Public Artists: from MAC January 22, 2016

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Public Artist eNews

from the Montana Arts Council

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Dear Kristin,

You may scroll down through the E-News or simply click on the links to your favorite feature in the list below. Thanks for reading!

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ConferencesGeneral Interest

BLACKFOOT PATHWAYS: SCULPTURE IN THE WILD EMERGING ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE

Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild provides an environment for the creation of

significant artworks, both permanent and temporary, inspired by the environmental and industrial heritage of the Blackfoot Valley while fostering an awareness and appreciation of the arts through community participation and education. It is open to recent graduates from the UM School of Arts.

Contact Kevin O’Dwyer, Artistic Director at kodwyerdesign

Click here for more information.

NASAA – National Assembly of States Arts Agencies

Washington D.C.

Federal Arts Victories 
When Congress considers issues that affect the arts, NASAA champions the value of state arts agencies on Capitol Hill and advocates for decisions that benefit your agency and constituents. We work hand in hand with arts advocates like you on successes like these:

The fiscal year 2016 budget for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) was increased to $147.9 million. NASAA protects the 40% of NEA program funds designated for state arts agencies and regional arts organizations — money your agency uses to fulfill your state plan and to support essential grants, services and operations.

The Every Student Succeeds Act was signed into law, granting more authority to states to make decisions about what is taught in schools. The act officially lists the arts and music among eligible subjects, but gives states broad latitude to define a "well-rounded education." This change makes state level arts education advocacy more important than ever! See NASAA’s arts education resources for help.

CREATIVE CAPITAL AWARDS $4,370,000 TO 46 DIVERSE PROJECTS

Creative Capital has announced its 2016 awardees, funding 46 projects selected from a nationwide pool of 2,500 proposals. The artistic disciplines being funded this year are: Literature, Performing Arts and Emerging Fields. Drawing on venture-capital principles, Creative Capital seeks out artists’ projects that are bold, innovative and genre-stretching, then surrounds those artists with the tools they need to realize their visions and build sustainable careers.

Read about the artists and browse their work here.

Read more about Creative Capital’s selection process here.

U.S./JAPAN CREATIVE ARTISTS’ PROGRAM

Provides support for up to five outstanding contemporary or traditional artists from the United States to spend a three to five month residency in Japan. The National Endowment for the Arts cooperates with the U.S. Japan Friendship Commission in the implementation of this program.

Deadline: February 1, 2016

Click here for more information.

With the launch of the National Endowment for the Arts’ 50th anniversary on September 29, Chairman Jane Chu announced the initiative Creativity Connects. This initiative will show how the arts are central to the country’s creativity ecosystem, investigate how support systems for the arts have changed, explore how the arts connect with other industries, and invest in innovative projects to spark new ideas for the arts field.

An important component of this initiative is a pilot grant opportunity that will support partnerships between nonprofit arts organizations and organizations from non-arts sectors which include, but are not limited to, business, education, environment, faith, finance, food, health, law, science, and technology. These Art Works: Creativity Connects grants will seek to benefit the arts and non-arts sectors by demonstrating the value of working with the arts; supporting the infrastructure for the arts to work in new ways with new sectors; building bridges that create new relationships and constituencies; and creating innovative partnership projects to advance common goals.

iAIR 2016: MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF ART INTERNATIONAL ARTST IN RESIDENCE

The iAIR program is a multidisciplinary residency, open to all forms of visual arts and design, selected by a peer review panel of 6-8 members. Applications are open to emerging, mid-career, and established international artists.

Deadline: March 15, 2016

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SPRING 2016 FIGURATIVE PAINTING ARTIST RESIDENCY & EXHIBITION

Dacia Gallery invites artists to participate in an exciting figure painting Artist Residency program in New York City. Dacia’s Artist Residency provides an academic program to inspire, refine and redefine the creative direction of artists in a painting intensive two-week program.

Residency dates: February 28 – March 12, 2016

Click here for more information.

WESTAF and the Public Art Archive have teamed up with Forecast Public Art, a nonprofit arts organization that connects artist talent with community needs, Public Art Review provides cutting-edge insights and commentary about the growing field of public art.

CREATIVE CAPITAL

Supports innovative and adventurous artists across the country through funding, counsel and career development services. For more information, click here.

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WebinarsWebinars & Workshops

APPROACHING THE GATEKEEPERS OF THE ART WORLD FOR WOMEN OVER 50 with Sharon Louden

This 4-part webinar series is based on Sharon Louden’s already successful "How to Approach and Engage with the Gatekeepers of the Art World," and will look at ways to overcome the specific challenges encountered by women visual artists over 50. It will offer useful tools to find empowering solutions for women who aspire to grow, thrive, find their audience, build a vibrant professional life and participate in a serious discourse.

Mondays, February 1-22, 7:00-8:30 pm ET | Sign up

NEA: Summit on Creativity and Aging White Paper Webinar

More than 10,000 baby boomers are turning 65 every day, and the fastest growing demographic in the U.S. is women over age 85. What role can the arts play in ensuring healthy aging for this growing population?  Learn more at the February 3 webinar, which introduces a white paper of recommendations from the May 2015 Summit on Creativity and Aging in America, a convening of more than 70 experts hosted by the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Center for Creative Aging

February 3, 3:00-4:00 pm EST | Sign up

Creating a Marketing Strategy with Dread Scott
Led by artist Dread Scott, this 90-minute webinar covers all aspects of marketing your work, including defining your goals; developing effective tools, tactics, and messaging; and identifying, engaging, and building your audience and support community. The webinar also provides an overview of several effective case studies of artists who have used both traditional and non-traditional marketing strategies in support of their work.
January 25, 7:00-8:30 pm | Sign up

CREATIVE CAPITAL: CAREER COACHING FOR ARTISTS
Creative Capital is thrilled to announce our individual coaching program for artists! Artists of all disciplines and career stages now have the opportunity to get personal attention from Creative Capital Professional Development Program Leaders. The coaching series will consist of 3 personal coaching sessions designed to help you move forward with your artistic practice or a specific project you may be having trouble with.
Click here for more information.

Grant Station: Live 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.

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FoodForThoughtFood for Thought

New York Public Library Releases 180,000 Images, and Invites Users to Remix Them

This week, the New York Public Library (NYPL) announced the release of over 180,000 public domain images available in high resolution. In conjunction, NYPL Labs launched a data visualization by Brian Foo that enables easy navigation of the Digital Collections objects, allowing users to hover over blocks of images organized by category, color, medium, and other filters. To increase public interaction with the collections, NYPL is also starting new Remix Residencies, where people can apply to work on projects involving gaming, mapping, visualization, and other interactive features. Read more >>

Andrew Taylor is a favorite and as both an Art and Philosophy student at college, I couldn’t help but chuckle at his opening and be drawn in to read further. Hope you enjoy this short treatise on what we do as artists and arts organizations. KBH

THE DESCENT INTO ORDER

Anyone who took physics or wore a black turtleneck and smoked clove cigarettes will know about ‘entropy’ – the tendency of a system to descend into disorder, to lose working energy over time. Entropy is the reason hot things cool down, and the reason philosophy students are such downers at parties. Read more >>

SOCIAL MEDIA TIPS from Lori McNee

Well-known artist Lori McNee is a social media influencer who found huge opportunities through networking online. Read more >>

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resourcesResources

ART CALLS:

Golden Paints for technical and archival information

The National Arts Program

Art Daily

The International Sculpture Center (ISC)

Art Public

Free Version of Art Opportunities Monthly

Creative Exchange Powered by a Springboard for the Arts

Americans for the Arts Tools and resources for artists who are working or are interested in working in the public art field.

