Friday, March 5, 2010

Wisconsin Arts News for March 4

A Service of the Wisconsin Arts Board


"Nations like Finland and Japan seek out the best college graduates for teaching positions, prepare them well, pay them well and treat them with respect," she said. "They make sure that all their students study the arts, history, literature, geography, civics, foreign languages, the sciences and other subjects. They do this because this is the way to ensure good education. We're on the wrong track."  Dr. Diane Ravitch


OkGo - The official video for the recorded version of "This Too Shall Pass" off of the album "Of the Blue Colour of the Sky".



Arts Day 2010

Arts Wisconsin

March 3

Support arts and arts education opportunities for everyone, everywhere in Wisconsin .  Arts Day will take place at Monona Terrace and State Capitol, Madison.  Pre-Arts Day workshops on Tuesday, March 2.  


Poetry Out Loud State Finals to Take Place

March 13

Wisconsin Arts Board is pleased to announce that the Poetry Out Loud State Finals will take place in the Assembly Chambers of the State Capitol Building at 1:00 PM, Saturday, March 13. The public is invited to attend this competition. Jim Fleming of Wisconsin Public Radio will serve as Emcee. Marilyn Taylor, Poet Laureate of Wisconsin; Fabu Brisco Carter, Poet Laureate of Madison have graciously agreed to serve as Judges for this event. Nine state regional champions will be reciting three memorized poems each. The winner for the State of Wisconsin will receive a check for $200 for personal use, a check for $500 for their school library fund for poetry books, and free trip for them and a chaperone to the National Finals in Washington , DC , April 25-27 where over $50,000 in scholarships will be awarded. Questions may be directed to Jacki Martindale, state coordinator, contact at or 608-318-0551.


The Wisconsin Arts Board 's Percent for Art program announces a commission opportunity for the new UW-La Crosse Academic Building .

Deadline:  March 15

The selection committee is seeking artwork that may be sited in multiple locations throughout the interior and/or the exterior of the new facility; and they are interested in exploring artwork that could reveal itself and change over time along with more traditional approaches. The submission deadline for this project is March 15, 2010. Here is the link to the prospectus:


If you have trouble viewing this prospectus, please cut and paste the link into your browser first. If that is not successful, please contact our IT specialist, Dale Johnson at for assistance. If you have questions about the content of the prospectus, please contact .


FY11 Creative Communities Program eGRANT application is now available.

Deadline: March 22, 2010 @ 3 PM CST



CCP Arts Education component:  Anne Pryor,  or 608/266-8106.


CCP Local Arts component:  Karen Goeschko,  or 608/267-2026.


CCP Folk Arts component:  Anne Pryor,  or 608/266-8106.


Technical questions or problems concerning eGRANT:

Dale Johnson via email or phone:  or 608/261-8217.


Hello Riders and Friends, the 30th annual ride is fast approaching


June 6

"The 30th annual ride is fast approaching.  Mark your calendar for Sunday, June 6th, 2010.  Do it for you, for them, for us! Why should you ride? Do you love the performing arts? Would you like to see performing arts groups thrive in Milwaukee? The Ride alone has raised over $6.7 million for the United Performing Arts Fund! Do you believe in your community? Your pledges to UPAF directly impact people of Southeast Wisconsin."


Molly Johnson Selected as Premier Exhibiting Artist in the MacArthur Conference Room – Department of Administration Building (In response to a request by Secretary Morgan for Wisconsin artists to exhibit their work)
Through June 30
"Molly Johnson of Denmark, Wisconsin, is a member of both Transparent Watercolor Society of America and the Oil Painters of America. Her formal education included intense study at the American Academy of Art in Chicago . The work she has chosen to exhibit represents personal life moments. Whether it's the people around her, her family, fresh picked Wisconsin produce, or the beauty of Wisconsin countryside and lakefronts, she has been moved to capture memories on canvas or paper. Molly can be contacted at


