Deadline for Our Town Grants Fast Approaching!

Deadline for Our Town Grants Fast Approaching!

The submission deadline for FY2015 Our Town grants is coming up soon. All applicants must have the first part of their application (the SF-424 form on Grants.gov) submitted by December 15. For more information regarding the application process, please see the FY2015 Our Town guidelines. These grants support creative placemaking projects that contribute towards the livability of communities all across the country. This year Our Town is offering two tracks – support for arts engagement, cultural planning, and design projects, and a new category for projects that provide technical assistance to those doing arts and design place-based work.

Deadline for Our Town Grants Fast Approaching!

Artists eNews November 12, 2014

VISUAL ARTISTS
PERFORMING ARTISTS
& WRITERS

MONTANA ARTS COUNCIL NEWSLETTER

November 12, 2014

Greetings! You may scroll down through the actual newsletter or simply click on the links to your favorite features in the adjoining sidebar. Thanks for reading!

GENERAL INTEREST

Glacier National Park
Photo Credit: http://www.nps.gov

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK 2015 ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM
The program offers professional artists the opportunity to pursue their artistic discipline while being surrounded by the park’s inspiring landscape. The program seeks professional artists whose work is related to the park’s interpretative themes and supports the mission of the National Park Service. Artists of all disciplines are encouraged to apply. Applications available here. Deadline is January 31, 2015.

MASTER SILVERSMITH AND CONSUMMATE TEACHER, HADDON HUFFORD, will share all about his ancient metalsmithing techniques at the Art Associates of Missoula monthly meeting. Please join us Wednesday, November 19, 10:00 am in the Education Center of the Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St., Missoula. Art Associates meetings are free and open to the public. Fore more information please call Susie at 406.544.0891.

HUMIDITY AND ITS EFFECTS ON BOOKS AND ART
The following video shows an experiment conducted at IPI to illustrate the physical effects that occur on library and archive materials due to changes in humidity conditions. Click here to watch the video.
THE BIG READ is accepting applications from non-profit organizations to develop community-wide reading programs between September 2015 and June 2016. The Big Read is a national program designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage reading for pleasure and enrichment. Application deadline is January 28, 2015. Click here for more information.

ARE YOU A VISUAL ARTIST OR MUSICIAN LIVING IN MONTANA WHO HAS AN INTEREST IN THE ARTS IN HEALTHCARE?
We are mulling over an idea and need know who might be interested in training, workshops and creating a community of practice with others who are working, or would like to work, in Healthcare or Eldercare and even Lifelong Learning settings. Please send a brief bio with contact information: [500 words] telling us something about who you are, what you do in the arts, and a bit about how or why this field is of interest to you. Please send these responses to: Kim Baraby Hurtle, Montana Arts Council, khurtle@mt.gov or, P.O. Box 202201, Helena, MT 59620-2201

CREATIVE CAPITAL supports innovative and adventurous artists across the country through funding, counsel and career development services. Our pioneering approach, inspired by venture-capital principles, helps artists working in all creative disciplines realize their visions and build sustainable practices. For more information, click here.

AMERICAN CRAFT: BUSY HANDS, BUSY BRAINS
“The results, published in 2013, revealed that these high-achieving individuals were far more likely to have extensive art and craft skills than the average American is. What’s more, the subjects themselves saw the connection: Art and craft, they said, stimulated their ability to innovate. The most productive innovators, it appeared, were those who kept up art and craft activity from childhood on.” Click here to read more.

Photo Credit: Free Ceramics

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE: STORIES FROM BIG SKY COUNTRY YouTube Channel Adds 200th Film
The channel has a wealth of entertaining and educational content about Montana, making it an incredible and ever-expanding resource for educators, non-profits, and government agencies. For the general public, the channel is intended to become “one-stop-shopping” for anyone looking to learn about the great State of Montana. Click here to visit their youtube channel.

