It isn’t every day that the Harvard Business Review illuminates “The Benefits of Poetry for Professionals”: http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/11/the_benefits_of_poetry_for_pro.html.

Arts Art Works

The deadline for applications to the National Endowment for the Arts Art Works funding category is August 8.  For Local Arts Agencies, this is the deadline for Programmingprojects which may include:

  • Artist commissions, including those for public art.
  • Artist residencies where the primary purpose is to create new art.
  • Innovative projects using technology, media, new models, or other strategies in the creation of new work.


  • Performing arts events, readings, screenings, broadcasts, and visual arts exhibitions.
  • Innovative projects to increase access to the arts or works of art.
  • Innovative collaborations that strengthen the field of community arts journalism and arts criticism.
  • Subgranting for programming activities on behalf of a local arts agency’s constituents. To be eligible, a local arts agency must be a unit of city or county government or designated to operate on behalf of its local government. In addition to the “Applicant Eligibility” section for all Grants for Arts Projects applicants, applicants for subgranting projects must have a three-year history of subgranting in the arts prior to the application deadline.
  • Documentation and conservation of public and monumental art.


  • Artist residencies where the primary purpose is the acquisition of knowledge or skills in the arts.
  • Education and related activities for youth, adults, intergenerational groups, and schools. (If your project is for youth, see “Choosing the Right Discipline for Youth Projects” to help you in your discipline selection.)


  • The enhancement of public spaces through commissioning and/or installation of art works.
A webinar outlining the application process can be viewed here.  Click here to learn how to prepare and submit an application.
For more information, e-mail Locals@arts.gov
Arts Art Works

