Sustainable Ceramics


Dear friends,

Robert Harrison will be signing his exciting new book: Sustainable Ceramics at the Montana Book and Toy Co. during the Downtown Helena Holiday Artwalk this Friday, 11/8/13.

Robert writes: “After 2 and a half years of research and effort the book is finally reality. There are contributions from two dozen ceramic artists who work sustainably, 10 of which are or have been Bray residents.

“My hope is to get this publication into libraries, studios and art centers everywhere. My Bloomsbury (London) editor tells me it’s the first of its kind. My hope is that it encourages others to work towards a sustainable environment.

“Drop by, see the new book and say hello.

“The Archie Bray Foundation will have a display of current resident artist works in the store as well.”

Attached is a cover image of the book.

Also, check out this link from the IR’s Your Time:

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Rick Newby
406.461.7494
rnewby@mt.net
www.drumlummon.org
www.zadig-llc.com

Sustainable Ceramics

Npustin’s KwKwusm Theatre Project 3rd Annual Native American Playwriting Festival


For Immediate Release: July 8th, 2013 
Media Contact: Zan Agzigian, KwKwusm Theater Project PR, 509-624-4502  
Npustin’s KwKwusm Theatre Project 
3rd Annual Native American Playwriting Festival 
“Old Stories, New Voices”  
The 3rd Annual KwKwusm Theatre Project’s Native American Playwriting Festival is back, and it’s not just for a week! This year, the Project is honored and excited to have William S. YellowRobe, Jr., extraordinary playwright and educator, as its Artistic Director. It is also honored to welcome back Linda Grinde, KwKwusm Theatre Project’s Director, who will lend her many years of directing, acting and theatre planning expertise to the Project’s workshops and readings.
A lot of great projects and creative development work will take place during the week of July 29-August 2, gearing up for the festival readings during the week of August 5-9th. 
Details and schedules for workshops and readings can be found in the attached release, as well, can be found at: www.npustin.org 
KwKwusm Theatre Project’s goal is unique from other Native American playwriting festivals, commercial and academic, in that plays and performances are developed directly on the Flathead reservation to strengthen theatrical expression to benefit not only the playwright but also the community. The Project blends both the cultural traditions of the indigenous Nations with American theater to create and maintain American Indian expression by cultivating a strong and clear voice to the heart, and to share this sincerity in support of the American Indian voice in theater of the Americas.
We appreciate you, our media partners, spreading the word about our Project, as we want to pack the house, and get some good coverage to educate people about what we are doing.
Bios for all participants available upon request from Zan. Interviews with staff, playwrights, and info about the KwKwusm Theater Project, contact: Zan Agzigian, KwKwusm Theater Project PR at 509-624-4502, or 509-263-7155 (cell) sen_sen_323@q.com 
Also, reporters and media are allowed to observe any workshop or rehearsal. Just contact Zan and let her know you are coming and we will be ready for you.
Npustin’s KwKwusm Theatre Project 3rd Annual Native American Playwriting Festival

YMCA SEEKS SUPPORT FOR SECOND LIVESTRONG GRANT


                                                                 
PRESS RELEASE: March 12, 2013
Contact: Corby Skinner, 406-294-1620, Corbys@billingsymca.org
YMCA SEEKS SUPPORT FOR SECOND LIVESTRONG GRANT
People can help the Billings Family YMCA win funding to bring another cancer support program to this community by voting for our LIVESTRONG application today at www.vote.livestrong.org
The Billings Family YMCA has applied to receive funding from the LIVESTRONG Foundation and was selected as a finalist to host The Creative Center’s Outpatient Artist in Residency Program.  In order to secure funding, materials and training, the Y needs to demonstrate that the community supports the organization through an online voting campaign.   Organizations that receive the largest amount of votes from their community will receive funding.
The Y hopes to bring The Creative Center’s Outpatient Artist in Residence Program to the Billings community. Since 1994, The Creative Center has offered free-of-charge workshops in the arts to cancer survivors and their caregivers as a way to discover their own creative resources as they navigate the “cancer journey”—from diagnosis through survivorship.
Through the 2013 LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project, the Foundation is funding the replication of this program in locations including cancer support communities, YMCA’s, hospitals, art organizations, and faith-based centers. The program offers people living with cancer the opportunity to connect with others through the arts, which can reduce anxiety, allay fears, combat isolation and boredom—and most importantly, helping people who are often viewed as representatives of their disease, rather than the unique individuals they are.
In 2012, the Billings Family YMCA was selected for a LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project to address health and exercise for adult cancer survivors.
“Our current LiveStrong program has been an amazing success story,” said CEO Tina Postel. By providing physical training and social interaction for cancer survivors the Y is giving people the tenacity to strive, to succeed, to achieve their full potential. By adding an artist in residency component to the cancer support services, we can fully addresses what YMCAs everywhere should be doing – building strong spirit, mind and body – for all.
“Programs like the LiveStrong Artist-in-Residency program help the Billings Family YMCA build and diversify our reach into the community in new and exciting ways,” said Y Writer’s Voice Director Corby Skinner.
The Writer’s Voice has been a part of the Y since 1991. For 22 years, the program has taken a lead in integrating the Y with the greater educational and cultural community in Billings. Collaborations and partnership with the libraries, museums, hospitals, schools and other organizations help our members and the community-at-large understand that, in fact, the Y is so much more than a “swim and gym.”
For the Artist in Residency position, the Y has selected Danell Jones, an award-winning writer as well as a veteran teacher and cancer survivor. “In the many writing workshops she had taught over the years, her goal is always to create a safe, supportive atmosphere where creativity can flourish, said Corby Skinner. Her work with the medical community includes facilitating workshops for both for St. Vincent Healthcare and the Billings Clinic. She has a doctorate in English literature from Columbia University and has taught at the University of Colorado Boulder, the University of Denver, and Montana State University Bozeman.  She is the author of the Virginia Woolf Writers’ Workshop:  Seven Lessons to Inspire Great Writing.
The deadline to vote is 5pm, March 28. The Y hopes members, friends and families in the community know about this opportunity and lend their support by going to
To learn more about this program visit the Community section of our website at LIVESTRONG.org/Community
YMCA SEEKS SUPPORT FOR SECOND LIVESTRONG GRANT

