Arts Organizations August 22, 2014


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August 22, 2014
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Dear Kristin,
  
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.
Announcement from MAC
The Governor’s Arts Awards 2015 Nomination Process is now open.
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.
To make the final selections, the council uses these criteria:
1. Worthiness of statewide recognition
2. Integrity
3. Excellence
Key Dates
August 18 – December 15, 2014 – Nomination process is open for submissions
Mid February 2015 – Council members select up to six awardees
Early June 2015 – Awards Ceremony and Reception in Helena
 CONFERENCES
 
Engage: Aligning Mission, Meaning & Capacity for High Performance
October 1-3, 2014 in Helena
 ONLINE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
How do in-school arts education programs affect student creativity, academics, or social outcomes? Join researchers from the Kennedy Center and Johns Hopkins University as they share their investigation of these topics. Ivonne Chand O’Neal is director of research and evaluation at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and she will share her study on the Changing Education Through the Arts (CETA) program on Washington DC-area public school students. Mariale Hardiman, professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education and former principal of Roland Park Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore, Maryland, will discuss her work at the intersection of cognitive research and effective teaching strategies.
August 27 1:00 pm MDT
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
falling_change_giving.jpgNational Endowment for the Arts
The NEA is interested in value-oriented research that will measure or clarify one or more factors, characteristics, and conditions of the U.S. arts ecosystem, as well as impact-oriented research that will investigate the direct and indirect benefits of arts participation on health and well-being, cognitive capacity, learning, creativity, community livability, or economic prosperity.
Grant guidelines webinar September 3, 1:00 pm MDT
Starting on September 8, the Multi-Arts Production Fund (MAP) will begin accepting Letters of Inquiry from artists, ensembles, producers, and arts presenters whose work in the disciplines of contemporary performance embodies this spirit of exploration and inquiry. The fund is particularly interested in work that examines notions of cultural difference or “the other,” whether based in class, gender, generation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or another aspect of diversity. Only projects that contain a live performance will be considered.  
Grants up to $45,000 will be awarded in 2014 to nonprofit arts organizations. Unincorporated artists or ensembles may apply to the fund through a fiscal sponsor. Organizations and artists must demonstrate at least two years of professional experience.
Upon review of LOIs, selected applicants will be notified during the week of November 3, 2014, and invited to submit full proposals.
See the MAP Fund website for complete program guidelines, a schedule for upcoming informational webinars (beginning August 15), and application procedures.
Deadline: October 3, 2014 (Letters of Inquiry)
USArtists grants are available to American dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo performers that have been invited to perform at significant international festivals and performing arts markets anywhere in the world outside of the United States and its territories. Mark your calendar with these deadlines.
September 5, 2014 for projects taking place between November 1, 2014-October 31, 2015.
December 5, 2014 for projects taking place between March 1, 2015- February 29, 2016
April 17, 2015 for projects taking place between July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016.
This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of $6 million in grants for organizations that provide financial and technical assistance to develop recipients’ capacity to carry out housing, community facilities, and community and economic development projects. The awards are being made available under the Rural Community Development Initiative. Recipients must be non-profit organizations, low-income rural communities, or federally recognized tribes.
Deadline: November 12.
The Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples is an identity-based organization dedicated to the self-determination of Native peoples and the sovereignty of their distinct nations.
To that end, the fund supports Indigenous-initiated and -led community-based organizations and projects aligned with its program areas: arts and cultural expression, environmental health and justice, human rights, intergenerational leadership, sustainable communities, and women’s leadership.
1) Arts and Cultural Expression: Provides support to grassroots Native communities and cultural arts organizations. Priority is given to holistic community health and cultural renewal efforts using traditional and contemporary art forms to express cultural diversity.
Deadline: September 15, 2014
From First Peoples Fund 
The 2014 Cultural Capital Program provides tradition bearers of tribal communities the opportunity to further their important cultural work. The program is designed to support previous year Community Spirit Award recipients allowing them to commit more time in teaching and sharing their ancestral knowledge and practices with others who want to learn.
Grant amount: $5,000
Application deadline: September 1, 2014 (postmark deadline)
 
The 2014 Artist in Business Leadership Program is an independent business arts fellowship program that features a working capital grant of $5,000 to be used to support a one year marketing plan/strategy or business goal as defined by the artist applicant. Artists will receive technical assistance, a professional network of peers, as well as travel funds to participate in FPF’s individualized professional development workshops. The fellowship also provides a focus on new works to stimulate creativity and a renewal of energy in Native art expression.
Grant amount: $5,000
Application deadline: September 1, 2014 (postmark deadline)
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
VSA Montana is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting access to the arts for people with disabilities throughout the state of Montana. VSA Montana is part of a dynamic network of VSA arts affiliates throughout the country, and international affiliates around the world.
The Executive Director is responsible for strategic planning, collaborative networking and partnerships in the arts and disabilities communities, policy and program development and management, fund-raising, fiscal oversight, and marketing. The Executive Director will ensure successful outreach and programming in education and professional development, and will advocate for cultural access for people with disabilities statewide.
Call 406-549-2984 for details, or click on the link above. Position is open until filled by a qualified candidate.
  
The Arizona Commission on the Arts Job Listings
Job Listings for local and national employers in the arts, education and nonprofit sectors are submitted by employers and are posted according to their preferences, instructions and timeframes. Listings may be posted until an employer has formally made a hire and may therefore remain on this page after submission deadlines have passed.
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.
 GENERAL INTEREST
Grantmakers in the Arts welcomes Jim McDonald as its new deputy director/director of programs. McDonald will work with current GIA deputy director/director of programs, Tommer Peterson, beginning September 29, 2014, and will officially take over the position January 1, 2015. Peterson will retire at the end of 2014 after serving GIA in several capacities over the past fourteen years.

“Jim McDonald’s career represents the diverse nature of GIA’s membership serving arts organizations and individual artists with a proven commitment to our core values,” stated Janet Brown, President & CEO. “Trained as a visual artist, McDonald has worked for arts nonprofits as well as corporate, public, and private funders. As a funder, he developed portfolios intentionally serving small and mid-sized organizations, major institutions, artists, arts groups, and communities of color. We look forward to what he will bring to the GIA team.”

Jim has over thirty years of experience in the arts field as a grantmaker, curator, arts administrator, and art consultant. Most recently, he was senior program officer for Arts and Culture at The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation in Seattle. He has served on numerous grant panels and boards of directors, including Grantmakers in the Arts.

A native of Denver, McDonald received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and served as a Fellow in the Museum Program at the National Endowment for the Arts. He was the public art director for the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, curator of the Safeco Art Collection, a founding board member of 4Culture, and vice-chair of the board for Artist Trust of Washington. Jim presently serves on advisory committees for WESTAF, Cornish College for the Arts, and ArtsFund.

In addition to artists getting needed health care this TEDx talk shows how the arts can build and enhance community.
  
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Sincerely,
KarenDe Herman
Montana Arts Council
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August 22, 2014
Dear Public Artist, 
Greetings! You may scroll down through the actual newsletter or simply click on the links to your favorite features in the adjoining sidebar.
Thanks for reading, Kim
  General Interest 

“View From a Landing” KBH 2012

The 15th annual
Humanities Montana Festival of the Book will celebrate the literature of the West over 70 authors, October 9-11, in downtown Missoula.
 
Following a North American premiere, we are planning a Montana tour to bring Bella Vista to the beautiful place it calls home. If you’re in Montana and would like to bring Bella Vista to your community, we’d love to hear from you! Email us at bellavista@slowtale.net. Looking forward to distribution, we’ve partnered with a Los Angeles-based sales company to help us explore options. So: stay tuned for information on upcoming screenings this fall, and more, as we continue on this exciting path!
Perhaps you know that Bella Vista is a recipient of the Montana Film Office’s Big Sky Film Grant. We’ve been hard at work editing behind-the-scenes videos that will be featured on the Film Office’s YouTube channel — you’ll hear from our cast, crew and production team on the development of the film, the experience of working on it, and what we think it means for filmmaking in Montana. We’ll let you know as soon as these are live! Shout outs to Robert Bohannon and Tom Stagg, our intrepid videographers who did an excellent job capturing the life of our set.
  
