdemocracy.org/
“…MacArthur seeks to stimulate discussion about the future of the Republic and invests in promising ideas to help enhance democratic ideals, institutions, and practices.” http://www.macfound.org/press/press-releases/challenge-offers-prizes-fresh-ideas-democracy/
Looking@Democracy is a project of the Illinois Humanities Council, with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Looking@Democracy will begin accepting submissions on February 4th 2013.
Deadline: Submissions will be due April 30th 2013.
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For Immediate Release Contact: Amy Sullivan, Tom Cook
January 17, 2013 406-449-3770
Montana History Foundation Announces $60,000 in Preserve Montana Grant
Funds Available for Montana Community-Based History Projects
The Montana History Foundation (MHF), a statewide nonprofit committed to the preservation of Montana’s past, is proud to offer grants from our Preserve Montana Fund to protect the historic legacy of communities across the state.
“Thanks to the overwhelming success of our grants program last year, we are pleased to announce another round of funding for 2013. With very few funding options available for history projects, providing financial support in Montana is something we work hard at every day. Those efforts mean we have $60,000 to offer this year in the form of grants. If you value your heritage and want to preserve it, please apply for a grant,” MHF President Bruce Parker said.
The grants are available to organizations and individuals who want to preserve historical assets of importance to Montana’s history. These projects include buildings, particularly one-room school houses; oral histories; and collection/archival preservation. MHF has $50,000 available during this grant cycle for projects in 2013.
Grant criteria and guidelines are available from MHF online at mthistory.org or by contacting MHF at (406) 449-3770 or [ mailto:gena@mthistory.org ]gena@mthistory.org Grants will be awarded for projects ranging in scale from $500.00 to $5,000.00. Applications will be accepted between now and March 27, 3013.
MHF is able to offer this funding thanks to the support of numerous donors including The Mary Alice Fortin Foundation, Inc. and Charlotte Caldwell through her truly extraordinary book: Visions and Voices: Montana’s One Room School Houses.
MONTANA ARTS COUNCIL SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR THE NEXT MONTANA POET LAUREATE
Helena, Montana – The Montana Arts Council, an agency of state government, announces that 2013 nominations for the Montana Poet Laureate program will be accepted from January 1, 2013 until Monday, April 1st, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.
  
