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Submit an Expression of Interest to the FCC by the March 7th deadline.
Sample EOI’s are available here
On January 30th, the Federal Communications Commission announced the
Rural Broadband Experiments– an initiative soliciting proposals to bring high-speed Internet service to Rural America. For the first time, cooperatives, municipalities, nonprofits, anchor institutions, and Tribal governments are able to access federal funding to bring broadband service to rural areas.
This is a historic opportunity for rural advocates and entities committed to closing
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the digital divide in rural communities.
The Rural Broadband Policy Group of the National Rural Assembly hosted a webinar where Jonathan Chambers, Chief of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis, talked about how advocates, Internet providers, and anchor institutions can participate in the experiments. Interested parties were asked to submit an “Expression of Interest” by March 7.
The FCC will determine the amount of funding to allocate in the Rural Broadband Experiments based on the number of Expressions of Interest submitted.
Deadline to submit an Expression of Interest is
March 7, 2014.
Whether you are an interested Internet provider or a concerned community advocate, the RBPG highly encourages you to submit an Expression of Interest.
Below you can find sample Expressions of Interest and where to file your EOI: 
For more information on how to file, please contact Edyael Casaperalta, RBPG Coordinator, at

The YMCA Writer’s Voice and Billings Public Library present The Big Read True Grit: John Wayne Film Festival – March 2014

PRESS RELEASE: February 24, 2014
Contact: Corby Skinner 294-1620
The YMCA Writer’s Voice and Billings Public Library present
The Big Read True Grit: John Wayne Film Festival – March 2014
In celebration of the Big Read and Charles Portis’s True Grit, the Library and YMCA are presenting a John Wayne film series. Films will be held in the Billings Public Library Community Room, 1:00pm, every Saturday in March! Films are free of charge with a discussion to follow.
March 1Red River(1948)
It’s mutiny on the cattle drive when hot-tempered trail boss Tom Dunson (Wayne) relentlessly brutalizes his drovers, causing his adopted son Matt Garth (Montgomery Clift) to intercede and take charge. Tom vows vengeance for Matt’s unpardonable offense, leading to the quintessential Western showdown. The movie was director Howard Hawks’ immortal sagebrush saga.
March 8The Searchers (1956)
After his entire family is viciously wiped out, hardened war veteran Ethan Edwards (Wayne) embarks on a long journey to find his only surviving niece, Debbie (Natalie Wood), who has been captured by hostile Comanche Indians. Stephen Spielberg called director John Ford’s richly scenic Western one of the greatest films of all time.
March 15How the West Was Won (1962)
Three generations of the adventurous Prescott family risk their lives to carve out a new existence on the American frontier. The film epic demanded the talents of three directors, including the master of Westerns, John Ford. The stellar cast includes John Wayne, Karl Malden, James Stewart, Debbie Reynolds, Gregory Peck and George Peppard.
March 22The Cowboys(1972)
Wayne plays Wil Andersen, an aging rancher who can’t find local cowboys to run his cattle drive. His solution is to hire schoolboys, who will be quickly forced to become men during a treacherous 400 mile cattle run from Montana to South Dakota. Join this odd group of cattle drivers as they brave the trail and face not only obstacles of nature, but also a group of cattle thieves.
March 29Rooster Cogburn (1975)
John Wayne returns as the irascible Rooster Cogburn in this entertaining sequel to True Grit. This time, Wayne gets saddled with prim Eula Goodnight (Katharine Hepburn), a minister’s daughter who’s more than a match for the cranky U.S. Marshal.
Sign up for a Big Read Book Discussion!
To register for one of these discussion groups and to receive a free copy of “True Grit,” call the Billings Public Library at 657-8258 or go to the 2nd Floor Service Desk.
Monday, March 3    7pm            Library, Castle Rock Jr High        Terra Beth Jochems  
Monday, March 3    7pm            Billing Public Library                   Bernie Quetchenbach
Tuesday, March 4   7pm            Rocky Mountain College Library  Bernard Rose  
Wed., March 5       7pm            Billings Public Library                  Kris Keup  
Wed., March 5       7pm            YMCA                                        Corby Skinner  
Thurs., March 6     7pm             Huntington Learning Center      Jennifer Quinn
Corby Skinner
The YMCA Writer’s Voice and Billings Public Library present The Big Read True Grit: John Wayne Film Festival – March 2014