Americans for the Arts For more general information on being a working artists, such as insurance and advocacy.

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JobOpportunitiesJob Opportunities

Seattle, WA + Public Art Program Assistant

4Culture is hiring for the position of Public Art Administrative Assistant. The primary job of the Public Art Administrative Assistant is to facilitate the administrative functions of a regional Public Art program. This position serves as support staff to a five-member Public Art staff team and a nine-member volunteer Public Art Advisory Committee. Open until filled.

Click here for more information.

Program Assistant Office of Public Art

The Office of Public Art is seeking a Program Assistant to provide administrative and program support to the Office of Public Art staff. This full-time position reports to the Director of the Office of Public Art. They are responsible for providing administrative support for the Office of Public Art’s technical assistance projects and educational programs and services. Our Program Assistant will provide administrative support to each member of the Office of Public Art team and work on independent projects as assigned by the Director.

Click here for more information.

The Western Art Academy Seeks Painter/Instructor for One Month Appointment.

Mid-June to Mid-July 2016

The Western Art Academy has been an on-going summer scholarship program for apprx 35 years and is financially supported by: Houston & Fort Worth Rodeo Art Cmmittees, Schreiner University, and Susan Kathleen Black Foundation.

Contact: ravensable for more information.

Executive Director at Bravo! Vail

Reporting to the Chair of the Board of Trustees and working in partnership with the Artistic Director, the Executive Director will be a leader who can inspire Bravo! Vail stakeholders to achieve success in its artistic, financial, and audience engagement goals.

Click here for more information.

AMERICANS FOR THE ARTS: Job Bank Americans for the Arts.

Musical America’s Worldwide Career Center

Find jobs in arts administration, performing and visual arts, and more. Post an anonymous resume, or create an alert to be notified of new vacancies.

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callsCalls for Art

TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY

The Texas Tech University System seeks to commission a professional artist(s) to create site-specific exterior sculpture(s) to be placed outside of the New Honors Residence Hall. The building is scheduled to be complete by August 2017.

Deadline: March 2, 2016

Click here for more information.

VALLEY LINE DAVIES STATION

The Edmonton Arts Council Public Art Program on the behalf of the City of Edmonton is seeking an artist or artist team to integrate site-specific public art at the Davies Station. There are three potential site locations for a public artwork, all of which provide a significant public art installation opportunity. Artworks should draw on the themes of technology, industry, movement, and education at the same time reflecting commuters’ and pedestrians’ daily experience.

Deadline: March 3, 2016

Click here for more information.

VALLEY LINE DAVIES RAMP AT 83 STREET

The Edmonton Arts Council Public Art Program on the behalf of the City of Edmonton is seeking an artist or artist team to integrate site-specific public art at the Davies Ramp at 83 Street. There is one location with two art options for a public artwork. This location provides a significant and highly visible public art installation opportunity. The artwork will be installed on both sides of the ramp facing east and west in a heavy traffic zone. Images are provided to illustrate the site locations for artworks. The artist has the opportunity to create an artwork using the entire available surface or any portion thereof.

Deadline: March 3, 2016

Click here for more information.

VALLEY LINE CHURCHILL STATION CONNECTOR

The Edmonton Arts Council Public Art Program, on the behalf of the City of Edmonton, is seeking an artist or artist team to integrate art at the Churchill Connector. There are two potential site locations for a public artwork both of which provide a significant and highly visible public art installation opportunity. Drawing on contemporary themes such as connections, urbanity, and diversity, the artwork should speak to the rich cultural hub found in Edmonton’s downtown core.

Deadline: March 3, 2016

Click here for more information.

BROWARD COUNTY FLORIDA

The Broward Cultural Division’s Public Art & Design Program in conjunction with the Highway Construction & Engineering Division is seeking to commission one artist or artist team to design, build and install functionally integrated site-specific public artwork for a pocket park located adjacent to a major vehicular corridor in Davie, Florida.

Deadline: February 15, 2016

Click here for more information.

BITTER PILL: MONTANA LIVES AFFECTED BY RX ABUSE

Is an art exhibition sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration and Montana United States Attorney’s Office in partnership with Resolve Montana to promote education and awareness of Montana’s prescription drug abuse problem and the unfortunately common link between prescription opioid abuse and eventual or subsequent heroin use.

Deadline: February 26, 2016

Click here for more information.

ROCHESTER CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER

Rochester Contemporary Art Center’s (RoCo) international small art phenomenon returns for its 9th year! It’s almost 2016 and that means 6x6x2016 is just around the corner. Start the new year off the right way by creating your 6×6 artworks early!

Deadline: April 17, 2016

Click here for more information.

UF-212 NEWELL HALL RENOVATION PROJECT

University of Florida – Art in State Buildings Program in Gainesville, FL

As one of the nation’s most comprehensive research institutions, the University of Florida is in a unique position to pursue the multidisciplinary research and education that 21st century problems demand. With thousands of faculty and hundreds of research labs on its Gainesville campus and throughout the state, UF has the intellectual and physical resources to pursue the big questions in science, particularly about human health.

Deadline: February 19, 2016

Click here for more information.

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Public Artists: from MAC January 22, 2016

Arts Education News from the Montana Arts Council 1-22-2016

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Arts Education eNews

From the Montana Arts Council

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Dear Kristin,

Our Artists in Schools and Communities Grant Cycle for FY17 is in full swing, with a deadline of Monday, April 4 for requests $1500 and over. It’s not too soon to start thinking about bringing a professional artist into your school or community. Please contact me if you want to talk about an idea for a project.

Below you will also find links to opportunities, resources, advocacy, research and articles of interest to arts educators and advocates. Click on anything underlined and it will take you to the link.

Don’t forget you can also follow the Big Sky Arts Education blog here and get daily news and information about arts learning from my Twitter feed @BigSkyArtsEd

Happy New Year!

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AISCArtists in Schools and Communities FY17 Grant Cycle is open! Attend MAC’s "How to Apply" webinar on February 16.

