Submissions in art, literature and photography for Whitefish Review's "fire" issue are accepted through March 15.
Friday, March 7, 2014
Friday, February 14, 2014
THE YEAR OF THE RURAL ARTS is a biennial program of events, conversations, and online features celebrating the diverse, vital ways in which rural arts and culture contribute to American life. This inaugural effort will connect citizens, artists, scholars, designers, and entrepreneurs and meet with audiences on the grounds of universities, museums and galleries, cultural organizations, and across rural and urban communities.
The Year is coordinated by Art of the Rural and organized by a collective of individuals, organizations, and communities from rural and urban locales across the nation. Art of the Rural fosters an open source philosophy of sharing resources and ideas, and it values exchange across regions, cultures, and disciplines.
Collaboration is at the heart of this work. Do you have a vision for an event, project, or calendar posting? Are you interested in featuring your work on the Atlas of Rural Arts and Culture or the Art of the Rural site? Would your organization like to become a partner in this work?
Be sure to use the Year of the Rural Arts hashtag #ruralarts to share social media posts on rural arts and culture in 2014.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
The TourWest application cycle is now open. The TourWest 2014-2015 grant program application period begins on January 22, 2014. The application deadline is Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at midnight MST. We are sending you the attached announcement to share with your constituents who may be interested in applying.
A few important things to note:
· The TourWest 2014 site has moved! TourWest is now using GrantsOnline™ (GO™) as its new grant application management system. Please direct your presenters to http://tourwest.culturegrants.org/ to access the TW2014 grant application and updated guidelines. Please note that beginning this year (TW2014) and for all subsequent years, we will only accept applications and final reports on the GO™ system.
· To complete final reports from previous years, including TourWest cycles 2011, 2012, and 2013 (application ID prefixes TW2011, TW2012, and TW2013), presenters will need to visit westaf.cgweb.org.
· New sign-up is required for TW2014. Presenters must sign up new starting this cycle, TW2014. They will need to complete the registration and organization profile before they can can apply to the grant. In subsequent years, they will NOT need to sign up again. They can use this newly created login in the future.
Contact: Tom Cook 406-444-1645 Release: Receipt
EVERYBODY CAN VOTE FOR THE YEAR OF THE WOMAN AT MHS
The Montana Historical Society is campaigning to make 2014 the Year of Women in History as it celebrates the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in Montana.
On Nov. 3, 1914, Montana voters approved an amendment to the state constitution allowing women to vote in all local, state and national elections. Passage of the amendment in Montana came six years before women gained the right to vote nationwide.
MHS Historical Specialist Martha Kohl said the centennial of women’s suffrage in Montana is worth celebrating, and she hopes the anniversary sparks a wider recognition of women’s roles in history.
“We have launched a Women’s History Matters project that will be active all year long to celebrate the centennial by looking inclusively at women’s history in Montana,” Kohl said.
The contributions of women to Montana history have long been overlooked, she said.
“I’ve given talks to people who study and who care about Montana history,” Kohl said. “I ask them to name five women from Montana history in the 19th century and five Montana women from the 20th century, and most can’t.”
At the heart of the Women’s History Matters project is a dedicated website, MontanaWomensHistory.org. Over the course of 2014 the front page will highlight Montana women’s topics, organizations, and individuals, including homesteaders, mothers, doctors, politicians, warriors, and community builders. The articles will present people like banker Elouise Cobell, community activist Lula Martinez, rodeo star Fanny Sperry Steele, and nurse Susie Walking Bear Yellowtail.
When the statewide advisory committee met to choose the article topics, members wanted them to reflect the diversity of Montanans’ experiences. Thus, the features cover over 200 years of history to tell the stories of famous and little-known women from Butte to Browning and Missoula to Miles City.
Two new stories will be added each week and readers are encouraged to subscribe to the site’s free RSS feed to make sure they see the articles as they are added.
MontanaWomensHistory.org also has resources for people and organizations interested in organizing events in their own communities to recognize the centennial and learn more about the history of women in Montana.
“We are encouraging every community to do something in 2014 focusing on women’s history,” Kohl said. “We have a whole list of things people can do to celebrate the year.”
The goal of the project is to tell a more inclusive story about Montana’s past, Kohl said.
“Women have not been at the center of power, so when we tell history from the perspective of people in power, we often leave women out,” she said. “It’s time to change that.”
According to Kohl, the statewide Indian Education for All initiative provided inspiration for the Women’s History Matters project. Indian Education for All has promoted the telling of an inclusive Montana history that encompasses both Indian and non-Indian stories and perspectives. Women’s History Matters is intended to start that process for women’s history, Kohl said.
Ironically, Indian women were not included in the 1914 suffrage victory. Native American men and women did not get to vote until 1924. Nevertheless, Indian women are well represented in the stories being told on the MontanaWomensHistory.org website.
In fact, the website has something for almost everyone: links to over 130 women’s history articles published in MHS’s Montana The Magazine of Western History, information about historic places associated with Montana women, early Montana newspaper editorials advocating or opposing suffrage, intriguing photographs, links to online exhibits, curriculum material for teachers, a list of speakers available to give talks, and a wealth of bibliographies and research sources.
There are even more stories about women in the MHS archives and library, and the MHS Research Center stands ready to assist individuals or organizations in learning how to find them and bring these important Montana stories to the public.
Funding for the website and other aspects of the Women’s History Matters project was provided in part by Montana’s Cultural Trust.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
How do you gauge the value of acquiring critical-thinking skills, or the worth of inspiring the kind of creativity that leads to innovation?
These are among the intangibles that make it challenging to assess the value of the arts in Montana.
But there is no denying the impact Montana’s growing population of artists is having on the economy. One in every 60 Montanans is an artist, according to a recent study by the Montana Department of Labor and Industry.
The category of artists includes writers, photographers, craftsmen, fine artists and performers. In 2010, there were 8,780 artists working in Montana, which is more than the number of people working in the information industry (7,450) or the mining industry (6,862), according to a 2012 study by the state. An earlier study, conducted by Montana State University Billings in 2005, suggested the economic impact of Montana artists was $233 million.
The art of selling art
As the Yellowstone Art Museum prepares for its 46th annual art auction on March 1, Executive Director Robyn Peterson anticipates generating $400,000. The museum is counting on the auction to bring in 20 to 25 percent of its annual budget of $1.8 million. And most of those buyers live in Montana, Peterson said.