Office of Tourism News February 2014

Montana Tourism Industry News

February 2014

Invisible Sales, Sharing Success, Content Factories – All Topics at 2014 MT Tourism Conference

Want to know how to engage the self-educating consumer? Need help keeping content current (and compelling) on your website, Facebook, Instagram and other communication channels? Had a tourism project success you want to share with your …

MTOT Announces New Tourism Awards Categories

The Montana Office of Tourism is shaking up the 2014 Montana Tourism Awards with new categories more closely related to MTOT’s programs. Co-op Partner of the Year  (Eligible nominees include entities that have partnered with …

2014 VIC Grant Program Applications Open

MTOT’s Visitor Services Program is currently taking applications for the 2014 Visitor Information Center (VIC) Grant Program. The VIC staff funding assistance program will offer up to $8,000 to ten nonprofit organizations that currently …

Montana Office of Tourism Awards e-Marketing Grants to Nine Tourism Organizations

Tourism organizations from eight Montana communities will be able to move forward with new e-marketing projects thanks to recent funding awards made by the Montana Office of Tourism (MTOT) at the Montana Department of Commerce. MTOT …

Montana 2014 – 2015 Official Guidebook Now Available

The Montana Office of Tourism (MTOT) is helping travelers “Step out of bounds” this summer and “Go deeper” in the winter to experience their own Montana moment with the 2014–2015 Official Guidebook, now available for …

Montana Tourism News Website Re-Launches

The Montana Office of Tourism recently re-launched, your best source for information about Montana’s tourism industry. The updated website features a new design with improved navigation.  Montana Tourism News is organized into the …

MTOT Hires New Public Information Officer

Daniel Iverson is the Montana Office of Tourism’s new Public Information Officer. He will be responsible for developing MTOT’s in-state outreach, public information, and media relations programs. Daniel’s background is a mix of …

Montana History Foundation Announces $75,000 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 …

Montana State Parks Announces 2013 Annual Visitation Highest Visitation on Record

Montana State Parks ( has announced that the 2013 annual visitation numbers are the highest on record, with more than 2,112,000 visits to Montana’s 54 state parks from January – December 2013 …

Convenient and Valuable Montana Hospitality Training – at Your Fingertips!

“Very useful!” “Amazing Videos.” “Wonderful generational map.” “A great tool.” Take time to experience this online, self-paced, engaging training – available 24/7/365 and free of charge. With a click, you are there: …

Upcoming Webinars from eLearningU

The Montana Office of Tourism’s eLearningU webinars are presented every Thursday from noon to 1:00 PM and are free to MTOT partners. Webinars also are recorded and may be viewed later if you’re …

Calendar of Events (Feb-Mar 2014)

February 15–23: Big Sky Documentary Film Festival – Missoula February 19–20: Brand workshop – Billings March 1: Federal Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant deadline March 6–7: Region/CVB meeting – Helena March 12–13: Brand workshop …
Office of Tourism News February 2014

Public Artists February 25 2014

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February 25th, 2014
 Dear Public Artist, 
Greetings! You may scroll down through the actual newsletter or simply click on the links to your favorite features in the adjoining sidebar.
Sorry for the tardy e-news!  I’ve been busier than usual finalizing contract language for several artists, and organizing new and current public art projects. I spent part of my day Thursday helping to facilitate the final designs for the Women As Community Builder’s Murals that have been commissioned for the Montana State Capitol building. Missoula artist Hadley Ferguson, Senator Lynda Moss, Senate Bill 59’s sponsor, and MSU History Professor Mary Murphy, who was just named a Distinguished Professor, and I pasted up a large paper template of the medallions and side vignettes and projected images. As I stood there using terms such as: oculus, Elements and Principles of Design and negative space, I realized I was guiding a bit of the future with something that will go down in history. It was an amazing feeling. To learn more
Thanks for reading, Kim
  General Interest
“View From a Landing” 2012 KBH
Executive Director’s Column
NASAA NOTES – National Assembly of States Arts Agencies
February 2014
Talking about Art
Jonathan Katz
The term art has different meanings for different people. Clarity and good communication strategy can result in valuable support; miscommunication can be
costly . . . Read more
A Friendly Shout-out to our Council Member – Tracy Linder of Molt, MT  
Hi Everyone,
I am happy to announce that my work “Conversations with the Land” is being included in the “Creativity at Work” exhibit at Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Feb.21-May 24. I felt I should share it with you all because of the following passage on the invite….I certainly found it interesting. -Best, Tracy 
SVC Brochure Linder – See the front of this brochure for the passage she refers to. 
Grant Guidelines and Webinars
National Endowment for the Arts
We have completed the Art Works discipline-specific guidelines webinars. To review the archives, see the complete listing.
WEBINARS  in February from Creative Capital  
We are delighted to share with you our upcoming February webinars for artists! Highlights this month include an interview with NYC gallerist Kat Griefen of Accola Griefen Gallery, our Kickstarter primer concerning crowdsourced fundraising, and a new strategic marketing webinar with consultant Brian Tate. Please join us!
Inside the Art World, with Kat Griefen & Matthew Deleget
Thursday, February 13, 7:00-8:30pm EST
More Information >>
Register Now
Kickstarter School, with Stephanie Pereira
Thursday, February 20, 7:00-8:30pm EST
More Information >>
Register Now 