Visual Arts/Museums

Wisconsin Triennial artists announced

Art City -  Mary Louise Schumacher of the Journal Sentinel

"The names of 42 artists selected from a field of 480 to be showcased in the 2010 Wisconsin Triennial were announced today. Though the exhibit is the 12th statewide triennial undertaken, it is only the second in new, expanded Madison Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Madison. The more expansive exhibit three years ago raised the profile of this survey of the state's most relevant contemporary art. The artists were selected by MMoCA's director Stephen Fleischman, curator of exhibitions Jane Simon and curator of education Sheri Castelnuovo. The jurors reviewed images and visited selected artist studios throughout the state. The 42 artists includes nearly equal numbers of men and women, with university professors and graduate students represented, as well as artists who were born in China, Haiti, Korea and Romania. The show opens May 22 and runs through August 15. Congratulations to the artists. Here is the roster of those selected:"


Her beads, that is; models wear handmade jewelry

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"Margaret Maggard's line of Silk Planets wrap bracelets has become popular. They have been used in past SI swimsuit editions. Margaret Maggard likes to think that her jewelry line could work with anything a woman might wear. It's funny, then, that the Mequon designer of silk wraps - a yard of silk strung with beads - made her biggest splash with bracelets and necklaces that worked best on women wearing almost nothing. It was either genius or fearlessness that led Maggard to send samples of her jewelry designs to the editors of Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue four years ago. Genius, because Maggard was one of the few people in the world who noticed that the models wore accessories. Cue Maggard's husband, Bill: "They wear jewelry?"


Mauston's Wall by Off the Wall and Others - Help build the Arts in Juneau County and spread the word on what makes our area a great place to live!

Blog:  Off the Wall

"I received the following submission... My second submission is from Albert D. Schmeige of Mauston. Albert is an artist who has been legally-blind since 1992, due to starguardts macular degeneration. Despite not having central vision, poor depth perception and color blindness, Schmiege has been able to capture on canvas his interpretation of the world."


Arts and Creativity in Education

Governor Doyle Announces Wisconsin Will Not Receive First-Round Race to the Top Funding

Press Release

MADISON – Governor Jim Doyle announced today that Wisconsin will not receive first-round federal Race to the Top funding. Governor Doyle, State Superintendent Tony Evers and Milwaukee Common Council President Willie Hines made the announcement today in Milwaukee and renewed the call to move forward meaningful reform in

Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS). "The train is leaving the station. But because the Milwaukee School Board continues to cling to the status quo – and because the State Legislature has so far failed to make real reforms – Wisconsin is not on that train,"

Governor Doyle said. "Today's announcement should be a wake up call to many. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has made it clear. The federal government will provide significant resources to states that are serious about reform. Milwaukee needs clear, consistent, accountable leadership focused on reform."


            Wisconsin passed over in bid for U.S. Race to the Top school funds

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"Wisconsin's failure to make it past the first cut in the competition for $4.35 billion to improve the nation's public schools launched a volley of finger-pointing Thursday between the governor, legislators and other interest groups. Gov. Jim Doyle criticized the state Legislature for not acting on reform measures the governor wanted in the state's Race to the Top application: allowing mayoral control of Milwaukee Public Schools, and giving the state Department of Public Instruction enhanced powers to intervene in struggling schools. He also criticized the MPS board for inaction on critical issues."


South Milwaukee Schools Face Budget Woes

TMJ-TV Milwaukee

SOUTH MILWAUKEE - A student wearing a theatrical headdress fairly danced beside the South Milwaukee School Board Wednesday night. "I mean we would never dream of cutting high school football," she implored the board. The board is considering slashing the district's heralded music program as part of a solution to a structural deficit of roughly $900,000. That idea wasn't getting rave reviews from the hundreds of passionately musical parents, teachers and students who filled the high school.


