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Kim Konikow

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Hello all! WOW, has it been busy; many advance preparations for the upcoming Biennial and Legislative session…

Put your thinking caps on! In September we will begin the nominations process for the Governor’s Awards for the Arts. The event will be held in late January 2023, and we want to honor the finest North Dakotans invested in the arts.

Nominations will focus on the following criteria: expanding arts opportunities to new audiences; improving the quality of arts experiences; length of service in the arts; creating an appreciation for North Dakota's cultural heritage;
making the arts more central to education, and an integral part of community life.

We are thrilled to offer the Statewide Arts Convening in partnership with the Main Street Summit 2022. We’ll be at the Event Center in Bismarck, October 24-26.

A few of the sessions to note: Amanda Brinkman covering the Small Business Revolution – Common Traits in Thriving Communities as well as best practices for marketing/digital outreach; Patrick Kirby of Do Good Better will focus on core messaging for community development and fundraising; and many artists and organizations will share stories from their communities. Mark the dates on your calendar and plan to join colleagues from across the State for comradery and growth!  PS – it’s free!

Hope everyone got in some summer fun before the school and fall season begins. I was able to get away for a minute to Winnipeg, then back to Grafton and Cando, Belcourt and Bottineau, Lake Metigoshe and the International Peace Gardens. There’s a lot of beauty in the lush fields of ND. Enjoy the sunflowers!

NDCA Arts Across the Prairie announces inaugural placemaking installation artist at Writing Rock

The Selection Committee for Arts Across the Prairie: Placemaking in Rural North Dakota announces Crosby-native Thane Lund as the inaugural installation artist at the Writing Rock State Historic Site for Region 1 – “Love Where You Live." The committee, consisting of stakeholders, community members and artists, conducted two rounds of reviews and interviews. In preparation for the 2nd round, three finalists submitted proposals complete with concept
renderings/drawings, along with initial plans for construction. The artwork proposed by Lund for installation is an earthwork that builds up the land into two enveloping mound formations. Each mound rises up from the ground with a gentle slope and together they create a shelter that frames the sky. Planted with native grasses and flowers, the artwork doubles as a living monument to the diverse ecosystem native to the region while offering heightened sensory awareness at the center.
AAP Region One Installation Artist Press Release
Cody Wasinzi and Courtney Yellowfat rehearse a song recorded 110-years-ago by a Standing Rock elder.
Cody Wasinzi (left) and Courtney Yellowfat

Densmore Lakota Song Repatriation Project nearing completion; unveiling at United Tribes PowWow

NDCA is excited that the Densmore Lakota Song Repatriation Project is nearing completion. It will be unveiled at
the United Tribes Technical College International PowWow at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10, building #7.

The Densmore Project seeks to repatriate, contextualize, and make more accessible traditional Lakota songs which were originally recorded on the Standing Rock reservation by Francis Densmore, the noted Smithsonian musicologist, between 1911 and 1914. 

Read more about the project on NDCA website: "Lakota singers breathe new life into old Native songs".
Lakota singers breathe new life into old Native songs
Dawn Mandt with daughter
Dawn Mandt with daughter (above)

Art appreciation through the eyes of community developer and NDCA Board member Dawn Mandt

"I’ve always been inspired by the creators: the artists, the musicians, the singers, the writers – people that are often the outliers in a crowd. I’m drawn to and intrigued by their ability to see the world differently. I enjoy attempting to see the world through their eyes."

"For example, <I enjoy> having a photographer share why they choose what they choose to photograph and how they do it. They bring a zesty perspective to having vibrant life as well as inspire us all to feel more deeply. Artists have a gifted way of translating events, interactions, history, and other goings-on into new forms that engage and provide a beautiful human connection point."
When asked which art forms call to her and why, Dawn said, "today, poetry has been engaging for me and I make my own attempts at speaking some of my thoughts and observations through poetry or what I’m calling my 'musings'. Music and performing arts stir my soul."

"I also love pottery. Pottery requires all of you, without any possibility of multi-tasking, in order to make something beautiful from a clump of mud."

As an economic and community developer, Dawn is a great addition to NDCA's Board of Directors for Region 4. She and her team spent the last 18 months conducting extensive public outreach. They discovered that overwhelmingly, people in northeastern North Dakota are longing for a sense of community. Dawn believes that events combining food and art to create a cultural experience are a great way to bring people together.

She continued, "I’m envisioning the arts as a strong component fostering a strong sense of place and connectedness with each other through both experiencing the arts as well as engaging more people in the arts and exploring their talents. This may be through public involvement in public art projects, chalk festivals, murals, hydrant painting, photo contests, and more. Public projects can provide a way to build community pride and excitement."
Dawn Mandt Biography

Arts in Education words with alarm clock, colored pencils, scissors, ruler, crayons, calculator and notebook underneath

Incorporate NDCA art programming in preparations for the 2022-23 school year!

Educational institutions: apply now for an Artist in Residence! This noncompetitive reimbursement grant program provides up to $2,500 in support for North Dakota pre-K-12 students and teachers to work with professional artists either in a traditional school setting or during after-school and/or summer programs.