Artists July 25 2013

Dear Artists,
Below you will find several items of general interest and job opportunities, and arts advocacy, food for thought followed by calls and opportunities for visual artists, performing artists and writers.
Information about unsubscribing to this email newsletter is at the end of the email.
Best, Kim
Below you will find the following opportunities and calls for Visual Artists, Performing Artists and Writers:
§     PHOTOTAXIS 2013, a large-scale temporary art installation
§     Native Artist Professional Development Training
§ BFSD (BIG FAT SCARY DEAL) Purdue University Galleries
§     Wilderness Forever Photography Competition
§     Now Available:The Profitable Artist
§     The Artist’s Magazine All Media Competition
§     Nominate an SDC Director or Choreographer who is living and working in the Central U.S.
§     Alligator Juniper National Writing Contest
§     PostNatural Conference, Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts -Location: Notre Dame, IN
§     The Best Books for Writers
State of the Arts
Montana artists can receive a free subscription to the Montana Arts Council’s State of the Artsnewspaper 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.
The 2013 National Arts Marketing Project Conference
Powered by Community
National Arts Marketing Project Conference
November 8–11, 2013 in Portland, OR
We have created some fun ways for you to connect with your community  – locally and across the country! Like, follow, and share to start building your audience and growing your network today!
Twitter: Keep track of your colleagues coming to NAMPC and to share your thoughts using #nampc.
LinkedIn: Join the NAMPC Group to take part in discussions and stay in touch with old colleagues.
Facebook: “Like” the NAMPC Facebook page to stay up-to-date on announcements and marketing news.
ARTSblog: Comment on and share discussion posted during the annual Arts Marketing Blog Salon on ARTSblog, October 7-11.
Storify: “8 Reason to Drop Everything and Register for NAMPC 2013” offers a humorous approach to why you should be in Portland this year.
Flickr: Check out some of the highlights from last year’s conference, and be sure to add your own pictures and tag them #nampc.
YouTube: Learn how some of last year’s attendees describe NAMPC in “one word”!
  The 2013 NAMP Conference offers you access to innovative ideas and techniques that support revenue generation and audience engagement.
Check out the daily schedule and ever-growing roster of presenters.
We are pleased to offer a limited number of scholarshipsin the following categories:
·                  Emerging Leaders Scholarships
·                  Underserved Communities and Field Diversity Scholarships
·                  NEW! Preconference Scholarships
Check out the scholarship guidelinesand application. The deadline for scholarship applications is August 15!
Residency, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts
Location: Nebraska City, NE
Deadline: September 1, 2013
Residencies for writers, visual artists, and music composers. Housing, studio space, $100/week stipend are provided.
Click here to learn more.
Grant Opportunities from The Fledgling Fund
Deadline: September 17, 2013
The Fledgling Fund offers several grants that support outreach and audience engagement for social issue documentaries.
Click here to learn more.
Americans for the Arts
Action Fund
Art for Life’s Sake: Yo-Yo Ma Delivers Nancy Hanks Lecture
“The arts, culture, and humanities give us perspective and the capacity for empathy and humility. In a world of 7 billion people and more than 200 countries, our problems will not be solved when we have a looming empathy deficit.” Full story >> Click Here
Americans for the Arts
Americans For The Arts Signs Letter To Protect Charitable Donation
As a part of the Charitable Giving Coalition, Americans for the Arts has signed a letter urging Senate Finance Committee Chairman Baucus (D-MT) and Ranking Member Hatch (R-UT) to preserve the charitable tax deduction as it currently stands. Sens. Baucus and Hatch recently released a “blank-slate” tax reform plan which removes all the current tax deductions in law—forcing senators to submit a detailed justification for the benefits of the special preferences they think should be added back in. In other tax reform related news, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) has reintroduced the Artist-Museum Partnership Act (H.R. 2482) for the 113th Congress. This legislation currently has 11 cosponsors, and would allow creators of original works to deduct the fair-market value of self-created works given to and retained by a nonprofit institution. For further information, please contact Senior Director of Federal Affairs & Arts Education Narric Rome at nrome@artsusa.org.