1708 GALLERY WILL TRANSFORM MONROE PARK
FOR THE 7TH ANNUAL INLIGHT RICHMOND. 
Friday, November 21, 2014, 7 p.m. to midnight
Organized by 1708 Gallery, InLight Richmond is a public exhibition of light-based art and performances. Each year, InLight Richmond invites artists to respond to a particular section of our diverse city, attracting audiences to unique areas of Richmond. Over 6 years, 1708’s InLight has featured 169 local, national and international artists and artist collectives across some of Richmond’s most unique neighborhoods and sites, from Broad Street to historic Tredegar to the Riverfront Canal Walk, and has engaged over 25,000 visitors.
InLight Richmond 2014 will be held on Friday, November 21, 2014 in Monroe Park and the surrounding streets, including the Altria Theater. 1708 is pleased to announce that this year’s juror is Denise Markonish, Curator at MASS MoCA.
Through InLight, 1708 has created an on-going opportunity for Richmond to experience the city in unexpected and surprising ways. The selection of Monroe Park, one of the oldest public spaces in Richmond, continues this tradition of highlighting the histories and imagining the futures of Richmond’s most well-known spaces.
Artists are invited to submit proposals for InLight 2014 including, but not limited to, interactive projects, large-format projections, sculpture and performances that will engage this dynamic site. Featured artists and artist collectives will be announced in early September. For more information, including how to submit proposals, please visit: www.1708gallery.org/inlight.
InLight 2014 will kick off with the Community Lantern Parade, an opportunity for the entire community to participate in InLight.
InLight Richmond is made possible in large part by the generosity and support of our sponsors. Special thanks go out to our sponsors to date including our lead sponsor Altria Group, the Windsor Foundation, MeadWestvaco Foundation, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, Boitnott Visual Communications, and the Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Downtown
Helena, MT
Montana Arts Council MAP Program is accepting Applications from Montana artists.
Great Falls, MT
Paris Gibson Square Museum 
Food for Thought
Public Art Marketing & Community Engagement
The Fall Public Art Classroom will cover the development and implementation of public art marketing and engagement plans, strategies, messages, online tools, and educational resources.  Public art programs face unique communications and engagement challenges. From how to define patrons to how to assess and communicate the value of a collection, public art professionals need marketing and community engagement strategies to build appreciation and support their collection and programs.
Join experts and fellow practitioners to learn about strategic marketing and engagement efforts, communicating value and purpose to the public and internal partners, online marketing and engagement best practices, and educational resources that can be developed to further engage your audience.

 
Workshops by distinguished artists
Artists from all media are welcome to attend
Workshops will be available in basic encaustic technique, the use of resin in encaustic painting, design, weaving, mixed media, abstract and representational painting, cold wax painting, incorporating rust into encaustic painting, incorporating photography into encaustic painting, and a new printmaking technique known as “Encaustique.” Our distinguished faculty includes respected artists and teachers from across the United States and Canada. In many cases, the workshops offered here are at a substantial discount to what the artists typically charge.
Read more about this conference here. 
Resources
   Check Art Calls at:
“View From a Landing” 2012 KBH
Check out Creative Capital Blog for some insights into the artistic life of others.Under theirTips & Tools tab see some budgeting ideas for artists.  
Technical and archival information for artists from: Golden paints Newsletter #30 is released   
  
Tremaine Foundation Resources for Artists : Online links to a variety of resources for individual artists and arts organizations. 
The National Arts Program — click to view magazine
 Art Daily   Click to view magazine
The First Art Newspaper on the Net
Copyright ©artdaily.org  
Lynn Basa 
Lynn is one of the artists I turn to when I need advice. Not once has she mentioned her book.  I came across it today in the search for something else. So, I will toot the horn for her and have you consider her ideas.  Lynn Basa website to see her artwork.  
  
  
is a member-supported, nonprofit organization founded in 1960 to champion the creation and understanding of sculpture and its unique, vital contribution to society. Members include sculptors, collectors, patrons, architects, developers, journalists, curators, historians, critics, educators, foundries, galleries, and museums-anyone with an interest in and commitment to the field of sculpture.
Art-public.com provides access to a vast field of information about contemporary public art and its current developments throughout the world.
JOBS
Job Description: Executive Director – VSA Montana
VSA Montana is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting access to the arts for people with disabilities throughout the state of Montana. VSA Montana is part of a dynamic network of VSA arts affiliates throughout the country, and international affiliates around the world.
The Executive Director is responsible for strategic planning, collaborative networking and partnerships in the arts and disabilities communities, policy and program development and management, fund-raising, fiscal oversight, and marketing. The Executive Director will ensure successful outreach and programming in education and professional development, and will advocate for cultural access for people with disabilities statewide.
As the sole employee of the organization, the Executive Director must be flexible, and work with the Board of Directors to develop initiatives in furtherance of the mission of VSA Montana.
 
Executive Director
WaterWorks Art Museum
Miles City, Montana
To apply, please include:
1. Completed online application
2. Cover letter stating interest
3. Resume
4. Optional; supplemental information such as:
* Separate Bio
* Letter(s) of recommendation or reference
Refer to the included job description for assignment of duties.
Applicants should demonstrate:
*Strong leadership ability.
*Effective oral and writing communication skills to effectively serve as the principal spokesperson for the WaterWorks Art Museum.
* Ability and record of success in fundraising including foundations, businesses and grant sources.
 
* Accomplished record of developing exhibitions and
managing art education programs that have served broad audiences.

* Ability to build relationships with community leaders and stakeholders.
* Financial management and reporting knowledge
Ability to develop collaborations among other cultural and educational organizations.
* Strong management skills: ability to manage and develop staff, volunteers, budgets, and other resources for the maximum benefit of the Center.
* Professional integrity with strong knowledge of museum professional and ethical standards.
A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in art history or fine arts, or equivalent experience is preferred.
The center currently has three FTE employees (including Exec. Dir.) and part-time or temporary employees (cleaning, education) as needed/ budgeted.
The Executive Director position salary is negotiable / DOE
with an additional medical insurance plan and a PTO (paid time off) plan that applies to FTE employees.
Applications are being accepted now and the position is available immediately. Qualified applicants will be contacted after a review by the Executive Director and the Personnel Committee.

 
  
Helena, MT
Helena Symphony
Please submit a detailed resume and letter of application to the Executive Director, Ginny Abbott, at executivedirector@helenasymphony.org. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.
The City of Walnut Creek is seeking a Public Art Program Supervisor to join its Arts, Recreation, and Community Services Department. This part time position (20 hours per week) is responsible for the administration of the Walnut Creek Public Art Program, which includes municipal and private development public art projects generated by the City’s public art ordinance. The Public Art Program Supervisor, in coordination with the Bedford Gallery Curator, the Arts, Recreation and Community Services Director and the City of Walnut Creek Arts Commission, is responsible for the development and implementation of all aspects of the Public Art program.
This is a benefited position and is eligible for the same benefits as other part-time employees in the General Management Unit. 
  
Americans for the Arts
for questions about posting to the Job Bank 
     
  
Musical America has job opportunities
for artists and
other disciplines. JOB POSTINGS
  
CALLS FOR ART

“Undulations” 2012 KBH

Missoula, MT

Morris & Helen Silver Tribute at Silver Park
The City of Missoula Public Art Committee, in collaboration with the Morris and Helen Silver Foundation, seeks an artist or artist team to create a major integrated artwork for the newly constructed Silver Park.

This art call is one of two simultaneous art calls associated with Silver Park. The Public Art Committee encourages artists to submit to both art calls. It is possible for an outstanding candidate to be awarded both art calls.

 
Missoula, MT
Silver Park: Percent for Art Public Art Project 2014-2015
The City of Missoula Public Art Committee, in collaboration with the Missoula Redevelopment Agency and the Morris and Helen Silver Foundation, seeks an artist or artist team to create a major integrated artwork for the newly constructed Silver Park.
Austin, TX
The City of Austin Art in Public Places program announces two Calls to Artists for the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.  To view the complete RFQs and apply for these projects, visit: http://www.austintexas.gov/department/aipp-opportunities. Application deadline for both opportunities is Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 5:00 pm (CDT).

 
REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS: Terminal/Apron Expansion and Improvements Project at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport 
The City of Austin Art in Public Places (AIPP) program of the Cultural Arts Division, Economic Development Department, seeks to commission a professional visual artist, or artist team, to design, fabricate, and install artwork for the Terminal/Apron Expansion and Improvements Project at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Professional visual artists, or artist teams, who live in the United States are eligible to apply. The total budget available for this project is $1,000,000.

 
REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS: Airport Entrance Project at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
The City of Austin Art in Public Places (AIPP) program of the Cultural Arts Division, Economic Development Department, seeks to commission a professional visual artist, or artist team, to design, fabricate, and install artwork at the entrance(s) to the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Professional visual artists, or artist teams, who live in the United States are eligible to apply. The total budget available for this project is $2,000,000.
2014 Broomfield Public Art in Open Space
Due September 22, 2014


The City and County of Broomfield Public Art Committee (PAC) seeks to commission an artist or team of artists to create an original work of art for open space located in Broomfield Commons Community Park. 
The PAC will choose semifinalists who will be paid an honorarium for their proposals.  The finalists will provide refined concepts, a maquette and work plans as requested. Installation is targeted for completion by May 31, 2015.  
Total project budget is $60,000.  Click here for the complete details.

Yellowstone Art Museum is now accepting submissions for its 47th Annual Art Auction to be held March, 7st 2015. Application is free for all artists. To apply please visit http://www.artmuseum.org/special-events/art-auction/art-auction-artist-application or contact events@artmuseum.org. Deadline for submission is October 20th, 2014.