School administrators: register now for Poetry Out Loud (POL)! This national arts education program encourages the study of great poetry by offering free educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition for high school students across the country. POL helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life. 

Professional artists: work in the schools available! Apply now to be on NDCA's Teaching Artists Roster! The mission of NDCA Arts in Education program is designed to enrich and support arts education throughout the state. A teaching artist is an “artist-educator,” who is able to translate their creative process into an instructional setting, representing all disciplines.
NDCA Arts in Education webpage


Painted portrait of head and shoulders of Laurel Reuter with, light skin, dark brown hair in elegant bun, dark button-up shirt
Laurel Reuter

Front entrance of ND Museum of Art, photo by Paul Noot
ND Museum of Art, by Paul Noot (Aug. 2022)

ND Museum of Art founding director leaves behind sustainable future

After dedicating fifty years of her life to the North Dakota Museum of Art, Founding Director Laurel Reuter was not about to walk away without helping members of the board and staff plan for the future. Together, they created the Laurel Reuter Director’s Fund to continue her legacy of presenting world-class contemporary art, developing Native American initiatives, commissioning new works, supporting artistic publications, and more. 

Learn how Reuter stumbled into curating at the University of North Dakota and eventually became an established museum director. Her biography exemplifies her untiring passion to give the people of eastern North Dakota the opportunity to experience art from all over the world.
Read Laurel Reuter Legacy Story


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NEA research data supports more funding for the arts

In July, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) posted the latest arts-related research data collected:
National Endowment for the Arts logo
The timing could not be better since Congress is currently in discussions around FUNDING for the NEA. The House already passed a bill to increase NEA funding and the first draft from the Senate Appropriations Committee also proposed an increase.

40% of all grant funding allocated to the NEA goes directly to state arts agencies and regional arts organizations, and consequently, any additional increase in appropriations will benefit our state of North Dakota. 
Learn how to Engage with your Legislator
NEA announces 2023 Jazz Masters: violinist Regina Carter, saxophonist Kenny Garrett, singer Louis Hayes, and singer Sue Mingus
*2023 Jazz Masters: Regina Carter, Kenny Garrett, Louis Hayes, and Sue Mingus

National Endowment for the Arts announces 2023 Jazz Masters

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is pleased to announce the 2023 recipients of the NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship—musicians Regina Carter, Kenny Garrett, and Louis Hayes, as well as Sue Mingus, recipient of the 2023 A.B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship for Jazz Advocacy. These fellowships include an award of $25,000 and the honorees will be celebrated at a public concert in Washington, DC, on Saturday, April 1, 2023, in collaboration with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

The NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship is the highest honor that our nation bestows upon jazz musicians. Each year since 1982, the program has elevated to its ranks a select number of living legends who have made exceptional contributions to the advancement of jazz. The NEA encourages nominations of a diverse and broad range of individuals who have been significant to the field of jazz through vocal and instrumental performance, creative leadership, and education.
Deadline to nominate a 2024 Jazz Master: October 31, 2022                       .Back to top..
Submit an NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship Nomination



Minot Area Council on the Arts now accepting ARP Fund Grant applications

Funding is available for both Individual Artists and Arts-focused Nonprofit Organizations! Visit the MACA grants webpage for more information, including guidelines on how to apply.

Deadline: Aug. 31, 2022 
Minot Area Council on the Arts Grants


Main Street Initiative: Artists on Main Street Grant Program

The Artists on Main Street grant is an accelerated program that offers technical assistance and funding to develop local artist-led projects in five North Dakota communities. Eligible entities may receive up to $5,000 of funding per community to be used for technical support, supplies, and resources to achieve community and artist outcomes of at least five projects. Artists and arts groups – this is a great opportunity!

Application window: Aug. 15 - Sept. 23, 2022                                                .Back to top..
Main Street Initiative: Artists on Main Street Grant Program



North Dakota Art Gallery call for exhibition materials 2023-24

The North Dakota Art Gallery Association seeks outstanding artists annually to be toured at its various member galleries throughout the Midwest region.

Entries will be reviewed by representatives from NDAGA's member galleries in September at the Annual Artist Review Session. Submissions booked by three or more galleries will be selected for tour. At the end of their tour, artists will receive a $100 honorarium per venue as well as a 70% commission on any sales during the touring exhibition. This would be a great way for your art to tour in ND!
Deadline: August 29, 2022                                                                        .Back to top..          
ND Art Gallery Association Call for Proposals
*Demonstration of Hmong Flower Cloth-Paag Ntaub or Pa doa- (Needlework) during a Seasonal Saturday Arts Access day, Marine Art Museum, photo by Brenda Tran courtesy of Minnesota Marine Art Museum
*Demonstration of Hmong Flower Cloth-Paag Ntaub or Pa doa- (Needlework) during a Seasonal Saturday Arts Access day, Marine Art Museum, photo by Brenda Tran courtesy of Minnesota Marine Art Museum.