The Montana Arts Council is now accepting grant applications for projects occurring between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017 through their Artists in Schools and Communities program. The Montana Arts Council strives to provide access to quality arts learning to develop the creative potential of Montanans of all ages. Towards that end, the Artists in Schools and Communities program provides matching funds that support a wide range of arts learning experiences and artist residencies for participants of all ages with professional working artists, as well as other special projects that support arts learning in schools and community settings.

This year, through a special appropriation by the 2015 Montana Legislature, a special fund is available to support arts learning projects in glassblowing. This one-time only grant will support the expansion of education outreach activities for one or more established glassblowing studios across Montana.

Please refer to the guidelines on MAC’s website for funding criteria, eligibility and deadlines.

Questions? Contact Emily Kohring at ekohring or (406) 444-6522

MAC’s Emily Kohring and Kristin Han Burgoyne will host a "Get the Grant" Webinar for Artists in Schools and Communities applicants on Tuesday, February 16 from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm. All first-time applicants and previously unsuccessful applicants are strongly encouraged to attend and get your questions answered. A webcam and microphone are helpful, but not essential.

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/245201971

Or join by phone:

+1 855 880 1246 (US Toll Free)

+1 877 369 0926 (US Toll Free)

Meeting ID: 245 201 971

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RegistryArtists in Schools and Communities Registry–Last opportunity to apply for the first round.

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The Montana Arts Council is now taking applications for its revised Artists in School and Communities

Registry. The AISC Registry will launch in early 2016, and will provide a listing of teaching artists, performing groups and organizations that provide arts learning opportunities to Montana schools and community organizations.

Professional teaching artists in all disciplines, including visual and media arts, dance, theatre, music and creative writing, are welcome to submit an application to be listed on the AISC Registry. The deadline for application HAS BEEN EXTENDED to Monday, February 1, 2016. A second round of applications will be accepted in May, 2016.

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GAA2016 Governor’s Arts Awards

The Governor’s Arts Awards program honors outstanding citizens and organizations in Montana whose achievements in the arts, or on behalf of the arts, benefit all Montanans. Anyone or any organization in Montana with commensurate accomplishments can be nominated for the Governor’s Arts Awards. Awards are not given posthumously.

Deadline: March 31, 2016

Click here to proceed to the instructions for 2016 nominations.

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FundingOpportunities

Opportunities

Rural Initiatives in Idaho, Montana, and Appalachian Kentucky Funded

The Steele-Reese Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations that serve rural communities in Idaho, Montana, and Appalachian Kentucky. For the 2016 Idaho and Montana funding cycle, the Foundation will be strengthening its focus on those programs operating in the more rural parts of the two states. Nonprofit organizations working in the areas of rural education, health, human services, the arts and humanities, and environmental conservation and historic preservation are eligible to apply.
Deadline: March 1, 2016

Bitter Pill: Montana Lives Affected by RX

An art exhibition sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration and Montana United States Attorney’s Office in partnership with Resolve Montana to promote education and awareness of Montana’s prescription drug abuse problem. Deadline is February 26, 2016

Yellowstone STEAM Workshop for Teachers

The Institute and the National Park Service are once again offering an innovative workshop designed to teach middle- and high- school teachers ways to incorporate STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) in their classrooms. With Yellowstone National Park as the venue, learn how to use both traditional and innovative methods to incorporate Art into STEM lessons. Explore new ideas and strategies while networking with other educators on best practices for cross-curricular design.The workshop will be held June 27-July 1 at the Yellowstone Association Headquarters.

Call for Submissions: Poems Across the Big Sky 2

All poets living in Montana for at least five years are eligible to submit. Native American poets are encouraged to submit. As with the original Poems Across the Big Sky (2007), we hope again to include poems in Native American languages. High school students are also encouraged to submit. Poems will be selected by a panel of judges. All subject matter and types of poetry will be considered. Deadline is March 15, 2016.

2016 Indian Education for All Best Practices Conference

Registration for the Indian Education for All Best Practices Conference 2016, February 21-23 in Billings is now open.

VSA International Young Soloists Competition

Each year, outstanding young musicians with disabilities, ages 14-25, are recognized by the VSA International Young Soloists Competition. The Kennedy Center selects up to four winners from around the world. Applicants can apply as an instrumental or vocal soloist, or as ensembles. The competition is open to all genres. Selected musicians win a $2,500 prize, professional development activities, and the opportunity to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Any musician with a disability is eligible to apply as either a domestic applicant or an international applicant. The competition is open to soloists as well as ensembles of up to five members. For ensembles to be eligible, at least one musician must have a disability, and all members must be between the ages of 14-25. All genres of music are accepted, including but not limited to classical, jazz, hip-hop, rap, rock/alt rock, pop, indie, bluegrass, folk, country, R&B/blues, Latin, and World. Deadline is February 10, 2016.

Art Works: Creativity Connects Grants

The NEA is launching a pilot grant opportunity in the Art Works category to support partnerships between arts organizations and organizations from non-arts sectors that include, but are not limited to, business, education, environment, faith, finance, food, health, law, science, and technology. A second opportunity to apply to Art Works, grants awarded through this pilot program are designed to demonstrate the value of the arts when they’re working with non-arts sectors. A nonprofit arts organization must serve as the official applicant and have a specific non-arts partner confirmed at the time of application. Grants generally will range from $20,000 to $100,000. Check arts.gov in mid-December for the guidelines, application deadlines, and date for the webinar on this new pilot grant program.

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InterestingOf Interest for Arts Educators

Arts education program receives $50,000 donation from Top Hat, Wilma owners

This is fantastic news for students in Missoula County Public Schools, who will benefit from the myriad arts learning opportunities they will receive because of this donation to SPARK! Arts Ignite Learning, Missoula’s Any Given Child Initiative in partnership with the Kennedy Center.

In Hartford Schools, Granting Artistic License to Learn

Grantsmakers in the Arts to host webinar on the new Every Student Succeeds Act

Want to know how the new ESSA bill passed by Congress will impact arts education on the state and local level? Join this webinar organized by Grantmakers in the Arts. $35 for non-members.

Archived webinar: "The Secret Sauce for Rural Arts Funding"

The Montana Arts Council was asked to do a webinar on rural arts funding in America for Grantmakers in the Arts, the national service organization for private and public arts funders in the nation. Cinda Holt and Arni Fishbaugh presented "The Secret Sauce for Rural Arts Funding," which outlines what really works in funding the arts in rural America. The webinar is about 25 minutes, with another 25 minutes of Q&A following. We hope you enjoy it!

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ResearchResearch and Advocacy

Arts Education Still Makes a Difference in Missouri Schools

It can be very informative to read about how other states are implementing arts education in their K-12 public schools. This research study was just published by the Missouri Alliance for Arts Education, and its finding support the benefits of arts learning in Missouri public schools.

Everything ESSA

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) has this terrific webpage devoted to helping educators learn all they can about how the new ESSA bill impacts music and arts education. This is absolutely critical information to read and share with your colleagues!