The Montana Poet Laureate recognizes and honors a citizen poet of exceptional talent and accomplishment. The Poet Laureate also encourages appreciation of poetry and literary life in Montana. This position was created by the state legislature in 2005.
In 2005, Sandra Alcosser became our first Montana Poet Laureate and served for two years. Greg Pape was selected as the second Poet Laureate in 2007 and he served through the summer of 2009. Henry Real Bird was selected in 2009 and served into the summer of 2011. Sheryl Noethe is our current Montana Poet Laureate and she will serve until the summer of 2013.
To learn more about this program and the nominations process, and to download forms, please go to the Montana Arts Council’s website: www.art.mt.gov   Poet Nominators and Poets who wish to apply but do not have access to computers are encouraged to call Montana Arts Council Percent-for-Art Director Kim Baraby Hurtle at 406.444.6639 for assistance before March 15, 2013 or email her at khurtle@mt.gov
Art Mobile of Montana – Teaching Artist Position 
Like to Travel? Art Mobile of Montana’s part-time Teaching Artist position offers the opportunity to travel around beautiful Montana with the AMM van as the ambassador for the Art Mobile, representing AMM to schools, educators, administrations, and the public.
Synopsis of requirements: Teaching Artist or Art Teacher – Experience with public speaking for delivering multiple presentations about annual art exhibit and teaching a variety of art lessons. Duties include and are not limited to: teaching, scheduling, travel, including weekends and one and two-week trips around the state of Montana. Numerous office duties include scheduling, record keeping, contact with exhibiting artists, among other responsibilities. Lifting required.
We need someone for the 2013-2014 school year, available to cover the entire state during scheduled visits to at least 85 sites per school year, or more if possible; to 8,000 individuals or more. Some summer work is required, including returning artworks from the school year, contacting artists, arranging for pickup of art for coming year, in addition to paperwork and lesson planning. This position will not work for someone taking a regularly scheduled class, or a student, because of the necessity to be available for travel. This issue will be covered before hiring. If this is a job-share position, the numbers of sites and individuals served will be shared between the teaching artists, to be determined.AMM serves both rural and urban schools and sites, which may include prisons, community groups, after school programs, home school groups, assisted living centers, hospitals, or any group that schedules the AMM program.
To learn more about the job and apply, contact: Sara Colburn, Director scolburn@acsol.net
Rimrock Opera Company is currently accepting resumes for the position of Artistic Director. Interested parties should send a cover letter with resume and / or Curriculum vitae to
Rimrock Opera
PO box 11 Billings MT 59103
Lucinda Butler:  operapresident@hotmail.com
Missoula, MT
The City of Missoula just posted the Historic  Preservation Officer position opening  –
A great opportunity! 
Kate Hampton
Community Preservation Coordinator
MT State Historic Preservation Office
1410 8th Ave.
P.O. Box 201202
Helena, MT  59620-1202
(406) 444-7742
Open until 2/21/2013
Executive Director
Salmon Arts Council  
Salmon, Idaho 
 Open for recruitment:   Feb. 4, 2013 through Mar. 4, 2013
 Position Description
 The Executive Director is responsible for the organization’s achievement of its mission and financial objectives. This includes managing the organization’s programs and operations, building and maintaining strong relationships with key constituencies, implementing policies approved by the board, and providing the dedicated leadership, vision, direction, ethics, and integrity to ensure the ongoing vitality and viability of the organization. This is a full-time position.
 $29,000 – $31,000/yearly, depending on experience.
For more information about the organization please visit our website www.salmonartscouncil.orghttp://www.salmonartscouncil.org/
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WEBINARS:
NEA Interagency Task Force hosts public webinar about research on the arts and aging
Webinar announces a summary paper on the Arts & Aging Research Workshop and features discussions on the latest investigations and programs on arts interventions for older adults
You are invited to a live, public webinar, Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 2:00 – 3:00 pm, EST
To join the webinar:  
The webinar takes place on Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 2:00 – 3:00 pm, EST. It is free and open to the public.  Please register in advance at http://artsgov.adobeconnect.com/artsdev-feb2013-webinar/event/registration.html
Media may RSVP to Sally Gifford, NEA Public Affairs Specialist at 202-682-5606 or giffords@arts.gov.
You may listen using your computer’s speakers or dial-in to 1-877-685-5350 and use participant code: 739587. Attendees will be muted but able to type in questions and comments through a text Q&A box.
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CREATIVE CAPITAL WEBINARS FOR FEBRUARY
We hope your year is off to a terrific start! We are excited to tell you about three great webinars happening this month covering everything from social media strategies to curatorial practice to financial planning.
·       Real Life Budgeting, with Andrew Simonet
Monday, February 25, 7:00-8:30pm EST
More Information>>
Register Now >>
Webinars are $25 each.
All webinars are interactive and allow time for participants to ask questions.
To participate, all you need is access to a computer with speakers and an Internet connection (hard-wired preferred). There is no special software needed.
Visit PDP’s Online Calendar for a complete list of upcoming webinars and dates.
Questions?
Learn more about our Online Learning Program on our website, or email Matthew Deleget at matthew@creative-capital.org.
Alyson Pou, Director, Professional Development Program
Matthew Deleget, Online Learning Consultant
About Creative Capital and PDP
Creative Capital supports innovative and adventurous artists across the country through funding, counsel and career development services. Since 1999, Creative Capital has committed $29 million in financial and advisory support to 418 projects representing 529 artists. Our Professional Development Program (PDP), which grew out of our work with grantees, has now reached over 5,500 additional artists in more than 150 communities through in-person workshops and live webinars. Support for the Professional Development Program is provided by the Kresge Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Joan Mitchell Foundation.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT:
Diversity Means. . .
Jonathan Katz
Executive Director
National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
February 11, 2013
           
