Volume XXIX, No. 2 • Jan. 14, 2005

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CAMSE moves to campus location - top

Kathy Quinn, materials manager for CAMSE, and Jen Ryan, a senior education major from Pierre, show some of the science and math materials that are available through the Center for the Advancement of Mathematics and Science Education (CAMSE) materials center at Black Hills State University. The CAMSE offices were recently relocated to the lower level of Wenona Cook Hall.

The CAMSE materials center hosts classroom science modules, sample books and videos, supplies, and other materials. “We have excellent materials that are proven to teach in ways that students learn best,” Quinn said.

Quinn encourages students to visit the center to learn more about utilizing the CAMSE resources for their classes and to find out how to incorporate the modules into their student teaching experience. She also noted that materials and professional development opportunities are available for regional teachers. For details or to arrange to check out materials please contact Quinn at 642-6872.

The Center for the Advancement of Mathematics and Science Education (CAMSE) recently moved to the lower level of Wenona Cook Hall on the campus of Black Hills State University.

CAMSE was established in 1997 with a mission to improve the teaching and learning of mathematics and science at all levels, kindergarten through high school as well as university. Areas of emphasis include: professional development for teachers, enhanced preparation of education majors, a library of instructional resources and research on teaching and learning.

CAMSE has a portfolio of more than 30 projects, including a mobile science laboratory, leadership institutes, and a rising scholars program, that serve the state and surrounding region. CAMSE also hosts the distinguished scholars program in mathematics and science education, which offers a unique opportunity for BHSU undergraduates to deepen their understanding of math and science concepts, to experience innovative approaches to teaching and learning, and to explore career paths related to education.

Previously the offices were located at the former Central Elementary building in Spearfish. Visitors to CAMSE should use the north door (on the Young Center side) of Wenona Cook Hall to enter the CAMSE office. Staff members and their room numbers are: Cathy Bergey, office coordinator, room 108; Janet Briggs, BLAHST manager, room 103; Julie Dahl, research assistant, room 104; Andy Johnson, associate director, room 105; Vicki Kapust, associate director for math outreach, room 110; Kathy Quinn, materials manager, room 102; and Ben Sayler, director, room 106. Resources for math instruction are located in room 109, and resources for science instruction are in room 102.

Sayler says the move to campus will be beneficial for many reasons. He noted that the new location provides convenient access for BHSU undergraduates and will foster increased collaboration with faculty and staff across the campus.

Sarah Johnson named golf coach at Black Hills State - top


Black Hills State University will begin their first women’s golf season under the direction of Sarah Johnson, a certified golf professional.

BHSU is adding golf to its list of women’s sports this fall. Johnson, who is also manager and golf pro at the Spearfish Canyon Country Club, is looking forward to the challenge of building a team and becoming competitive in the Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC-10). Johnson said she is excited to be leading the BHSU golf team.

“Not many college coaches are certified as golf pros,” Johnson said. “I’m looking forward to building the BHSU team. We are hoping to get a lot of local students. I think we will have a very competitive team.”

Johnson brings several years of collegiate head coaching experience as well as many years of golf competition and experience as a golf professional to the newly created coaching position at BHSU. In the late 90s, Johnson coached the men’s golf team at Webber College in Babson Park, Fla. The team was nationally ranked in 1997 and 1998.

“We are extremely fortunate to have someone so gifted and talented, both as a player and as a teacher of the game, to get our women's golf program off on the right track,” Steve Meeker, athletic director at BHSU, said. “This is an exciting time for women's athletics at BHSU.”

Meeker notes that the university is looking forward to the establishment of women’s golf with much optimism. The BHSU golfers will compete with six other universities in the DAC-10 conference who currently offer women’s golf.

Johnson began golfing while in elementary school and still plays professionally. She recently placed 11th in the Nevada Open. Her professional playing highlights include a top 50 finish in the 2002 Futures Tour Qualifying in Lakeland, Fla., a top 10 finish in the 2001 LPGA T&CP Championships in Pinehurst, N.C., and winning the 2000 PGA Women’s Stroke Play Championship in Atlanta, Ga.

Johnson is certified as a golf professional by both the PGA and LPGA. Before moving to Spearfish three seasons ago, Johnson served as a golf professional at private clubs in Colorado and Florida.

Johnson has a bachelor’s degree from Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., and has completed several PGA and LPGA national training programs.