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Arts Education News from the Montana Arts Council 1-22-2016

Arts Organizations: from MAC 1-20-2016

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Arts Organizations eNews

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Below you will find links to opportunities, resources, research and articles of interest to arts organizations and advocates. Click on anything underlined and it will take you to the link.

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Opportunities

Charitable Tax Incentives Signed Into Law

Ann Saxton, Vice President

For years philanthropy and nonprofits have sought support for making permanent the IRA charitable rollover and enhanced deductions for the donation of food inventory as well as land conservation easements (now part of Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015 but formerly provisions in the America Gives More Act) – but had to settle for intermittent uncertainty and retroactive two-year extensions. In December, the U.S. Senate made permanent three charitable giving tax incentives. This is a big win for communities – and a reminder that together, we can do great things! We hope this success is tangible proof that when philanthropy uses its influence capital, we can deliver even broader benefit to our communities.

Microsoft Taps Mary Snapp to Lead Philanthropy Group

In December, Microsoft announced a new organization within the company: Microsoft Philanthropies. The new group will be led by Mary Snapp, a 27-year veteran of Microsoft’s legal and corporate affairs team. Microsoft general manager Lori Forte Harnick will be chief operating officer for Microsoft Philanthropies. The group will report to Microsoft President Brad Smith.

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Funding Opportunities

FY 2017 Guidelines for Art Works grants to organizations.

Art Works: Literature

Deadline: February 18, 2016

Art Works: Creative Writing Fellowships (Poetry)

Deadline: March 9, 2016

Art Works: Literature (for Audience & Professional Development Projects)

Deadline: July 14, 2016

Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants Deadline March 14

Agriculture Under Secretary for Rural Development Lisa Mensah announced on Jan 12, 2016 that USDA’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) is soliciting applications for Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grants for FY 2016.

The Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA) outlines that applications are due March 14, 2016.

There is a minimum grant amount of $50,000 and a maximum grant amount of $500,000 for eligible applicants. The grants, which are awarded through a competitive process, may be used to fund telecommunications-enabled information, audio and video equipment, and related advanced technologies which extend educational and medical applications into rural areas. Details on how to apply can be found online hereand on page 1388 of the January 12, 2016 Federal Register. USDA will publish on its website the total amount of DLT funding available for FY 2016.

Cultural and Artistic Enrichment Grants

US Bancorp Foundation

The Cultural and Artistic Enrichment Grants are intended to support programs designed to build audiences for the arts, especially among underserved populations. The foundation aims to bring select and limited civic amenities to underserved, rural communities and to promote the arts in education.

Deadline: February 1, 2016

Click here for more information.

Fund for National Projects

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

The fund for National Projects seeks grant applications that focus on strengthening the national infrastructure of the professional nonprofit dance, jazz, presenting and/or theatre fields; or focus on improving the conditions for the national community of performing artists in professional nonprofit dance, jazz and theatre.

Deadline: February 26, 2016 for Letter of Inquiry

Click here for more information.

HIGH PLAINS BOOK AWARDS

Nominations for the ninth annual High Plains Book Awards open

January 11, 2016. Nominations will be accepted through March 13, 2016. The list of the 2015 winners and other past recipients is also available on the website.

Deadline: March 13, 2016

Click here for more information.

Art Works: Creativity Connects

The NEA is launching a pilot grant opportunity in the Art Works category to support partnerships between arts organizations and organizations from non-arts sectors that include, but are not limited to, business, education, environment, faith, finance, food, health, law, science, and technology. The program, called Art Works: Creativity Connects, is designed to demonstrate the value of the arts and design when they’re working with non-arts sectors and support the infrastructure components for the arts, so that they will be able to work in new ways with other sectors. It is also designed to connect – to build bridges that create new relationships and constituencies between the arts and other sectors and support creating innovative projects that advance the arts when they’re connected to other non-arts fields.

There will be a Creativity Connects webinar hosted on Wednesday, January 27th at 3:00 PM EST to learn more about the program. Registration is open now. Important note: nonprofit organizations may apply to for this grant in addition to other NEA grant programs.

Deadline: March 3, 2016

National Park Service: 2016 HALS Challenge

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, the 7th annual HALS Challenge will focus on documenting National Register listed landscapes from your region of the country. Authorized by the NHPA, the National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Currently there are 90,540 total listings with 1,752,995 total contributing resources. Many of these listings represent or include landscapes.

Deadline: July 31, 2016

Humanities Montana

Humanities Montana is now accepting grant applications.

Deadline: April 20, 2016

Shakespeare in American Communities

Arts Midwest invites proposals from nonprofit theater companies to perform works by Shakespeare for middle- and high-school students between August 1, 2016 and July 31, 2017. Grants will be awarded to up to 40 theater companies to support performances and related educational activities for students from a minimum of 10 schools. Applicant review will be based on artistic excellence and merit.

Deadline: February 4, 2016

2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program

The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is accepting applications for the 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards.

Deadline: February 2, 2016

Rural Initiatives in Idaho, Montana, and Appalachian Kentucky Funded

The Steele-Reese Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations that serve rural communities in Idaho, Montana, and Appalachian Kentucky. For the 2016 Idaho and Montana funding cycle, the Foundation will be strengthening its focus on those programs operating in the more rural parts of the two states. Nonprofit organizations working in the areas of rural education, health, human services, the arts and humanities, and environmental conservation and historic preservation are eligible to apply.

Deadline: March 1, 2016

Challenge America

From the NEA, The Challenge America category offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations — those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Age alone (e.g., youth, seniors) does not qualify a group as underserved; at least one of the underserved characteristics noted above also must be present. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development.

Deadline: April 14, 2016

Creativity Connects

From the NEA, Creativity Connects* is an initiative that will show how the arts are central to the country’s creativity ecosystem, investigate how support systems for the arts have changed, explore how the arts connect with other industries, and invest in innovative projects to spark new ideas for the arts field.

Deadline: March 3, 2016

ArtPlace America

National Creative Placemaking Fund

ArtPlace America has $10.5 million available to fund projects that work with artists and arts organizations to help build stronger, healthier communities anywhere in the United States. The application is simple and focused around 4 questions, a one-number budget, and some basic identifying information.

  • Focuses on a neighborhood or other geographic community
  • Is looking to work on a community challenge related to agriculture/food; economic development; education/youth; environment/energy; health; housing, immigration; public safety; transportation; or workforce development
  • Has a way that artists, arts organizations, and/or arts activities can help address that challenge
  • Will have a way of knowing whether the project has made progress on the challenge

Deadline: February 16, 2016 and March 2, 2016

Humanities Montana’s next grant application deadline is December 20, 2015 for regular (over $1,000), fellowship, and three-year sustaining grants (must have received funding in a prior year to apply in this last grant category).

Grant decisions will be made by February 9, 2016.

