Welcome to Prairie Arts, North Dakota Council on the Arts' monthly electronic newsletter bringing statewide and national art-related news to you!


Updates - Kim Konikow

Hello Everyone!
With cards flying, closing out the Biennium paperwork was like a scene from "Alice in Wonderland"… Kudos to Robin Bosch and the NDCA staff! And thanks to all of our grantees for your patience, as we send out requests for final reports amidst new grant award letters.
I am happy to report that very little money was returned to the State. This means we are on track with our budgeting, and working hard to make sure as much funds as possible get out to our grantees.
NOW WOULD BE A GOOD TIME to announce your FY20 grant award to your local press outlet. Include a photo showing the important work you do in your community. And, send a personal note to your Legislator saying thank you. As you prepare for your annual seasons or upcoming performances and shows, keep in mind that the NDCA board will make an effort to attend – if you invite them! The same is true for our Legislators.
We’ve made some adjustments to the Special Projects category. This grant program is really for NDCA to respond to opportunities quickly, not ongoing operational support… We’ve capped the number of application cycles to three years, trying new approaches each year to presenting work in the community. After that, it’s on to Community Arts Access, which can offer a bit more financial support.
We are thrilled to share three recent features created through our partnership with Prairie Public – Enjoy! “Narrative Geometry: The Art of Warli,” part of our Art for Life program; “Donna Cristy: Impressionist Painter,” which highlights one of the artists featured in the Capitol Exhibition program; and a profile of Scandinavian Folk Artist Pieper Fleck Bloomquist.

The Main Street 2019 Awards will be presented at the Summit October 29-30. This is the first year that there is a category for Arts and Culture! Please nominate some special people and projects that really highlight the best of North Dakota! (Link below!) And DO think about attending, as NDCA is participating with several sessions focused on regional public art!

NDCA announces new Board appointments

NDCA announces the addition of Megan Laudenschlager of Minot, and Kent Kapplinger of Fargo, to its board of directors. They were both recently appointed by Governor Burgum to serve on NDCA’s board, effective August 2019. NDCA welcomes Megan and Kent and gives a sincere thank you to our departing members, Terry Jelsing and Brad Bachmeier, for their time and efforts during their appointed terms. NDCA's board consists of nine members - one from each of the state's regions, and one member-at-large, each of whom is appointed by the governor for a five-year term. For more...

Fort Ransom to host artist Linda Roesch; and Fort Stevens to host artist Karen Bakke

The Artist in Residency Program is a partnership between the ND Parks & Recreation Department and NDCA where artists are selected via a panel process to spend one week in a North Dakota State Park. There were 19 applicants this year!


Registration now open for the 2019 Main Street ND Summit

The 2019 Main Street ND Summit will be held October 29-31 at the Bismarck Event Center. The Main Street Initiative strengthens and celebrates local efforts to build healthy, vibrant communities with smart infrastructure, and to attract and retain workforce. The Summit is a valuable time to network with community leaders from around the state and discuss issues like transportation, outdoor recreation, healthcare, education and quality of life. This year includes a special culture component and creative artists are participating on panels as well as in a Main Street Marketplace. You are encouraged to attend, participate, strengthen your relationship with attendees from towns large and small, and be inspired.. For more and to register...

Main Street Awards

The Main Street Initiative Team is now seeking nominations for the Main Street Awards!  Do you know a person, project or event that  has made a difference in your community? The Office of the Governor and Department of Commerce are delighted to offer this opportunity to recognize passion, innovation and excellence in North Dakota communities. THIS IS THE FIRST YEAR WITH A SPECIFIC ARTS AWARD CATEGORY! LESS THAN TWO WEEKS TO SUBMIT! Let’s see some arts and culture nominations! For more and submit nominations...

Strengthen ND’s ONLINE Nonprofit Certificate Program

Registration is now open for Strengthen ND’s ONLINE Nonprofit Certificate Program, which is hosted in partnership with Minot State University. Limited to 15 participants annually, the Nonprofit Certificate Program is meant to serve as a learning opportunity for nonprofit professionals, board members, and volunteers. The Program will meet monthly for six months beginning October 2019. The cost to attend is $300 per person (includes materials). To register contact Megan Laudenschlager at Strengthen ND at 701.303.0840 or

North Dakota Art Gallery Association Annual Conference and Retreat

The North Dakota Art Gallery Association is holding its Annual Conference and Retreat in Dickinson, North Dakota from September 8-10, 2019. Attendees will participate in training, painting, and ceramic workshops with guests including Greg Vettel, Director of the Northwest Arts Center; Nancy Walter, retired Director of the Taube Museum of Art; Kim Konikow, Director of the North Dakota Council of the Arts; and Robin Reynolds, owner of Dacotah Clay Works. As part of the Annual Conference, participating Galleries and Museums will also take part in the booking conference where artists are selected for touring exhibitions. To see information on member galleries, touring exhibit applications, and current touring exhibitions please visit For more information contact Rachel Alfaro at 850.598.0783 or email

SCBWI 2019 Fall Conference

The Dakota's Chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) is hosting a Fall 2019 Conference on Sept. 13 & 14 in Fargo, ND. It is a great opportunity to meet and learn from authors and editors. For more and to register...
"Ascension" by Tom Wirtz, Bismarck

2019 Governor's Photo Contest deadline approaching

Gov. Doug Burgum and the North Dakota Tourism Division, in partnership with AAA of North Dakota and North Dakota Council on the Arts, are kicking off the 2019 Governor’s Photo Contest. All North Dakota photographers are encouraged to submit photos that capture the unique things to see and do in the state. Deadline for entry is August 31, 2019.

