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From the Montana Arts Council
|Office on the Road
The Montana Arts Council staff is hitting the road! Come join us for Arts Conversations in these communities in northeast Montana June 10-14!
5:15-7:15 p.m. Friday, June 10
Havre Inn Suites Banquet Room (Best Western,) 1425 Highway 2 West
9-11 a.m. Monday, June 13
Cottonwood Inn Banquet Room, 451st Ave. Northeast
7-9 p.m. Monday, June 13
Malta Business Center, 46 S. 1st St. E.
7-9 p.m. Tuesday, June 14
Ekib-tsah-ah-tsik (Sitting High) Cultural Center, Aaniiih Nakoda College (formerly Fort Belknap College)
The Lois Lenski Covey Foundation
The Lois Lenski Covey Foundation is dedicated to fostering a love of reading among underserved children and youth. The Foundation provides grants for the purchase of books published for young people preschool through grade 8. Click above to learn more about the funding guidelines and application process.
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation is accepting applications for the French-American Jazz Exchange.
Deadline: May 27, 2016
The French-American Jazz Exchange ("FAJE") celebrates the shared cultural passion for jazz in France and the United States. A partnership of FACE Foundation ("French American Cultural Exchange"), the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the program is designed to initiate and extend the creative and professional development of jazz artists from France and the United States through support for the collaborative investigation of artistic practice and activities that provide exposure to new audiences and professional relationships.
Funds Available for Digital Humanities Projects
National Endowment for the Humanities
Deadline: June 8, 2016
The Digital Projects for the Public grants program supports projects that significantly contribute to the public’s engagement with the humanities through digital platforms, such as websites, mobile applications and tours, interactive touch screens and kiosks, games, and virtual environments.
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Cultural Diplomacy Grant Opportunities
ECA recently posted three new grant opportunities in Grants.gov. Under Creative Arts Exchanges, we are seeking proposals for our Hip Hop Collaboration program; and for a visual arts program – Community Arts Incubator. Under our Arts Envoy Program, we are soliciting proposals to assist our Arts Envoy team to send U.S. artists and experts in all arts fields for short-term projects with U.S. Embassies and Consulates in all world areas. Under Communities Connecting Heritage, we are soliciting proposals for an exchange program focused on connecting U.S. and foreign communities around themes of intangible and tangible cultural heritage.
Click here for more information.
The Invisible Yellow Line: Nonprofit Governance (NEW)
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Who ‘owns’ your nonprofit? The line defining the governance responsibility of board and staff is often hard to see. This fast-paced webinar will help to clarify that line using a football metaphor that everyone can understand. You’ve seen that yellow line that appears on the screen when you watch a football game. When you apply that line to the key roles of board and staff, it provides an easy way to discuss governance roles and helps to open lines of communication so both teams work compatibly toward the same goal – serving your organization’s mission. Jean Block, the webinar presenter, is the author of "The Invisible Yellow Line ™ – Clarifying Board and Staff Roles." She will share easy, practical examples of best practices in board and staff roles in governance, including the board’s responsibilities to the Three Duties and how the CEO can support the board in its governance role. Visit the link above to register.
Advanced Chart Construction in Microsoft Excel
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Do you feel like you’ve exhausted Microsoft Excel’s limited menu of graphing options? In this webinar, we’ll begin by reviewing lesser-known data visualization secrets with Excel, such as Change Chart Type, Categories in Reverse Order, and Gap Width. Then, we’ll dive into advanced chart construction to build graphs that aren’t traditionally available with Excel. Together we’ll build small multiples bar charts, small multiples line charts, and dot plots from scratch. You’ll learn the "why" and "how" behind effective visualizations, like why selecting a custom color palette and ensuring that graphs are colorblind-friendly is beneficial to your viewers. Technical how-to’s to turn that theory into practice will also be covered. This online workshop is highly interactive; you’ll receive an Excel file prior to the webinar that contains the sample datasets and step-by-step instructions that will be used during the training. This webinar will be held on. Visit the link above to register.
Getting Started: Making Your Grant Requests Sparkle
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Are you new to grant writing? This webinar will help you prepare the basic documents needed to write compelling letters of inquiry and grant proposals. Participants come away with a clear picture of exactly what documents they should have at hand and how to polish and present these documents in order to submit successful grants requests. Why not make your first grant proposals not only a joy to write, but also make them stand out from other submissions? Cynthia M. Adams, CEO of GrantStation, has been teaching grant writing workshops for over 20 years, and presents a webinar full of "how to’s" and "examples" for the novice grant writer. Participants will receive several handouts/worksheets before the webinar to help guide their success. This presentation will be held on. Visit the link above to register.
