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Thursday, April 9, 2009

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South Dakota

South Dakota - Our Culture & Heritage Guidebook
South Dakota Arts Council

South Dakota - Our Culture & Heritage is a cooperative publication by the South Dakota Arts Council (SDAC), the South Dakota Office of Tourism and the South Dakota State Historical Society. The publication includes information about art galleries, ethnic diversity, festivals, heritage parks, historical architecture, historical markers, Lewis and Clark, live music, Native American experiences, open artist studios and theaters throughout the state. The guide is organized by the four main tourism regions of the state, includes sample itineraries for visitors to each region, and provides both out-of-state and in-state travelers a comprehensive listing of the state's culture and heritage offerings. For more information, contact SDAC Acting Director Michael Pangburn or the South Dakota Office of Tourism.



Creating Public Value Program
California Arts Council

The California Arts Council (CAC) Creating Public Value Program (CPV) lets the CAC partner with small arts organizations in rural and underserved communities to demonstrate the importance of the arts in community life and to make the case for local, state and federal investment. The CPV program looks for applicant organizations that strive for positive outcomes by developing partnerships, expanding public participation and raising awareness to promote the public value and economic impact of the arts to civic and political leaders, community supporters, audiences and participants. To learn more, contact the California Arts Council CPV Arts Specialist Lucero Arellano.



Indiana Artisan
Indiana Arts Commission

Indiana Artisan is a joint venture by the Indiana Arts Commission, the Indiana Office of Tourism Development, the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs and the Indiana State Department of Agriculture. The collaboration is designed to support artisans and handmade products and attract visitors to individual artisan sites and arts-concentrated areas in the state. The goals of the project include raising awareness about Indiana's hand-crafted and value-added food products and boosting entrepreneurial support and business opportunities for artisans, particularly those in rural areas. To participate in the program, artisans must successfully complete a juried process. Applicants can be for-profit or not-for-profit corporations, as well as unincorporated individual artisans specializing in either arts and crafts or foods. Artisans who are selected for the program gain greater market exposure through trade shows, retail displays and statewide marketing campaigns; are eligible for technical assistance and grant funding; may use the Indiana Artisan logo and branding; and gain opportunities to link into tourism-focused trails throughout the state. For additional information, contact Indiana Artisan Project Manager Eric Freeman.



SMART Program
Maine Arts Commission

The SMART (Schools Make Arts Relevant Today) grants of the Maine Arts Commission (MAC) fund both school-based and after-school programs that involve underserved populations and youth at risk. Schools, arts organizations and community institutions may apply for up to $10,000 for programs that engage students (grades preK-12), artists and teachers in meaningful arts programs. The SMART program also provides flexibility in project design, supporting the activities that are best suited to a unique community or educational setting. Past projects have taken the form of residencies, workshops, performances, exhibition tours, traditional arts demonstrations or mentorships. Priority is given to programs that have the planning and leadership in place to be sustainable over time and to raise the visibility of arts education in the local community. For more information, contact MAC Arts in Education Associate Paul Faria.



New Populations Project
Louisiana Division of the Arts

The New Populations Project, an initiative of the Folklife Program of the Louisiana Division of the Arts, reaches out to the state's immigrant and refugee communities. The goal of the initiative is to address underserved sectors within the cultural economy and provide an opportunity to engage these communities in the identification and documentation of traditional cultures and art forms. The initiative focuses on how concentrated communities with long-term residence maintain their home culture in Louisiana through crafts, music, food, holidays and traditional occupations. Fieldworkers documenting these communities help identify folk-tradition bearers, professional artists, organizations, community spokespeople and artifacts. To find out more, contact Louisiana Division on the Arts Director of Folklife Services Maida Owens.

NASAA's information-sharing depends on your participation. What are your most successful current initiatives? Have you launched any great programs, policies, services or partnerships? We want to hear about them! Contact NASAA Policy and Program Associate Jesse Rye (202-347-6352 x118) and include your name, your agency, a brief description of your project and whom to contact to learn more about it.

NASAA works continuously to keep you abreast of the latest trends in the state arts agency field and let you know about innovative state arts agency programs. The State to State column provides a sampling of state programs, products and services for you to browse for information and inspiration. We are grateful to everyone who contributed to this column.