 
Always dreamed of great short videos about your public art??? Now is the time.  Contact your local filmmakers and video artists. Winning films about public art to be shown at the Louvre. Wim Wenders president of the jury. http://www.nowyouseeme.org 

 
Jacksonville, FL
The Art in Public Places Program and the City of Jacksonville Office of Public Parking is accepting qualifications from artists (or artist teams) for a multi-site public art opportunity as part of Phase Two infrastructure enhancements at the city-owned Water Street parking garage in Downtown Jacksonville. It is desired that the finished artwork(s) for this project be incorporated into the building’s exterior and physical site and should assist in creating an appealing, distinctive, safe, and accessible parking facility that welcomes commuters and visitors to the area night and day, 365 days a year.
The submission deadline for artist qualification materials is September 5, 2014.
 For more information and to apply, please visit www.CulturalCouncil.org 

 

 
Tuscon, AZ
On behalf of Tucson’s January 8th Memorial Foundation, the Tucson Pima Arts Council invites designers to submit their qualifications and design interests to create a Master Plan Concept for El Presidio Park and to provide a schematic design for a January 8th Memorial.
The application deadline isTuesday, September 30, 2014 at 11 p.m. MST (Arizona Time)
The budget for the scope of work is$90,000 plus a $5,000 stipend for each finalist.
Commission of Artwork along the James River
Riverfront Public Art Project #1
The City of Richmond Public Art Commission seeks to commission an artist to create outdoor public art along the James River adjacent to or within the project site for the Brown’s Island Dam Walk and Southbank Pathways.
Submission Deadline: September 5, 2014, 5:00 P.M. EDT
Estimated Budget: $200,000
The RFQ contains the submission requirements and details about the project. Updates to this RFQ will be posted to the City of Richmond Public Art Commission website.

Urbana, Illinois

The Urbana Public Arts Program in Urbana, Illinois is seeking artists to display sculptures in our community. Selected sculptures will be installed in the community metro area and will serve as major visual anchor points, community identity and a statement that creativity and art are of vital importance to our existence in Central Illinois.

Deadline: September 5, 2014 5:00pm CST

Honorarium
The Public Arts Program will offer selected artists an honorarium in an amount not to exceed $2,000.00 for the temporary lease of the artwork, transportation to and from the installation site, food & lodging, and artist fees for on-site availability during installation and de-installation. If multiple pieces are selected from one artist an honorarium will be awarded for each piece. The Public Arts Program will provide logistical and staff support, site design parameters, and incur the costs associated with site preparation and promotional events and materials.

For questions and additional information, please contact Lisa Hatchadoorian at Urbana’s Public Art Program at (217) 328-8265 or by e-mail to lhatchadoorian@urbanaillinois.us  

 

PHOTOTAXIS 2014 is ready for your submissions. Last year’s gathering was a big success and we’re hoping to grow the gathering and celebrate photography and the creative community by inviting you to submit and attend.

Last year’s participants included photographers from Montana, California, Spain, New York, and Boston; and the work of photographers Andi Schreiber, Ken Jarecke, and Pelle Cass.
When & Where?
Saturday, August 23rd in Polson, Montana.
This year PHOTOTAXIS is being held on a Saturday to make it easier for those who are traveling to attend. 
Do note that you do not have to attend to submit your work. All you need is a desire to have your work projected in the magnificent scene shown above and the wish to see photography celebrated in even the most rural areas of our creative community. Please consider submitting even if you cannot attend – PHOTOTAXIS is nothing without the full support of our community.
Also there will be an opportunity this year from 7-9pm to show off your printed work. If you have paid to submit to the slideshow than you are welcome this year to bring a few prints, a portfolio, or a book of your work for everyone to view.
Here are the details: http://www.phototaxismt.org
  

Click on the project you’re interested in to learn more about it!

Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale Public Art (SPA) seeks artists interested in creating temporary installations, performance-based and participatory artworks in a variety of locations during SPA’s upcoming new fiscal year (July 2014 through June 2015). Selected artists will be held on a pre-qualified list to be potentially commissioned by SPA for temporary project opportunities throughout the 2015 fiscal year (FY15).
This is a new call to artists and selection process being adapted by SPA in order to best respond to an ever-increasing volume of temporary projects and event-based artworks. SPA anticipates 10-20 temporary project opportunities during FY15 to be offered to selected artists on the pre-qualified list resulting from this call to artists. The majority of these projects are planned for the next annual Canal Convergence event in February 2015 with an additional large scale opportunity at the Scottsdale Arts Festival in March 2015. Some additional project opportunities in new locations are in the process of being confirmed at this time.  

Sincerely,
Kim Baraby Hurtle
Percent-for-Art Director
(406) 444-6639
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August 20, 2014
Greetings,
Many of you who read this newsletter are educators, and by now you have already reported back to your schools and are getting your classrooms ready for the new school year.  We at the Montana Arts Council wish all Montana educators the very best school year.  While you are on the front lines every day ensuring the college, career and civic readiness of every Montana students, we will be working to support you by placing artists and arts organizations in the schools, promoting the value of arts education to a wider audience, providing professional development opportunities, and working with our partners at the Office of Public Instruction to move forward the effort to revise the Montana Standards for Arts.  Read more about why that’s a big deal on the blog.
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
Cheers, Emily 
Nominate an Outstanding Montana Arts Educator for the 2015 Governor’s Arts Awards
 
  
For the first time, outstanding Montana arts educators are eligible to be nominated for the Governor’s Arts Awards.  The 2015 nomination process is now open, and nominations will be accepted through December 15, 2014. 
                   
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.
To make the final selections, the council uses these criteria:

1. Worthiness of statewide recognition
2. Integrity
3. Excellence
Key Dates
August 18 – December 15, 2014 – Nomination process is open for submissions
Mid February 2015 – Council members select up to six awardees
Early June 2015 – Awards Ceremony and Reception in Helena
Revision of the Montana Standards for Arts
Montana to revise their Arts Standards
  
The Montana Office of Public Instruction in partnership with the Montana Arts Council will soon begin the process of revising the Montana Standards for Arts in Montana’s K-12 public schools.  The Arts Standards were written in the 1990s and have never been revised.
  
The revision process will offer an opportunity to create new standards that are discipline-specific in dance, theatre, music, visual art and media arts, rather than the general standards we have now that cover all disciplines with a broad sweep. 
  
The process will also offer multiple opportunities for input and participation from educators, parents, business and community leaders and arts education advocates to improve the quality of arts education in our state.   The process will include focus groups, an open nomination process for writing and review teams, and a public comment period during the adoption process. The revised standards must be adopted by the Montana Board of Public Education and will be brought forth for consideration by the Superintendent of Public Instruction. 
  
For more information about the Montana Standards for Arts revision process, or if you would like to get involved in the revision process, contact Emily Kohring, Director of Arts Education at the Montana Arts Council at (406) 444-6522.
Opportunities
NDEO, through its Online Professional Development Institute (OPDI), offer lifelong opportunities to enhance your career.  OPDI online dance education courses are designed to deliver accessible and affordable professional development.  There are seven great courses coming this fall. 
Announcing the launch of the 2015-2016 Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching program Online Application for K-12 teachers. 
Are you a U.S.: 
  • Primary and/or secondary classroom teacher?
  • Guidance counselor?
  • Curriculum specialist?
  • Curriculum head?
  • Talented and Gifted coordinator?
  • Special Education coordinator?
  • Media specialist/librarian?
You may be eligible to participate in a unique international professional development opportunity for 3-6 months through the Fulbright Program!
By conducting educational research abroad, U.S. teachers gain new skills, learn new instructional methods and assessment methodologies and share best practices with international colleagues and students. Teachers also have the opportunity to expand their understanding of other cultures and international education systems that will enrich their U.S. schools and local communities with global perspectives.
Teachers may travel to: Botswana, Finland, India, Israel, Mexico, Palestinian Territories, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam. 
The mission of the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education is to promote the integration of the arts into all educational programs, with a special focus on children who learn in different ways.
The foundation is accepting grant applications from educators who need financial assistance to maintain or implement an arts education program. Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to support new or evolving programs that integrate the arts into educational programming. Although the purpose of the grant program is to assist teachers who wish to establish an effective way of using the arts to teach children who learn differently, proposed projects must serve all children in the classroom, including those with no trouble learning in a general education setting.  Teachers of pre-K-12 children are eligible to apply.
Register now the AEP 2014 National Forum on Arts and Education: Preparing Students for the Next America in and through the Arts.  Featuring 21 concurrent sessions on issues in arts education from presenters across the nation.
  
 Advocacy and Research
How do in-school arts education programs affect student creativity, academics, or social outcomes? Join researchers from the Kennedy Center and Johns Hopkins University as they share their investigation of these topics on the latest webinar from the NEA Task Force on the Arts and Human Development.  The webinar takes place on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. MDT. It is free and open to the public. Please register in advance.
 Of Interest for Arts Educators
Why the Arts Matter
Why The Arts Matter
Why The Arts Matter
This is a wonderful 30-minute documentary from the organization Nebraska Loves Public Schools about the power of arts education in our public schools.  A great piece of advocacy and well-worth the time it takes to watch. 
How Playing An Instrument Benefits Your Brain
How playing an instrument benefits your brain - Anita Collins
How playing an instrument benefits your brain – Anita Collins
Short piece from TedEd on how listening to and playing music creates “fireworks” in your brain. 
Despite overwhelming evidence that arts education correlates with higher graduation rates, better college performance and future success in the workplace, shrinking school budgets and strict curriculum standards keep restricting the time that teenage students spend exploring their creative sides. So a panel of artists, educators and activists – including marquee names like Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon, author Salman Rushdie and design duo Rodarte – have come up with a novel solution, perfectly suited to the Internet age: a free, crowdfunded, peer-to-peer online arts school that brings the arts to students who need them.
The best assessments are about creativity and application, not regurgitation or formulaic writing. It also doesn’t hurt to be reminded now and then that getting out of one’s comfort zone can lead to great things-for both students and teachers.
 Job Opportunities
Professional artists are invited to apply to the Nevada Arts Council’s Artists in School + Communities Roster.
An online resource for schools, organizations and communities seeking to engage teaching artists, the roster will offer two tracks – an Education Track for arts-based learning experiences in pre-K-12 settings, and a Community Track for arts-based learning experiences in community settings. Artists may apply in one or both tracks. Application is not limited to Nevada artists. Applications and support material from artists and ensembles, including those in the folk and traditional arts, will be accepted through an extended deadline of September 30, 2014. Roster applications will be reviewed by a panel of specialists in the early fall.  For questions contact: Maryjane Dorofachuk, Arts Learning Coordinator, 702.486.3738.
VSA Montana is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting access to the arts for people with disabilities throughout the state of Montana. VSA Montana is part of a dynamic network of VSA arts affiliates throughout the country, and international affiliates around the world.
The Executive Director is responsible for strategic planning, collaborative networking and partnerships in the arts and disabilities communities, policy and program development and management, fund-raising, fiscal oversight, and marketing. The Executive Director will ensure successful outreach and programming in education and professional development, and will advocate for cultural access for people with disabilities statewide.
Call 406-549-2984 for details, or click on the link above. Position is open until filled by a qualified candidate.
WaterWorks is a unique art museum and community arts center in Eastern Montana.  Applications are being accepted now and the position is available immediately. 
 
