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National Endowment for the Arts Performing Arts Director Douglas Sonntag offered his “state-of-the-state” national perspective on performing arts at January’s Montana Performing Arts Consortium (MPAC) annual conference.
Here is the transcript of his keynote address.

2015 Montana Teaching Artist Weekend

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Registration is now closed for the 2015 Montana Teaching Artist Weekend
Teaching artists fill a critical need for arts education for learners young and old in the Big Sky. Join the Montana Arts Council and Holter Museum of Art for a professional development opportunity that will help you sharpen your skills as an artist, educator and advocate for high-quality arts education for all Montana students. This opportunity is open to professional teaching artists of all disciplines who provide hands-on learning experiences in school, after school, and in non-traditional learning environments.

The weekend includes an opening keynote by David Spear of A VOICE, and a plenary workshop on the Arts and Cognition by 2011 Alaska State Teacher of the Year Lorrie Heagy. The weekend will also feature workshops on the Arts and Healthcare, and expanding your online presence. An Open Space session will also be included—an opportunity for teaching artists to suggest their own topic for brainstorming and discussion. Plus, plenty of networking, great conversation and fun.

For a full agenda and information, visit the Big Sky Arts Education blog here.

Public Value Partnerships grant applications for new applicants are now open!
The Public Value Partnerships program provides operating support grants for Montana
non-profit arts organizations with paid staff. Application information
and guidelines are now available. Click here for more information.
The grant period is July 1, 2015-June 30, 2019.
The deadline is April 3, 2015 at 5:00pm.

Artists in Schools and Communities FY16 Grant Cycle is now open!
Guidelines and application are now available for arts learning projects occurring
July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016. Click here for more information.

Nominations for the State’s next Poet Laureate

Open: Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Deadline: Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 5 p.m.
The Montana Arts Council encourages nominations of poets from all walks of life, and all poetry forms are welcome. Montanans may nominate a poet for the Poet Laureate position, or learn more about eligibility requirements, the application process and more about the Poet Laureate Program here.


Montana Artrepreneur Program logoImportant New Research Available
on Economic Impacts of Artists

Researcher and evaluator Surale Phillips has just completed an in-depth study on economic impacts of artists participating in MAC’s Montana Artrepreneur Program during the years 2010-2013. Read all about it in the
Executive Summary or in the
Detailed Report with Supporting Data.

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MAC's 2014-2018 Operating Framework:
The Montana Arts Council’s new framework, developed with input from over 3,500 Montanans, can be found here.

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