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Welcome to Prairie Arts, North Dakota Council on the Arts' monthly electronic newsletter,
containing statewide and national art-related news.
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L to R: Governor Doug Burgum, NDCA Executive Director Kim Konikow, Humanities ND Director Brenna Gerhardt,
Dykshoorn Park, Mandan, ND., holding ND Proclamation declaring October, 2022 as Arts and Humanities Month.

UPDATES - Kim Konikow

Shawn Oban with black suit jacket, royal blue button-up collared undershirt, bald head, goatee and blurred street with car and building in background

As Searle Swedlund has moved to MN, we are pleased to welcome new Board Chair Dr. Shawn Oban.

With voting officially over, there will be many new faces in ND’s Legislature. Take a moment to learn about your representatives and reach out on ND's website.
Join Our Team on top of colorful speech bubbles
Know someone looking to join a great team and work part-time, up to 25 hours per week? NDCA has an opening for an Administrative Assistant for $17 ph, with the ability to telecommute! Visit ND's Career Openings webpage and click Agency drop down. Then select "Council on the Arts." It's a great opportunity to assist with Arts Across the Prairie and other NDCA programs.

Stay warm and safe – it appears winter has arrived!
Artists Sunday, the Sunday after Thanksgiving (Nov 27, 2022), is a nationwide art-shopping event taking place with professional artists and non-profit art organizations across the country, dedicated to supporting artists and recognizing the impact they have in enriching our lives, communities, and the economy. It was created in 2020 to encourage people to shop with artists and buy art as gifts during the holidays.
Artists Sunday Shop Art, November 27, 2022; shop with your favorite local artists
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THANK YOU to all who participated in NDCA 's October 13, Accessibility in the Arts Convening. The journey of becoming a more accessible, ADA compliant organization is sometimes challenging but always rewarding. The recording of the webinar will be available soon.

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*Participants at BAGA during Art Walk

Another BIG THANK YOU to all who participated in our Biennial Statewide Arts Convening in Bismarck-Mandan, Oct. 24-26. The event included many informational sessions where presenters shared their ideas, experiences, and recommendations.

Many of the sessions were recorded and will soon be available on NDCA's website.
Artist with long, curly black hair drawing Native woman with outdoor elements around her on white canvas; 3 women on stage wearing black clothing with huge screen behind them that reads ND Council on the Arts, Arts Across the Prairie: Placemaking in Rural ND; Patrick Kirby, Founder of Do Good Better Consulting, speaking into a microphone with a TV screen in the background and glass of beer on counter in front of him
L to R: Artist Laura Youngbird; Lindsey Solberg (ASL), KayCee Lindsey (Divide County Job Development), & Kim Konikow; Patrick Kirby (Do Good Better)
Arts in Education on top with alarm clock, colored pencils, scissor, ruler, crayons, calculator and notebook underneath
Stay current on NDCA's latest Arts in Education (AIE) news and access the November AIE newsletter by visiting NDCA's website


Ice On Rocks, winter at Government Bay on Lake Sakakawea, by Laura Gardner. Best in Show and Scenery category winner in the 2022 Governor's Photo Contest for Travel and Tourism
Best in Show and Scenery category: Ice On Rocks, winter at Government Bay on Lake Sakakawea,
by Laura Gardner

The ND Governor’s Photo Contest is sponsored by ND Tourism, NDCA and North Dakota AAA.

Winners of 2022 ND Governor’s Photo Contest seize the moment

The winners of the 19th Annual North Dakota Governor’s Photo Contest were celebrated at a reception mid-October at the Morton Mandan Public Library. While they came from a wide range of generations and varying walks of life, the photographers shared many of the same characteristics: strong family connections, a love of nature and the determination to capture the moment.