Free Grantseeeking Webinar
The Biggest Myths about Grantseeking Right Now and
How to Keep Them from Sabotaging Your Grants Success!
Wednesday, May 4, 10 am-11:30 am MST
RSVP to attend this free webinar.
Ready to shed some outworn, out-of-date, but still shockingly common beliefs and misunderstandings about what it takes to be successful in the grants world today? They’re called "invisible beliefs" – those things we think we know, without even thinking about it. Maybe they were true once upon a time … but many simply aren’t true anymore. And the problem is, because they’re invisible, those beliefs that are no longer true can slow us down – and sabotage our success – without our even realizing what’s happening.
Montana Arts Council’s Executive Director position now open
The Montana Arts Council offers an exciting opportunity as the Executive Director of this state agency in Helena, MT. You will build on the success of the Council’s work of promoting the benefits of the arts to the state’s economy, facilitating arts learning and promoting the public value of the arts, as described in our operation framework here. Responsibilities include providing leadership to the arts in the state, working with the legislature, representing the agency and the arts, directing operations and managing staff. Salary $80,000 to $96,000 DOQ, plus generous benefits. Closes May 9, 2016.
For more information see statecareers.mt.gov (scroll through to the Executive Director listing.)
Executive Director, Alliance of Artists Communities
Location: Providence, RI
Deadline: April 29, 2016
The governing board of the Alliance of Artists Communities (AAC) seeks an Executive Director to lead a national organization representing the filed of artist residency program with a commitment to the values of equity, inclusion, and professionalism. The AAC’s mission is to advance the impact of artists and creativity on intellectual and civic life.
Click here to learn more.
Director of Marketing and Communications, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Deadline: Open Until Filled
The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation is currently seeking a Director of Marketing and Communications at Taliesin West. Responsibilities include designing and implementing unique marketing and communication strategies that support the Foundation.
Click here to learn more.
Contract Opportunity: Operations Manager
The Wyoming Arts Alliance
Deadline: May 1, 2016
The Wyoming Arts Alliance seeks a part-time Operations Manager to coordinate the affairs of the organization. This is a one-year contract position, renewable annually. WyAA will offer $1,250/month, plus out- of-pocket expenses. The Operations Manager must be located in Cheyenne.
For more info click here!
Project Opportunity: Wyoming Arts Road Trip Manager
Deadline May 1, 2016
The Wyoming Arts Alliance seeks a part-time, Project Director to organize and complete an arts information gathering "road trip" throughout Wyoming. The Manager will be responsible, for organizing the information collected and to work with the WyAA Operations Manger and board in drafting WyAA’s new Strategic Plan. This is a contract position for a 10-month period. WyAA will offer $1,500/month, plus out- of-pocket expenses. The Road Trip Manager may be located anywhere in Wyoming.
For more info click here!
Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts
Reporting to and working closely with the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will be an inspiring leader within the organization and the community, publically representing the Center in all matters regarding media, government, business, cultural, and educational institutions.
For more info click here!
Leadership is about influencing others
Leadership is about the ability to influence situations and people, writes Joel Garfinkle. Your skill at doing so depends on factors including reputation, skills and expertise, and your ability to win followers. "Forget titles and the other trappings of authority; concentrate on building the skills above and focus on honing them," Garfinkle writes.
Board Member Fundraising Policy
More and more boards are being expected to help ensure adequate resources by helping raise private support for their organizations. And yet, many boards have not created a policy that specifies that involvement. Here are some tips on how to do that, as well as a free sample policy. Download the policy now.
This is a YIKES! (Arni Fishbaugh’s comment)
Legislators receive letter urging for evaluation of overtime rules changes
A coalition of 340 organizations has submitted a letter to Congress that backs the Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act and expresses the groups’ opposition to a proposed rule by the Department of Labor that would expand the existing pay threshold for overtime pay. The bill calls for an analysis of the possible effects of the new rules on nonprofit groups, local governments and small businesses.
American City Business Journals
1-2-3 steps, reframing techniques for nonprofit leaders
Nonprofit leaders can learn to self-coach and ensure they’re constantly learning on the job with reframing and "1-2-3" steps. Reframing allows an individual to look at a problem in a new way, discovering new solutions in the process. Another tool, "1-2-3" steps, is the idea of first taking small, easy steps toward tackling big problems.
9 qualities necessary to create change in your organization
Change is difficult, and leaders need to have vision, a strategy and strong communication skills to win people over, writes Bobbie Goheen. "Sell the dream of the future both externally and internally so that people can begin to see the possibilities and build the desire for change," she advises.
SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership
Study: Consumers pledge to charitable causes, but don’t always pay up
A US and Canadian study has found that charity pushes on social media may create quite a bit of buzz, but that buzz doesn’t necessarily generate donations. Researchers purchased Facebook ads to encourage consumers to donate to Heifer International, a poverty-focused charity. The campaign reached 6.4 million people and garnered thousands of impressions, but only resulted in 30 donations.
The Drum (Glasgow, Scotland)
72% of donors say messaging affects their giving
Seventy-two percent of donors say their decision to give is affected by a nonprofit’s messaging, highlighting the need to avoid vague, dull or irrelevant content. Instead, 75% of donors said they prefer short emails with no links, and 60% preferred YouTube videos less than two minutes in length.
The NonProfit Times (Morris Plains, N.J.)
What commonalities do successful fundraisers share?
Of 16 small nonprofits recognized as successful fundraisers, all shared similar views on the major role of fundraising at their organizations, according to the Fundraising Bright Spots report. In addition, they all believed it to be the shared responsibility of board members, staff and volunteers — and embraced a year-round, consistent approach to engaging donors.
3 social media tips for small nonprofits
Small nonprofits can create a successful social media presence by sharing a variety of content, scheduling posts and making an effort to respond to supporters reactions. Reacting to supporters is important because it encourages further interaction and helps to build relationships that transcend social media.
B2C Marketing Insider
How to make tough conversations more palatable
Stepping up and taking charge of tough conversations is a critical part of the leader’s job, writes Deborah Rowland. One way to make difficult conversations more palatable: view them not as obstacles, but as stepping stones to the better times that lie ahead. "Difficult conversations can actually strengthen personal bonds if you handle them well," Rowland notes.
Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model)
Build a culture of philanthropy with these 12 steps
The key to building a nonprofit culture of philanthropy is to get everyone involved with fundraising and connect it to every board and staff meeting. Nonprofit leaders should also ask staff members for input on fundraising materials and build personal relationships with donors, board members and other stakeholders. It’s also important celebrate successes, urging leaders to watch for milestones like new donors or 100% board participation.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy
The Power of Art to Build Strong Youth and Heal Trauma
The arts create an off-ramp from the pipeline by engaging young people and empowering them. Art is not a distraction – but a diversionary tool for them to heal and tell their stories through spoken word, dance, poetry, performance art or a visual piece. Art provides freedom from the everyday struggles that our children and youth must navigate.
Read at Huffington Post…
Arts and the Military
There are two new National Assembly of State Arts Agencies resources addressing the powerful role of the arts in efforts supporting active-duty military service members, reservists, veterans, their families and other members of the military community: the State Arts & Military Initiatives Strategy Sampler and its companion report, Arts & Military Snap Survey Results.
|Just Plain Interesting
First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, on National Tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library
The University of Montana, recently named Montana’s host for the "First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare," national tour, is pleased to announce that the First Folio exhibition will be on display in the Montana Museum of Art and Culture and open to the public May 9 – 31.
The First Folio is the first complete collected edition of William Shakespeare’s plays, published in 1623, seven years after his death. Compiled by two of Shakespeare’s fellow actors, it preserves 36 of Shakespeare’s plays. Without it, we would not have 18 of those plays, including "Macbeth," "Julius Caesar," "Twelfth Night," "The Tempest" and "Antony and Cleopatra."
"We are thrilled we will be able to showcase the folio on campus in May 2016," said Julie Biando Edwards, an associate professor at the Mansfield Library. "This is a wonderful opportunity for the community. We’re especially pleased that parents and families visiting for graduation will be able to see it." The MMAC will be the only location in Montana to display the folio during its tour around the country.
UM and its partners will offer related programming while the First Folio is on campus. A current schedule is available online by clicking here.
Touring Exhibitions Needed
The Montana Art Gallery Director’s Association (MAGDA) is currently soliciting exhibition proposals for 2017, 2018, and 2019. The MAGDA Board of Trustees will meet in July to review and select exhibition proposals to present to the MAGDA membership for POSSIBLE bookings at the MAGDA conference which will be held in October. ALL EXHIBITS MUST BE SPONSORED BY AN ARTS ORGANIZATION. The sponsor organization is responsible for preparing the exhibit for tour, including professional crating, shipping expense and arrangements to first venue, condition report book, labels, interpretive text, press packets, etc. All contracts and communications with MAGDA will be made WITH THE SPONSOR ONLY. For more information contact Patty Bergquist at montanaart.
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