Evanston, Illinois
SEEKING CULTURAL ARTS COORDINATOR The person in this new position will develop and direct the City’s arts planning process, including policy and program development and implementation of arts programs including: visual, performing, and literary arts. Please view the full job description online, and complete the application process on or before the closing date. Only online applications will be considered. Details: http://ch.tbe.taleo.net/CH09/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=CITYEVANSTON&cws=1&rid=625
Position Announcement
Title: Executive Director, Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts
48004 St. Andrew’s Road, Pendleton, Oregon 97801
CSIA is searching for an ED who can embrace and fulfill the mission and vision of CSIA, and who can bring energy, experience and intellect to the task of moving CSIA into its next decade of growth.
Crow’s Shadow’s mission is to provide a creative conduit for educational, social, and economic opportunities for Native Americans through artistic development.  CSIA’s programs focus on the fine art of printmaking and traditional Native arts education.
CSIA envisions being a creative center for contemporary Native and non-Native artists locally, nationally and internationally through the medium of fine-art printmaking.
Experience with fine-art printmaking and its marketing, knowledge of the contemporary art world, skill in grant writing and building a donor base, and the ability to imagine future programming for CSIA are all desired qualities. 
CSIA will give preferenceto those who have experience working in cross-cultural settings, who have knowledge and interest in contemporary indigenous art, who have knowledge of tribal culture, and who have had capital campaign experience.
The Executive Director is responsible for the overall management of CSIA in accordance with the operating policies as approved by the Board of Directors.  In addition to general administration, the Executive Director is responsible for the day-to–day management of the facilities, coordinating with staff in program planning and fundraising for CSIA.
Reports to: Board of Directors
Salary: $60,000 – 65,000 annual salary, DOE
Status: Full-time, Exempt
Benefits: Annually: 12 days paid vacation leave; 8 days paid sick leave; 11 paid holidays
For the complete job description, please refer to the website at www.crowsshadow.org.
To apply, please submit cover letter, resume, and 3 references to:
CSIA, 48004 St. Andrew’s Road, Pendleton, OR 97801
For further information, contact James Lavadour, Board President at jlavadour@oregontrail.net Or phone (541) 276-3954
Position open until filled; first review August 28, 2013
Food for Thought:
Fractured Atlas
July 24, 2013
Culture Clash
The Means of Production
Educating Artists for a New Cultural Landscape
Last month, we mentioned Scott Walker‘sarticle on the new models for the cultural sector. This month, Walker offers up a pointed critiqueof how we educate the next generation of artists. At Fractured Atlas, we often hear our member artists complain about the lack of practical business skills taught in their arts training or conservatory programs. Walker criticizes the conventional education model, which trains artists to conceive of themselves as a commodity rather than a subject with agency. Artists need to learn to take control of the means of production.
“It can’t just be about artistic creation, it must also be about business creation,” Walker writes, “And one more thing that they need… is skills in facilitating creativity in others… Young artists need to commit to using their talents in service of others.”
PHOTOTAXIS: the movement of an organism in response to the stimulus of light.
Like moths to a flame. PHOTOTAXIS is a gathering of a community of photographers, the general public, and a live slideshow of our best work projected on the side of a rustic barn, under the stars and Mission Mountains at Farm Rd in Polson, MT.
PHOTOTAXIS 2013, a large-scale temporary art installation, scheduled for Friday evening, August 23, will be curated by Lauren Grabelle and will feature the work of emerging photographers alongside that of established photographers with the goal of strengthening our community through art, food, drink, and mutual admiration.
CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT you photos and for more info:
Age Group: All Ages
Venue: Farm Rd
Address: 35060 Mud Lake Trail Polson, MT 59860
Phone: 406-837-3900
Please submit your photos! Deadline August 7
Of Interest:
Native American Development Corporation
Native Artist Professional Development Training
When: August 5th & 6th, 2013 9:00 AM—4:00PM
Location: Northern Hotel, 19 N Broadway, Billings MT