  
The Montana Arts Council is the agency of state government established to develop the creative potential of all Montanans, advance education, spur economic vibrancy and revitalize communities through involvement in the arts.
  
Sincerely,
  
  
Emily Kohring
Director of Arts Education
Montana Arts Council
ekohring@mt.gov / (406) 444-6522
Twitter: @BigSkyArtsEd
  
  
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Artists August 20, 2014


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General Interest 
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The 15th annual Humanities Montana Festival of the Book will celebrate the literature of the West with over 70 authors, October 9-11, in downtown Missoula.
Following a North American premiere, we are planning a Montana tour to bring Bella Vista to the beautiful place it calls home. If you’re in Montana and would like to bring Bella Vista to your community, we’d love to hear from you! Email us at bellavista@slowtale.net. Looking forward to distribution, we’ve partnered with a Los Angeles-based sales company to help us explore options. So: stay tuned for information on upcoming screenings this fall, and more, as we continue on this exciting path!
Perhaps you know that Bella Vista is a recipient of the Montana Film Office’s Big Sky Film Grant. We’ve been hard at work editing behind-the-scenes videos that will be featured on the Film Office’s YouTube channel — you’ll hear from our cast, crew and production team on the development of the film, the experience of working on it, and what we think it means for filmmaking in Montana. We’ll let you know as soon as these are live! Shout outs to Robert Bohannon and Tom Stagg, our intrepid videographers who did an excellent job capturing the life of our set.
1708 GALLERY WILL TRANSFORM MONROE PARK
FOR THE 7TH ANNUAL INLIGHT RICHMOND. 
Friday, November 21, 2014, 7 p.m. to midnight
Organized by 1708 Gallery, InLight Richmond is a public exhibition of light-based art and performances. Each year, InLight Richmond invites artists to respond to a particular section of our diverse city, attracting audiences to unique areas of Richmond. Over 6 years, 1708’s InLight has featured 169 local, national and international artists and artist collectives across some of Richmond’s most unique neighborhoods and sites, from Broad Street to historic Tredegar to the Riverfront Canal Walk, and has engaged over 25,000 visitors.
InLight Richmond 2014 will be held on Friday, November 21, 2014 in Monroe Park and the surrounding streets, including the Altria Theater. 1708 is pleased to announce that this year’s juror is Denise Markonish, Curator at MASS MoCA.
Through InLight, 1708 has created an on-going opportunity for Richmond to experience the city in unexpected and surprising ways. The selection of Monroe Park, one of the oldest public spaces in Richmond, continues this tradition of highlighting the histories and imagining the futures of Richmond’s most well-known spaces.
Artists are invited to submit proposals for InLight 2014 including, but not limited to, interactive projects, large-format projections, sculpture and performances that will engage this dynamic site. Featured artists and artist collectives will be announced in early September. For more information, including how to submit proposals, please visit: www.1708gallery.org/inlight.
InLight 2014 will kick off with the Community Lantern Parade, an opportunity for the entire community to participate in InLight.
InLight Richmond is made possible in large part by the generosity and support of our sponsors. Special thanks go out to our sponsors to date including our lead sponsor Altria Group, the Windsor Foundation, MeadWestvaco Foundation, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, Boitnott Visual Communications, and the Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Downtown
First Peoples Fund is hitting the road… and we’ll be offering our free Native Artist Professional Development Training at locations in Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and South Dakota in June and July. At the training, we will work with you to help you grow an arts business. You will have an opportunity to participate in the following:  
  • Express your personal vision and values that will ultimately become the principal foundation of your business.
  • Determine your art marketing, business and financial management abilities using a series of self-assessment tools.
  • Plan and set goals leading to weekly and monthly and annual business calendars.
  • Budget and establish a successful pricing structure.
  • Market your business using a variety of approaches and tools.
  • Complete a marketing plan.
Please join us at one of the following trainings below, or forward this email to an artist in the area you think will benefit from this program. Register online today! For more information, contact Logan Anderson, program manager for non-profit partnerships, at (605) 348-0324 or logan@firstpeoplesfund.org
Missoula, MT
Missoula Art Museum
Classes for Families, Adults, Teens and Kids.  Take a look at their offerings for the coming months.  
 Food For Thought
Making a Mark
Artist and writer Katherine Tyrrell writes about art for artists and art lovers on her top art blog 
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When he’s not painting plein air and exhibiting and selling his paintings, Ed Terpening is a professional blogger for a bank in California and consequently writes with expertise onwhy artists should blog.

David Sifry of Technorati also reported earlier this month on “The State of the Blogosphere”.

If you’re an artist and a blogger, you’ll find them both interesting reads. If you’re just thinking about blogging you’ll find them even more interesting! Do read the comments as well – they also have huge value in giving an insight into what is going on… 

Webinars
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Webinars are $25 each. All webinars are interactive and allow time for participants to ask questions. To participate, all you need is access to a computer with speakers and an Internet connection (hard-wired preferred). There is no special software needed. Interested but can’t attend? All registered participants will receive access to a recording of that webinar.
  
Resources
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Published by Golden Artist Colors, Inc.
Check Art Calls at:
Digital Media Arts 
Literary Arts
Multidisciplinary Arts 
Performing Arts 
Visual Arts
General Opportunities
The National Arts Program — click to view magazine
Art Daily  Click to view magazine
The First Art Newspaper on the Net
Copyright © artdaily.org
  
Bored Panda website   Needing some inspiration?  Try this online magazine: Panda.com.  It is full of the most unusual artistic ideas. 
   
Jobs
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Education Director WaterWorks Art Museum Miles City, Montana
The Education Director is a “teaching artist” position.  Skills in both 2-D and 3-D (ceramics) are preferred.  Tasks are to organize, schedule and instruct multi-media art classes for students of all ages and abilities.  The primary duties for our educational program consist of: outreach to area schools and communities during school year, in-house adult community classes, children’s classes and KIDZ CREATE summer program and classes for those with disabilities.  This position must also oversee the loading/unloading and firing of kilns.  Position is full-time and workdays are Tuesday through Saturday.
For an application, detailed job description visit  wtrworks.org
Helena, MT
Job Posting
Helena Symphony
Ginny Abbott
Executive Director
Helena Symphony
406-442-1860
2 N. Last Chance Gulch,
Helena MT 59601
facebook.com/helenasymphony
The City of Walnut Creek is seeking a Public Art Program Supervisor to join its Arts, Recreation, and Community Services Department. This part time position (20 hours per week) is responsible for the administration of the Walnut Creek Public Art Program, which includes municipal and private development public art projects generated by the City’s public art ordinance. The Public Art Program Supervisor, in coordination with the Bedford Gallery Curator, the Arts, Recreation and Community Services Director and the City of Walnut Creek Arts Commission, is responsible for the development and implementation of all aspects of the Public Art program.
This is a benefited position and is eligible for the same benefits as other part-time employees in the General Management Unit. 
      
