July 2019
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

As we close out FY19 and open FY20, there has been no lull of activity. Thank you to all our grantees who are working hard to meet the deadlines, so we can meet ours with the State!
Next week I head to points North, Northeast and Central to visit with individuals and organizations. It’s always a pleasure to finally put a face to a name. It’s a very big state...
We are enmeshed in the Strategic Planning process, having listened with consideration to all those who responded to our survey. One topic that recurred was getting more programming into the diverse regions of the state – and we are trying to think about how we accommodate that. More to follow!
Stay cool, everyone.
NDCA announces North Dakota artist's work on exhibit at the Capitol
The North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA), along with the offices of State Treasurer Kelly Schmidt, State Auditor Joshua Gallion, and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, as well as Governor Burgum, are exhibiting the works of Harwood artist Char-Marie Flood at the Capitol Building in Bismarck during the months of July, August and September. Flood’s work is on display in the Treasurer’s and Auditor's third floor offices, the Attorney General’s first floor office, and in the Governor’s ground floor staff offices. For more...

NDCA announces Individual Artist Fellowship recipients
NDCA has awarded two artist fellowships each in the amount of $3,500. The Individual Artist Fellowship recipients in Music are Dr. Emerson Eads of Minot and Dr. Tom Porter of Bismarck. Eads and Porter were recommended by a review panel whose selections were approved by NDCA’s Board of Directors. For more...
Lake Metigoshe to Host Artist Jennifer Matthews
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!

Creative Economy Summit takes place in Minot, August 2

The Creative Economy Summit will inspire communities to embrace and understand arts and culture as an economic driver, along with engaging community members to conduct a deep dive to identify community assets and uncover the potential that exists within their communities. Throughout the event, during meals, breaks and networking opportunities, local artists and musicians will be featured. Kim Konikow, Executive Director of NDCA, will be one of the Arts & Culture panelists.
Dickinson State University recipient of NEA Big Read award
Through support from the National Endowment for the Arts, 78 organizations across the nation will have the opportunity to come together through the joy of sharing a good book. The latest NEA Big Read grants total more than $1 million and will support community reading projects in 31 states taking place between September 2019 and June 2020. “It is inspiring to see both large and small communities across the nation come together around a book,” said National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter. “We always look forward to the unique ways cities, towns, and organizations explore these stories and encourage community participation in a wide variety of events.” Dickinson State University received $15,000 to present “The Things They Carried” by Tim O'Brien.
Americans for the Arts Annual Convention June 2019

“ I learned quite a bit that I think will help make positive impacts in the community and I’m so excited to use what I’ve learned!”
~ Ra’Chel Alexander, Executive Director of Public Arts Commission, Grand Forks

UTTC hosts grand oppening

United Tribes Technical College (UTTC) hosted a grand opening for the college's newly renovated campus Art Gallery & Bookstore on June 20. The opening program included speakers Leander McDonald Ph.D. UTTC President; ND Historical Society Director Claudia Berg; NDCA Executive Director Kim Konikow; and Brian Ritter, President of the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC. The Art of Song and Dance Presentation included descriptions and demonstration of Native American traditional drum music and dances.
Rural Arts Initiative announces new Touring Exhibitions 2019 - 2020 season
All exhibitions touring North Dakota through the Museum's Rural Arts Initiative are free-of-charge to host communities. The goal of the Initiative is to encourage and empower rural school children, their teachers, and communities to actively participate in learning through the arts. Specifically, the Museum organizes and tours exhibitions throughout North Dakota that tie the art to classroom curricula, and then works to engage rural children and their families in an on-going relationship with the art ideas integral to each exhibit. Specifically, the Museum organizes and tours a series of exhibitions throughout the state. For more…

GameChanger-American Dream

North Dakota Humanities Council event GameChanger, an annual ideas festival focused on a major event or issue significantly changing the face of our world.  This year’s focus is titled ‘American Dream-Finding ourselves through the Four Freedoms’, explores Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear. Four GameChangers will take the stage to represent each of these freedoms and provide their insight into how Roosevelt’s vision has—or hasn’t—been realized.
Beach business combines art and tourism
By Jordan Verdadeiro, KFYR TV | Posted: Jun 06, 2019
Tama Smith molds her career through her passion for pottery, and with a specialization in glazes. ​Born and raised in North Dakota, she wanted to live west of the Missouri, in a small town. Her husband, Jerry DeMartin, runs the store's website. He also runs the showroom and helps grow the business through advertisement. "We'll bring in, I'm estimating about 10,000 people that otherwise maybe wouldn't have visited Beach," said DeMartin. DeMartin says about 80 percent of their business walks through the front door, and about 20 percent comes from online platforms. For more...