“A sincere commitment to diversity obligates us to ensure that every child’s education includes the arts. I share with you my remarks at a recent opening of student artwork produced as part of the National PTA–sponsored Reflections program . . . 
‘National Assembly of State Arts Agencies CEO Jonathan Katz was invited to address the ceremony at the U.S. Department of Education on January 29, 2013, that opened the exhibit of selected student artwork produced as part of the annual National PTA–sponsored program called Reflections. “Diversity Means …” was this year’s theme.’
. . .I am delighted to celebrate the Reflections program with you. On behalf of the 56 state and territorial arts agencies of the United States, I salute the PTA for advocating arts education, and I want all of you to know that we are extremely pleased that Philip Horn, executive director of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, links our networks as a member of the National PTA board. . .
. . .Thomas Friedman, in his new book That Used to Be Us, which is about what America has recently lost and could regain, was asked, I think by Fareed Zakariah, whether his book has a happy ending. “Yes,” he said, “but I don’t know whether it’s fiction or nonfiction.” What I have to add is my certainty that it will be fiction first if it is ever to be nonfiction. Every weapon we have invented, we have used. The future must be different from the past. Not only our leaders, but all our citizens, must receive an education that prepares them for profound acts of imagination. . . “  For more >> http://newsmanager.commpartners.com/nasaa/issues/2013-02-05/index.html
National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
1029 Vermont Avenue, NW, 2nd Floor
 Washington, DC 20005
202-347-6352  fax: 202-737-0526  TDD: 202-347-5948
Visual Arts
Grand Canyon National Park’s Artist-in-Residence program is now accepting artist proposals from artists working in all genres and traditions.  This opportunity is for the October 2013 – September 2014 south rim season, and the May – October 2014 north rim season.  For complete program information visit http://www.nps.gov/supportyourpark/air.htm. The application is listed on the WESTAF CaFE site at http://www.callforentry.org/. Direct program questions to Rene_Westbrook@nps.gov.
DEADLINE is midnight, MST on March 1st
The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture and project partners, Roosevelt Row CDC and the ASU Art Museum are looking for a video and still image documentary crew to create content, editing and post production services covering Cultural Connections, a collaboration of temporary public art projects. This project has been funded by the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant.  The total budget allotted for documentary services is $18,200.
The RFQ packet and attachments can be downloaded in the formats specified below. The RFQ document is in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format which requires Adobe Reader.
Project questions should be directed to Rebecca Blume Rothman, Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, 200 W. Washington St., 10th floor, Phoenix, AZ85003; rebecca.rothman@phoenix.gov, (602) 495-0893.
Contract/procurement question should be directed to Scott Steventon, (602) 534-8334, scott.steventon@phoenix.gov.
When you click on the link, you will be directed first to an information form asking for your name and contact information.  This is so that we can contact you directly in the event the Call is amended or withdrawn.
Deadline is ??? The first segment will begin in April 2013
Umpqua Valley Arts Association
PhotoWorks/ArtWorks NW 2013
CALL TO ARTISTS
ArtWorks NW 2013 and PhotoWorks NW 2013 Juried Art Show and Competition with CASH AWARDS!
Artists and photographers of all abilities are invited to submit their work to this annual juried exhibit.  
The exhibit opens with a public reception on the evening of Friday, May 10, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at UVAA.  All accepted entries will be on display beginning May 10 and during the annual Summer Arts Festival. The exhibit will end on July 5, 2013.
Umpqua Valley Arts Association
1624 W Harvard
Roseburg OR 97471 
Submission Deadline: February 21, 2013
Provincetown, Massachusetts
Fine Arts Works Center
The 2013 Summer Program catalog of classes is online. Classes and on-site housing are beginning to fill up, so we recommend reserving your spot early. You can register via our easy online registration system.