Americans for the Arts
for questions about posting to the Job Bank 
    
Read about job openings through Western States Art Federation website
  
Musical America has job opportunities for artists and other disciplines:
  

Art Deadlines List collects and publishes information about opportunities for artists. Examples of artist opportunities can be seen here:
All artist opportunities, calls for entry, residencies, art festivals, art-related jobs and internships, etc, can be submitted at no cost here:

 
 

 
Calls for Visual Artists

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Silver Park
A City of Missoula Percent for Art Public Art Project
Deadline: Monday, October 6, 2014
The city of Missoula Public Art Committee, in collaboration with the Missoula Redevelopment Agency and the Morris Helen Silver Foundation, seeks an artist or artist team to create a major integrated artwork for the newly constructed Silver Park.
Morris & Helen Silver Tribute at Silver Park
Deadline: Monday, October 6, 2014
A City of Missoula Public Art Project in collaboration with the Morris and Helen Silver Foundation
Submit all proposals at CityofMissoulaPublicArtCommittee.Submittable.com/submit

The Clark Hulings Fund for Visual Artists

Application window: September 1-30, 2014
Award amount: 2 grants up to $5000 each
The Fund considers proposals from professional artists who have secured tangible prospects for advancing their careers, but lack sufficient financial resources to capitalize on those opportunities. Examples include but are not limited to: the completion of work due to a gallery, museum, or private collection, the transportation of work or of the artist to an exhibition of that artist’s material, the management of logistical or technical requirements to realize a project, etc. The Fund does not support performance, literary or commercial work. www.clarkhulingsfund.org


 
Call to Artists – Cash Awards – Juried Exhibit
Art is a powerful tool to evoke social change. Without uttering a single word, artists can enlighten, educate and effect change around the world.  Embracing Our Differences invites all artists to be a part of this change through your submissions to its 12th annual outdoor art exhibit celebrating diversity and inclusion. Artists, photographers, professionals, amateurs, teachers, students – everyone can participate.  39 artists will be selected and national and international submissions are encouraged. The exhibit will be displayed April and May 2015 in Sarasota and Bradenton, FL USA.  Since 2004, the exhibits have been viewed by almost 2,000,000 visitors. Final selections will be made by a three-judge panel of professional artists, curators and art professionals and based on artistic excellence and originality in the reflection of our theme “enriching lives through diversity.”  A total of $3,000 (US) will be presented in the form of three separate awards – $1,000 each for “Best-in-Show Adult;” “Best-in-Show Student;” and the “People’s Choice.”  Both “Best-in-Show” awards will be granted by a three-judge panel of art professionals. The “People’s Choice” award will be determined by visitors to the exhibits. There is no submission fee nor limit on the number of entries.  Submissions must be submitted online or postmarked no later than January 5, 2015.
Direct link to “submit art” page: 

Cary, NC

Town of Cary Public Art opportunities within downtown park/plaza: railings, entry and garden features
The Town of Cary is seeking to commission one or more artists or artist teams to design, fabricate and install site specific artwork for the Downtown Park (entry plaza) located along North Academy Street and Dry Avenue.  This artwork project is part of the overall development of an entry plaza area leading into a future seven acre park that will be developed at a later time.  The artwork opportunities include:  100 linear feet of railings, entry features/gateways (4 total), and potentially garden area elements.  The functionality of the public art elements is highly desirable. 
PROJECT BUDGET: The total project budget is $161,000 of which $ 96,000 is dedicated toward art enhancements
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: September 8, 2014

 
Norfolk, VA
The City of Norfolk, Virginia seeks and artist to design and create memorable artwork that will function as bike racks for Harbor Park baseball stadium.  Bike racks should be fun, playful, function and will represent a sustainable lifestyle. 
Create Public Art Bike Racks at Harbor Park
Deadline: September 4th
Budget: $40,000

 
Yellowstone Art Museum
is now accepting submissions for its 47th Annual Art Auction to be held March, 7st 2015. Application is free for all artists. To apply please visit http://www.artmuseum.org/special-events/art-auction/art-auction-artist-application/  or contact events@artmuseum.org 
Deadline for submission is October 20th, 2014.

 
CALL FOR WORKS ON PAPER
September 15, 2014
South Shore Art Center inCohasset, MA, invites entries of original work that offer distinctive,imaginative imagery using paper. Show dates October 24 – December 21,2014. Opening Reception October 24 6-8pm Juried by Al Miner, AssistantCurator of Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. $1200in prizes – all work must be for sale. Entry fee. Details:781-383-2787 OR https://client.smarterentry.com/SSAC
  
Kiwanis River Park, Hamilton
2014 Art and Craft Vendor Opportunity
Riverfest in the ‘Roots is the Bitter Root Water Forum’s (BRWF) annual festival to celebrate the river and educate the community about our watershed. It is a free event featuring fun for all ages with live animal presentations and fun kid stations like a splash zone obstacle course, bouncy castle, and art stations. Plus live music, food, and beer! This will be the first year having art vendors, as such we will not be charging a fee for a spot. In future years there may be a fee.
Vendors will need to be set up and ready by 3 pm and will be required to stay until 7 pm unless otherwise agreed upon in advance with BRWF. Vendors may stay until 8:30 pm. Vendors must break down and exit the premises by 9:30 pm. Vendors will be allowed one 10×10 space. Products must be handcrafted, we will not be accepting franchises (i.e. Mary Kay, Paparazzi Jewelry).
  
Commission of Artwork along the James River
Riverfront Public Art Project #1
The City of Richmond Public Art Commission seeks to commission an artist to create outdoor public art along the James River adjacent to or within the project site for the Brown’s Island Dam Walk and Southbank Pathways.
Submission Deadline: September 5, 2014, 5:00 P.M. EDT
Estimated Budget: $200,000
The RFQ contains the submission requirements and details about the project. Updates to this RFQ will be posted to the City of Richmond Public Art Commission website.

 

PHOTOTAXIS 2014
is ready for your submissions. Last year’s gathering was a big success and we’re hoping to grow the gathering and celebrate photography and the creative community by inviting you to submit and attend.
Last year’s participants included photographers from Montana, California, Spain, New York, and Boston; and the work of photographers Andi Schreiber, Ken Jarecke, and Pelle Cass.
When & Where?
Saturday, August 23rd in Polson, Montana.
This year PHOTOTAXIS is being held on a Saturday to make it easier for those who are traveling to attend. 
Do note that you do not have to attend to submit your work. All you need is a desire to have your work projected in the magnificent scene shown above and the wish to see photography celebrated in even the most rural areas of our creative community. Please consider submitting even if you cannot attend – PHOTOTAXIS is nothing without the full support of our community.
Also there will be an opportunity this year from 7-9pm to show off your printed work. If you have paid to submit to the slideshow than you are welcome this year to bring a few prints, a portfolio, or a book of your work for everyone to view.
Here are the details: http://www.phototaxismt.org
  
  
The College of Western Idaho art department is accepting applications for the “Visiting Artist” program which will provide an educational experience to CWI students, faculty and the community at large. Each year this program brings an artist to our campus to present their work in a public lecture, hold studio critiques with art students and teach a two day workshop in our art studio at the College of Western Idaho. The workshops are usually held Friday afternoon and half-day on Saturday for a total of eight hours. Artists are invited to display their work in our gallery space to accompany their residency. 
These events will give the CWI community the ability to gain a greater intellectual and cultural perspective of the world around them. Through this program our goal is to provide quality teaching and learning opportunities for CWI students and residents of our service area in western Idaho. Our arts program is relatively new. We offer foundation courses in basic 2-D and 3-D Design, Drawing, Painting, and Digital Photography. We currently enroll approximately 150- 200 students in our studio courses per semester. We are planning in the next 4-5 years to begin offering an associate’s degree in arts and we are seeking to create a unique experience for our students with opportunities like the Visiting Artist Program. The artist will be compensated $500.00 for their three day visit to the college. The deadline for the application is January 15, 2014. For more information contact Brenda Fisher brendafisher@cwidaho.cc or call (208) 562-3351. Spring semester 2015. 
Montana Arts Council Announces 
Next Round of MAP Workshops Opens for Signup
The Montana Artrepreneurship Program (MAP), with a four-year track record of successes that include building a network of artists and helping artists increase their income from art by 150% has opened for signup in 13 Montana areas. 


Calls for Performing Artists
The GRAMMY Foundation ® Grant Program is seeking applications to help facilitate the support of music preservation and research projects. 
With funding generously provided by The Recording Academy®, the Grant Program awards grants each year to organizations and individuals to support efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of music and the recorded sound heritage of the Americas for future generations, and research projects related to the impact of music on the human condition.
Grant funds have been utilized to preserve private collections as well as materials at the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian and numerous colleges and universities. Research projects have studied the links between music and early childhood education, treatments for illnesses and injuries common to musicians, and the impact of music therapy on populations from infants to the elderly. More than $6 million in grants has been awarded to more than 300 recipients.

 HOW TO APPLY:
A letter of inquiry is required before submission of a full application. To read the guidelines and to submit a letter of inquiry for the 2015 GRAMMY Foundation grant cycle, please visit  www.grammyfoundation.org/grants. The deadline each year for submitting letters of inquiry is Oct. 1.

The GRAMMY Foundation Grant Program funds the following areas:

1. Scientific Research Projects: $20,000 Maximum Award

2. Archiving And Preservation Projects:

A. Preservation Implementation: $20,000 Maximum Award
B. Assistance, Assessment And/ Or Consultation: $5,000 Maximum Award
For more information about the GRAMMY Foundation, please visit www.grammyfoundation.org.
Scholarship announcement for professional performers
Dance
Theatre
Contemporary circus art
 Multidisciplinary performing arts
Details on eligibility, program, deadlines and application conditions:
The deadline for initial applications for the fall of 2015 is October 6, 2014.  
Penn State provides complete financial support for each graduate student. Assistantships include full tuition waiver and a yearly cash stipend (approximately $13,650, including summer; years 2-3 approximately $13,050). Graduate students will assist in Theatre 100 and various other studios. During the summer following the first year in residence, all graduate students in theatre spend a five week session studying in London. Additional international travel opportunities are available.   
This unique Master of Fine Arts degree program
pale-pink-tulips.jpg combines traditional director training with the special tools needed for directing in the professional musical theatre. Integrated into the School’s other MFA programs and it’s nationally recognized Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre, the applicant will train with acting, dance, voice, and design faculty. The degree candidate will direct a minimum of five projects including a fully mounted thesis production. The program includes several onsite interactions with directors and designers during pre-production and tech in New York City. Students will also intern with a master director on a professional Musical Theatre production. Included in the program is attendance at several Broadway shows per season.  
DENHAM FELLOWSHIP
In October of 2006, Mary Orr Denham established the Denham Fellowship through a bequest to SDCF in honor of her late husband, Reginald H.F. Denham. The Denham Fellowship is “an annual award to aspiring young directors, and particularly women directors, to further develop their directing skills”. Candidates may apply to the Denham Fellowship under one of two criteria: fee enhancement and self producing. The Denham Fellowship under fee enhancement would serve to augment a fee offered to the Director by a theatre or producer. When the recipient is a self-producing director, the Denham fellowship will serve to cover/augment the Director’s fee. Application to the Denham Fellowship is open to SDC Members and Associates only.
  