CBS This Morning’s “American Wonders” featured North Dakota's "Enchanted Highway"

The movie "Field of Dreams" gave 70-year-old Gary Greff the idea to turn a proverbial road to nowhere into a tourist attraction. Regent, North Dakota, has lost around 40 percent of its population since 1990. So Greff, a self-taught scrap metal sculptor, decided to give travelers something to see, to keep his town on the map. It's called the Enchanted Highway. For more...


Mary Anne Carter confirmed as National Endowment for the Arts Chairman

On August 1 the United States Senate voted today to confirm Mary Anne Carter as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Carter had served as acting chairman of the agency since June 5, 2018 and becomes the Arts Endowment’s 12th chairman since its inception in 1965. “I look forward to continuing to lead a talented and dedicated staff of professionals in our important work of ensuring that every American – in every community and in every neighborhood – has access to the arts,” said Mary Anne Carter. For more...

Nominations open for the American Express Leadership Academy’s 2019 Converge Academy

Do you know a rising leader in your field who is eager to meet and learn from others in the social impact space? Are YOU one of those leaders? Introducing The Converge Academy, the first #amexleads Academy with an open-source nomination process. Twenty-four emerging nonprofit leaders will be selected to convene in Brooklyn, NY, where they will learn from each other and from the Center for Creative Leadership’s experts. The deadline to apply is August 15. For more and to apply...

Artists and Other Cultural Workers: A Statistical Portrait

Artists and Other Cultural Workers: A Statistical Portrait is a new report from the National Endowment for the Arts describing the labor force of artists and cultural workers. The report analyzes six federal data sets—primarily from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics—to create a profile of 11 artist occupations and cultural occupations, such as librarians, editors, curators, theatrical makeup artists and sound engineering technicians. It covers employment and income trends, work-force demographics, and employment projections for creative occupations, among other things.

Americans for the Arts unveils arts and military documentary

The 12-minute documentary titled CAMMO: Healing Through Song shows how the arts can strengthen the well-being of service members, veterans, and their families. Americans for the Arts has a history of arts and military collaborations—its National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military works across the military, government, and arts sectors to advance the arts in healthcare, healing, and well-being for military service members, veterans, their families, and caregivers.

Register now, NAMPC 2019 is heading to Miami

The National Arts Marketing Project Conference takes place November 15-18, 2019, at the Intercontinental Miami in Miami, Florida. Arts marketers work to create a future that reflects organizational visions to better serve audiences and more deeply and equitably engage the community. With panel talks and hands-on workshops, learn the skills you need to be a better marketer. From the latest strategies to new technologies and innovations, this is the one-of-a-kind educational experience you’ve been looking for.


Additional Art Opportunities:
  • Fifth Annual Art of the Heartland National Competition, deadline is August 15. Be part of this with a chance to win a cash award up to $4,000.
  • Artist 2019 Prospectus Call for Entries - NDAGA is a nonprofit organization of galleries from the Upper Midwest, seeking proposals for solo or group exhibitions for the 2020-2021 seasons. Deadline for entries is August 25, 2019.
  • 2020 Embracing Our Differences International Art Exhibit Celebrating Diversity
    Art is a powerful tool to evoke social change. Without uttering a single word, artists can enlighten, educate and affect change around the world. Submission deadline is October 8, 2019.
  • The Japan Foundation is now accepting project proposals for Performing Arts JAPAN (PAJ) touring and collaboration grants for the 2020 - 2021 fiscal year. Deadline for applications is October 31, 2019.
  • Artist First - Arts Access for All seeks new emerging and established artists with disabilities from every cultural background. Living in the Fargo/Moorhead Metro or the lake’s region of Minnesota. Submissions due by November 18, 2019.
  • Ongoing call: Heart River Voice is a print publication that focuses on the North Dakota Communities in Dickinson and those in Stark County. Colorful paintings, drawings, ​photographs or mixed media are sought for cover art. For more email
  • The AestheticaMag Art Prize is open for entries. Welcoming submissions from established and emerging practitioners, the award introduces new talent to the world stage.


A museum visit may be just what the doctor ordered?

In Montreal, medical professionals can prescribe you a museum visit. There’s also a full-time art therapist on staff. Learn more here…


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