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JULY 2022

Welcome to Prairie Arts, North Dakota Council on the Arts' monthly electronic newsletter,
containing statewide and national art-related news.
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Kim Konikow

UPDATES - Kim Konikow

My sense of time has been severely warped by COVID. I often can’t recall when events last happened, or what’s on the agenda for tomorrow! An example recently recalled is that the Governor’s Awards for the Arts, a biennial event, will take place in early 2023. Didn’t that just happen? That means we all need to put our thinking caps on to nominate fellow North Dakotans in the fall. More details will follow.

NDCA will host the Statewide Arts Convening in conjunction with the Main Street ND Summit 2022, October 24-26 in Bismarck at the Event Center. It is free, and a chance for all ND creatives to join together in friendship, learning, and advancing the arts! Mark the dates!
Last month, the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee released its proposed funding bill for fiscal year 2023. The legislation calls for increasing funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). We are grateful for its continued support of the Endowment and its critical role in supporting the arts throughout the country.

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Onesti Krieger

NDCA has hired Jessica Hawkes of New Rockford as a temporary administrative assistant while Vanessa Voskuil takes maternity time. A heartfelt thank you to Onesti Krieger, Board Member from Region 1 – promise to see you and work with you again very soon. And welcome to new Board Member John Geyerman. We are excited on all fronts!

Everyone take care, and enjoy the sun!

NDCA announces new Board appointment, Region 1

NDCA welcomes John Geyerman of Williston, ND to its board of directors, 
representing Region 1. Geyerman was recently appointed by Governor Burgum to serve, effective August 2022 through July 2027.

John believes that art can help transform individuals and communities. His goal is to foster an increase in public art to strengthen the rich cultural heritage of North Dakota. His vision is to see public art help to create heroes, define shared values and ideals, preserve rites and rituals, and develop shared networks. He is very excited to learn as much as he can and to work with his fellow NDCA Board of Directors.  

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. Additional information is available on NDCA’s Board of Directors webpage.
John Geyerman Biography

Black framed photos with name plates underneath for Efrain Amaya and Michael Wittgraf

NDCA announces Individual Artist Fellowships for Fiscal Year 2023

NDCA has awarded two Individual Artist Fellowships each in the amount of $5,000. The recipients in Music are Michael Wittgraf of Grand Forks, and Efrain Amaya of Minot. Established artists Wittgraf and Amaya were highly recommended by a review panel whose selections were approved by NDCA’s Board of Directors. 
NDCA FY23 Individual Artist Fellowship Press Release

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NDCA announces FY23 Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship recipients

NDCA has awarded $55,997 in the Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program for Fiscal Year 23, which begins July 1, 2022 and ends June 30, 2023. Read the full Press Release to learn about all the recipients and their project details.
NDCA FY23 Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Press Release


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Ellen Fenner

LA Phil outdoor night performance at Hollywood Bowl with large crowd and fireworks
Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California

LA Phil conductor and multiple violinists
LA Philharmonic, cover of conference booklet
Ellen Fenner of Minot Symphony Orchestra with fellow small budget orchestra directors at Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA
Ellen Fenner, back-2nd from right, posing with other "small budget" orchestra directors

Minot Symphony Orchestra director plans new strategy after attending national conference

Last month, Minot Symphony Orchestra Executive Director Ellen Fenner attended the League of American Orchestras 77th National Conference in Los Angeles, CA. The Conference provided an opportunity for networking and idea sharing with similar orchestral professionals from across the country. When she returned, she laid out plans to implement many of the ideas and suggestions she had learned at the conference. 

Fenner wrote, “These new ways of looking at our organization and ideas that came from the conference can help expand our organization and help our community have a better understanding and experience through the live symphony performances.”

The trip was funded in part by a Professional Development Grant from NDCA.