The faculty is comprised of many well-loved returning instructors, as well as some exciting new names-including Stephen Elliott, memoirist, fiction writer, and founder of the literary website The Rumpus; Brooklyn-based photographer Letha Wilson; Alison Bechdel, the cartoonist and memoirist know for her long-running comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For; Catherine Kernan, printmaker and founder of Mixit Print Studio; Daniel Wallace, author of the screenplay for the movie “Big Fish”; Art Werger, master of tonality in intaglio printmaking; and many more.

As ever, FAWC students have 24-hour access to the visual arts and writing studios.  Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings will feature readings and artist talks by the week’s faculty, and Thursday is FAWC’s popular student night.
Visit FAWC’s Summer Community News site to check out the work produced by students during Summer 2012, and see photos from last summer on our Facebook page.  

If you have any questions feel free to call the office at 508-487-9960, ext 103, or e-mail workshops@fawc.org.  We look forward to seeing you in Provincetown soon!
Cyndi Wish                                  
Summer Program Director             
508-487-9960 X103                       
cwish@fawc.org
Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown
24 Pearl Street
Provincetown, MA 02657
508-487-9960  general@fawc.org                     
Performing Arts
Grants and Funding Opportunities
DORIS DUKE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION: PERFORMING ARTS GRANTS
Deadline: March 1, 2013. The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s Fund for National Projects is accepting applications for projects that: a) strengthen the national infrastructure of the professional nonprofit dance, jazz, presenting, and/or theater fields or b) improve conditions for the national community of performing artists in professional nonprofit dance, jazz, and theater. The Fund will award a total of up to $1 million in grants each year to support key national projects in the professional nonprofit dance, jazz, presenting, and/or theater fields. Grants range from $60,000–$200,000 and cannot exceed 40 percent of a project’s total cost.
Deadline: March 1, 2013.
Writers
For Immediate Release: February 15, 2013
Contact: Dee Ann Redman, Assistant Director
Parmly Billings Library
510 N Broadway – Billings, MT 59101
redmand@ci.billings.mt.us
High Plains Book Awards
NOMINATIONS STILL OPEN
Nominations for the seventh annual High Plains Book Awards are still open and will be accepted through March 15, 2013.  For information on how to nominate a book or a writer, go to highplainsbookawards.org. More than 80 nominations have already been sent in from various publishers, including six of the major New York City publishers.
The Parmly Billings Library Board established the High Plains Book Awards in 2006. The awards were established to recognize regional authors and/or literary works which examine and reflect life on the High Plains including the states of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorado, and Kansas, and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.
The 2013 awards include two new categories, Best Culinary Book and Best Young Adult Book.  Nominations are also open for the books published for the first time in 2012 in these following categories:  Best Fiction; Best Nonfiction; Best Poetry; Best First Book (fiction, non-fiction or poetry); Best Woman Writer; Best Art & Photography; and Best Short Stories. Winners receive a $500 prize and are honored at Book Awards during the annual High Plains BookFest.
Each year, an Emeritus Award is also presented to a regional writer for a body of work.  Past Emeritus winners include noted authors Tom McGuane, Larry Woiwode, Margaret Coel, Gary Ferguson, Louise Erdrich and Larry Watson. 
All nominated books are read and evaluated by community readers in the first round of the selection process.  Finalist books in each category are judged by writers with connections to the High Plains region who have published in the particular category they will judge. 
Winners will be honored at an awards banquet on Saturday, October 26, 2013, at the Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings, Montana. The Awards Banquet is a signature event held in conjunction with the 11th annual High Plains BookFest. Authors interested in participating in the 2013 BookFest should contact the YMCA Writer’s Voice director Corby Skinner corby@skinnerbenoit.com
Food for Thought:
from
Poets and Writer’s magazine
Show Me the Money
Here’s some food for thought: In 2012, 844 writers won contests listed in Poets & Writers Magazine’s Grants & Awards section. Together, these winners received a total of almost $9.6 million in prize money.
Visit pw.org for more information, including a breakdown of the 2012 winners by gender, genre, and geographical region.
Feel like a winner? Search our database of upcoming contests.  http://www.pw.org/grants

Check out this Western Literary Journal:
Check out this Montana Literary Journal:
artists February 15, 2013

Digital Media Challenge

From Trudy Skari-

Digital Media Challenge

From the MacArthur Foundation….