Read the full story and see award winning photos on NDCA's website.
Read 2022 Governor's Photo Contest Story


November is Native American Heritage Month (NAHM)

In 1990 President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 “National American Indian Heritage Month.” This November, we celebrate all of the unique art forms created and passed on by Native American artists throughout North Dakota. The beadwork, pottery, weaving, basketry, songs, pipes, flutes, storytelling, etc. - examples pictured above - add to the rich culture and heritage that make up this great state.
Read NAHM Press Release from National Endowment for the Arts

National Endowment for the Arts Big Read program with books stacked up on the left

Applications Now Open for NEA Big Read Grants

Applications are now open for grants to support NEA Big Read projects between September 2023 and June 2024. An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read supports community reading programs each designed around a single NEA Big Read book selection with the goal of inspiring meaningful conversations, artistic responses, and new discoveries and connections in each community. Matching grants range from $5,000 to $20,000 each.

Intent to apply deadline: Jan. 18, 2023                                                        .Back to top..
2023 NEA Big Read Press Release


L to R (top): Dr. Jo Ann Miller (Fargo); Maryhill Manor (Enderlin); Rex Cook (Dickinson)
L to R (bottom): Melissa Gordon (Bismarck); Minot Area Council on the Arts; David "WhiteThunder" Trottier (Rugby)


NDCA seeks nominations for the 2023 ND Governor's Awards for the Arts

This biennial program is presented by the Governor’s Office and ND Council on the Arts to recognize organizations and individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the arts in the state. The categories include: Individual Achievement, Nonprofit Arts Organization, for-profit Arts Organization, Arts in Education Institution or Teaching Artist/ Educator/ School/ Administrator, and an Individual Cultural Heritage Award. The awards will be presented at the Heritage Center on February 1, 2023. Nominate your colleagues for their good work in the field. 

Submission deadline: December 20, 2022
Award created by Nelda Schrupp
Learn more about ND Governor's Awards for the Arts

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ND Department of Commerce selects four communities for Artists on Main Street

The communities and representing organizational partners selected to participate in this year’s program are Williston via Williston Downtowners Association, Minot via Visit Minot, Hazen via Hazen Chamber of Commerce/CVB, and Divide County via Meadowlark Arts Council.  

The purpose of the Artists on Main Street program is to develop an example for rural economic and community development as it relates to arts and culture, downtown revitalization, and historic preservation. The program is offered through a partnership between Commerce, Springboard for the Arts, and Rethos: Places Reimagined. Applicants selected for the program are provided technical assistance and funding to develop and install art in their communities.
View outcomes of Bowman’s 2021 Artists on Main Street workshops


Main St Initiative Vibrancy Grant Program

The North Dakota Department of Commerce is now accepting applications for round two of the Main Street Initiative (MSI) 2022 Vibrancy Grant

The Vibrancy Grant Program supports local efforts to increase community vibrancy by providing seed funding for a small project that will build momentum and inspire additional projects. During the second round, applicants will receive extra points for projects that include winter placemaking.

Grant funding supports nonprofit organizations and/or local governments in vibrancy projects such as public events, public art or cultural celebrations, activating underutilized space, community gathering spaces, promoting active transportation, mitigating impacts of vacant or deteriorated infrastructure, and more.

Application deadline: Nov. 22, 2022                                                              .Back to top..
Main Street Initiative: Vibrancy Grant Program

Creative Forces Community Engagement Grant

Applications Open for Creative Forces Community Engagement Grants

As part of its Creative Forces®: NEA Military Healing Arts Network, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is pleased to announce that applications are now available for the Creative Forces Community Engagement Grant program. A partnership with Mid-America Arts Alliance, these grants support projects that address the distinct experiences, challenges, and strengths of a broad military-connected population, including active duty service members, guardsmen, reservists, and veterans, as well as their families and caregivers.

Application deadline: Jan. 19, 2023                                                                .Back to top..
Learn more about Creative Forces Community Engagement Grant

Fifty years of GSA Art in Architecture

Open Call for GSA Art in Architecture

The Art in Architecture Program oversees the commissioning of artworks for federal buildings nationwide. These artworks enhance the civic meaning of federal architecture and showcase the vibrancy
of American visual arts. 