Read Fenner’s Plan for Minot Symphony Orchestra


A young black child with hair in a bun and a pale-skinned, dark hair pulled back, teenager hold books while smiling and sitting on a blanket. The caption says 2022-23 NEA Big Read: 15 books, 62 Grantees, $1.07 Million Awarded

NEA Announces the 2022-2023 National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Communities

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), in partnership with Arts Midwest, has announced support for 62 nonprofit organizations to hold NEA Big Read programming in 2022-2023. In total, the NEA is investing $1,071,140 to support programs centered around one of 15 different contemporary books, with the aim of inspiring meaningful conversations, artistic responses, and new discoveries and connections in participating communities.

We are excited to share that Humanities North Dakota and the communities around Bismarck will be reading There There by Tommy Orange, together in the coming year! 
Learn more about NEA Big Read 2022-23 Program

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Arts Midwest Announces 120 GIG Fund Recipients

Congratulations to the 120 midwestern organizations who are receiving the latest round of Arts Midwest GIG Fund awards. These $2,500 grants will support creative projects and educational events in summer and fall 2022. 

NDCA is excited that four grants were awarded to three communities in North Dakota. Congratulations to the North Dakota Museum of Art in Grand Forks, the New Rockford Area Betterment Corp, and two Fargo organizations: the Plains Art Museum and The Human Family.
Learn more about 2022-23 GIG Fund Recipients


ND Parks 2022 Artists in Residency Marie Snavely, Tayla Sessing and Robin Reynolds
*Robin Reynolds photo by Linda Sailer, The Dickinson Press  | Published February 10, 2018

North Dakota State Parks Name Artists for 2022 Residency Program

The Artist in Residency Program is a partnership between the ND Parks & Recreation Department and ND Council on the Arts where artists are chosen to spend 7-10 days in an ND state park. Its goal is to support North Dakota artists in creating art that showcases the beauty and inspiration of the hosting state park while providing opportunities for visitors to develop artistic skills and a deeper appreciation of the parks themselves. 

“We are extremely excited and grateful to be able to continue this innovative partnership with North Dakota Council on the Arts to support these incredibly talented artists so they can share their knowledge and art with our visitors and guests,” said Cody Schulz, ND Parks & Recreation Director.

Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park will be hosting Marie Snavely (Bowman) July 26 – August 2, Icelandic State Park will host Tayla Sessing (Fargo) August 1-10, and Beaver Lake State Park will host Robin Reynolds (Hebron) September 1-8.

During each residency, the artist will have two presentations or workshops that are open to the public.  Such activities will showcase artwork inspired by the state parks and will provide various opportunities for park visitors of all ages and skill levels to discover or further develop their artistic skills. At the conclusion of the residency each artist will donate a piece of their artwork to the hosting state park. 

Details will be posted on the Parks' respective Facebook pages as soon as they become available.


*2021 Governor's Photo Contest Wildlife Category winner & Best in Show: Prairie Dog Embrace by Tim Samuelson

2022 Governor's Photo Contest introduces refreshed categories

Gov. Doug Burgum and the ND Tourism Division, in partnership with AAA of North Dakota and NDCA, are kicking off the 2022 North Dakota Governor’s Photo Contest for Travel and Tourism. The contest celebrates the talents of North Dakotans and showcases our state as a destination.

This year, the categories have been refreshed to encourage more people-

Deadline: Aug. 31, 2022 
centric imagery and to showcase North Dakota's active outdoor lifestyle and vibrant communities across the state. Photographers can submit photos to one or more of the following categories: Road Trips, Recreation, Wildlife, Scenery, Festivals and Events, and Vibrant Communities.

One winner will be selected in each category and prizes will be awarded.