DON’T BE CONSUMED BY CONSUMERISM by Rod Judkins
Street artist Banksy forces us to confront the price we pay for materialism. He uses street art to attack the values of capitalism and question our consumerist obsessions. Read more here.

TIPS & TOOLS FOR ARTISTS: WHAT ARE GRANT PANELISTS LOOKING FOR?
As we enter the final stage of our award selection process, we asked past Creative Capital panelists what makes a strong grant application. Tips available here.

WEBINARS

CREATIVE CAPITAL WEBINARS are $25 each. All webinars are interactive and allow time for participants to ask questions. Interested but can’t attend? All registered participants will receive access to a recording of that webinar. Webinars available here.

RESOURCES

TECHNICAL INFORMATION ON PAINTS:
• Golden Paints and their newsletter published by Golden Artist Colors, Inc.
ART CALLS:
• Art Deadlines for Visual Artists and Writers
• Arizona Arts Commission for Digital Media Arts, Literary Arts, Multidisciplinary Arts, Performing Arts, Visual Arts and General Opportunities
LITERARY MAGAZINES AND RESOURCES:
• Cutbank Literary Magazine
• Camas Literary Magazine
• ZYZZYVA: West Coast Writers and Artists
• Stone’s Throw Magazine: Montana based
• High Desert Journal
• Every Writer’s Resource
THE NATIONAL ARTS PROGRAM at http://www.nationalartsprogram.org.
ART DAILY at http://www.artdaily.org
BORED PANDA at http://www.panda.com is full of the most unusual artistic ideas.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS is looking for someone to lead their Folk and Traditional Arts Office. If you think you have what it takes to be the NEA Director of Folk and Traditional arts, visit the job description here.

WATERWORKS ART MUSEUM is seeking an Executive Director. This individual should have strong, dynamic leadership and excellent oral and written communication skills. For a complete job description and online application, click here.

VSA MONTANA: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR POSITION
VSA Montana is seeking a part time Executive Director to fill the post currently occupied by former VSA Ex. Director, Alayne Dolson. Call 406-549-2984 for details. Position is open until filled by a qualified candidate.

HELENA SYMPHONY: DIRECTOR OF PATRON SERVICES
The Director of Patron Services is the chief coordinator of all administrative activities including the box office, volunteer services and office management. Click here for more information.

THE CITY OF WALNUT CREEK IS SEEKING A PUBLIC ART PROGRAM SUPERVISOR to join its Arts, Recreation, and Community Services Department. This is a benefited position and is eligible for the same benefits as other part-time employees in the General Management Unit. Click here for more information.

AMERICANS FOR THE ARTS: Job Bank Americans for the Arts.
WESTAF – Art Job. Read about job openings through Western States Art Federation website.

CALLS FOR VISUAL ARTISTS

Photo Credit: Free Ceramics
THE CITY OF MORGAN HILL, CA, invites artists, designers, landscape architect, community members and groups to submit ideas for temporary projects that will enliven specific sites in Downtown Morgan Hill starting March 1, 2015. Click here for more information.

MONTANA TRIENNIAL 2014 Montana artists are invited to submit artwork for consideration in the Missoula Art Museum’s 2015 Montana Triennial. The exhibition will be featured in MAM’s Carnegie Galleries during the summer of 2015. Click here for more information.
Deadline: January 5, 2015

EMBRACING OUR DIFFERENCES invites all artists to be a part of this change through your submissions to its 12th annual outdoor art exhibit celebrating diversity and inclusion. Click here for more information.
Deadline: January 5, 2015.