For more info call NADC at (406) 259-3804
Presented by First Peoples Fund
Free for artists at any stage—emerging, small business, or established
Native Artist training manual provided to all participants.
2722 3rd Ave N, Suite 250
Billings MT 59101
(406) 259-3804
BFSD (BIG FAT SCARY DEAL) Purdue University Galleries
curating exhibit of contemporary art that is edgy, weird, unsettling
and scary, open to US artists. Oct 21 - Dec 8, 2013. Any media, limit
8 feet tall or 10 feet wide. Selections from jpeg or video files - no
PowerPoints. Artists responsible for shipping. No entry fee. Details:
Craig Martin, Director 765-494-3061 
Deadline: August 1, 2013
Wilderness Forever Photography Competition
Deadline: September 3, 2013
Category Winners and a selection of Highly Honored photos will be displayed in a 2014 print exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History .
Click here to learn more.
Now Available:
The Profitable Artist
“We are excited to bring The Profitable Artist to the wider artistic community, reaching professors, career advisors in the arts, as well as industry leaders. This guide compiles a wealth of information for artists of all disciplines, gathered by arts professional and NYFA through more than thirty interviews and in-depth case studies. “
§     Techniques for planning your career
§     Innovative fundraising for artists
§     Marketing and selling your work to new audiences
§     Networking strategies for a digital world
§     Budgeting and financial basics made clear
§     Legal requirements and terminology in plain English
Edited by Peter Cobb, Susan Ball, and Felicity Hogan
Co-published by the New York Foundation for the Arts
Retail Price: $24.95
October 15, 2013 The Artist's Magazine All Media Competition Get your
artwork spotlighted in The Artist's Magazine and win cash prizes! This
competition showcases the work done in 8 major art media. Categories
include: Acrylic, Graphite, charcoal, ink & scratchboard, Mixed media
and collage, Oil and oil pastel, Pastel, Colored Pencil, Watercolor &
Gouache and Digital. It is open to artists of all ages from around the
world. Winners will be featured in the July/August 2014 issue of The
Artist's Magazine. Entry fee. Details/entry: http://tinyurl.com/qdxt6cq
Nominate an SDC Director or Choreographer
who is living and working in the Central U.S.
The Nomination Process Opens July 11, 2013, For The
Stage Directors And Choreographers Foundation’s
Zelda Fichandler Award
Award Carries an Unrestricted Grant of $5000
Honors an Outstanding Theatre Director or Choreographer
Nominations Accepted Through August 15, 2013
Guidelines and nomination form is available at www.SDCweb.org
Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SDCF) opens the nomination process for The Zelda Fichandler Award on July 11, 2013.  This award presents an unrestricted grant of $5000 to an outstanding director or choreographer making an exceptional contribution to the national arts landscape through theatre work in a region.  In 2013, the award will honor achievement in the Central region, comprised of Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin.
Nominations will be accepted from all sources through August 15, 2012.  Nominators need not be SDC Members.  Late nominations and self-nominations will not be accepted.  A short nomination form is available at www.SDCweb.org (see Fichandler Award under Foundation).  In October, a selection committee of professional directors and choreographers will select The Zelda Fichandler Award Recipient from nominated artists.  The Award will be presented on November 4, 2013, at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Please direct any questions to Ellen Rusconi@SDCFPrograms@SDCweb.org.
SDC Foundation
1501 Broadway | Suite 1701 | New York NY 10036 | PH: 212.391.1070 | F:212.302.6195 | SDCweb.org
Alligator Juniper National Writing Contest
Deadline: October 1, 2013
Alligator Juniper is accepting submissions of contemporary poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and black & white photography.
Click here to learn more.
PostNatural Conference, Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts
Location: Notre Dame, IN
Conference Dates: October 3-6, 2013
Click here to learn more.
Poets and Writers Magazine
The Best Books for Writers
Each week we recommend a book–a newly published title or an invaluable classic–that will help you on your writing journey. This week’s pick…
The Memoir Project: A Thoroughly Non-Standardized Text for Writing and Life (Grand Central Publishing, 2011) by Marion Roach Smith  
Items included in our e-Newsletters are not endorsements and readers are encouraged to decide for themselves whether the information is useful to them. 