The Seven Elements of Strategic Marketing, with Brian Tate
Monday, February 24, 7:00-8:30pm EST
More Information >>
Register Now 

Artist-Community Engagement, with Stephanie Bleyer
Thursday, February 27, 7:00-8:30pm EST
More Information >>
Register Now

Interested but can’t attend? All registered participants will receive access to a recording of that webinar.
The Whitefish Review:
SUBMISSION STATUS: The submission period is currently OPEN
Whitefish Review strongly encourages submitters to be familiar with the journal before submitting. Current & past issues as well as subscriptions are available for purchase.
  • Ready, aim, fire! (But, don’t shoot your eye out.)
  • The Whitefish Review editors have selected “fire” as the theme for issue #15. We ask authors and artists to interpret it broadly.
  •  Fire is universal. It warms. It bonds people together. It’s hot and unpredictable. This primal force can be contained or let loose and take on a life of its own. Fire is elemental and beautiful, but there is also a dangerous side. There’s a yin and yang to fire.
  •  Fire destroys, creates bare ground singed black. But this essential force of nature also creates renewal and room for new, green growth. Fire is seductive and draws you in-but be careful or you’ll get burned.
  •  Crackle and hiss. Pop! Fire is loud, sometimes angry with its roar. Then just a glowing ember, pulsing in the wind.
  •  From passion to wildfires to the warmth of the hearth, to cavemen creating a space against the cold dark wilderness, fire can take on many forms. So crank up some Billy Joel, Johnny Cash, Jimi or Jerry… and send us your creative fire.
  •  Submission period: January 15, 2014 – March 15, 2014
  • All submissions to Whitefish Review must be sent using our online submission manager 
Thank you to all the writers, artists, and photographers for your support and interest.
June 7 – July 13, 2014
Artwork Entries Due: April 20 or Postmarked by April 19
Global Online Preview Begins: May 23 at 10am
In Gallery Preview (no purchasing): June 2-6, 1-9pm
Opening Party & Artwork Sale: June 7, 6-10pm ($10), 7:30pm raffle for
buyer position 1-20, 8:00pm purchasing open for all other buyers
Global Online Purchasing Begins: June 10 at 10am
Artwork Purchase Price: $20 each
Sold Out Artists’ Names Revealed Online: July 4
Purchased Artwork Pick-Up: July 13, 14 & 15, 12-6pm

