The Play is the Thing in Montana

The play is the thing in Montana (continued) May 07, 2013 by

Montana State University
Arlynn Fishbaugh, executive director of Montana Arts Council, credits Jahnke with creating a commonality, and bringing people and towns together under the

The Play is the Thing in Montana

Paragraph Breaks

Grammar Discussions….. yes, we really do talk about these kinds of things at the office.  Like the fact that I simply am not able to put one space after punctuation…. I don’t care what the rules say.  My thumb just goes bap-bap all by itself…. Arni gets a grammar email and this is what we learned…

        Paragraph Breaks in Professional Documents
“Just look at a page of typescript that is unrelieved by paragraph breaks: it immediately seems to be indigestible and stuffy. Compare that with a page broken up by lively headings which straightaway appears more interesting and inviting.

“Paragraphs allow the writer to change tack or subject and, equally important, give the eye a rest. When the text moves from one point to another that is the time for a par break. However, much will depend on the style of the publication or document and on the column width. For news-style print jobs, using double or multi-column format, paragraph breaks are usually needed after every second or third sentence–say about every 50 to 70 words. . . . For single-column reports, books, manuals, leaflets and brochures, it is usually better to have slightly longer paragraphs with perhaps four or five sentences.”
(John Foster, Writing Skills for Public Relations: Style and Technique for Mainstream and Social Media, 5th ed. Kogan Page, 2012)

·        Paragraph Breaks in Emails
“In e-mail communication, paragraph breaks are even more important. They should be more frequent. A rule of thumb I use is three to eight lines as the maximum paragraph length for e-mails. It is also a good idea to separate paragraphs with a blank line to add delineation.”
(Robert T. Whipple, Understanding E-Body Language: Building Trust Online. Productivity Publications, 2006)
Paragraph Breaks

Grantmakers in the Arts

Hi all,
I have been waiting and waiting for Grantmakers in the Arts to post the videos they shot of keynote addresses from the GIA conference in Miami this fall because I’ve been dying for you to see one of them!  They’re finally up on You Tube.
Would love for you to take a break, grab a cup of coffee or tea, and treat yourself to Alberto Carvalho’s keynote address, which is here: (If you’re in a hurry, skip to the 9th minute where he starts talking about the arts, but the first nine are great, too.)
Mr. Carvalho is the Superintendent of Miami-Dade Public Schools and during the last four years under his tenure, the schools have soared with progress, to which he credits as a key factor making the arts a priority.
Mr. Carvalho is a tremendous speaker.  He’s a fine story-teller.  His own story is, in a word, incredible.  And funny.  And his message is so right-on as a reinforcement to the discussion we had Saturday with Denise Juneau, Bob Vogel and the other OPI staff members about the need to treat the arts much more seriously as a key to a world-class education.
This is the man whom I was thinking of when I offered Bob Vogel, the government affairs director of the School Boards Association, the prospect of MAC hosting a keynote speaker at their annual conference.  I have no idea if we could get Mr. Carvalho, but we’ll never know unless we try. 
Hope you enjoy this as much as Cinda and I did!
All the best,
Grantmakers in the Arts

Arts Educators July 10 2013

Dear Arts Educators,
Here is your early July edition of the arts education enewsletter.  An update on the Director of Arts Education position at the arts council:  We have over 30 applications and will begin screening this week.  I am happy to report  that, at first glance, there are very strong applications!  Hope your summers are going splendidly!
Arni Fishbaugh, Executive Director, Montana Arts Council,;  406-444-6546
Please note:  all links are underlined. Information on unsubscribing from this listserve is at the bottom of the email.
Federal Advocacy
Alex Nock, Vice President of Penn Hill Group, presented a webinar for Grantmakers in the Arts recently the progress of Grantmakers in the Arts’ K-12 arts education agenda and the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and other programs.  To find out more, here is the link.
Your chance for public comment by July 15th
The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) will release PreK-8 draft standards for an online public review June 30 through July 15. A preliminary invitational review of the draft eighth-grade standards was completed in April. Anyone with an interest is welcome to participate in the public review of one or more of the discipline grade-band drafts in dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts. Please visit the NCCAS website for details.
Fascinating reading
Look at how the Austin Independent School District is attempting to integrate the arts into all its classrooms.
An excerpt from a recent interview with the Broadway performer.
New Publications
Preparing Students for the Next America:  The Benefits of an Arts Education.
Arts Education Partnership (AEP) announces their new research bulleting on the benefits of arts education for all students.  Using their research center,, AEP presents a short composition on how the arts support achievement in school, strengthen skills in work fields, and supplement the lives of people within communities.  Click here for link
Ovation’s Arts Ed Toolkit
Based on two arts documentaries shown on Ovation TV, Baroque! From St. Peter’s To St. Paul’s and Manet: The Man Who Invented Modern Art, Ovation partners with Cable in the Classroom and NYC Department of Education Office of Arts and Special Projects, to provide teachers and their classrooms with Arts Ed Toolkits: free standards-based lessons and historical images. Click here for link.
Humanities Montana
150th Anniversary of Montana Territory.  2014 marks the 150th anniversary of Montana Territory. This anniversary offers an ideal opportunity for Montanans to learn and reflect together about their past, present, and future. Humanities Montana offers a menu of possibilities for your community or organization to encourage celebration and reflection. Go here for grants and programs that can support your efforts.
Montana Authors Project.  Also in honor of Montana’s 150th anniversary, Humanities Montana will add five new books to the Montana Authors Project, our site dedicated to linking stories to the state’s geography. Click here for link
Montana Festival of the Book.  The 14th annual Humanities Montana Festival of the Book will celebrate the literature of the West with over 70 authors, October 10-12, in downtown Missoula, free and open to the public.
National Endowment for the Arts Arts Education, School-Based Projects
DEADLINE: August 8, 2013
School-based projects must be directly connected to the school curriculum and instructional program. Activities may take place in or outside of the school building at any time of the day, including after-school and summer enrichment programs formally connected to school curricula. Projects must be based on a curriculum that aligns with either national or state arts education standards and include assessment of participant learning. Guidelines and application instructions for arts education projects that are school-based can be found on the agency’s web site. Click here for link
Deadline:  August 8
The Creative Encounters: Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe program supports collaborative artistic and creative projects between Asia and Europe. Click above to learn more about the funding guidelines and application process.
Thriving Cultures Program
DEADLINE: January 1, 2014
Thriving Cultures Program is offering grants to art training organizations and projects with a pursuit of cultural, social and civic changes for their communities. Organizations can catalyze changes through art and culture by applying to one of the four program areas: Teens’ Artistic and Cultural Advancement; Community Engaged Design; Artists and Economic Development; and Artists Engaging in Social Change.
Social media
The National Endowment for the Arts asked their Facebook fans and Twitter followers to share their favorite piece of arts-related social media advice.  Here’s what they had to say:  The Best Social Media Advice I Ever Received Was…
Arlynn (Arni) Fishbaugh, Executive Director
Montana Arts Council
PO Box 202201,Helena,MT 59620

Arts Educators July 10 2013