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MARCH 2023
Welcome to Prairie Arts, North Dakota Council on the Arts' monthly
newsletter, containing statewide and national art-related news.
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Head and shoulders of NDCA Executive Director Kim Konikow, closed smile with black shirt, grey-blonde shoulder-length hairUPDATES - Kim Konikow

NDCA’s annual grant season is upon us. There have been some changes in terms of grant awards (higher!), increased opportunities (additional rounds!), and even the online application system (more ease!) in response to constituent needs. As always, staff is available to assist; don’t shy away - connect with us for assistance. Look over the offerings and share them out. There is something for everyone

Two grants are due very soon: the FY24 Individual Artist Fellowship in Theatre/Dance (which includes front and back of house and the Traditional Arts), and the next round of Special Projects. See below for more details. We want to see more diverse applicants from across ND…Help us spread the word!

Rebecca Engelman will be retiring from NDCA in April. Her strong work ethic, compassion, devotion to the field, and lovely demeanor will be sorely missed.  The Staff and Board express deep thanks for her trail-blazing partnerships and programs that bring arts to education in communities across the state.

With Rebecca’s departure, NDCA is hiring a fulltime, benefited Arts in Education Program Director. Our office is located in Bismarck but telecommuting within ND will be considered. Do you know a great person to join the team? Annual starting salary of $57,360 - $62,000. Apply by March 16, 2023 on the ND Career Openings website.

With the passing of ND Poet Laureate Larry Woiwode last spring, a new Poet Laureate will be named to a two-year post by the Legislature very soon. We will keep you informed on our NDCA Poet Laureate webpage.

There are two great artistic opportunities available through our partners, ND Parks & Recreation (around the state) and ND Game & Fish (Bismarck). These wonderful residencies allow time to create in the natural environment and share your knowledge with visitors. Applications are due soon (see below).

Spring is right around the corner, right? We can live in hope! Be well.
ND Job Openings (Agency: Council on the Arts)

Arts Across the Prairie: Request for Artist Proposals in Region 4

The Stakeholders Group from Region 4, comprised of Pembina, Walsh, Grand Forks, and Nelson Counties, released the RFP for their Arts Across the Prairie project titled ENDLESS SKY - DYNAMIC LAYERS. They are requesting proposals from established artists or creative teams, with experience in large-scale outdoor installations, public art, placemaking or placekeeping, community work, and teaching.

Arts Across the Prairie is a first of its kind, statewide Creative Placemaking program, developed by North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA). The goal of the program is to create eight large-scale art installations – one in each geographic region in the state – that reflect the unique history, landscape, and cultural heritage as defined by Stakeholder Groups in these regions. All eight artworks will be placed in decidedly rural locations. (Rural = no buildings, no people!) The art installations should reference and represent the natural setting, as well as the cultural and economic history of the region as determined by each of the Stakeholder Groups.

Each of the 8 Regions are in different stages of the process. In 2022, the Stakeholders Group from Region 1, consisting of Divide, Williams and McKenzie Counties, selected Crosby-native Thane Lund as the inaugural installation artist,

To be considered, interested artists and collaborators must submit initial artist application and related materials by Monday, March 27, 2023.

NDCA is working with Red River Regional Council in Grafton and Public Arts Commission in
Grand Forks to facilitate the Region 4 project.
Arts Across the Prairie Region 4 Request for Artist Proposals

On the Edge of the Wind Exhibit Opening April 27

Where do you go to center yourself? Does a certain landscape speak to you? For many Native Americans, the earth and everything a part of it are linked and possess a supernatural presence, but some places or elements of nature are considered especially significant. Produced by North Dakota Council on the Arts under the direction of State Folklorist Troyd Geist, in association with the State Historical Society of North Dakota, 𝘖𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘌𝘥𝘨𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘞𝘪𝘯𝘥: 𝘕𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘚𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘺𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘳𝘴 & 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘓𝘢𝘯𝘥 explores the connections between cultural practices, regional landscapes, and tribal oral narratives. Based on interviews with Native storytellers and knowledge keepers, this exhibition, which will be located in the Governor's Gallery at the North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum, includes photographs, artifacts, and video recordings of elders recounting traditional stories.

The Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 Survey Image of QR Code for AEP6 survey in North Dakota

NDCA is part of Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 (AEP6), an economic impact study of the arts and culture industry. The trusted findings help leverage increases in local, state, and federal arts funding by measuring the practices of audience and attendees at arts events. 

If you attend a cultural event of any kind in ND through April 2023, please take this very short survey for yourself or the group you are with. It must be taken at the event siteThank you!
Learn more about Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 study


Rebecca Engelman Tribute

After 13 years of service for the state of North Dakota and over 36 years working with arts in education, NDCA Art in Education Director Rebecca Engelman has decided to retire.

In her official notice she wrote, “I have enjoyed my time with ND Council on the Arts and am grateful for all the professional opportunities and support provided to me during these past years. While I will miss my colleagues, coworkers, and the wonderful people in the field, I am very much looking forward to the next chapter in my life.”
NDCA Arts in Education Director Rebecca Engelman standing with Teaching Artist Beth Olshansky
L to R:  NDCA Art in Education Director Rebecca Engelman, Teaching Artist Beth Olshansky
Read Rebecca Engelman Story


POL finalists from left to right: 4th-Maleah Pfeifer, Northern Cass HS; 2nd-Alison Hoerer, Wahpeton HS; 1st-Gabrielle Johnson, Minot HS; 3rd-McKinnlee Haberman, Wyndmere HS; 5th--Ivy Wolf Northwood Public School. Photo by Poppy Mills, ND DOT.

Results of 2023 Poetry Out Loud ND State Competition

North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA) is pleased to announce Gabrielle Johnson of Minot High School, as the 2023 State Champion and first place winner of the North Dakota State Poetry Out Loud (POL) contest. Alison Hoerer of Wahpeton High School received second place honors with third place awarded to McKinnlee Haberman of Wyndmere Public School.
Provided in partnership with The National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, and NDCA, Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. 
All contestants received a $25 gift card, T-shirt, swag bag and a certificate of participation. First place winner Gabrielle Johnson received a trophy, medallion, $200, and advances to the POL national finals in Washington DC, May 8-10 with expenses paid by POL for her and an adult chaperone. Minot High School will receive a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books and the honor of displaying the POL Traveling Trophy. Second place winner Alison Hoerer received a trophy, medallion, $100, plus $200 for the Wahpeton High School library.   

For further information on Poetry Out Loud, visit or contact Rebecca Engelman at (701) 328-7593 or For additional media assets from the 2023 state championship, contact Rhea Beto at (701) 328-7594 or Schools and other organizations interested in participating in the 2023-2024 Poetry Out Loud program should visit NDCA's Poetry Out Loud webpage where registration forms will be available in late summer.

NDCA Arts in Education March 2023 Newsletter

NDCA Poetry Out Loud Webpage


Read more about NEA National Heritage Fellows
Read more about NEA 2023 Jazz Masters


Challenge America

Challenge America offers support primarily to small organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to groups/communities with rich and dynamic artistic and cultural contributions to share that are underserved. The program features an abbreviated application, a robust structure of technical assistance, and grants for a set amount of $10,000 in all artistic disciplines. This program is a good entry point for organizations that are new to applying for federal funding. To discuss your ideas, contact!

Free informational webinar for those interested in learning more:
Application deadline: Apr. 27, 2023                                                               .Back to top..
Learn more about NEA grants and opportunities

ND Artists in Residence Programs

*Open to all North Dakota artists at least 18 years of age.