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Artist’s-in-Residence Program and our Center in Centennial Valley, Montana
The Taft-Nicholson Center Artist in Residence Program offers dedicated artists a supportive and transformational environment to further their creative development. In a remote setting dedicated to the historical integrity of the land and the preservation of natural habitat and wildlife, artists can experience unencumbered time to allow for thoughtful reflection and develop their work.
Artists from many fields are encouraged to apply. This includes  but is not limited to – visual artists, composers, writers, dancers, photographers, filmmakers, dramatists, and textile artists.
The 2014 Artist in Residence season begins on July 1st and ends on September 30th. It is expected that residencies will last two weeks but artists are encouraged to specify how much time they need for their project. For more information and application forms
Residency awards will be announced by May 1st. For information about artist support and requirements, visit the Taft-Nicholson Center website or contact Mary Tull at
The Taft-Nicholson Center AIR (artist-in-res) application process is open to the public. We want all Montana artists know about this unique opportunity. The Center that aims to bridge the arts and humanities with the sciences to increase environmental literacy, boost environmental awareness and inspire personal connection to nature. Students, teachers, artists, and scientists participate in the diverse educational programming the center offers–sharing their take on the natural world and preparing themselves to impact change in positive and meaningful ways. 
We offer a unique residency because our fellowships permit artists from all social classes and walks of life the opportunity to afford such an experience. Unfortunately, a vast majority of artist’s residencies around the country do not cover food or lodging costs like we do at the Taft-Nicholson Center. Normally, artist residency program costs are paid by the artist, which automatically precludes the underserved or underprivileged from participating.   
Food for Thought

KBH 2012
It’s fun to think that the new world of the Internet demands entirely new methods to connect and cultivate supporters. But as it turns out, many ancient practices still apply. Case in point, this recent study of successful and unsuccessful Kickstarter campaign language.
It found that phrases connected to value for the audience, and confidence for the initiative, tended to win support more than phrases that lacked connection or confidence of success.
66 Amazing Examples Of Paper Art | DeMilked
So you thought you’d seen it all! Try grabbing some inspiration and at least some awe from these splendid artworks. Thanks go to Tom Foolery, Dillon artist who received them from his grapevine.
Dimitri Keriotis on Not Having to Do Without
On the Readings & Workshops blog, Dimitri Keriotis writes, “We’ve all heard the news about the economy creeping back to life. This notion recently became real when a colleague and I wanted to bring writer Suzanne Roberts to Modesto Junior College to read from her memoir Almost Somewhere. I hit up my dean for some money for a P&W matching grant, and without pausing, he said, ‘I can find something for you.’ As I walked out of his office, I wondered if I’d heard him correctly. The last time I asked for money I’d been laughed out the door.”
 January 21, 2014 by Andrew Taylor 