Father Wild to retire as Marquette president

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"Father Robert A. Wild, the 22nd president in Marquette's history, plans to retire in June 2011, the Journal Sentinel has learned. Wild has been president of the Jesuit university since June 17, 1996. Wild told members of the school's Board of Trustees of his decision on Wednesday. On Thursday afternoon, he is scheduled to speak to the faculty for the annual President's Address at 3 p.m. in Weasler Auditorium. Wild's retirement date is expected to be June 30, 2011, or when a successor takes office, whichever comes later."


Scholar's School Reform U-Turn Shakes Up Debate

New York Times

"Diane Ravitch, the education historian who built her intellectual reputation battling progressive educators and served in the first Bush administration's Education Department, is in the final stages of an astonishing, slow-motion about-face on almost every stand she once took on American schooling. Once outspoken about the power of standardized testing, charter schools and free markets to improve schools, Dr. Ravitch is now caustically critical. She underwent an intellectual crisis, she says, discovering that these strategies, which she now calls faddish trends, were undermining public education. She resigned last year from the boards of two conservative research groups."


            Getting Rid of Bad Teachers

New York Times

"In an article this week, The Times described the slow progress New York City officials are making in their efforts to get rid of teachers who have been judged incompetent. Despite a two-year push by the city, only three teachers have been fired, a rate of success that Schools Chancellor Joel Klein called "far too modest." He and Mayor Michael Bloomberg have blamed the teachers' union for defending the rules governing the system, which requires that teachers receive full pay while their cases are being decided (they spend the days in one of the system's so-called rubber rooms), a burden that costs $30 million a year. The city's critics point out that its officials approved many of the rules in the teachers' contract. New York City is hardly alone."


No-Child Law Is a Highlight of Hearing on Education

New York Times

WASHINGTON — "Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is presiding over the rollout of the largest competitive grant program in his department's history, a vast expansion of the government's direct loan program for college students and sweeping new expenditures on failing schools, teacher quality and other big initiatives. So it was not surprising that the first question Mr. Duncan faced from lawmakers on Wednesday in an appearance before Congress was whether the Obama administration would also would try this year to rewrite, or reauthorize, the main law on federal policy on public schools, No Child Left Behind.'


Folk Arts/Folklife

UW-P home to Grammy nominated recording artist

UW Platteville Exponent

"Stephen Shepherd juggles teaching English composition at UW-P and a music career. He has been invited to the Grammy's for the last three years. Stephen Shepherd is not only a professor, but also a country music star. Shepherd, 61, an English composition teacher at UW-Platteville does more than just teach. He has been invited to the Grammy Awards for three years in a row and hopes to be invited for a fourth. His songs continue to land on top country charts among other artists such as Brad Paisley, Keith Urban and Taylor Swift."



Reusing Comic Book Images: Homage or Theft?

New York Times

 "Crisis on Infinite Earths" was an event-story designed to clean up DC continuity. Besides the death of Supergirl, it also featured the demise of Flash and many other heroes. The cover illustration by George Perez inspired others, including Issue No. 21 of "Firestorm."The controversy over Nick Simmons, and whether he inappropriately appropriated images from other manga series to create his own, is a familiar one to comic book readers. Bleedingcool, a Web site that features news, reviews and gossip about the comic book industry, has a regular column named "Swipe File." The site's founder, Rich Johnston, said in an e-mail message that  the column discusses recycled images that are coincidental, in homage or seem like downright thefts. (Fittingly, Mr. Johnston also wrote that he took the idea for the column from another publication, The Comics Journal.)'


Story Prize Is Awarded

New York Times

"The Pakistani-American author Daniyal Mueenuddin was named the winner of the Story Prize on Wednesday night for his collection "In Other Rooms, Other Wonders," the award's organizers said in a news release. Mr. Mueenuddin's work, a series of eight interconnected stories about the power dynamics surrounding the estate of a landowner in Pakistan, was chosen from among 78 books entered by 53 publishers and imprints."