Looking@Democracy has a challenge… the deadline is April 30, 2013.

The Looking@Democracy challenge is offering a total of $100,000 in prize money for short, provocative media submissions designed to spark a national conversation about how we can all come together to strengthen American democracy.  Here’s how the competition works:
 Create and send us short digital media content that either:
(a) Tells a story about why government is important to our lives, or
(b) Tells how we might together strengthen American democracy.
Your submission can come in many formats such as short videos, audio stories, animation, music videos, public service announcements, infographics, graphic art, even Facebook and iPhone apps. They all just need to be digital so they can be shared electronically– the rest is up to YOU!
We’re looking to hear from independent media makers, investigative reporters, students, graphic designers, artists – anyone with creative ideas to help engage Americans and shift the political discussion in a fresh and engaging way.
Use your creativity to share your vision of how to make government work to improve our nation, our communities, and our lives. 

Go to their website to learn more.

Looking@Democracy submissions will be accepting submissions today through April 30, 2013. View full challenge rules and sumbission information.    – See more at: http://www.macfound.org/press/press-releases/challenge-offers-prizes-fresh-ideas-democracy/#sthash.vJdfJWWK.dpuf
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Looking@Democracy submissions will be accepting submissions today through April 30, 2013. View full challenge rules and sumbission information.    – See more at: http://www.macfound.org/press/press-releases/challenge-offers-prizes-fresh-ideas-democracy/#sthash.vJdfJWWK.dpuf
Looking@Democracy is a national competition offering a total of $100,000 in prize money for short, provocative media submissions designed to spark a national conversation about why government is important to our lives, or how individuals and communities can come together to strengthen American democracy. Launching today, February 4, 2013, the challenge will award $25,000 for First Place along with significant prizes for 2nd and 3rd place as well as categories and awards for People’s Choice and Emerging Artists. – See more at: http://www.macfound.org/press/press-releases/challenge-offers-prizes-fresh-ideas-democracy/#sthash.vJdfJWWK.dpuf
Today marks the launch of a new digital media challenge that seeks to start a national conversation on ideas and solutions to improve American democracy, with cash prizes for the most fresh and creative submissions.
Looking@Democracy is a national competition offering a total of $100,000 in prize money for short, provocative media submissions designed to spark a national conversation about why government is important to our lives, or how individuals and communities can come together to strengthen American democracy. Launching today, February 4, 2013, the challenge will award $25,000 for First Place along with significant prizes for 2nd and 3rd place as well as categories and awards for People’s Choice and Emerging Artists.
Examples of welcome submissions would be addressing a critical topic that is absent from the national debate, looking at data and exploring the stories behind them, or highlighting an aspect about democracy taking place on a local level. By making submissions in any digital format welcome, the challenge hopes to engage with independent media makers, investigative reporters, students, graphic designers and artists – anyone with creative ideas to help engage Americans and shift the political discussion in a fresh and engaging way.
– See more at: http://www.macfound.org/press/press-releases/challenge-offers-prizes-fresh-ideas-democracy/#sthash.vJdfJWWK.dpuf
Today marks the launch of a new digital media challenge that seeks to start a national conversation on ideas and solutions to improve American democracy, with cash prizes for the most fresh and creative submissions.
Looking@Democracy is a national competition offering a total of $100,000 in prize money for short, provocative media submissions designed to spark a national conversation about why government is important to our lives, or how individuals and communities can come together to strengthen American democracy. Launching today, February 4, 2013, the challenge will award $25,000 for First Place along with significant prizes for 2nd and 3rd place as well as categories and awards for People’s Choice and Emerging Artists.