Calls for Writers
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Writing Contest
Our Writing Contests database lists hundreds of legitimate contests for writers. Winning can provide cash awards, residencies, or publication of your poem, short story, essay or book — and even free wine!
The Poets & Writers Guide to the Book Deal
Updated for 2014
The essential resource for understanding 
how the publication process works.
This comprehensive guide provides an overview of how books are acquired, edited, and published, so that you can make informed decisions as you begin to navigate the path to publication. Edited by the staff of Poets & Writers Magazine, articles include: 
  • How books are acquired by editors
  • What to look for in a publishing contract
  • How the editorial process works
  • The author’s role in book jacket design
  • The differences between independent publishers and the big houses 
  • When self-publishing may be your path to a book deal
This file is in PDF format and requires Adobe Reader, available free from Adobe Systems, or other software capable of reading PDF files.
  
  
Poets & Writers Magazine
The Best Books for Writers
Each week we recommend a book–a newly published title or an invaluable classic–that will help you on your writing journey. This week’s pick…On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction (Harper Perennial, 2006) by William Zinsser (read more here)
Literary Magazines and resources: 
Sincerely,
Kim Baraby Hurtle
Percent-for-Art Director
(406) 444-6639
Items included in our e-newsletters are not endorsements and readers are encouraged to decide for themselves whether the information is useful to them. 
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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.
ONLINE LEARNING
Free Webinar from Montana Nonprofits Association
Unemployment Insurance Alternative could save your organization 40-60% on your unemployment insurance costs
Instead of paying unemployment tax directly to the State of Montana, 501(c)(3)  organizations can purchase alternative insurance at a much reduced rate and reimburse the state for validated claims dollar for dollar. This may translate into savings of as much as 40-60% of your unemployment costs. This program works best for organizations with 10 or more FTEs.
To Register:  Email Jim Lawrence
MNA Director of Membership and Resource Development
August 12, 2014 12:00 – 12:30 p.m
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The Montana Nonprofit Association’s 2014 Annual Conference focuses on the theme of organizational impact and effectiveness through the unique lens of engagement.
Sep 30 – Oct 2, 2014
Helena, MT
 NATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
Residency
Offering two to eight week residencies for writers, visual artists, and music composers. Housing, studio space, and stipend are provided.
Deadline: September 1, 2014
Professional Development
Convening presenters, artists, and agents around the shared goal of programming live performances. The conference features 185 exhibits, over 170 performances, networking, speakers, classes and workshops. Four days in Seattle of artistic exploration, insight, and business.
September 2-5, 2014
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
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The next deadline for regular, major, and film and digital grants is August 20th.
We will begin considering Opportunity Grant applications once again on October 1, for programs taking place November 1 or later. Full information on grant guidelines and deadlines is available at the grants section of our website.
   
Digital Humanities Projects Funded
The Digital Humanities Start-up Grants program supports innovative digital initiatives in any area of the humanities. The application deadline is September 11, 2014.

 
Funds for Nonprofit Organizations in Selected States
The Heineman Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations in Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, and North Carolina. The Foundation’s general areas of interest include the following: programs that enable economically challenged women to enter and remain in the workplace; environmental research that helps prevent water degradation; live music performance for education and outreach; research into prevention and treatment of childhood illnesses; programs that enable youth to think, create, and communicate effectively; and programs that promote high achievement in music, science, and literature. The Foundation provides seed money for start-up projects as well as new programs within existing organizations.
The application deadline is September 1, 2014. 
  
USArtists International
The guidelines and online application are now available for the 2015 USArtists International program. The program provides support for American dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo artists from across the country who have been invited to perform at significant international festivals and, new this year, performing arts markets anywhere in the world outside the United States and its territories.
The application deadline for the first of three grant rounds of the 2015 program is Friday, September 5, 2014 for projects taking place between November 1, 2014 and October 31, 2015. This is a submission deadline.
Additional deadlines for the 2015 program cycle include:
December 5, 2014 for projects taking place between March 1, 2015 and February 29, 2016
April 17, 2015 for projects taking place between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016
The Japan Foundation is now accepting project proposals for Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) touring and collaboration grants for the 2015 – 2016 fiscal year.
Deadline for Applications is October 27, 2014
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
The Arizona Commission on the Arts maintains a Job Listings page that is meant to serve job seekers and local/national employers in the arts, education and nonprofit sectors. Job Listings are submitted by employers and are posted according to their preferences, instructions and timeframes. Listings may be posted until an employer has formally made a hire and may therefore remain on this page after submission deadlines have passed.
 GOOD READING
From the NEA
by Bill O’Brien, NEA Senior Adviser for Program Innovation
 
From the Emerson Center for Arts and Culture in Bozeman 
This study analyzes the economic impacts of the Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture located in Bozeman, Montana. The study is based on an analysis of the Emerson’s annual operating statement.
  
 Items included in our e-newsletters are not endorsements and readers are encouraged to decide for themselves whether the information is useful to them.
Sincerely,
KarenDe Herman
Montana Arts Council
406-444-6430
Arts Organizations August 6, 2014

Public Artists August 8, 2014


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  General Interest 

“View From a Landing” KBH 2012

The 15th annual
Humanities Montana Festival of the Book will celebrate the literature of the West over 70 authors, October 9-11, in downtown Missoula.
 
Following a North American premiere, we are planning a Montana tour to bring Bella Vista to the beautiful place it calls home. If you’re in Montana and would like to bring Bella Vista to your community, we’d love to hear from you! Email us at bellavista@slowtale.net. Looking forward to distribution, we’ve partnered with a Los Angeles-based sales company to help us explore options. So: stay tuned for information on upcoming screenings this fall, and more, as we continue on this exciting path!
Perhaps you know that Bella Vista is a recipient of the Montana Film Office’s Big Sky Film Grant. We’ve been hard at work editing behind-the-scenes videos that will be featured on the Film Office’s YouTube channel — you’ll hear from our cast, crew and production team on the development of the film, the experience of working on it, and what we think it means for filmmaking in Montana. We’ll let you know as soon as these are live! Shout outs to Robert Bohannon and Tom Stagg, our intrepid videographers who did an excellent job capturing the life of our set.
  
1708 GALLERY WILL TRANSFORM MONROE PARK
FOR THE 7TH ANNUAL INLIGHT RICHMOND. 
Friday, November 21, 2014, 7 p.m. to midnight
Organized by 1708 Gallery, InLight Richmond is a public exhibition of light-based art and performances. Each year, InLight Richmond invites artists to respond to a particular section of our diverse city, attracting audiences to unique areas of Richmond. Over 6 years, 1708’s InLight has featured 169 local, national and international artists and artist collectives across some of Richmond’s most unique neighborhoods and sites, from Broad Street to historic Tredegar to the Riverfront Canal Walk, and has engaged over 25,000 visitors.
InLight Richmond 2014 will be held on Friday, November 21, 2014 in Monroe Park and the surrounding streets, including the Altria Theater. 1708 is pleased to announce that this year’s juror is Denise Markonish, Curator at MASS MoCA.
Through InLight, 1708 has created an on-going opportunity for Richmond to experience the city in unexpected and surprising ways. The selection of Monroe Park, one of the oldest public spaces in Richmond, continues this tradition of highlighting the histories and imagining the futures of Richmond’s most well-known spaces.
Artists are invited to submit proposals for InLight 2014 including, but not limited to, interactive projects, large-format projections, sculpture and performances that will engage this dynamic site. Featured artists and artist collectives will be announced in early September. For more information, including how to submit proposals, please visit: www.1708gallery.org/inlight.
InLight 2014 will kick off with the Community Lantern Parade, an opportunity for the entire community to participate in InLight.
InLight Richmond is made possible in large part by the generosity and support of our sponsors. Special thanks go out to our sponsors to date including our lead sponsor Altria Group, the Windsor Foundation, MeadWestvaco Foundation, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, Boitnott Visual Communications, and the Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Downtown
Helena, MT
Montana Arts Council MAP Program is accepting Applications from Montana artists.
Great Falls, MT
Paris Gibson Square Museum 
Food for Thought
Who here has ever needed more money?” poet Suzanne Lummis asks the audience before reading “Ways to Make Money #1,” published in the December 2013 issue of Spillway magazine. Lummis’s reading is featured on Clip of the Day, our curated selection of videos at pw.org.