New State Fact Sheets from the NEA
In a new set of State Fact Sheets, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) demonstrates the many benefits that federal support for the arts brings to every state. The agency has created a separate fact sheet for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The sheets highlight how many grant dollars the NEA has awarded to every state as well as the reach of NEA programs like Blue Star Museums, Poetry Out Loud, Creative Forces, Shakespeare in American Communities and NEA Big Read. They also note the arts participation rates of state residents as well as the economic impact of the local arts and culture industry.
~ NASAA Notes, July 2019

Arts in Health: Advocacy Messages

Americans for the Arts has published a paper that qualitatively explores Americans’ perceptions of the connections between arts and health. Promoting Appreciation for the Role of Arts in Health and Wellness in the Twin Cities is based on research undertaken by AFTA, Metris Arts Consulting and Topos that drew from more than 100 conversations with a diverse cross-section of individuals. The paper’s research was based on the hypothesis that communicating effectively about the health benefits of the arts may persuasively demonstrative the public value of funding the arts. The paper concludes with recommendations for communicating clearly about the value of the arts. It also includes a discussion of “messages that miss the mark.”
~ NASAA Notes, July 2019
Cultivating Creativity: Exploring Arts & Culture in Community Food Systems Transformation
ArtPlace America has published a new creative placemaking field scan, Cultivating Creativity: Exploring Arts & Culture in Community Food Systems Transformation, which asserts that “integrating artistic and cultural practices with food and agriculture enables a creative and inclusive process and ensures community members see their identities, histories, and interests reflected in the work.” Researchers used databases from 10 different foundations and public agencies to analyze projects integrating arts with food and agriculture, and interviewed 31 practitioners and field experts. The report concludes that this integration is an inclusive way to bridge divides and drive equitable, community based food development and rural vitality.

The Arts Action Fund
At the forefront of advancing the arts in America, Americans for the Arts (AFTA) is the only national arts advocacy organization dedicating 100% of their time, money, and political clout to advancing the arts in America. The Arts Action Fund’s mission is to mobilize one million citizens to join them in mobilizing support of the arts and arts education around the country. As the nation's leader in arts advocacy they: stand up for every child's right to a comprehensive, high quality arts education; promote public policies that provide individuals and families affordable access to all forms of the arts; rally national support against attacks to the arts; and build political influence to ensure bipartisan support for the arts. Stand up for the arts in America - join the movement today! It's free!
Save the Date: 2019 Arts Midwest Conference
Mark your calendars! Arts Midwest is pleased to announce the 2019 Conference, which will take place September 4 to 7, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Registration is now open for the 2019 VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference
VSA Intersections is the largest and most established conference in the field and takes place in Irvine, CA. Connect with educators from across the country, learn from leading experts in the field, and develop new strategies to reach students with disabilities learning in and through the arts.

2020 Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards
The Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation announces an exciting grant opportunity serving small to mid-sized towns and cities across the country. Up to 15 grantees will be awarded $25K each in matching funds to produce their own Levitt AMP [Your City] Music Series­—an outdoor, free concert series featuring a diverse line up of high caliber entertainment for people of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy. Online public voting determines the Top 25 finalists. Grant applications open on July 10 and are due by September 20, 2019. For more...
USAI grant opportunities
USArtists International (USAI) is a grant program that supports performances by U.S. dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo artists invited to perform at important cultural festivals and performing arts marketplaces anywhere in the world outside the United States and its territories. USAI provides critical funding to support artists' performances at international engagements that will have a significant impact on their professional development. The program is committed to the presence of U.S. artists on world stages. Upcoming deadlines are September 5, 2019, November 22, 2019, and April 1, 2020.


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