Media Arts

Group hopes to revive film industry in Wisconsin


MILWAUKEE (AP) — "The group that helped launch Wisconsin's film incentives is hoping it can eventually revive the film industry in the state. Scott Robbe helped start Film Wisconsin two years ago to promote filming in Wisconsin, but money ran out for his position last fall.  Gov. Jim Doyle scrapped the original, more generous incentive plan that started in 2008 and replaced it with a $500,000 annual grant program in the current budget. Interest in filming in the state has since decreased. The $200,000 that went to Film Wisconsin in the last budget was also eliminated, taking with it two full-time and a part-time positions."


WSUP resumes web-casting

UW Platteville Exponent

"UW-Platteville's student radio station has resumed online streaming around the world. 91 FM, WSUP has served as the campus radio station since 1964 and originally began web-casting in the spring of 2006, but Dave Meinhardt, adviser for WSUP, said as federal laws changed, WSUP was not prepared to meet the rigorous technical specifications to legally air music online and stopped streaming in the spring of 2008. WSUP retained web-casting privileges for sporting events."


For Movie Stars, the Big Money Is Now Deferred

New York Times

LOS ANGELES — "When Wolfgang Puck lays out the annual post-Oscar banquet in Hollywood on Sunday, he might want to think about doggie bags. Movie stars, who not so long ago vied to make $20 million or even $25 million a picture, have seen their upfront salaries shrink in the last several years as DVD sales fell, star-driven vehicles stumbled at the box office and studios grew increasingly tightfisted. How bad is it?"


A Last Bow at the Oscars for Walters

New York Times

"On Oscar night it's a tradition: The stars break down and weep — and that's before they know if they've won or lost. For almost 30 years it has been Barbara Walters's job to squeeze the emotion out of the nominees (and others) in her pre-Oscar interview specials that have been as much as part of Academy Awards night as the red carpet, the snappy opening monologue, the production numbers and the reel of the recently departed."


Silent StoryTellers

AETN-TV Arkensas Educational Newtwork

"Silent Storytellers," is an original documentary produced by the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN), and will premiere on AETN Thursday, March 11, at 6:30 p.m. The Documentary explores the history, culture, importance of preserving Arkansas's cemeteries."


Performing Arts


Musical Instruments: Now You See 'Em, Now You . . .

New York Times

"The Metropolitan Museum of Art says this is the oldest existing piano in the world.

Lovers of historic musical instruments are living on a roller coaster. Weeks after the Victoria & Albert Museum in London permanently shut down its renowned collection on the subject, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York reopened its musical instrument gallery after eight months of refurbishing. The Met space, which reopened on Tuesday, features 230 items, many of them new or rarely put on display, the Met said."



Carlyle Group co-founder named chairman of Kennedy Center board

David Rubenstein, co-founder of the Carlyle Group, will be the next chairman of the Kennedy Center. (Andrew Harrer - Bloomberg)

Washington Post

"As a youngster in Baltimore, David M. Rubenstein says he was inspired by John F. Kennedy, so much so that he planned a public service career. The young lawyer got a job in 1977 at the White House under President Jimmy Carter, a stint that gained him an invitation to the first presidential reception for Kennedy Center Honors recipients."


What can make or break an actor's performance?

Chicago Tribune

"She could chew the scenery with the best of them — munch the drapes, snack on the sofa, nibble the ottoman. But what Joan Crawford couldn't do, according to F. Scott Fitzgerald, was think. "Writing for Joan is difficult," griped the novelist, who by the late 1930s was trying his hand as a screenwriter, in a letter to a friend. "She can't change her emotions in the middle of a scene without going through a sort of Jekyll and Hyde contortion of the face, so that when one wants to indicate that she is going from joy to sorrow, one must cut away and then cut back",0,2286873.column


Now open for business: The Richard Christiansen Theater

Chicago Tribune

The honoree — clearly deeply moved by the event — said he was looking forward to his namesake venue "taking its place among the theater listings." The turnout of former (and present) Chicago theater luminaries in honor of the former Tribune chief critic was remarkable. Former Goodman Theatre artistic director (and recently acclaimed Broadway director) Greg Mosher flew in from New York for the event. Director Harold Ramis sat quietly in the theater. So did actors like John Mahoney and Deanna Dunagan.