Artists July 25 2013

Arts Ed: From MAC 07-24-13

Dear Arts Educators,
Here is your late July edition of the arts education enewsletter.  I’ll be filling in as your newsletter editor through the rest of the summer – is fall really right around the corner?!
KarenDe Herman, Montana Arts Council, kherman2@mt.gov;  406-444-4700
Please note:  all links are underlined. Information about unsubscribing to this email newsletter is at the end of the email.
Below you will find information on:
  • Grants
  • Legislative Action on Education and the NEA
  • Webinars
  • Reading and Research
  • Job Opportunities
The next deadline for arts education Art Works grant applications is August 8, 2013 for school-based projects. Visit the NEA’s website for more information.
House of Representatives Passes ESEA Bill
On July 19, the US House of Representatives passed H.R. 5, the Student Success Act by a party line vote (all Republicans voted in favor, all Democrats voted against).  This bill reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (previously referred to as No Child Left Behind).
As you may remember, a similar Senate bill (supported by Democrats, but not Republicans) passed in a Senate Committee earlier this summer.  Next steps in this process will be the full Senate considering this legislation in the fall. Hopefully a House and Senate Conference would then agree on a final bill to send to the President for his signature into law.
As a reminder, the Senate version of this legislation has several key elements of the AEFC policy agenda aimed at advancing arts education in Federal education law. By passing this bill in the House, we now have the opportunity for our arts elements to appear in a compromise bill if the Senate passes their bill this fall.
Proposed cuts to NEA funding
On July 22, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and Environment (which has jurisdiction over the budget of the National Endowment for the Arts [NEA]) released its proposed budget for fiscal year 2014. While it was expected that the House would recommend a reduction in funding for the NEA, the proposed level, $75 million, is more substantial than anticipated: almost 50% lower than the NEA’s current level ($146 million). Legislative Alert: House Subcommittee Proposes Cuts to NEA Funding
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Webinar About Music Education and Neuroscience
As part of a growing body of research on arts and brain function, music research has many people listening. Neuroscience has helped to demonstrate the work of innovative music-education programs around the country. One such program, Harmony Project, is an award-winning organization that provides research-based music education to at-risk youth in Los Angeles, California. For two decades, neurobiologist Nina Kraus has pioneered multidisciplinary research on how music affects brain function across the lifespan. Dr. Kraus, principal investigator at the Auditory Neuroscience Lab at Northwestern University, will share her latest findings on music learning and brain development as they relate to Harmony Project. Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 3:30pm (EDT) The webinar is free and open to the public. Please register in advance.
GrantStation: When money is tight or when experiencing a budget gap, or when launching a new program area or expanding an organization’s audience base, we often think “Why not get a grant?” This webinar, presented by Judi Margolin, explores the ins and outs of grantseeking, providing some very specific advice about how to be successful at securing outside funding from both foundations and corporations. Topics covered include the various types of grants, which kinds of grants in which dollar amounts work best for different types of funders, types of grant support, alternatives to cash grants, and how to determine where grants fit in your overall funding scheme. What to do when you actually receive a grant to ensure you are well positioned for the next grant is also addressed. The webinar will be held Thursday, August 22, 2013. Click here to register.
Education WeekLeadership Forums offers on-demand streaming of “Road Maps to Common Core Success”: http://www.edweekevents.org/common-core-success-virtual/
Preparing Students for the Next America: The Benefits of an Arts Education—AEP’s latest research bulletin offers a snapshot of how the arts support achievement in school, bolster skills demanded of a 21st century workforce, and enrich the lives of young people and communities. Click here to download the free PDF.
What School Leaders Can do to Increase Arts Education—This brochure-length guide, prepared with support from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, offers three concrete actions—supported by low-cost or no-cost strategies—school principals can take to increase arts education in their schools. Click here to download the free PDF.
Music Matters: How Music Education Helps Students Learn, Achieve, and Succeed—In this bulletin (commissioned by the Quincy Jones Musiq Consortium), AEP reviewed an extensive body of research to identify high-quality, evidence-based studies that document student learning outcomes associated with an education in and through music. Click here to download the free PDF.
The Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History seeks a School Programs Coordinator who will be responsible for  administrative management of all things school tours as well as collaboration with a diverse group of volunteer docents and education interns. They are seeking someone who is bilingual and able to communicate comfortably with kids and adults in Spanish. For the full job description and application instructions: http://www.santacruzmah.org/about/job-opportunities/school-program-job-description/
Arts Ed: From MAC 07-24-13

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Gardening… the slowest of the performing arts….


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Arts Organizations July 24 2013