Examples of welcome submissions would be addressing a critical topic that is absent from the national debate, looking at data and exploring the stories behind them, or highlighting an aspect about democracy taking place on a local level. By making submissions in any digital format welcome, the challenge hopes to engage with independent media makers, investigative reporters, students, graphic designers and artists – anyone with creative ideas to help engage Americans and shift the political discussion in a fresh and engaging way.
– See more at: http://www.macfound.org/press/press-releases/challenge-offers-prizes-fresh-ideas-democracy/#sthash.vJdfJWWK.dpuf
Today marks the launch of a new digital media challenge that seeks to start a national conversation on ideas and solutions to improve American democracy, with cash prizes for the most fresh and creative submissions.
Looking@Democracy is a national competition offering a total of $100,000 in prize money for short, provocative media submissions designed to spark a national conversation about why government is important to our lives, or how individuals and communities can come together to strengthen American democracy. Launching today, February 4, 2013, the challenge will award $25,000 for First Place along with significant prizes for 2nd and 3rd place as well as categories and awards for People’s Choice and Emerging Artists.
Examples of welcome submissions would be addressing a critical topic that is absent from the national debate, looking at data and exploring the stories behind them, or highlighting an aspect about democracy taking place on a local level. By making submissions in any digital format welcome, the challenge hopes to engage with independent media makers, investigative reporters, students, graphic designers and artists – anyone with creative ideas to help engage Americans and shift the political discussion in a fresh and engaging way.
– See more at: http://www.macfound.org/press/press-releases/challenge-offers-prizes-fresh-ideas-democracy/#sthash.vJdfJWWK.dpuf
Today marks the launch of a new digital media challenge that seeks to start a national conversation on ideas and solutions to improve American democracy, with cash prizes for the most fresh and creative submissions.
Looking@Democracy is a national competition offering a total of $100,000 in prize money for short, provocative media submissions designed to spark a national conversation about why government is important to our lives, or how individuals and communities can come together to strengthen American democracy. Launching today, February 4, 2013, the challenge will award $25,000 for First Place along with significant prizes for 2nd and 3rd place as well as categories and awards for People’s Choice and Emerging Artists.
Examples of welcome submissions would be addressing a critical topic that is absent from the national debate, looking at data and exploring the stories behind them, or highlighting an aspect about democracy taking place on a local level. By making submissions in any digital format welcome, the challenge hopes to engage with independent media makers, investigative reporters, students, graphic designers and artists – anyone with creative ideas to help engage Americans and shift the political discussion in a fresh and engaging way.
– See more at: http://www.macfound.org/press/press-releases/challenge-offers-prizes-fresh-ideas-democracy/#sthash.vJdfJWWK.dpuf

Today marks the launch of a new digital media challenge that seeks to start a national conversation on ideas and solutions to improve American democracy, with cash prizes for the most fresh and creative submissions.
Looking@Democracy is a national competition offering a total of $100,000 in prize money for short, provocative media submissions designed to spark a national conversation about why government is important to our lives, or how individuals and communities can come together to strengthen American democracy. Launching today, February 4, 2013, the challenge will award $25,000 for First Place along with significant prizes for 2nd and 3rd place as well as categories and awards for People’s Choice and Emerging Artists.
Examples of welcome submissions would be addressing a critical topic that is absent from the national debate, looking at data and exploring the stories behind them, or highlighting an aspect about democracy taking place on a local level. By making submissions in any digital format welcome, the challenge hopes to engage with independent media makers, investigative reporters, students, graphic designers and artists – anyone with creative ideas to help engage Americans and shift the political discussion in a fresh and engaging way.
– See more at: http://www.macfound.org/press/press-releases/challenge-offers-prizes-fresh-ideas-democracy/#sthash.vJdfJWWK.dpuf
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