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Ditch Your Board Composition Matrix from Blue Avocado

NEA Releases Report on the Arts in Early Childhood: Social and Emotional Benefits of Arts Participation
In partnership with the NEA’s Interagency Task Force on the Arts and Human Development, the NEA just released a new report, The Arts in Early Childhood: Social and Emotional Benefits of Arts Participation. This report reviews empirical research published since 2000 on arts participation and early childhood social-emotional development, which includes such behaviors like helping, sharing, and caring.

Another Great Advocacy Article on the Value of the Arts in Childhood Development! From Psychology Today

The Value of Downtown
The Community Builders Blog features an informative video on the value of mixed-use downtown development. The video provides economic data that shows why investing in your Main Street is a better long term plan for your community. According to the video, Main Street economic development improves a town’s tax-base, while cutting a town’s expenditure on basic services and infrastructure.

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New Issue of NEA Arts Magazine

The latest issue of NEA Arts Magazine is out, this time examining some of the more unexpected ways the arts interact with American life. Check out the magazine and special online features on our website.

Moving Back to Rural America: What Difference It Makes

Population loss persists in rural America. Researchers at the University of Montana and USDA’s Economic Research Service conducted interviews at high school reunions in 21 rural communities to better understand what motivates return migration and the barriers to such moves.

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Online Learning

From BoardSource

Webinar: Advancing Mission through Advocacy: The Board’s Role
Nonprofit board members have a responsibility to act as a voice for the people and communities their nonprofits serve. In this webinar, we’ll look at lobbying and advocacy from the board’s perspective, examining the legal nuts and bolts, the ways board members can participate as connectors and messengers, and how to prepare for this important role. Learn more and register today for this webinar, taking place on January 28.

Is it Time to Start a Conversation?
BoardSource developed a checklist to help board members keep vital responsibilities front-of-mind at all times. Specifically designed for CEOs and board chairs, this tool will help you ask some tough questions and develop important discussion items for upcoming board meetings. Download the checklist now.

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Conferences

The 33rd annual Montana Performing Arts Consortium (MPAC) occurs in Fort Benton January 29-31, with registration due January 11. This event focuses on promotion of booking of quality artists, and reducing expenses for artists and presenters through the state. Visit here for more information.

Governor’s Conference on Tourism and Recreation

If you’ve already reviewed the agenda for the 2016 Governor’s Conference on Tourism and Recreation, you might’ve noticed each breakout session is tagged with a designation of MARKETING I, MARKETING II, BUSINESS, or RESEARCH.

That’s because, for the first time, we’re offering breakout session tracks to help you more easily identify the sessions most relevant to your general industry sector, specific business or organization, or individual position.

That said, only you know what’s going to be the most helpful (although we’re sure you’d attend all 12 unique sessions if you could be in more than one place at the same time).

That’s why the tracks are only suggestions. You won’t be locked into any single track at registration. Feel free to mix and match sessions to your heart’s content and be a jack or jane of all trades!

The Governor’s Conference is set for April 10-12 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Kalispell. See the complete agenda and register online here.

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Job Opportunities

Development Associate

Ford Theatre Foundation
Location: Los Angeles, CA

Deadline: Open until filled

The Ford Theatre Foundation seeks a full-time Development Associate.  This position will provide critical admin support with an emphasis on grant writing, prospect research and administration.

Click here for more information.

Call for Jurors: IMTour

Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF)

Location: Online

Deadline: TBD

In preparation for the launch of a new service for touring musicians called IMTour™, Westaf is looking for jurors to help adjudicate applications of professional musicians and bands for a position on the IMTour roster.

Click here for more information.

Louisville Orchestra

Director of Development executive search for the Louisville Orchestra (KY). This $6.6M orchestra has been revitalized with new leadership under Music Director Teddy Abrams. The Louisville Orchestra has seen significant increases in donations, sponsorships, subscription sales and single ticket sales since FY13. This is an exciting leadership opportunity for a person ready to take the next step their career, or for a proven chief development officer who is ready for a change and who can successfully cultivate and solicit major gifts while continuing to advance the overall fundraising program.

Click here for more information.

There are currently 81 active jobs listed on Philanthropy Northwest’s Job Bank, including 20 administrative, 12 communications/marketing, 13 education, 14 program management, 28 development/fundraising, 13 executive and seven human services positions.

Job Bank Americans for the Arts.

Musical America’s Worldwide Career Center

Find jobs in arts administration, performing and visual arts, and more. Post an anonymous resume, or create an alert to be notified of new vacancies.

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TourWest 2016 Now Open

Greetings,

The TourWest 2016-2017 grant program application cycle is now open. The application period begins on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 and will end on Friday, April 1, 2016, at midnight (MST). Please share the attached announcement with your constituents who may be interested in this opportunity.

A few important things to note:

· TW2016 cycle will use GO: GrantsOnline™. Please direct your presenters to http://tourwest.culturegrants.org/ to access the TW2016 grant application and updated guidelines. Please let them know if they applied last year for TW2015, they can use the same login information for this year.

· Applicants may apply for up to two (2) grants.

· WESTAF webinars. WESTAF will be conducting webinars on the TourWest grant cycle and guidelines. We will send out updates soon about when these will take place.

We appreciate your help in spreading the word.

Thank you,

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TourWest 2016 Now Open

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NASAA – NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF STATE ARTS AGENCIES

FEDERAL ARTS VICTORIES

When Congress considers issues that affect the arts, NASAA champions the value of state arts agencies on Capitol Hill and advocates for decisions that benefit your agency and constituents. We work hand in hand with arts advocates like you on successes like these:

The fiscal year 2016 budget for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) was increased to $147.9 million. NASAA protects the 40% of NEA program funds designated for state arts agencies and regional arts organizations — money your agency uses to fulfill your state plan and to support essential grants, services and operations.

The Every Student Succeeds Act was signed into law, granting more authority to states to make decisions about what is taught in schools. The act officially lists the arts and music among eligible subjects, but gives states broad latitude to define a "well-rounded education." This change makes state level arts education advocacy more important than ever! See NASAA’s arts education resources for help.

BLACKFOOT PATHWAYS: SCULPTURE IN THE WILD ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM

Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild provides an environment for the creation of

significant artworks, both permanent and temporary, inspired by the environmental and industrial heritage of the Blackfoot Valley while fostering an awareness and appreciation of the arts through community participation and education.

Deadline: May 31, 2016

Click here for more information.

WINTER CLASSES AVAILABLE AT THE HOCKADAY MUSEUM

Marbling Workshop

Marbling is the art of dripping and manipulating floating paint on a dense, watery surface. Hand-held tools, pigment viscosity and many other factors affect design results, which may be tightly patterned or loose.

March 5 from 1:00-4:00

Click here to view all classes and workshops.

CREATIVE CAPITAL AWARDS $4,370,000 TO 46 DIVERSE PROJECTS

Creative Capital has announced its 2016 awardees, funding 46 projects selected from a nationwide pool of 2,500 proposals. The artistic disciplines being funded this year are: Literature, Performing Arts and Emerging Fields. Drawing on venture-capital principles, Creative Capital seeks out artists’ projects that are bold, innovative and genre-stretching, then surrounds those artists with the tools they need to realize their visions and build sustainable careers.