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Resources
   Check Art Calls at:
“View From a Landing” 2012 KBH
Check out Creative Capital Blog for some insights into the artistic life of others.Under theirTips & Tools tab see some budgeting ideas for artists.  
Technical and archival information for artists from: Golden paints Newsletter #30 is released   
  
Tremaine Foundation Resources for Artists : Online links to a variety of resources for individual artists and arts organizations. 
The National Arts Program — click to view magazine
 Art Daily   Click to view magazine
The First Art Newspaper on the Net
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Lynn Basa 
Lynn is one of the artists I turn to when I need advice. Not once has she mentioned her book.  I came across it today in the search for something else. So, I will toot the horn for her and have you consider her ideas.  Lynn Basa website to see her artwork.  
  
  
is a member-supported, nonprofit organization founded in 1960 to champion the creation and understanding of sculpture and its unique, vital contribution to society. Members include sculptors, collectors, patrons, architects, developers, journalists, curators, historians, critics, educators, foundries, galleries, and museums-anyone with an interest in and commitment to the field of sculpture.
Art-public.com provides access to a vast field of information about contemporary public art and its current developments throughout the world.
JOBS
Executive Director
WaterWorks Art Museum
Miles City, Montana
To apply, please include:
1. Completed online application
2. Cover letter stating interest
3. Resume
4. Optional; supplemental information such as:
* Separate Bio
* Letter(s) of recommendation or reference
Refer to the included job description for assignment of duties.
Applicants should demonstrate:
*Strong leadership ability.
*Effective oral and writing communication skills to effectively serve as the principal spokesperson for the WaterWorks Art Museum.
* Ability and record of success in fundraising including foundations, businesses and grant sources.
 
* Accomplished record of developing exhibitions and
managing art education programs that have served broad audiences.

* Ability to build relationships with community leaders and stakeholders.
* Financial management and reporting knowledge
Ability to develop collaborations among other cultural and educational organizations.
* Strong management skills: ability to manage and develop staff, volunteers, budgets, and other resources for the maximum benefit of the Center.
* Professional integrity with strong knowledge of museum professional and ethical standards.
A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in art history or fine arts, or equivalent experience is preferred.
The center currently has three FTE employees (including Exec. Dir.) and part-time or temporary employees (cleaning, education) as needed/ budgeted.
The Executive Director position salary is negotiable / DOE
with an additional medical insurance plan and a PTO (paid time off) plan that applies to FTE employees.
Applications are being accepted now and the position is available immediately. Qualified applicants will be contacted after a review by the Executive Director and the Personnel Committee.
Education Director
WaterWorks Art Museum
Miles City, Montana
The Education Director is a “teaching artist” position.  Skills in both 2-D and 3-D (ceramics) are preferred.  Tasks are to organize, schedule and instruct multi-media art classes for students of all ages and abilities.  The primary duties for our educational program consist of: outreach to area schools and communities during school year, in-house adult community classes, children’s classes and KIDZ CREATE summer program and classes for those with disabilities.  This position must also oversee the loading/unloading and firing of kilns.  Position is full-time and workdays are Tuesday through Saturday.
For an application, detailed job description visit
  
  
Helena, MT
Helena Symphony
Please submit a detailed resume and letter of application to the Executive Director, Ginny Abbott, at executivedirector@helenasymphony.org. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.
The City of Walnut Creek is seeking a Public Art Program Supervisor to join its Arts, Recreation, and Community Services Department. This part time position (20 hours per week) is responsible for the administration of the Walnut Creek Public Art Program, which includes municipal and private development public art projects generated by the City’s public art ordinance. The Public Art Program Supervisor, in coordination with the Bedford Gallery Curator, the Arts, Recreation and Community Services Director and the City of Walnut Creek Arts Commission, is responsible for the development and implementation of all aspects of the Public Art program.
This is a benefited position and is eligible for the same benefits as other part-time employees in the General Management Unit. 
  
Americans for the Arts
for questions about posting to the Job Bank 
     
  
Musical America has job opportunities
for artists and
other disciplines. JOB POSTINGS
  
CALLS FOR ART

“Undulations” 2012 KBH

Missoula, MT

Morris & Helen Silver Tribute at Silver Park
The City of Missoula Public Art Committee, in collaboration with the Morris and Helen Silver Foundation, seeks an artist or artist team to create a major integrated artwork for the newly constructed Silver Park.
This art call is one of two simultaneous art calls associated with Silver Park. The Public Art Committee encourages artists to submit to both art calls. It is possible for an outstanding candidate to be awarded both art calls.

 
Missoula, MT
Silver Park: Percent for Art Public Art Project 2014-2015
The City of Missoula Public Art Committee, in collaboration with the Missoula Redevelopment Agency and the Morris and Helen Silver Foundation, seeks an artist or artist team to create a major integrated artwork for the newly constructed Silver Park.
Yellowstone Art Museum is now accepting submissions for its 47th Annual Art Auction to be held March, 7st 2015. Application is free for all artists. To apply please visit http://www.artmuseum.org/special-events/art-auction/art-auction-artist-application or contact events@artmuseum.org. Deadline for submission is October 20th, 2014.
  
  
West Palm Beach, FL
2 Agencies – 2 Unique Identities – 1 Cohesive Solution
Building Entrances & Arrival Sequence Features
Palm Beach County’s Art in Public Places program seeks artist(s) to collaborate with the project’s design team to design and fabricate integrated artistic entrance features into the renovation of an existing facility which will become the new headquarters for Palm Beach County’s Tourist Development Council (TDC) and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO) Administrative Services.
Design Budget: $16,700, Implementation Budget: $180,000
Location: Airport Centre Complex Building, 160 Australian Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Deadline: August 22, 2014 received by 5:00 p.m. (EST)
This is a National Call to Artists, open to professional artists who reside in the USA.
Jacksonville, FL
The Art in Public Places Program and the City of Jacksonville Office of Public Parking is accepting qualifications from artists (or artist teams) for a multi-site public art opportunity as part of Phase Two infrastructure enhancements at the city-owned Water Street parking garage in Downtown Jacksonville. It is desired that the finished artwork(s) for this project be incorporated into the building’s exterior and physical site and should assist in creating an appealing, distinctive, safe, and accessible parking facility that welcomes commuters and visitors to the area night and day, 365 days a year.
The submission deadline for artist qualification materials is September 5, 2014.
 For more information and to apply, please visit www.CulturalCouncil.org 
Tuscon, AZ
On behalf of Tucson’s January 8th Memorial Foundation, the Tucson Pima Arts Council invites designers to submit their qualifications and design interests to create a Master Plan Concept for El Presidio Park and to provide a schematic design for a January 8th Memorial.
The application deadline isTuesday, September 30, 2014 at 11 p.m. MST (Arizona Time)
The budget for the scope of work is$90,000 plus a $5,000 stipend for each finalist.
Los Angeles, CA
LACDA 2014 International Juried Competition
Enter our juried competition for digital art and photography. Entrants submit three JPEG files of original work. All styles of artwork and photography where digital processes of any kind were integral to the creation of the images are acceptable.
The competition is international, open to all geographical locations. Registration fee is $35US (three images). Multiple entries permitted, additional $35 entry fee for each three images.
Deadline for entries: August 25, 2014
Commission of Artwork along the James River
Riverfront Public Art Project #1
The City of Richmond Public Art Commission seeks to commission an artist to create outdoor public art along the James River adjacent to or within the project site for the Brown’s Island Dam Walk and Southbank Pathways.
Submission Deadline: September 5, 2014, 5:00 P.M. EDT
Estimated Budget: $200,000
The RFQ contains the submission requirements and details about the project. Updates to this RFQ will be posted to the City of Richmond Public Art Commission website.
Art in Public Spaces program of the Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA)
Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury, CT
RFQ Deadline:  August 27, 2014 (see important note below)
Budget:  $240,000
More info at the link below:
IMPORTANT NOTE: There is no application process.  And there is no need to submit a new registration if one is already on file in our online Art in Public Spaces Registry.  Our database is designed to minimize repetitive tasks so register once with a variety of images and update your file once every year or two with recent work samples. 
Urbana, Illinois
The Urbana Public Arts Program in Urbana, Illinois is seeking artists to display sculptures in our community. Selected sculptures will be installed in the community metro area and will serve as major visual anchor points, community identity and a statement that creativity and art are of vital importance to our existence in Central Illinois.
Deadline: September 5, 2014 5:00pm CST
Honorarium
The Public Arts Program will offer selected artists an honorarium in an amount not to exceed $2,000.00 for the temporary lease of the artwork, transportation to and from the installation site, food & lodging, and artist fees for on-site availability during installation and de-installation. If multiple pieces are selected from one artist an honorarium will be awarded for each piece. The Public Arts Program will provide logistical and staff support, site design parameters, and incur the costs associated with site preparation and promotional events and materials.
For questions and additional information, please contact Lisa Hatchadoorian at Urbana’s Public Art Program at (217) 328-8265 or by e-mail to lhatchadoorian@urbanaillinois.us  
PHOTOTAXIS 2014 is ready for your submissions. Last year’s gathering was a big success and we’re hoping to grow the gathering and celebrate photography and the creative community by inviting you to submit and attend.
Last year’s participants included photographers from Montana, California, Spain, New York, and Boston; and the work of photographers Andi Schreiber, Ken Jarecke, and Pelle Cass.
When & Where?
Saturday, August 23rd in Polson, Montana.
This year PHOTOTAXIS is being held on a Saturday to make it easier for those who are traveling to attend. 
Do note that you do not have to attend to submit your work. All you need is a desire to have your work projected in the magnificent scene shown above and the wish to see photography celebrated in even the most rural areas of our creative community. Please consider submitting even if you cannot attend – PHOTOTAXIS is nothing without the full support of our community.
Also there will be an opportunity this year from 7-9pm to show off your printed work. If you have paid to submit to the slideshow than you are welcome this year to bring a few prints, a portfolio, or a book of your work for everyone to view.
Here are the details: http://www.phototaxismt.org
  

Click on the project you’re interested in to learn more about it!

Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale Public Art (SPA) seeks artists interested in creating temporary installations, performance-based and participatory artworks in a variety of locations during SPA’s upcoming new fiscal year (July 2014 through June 2015). Selected artists will be held on a pre-qualified list to be potentially commissioned by SPA for temporary project opportunities throughout the 2015 fiscal year (FY15).
This is a new call to artists and selection process being adapted by SPA in order to best respond to an ever-increasing volume of temporary projects and event-based artworks. SPA anticipates 10-20 temporary project opportunities during FY15 to be offered to selected artists on the pre-qualified list resulting from this call to artists. The majority of these projects are planned for the next annual Canal Convergence event in February 2015 with an additional large scale opportunity at the Scottsdale Arts Festival in March 2015. Some additional project opportunities in new locations are in the process of being confirmed at this time.  

Sincerely,
Kim Baraby Hurtle
Percent-for-Art Director
(406) 444-6639
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Arts Education August 7, 2014


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August 7, 2014
Greetings,
I mostly field a lot of calls and emails from people who are interested in letting me know about arts learning projects they are doing around the state, but once in a while an artist walks into my office for a visit, and makes my day.  This happened last week when musician Adam Nordell dropped by and handed me the newest issue of The Montana Quarterly, featuring an article about Bynum School, just north of Choteau, where for 80 years they have celebrated the beginning of each new school day by dancing.  It is a remarkable story about a rural Montana community, two wonderful teachers, and the power of the arts.  If you read anything in this newsletter this week, read it here.  You won’t be sorry you did. 
Also check out the exciting news right underneath here!
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
Cheers, Emily 
As promised–exciting news!
Montana to revise their Arts Standards
  
The Montana Office of Public Instruction in partnership with the Montana Arts Council will soon begin the process of revising the Montana Standards for Arts in Montana’s K-12 public schools.  The Arts Standards were written in the 1990s and have never been revised.
  
The revision process will offer an opportunity to create new standards that are discipline-specific in dance, theatre, music, visual art and media arts, rather than the general standards we have now that cover all disciplines with a broad sweep. 
  
The process will also offer multiple opportunities for input and participation from educators, parents, business and community leaders and arts education advocates to improve the quality of arts education in our state.   The process will include focus groups, an open nomination process for writing and review teams, and a public comment period during the adoption process. The revised standards must be adopted by the Montana Board of Public Education and will be brought forth for consideration by the Superintendent of Public Instruction. 
  
For more information about the Montana Standards for Arts revision process, or if you would like to get involved in the revision process, contact Emily Kohring, Director of Arts Education at the Montana Arts Council at (406) 444-6522.
Artists in Schools and Communities FY15 Grant Cycle 
Grants for Arts Learning Projects through June 30, 2015
The Montana Arts Council is now taking applications for its FY15 Artists in Schools and Communities grant program.  Grants will be available to Montana schools, arts organization and other community organizations with not-for-profit status for arts learning projects that strengthen participants’ knowledge and skills in the arts by providing hands-on, participatory learning in the arts. 
  
Artists in Schools and Communities Grant updated guidelines for projects occurring between July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015 is posted on the MAC website.  The grant application process is online.  Grant requests may be made for amounts up to $10000 and require a 1:1 cash match.  Please contact Director of Arts Education Emily Kohring at (406) 444-6522 or ekohring@mt.gov with questions. 
  
Currently, funding for this program is extremely limited.  If you are considering applying for an AISC grant to bring an artist to your school or community during the 2014-2015 school year, you are strongly encouraged to call Emily at the number above and discuss your application with her first. 
  
Opportunities
The mission of the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education is to promote the integration of the arts into all educational programs, with a special focus on children who learn in different ways.
The foundation is accepting grant applications from educators who need financial assistance to maintain or implement an arts education program. Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to support new or evolving programs that integrate the arts into educational programming. Although the purpose of the grant program is to assist teachers who wish to establish an effective way of using the arts to teach children who learn differently, proposed projects must serve all children in the classroom, including those with no trouble learning in a general education setting.  Teachers of pre-K-12 children are eligible to apply.
Register now the AEP 2014 National Forum on Arts and Education: Preparing Students for the Next America in and through the Arts.  Featuring 21 concurrent sessions on issues in arts education from presenters across the nation.
IRS rolls out new 1023-EZ for exempt applications
This may be of interest to any artists or arts groups who have ever been interested in incorporating as a non-profit organization to access funding–the process just got easier:  
Last week, the IRS gave the official launch to the new Form 1023-EZ, a shorter version of the traditional application for groups seeking 501(c)(3) exempt status. The tax agency announced a streamlined version was forthcoming in March and solicited public comments. According to the press release, as many as 70 percent of 501(c)(3) hopefuls are eligible to submit the three-page form, edited down from the 26-page original, which is available to certain organizations with gross receipts up to $50,000 and assets up to $250,000. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said the change will reduce wait times for applicants and enable his agency to “devote more compliance activity on the back end to ensure groups are actually doing the charitable work they apply to do.” Unlike its longer counterpart, the Form 1023-EZ must be filed electronically. Some sector leaders raise concerns about the new form, including the fact that applicants miss the educational benefits inherent in completing the full Form 1023. Source: IRS Press Release, BNA Daily Tax Report
 
Rhonda Long, Superintendent of Schools for Fergus County has announced that again this summer, teachers can earn up to 6 hours of Continuing Education credit for attending various sessions at the 29th Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering, August 14-17, 2014 in Lewistown, MT.  
The 6 hours of credit can be earned by attending the 50+ hours of cowboy poetry and western music offered in the day sessions at The Yogo Inn on August 15 and 16, or by attending the Saturday night Grand Stage Show starring SONS OF THE SAN JOAQUIN at the Fergus Center for the Performing Arts on August 15th.   Schedules and details are available at:  MontanaCowboyPoetryGathering.com.  Montana Cowboy Poetry celebrates and presents an oral history of the American cowboy of the upper Rocky Mountain west and the Montana Territory through poetry verse and music lyrics. 
 Advocacy and Research
As we wrap up summer looking forward into the fall, it is time to consider what should be on our back-to-school checklist. In addition to planning curriculum, it is necessary to consider the arts education advocacy agenda for the year ahead and our role in supporting its continued benefits to students around the country.
This is a very interesting and easy-to-digest new report from the Irvine Foundation in California on engaging diverse audiences in the arts, a topic where many organizations committed to arts education programming meet challenges.  It may be of interest to those of you trying to reach underserved youth. 
  
Of Interest for Arts Educators
  
  
Dance vs. PowerPoint, a modest proposal - John Bohannon
Dance vs. PowerPoint, a modest proposal – John Bohannon
  
Click on the above Tedtalk to see a beautiful illustration of how art and science can illuminate each other. You will never see Powerpoint presentations the same way! 
  
Due to the impact of K-12 education budget cuts across the country, it is expected that school arts programs (e.g. music, visual arts, dance, theater) in many schools and districts will be reduced or eliminated next year. The arts are often the most vulnerable because they are not considered as important as other subjects and are not evaluated through a high stakes, standardized testing process. But the reality is that the arts have a powerful impact on learning and are important in their own right. Here are ten reasons why, in a 21st century world, we should STRENGTHEN and EXPAND arts education, not reduce or eliminate it.
A little boredom is not a bad thing in anybody’s life.  It stimulates your creative side. 
A Harris Poll from The Wall Street Journal says three-quarters of Americans were involved in some sort of music program in school. 
It’s probably pretty stressful being a high school principal, for all kinds of reasons. But Eric Alburtus, principal of Portage Central High School, spends a big chunk of his time worrying about the arts. He’s specifically worried about the kind of human beings our schools are producing, when kids must fulfill heavy requirements in math and science, yet they barely have a chance to study music, choir, theater, or the visual arts.
 Job Opportunities
Professional artists are invited to apply to the Nevada Arts Council’s Artists in School + Communities Roster.
An online resource for schools, organizations and communities seeking to engage teaching artists, the roster will offer two tracks – an Education Track for arts-based learning experiences in pre-K-12 settings, and a Community Track for arts-based learning experiences in community settings. Artists may apply in one or both tracks. Application is not limited to Nevada artists. Applications and support material from artists and ensembles, including those in the folk and traditional arts, will be accepted through August 15, 2014. Roster applications will be reviewed by a panel of specialists in the early fall.  For questions contact: Maryjane Dorofachuk, Arts Learning Coordinator, 702.486.3738.
NASAA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership association that unites, represents, and serves the nation’s state and jurisdictional arts agencies which support excellence in and access to the arts. NASAA looks to fill the position of CEO. A passionate and knowledgeable advocate for the arts and effective arts policy, NASAA’s CEO will have a well-rounded set of competencies that distinguish him/her from others in the field as a persuasive leader with the ability to set and attain goals.
 
  
The Montana Arts Council is the agency of state government established to develop the creative potential of all Montanans, advance education, spur economic vibrancy and revitalize communities through involvement in the arts.
  
Sincerely,
  
  
Emily Kohring
Director of Arts Education
Montana Arts Council
ekohring@mt.gov / (406) 444-6522
Twitter: @BigSkyArtsEd
  
  
Arts Education August 7, 2014