Students or future students who are interested in participating in the women’s golf program should contact the BHSU athletic department at 642-6882.

BHSU announced several changes in their athletic program following a statewide Title IX review by the South Dakota Board of Regents in 2003. As a part of that plan, which is designed to increase opportunities for women in athletics, BHSU will add golf this fall and begin a women’s soccer program in the fall of 2006. Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 is the landmark legislation that bans sex discrimination in schools both in academics and athletics.

Physical education students present at state conference - top

Several Black Hills State University students recently presented at a statewide conference for physical education teachers.

The students, Steph Daly, a senior physical education major from Leola; Jimmy Dona, a senior physical education major from Glenrock, Wyo.; and Sarah Heibult, a junior physical education major from Sturgis; presented “Let’s Get Moving: Ensuring Maximum Participation in Your Programming.” This presentation was originally created for a class project in a senior methods teaching class and was then accepted as a presentation at the statewide juried South Dakota Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (SDHPERD) conference in Watertown this winter.

According to Dr. Betsy Silva, associate professor and chair of the Division of Physical Education and Health at BHSU, the BHSU students were the only students to serve as presenters at the conference. Silva noted that conference participants, which included more than 200 educators from across the state, commented on the professionalism and enthusiasm of the student presenters. BHSU students have presented at the statewide conference for the last six years.

“They (conference participants) get to experience what our students are doing and learn from their projects,” Silva said. “Students use this as a growth experience and learn a lot by attending the conference and presenting. Our physical education and health division is very active in professional development at the state through national levels. We know this is an important professional development tool. I tell students that experience at conferences will also improve their job prospects.”

According to Silva, the BHSU students were involved in nearly every aspect of the conference. In addition to presenting at the conference, one of the students, Dona, was chosen as student representative elect and is now serving with the SDHERD as a board member. Another student, Daly, was chosen to receive a competitive scholarship.

The BHSU students’ presentation opened with an example of a type of classroom activity that did not have a high rate of participation. The students then demonstrated how the same activity could be adapted to ensure a higher rate of participation because students “have to be actively participating to learn.” The session demonstrated the necessity of achieving maximum participation as a critical factor in effective teaching as well as the battle against childhood obesity and disease. The session concluded with an active question and answer session.

The students’ presentation at the state conference was one of several ways students fulfill the professional development requirement in Silva’s advanced physical education methods and evaluation course. Other students volunteer to coach, work with special needs students, volunteer as student trainers or choose other activities.

“Professional development incorporates anything related to what they will be doing in a K-12 environment,” Silva said. “Students often complete a combination of projects but it must develop some aspect of what they will be doing at some point in their career.”
Silva noted that she feels the professional development experience is important for her students and encourages students to find something they are interested in as they select a project.

“Rather than busy work, I like to see my students doing something that’s applicable and will get them started on their career,” Silva said.

Alumni will headline concert to raise scholarship funds - top

The musical group, Lyle, Doug, Rick and Paul, will present a fundraising concert at Black Hills State University Jan. 22. The event will also include a silent auction to raise money for music scholarships. The quartet, which is known for it’s vocal harmonies, consists of BHSU alumni Doug Ruhnow, Paul Young, Lyle Berry and Rick Tetreault.

A local musical group whose members are all graduates of Black Hills State University will return to their alma mater Saturday, Jan. 22 to headline a concert to raise money for music scholarships. The group, Lyle, Doug, Rick, and Paul, will provide music for the “Coming Back Home” event, which will also include a silent auction.

According to Dr. Janeen Larsen, chair of the department of music at BHSU, the event will begin at 6:45 p.m. in Clare and Josef Meier Hall when bidding begins for silent auction items. Lyle, Doug, Rick, and Paul will begin performing at 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall.

Former students, friends of BHSU and all community members are invited to attend the concert to support music scholarships for future students. There is a $10 recommended donation. Some auction items include a wine and cheese basket, restaurant gift certificates, art prints, and tickets to local musical performances. For more information on the concert or auction contact Larsen at 642-6241.

The musical group consists of Spearfish residents Lyle Berry, Doug Ruhnow, Rick Tetreault and Paul Young. The group plays a variety of music: oldies, soft rock, folk as well as some original material. They are known locally for their great vocal harmonies.