   Check Art Calls at:
“View From a Landing” 2012 KBH
Technical and archival information for artists from: Golden paints Newsletter #30 is released   
Creative Capital
On Creative Capital’s blog The Lab, we share tips and resources for artists working in all disciplines. This includes the popular Page from Our Handbook  series of best practices, which is based on the Artist’s Tools Handbook we give to each PDP core workshop participant. Some recent posts to check out:
A Page From Our Handbook: Intro to Funding for Art Projects
A Page from Our Handbook: Building Relationships With Funders
From Artist to Enterprise: Organizational Structures for Artists
Real-Life Budgeting: Building a Sustainable Life as an Artist
Tremaine Foundation Resources for Artists : Online links to a variety of resources for individual artists and arts organizations. 
The National Arts Program — click to view magazine
 Art Daily   Click to view magazine
The First Art Newspaper on the Net
Copyright ©  
Lynn Basa 
Lynn is one of the artists I turn to when I need advice. Not once has she mentioned her book.  I came across it today in the search for something else. So, I will toot the horn for her and have you consider her ideas.  Lynn Basa website to see her artwork.  
Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture, Inc.  in Bozeman Posts Vacancy:
Job Title: Curator of Exhibits & Education
Arts Grants Administrator Positions
California Arts Council
The California Arts Council will be hiring individuals to fill program administrator positions for the first time in over ten years. Currently there are two vacancies to be filled. This is a rare opportunity to join a hard working agency during an exciting time of growth.
The California Arts Council invites qualified applicants to participate in step one of a four-step hiring process.
For More>>
Musical America has job opportunities for artists and
 other disciplines.JOB POSTINGS
“Undulations” 2012 KBH
Are You A Montana Photographer?
Our Percent-for-Art Program needs to hear from you.
The Selection Committee will be seeking high quality, Color or B&W, high resolution, digital [or traditional images than can be digitalized] of Montana landscapes, city/town/ghost town-scapes and community/tribal events. Once the prospectus is finalized on this project, we’ll distribute further details of the call and set an application deadline.
Quick Facts:
Who: Montana Residents, who are U.S. Residents
What:  Request for contact information
When: Please let me know how to reach you by Friday, February 28th, 2014
Where: Interior sites with a potential of up to 15 images for permanent installation
Kim Baraby Hurtle, Percent-for-Art Program Director, or Montana Arts Council, P.O. Box 202201, Helena, MT 59620-2201, 406-444-6639
Residency, American Arts Incubator – Zero1
Location: Laos, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines  Deadline: March 2, 2014  Accepting applications for international exchange program focused on community-based public art.  Click here to learn more.  
The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, in partnership with the Department of Finance and Administrative Services and Triad Development, is seeking three artists or artist teams to create large-scale murals for the construction fence surrounding the Civic Square future development site between Third and Fourth avenues and Cherry and James streets in downtown Seattle. Each mural location is a side of the fence, one city-block long and approximately 200 linear feet. Each artist or artist team will paint his or her mural directly on the fence; the image should reflect Seattle’s vibrancy in some way; its work, cultural life, history, or commitment to sustainability.
Six finalists will be commissioned to prepare proposals; three artists or artist teams will be selected to create a mural.
Eligibility: Open to professional artists living within the United States or Canada.
Budget: Six artists will each receive $750 to develop and present his or her proposals, and three artists or artist teams will each receive $25,000, all inclusive for time and materials, to create his/her mural. If the selected artist or artist team is from outside the Seattle area, expenses for travel and lodging will be negotiated.
Deadline: 11 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, Monday March 10, 2014.
Info: Deborah Paine, Curator & Collections Manager, (206) 684-7132.
Funding for this artwork program is provided by Triad Development, Inc.
Utah Public Art office.
We have two calls for American / legal resident artists that have just opened for your consideration or to share with those you think might be interested.  
Details on each are available.
  •  2nd District Ogden Juvenile Court – The Juvenile Court of Ogden is requesting qualifications and a letter of interest from artists interesting in creating public artwork for this new facility in Odgen, Utah. The Court is motivated by a vision to mend, protect and strengthen families and the community. It is the desire of the Art Selection Committee that this artist installation(s) will reflect the court’s motivation for service to children, families, and the community. Applications are being accepted online at or with the Utah Public Art office (details in the Juvenile Court RFQ link above).  Budget: $208,000 – Deadline: March 7, 2014
Request for Qualifications: 
Northfield Uplands Park Public Art Project
PUBLIC ART BUDGET:  Approximately $340,000 USD
Denver Arts & Venues (A&V) seeks to commission an artist or an artist team to create a site-specific artwork for the Northfield Uplands Park Project in Stapleton
The project is open to all artists in the U.S. working in all media and materials.
Applications must be submitted on by 11:59 pm MDT on Sunday, March 9, 2014.
Apply at:
Project Overview
With the passage of the 2007 Better Denver Bond Program, the City and County of Denver is implementing more than 175 projects to improve, preserve, renovate and build new roads, libraries, parks, hospitals, public safety facilities, cultural facilities and more.  One of the most significant Better Denver Bond projects for the Stapleton area is the Central Park Boulevard (CPB)/I-70 Interchange that is providing a strong connection between the residential and mixed-use development in south Stapleton and the continued development of Northfield and rest of Stapleton north of I-70. This is the funding source for the Northfield Uplands Park project.