Human Culture, an Evolutionary Force

New York Times

"As with any other species, human populations are shaped by the usual forces of natural selection, like famine, disease or climate. A new force is now coming into focus. It is one with a surprising implication — that for the last 20,000 years or so, people have inadvertently been shaping their own evolution."


Opinion:  Cut the arts at your peril - Tory claims that slashed spending on culture can be compensated by US-style philanthropy are wrong

Guardian UK

The politics of the arts – a modest but fractious corner of the portfolio of Ben Bradshaw, secretary of state for culture, media and sport – will not decide the next general election. Yet the arts are a fascinating microcosm of the wider political theatre. We have an incumbent culture secretary who, largely through inattention, has created a vacuum into which has stepped the shadow culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt, who has assiduously and politely haunted the arts world for the last two-and-a-half years. His ministrations have brought him friends in surprising quarters and culminated in a culture manifesto that is either admirably concise or characteristically lacking in detail, depending on your perspective."


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Visual Arts/Museums

Miller opens Printmakers Invitational

Door County Advocate

March 6

"Printmakers live in a land of texture, line and detail.  Many also love the idea of narrative — telling a story, or parts of a story — to intrigue their audiences. Sixteen printmakers from, or with ties to, Wisconsin are showing their work in the Printmakers Invitational exhibition at the Miller Art Museum in Sturgeon Bay. It opens with a public reception from 3:4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 6, with many of the artists present." 



Verve Madison

March 7

"Terese Agnew began her art career as a public sculptor and in 1990 and began making art quilts in addition to sculpture. Her quilts are intricately detailed and intensely embroidered using a process that she describes as "drawing with thread." A free discussion with Terese Agnew and open exhibition of her work will be on Sunday, March 7, at 2:00 pm"


Folk Arts/Folklife

Punch Brothers


March 4

"Inspired by Mark Twain's short story about encounters with rhythm and heartbreak "Punch, Brothers, Punch!" and following the divorce of Nickel Creek's Chris Thile, the five formed the super-bluegrass band – Punch Brothers. Bassist Paul Kowert, who joined the group this fall, is a Madison native."


Auditorium hosts Different Drums of Ireland

Door County Advocate

March 5

"Different Drums of Ireland takes the main stage in concert March 5 at Door Community Auditorium. The five-person band was created in 1992 as a community relations project in Derry, Northern Ireland. Featuring the lambeg and bodhran drums, as well as guitar, snares, long drum, pipes and vocals, Different Drums celebrates the musical traditions, customs and sounds of that part of the world, crossing boundaries in an effort to promote peace and unity."




Verve Madison

March 7

"Award-winning author and illustrator Kevin Henkes will join with Borders for a discussion and reading of his books, which include the mouse books Lilly's Big Day, A Weekend with Wendell, Old Bear and the recent young reader novel, Bird Lake Moon. The reading will take place at 2:00 p.m. at the Borders Books located at 3750 University Ave."


Performing Arts



Verve Madison

March 5

"In eVOLUTION, the name of the game is survival. These dances explore how we adapt to and overcome various obstacles in our lives, offering lessons to living. The program includes four world premieres, including "eVOL", a live-action-adventure game/dance, which recreates aspects of video games and gives the dancers win or lose choices to make." 