The group began performing together as a band in 1974 and became known as Lyle, Rick and Paul. When Rick left the area, Doug agreed to join the trio to finish some scheduled appearances. Now, nearly two decades later the group continues to perform. Just over a year ago, Rick returned to the area and rejoined the band, making the well-known trio a quartet.

Paul Young, who is fitness director at BHSU, played in the concert and jazz bands when he attended BHSU as an undergraduate student majoring in physical education with a minor in French. Paul grew up in Spearfish, earned his degree from BHSU in 1978 and then taught in Eagle Butte for two years. During this time he returned to the Hills nearly every weekend to play dance jobs with Lyle and Rick. He then decided to go on to earn a master’s degree. He began teaching as an adjunct instructor at BHSU in 1984 and was named fitness director at the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center in 1991. Paul also continues to serve on the Spearfish City Council since he was elected as a councilman in 1996.

Doug Ruhnow graduated from BHSU in 1980 with a major in vocal music. While attending college he sang with the choir and the BH Singers. He and another friend also performed together as a folk duo known as Silverwood. He joined the current group in 1987 when Rick left and Doug agreed to fill in for the jobs the group already had scheduled. Now, 18 years later, the men are still performing together.

Doug taught elementary music in Spearfish for 17 years and is now the high school vocal director. Doug also serves on the board of directors for the Black Hills Area Concert Association where he has held a variety of offices through the years.

Lyle Berry graduated from BHSU in 1963. While in college he sang in the choir as well as in several small groups and a quartet. He taught high school math in Lead for 10 years before becoming a professional commercial painter. He later returned to the classroom as a high school math teacher at Spearfish High School where he taught for more than 20 years before retiring in 2000. He now works for RAMVAC Corporation in Spearfish and enjoys performing with the quartet.

Rick Tetreault earned his music degree from BHSU in 1974. After teaching in Belle Fourche for a year, he joined the staff at Lambert Lumber Company in Spearfish and later transferred with that company to Minneapolis. He lived and worked in the Twin Cities area nearly 15 years before moving back to the Black Hills area.

According to Rick, when he returned, the quartet got together for a practice and decided “it might be fun to play again.”

Although these musicians chose diverse paths as they left BHSU, they recognize the importance and significance of their time learning and performing while attending college. They are now returning to BHSU to give a concert to raise scholarship funds so future music students will also have these opportunities.

BHSU will host mascot night at basketball game Saturday - top

Mascots from area high schools, organizations and businesses will join the Black Hills State University Yellow Jacket mascot to entertain fans at the Saturday, Jan. 15 basketball game at the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center.

Several mascots, including Fred and Barney from the Flintstones, the Rapid City Journal newspaper, and the Great Western Bank frog, as well as area high school mascots: the Spearfish Spartan, Sturgis Scooper Sam, the Stevens Raider and the Campbell County Camel, have made plans to participate in the special mascot night at the BHSU game. The mascots will appear throughout the games and provide half-time entertainment during the men’s game.

The BHSU basketball teams meet Dickinson State University beginning with the women’s game at 3 p.m. and the men’s game at 5 p.m.

If your business or school is interested in participating in mascot night, contact Steve Meeker, BHSU athletic director, at 642-6881.

Friday, Jan. 14 the BHSU basketball teams will compete against Minot State University. The women’s game begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 7:30 p.m.

Relay for Life will hold annual kickoff rally next week - top

The annual Relay For Life kickoff rally will be held Thursday, Jan. 20 at 6 p.m. at the Hudson Hall in Spearfish. The kickoff rally provides families, caregivers, cancer survivors, schools, and sponsors the opportunity to come together and celebrate the beginning of the Relay for Life season.

The kickoff event will feature a light supper and discussion of the upcoming Relay for Life. Anyone interested in forming a team or learning more about Relay for Life is welcome to attend.

Every year, the American Cancer Society invites individuals who want to honor cancer survivors and caregivers, or pay tribute to those who have lost their battle with cancer to join its Relay For Life. The relay represents hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated. This year's relay will be held June 24-25 from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. in Spearfish City Park.

Relay For Life began in 1985 with one person who walked and ran around a track for 24 hours to raise $27,000 for the American Cancer Society. This year, the relay will be held in more than 4,200 communities across the country.