Greetings from the Montana Arts Council.
Information on unsubscribing to this email newsletter is at the end of the email.
Below you will find information on:
·        WEBINARS
Click here Free: The State of Grantseeking 2013: How Your Mission, Budget, & Location Affect Your Grantseeking
Please join us for an encore presentation of the State of Grantseeking webinar that we presented in June! Learn which types of organizations receive the largest grant awards and if your annual budget helps or hurts your grant application, plus more about the present state of grantseeking in the U.S. Gain additional benchmarking tools and learn the median award size, staff size, grant activity pattern and more based on organizational mission, budget, and location. In this webinar, Ellen Mowrer, GrantStation’s Business Development Advisor, provides valuable results from the State of Grantseeking 2013 Report. After the webinar, attendees will receive the complete set of survey focus sheets and comparisons. There will be plenty of time for questions and answers. This webinar will be held on Wednesday, September 11, 2013.
Wednesday September 11, 2013 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 45 minutes
Fee: Free
From Idealware, How do you convey the great work your organization is doing with blogs, photos and videos?
Thursday July 25, 2013 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Fee: $40
Native Artist Professional Development Training (see attached pdf)
Support for National and International Children’s Programs
Click here Ronald McDonald House Charities
Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) supports nonprofit organizations whose programs help improve the health and well being of children throughout the world. Grants are provided to stable, efficient U.S-based organizations operating domestically or internationally that have an extensive impact on children. (Programs that are local in scope are not supported.) The current focus is on sustainable, replicable projects that include a train-the-trainer component in their pursuit of addressing the most pressing issues relating to children’s health and well being. Online applications will be accepted through August 30, 2013. Visit the RMHC website to review the application guidelines.
International Travel Grants for Performing Arts Presenters
Click here Association of Performing Arts Presenters: The Cultural Exchange Fund
The Cultural Exchange Fund, an initiative of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, is a travel subsidy program that assists U.S.-based presenters in building partnerships with international touring artists, companies, and their collaborators. The focus of the program is on increasing presenters’ knowledge of international performing artists based outside the U.S. and the cultural context for these artists’ work. In promoting cross-cultural arts programming, travel to the Middle East, Asia, Latin America, and Africa is strongly encouraged. The maximum amount awarded per individual organization or artist is $2,000. Group travel subsidies of three or more presenters are also available, with a maximum award of $10,000. All applicants must be members of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters. Applications must be submitted online through the Association of Performing Arts Presenters website.
The upcoming application deadlines are August 15, 2013, and February 13 and August 14, 2014.
Education Research Supported
Click here Department of Education
The Institute of Education Sciences: Education Research program seeks to provide parents, educators, students, researchers, policymakers, and the general public with reliable and valid information about education practices that support learning and improve academic achievement and access to education opportunities for all students.
The application deadline is September 4, 2013.
Thriving Cultures Program
Thriving Cultures Program is offering grants to art training organizations and projects with a pursuit of cultural, social and civic changes for their communities. Organizations can catalyze changes through art and culture by applying to one of the four program areas: Teens’ Artistic and Cultural Advancement; Community Engaged Design; Artists and Economic Development; and Artists Engaging in Social Change.
Thriving Cultures Program DEADLINE:  January 1, 2014
NASAA’s Executive Director Jonathan Katz says “…arts education now faces what I will call a “tripping point”: a circumstance in which major policy decisions will either significantly advance or significantly harm a cause.
Click here Giving Institute 
The Giving Institute has released Giving USA 2013, which addresses the sources and uses of individual, corporate and foundation gifts in 2012. According to the report’s highlights, support for the arts, culture and the humanities increased by 7.8% in 2012, totaling $14.4 billion.
From GuideStar, an interview with Madeline Stanionis talking with her publisher about e-mail fundraising.
From BoardSource, good tips for board leadership and conduct.
Free memberships and paid memberships for access to Learning, Connecting, Succeeding.
Making Magic, Reality TV and Risk as a Red Herring,
From Socialbrite/social solutions for nonprofits; Content strategy basics for optimizing your volunteers’ contributions
From Learning Center/Network for Good, a Fundraising Guide for the Overworked Nonprofit
Originally published on NTEN Connect Blog – what links might we find between the unique aspects of cloud technology, and the conditions and success factors for innovation?
From NTEN/Nonprofit Technology Network, what a nonprofit leader really needs to know about IT.
Cinda Holt
Business Development Specialist
Montana Arts Council
514 Winters Lane
Stevensville, MT 59870
406.777.1777 fax
Arts Organizations July 24 2013

Bobbie Garver

Good afternoon everyone,
We wanted to make sure everyone saw this article celebrating Bobbie Garver’s career at the Indiana Arts Commission. Although now retired, Bobbie was a longtime member of this network and her 44 years (!!) of service to a state arts agency will remain a great inspiration to everyone.
Eric Giles
Learning Services Manager
National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
202-347-6352 x 117
Bobbie Garver