Arts Midwest Now Accepting Applications: GIG Funds

Are you part of a Midwestern nonprofit organization that wants to present in-person or virtual activities with an artist in the first half of 2023? If so, consider applying for the GIG (Grow, Invest, Gather) Fund. The GIG Fund supports creative projects and educational events in the Midwest, helping organizations present artists in their community and offset the costs of programming and touring. Nonprofits can present ND artists as well as those from out of state. Organizations will now receive $4,000 from the GIG fund, an increase from the previous grant award of $2,500.
Deadline: October 5, 2022                                                                               .Back to top..
Learn more about Arts Midwest GIG Funds


NDCA Program Deadlines

Special Projects

  • Art events in all disciplines
  • Organizations & Individuals
  • Up to $1,250
  • Next Deadline: Sept. 20, 2022 (ongoing program)
  • Project Dates: September 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023

Professional Development

  • Arts-related learning activities
  • Organizations & Individuals
  • Up to $1,000
  • Next Deadline: August 23, 2022 (ongoing program)
  • Project Dates: November 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023

Artist in Residence Now Accepting Applications!

  • Bring artists into pre-K-12 classroom
  • Activities during the regular school day, after school and/or summer months
  • Educational institutions
  • Up to $2,500 reimbursement
  • Deadline: 6 weeks prior to project start date
  • Project Dates: July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023
Conferences and Webinars:
  • Cultural Equity Learning Community (CELC)
    • Fall course begins September 2022 - a two-unit, 12 session, anti-racism course with wrap-around supports open to arts and culture leaders committed to building intersectional racial equity in the arts and culture sector. The CELC offers affinity tracks for BIPOC and white arts leaders, both featuring lectures and guided reflections, guest speakers and featured artists, office hours and peer-to-peer learning, and additional resources.
  • Grant Makers in the Arts National Conference in New York City
    • October 6-12 - reimagine the present and the future of arts and culture, featuring over 40 sessions as well as inspiring keynote presentations and performances. 
  • NDCA Accessibility Convening Webinar
    • October 13, 8:30am to 12:30pm - How do we make ND's art organizations more accessible to artists and the general public? The event will include local and national speakers, with a Q&A session at the end. It will be free and open to the public. More information to follow.
  • Statewide Arts Convening taking place at ND Main Street Summit 2022 at Bismarck Event Center
    • Oct. 24-26 - an opportunity to connect, learn, get inspired, and gain insight to build and grow your community for the future. More information to follow.
Arts Events & Activities: Additional Art Opportunities:
  • Art Comes Alive (ACA) Call to Artists! ACA gives real awards totaling over $400,000 and puts on a two-month exhibition in Cincinnati, OH to celebrate artists’ creative passion and dedication to their craft. Deadline to enter is Aug. 26, 2022.
  • 2021 Winning photo of 2 Prairie Dogs with words Governor's Photo Contest on topLAST CALL: Governor Doug Burgum and North Dakota Tourism Division, in partnership with AAA of ND and NDCA, encourage artists to submit entries into the 2022 Governor’s Photo ContestDeadline to enter is Aug. 31, 2022.
  • Innovative Grant awards (2) $550.00 grants each quarter, to one Visual Artist and one Photographer. Deadline to apply is Sept. 15, 2022.
  • Young Arts 2023 Awards - identifies exceptional young artists,
    amplifies their potential, and invests in their lifelong creative freedom. Deadline to apply is Oct. 14, 2022.
  • E.A. Michelson Philanthropy invites art museums across the United States to submit proposals to participate in its Vitality Arts Project for Art Museums initiative, which will help art museums reframe their relationships with older adults. Deadline to apply is Oct. 21, 2022.
  • USArtists International supports in-person and virtual performances by American artists at engagements at international festivals and global presenting arts marketplaces outside of the United States. The program funds individuals and ensembles across all performing arts practices and disciplines. Ongoing deadlines.
  • Western Arts Alliance (WAA)’s Advancing Indigenous Performance (AIP) program has launched the Native Artist Opportunity Fund. This new financial assistance award program will aid US-based Indigenous performing artists with short-term needs related to the promotion, development and sharing of their work or practice. Grants capped at $750. The program has a rolling deadline.
  • Open call for writers and artists: Sunspot Literary Journal offers an Editor's Prize of $50 for the annual edition, and pays for artwork selected for a cover. Now open for flash, stories and essays, including scripts and poetry. Ongoing deadlines.
  • The AestheticaMag Art Prize is open for entries. Welcoming submissions from established and emerging practitioners, the award introduces new talent to the world stage.
  • The Complete Guide to 2022 Artist Grants & Opportunities has some of the best art opportunities, grants, and calls-for-entry for the upcoming year.
  • Visit the Artist Call for Entry website and the Artwork Archive website to learn about endless opportunities!


LEAD 2022 Conference logo

In 2000, a small group of cultural arts administrators gathered at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. to discuss institutional cultural arts and disability issues. That initial group grew into the Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD) program, which focuses on expanding the breadth and scope of accessibility services and programming across the country and around the world. 

The organization began holding annual conferences in 2008, with a different location chosen every year. The 2022 LEAD conference was held in Raleigh, NC August 1-5 ,attended by over 700 people, including NDCA's Accessibility Coordinator Rhea Beto, a record high.


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