*See award-winning images from 2021 Governor's Photo Contest.
Learn more about 2022 Governor's Photo Contest


Placemaking project called Arcs in Disorder in New York
*Placemaking project called Arcs in Disorder in New York

Our Town Grants

Our Town is the NEA’s creative placemaking grants program. Through project-based funding, the program supports activities that integrate arts, culture, and design into local efforts that strengthen communities. Our Town projects advance local economic, physical, or social outcomes in communities, ultimately laying the groundwork for systems change and centering equity. These projects require a partnership between a nonprofit organization and a local government entity, with one of the partners being a cultural organization. Grants range from $25,000 to $150,000, with a minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount.
Deadline: August 4, 2022                                                                                 .Back to top..
Learn more about NEA Our Town Grants

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Arts Programs for Justice-Involved Youth

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) at the U.S. Department of Justice released a funding opportunity, Arts Programs for Justice-Involved Youth, to directly support “high-quality arts programs for justice-involved youth to reduce juvenile delinquency, recidivism, and/or other problem and high-risk behaviors.”

The purpose of this funding is to support and strengthen collaborations between arts-based organizations and juvenile justice systems to develop, expand, or enhance effective interventions that provide access to high-quality art programs with and for justice-involved youth. Applicants may propose engaging youth at any point in the juvenile justice system, to include alternatives to incarceration and diversion, secure detention and confinement, as well as strategies to support youths’ successful reentry into communities. Eligible arts programs may include, but are not limited to, painting, sculpting, drama, digital media, film, music, dance, singing, and creative writing.
  • This competitive grant opportunity is open to nonprofits organizations, local units of government, and Native American tribal governments. 
  • Awards are up to $66,500 with an 18-month performance period. 
Deadline: July 18                                                                                             .Back to top..                     
Learn more about Arts Program for Justice-Involved Youth


NDCA Program Deadlines

Special Projects

Professional Development

  • Art events of all disciplines
  • Organizations & Individuals
  • Up to $1,250
  • Next Deadline: July 19, 2022 (ongoing program)
  • Project Dates: September 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023
  • 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
  • During the regular school day, after school and/or in the 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:
  • Part 2 Arts Across the Prairie Webinar Series with Muralist Greta McLain
    • Greta McLain painting mural of child's face on huge outdoor wallWednesday, July 20, 5-6:30 p.m. - Greta (right) will cover the large-scale community project planned for the Grant Marsh Bridge in Bismarck, discuss the poly tab mural technique while sharing the history, show how to lay out a simple budget and share ideas on where to get materials. Email to sign up.
  • NDCA Picturing Writing Virtual Workshops
    • Beth Oshansky holding a picture book with a mural of paintings behind herAugust 1-5,ONLINE - an innovative approach to teaching writing and fostering literacy designed to meet the needs of a wide range of learners. Developed by Beth Olshansky (right), this evidence-based model uses quality picture books and simple, captivating art techniques to teach the art of writing. Register by July 8th!
  • Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD)
    • August 1-5, Raleigh, North Carolina - an integral part of the Kennedy Center’s Access/VSA International Network. LEAD advances the full inclusion of people with disabilities in arts and culture. With a focus on expanding the breadth and scope of accessible programming, LEAD provides an opportunity for professionals in the field to develop best practices and resources; engage in conversations with colleagues and experts from around the world; and learn practical methods for designing inclusive arts experiences and environments.
    • ED@LEAD, August 2nd - features innovative, thought-provoking, and interactive capacity building sessions that provide professionals in the intersecting fields of general education, arts education, special education, and teaching artistry with instructional strategies and techniques.
  • 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.
Arts Events & Activities: Additional Art Opportunities:
  • Join the International Peace Garden July 29-31 and display, sell and make your art in their beautiful spaces as they celebrate their 90th Anniversary! Reach out to for more information.
  • 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!



Misc Art icons surround the text: NDCA Accessibility in the Arts Convening webinar Oct. 13, 2022 from 8:30am to 12:30pm

A part of NDCA's Strategic Plan is to make Art a Creative Process for All. NDCA is "continually working toward a North Dakota in which all can experience arts and culture – diversity of tradition, of genre, of exposure. All can participate. All are welcome."

To that end, NDCA is planning an Accessibility in the Arts Convening webinar for Thursday, Oct. 13, 8:30am to 12:30pm. The main topic will be how to 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.


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