Dunseith has been selected to be the ONLY North Dakota recipient of thisprogram in the coming year. Proposals will be accepted in the range of $350 to $750k. Applicants must be a US citizen or lawful permanent resident and must join the national artist residency. North Dakota artists are eligible for projects taking place in many other states.

Learn more about the 50th Anniversary of the GSA Art in Architecture program. Check out this video discussion about the 50-year history of the Art in Architecture program and the significant role of public art in our country.
Watch Webinar: GSA's Art in Architecture Upper Midwest Program


NDCA Program Deadlines

Special Projects

  • Art events in all disciplines
  • Organizations & Individuals
  • Up to $1,500
  • Next Deadline: Nov. 22, 2022 (ongoing program)
  • Project Dates: January 1 - June 30, 2023

Professional Development

  • Arts-related learning activities
  • Organizations & Individuals
  • Up to $1,000
  • Next Deadline: Dec. 13, 2022 (ongoing program)
  • Project Dates: March 1 - 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: Arts Events & Activities: Additional Art Opportunities:
  • Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Grant Programs to Support Museum Services - six grant programs now accepting applications: Museums for America; Inspire! Grants for Small Museums; Museums Empowered; National Leadership Grants for Museums; Museum Grants for African American History and Culture; Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services. Deadline to apply is Nov. 15, 2022.
  • The Americans for the Arts Creative Spirit Fund - students, parents, and teachers across the United States are invited to nominate a teacher at their school to receive one of ten awards ($4,000 each) to support the teaching of art, music, dance, theater, and creative writing and other artistic disciplines. Submissions due by December 2, 2022.
  • Bristol Art Museum “Miniature Monumental” juried exhibit - open call for miniature art: mementoes of loved ones, illuminated manuscripts, paintings, drawings, original prints, etchings, stamps, sculptures, engraved gems, and even carved beads. Online submission deadline is December 4, 2022.
  • EXPO 42 International Juried Competition - open call for fine arts media: watercolor, oils, acrylic, mixed media, printmaking, pastel, drawing, collage, sculpture, installation art, video (short), photography, original digital art, fiber art. This will be a virtual show with a virtual reception on Zoom. Deadline to apply is Dec. 9, 2022.
  • The Kennedy Center's VSA Playwright Discovery Program - young writers (ages 14-25) with disabilities are invited to submit a ten-minute script for the opportunity to participate in a playwrights program. Winners will receive a financial award ($1,000 USD) and work with industry professionals to further develop their script, receive coaching/mentorship, and participate in networking opportunities. Deadline to apply is Jan. 4, 2023.
  • The Kennedy Center's VSA International Young Musicians Award Program - young musicians (ages 14-25) with disabilities can apply as soloists and ensembles of any instrument or genre including classical, jazz, Hip Hop, rock and more! The award includes a check for $2,000, and the opportunity to participate in professional development and performance opportunities provided by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Deadline to apply is Jan. 18, 2023.
  • Innovative Grant awards (2) $550 grants each quarter, to one Visual Artist and one Photographer. Ongoing deadlines.
  • South Arts Jazz Road Tours - supports small, three- to six-site tours at an array of venue types, often in rural communities and other areas traditionally underserved by the genre. Grant amounts generally range from $5,000 to $15,000. Program includes regularly recurring application cycles through 2026.
  • 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) Native Artist Opportunity Fund - financial assistance award program aids 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. Rolling deadlines.
  • 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!


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GalaPro: the leading provider for in-show services in the theater industry

GalaPro allows users to easily connect with the cultural world by providing closed captioning, language subtitles, audio description, amplification and dubbing in their native language while providing venues with new user data, cutting edge marketing tools and a direct connection to their patrons. All content is provided in real time, using speech recognition technology, developed specifically for live performances and shows.

GalaPro is also launching Smart Glasses compatibility, as well as amplification services, automated film features, and an innovative interface that can be used for museums, visitor centers and exhibitions.

Download the app on your Ipad.
Get GalaPro on Google Play.


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