Click here for more information about the artists and browse their work.

Read more about Creative Capital’s selection process here.

BIG HOLE NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD

Do you have a special story or skill that you would like to share?

Big Hole National Battlefield is looking for cultural demonstrators to share their stories and skills with the public. We are seeking interested participants for Coyote Camp (May 23rd – May 27th) and the Summer Speaker Series, (weekends starting with June 25th – August 14th).

Deadline: March 1, 2016

Contact BIHO_Visitor_Information for more information.

ARTPLACE AMERICA: NATIONAL CREATIVE PLACEMAKING FUND

ArtPlace America is a collaboration of leading national and regional foundations that is working to position art and culture as a core sector of community planning and development. ArtPlace’s National Creative Placemaking Fund invests in planning and development projects throughout the United States and its territories where arts and culture play a central role.

Deadline to register: February 16, 2016

Click here for more information.

NEBRASKA STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY RESEARCH GRANTS

In May 2016 the Nebraska State Historical Society will award up to three research grants of $1,000 each to support the work of scholars pursuing original research and interpretive writing on some aspect of history or archeology of Nebraska or the Great Plains.

Deadline: April 1, 2016

Click here for more information.

GUEST ARTIST KIM SHIRLEY TEACHES WATERCOLOR CLASS AT STUMPTOWN ART STUDIO

Stumptown Art Studio is pleased to feature watercolor artist Kim Shirley as the instructor for upcoming watercolor classes. Kim is an award winning watercolor artist whose resume abounds with art shows, juried exhibitions, commissions and representation in galleries.

First class: January 25 from 6:30-8:30

Second class: February 29 from 6:30-8:30

Click here for more information.

CHARLIE RINGER AS TEDxBILLINGS SPEAKER

January 23, 2016 at Billings Studio Theatre

Tickets available here.

Click here for more information.

With the launch of the National Endowment for the Arts’ 50th anniversary on September 29, Chairman Jane Chu announced the initiative Creativity Connects. This initiative will show how the arts are central to the country’s creativity ecosystem, investigate how support systems for the arts have changed, explore how the arts connect with other industries, and invest in innovative projects to spark new ideas for the arts field.

ARTISTS IN SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES REGISTRY

The Montana Arts Council is now taking applications for its revised Artists in School and Communities Registry. The AISC Registry will launch in early 2016, and will provide a listing of teaching artists, performing groups and organizations that provide arts learning opportunities to Montana schools and community organizations.

Deadline: February 1, 2016. A second round of applications will be accepted in May, 2016.

Click here for more information.

iAIR 2016: MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF ART INTERNATIONAL ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

The iAIR program is a multidisciplinary residency, open to all forms of visual arts and design, selected by a peer review panel of 6-8 members. Applications are open to emerging, mid-career, and established international artists. Artists must be fluent in English in order to communicate and interact with faculty, staff, and students. Artists absent from residency in excess of four (4) days require prior arrangement with Residency Director. Absence may jeopardize artist’s residency. Artists currently living in the U.S. are not eligible to apply for this program. Current undergraduate and graduate students are not eligible to apply for this program.

Deadline: March 15, 2016

Click here for more information.

URN ART & GARDEN FAIRE

Historic Oakwood Cemetery is focusing on the changing style of interment with a juried competition devoted to the art of Cremation Urns, entitled Urn Art & Garden Faire.

Deadline: April 16, 2016

Click here for more information.

2016 NATIONAL ARTS & HUMANITIES YOUTH PROGRAM AWARDS

he President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is accepting applications for the 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. The twelve award-winning programs this year will each receive $10,000 and an invitation to accept their award from the President’s Committee’s Honorary Chairman, First Lady Michelle Obama, at a ceremony at the White House.

Deadline: February 2, 2016

Click here for more information.

The Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency Program is an opportunity for Canadian and American artists to be inspired by the natural beauty and the human history of the Chilkoot Trail. In its sixth consecutive year, this program is a unique wilderness backpacking trip, across an international border, passing through Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park (Alaska) and Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site (northern British Columbia). The program is a partnership between the Yukon Arts Centre, Parks Canada and the US National Park Service.

Deadline: February 1, 2016

Click here for more information.

On October 23, Governor Steve Bullock appointed Michael Earl Craig as Montana’s next Poet Laureate. The Montana Poet Laureate is a two-year honorary position created by the state legislature in 2005 and administered by the Montana Arts Council. Craig takes over from outgoing Poet Laureate Tami Haaland. He will serve through August 1, 2017.

Click here for the announcement.

CREATIVE CAPITAL

Supports innovative and adventurous artists across the country through funding, counsel and career development services. For more information, click here.

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NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY RELEASES 180,000 IMAGES, AND INVITES USERS TO REMIX THEM

This week, the New York Public Library (NYPL) announced the release of over 180,000 public domain images available in high resolution. In conjunction, NYPL Labs launched a data visualization by Brian Foo that enables easy navigation of the Digital Collections objects, allowing users to hover over blocks of images organized by category, color, medium, and other filters. For more >>

Andrew Taylor is a favorite and as both an Art and Philosophy student at college, I couldn’t help but chuckle at his opening and be drawn in to read further. Hope you enjoy this short treatise on what we do as artists and arts organizations. KBH

THE DESCENT INTO ORDER from The Artful Manager

Anyone who took physics or wore a black turtleneck and smoked clove cigarettes will know about ‘entropy’ – the tendency of a system to descend into disorder, to lose working energy over time. Entropy is the reason hot things cool down, and the reason philosophy students are such downers at parties. For more >>

BUSINESS & PRICING STRATEGIES FOR ARTISTS

An e-course that presents three learning modules for students who are looking for ways to price their art or handmade goods. The course includes a thorough discussion of pricing strategies, including:

The basic pricing formula

Pricing for your marketplace

Understanding perceived value

How to add value to your work

What is profit and why is it important?

How fine artists should price their work

Reducing costs and increasing efficiency in your studio practice

How to increase every sale you make

For more >>

TOP 10 ART BUSINESS ARTICLES OF 2015

A countdown of the ten most-read business articles published on Artsy Shark this year. For more >>

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APPROACHING THE GATEKEEPERS OF THE ART WORLD FOR WOMEN OVER 50 with Sharon Louden

This 4-part webinar series is based on Sharon Louden’s already successful "How to Approach and Engage with the Gatekeepers of the Art World," and will look at ways to overcome the specific challenges encountered by women visual artists over 50.

Mondays, February 1-22 | Sign up

Career Coaching for Artists

Creative Capital is thrilled to announce their individual coaching program for artists! Artists of all disciplines and career stages now have the opportunity to get personal attention from Creative Capital Professional Development Program Leaders.

Click here for more information.