Poet Laureate


PRESS RELEASE:  For Immediate Release
January 10, 2013
Contact: 
Kim Baraby Hurtle, Percent-for-Art Director, Montana Arts Council, khurtle@mt.gov
406-444-6639
MONTANA ARTS COUNCIL SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR THE NEXT MONTANA POET LAUREATE
Helena, Montana – The Montana Arts Council, an agency of state government, announces that 2013 nominations for the Montana Poet Laureate program will be accepted from January 1, 2013 until Monday, April 1st, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.
   
The Montana Poet Laureate recognizes and honors a citizen poet of exceptional talent and accomplishment. The Poet Laureate also encourages appreciation of poetry and literary life in Montana. This position was created by the state legislature in 2005.
In 2005, Sandra Alcosser became our first Montana Poet Laureate and served for two years. Greg Pape was selected as the second Poet Laureate in 2007 and he served through the summer of 2009. Henry Real Bird was selected in 2009 and served into the summer of 2011. Sheryl Noethe is our current Montana Poet Laureate and she will serve until the summer of 2013.
To learn more about this program and the nominations process, and to download forms, please go to the Montana Arts Council’s website: www.art.mt.gov   Poet Nominators and Poets who wish to apply but do not have access to computers are encouraged to call Montana Arts Council Percent-for-Art Director Kim Baraby Hurtle at 406.444.6639 for assistance before March 15, 2013 or email her at khurtle@mt.gov.
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Poet Laureate

