Below you will find several items of general interest followed by opportunities for VISUAL ARTISTS, PERFORMING ARTISTS AND WRITERS.
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· Call for Artworks–Gathering Ground- Boston, MA
· Phototaxis – Call for Photography — Bigfork, MT
· Lincoln Art in the Park 2013 –Lincoln, MT
· Art Port Townsend — Port Townsend, WA
· New American Paintings –2013 Western Competition
· French-American Jazz Exchange Application Now Available!
· Technical Assistance and Food For Thought for Writers
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;
GOVERNOR STEVE BULLOCK
STATE OF MONTANA
FOR RELEASE: April 11, 2013
Innovate Montana Relaunches as Resource for Entrepreneurs, Innovative Businesses
HELENA – Governor Steve Bullock and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development today announced the relaunch of Innovate Montana, a public-private partnership highlighting the advances taking place in Montana’s entrepreneurial community.
The partnership has two primary objectives: to connect Montana entrepreneurs and businesses across the state with economic development and networking resources, and to promote the fact that businesses across a broad spectrum of industries are thriving in a place they’re proud to call home. The Governor’s announcement came on the heels of a Montana Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) report on the state’s 5.6% unemployment rate – an almost complete recovery to peak employment.
“I’ve been traveling across the state talking to the men and women who are starting sustainable, cutting-edge businesses with a global market, right here in Montana. Innovate Montana is telling that story – that you don’t have to live in New York or San Francisco to run a successful business or have a meaningful career. You can build your dream here, surrounded by the places that millions of tourists make their vacation destinations every year,” Governor Bullock said.
Innovate Montana’s cornerstone is its website, InnovateMontana.com, an online portal for accessing resources for working, living and growing businesses in Big Sky Country. The website features regularly updated content including Montana Entrepreneur and Innovative Business profiles, a newsfeed of stories showcasing the diversity of economic success and groundbreaking initiatives taking place in the state, and a jobs board featuring quality career opportunities available in communities across the state.
Visitors can also connect to Innovate Montana’s active social media community through the website. Innovate currently has over 3,000 community members engaged in discussions about fostering Montana’s startup environment and innovation economy on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. A series of videos highlighting the benefits of living and working in Montana can be found on YouTube.
“Montanans have an amazing ability to come together to get a job done,” the Governor added, “and I’m looking forward to seeing the collaboration and opportunities for moving our state forward that Innovate Montana will generate.”
New success stories featured on InnovateMontana.com include a Montana Entrepreneur profile of Jeremy Kessler, the 26-year-old founder of GalleryCloud, and an Innovative Company profile of Oula Fitness, a Missoula-based fitness industry phenomenon that has found an impressive following in cities across the western U.S.
Anyone interested in learning more about emerging opportunities in Montana’s innovation economy should visit www.InnovateMontana.comor contact the Governor’s Office of Economic Development at (406) 444-5634.
Call for Artworks
Gathering Ground- Boston, MA
I’d like to invite you and your fellow artists to get involved in a very unique and inspiring art contest, the first-ever Gathering Grounds Art Contest. Now through May 3, any artist can submit a photo of original artwork along with a brief description of what “community” means to them at Facebook.com/TullysCoffee. Two winners will be selected to travel to beautiful Vermont this summer and bring their artistic vision to life through a permanent art installation. Each winner will also receive a $1,000 cash prize and $2,000 in building materials.
This contest is sponsored by Tully’s Coffee, who, along with nonprofit partner Pomegranate Center, has been working to revitalize community spaces nationwide to encourage people to gather together, make personal connections, and improve the quality of life in the places they call home.
We hope you will share this information with your networks. No matter if they’re an amateur, aspiring artist or not one at all – this could be their chance to showcase their creativity and leave a lasting impression on one community. If you have Twitter, here are two sample tweets you could consider sharing:
· The @TullysCoffee art contest celebrates meaning of community. Enter to win $1K & create your own art installation: http://on.fb.me/10YTqtx
Please let me know if you would like additional details and we hope you will spread the word!
Jennifer Newberg | Account Director
PUBLIC RELATIONS & MARKETING
855 Boylston Street
Boston MA 02116
Phototaxis – Call for Photography
[Spreading] the work of a new initiative I’ve begun to create a sense of community amongst the growing number of photographers in Montana and specifically NW Montana. Based on other successful programs like it in other parts of the Country, I am starting PHOTOTAXIS, a community based public slideshow presentation of NW Montana’s best work from both established and emerging photographers. The goal of the presentation is to create community amongst photographers and bring a general understanding of what constitutes great photography to the public, a public that is currently being overloaded with imagery with no clear way of defining what they are seeing. Please read the full details here:
Small entry fee. See website for further details about submitting and participating.
Lincoln Art in the Park 2013
Art in the Park has returned to Lincoln Montana with all proceeds going to help the arts in the school system. The show is juried and set for a very reasonable price! Sign up is soon so please sign up soon if you’re interested!