Grant Station: Live 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.

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ResourcesResources

TECHNICAL INFORMATION ON PAINTS:

  • Golden Paints and their newsletter published by Golden Artist Colors, Inc.

ART CALLS:

  • Arizona Arts Commission for Digital Media Arts, Literary Arts, Multidisciplinary Arts, Performing Arts, Visual Arts and General Opportunities

LITERARY MAGAZINES AND RESOURCES:

THE NATIONAL ARTS PROGRAM at

ART DAILY at www.artdaily.org.

BORED PANDA at www.panda.com is full of the most unusual artistic ideas.

Art Opportunities Monthly

Montana Nonprofit Association

Poets & Writers

Will Kemp Art School

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PROGRAM ASSISTANT OFFICE OF PUBLIC ART

The Office of Public Art is seeking a Program Assistant to provide administrative and program support to the Office of Public Art staff. This full-time position reports to the Director of the Office of Public Art. They are responsible for providing administrative support for the Office of Public Art’s technical assistance projects and educational programs and services. Our Program Assistant will provide administrative support to each member of the Office of Public Art team and work on independent projects as assigned by the Director.

Click here for more information.

Job position open for President and CEO of the National Performance Network, including the Visual Arts Network (NPN/VAN)

Click here for more information.

AMERICANS FOR THE ARTS: Job Bank Americans for the Arts.

Musical America’s Worldwide Career Center

Find jobs in arts administration, performing and visual arts, and more. Post an anonymous resume, or create an alert to be notified of new vacancies.

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CULTURAL ICONS

Linus Gallery requests submissions in all art mediums that commemorate or represents cultural icons. Works will be juried into an online exhibition and those accepted will be juried a second time for a group exhibition in Linus Gallery in Los Angeles.

Deadline: February 12, 2016

Click here for more information.

DACIA GALLERY

Dacia Gallery invites emerging and established artists to submit artwork for an opportunity to have a Two-Week Solo Exhibition in May 2016, at Dacia Gallery. $1,000 cash to selected artist.

Click here for more information.

ROAD TRIP

Gallery Underground announces "Road Trip," a national juried art competition, May 2 – May 27, 2016. All-media artists, sculptors, and photographers are invited to create visual works that portray the subject of a road trip – literally, figuratively, and metaphorically; scenes from the road, trips imagined, solo or group journeys in all manner of transportation.

Deadline: March 15, 2016

Click here for more information.

CALL FOR ENTRIES: 6X6X2016

Rochester Contemporary Art Center’s (RoCo) international small art phenomenon returns for its 9th year! Each artwork must be 6×6 square inches or mounted to a 6×6 board.

Deadline: April 17, 2016

Click here for more information.

2016 NATIONAL ARTS AND HUMANITIES YOUTH PROGRAM AWARDS

he President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is accepting applications for the 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards.

Deadline: February 2, 2016

Click here for more information.

U.S./ JAPAN CREATIVE ARTISTS’ PROGRAM

Provides support for up to five outstanding contemporary or traditional artists from the United States to spend a three to five month residency in Japan. The National Endowment for the Arts cooperates with the U.S. Japan Friendship Commission in the implementation of this program.

Deadline: February 1, 2016

Click here for more information.

BITTER PILL: MONTANA LIVES AFFECTED BY RX ABUSE

Open to amateur and professional artists of all ages for artwork expressing the human side of drug addiction and recovery, specifically focusing on prescription pill abuse and the unfortunate lean toward its cheaper counterpart-heroin.

Deadline: February 26, 2016

Click here for more information.

CALL FOR ARTISTS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS

Parallel to Art Cologne – one of Europe’s most important commercial art events – the KOELNER LISTE fair for contemporary art will be held in Cologne (Germany) April 15-17, 2016. In addition to galleries and project spaces, now for the first time, individual artists and art photographers are invited to apply and present themselves in the newly installed Photography or Artist Section.

Deadline: January 31, 2016

Click here for more information.

ARTWORKS NORTHWEST

A Regional Juried Art Show of work from the Pacific Northwest. Exhibit runs May 6 – June 27, 2016. Four cash prizes will be awarded by this year’s juror, Stephen Hayes.

Deadline: March 4, 2016

Click here for more information.

ART FESTIVAL POSTER CONTEST

Design a poster promoting the 48th Annual Summer Arts Festival. Create an original artwork that you think best exemplifies the 2016 theme: The Heart of Umpqua. There is no fee to enter; open to all 2-D mediums.

Deadline: February 6, 2016

Click here for more information.

ROCHESTER CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER

Rochester Contemporary Art Center’s (RoCo) international small art phenomenon returns for its 9th year! It’s almost 2016 and that means 6x6x2016 is just around the corner. Start the new year off the right way by creating your 6×6 artworks early!

Deadline: April 17, 2016

Click here for more information.

CALL ARTISTS ARNOT ART MUSEUM 75TH REGIONAL EXHIBITION

Artists 18 and older living in Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont are eligible to submit a maximum of two entries. The 75th Regional Exhibition offers $10,000 in cash awards to be distributed among the juror selections.

Deadline: February 26, 2016

Click here for more information.

Accepting Ernst Peterson Photo Contest & Snow and Then Exhibit Submissions
Ravalli County Museum is the repository for Ernst Peterson’s photograph collection and archives, it is their privilege each year to hold the Ernst Peterson Photograph Montana Contest.

Deadline: January 30, 2016

Click here for more information.

Artist Live/Work opportunity in Whitefish, MT. Change your view and rev up your art making in 2016! Fully furnished house with studio space. Close to downtown, ski bus and Amtrak. February and March only, all or part, minimal rent, you pay utilities. Call Shawna Moore for more information or to discuss options. 406-261-6528

CHAOS: NATIONAL JURIED EXHIBITION 2016

Categories: sculpture, painting, drawing, photo, printmaking, ceramics, assemblage, collage, mixed media, fiber art, artist book. A juror’s award of $250 will be presented to each of the three works that express the most imaginative interpretation of the theme of Chaos.

Deadline: February 21, 2016

Click here for more information.

VENDORS WANTED

Sweet Grass Arts and Crafts Spring Fling

Saturday, April 30th 9:00-3:00 at the Big Timber Civic Center

Contact becky or call 930-1880

48TH ANNUAL SUMMER ARTS FESTIVAL POSTER CONTEST

The winning poster will be used to promote the Festival, and be used in marketing materials including the Summer Arts Festival website, festival materials, collateral, press releases and signage. This gives an artist incredible exposure!

Deadline: February 6, 2016

Click here for more information.

SPRING 2016 FIGURATIVE PAINTING ARTIST RESIDENCY & EXHIBITION

Dacia Gallery invites artists to participate in an exciting figure painting Artist Residency program in New York City. Dacia’s Artist Residency provides an academic program to inspire, refine and redefine the creative direction of artists in a painting intensive two-week program.