ND Game & Fish Department w/ NDCA

One artist will be selected to create on-site at the Outdoor Wildlife Learning Site (OWLS) in Bismarck. Artist must provide two public onsite presentations about their artwork, process or tools. 
  • OWLS (June 19-23, 2023)
  • $1,750 (5-day) stipend
  • There is no lodging associated with this residency.
Application deadline: April 19, 2023

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ND Parks &Rec Department w/ NDCA

Three artists will be invited to stay at one of the ND State Parks listed below. 
Participating artists are required to provide a minimum of two onsite presentations during their stay.
  1. Turtle River (July 14-23, 2023)
  2. Lake Metigoshe (Jan. 16-23, 2024)
  3. Lewis & Clark  (June 3-10, 2024)
  • $1,750 (7-day) stipend
  • $2,250 (10-day) stipend
Application deadline: April 1, 2023

ND Game & Fish
2023 Artist in Residence

ND Parks & Rec 2023-24 Artists in Residence


NDCA Program Deadlines

Community Arts Access""

  • Arts programming/activity
  • Arts & non-arts organizations
  • $1,250 - $4,000
  • Deadline: April 14, 2023
  • Project Dates: July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024

** A second round of grants will be offered this fall! **

Artist in Residence

  • Bring artists into classroom
  • Educational institutions
  • Up to $2,500 reimbursement
  • Deadline: 6 weeks prior to project start date
  • Project Dates: July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023

Arts in Ed Collaboration

  • Arts programming/activity/ education for K-12
  • Arts & non-arts organizations
  • Up to $6,000
  • Deadline: April 14, 2023
  • Project Dates: July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024

Special Projects

  • Art events in all disciplines
  • Organizations & Individuals
  • Up to $1,500
  • Next Deadline: March 21, 2023 (ongoing program)
  • Project Dates: May 1 - June 30, 2023

Professional Development

  • Arts-related learning activities
  • Organizations & Individuals
  • Up to $1,000
  • Next Deadline: Apr. 25, 2023 (ongoing program)
  • Project Dates: July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024

Folk & Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program

  • Master artist pass on skills/knowledge to new artist(s)
  • Up to $4,500
  • Deadline: April 17, 2023
  • Project Dates: July 1, 2023 - April 30, 2024

Individual Artist Fellowship

  • FY24 eligible disciplines: dance & theater (all forms-front & back of house, including traditional)
  • Established individual artists
  • $5,000 (no match required)
  • Deadline: March 31, 2023
  • Project Dates: July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024
  • 2023 North Dakota Travel Industry Conference, April 3-5, Radisson Hotel in Bismarck - geared to provide educational and motivational content and networking for the state’s destination marketing professionals by bringing continuing education, renown speakers, trainers, best practices and peer-to-peer networking. 
Arts Events & Activities: Recently Announced Art Opportunities:
  • Digital representation of a museum with money coming out of itState Historical Society of North Dakota Cultural Heritage Grant - funding of up to $20,000 for local museums and historical societies for exhibits, special projects or events, education activities, collections, and capital improvements. Include the arts in the proposal! 
    • Applications will be reviewed and grants awarded on a rolling basis, as funds remain available, through May 1, 2023.
  • ""The State Historical Society of ND Bis-Man Rail Bridge Fund - a one-time grant opportunity to document the history and legacy of the Bismarck-Mandan Rail Bridge. Funded through mitigation with the BNSF Railway, $500,000 will be made available to eligible organizations with salvage, exhibit, education, or special projects related to the history of the bridge. Please note funding is dependent on the outcome of ongoing regulatory process. 
    • Application deadline April 21, 2023.
*Learn about ongoing and new opportunities on NDCA's website and Facebook page.

NDCA Website

NDCA Facebook Page


Young adult female helping elderly woman from wheelchair into a large vehicle on a sunny summer day

Many arts organizations, such as the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Wexner Center for the Arts in Ohio, and Goodman Theatre in Chicago, offer free or reduced ticket prices for caregivers of people with disabilities. Although an individual business decision, it could be argued that the ADA strongly recommends the practice. 

In 2016, a Pennsylvania court ruled that a museum violated the 2010 ADA standards when it refused to waive the entry fee for a guest’s personal care assistant. Title III requires public accommodations where necessary to ensure access for individuals with disabilities. The court found that waiving the fee would not pose an undue burden on the museum. (Fritz, 2016


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