Roasted: Coffee, Art, Creativity
425 Highway 200, Lincoln, MT 59639
Art Port Townsend
Port Townsend, WA
It’s that time of the year again- artists, art lovers, and writers have begun to prepare for the regional 15th Annual “Art Port Townsend”. While the events take place in Port Townsend, WA, our juried show would like to include artists from Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. I have attached this year’s juried show information and would appreciate you including it in your newsletter, putting a printed copy on an artist’s opportunity bulletin board, or just e-mailing it to your members. Thank you so much. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Rae Belkin, Volunteer, Art Port Townsend
New American Paintings
2013 Western Competition
Accepting submissions for our Western Competition over at New American Paintings! We are quickly nearing the deadline, which is April 30th, Midnight (EST
Alexa Kinne,Communications Manager
The Open Studios Press
Juror: Veronica Roberts, Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art, The Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX
New American Paintingsis a museum-quality, soft-cover art periodical, published bimonthly by The Open Studios Press. Each 184 page volume is a regional exhibition-in-print, selling for $20 at 1,500 bookstores, museum shops and art supply stores nationwide. The books have become periodical resources for collectors and art world professionals. Competition winners retain all rights to their images and pay nothing to appear in New American Paintings. Now accepting entries from: AZ, CO, ID, KS, MT, ND, NE, NM, NV, OK, SD, TX, UT, and WY
The competition’s 40 winners will appear in the Oct/Nov 2013 edition of New American Paintings.
All styles and media are welcome, as long as the work is singular and two-dimensional.
To Enter, visit:
For more details, visit:
Questions? Call 617.778.5265
Deadline: 4.30.13 (Midnight EST)
French-American Jazz Exchange Application Now Available!
The online application for the next grant round of the French-American Jazz Exchange (“FAJE”) program is now available. A program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and FACE (“French-American Cultural Exchange”), FAJE supports projects designed collaboratively by French and American professional musicians that encourage artistic exploration, foster intercultural dialogue, and contribute to the dynamism of jazz. Projects eligible for support can include creative residencies, composition, recording, performances, and other activities that develop new professional relationships and audiences. Projects may include jazz artists in France and the United States investigating forms other than jazz with artists who work in different music genres.
The application deadline for the 2013 program is May 31, 2013 for projects taking place between September 1, 2013 and December 31, 2014. The application and program guidelines are available here.
Deadline for the 2013 program is May 31, 2013
Posted: 18 Apr 2013 09:00 AM PDT
Old publishing contracts are usually silent on electronic rights and e-books, which of course may not have been invented when the contract was signed. So. Does this mean that those rights belong to the original publisher, who can be presumed to have all book rights even if the specific technology wasn’t invented yet? Or does it belong to the author, because there is a reserved rights clause that states that all rights not belonging to the publisher (including, presumably, those that have not been invented) belong to the author? There is a somewhat under-the-radar legal battle going on right now between HarperCollins and Open Road over the e-book rights to Jean Craighead George’s Julie of the Wolves that should have significant implications for this landscape moving forward.
Posted: 25 Apr 2013 09:00 AM PDT
An idea has taken root in the bookosphere that e-book sales have peaked as the people who want e-books buy e-books and the people who want print continue to buy print. This may be spurred along by a January article by Nicholas Carr arguing that the e-book bubble has burst.
This is not remotely the case. E-book sales aren’t declining. E-book sales percentage growth is declining. These are two very, very different things.The 6.2% rise in book sales in 2012 were propelled to an increase by e-book sales, and in fact, e-book sales for children’s books more than doubled. E-book sales were up 41% in 2012. This is less in percentage terms than the exponential 100%+ growth that was seen in previous years, but it still represents a significant rise in sales. For More>>
Poets &Writers Magazine
The Smart Approach to Contest Submissions
So many contests, so little time
The new issue of Poets & Writers Magazine offers seven sound tips on how to make the most of submitting your work to contests. For More>>
Technical Assistance: Writing a Strong Bio
Writer bios can prompt envy, amusement…or boredom when readers encounter them on event programs. Below are a few tips to make yours stand out:
Make the bio fit the event. If you’re reading with ten other writers, this is not the time to submit a five-hundred-word bio. If the event sponsor asks for something specific, make sure to deliver. For example, if the sponsor requests a bio listing publications and featured performances, a passionate paragraph about your childhood love affair with poetry doesn’t fit the bill.
Be specific. List what you’ve written, where it’s been published, and where you’ve been featured.
But be concise. Don’t list everything you’ve written and every publication your work has appeared in, unless that list is very short. Readers’ eyes will glaze over if they see a large block of text comprised entirely of the names of literary journals, no matter how prestigious they are. Choose a few to highlight.
Be descriptive. “Kelly Jensen received a grant from the ABC Foundation” is not as interesting as “Kelly Jensen received a grant from the ABC Foundation to complete an interdisciplinary project about Olympic knitters.”
Instructor, MFA Creative Writing
posted May 1, 2013
The Low Residency MFA Program at Oregon State University Cascades seeks creative, innovative teacher-practitioners with significant professional accomplishment to serve as instructors on a term-by-term basis for the 2013/2014 Academic year. These are fixed-term appointments, with renewal at the discretion of the Dean. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Required qualifications are an MFA or other terminal degree in Creative Writing (or closely related field) and evident commitment to cultural diversity and educational equity. http://www.pw.org/content/instructor_mfa_creative_writing
Bend, OR 97701
Phone: (831) 239-4946
A question for my readers: Has a writing contest helped to launch your career? Have they helped you in some other way? I’d love to publish your responses, without your names of course in a future issue. KBH
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