Residency Dates: February 28 – March 12, 2016

Click here for more information.

19TH ANNUAL ART AUCTION

Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art invites artists to submit their art work for consideration in our 19th annual Art Auction to be held on the evening of Saturday, April 9, 2016.

Deadline: February 5, 2016

Click here for more information.

BLUE MARBLE: NATIONAL JURIED EXHIBITION

Blue Marble refers to the spectacular color image of planet Earth taken with NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer. The theme for this exhibition welcomes artists who delve into subjects, themes, and motifs that have to do with our planet.

Deadline: March 19, 2016

Click here for more information.

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ART OASIS RESIDENCY FOR PERFORMERS

Arts Oasis is the annual international multidisciplinary residency for performing arts practitioners from all over the world, passionate and inspired by movement, dance and physical theatre, interested in practical research of contemporary performance practice together with colleagues from different countries.

Project dates: May 25-June 1, 2016 in Tuscany, Italy

Click here for more information.

6TH ANNUAL TEN MINUTE PLAY CONTEST

The Durango Arts Center requests submissions of original, never before produced plays from both emerging and established playwrights for its yearly 10-Minute Play series. The top five finalists will have readings staged in the spring and a full production debut in the fall.

Deadline: February 12, 2016

Click here for more information.

SOUTHERN EXPOSURE: PERFORMING ARTS OF LATIN AMERICA PRESENTER FUNDING

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, is pleased to announce thatSouthern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America will continue providing fee subsidies of up to 40% of eligible expenses to nonprofit presenters nationwide who book Latin American artists from the curated Southern Exposure roster.

Click here for more information.

DORIS DUKE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION

The Fund for National Projects, an initiative of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, supports projects that strengthen the national infrastructure of the professional nonprofit dance, jazz, presenting, or theatre fields. In addition, the Fund works to improve conditions for the national community of performing artists in the targeted fields.

Deadline: February 26, 2016

Click here for more information.

10 Tips for Performance Artists Working With Museums

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BRIAN BUCKBEE, beloved 406 instructor and co-founder, will be teaching a short fiction workshop beginning late this January.

The course will begin on January 27, 2016.

Contact Chris Dombrowski for costs and further details at 406workshop.

406 WRITERS WORKSHOP

The 406 Writers Workshop is jazzed to announce another six-week winter workshop, "Enough Devil in You: Poetry and the Personal Taboo," taught by the fabulous Henrietta Goodman. We feel extremely fortunate to offer Henrietta’s skilled and nuanced poetic sensibility, as well as her pedagogical passion and purview.

February 9-March 15, 2016

Click here for more information.

HIGH PLAINS BOOK AWARDS

The 2016 Awards include twelve categories: Best Medicine and Science Book; Best Children’s Book, Best Fiction; Best Nonfiction; Best Creative Nonfiction; Best Poetry; Best First Book; Best Woman Writer; Best Art & Photography; Best Short Stories; Best Culinary and Best Young Adult.

Deadline: March 13, 2016

Click here for more information.

UNIVERSITY OF TAMPA’S LOW-RESIDENCY PROGRAM

The University of Tampa’s low-residency MFA program is designed to help poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers advance their command of craft. Students benefit from intense mentoring relationships with renowned faculty members committed to individual learning and growth.

Click here for more information.

121 CONTESTS TO ENTER IN THE NEW YEAR

Poets & Writers Grants & Awards database currently lists 121 writing contests with upcoming deadlines.

Search Poets & Writers frequently updated job listings.

MANY VOICES PRESS: POEMS ACROSS THE BIG SKY (2)

Poems will be selected by a panel of judges. All subject matter and types of poetry will be considered. We are looking for originality and mastery.

For questions, contact ljaeger@fvcc.edu

Deadline: March 15, 2016

Free List of Writing Contests, Writers Conferences, Calls For Submissions, Anthology Listings, and More!

Writers Classifieds are filled with great publishing leads for you.

Grants & Awards Database

Items included in our eNews are not endorsements and readers are encouraged to decide for themselves whether the information is useful to them.
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Artist eNews from MAC January 20, 2016

New Slidecast: The State Arts Agency Story

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New Slidecast:
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NASAA announces a new Learning on Demand resource!

The State Arts Agency Story is a slidecast that highlights the origins and achievements of our field. How did state arts agencies get started? What are our core values? What hurdles have we overcome? The State Arts Agency Story explores these themes along with current trends and great examples of state arts agency ingenuity.

SaaStoryCoverweb.jpgOriginally presented live at the NASAA 2015 Leadership Institute, this 8-minute review recognizes the 50th anniversary of many state arts agencies and the National Endowment for the Arts. After receiving numerous requests for an on-demand version, we’re pleased to follow up with this slidecast, pairing audio with visuals to tell your story.

The YouTube format makes it easy to view on your mobile device or workstation. Adjust the resolution when showing it to a group. Here are some ideas for using it:

  • Play it at your next council meeting.
  • Include the link in orientation materials for new commission members.
  • Gather your staff to watch it at a brown-bag lunch.
  • Use it to kick off your next long-range planning discussion.
  • Share it on social media.
  • Show it when onboarding new staff. (A phone session to learn more about NASAA services would be a great follow-up. Contact Learning Services Manager Eric Giles to coordinate.)

Enjoy!

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An Introduction from Hillary Rose, new Executive Director

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Dear Great Falls Symphony Supporter,

I would like to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Hillary Rose and I am the new Executive Director for the Great Falls Symphony.

The Great Falls Symphony has been an integral part of my life since a very young age. I remember my mother and me spending a special evening together before every Symphony concert. We would have dinner together and arrive at the Mansfield Center extra early so that we could get our favorite seats in the balcony (back then there was only general seating). We would devour the program notes together and wait with anticipation as musicians would start to file onto the stage and fill the theater with the sounds of their scales and warm-up routines.

In high school I had the privilege of being a part of the Youth Symphony as their principal clarinetist. This experience taught me the importance of preparation and professionalism. I would never want to come to a rehearsal without knowing my part because the last thing I would want to do is disappoint Gordon Johnson! Let’s not even talk about the time I forgot to bring a pencil… 🙂

Because of the excellent music education I received in Great Falls through the Symphony outreach programs, the schools and through private lessons, I was accepted into the University of Montana with a full-ride scholarship for music performance.

In college, I realized my passion for the administrative side of music and the arts. After serving a term as President of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and obtaining my Certification in Entertainment Management as well as a Bachelor in Music Performance from the University of Montana, I moved back to Great Falls in hopes of eventually being able to fill this very role! After almost a decade of working in the corporate world, I am humbled by the opportunity to serve you and the Great Falls Symphony as your new Executive Director. I look forward to developing a positive and trusted relationship with you in the future.

Sincerely,

Hillary Rose

Great Falls Symphony Association

P.O. Box 1078| Great Falls, MT 59403

406.453.4102

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An Introduction from Hillary Rose, new Executive Director