Tracy Hall Science Center, Weber State University – Weber State University Tracy Hall Science Center is requesting qualifications and a letter of interest from artists interesting in working with the design team to create public art installation(s) for this new science facility on the campus of Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. The Selection Committee is interested in working in collaboration with the artist toward a project of melding science and art. The commission will be awarded based on interviews with the finalists. Applications are being accepted online at or with the Utah Public Art office (details in the Tracy Science Center RFQ link above). 
Budget: $472,000 – Deadline: March 14, 2014
Jim Glenn
Collections, Design, Visual and Public Art
Office 801-245 7271 – Mobile 801-808-4557 
The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) is looking for artists to apply for a public art project for the Clifton Enhancement Project. {Under Public Art near bottom of list]  Please see the attached pdf with instructions or download the pdf at under Public Art. 
Artists should follow the instructions to have a FTP account set up for them to upload ALL submission requirements.  If you do not have a computer, mail a hard copy of ALL requirements to the address below by Fri, March 14, 2014:
Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority
1240 W. 6th Street, 5th Floor
Cleveland, OH  44113
Attn: Theresa A. Burrage
Public Sculpture Opportunity                                                             
Terre Haute, IN
 Art Spaces – Wabash Valley Outdoor Sculpture Collection, Inc. is issuing a Request for Proposals for a site-specific project to be located on the campus of Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana.  Deadline for receipt of materials is Wednesday, March 19, 2014.  The artist budget for this project is $38,000.  For more information: or send request to or call 812-235-2801.
The sculpture will be located between the two buildings that comprise Reeve Hall, a new student residence hall which will open in fall 2014.
Mary Kramer
Executive Director
Art Spaces, Inc.
669 Ohio St.
Terre Haute, IN  47807
Sauk County, WI + Farm/Art DTour
The Farm/Art DTour is a fifty-mile self-guided drive through the beautiful working lands of Sauk County, Wisconsin punctuated by Art Works (large-scale temporary art installations), Roadside Culture Stands (artist-built mobile farm stands), Pasture Performances, Field Notes (rural culture education sites), and more. Wormfarm will commission 6-8 Art Works to be installed on land along the fifty-mile DTour route. Artists are responsible for both installation and de-installation of their work and will have about 2 weeks to install and 1 week after to de-install. Artists retain ownership of the work after the DTour. The total budget for Art Works on the Farm/Art DTour is $35,000, and from this Wormfarm will fund 6-8 installations.
Eligibility: No eligibility requirements specified.
Deadline: March 21, 2014, 5PM
Budget: $35,000 (See Details)
 or email Katie Schofield
Toledo Gateway Project: Request for Qualifications
The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo is working with the City of Toledo Department of Engineering Services and engineering firm URS to integrate public art and other infrastructure enhancements into the redesign to the major entry gateway to downtown Toledo, OH located at the intersection of Erie St., The Anthony Wayne Trail and Lafayette St.
We are looking for artists experienced in environmental, iconographic and conceptual solutions for public art. A wide variety of artworks will be considered, including functional elements, the appearance of integration into the existing architecture, design integration into infrastructure, freestanding and overhead sculpture and artwork sited at multiple locations within the site.
Submitted qualifications will be judged on a competitive basis. Three to five finalists will be interviewed from which a winner will be selected and paid to become part of the design team. 
For more information, please visit
Deadline: March 28th, 2014
Nathan Mattimoe
Art in Public Places
The Arts Commission
P: 419.254.2787
F: 419-254-2790
Sweet Pea Festival 2014 announces its 29th Annual Poster Contest and 6th Annual T-Shirt Art Contest. Deadline for entries for the Poster Contest is Friday, April 25, 2014 and deadline for entries for the T-Shirt Contest is Friday, March 28, 2014. Sweet Pea Festival 2014 also announces its call for artist entries for the Arts & Crafts Show. Deadline for entries is Saturday, April 5, 2014.
Please find full press release containing details of guidelines and application processes attached.
Project Summary: The Texas Tech University System seeks to commission a professional artist to create site-specific exterior sculpture(s)to be placed outside the Biology Building as a part of the Biological Sciences Buildings Life Safety upgrades. Retrofitting of the building will be completed by April 2014. Submitting artists should consider views from the upper floors of the building, which is how occupants of the building’s offices and classrooms will also experience it, in addition to what they see at ground level. Water features are highly discouraged, but the selected artist may have an opportunity to collaborate with landscape architects for the project. Among relevant concepts to consider are evolution, life science, the “study of life,” physiology, interactivity and educational components. Artists should keep in mind that this is a diverse department that intentionally emphasizes breadth. Any concepts that may be considered polemic or political should be avoided.
Location: Lubbock, Texas
Budget: $77,000 (all inclusive)
Deadline: Monday, March 31, 2014, 3 p.m. (CDT)
City of Lewistown, MT: Art Call 
The City of Lewistown, Montana is soliciting proposals for the sculptural centerpiece of a small park, “Trailhead Park”, currently under construction to improve access and visibility to the rapidly developing Lewistown Trail System. Proposals are due by 4 pm on April 1, 2014. Details on background, timing, funding, evaluation criteria, proposal requirements and supporting information are available to interested artists from Jim Chalmers, Chair, Lewistown Trails Coordinating Committee at:

Kim Baraby Hurtle
Percent-for-Art Director
(406) 444-6639 
Items included in our e-newsletters are not endorsements and readers are encouraged to decide for themselves whether the information is useful to them. 
Public Artists February 25 2014

High Plains Book Awards

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High Plains Book Awards – Nominations Still Open


Billings, Montana – February 16, 2014 –

There is still time to submit nominations for the eighth annual High Plains Book Awards. Nominations will be accepted through March 14, 2014.  For information on how to nominate a book or a writer, go to More than 65 nominations have already been sent in, with books originating from small regional presses and major New York City publishers.
The 2014 awards include two new categories, Best Children’s Book and Best Medicine & Science Book.  Nominations are also open for the books published for the first time in 2013 in these following categories:  Best Fiction; Best Nonfiction; Best Poetry; Best First Book; Best Woman Writer; Best Art & Photography; Best Short Stories, Best Culinary and Best Young Adult. Winners receive a $500 prize and are honored at the during the annual High Plains BookFest. 
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 published writers with connections to the High Plains region. 
Winners will be honored at an awards banquet on Saturday, October 25, 2014, at the Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings, Montana. The Awards Banquet is a signature event held in conjunction with the 12th annual High Plains BookFest. Authors interested in participating in the 2014 BookFest should contact the YMCA Writer’s Voice director Corby Skinner
About the High Plains Book Awards
The Billings Public Library Board established the High Plains Book Awards in 2006 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.
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High Plains Book Awards


APPLICANTS SHOULD EMAIL ONLY THESE DOCUMENTS Cover letter, resume, and two professional references.  Do not send additional materials at this time.
March 21, 2014
The Big Sky Film Institute (BSFI) is seeking applications for the position of Executive Director.   The Executive Director is responsible for overall organizational operation, staff management, planning and budgeting; and for the planning and successful presentation of the 2015 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival (BSDFF), 2015 Big Sky Doc Shop, and the year-round weekly Big Sky Film Series.   Applicants must be available to start work full-time in Missoula, Montana, on May 1, 2014.  The Executive Director role requires strong organizational leadership to maximize existing strategies and develop new directions, while conducting festival and film series planning, administration, budgeting, fundraising, and staff management in an effective manner and in accordance with policies set by the Big Sky Film Institute Board of Directors.  The Executive Director is the chief staff member of the organization and is the public “face” of the annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival and weekl
 y year-round Big Sky Film Series.  
Create and administer the annual BSFI budget, working collaboratively with program and development staff In conjunction with festival staff, plan and execute the annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival and Big Sky Doc Shop.
Execute the weekly Big Sky Film Series in conjunction with staff.
Execute effective annual branding and marketing of BSDFF locally, regionally, and nationally, and identify strategies for developing filmmaker, film industry, and audience participation.
Work with development team in creating and cultivating successful relationships with major donors and business partners/sponsors.
Represent the organization in the local community and in the media.
Foster positive, productive relationships and teamwork among staff, board and volunteers.
Work with the Board President to facilitate meetings and participation of the Board of Directors.
Excellent written and oral communication skills, including public speaking Knowledge of the fields of film, video, and new media Experience with financial management in a small non-profit corporation Demonstrated ability to work with a governing board Ability to lead and motivate staff and volunteers Minimum B.A., B.S.., B.F.A., M.A., or M.F.A. in a related field.
To be determined based on candidate experience and availability. 
Applicants should submit a resume, brief introductory letter, and a minimum of two professional references, to <> with the subject “Executive Director Application.”  Send only the requested information.  We will request additional information if necessary. 
The BSFI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Missoula, Montana. Major programs of the Big Sky Film Institute include the annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, the weekly year-round Big Sky Film Series, and the annual Big Sky Doc Shop.  Additionally, BSFI offers fiscal sponsorship for non-fiction filmmakers with projects in-production.  The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival (BSDFF) is the largest cinema event in Montana and the premier venue for non-fiction film in the American West. The 2014 BSDFF drew an audience of more than 25,000 and received more than 1,000 film entries from every corner of the globe. The BSDFF offers a unique setting for filmmakers to premiere new work and for audiences to see innovative new films, as well as classics in the genre. The festival hosts visiting artists, and presents an average of 125 non-fiction films annually at multiple venues in downtown Missoula, Montana including the Crystal Theater, Top Hat Lounge, and the historic
  1,000-seat Wilma Theater.  In addition to screenings, events include panel discussions, workshops, pitch sessions, parties and receptions.  The festival is a qualifying event for the Academy Awards.  Winning films in the Short Documentary and Mini-Doc categories automatically qualify to compete for an Oscar the following year.  The weekly Big Sky Film Series screens new and classic non-fiction films every Monday night at the Top Hat Lounge in downtown Missoula.  The Big Sky Film Series is free and open to the public. 
Big Sky Film Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.