CALL FOR PHOTOGRAPHY: PORTRAITURE: EXPRESSION & GESTURE
Good portraits give us insight into the subject; great portraits can give us insight into what it is to be human. Juror: Karen E. Haas. Open to all photographic processes. Application fee. Information here.
Deadline: December 1, 2014

DACIA GALLERY invites emerging and established artists to participate in this exciting Artist Residency program in New York City.
Click here fore more information.
Residency Dates: February 16-27, 2015

INTERMOUNTAIN OPERA BOZEMAN is sponsoring its third annual poster contest. The winning poster will be used to promote the May 2015 production of a Puccini double-bill, “Suor Angelica” & “Gianni Schicchi.” Click here for more information.
Deadline: January 26, 2015

LACDA SNAP TO GRID
he Los Angeles Center for Digital Art seeks artists for an un-juried international exhibit featuring digital art and photography. Details available here.
Deadline: December 1, 2014

LENS 2015 INTERNATIONAL JURIED PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION
Photographers are invited to submit five (5) photographic images in JPEG form. Images must have been created within the past five years. Click here for more information.
Deadline: January 12, 2015

CALLS FOR PERFORMING ARTISTS

AMERICAN MUSIC ABROAD: PROMOTING CULTURAL DIPLOMACY THROUGH MUSIC
American Music Abroad (AMA)’s application round for the 2014-15 season in now open! Bands and ensembles are encouraged to apply here.
Deadline: January 9, 2015

SCHOLARSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT FOR PROFESSIONAL PERFORMERS in dance, theatre, contemporary circus art and multidisciplinary performing arts. Details on eligibility, program, deadlines and application conditions available here.

CALLS FOR WRITERS

ARTLINES2 EKPHRASTIC COMPETITION is a national contest for adults and teens to write poetry inspired by five museum artworks. Get all the details here.
Deadline: December 15, 2014

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… Creativity: The Perfect Crime (Riverhead Books, 2014) by Philippe Petit

TAKE OUR ADVICE: HOW TO WRITE A QUERY LETTER FOR SELF-HELP AND HOW-TO BOOKS
Pitching a book to literary agents that promises to give advice or improve people’s lives? Your query letter MUST be persuasive and cover your important selling points to intrigue lit agents. Click here.
Writing 101: Build a Blogging Habit was initially designed as a four-week course. It includes 20 writing prompts, each with its own (optional) twist to push your writing in new directions, from improving your descriptions to thinking about voice and pace. In ebook form, now you can follow the course at your own rhythm and in any order you wish.

Writing 201: Finding Your Story, an intensive four-part course, focuses on editing your unpolished or unfinished drafts into compelling narratives. Loaded with advice and practical tips, this ebook will help you hone some fundamental storytelling skills, like creating powerful openings and writing engaging scenes.

Wondering what POETS & WRITERS LIVE is all about? This video features highlights from a recent Poets & Writers Live event in New York. Launch the video.

SEVEN QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF BEFORE YOU SUBMIT TO A LIT MAG What do you really know about the lit mag you’re submitting work to? The questions you must ask-and answer-before you send! Read more here.

WRITERS RELIEF
Writers Classifieds are filled with great publishing leads for you.
START YOUR OWN WRITERS GROUP: 8 Simple Steps To Start Your Own Writers Group
THE WRITING CONTEST DATABASE lists hundreds of legitimate contests for writers. Winning can provide cash awards, residencies, or publication of your poem, short story, essay or book — and even free wine! Available here.

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Artists eNews November 12, 2014

iPads Allow Kids With Challenges To Play In High School’s Band

There’s a steady stream of hype surrounding the pluses and pitfalls of classroom tablet computers. But for a growing number of special education students tablets and their apps are proving transformative. The tablets aren’t merely novel and fun. With guidance from creative teachers, they are helping to deepen engagement, communication, and creativity.

In a typical red brick public school building in the Fresh Meadows section of Queens, New York, one creative and passionate music instructor is using tablet computers to help reach students with disabilities. In the process, he’s opening doors for some kids with severe mental and physical challenges.

On the surface, the PS 177 Technology Band looks like a typical high school orchestra. But there are two big differences. First, while they use traditional instruments, they also play iPads. And all of the band members have disabilities. Some have autism spectrum disorders.


iPads Allow Kids With Challenges To Play In High School’s Band