Trinity Dancers coming to Beaver Dam

Beaver Dam Daily Citizen

March 20

"The community is invited to a performance by the Trinity Irish Dancers on March 20 at 3 p.m. at the Beaver Dam High School Auditorium, 500 Gould St. Tickets may be purchased from March 1 through March 19 at Piggly Wiggly and Recheks Food Pride in Beaver Dam, at Piggly Wiggly in Juneau, Randolph and Waupun, and at the door on March 20. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Seating is limited."



melaniejane plays DCA Fireside Coffeehouse

Door County Advocate

March 6

"Award-winning singer/songwriter melaniejane — yes, all one word, all lower case —brings her unique sound and eclectic material, featurng an electric cello and backing tracks, with musician pat mAcdonald to Door Community Auditorium for its next Fireside Coffeehouse Concert. Performing throughout the United States and Europe, melaniejane has shared the stage with noted artists like Sammy Llanas of The BoDeans, Victoria Vox, The Buggs, Ruby James and The Silos. She has appeared on National Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Radio."


Chorale to present three concerts

Wisconsin Rapids Tribune

March 12 - 14

"Central Chamber Chorale will sing its annual spring concert, "Many Waters," March 12 to 14 at three locations in central Wisconsin. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. March 12 at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Abbotsford, at 7:30 p.m. March 13 at First Congregational Church in Wisconsin Rapids and at 7:30 p.m. March 14 at First Presbyterian Church in Marshfield."


Ensemble performs pieces of Mozart

UW Platteville Exponent

April 14

"The Rountree Ensemble performed pieces of Mozart Feb. 24 in the CFA. The ensembles final performance will be at 7:30 p.m. on April 14. Precise timing and coordination created a lively and entertaining performance by the Rountree Ensemble Feb. 24. The performance was at the Center for the Arts in the Brodbeck Concert Hall. "Music, even in situations of the greatest horror, should never be painful to the ear but should flatter and charm it, and thereby always remain music," spoken long ago by Mozart, whose music was featured in Wednesday's performance. The Ensemble held true to the words as they flattered and charmed their way through four pieces."




Verve Madison

March 7

"Seussical the musical comes to the Overture! The musical is based off of Dr. Suess' children's books and inspires imagination while the viewers fall in love all over again with the well-known characters. It's colorful, cartoony and kind of diffuse, and it springs from the mind of a fella named Seuss, Watch Horton and Lorax and Gertrude McFuzz, and Cat in the Hat and the mischief HE does! It's silly and funny and a little bit brainy."


The Elders Bring "Arse-Kicking" Celtic Music to the SMPAC

South Milwaukee Now

March 19

On March 19, at 7:30 pm, celebrate a belated St. Patrick's Day with the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center and the "arse-kicking" Elders. The line up combines a group of wicked-fine Kansas City musicians with a passion for Celtic music and a charismatic Irishman with a love of all things American. Together they create original music that transcends the stereotypical notion of Celtic music and deliver it with passion and fire. Tickets are $15 - $30 and may be purchased by calling the SMPAC Box Office at 414-766-5049 or online at




Verve Madison

March 4-7

"This is an unforgettable bonanza of music, dancing, and laughter - jam-packed with the 50s sounds of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly, Little Richard, as well as the 60s sounds of The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Patsy Cline, Simon and Garfunkel, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and more."



Verve Madison

March 4

"Starlight Cinema presents Ben Russell: TRYPPS and The Black and White Gods (Film Screening & Live Performance). From "Ben Russell is an itinerant media artist and curator whose films and performances have been presented in spaces ranging from 14th Century Belgian monasteries to police station basements. He currently teaches at the University of Illinois at Chicago." 


St. Norbert speaker looks at Shakespeare's 'problem plays' in DCA lecture

Door County Advocate

March 6

"Edward L. Risden examines "Shakespeare's Problem Plays: Why Do We Call Them Problems?" in the next installment of the St. Norbert Distinguished Lecture Series at Door Community Auditorium. Audiences attending a Shakespeare play expect a comedy or a tragedy, or perhaps a history or a romance. But Shakespeare didn't always make those distinctions simple — he blended tragedy with comedy and comedy with tragedy, so theater goers may come away from a play wondering how they are supposed to feel about it."