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After many hours of viewing, deliberating and debating, the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival’s competition jury has reached consensus in all four awards categories for the 2014 event. The winners of the Feature, Big Sky, Short and Mini-Doc categories were announced before an energized and packed house last night at the Top Hat Lounge in downtown Missoula.
“There was considerable debate among the judges in all four categories,” said festival director Nick Davis. “That’s a real testament to the quality of our selections and to the work of both the filmmakers and of our programming team.”
Three of the four competition categories—Best Feature, Best Short, and Best Mini-Doc—are based on running time, while the Big Sky Award is presented to the best film about the American West. Films that had yet to be broadcast and were completed in the previous calendar year were eligible.
The Best Feature award went to A WORLD NOT OURS, an intimate and funny portrait of three generations of exile in the refugee camp of Ain el-Helweh, in southern Lebanon.  “Through his unique sensibility and keenly perceptive eye, filmmaker Mahdi Fleifel gives us a fascinating glimpse into the world of the Palestinian refugee camp where he grew up,” read the judges’ statement. “In so doing, he creates a remarkable cinematic journey that is both highly personal and strikingly universal.”
The Big Sky Award was earned by URANIUM DRIVE-IN, the gripping story of a once-booming Colorado mining town as it grapples with the prospect of a return to the mining industry that offers a conflicting mix of economic prosperity and environmental and health challenges. The film was directed by Susan Beraza.  “We chose URANIUM DRIVE-IN  for the Big Sky Award because of its balanced and raw look at the realities of mining,” said the jury. “The filmmakers took great care with the subject and the characters and the result is a powerful story about life in the west.”  URANIUM DRIVE-IN also took home a cash prize of $1000 sponsored by the Montana Film Office. 
The Best Short award winner was THE RECORD BREAKER, the funny and surprisingly heartfelt tale of Ashrita Furman, the man with the most Guinness World Records of all time. The film’s director is Brian McGinn.  “THE RECORD BREAKER is witty, fast-paced and accomplished, with an engaging character who has found his own personal quirky passion in life,” said the judges. “Underneath the fun, the film grapples with deeper, even profound issues such as the nature of obsession and changing relationships between parents and child.” 
And finally, the winner of the Best Mini-Doc award went to EUGENE, directed by Jordan Olshanksy and Jason Stanfield. The 13-minute film, shot over the course of several months, tracks the last days of a homeless man living in the outskirts of San Francisco. The judges’ statement was not available as of press time.
The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival’s status as a qualifying festival for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the Short and Mini-Doc categories means that THE RECORD BREAKER and EUGENE are now eligible for consideration for next year’s Oscars.
In addition to the category winners, judges were given the option of presenting an Artistic Vision award in each category. In each case, the jury found a film so deserving. They are: TRUCKER AND THE FOX (Feature), directed by Arash Lahooti; TRANSMORMON (Big Sky), directed by Torben Bernhard; PRISON TERMINAL (Short), directed by Edgar Barens; and ADRIFT (Mini-Doc), directed by Frederik Depickere.
The award screenings will cap a busy final weekend of the nine-day festival. In addition to Friday evening’s full slate of films, screenings will be held in all four festival venues throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday, including a slate of “Movies You Missed” made up of some of the most popular films screened during the previous week. Film schedule and information can be found at
5:30 pm –
The Record Breaker
Uranium Drive-In
7:30 pm –
A World Not Ours
9:30 pm –
Prison Terminal
Trucker and the Fox
12 noon –
Art is War
Herd in Iceland
1:45 pm –
Vacant Seat
Polish Illusion
3:30 pm –
Shaped on All Six Sides
Mistaken for Strangers
12 noon –
Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker
1:45 pm –
Beyond the Divide
Nick Davis

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