Brush Creek Ranch

Contact: Alana Morris
(303) 962-9163
THE LODGE & SPA AT BRUSH CREEK RANCH ANNOUNCES OPENING OF THE BRUSH CREEK FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS
Inspiration abounds at the new Foundation situated in a quiet meadow along the banks of Brush Creek in Wyoming
(Saratoga, Wyo.) July 20, 2011– The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, an exclusive, independent guest ranch set amid century-old working cattle ranch in south central Wyoming, announced today the launch of the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts brushcreekarts.org. Offering writers, visual and performing artists, musicians and composers alike the time and space for artistic exploration through immersion in the extraordinary beauty of the West, the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts is a unique retreat where artists can grow their craft. The pilot program, which will consist of non-juried artists, will run from August to December, 2011. Applications for the official program are due September 15, 2011 with juried residencies beginning in January 2012.
The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch is an exclusive, independent guest ranch outside of Saratoga in south central Wyoming’s North Platte River Valley. Sitting on 13,000 acres and bordering a million acres of federal wild lands, Brush Creek Ranch’s Grand Lodge and collection of new and renovated historic guest cabins and quarters are open to destination weddings, private corporate events and select group and family retreats. Offering an unsurpassed, all-inclusive adventure experience, The Lodge and Spa at Brush Creek Ranch provides a genuine Western spirit of hospitality and a vast array of outdoor activities that, coupled with an inspiring landscape and a dedication to sustainable ranching, come together to create a new icon in luxury Western destinations. The Foundation was created to give artists the opportunity to be inspired by the Ranch’s authentic surroundings.
“There is nowhere quite like Brush Creek Ranch when it comes to true Western beauty,” explained Beth White, owner of Brush Creek Ranch. “The idea for sharing this incredible landscape with aspiring and established artists for inspiration has been a dream of our family’s since the beginning of this journey, and we are so proud to finally open its doors to the world.”
Chosen by a blind jury based on work samples, awarded artists will receive housing, performance or studio space, all meals, travel to and from Laramie airport and access to general facilities.  The artists’ housing features eight individual residences with private bath, closet and work space. Shared facilities include kitchen, library, family room, and laundry facility. Meals include continental breakfast in the dining room, boxed lunch delivered to studios and dinner prepared by the Ranch’s chef communally shared in dining room.
The eight studio spaces are located in restored ranch buildings that combine comfort and refinement. Of the eight spaces, four are visual art studios that are equipped with large transom windows for abundant natural light and full spectrum daylight track lighting for late work. Two of the spaces are quiet studios reserved for writers and the remaining two studios are for composers, one of which was converted from an historic schoolhouse and contains a beautiful Steinway piano.
The Foundation will be lead by director, Kate Christensen. Christensen holds a Masters of Fine Arts, 2D studies with an emphasis in printmaking from Bowling Green State University. She has participated in over 30 exhibitions and exchanges over the last ten years, the most recent of which was in Wyoming.
“I am thrilled to be a part of this unique program and have no doubt that Brush Creek Ranch will provide an unmatched location for creative motivation,” said Christensen. “Wyoming is my home and I find endless inspiration here – I know that other artists will fall in love with the incomparable beauty of Wyoming and Brush Creek Ranch as well.”
The Foundation offers two- to four-week residencies, based on the season. No stipends or fellowships/awards are available at this time. Artists are responsible for their own supplies. There will be ample opportunity on-Ranch for artists who want to share their work, especially during the summer months. For more information and how to apply visit www.brushcreekarts.org.
About The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch
The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch is an exclusive, independent guest ranch set amid a century-old working cattle ranch outside of Saratoga in south central Wyoming’s North Platte River Valley. Sitting on 13,000 acres and bordering a million acres of federal wild lands, Brush Creek Ranch’s Grand Lodge and collection of new and renovated historic guest cabins and quarters are open to destination weddings, private corporate events and select group and family retreats. Offering an unsurpassed, all-inclusive adventure experience, The Lodge and Spa at Brush Creek Ranch provides a genuine Western spirit of hospitality and a vast array of outdoor activities that, coupled with an inspiring landscape and a dedication to sustainable ranching, come together to create a new icon in luxury Western destinations. For more information or to inquire about rates call us at (307) 327-5284, email us at guestservices@brushcreekranch.com or visit us at www.BrushCreekRanch.com
Brush Creek Ranch

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Economic Development Funding To Create Jobs, Economic Opportunity and Strengthen Rural Communities

     WASHINGTON, June 30, 2011 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the selection of 44 community-based organizations to receive funding to promote economic growth. The organizations will receive more than $9.5 million in loans and grants to support rural business development, create jobs and strengthen local communities.
“These funds support USDA’s partnership with rural America to bring increased economic opportunity to rural citizens and communities,” Vilsack said. “They will serve as investments that will help organizations build the capacity and expertise of local businesses, business owners and nonprofit groups.”
The funding announced today is being provided through the Rural Community Development Initiative Program (RCDI).  RCDI helps community-based development organizations, federally recognized Indian tribes and other groups promote economic growth in low-income, rural communities. Recipients are required to obtain matching funds, which increase the value of the grants. The grants are awarded to public or nonprofit intermediary organizations. The funds are then provided to recipients, which must be located in eligible rural areas.
Two Montana organizations will receive funding through the RCDI program in this selection:
Montana Credit Unions for Community Development will receive $76,623 to provide training for financial coaching programs in fifteen rural Montana communities through their member Credit Unions. The communities include Dillon, Lewistown, Red Lodge, Culbertson, Havre, Whitehall, Glendive, Polson, Libby, Sheridan, Hamilton, Columbus, Circle, Troy, and Wolf Point.
Ravalli County Economic Development Authority will receive $175,105 to support the Montana Arts Council’s development of a three-year job skills program. The program will provide market-readiness training and market opportunities for Montana artists who wish to increase their income through the sale of their artwork.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of state and local offices. Rural Development has an existing portfolio of more than $150 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. To better coordinate Federal programs and maximize the impact of Federal investment, President Obama signed an Executive Order on June 9, 2011 creating the White House Rural Council that will work throughout government to create policies to promote economic prosperity and a high quality of life in our rural communities. Agriculture Secretary Vilsack serves as chair of the Council.
Visit http://www.rurdev.usda.gov for additional information about the agency’s programs or to locate the USDA Rural Development office nearest you.
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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Economic Development Funding To Create Jobs, Economic Opportunity and Strengthen Rural Communities