Home Box Office and Directors Guild of America Invite Applications for Television Directing Fellowship

Philanthropy News Digest

March 10

"Home Box Office and the Directors Guild of America have announced the second annual rotation of the HBO/DGA Television Directing Fellowship Program. The program is designed to help increase diversity among directors in television and to assist in the professional development of new creative talent, particularly women and minorities. It is anticipated that up to three fellowships will be awarded for 2010."


NEA Offers $250,000 Grants for U.S. Cities That Enhance Arts Share Business Bloomberg

Deadline: March 15

Jan. 21 (Bloomberg) -- The National Endowment for the Arts said it will grant as much as $250,000 apiece for urban design projects that promote the arts. NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman told the U.S. Conference of Mayors today that the 15 new grants will aid the planning of arts districts and projects that enhance public buildings, libraries and pedestrian bridges -- among other public spaces. "We know and recognize cities by their special architecture and parks and sculpture gardens and neighborhood arts fairs," he said, according to a text of his speech distributed by the NEA. Cities must apply by March 15 for the grants, which will start at $25,000."


Doodle 4 Google


March 17

"Welcome to Doodle 4 Google, a competition where we invite K-12 students to work their artistic will upon our homepage logo. At Google we believe in thinking big and dreaming big, so this year we're inviting U.S. kids to exercise their creative imaginations around the theme, "If I Could Do Anything, I Would …" We're looking forward to the kids' answers too. Gather those art supplies and some 8.5" x 11"paper and encourage your students to enrich us all with their creative visions for what they would do in the world, if they could do anything."   


So Your Band Wants to Play Summerfest - Here's how to apply

Deadline March 31

"Summerfest is one of the most coveted gigs for many local bands. Unfortunately, it can also be one of the most elusive, given the festival's preference for familiar faces over newcomers. The festival does accept applications, though. Each year Summerfest selects 60 bands to play through the Web site Sonicbids, where bands can post electronic press kits. Bands can apply through this page: . They have until March 31."


Joyce Foundation to Announce Call to Entry for the 2011 Joyce Awards

Joyce Foundation

Deadline: April 6, 2010 (Letter of Inquiry)

"Four grants of $50,000 each will be awarded in 2010 in the areas of dance, music, theater, and visual arts to organizations in Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, and St. Paul/Minneapolis. Groups must be well established, demonstrate strong organizational capacity, and have a track record of presenting programs of the highest artistic caliber. Additionally, organizations must demonstrate a commitment to serving diverse audiences through evidence of current programming, community-based education, outreach, and other activities."

Announcing the 2010 VSA arts Playwright Discovery Call for Scripts

VSA Arts

Deadline:  April 15

The VSA arts Playwright Discovery Program invites middle and high school students to take a closer look at the world around them, examine how disability affects their lives and the lives of others, and express their views through the art of playwriting. Playwrights may write from their own experience or about an experience in the life of another person or fictional character. Scripts can be comedies, dramas, or even musicals—be creative! Young playwrights with and without disabilities are encouraged to submit a script. Entries may be the work of an individual student or a collaboration by a group or class of students. The winning play will be professionally produced or staged at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The winning playwright receives $2,000 and a trip to Washington , D.C. , to see his or her play performed. All submissions must be received by April 15, 2010, for consideration. For application materials:


Call for Prairie Artists

Tina Didreckson - Stevens County Historical Society & Museum

116 W 6th Street, Morris , MN 56267, 320-589-1719

Deadline:  April 23

We have opened the Call for Artists for our 4th Annual Horizontal Grandeur.

