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Fellowships to North Dakota Practicing
Artists for Career Development Activities

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North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA)

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Fellowships of $3,500 to North Dakota professional artists to support artistic and career advancement. Funding is intended for artists demonstrating outstanding artistic ability and talent seeking to further their career and strengthen their artistic skills. Eligible disciplines include dance, literature, music, theatre, traditional and folklife arts, media arts, and visual arts.

Fellowships awarded will be according to the following schedule:
- 2019 (FY20): Music and Literature
- 2020 (FY21): Traditional Arts, Dance, and Theatre
- 2021 (FY22): Visual Art and Media Arts

- Music includes: composing, conducting, and performance
- Literature includes: poetry, fiction, and children's literature
- Dance includes: choreography and performance
- Theatre includes: design, musical theatre, and playwriting
- Folklife/Traditional Arts includes: traditional crafts and visual art, traditional dance, traditional music, and oral traditions. Note: Only traditional artists are eligible in this discipline. These are artists whose skills have developed without formal instruction or institutional direction and depict an ethnic or geographical art form that has existed for several generations.
- Visual Arts includes: works of clay, drawing, fiber, glass, graphics, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, photography, plastic, sculpture, wood, painting, and experimental
- Media Arts includes: audio, film/video, and screenwriting

Evaluation Criteria:
- Quality and consistency of the applicant's work as evidenced by the sample work submitted.
- Professional achievement and record of arts activity as reflected in the artist's resume.
- Potential impact of the fellowship on the artistic future of the artist and arts development within the state.

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GrantWatch ID#: 179373

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Two fellowships are awarded annually.

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Term of Contract:

Activities may take place between July 1 and June 30.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for a fellowship the applicant must:
- Be at least 18 years of age and a resident of the state of North Dakota as of January 1, and agree to maintain that residency during the fellowship period.
- Submit a completed application and samples of work on or before the deadline.
- Not be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate degree-seeking student during the fellowship period.
- Submit samples of work that have been completed within the last three years prior to the application deadline.
- Use a portion of the funds or find other funding for three public presentations in at least two varied regions of the state, as these awards are public dollars. Activities should be given to varied groups, not just one type of audience. Options include universities, community events, local art agencies, elder care facilities, K-12 schools, etc.

An applicant will be considered "professional" if they are pursuing their original artwork on an ongoing basis within an artistic discipline, and if they are pursuing it as a means of livelihood, either on a part-time or full-time basis.

Collaborative works will not be accepted. Artists may submit collaborative work as evidence of artistic skill only if the applicant's role in the creation of the work is clearly defined. Works in progress are acceptable with an explanation of the work's goal in the Artist's Statement. NDCA reserves the right to not forward any application with artwork deemed inappropriate for public consumption.

Pre-Application Information:

- All applications, regardless of discipline, must be submitted no later than May 1, (electronic submission) for activities taking place July 1-June 30.
- May: Applications reviewed by NDCA staff for completeness and eligibility and then prepared for panel review.
- Early June: Peer panel review and final selections.
- By June 15: Letters of notification of fellowship award determination will be sent to all applicants. Fellowship award documents will be mailed to recipients for acceptance of the awards.
- July/August: Release of fellowship award funds upon receipt of signed contracts.
- July 15 (end of fellowship year): Online Final Report is due.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

Kim Konikow, Executive Director
(701) 328-7592

North Dakota Council on the Arts
1600 East Century Avenue, Suite 6
Bismarck, ND 58503-0649

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USA: North Dakota