Inspired by an essay of the same name by Minnesota poet Bill Holm (1943-2009), this fine art exhibition has grown each and every year.  Last year we had 93 entries from 11 prairie states for the 50 exhibit spaces in our historic national award winning space.  Because of the success, the call has opened up earlier this year.  January 15th - April, 23rd, 2010 has been set as the open submission time.  To print out a hardcopy of our call brochure, and mail in the entries with a check or money order, you can download a pdf file at this link:   

If you have never read Bill Holm's essay, you can download a pdf file of it by visiting


Announcing an open call for entries to the 2010 Metlife Foundation Innovative Space Awards

Leveraging Investments in Creativity

Deadline: April 23

"Leveraging Investments in Creativity, in collaboration with MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning, and supported by a funding partnership of the MetLife Foundation and the Ford Foundation, announces an open call for entries to the 2010 MetLife Foundation Innovative Space Awards,  a grant-making program of Space for Change: Building Community through Innovative Spaces."


Partners in Performance Accepting Applications

Partners in Performance

Deadline: June 15, 2010

"Partners in Performance is now accepting applications for the program cycle beginning in the 2011/2012 season. Application forms and full eligibility guidelines can be downloaded from In fifteen venues across America , Partners in Performance concerts have had striking results in the hosting communities. PiP's new Young Artists Program and recitals by violinist Midori have stimulated interest in chamber music, attracted new audiences and new donors and have helped the respective organizations expand their education and performance programs."   


The Art of Applied Design

DHM Digital Gallery

Deadline:  July 15, 2010

"The DHM Digital Gallery invites designers working with clay, fiber, glass, plastic, metal and/or wood to participate in The Art of Applied Design, an international juried competition.  Deadline:  July 15, 2010.  All submitted works must be functional objects commonly used within interior spaces, such as furnishings (hard or soft), utensils, fixtures, or containers.  Objects that are purely decorative are not eligible.  Evaluation will be based upon uniqueness and creativity, craftsmanship, and quality of the submitted digital image.  The online exhibit (from Sept. 15 to Dec. 1, 2010) will include e-mail addresses of accepted artists to facilitate independent sales of work.  For a prospectus and entry form, visit   


Michigan is Doing it Again:  ArtPrize 2010 Dates Announced


September 22 – October 10, 2010

"It's been a little over a month since ArtPrize 2009 ended and we've been up to our eyeballs in gathering and analyzing feedback. Although I have nothing to say yet about changes you may see in 2010, you can mark on your calendar when the event will happen.Venues and artists, look for registration to begin in Spring of 2010. Want important announcements emailed to you in the future? Sign up for Announcements in the upper right hand corner of this blog."     


Princess Grace Foundation-USA Announces 2010 Princess Grace Awards Applications in Theater, Playwriting, Dance, Choreography, and Film

The Princess Grace Foundation-USA

Various Deadlines

"The Princess Grace Foundation-USA has announced the availability of applications for the 2010 Princess Grace Awards in theater, playwriting, dance performance, choreography, and film. Founded in 1982 in memory of Princess Grace (Kelly) of Monaco , the foundation identifies and assists emerging artists in theater, dance, and film and has awarded grants in excess of $7 million to nearly five hundred individuals nationwide."





Wisconsin Arts Board Meetings

March 12: WAB Board Meeting, Milwaukee

May 14: WAB Board Meeting, Madison

September 10-11: WAB Board Meeting, Green Bay

December 10: WAB Board Meeting, Madison


Wisconsin Arts Board – Office Closed 2009

May 28: WAB office closed for State furlough

May 31: WAB office closed for State holiday


Grants Related Deadlines

April 12-13: Creation & Presentation Grants–Multidisciplinary panel meeting, Madison

April 15: Creation & Presentation Grants–Presenting panel meeting, Madison

April 16: Creative Communities Grant–Arts in Education panel meeting, Madison

April 19: Creative Communities Grant– Folk Arts panel meeting, Madison

April 23: Creative Communities Grant– Local Arts panel meeting, Madison


Meetings and Conferences 

March 14 - 16, 2010: Governor's Conference on Tourism, Milwaukee


The less art kids get, the more it shows.
Are yours getting enough?
Art.  Ask for More.  


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