For more information about Relay For Life or the Lawrence County American Cancer Society, contact Cheri Leahy at 722-2952, Mary Bonrud at 644-1260, or Rose Blake at 797-4426.

The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. Founded in 1913, the society, with national headquarters in Atlanta, now has 14 regional divisions, local offices in 3,400 communities, and millions of volunteers across the United States. For more information, call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.

Admissions representative to visit area schools - top

Michelle Hoffman, admissions representative in the Enrollment Center at Black Hills State University, will discuss college plans with students at 15 area high schools next week.

Hoffman will visit the following schools Tuesday, Jan. 18: Brandon Valley High School, Brandon, at 8:30 a.m.; Sioux Falls Washington High School at 11:25 a.m.; Sioux Falls Lincoln High School at 12:15 p.m.; and Dell Rapids High School at 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 19, Hoffman will visit McCook Central High School, Salem, at 8:30 a.m.; Howard High School at 9:45 a.m.; DeSmet High School at 11:40 a.m.; Flandreau High School at 2 p.m.; and Flandreau Indian School at 2:40 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 20, Hoffman will visit Brookings High School at 9 a.m.; Huron High School at 12 p.m.; Wolsey High School at 1 p.m.; and Miller High School at 2:30 p.m.

Hoffman will conclude the week Friday, Jan. 21 at 9 a.m. at Wessington Springs High School.

All times are given in Central Standard Time.

High school students needing information about college costs, financial aid, housing, and academic information should plan to visit with Hoffman. For more information contact the BHSU Enrollment Center at 1-800-ALL-BHSU or view the BHSU website at www.bhsu.edu.

Grant opportunities announced - top

Below are the program materials received in the Grants Office, Woodburn 309, through Jan. 13. For copies of the information, contact the office at 642-6204 or e-mail requests to grants@bhsu.edu. Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.

National Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Digital Library (NSDL) (NSF)

Building on work supported under the multi-agency Digital Libraries Initiative, this National Science Foundation sponsored program aims to establish a national digital library that will constitute an online network of learning environments and resources for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education at all levels. In FY2005, the program will accept proposals in three tracks: (1) Pathways projects are expected to provide stewardship for the content and services needed by major communities of learners. (2) Services projects are expected to develop services that support users, resource collection providers, and the Core Integration effort and that enhance the impact, efficiency, and value of the library. (3) Targeted Research projects are expected to explore specific topics that have immediate applicability to collections, services, and other aspects of the development of the digital library.

Deadlines: Optional letters of intent are due March 9. Full proposals are due April 11. For details visit www.nsf.gov/pubsys/ods/getpub.cfm?nsf05545.

Conservation Innovation Grants (USDA)

Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG), under the United States Department of Agriculture, is a voluntary program intended to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies while leveraging Federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection, in conjunction with agricultural production. Under CIG, Environmental Quality Incentives Program funds are used to award competitive grants to non-Federal governmental or non-governmental organizations, Tribes, or individuals. CIG enables NRCS to work with other public and private entities to accelerate technology transfer and adoption of promising technologies and approaches to address some of the Nation's most pressing natural resource concerns. CIG will benefit agricultural producers by providing more options for environmental enhancement and compliance with Federal, State, and local regulations. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) administers CIG.

Deadline: March 28. See www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/cig/ for complete information and eligibility requirements.

Drug Free Communities Support Program (DHHS)

The Executive Office of the President, Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) through the Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention announces the availability of funds for Drug Free Communities Support Program (DFCSP) grants.

DFCSP is a collaborative initiative to:

  • reduce substance abuse among youth;
  • help community coalitions strengthen collaboration;
  • enhance intergovernmental collaboration, cooperation and coordination;
  • enable communities to conduct data-driven, research-based prevention planning, and
  • provide communities with technical assistance, guidance, and financial support.

The DFCSP has two major goals: to reduce substance abuse among youth and, over time, among adults by addressing the factors in a community that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse. (Substances include, but are not limited to, narcotics, depressants, stimulants, hallucinogens, cannabis, inhalants, alcohol and tobacco, where their use is prohibited by Federal, State or local law.) Note: DFCSP projects must focus on multiple drugs of abuse, including those listed above. When the term “drug” or “substance” is used in this funding announcement, it is intended to include all of the above; and to establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, private nonprofit agencies, and Federal, State, local and tribal governments to support the efforts of community coalitions to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth.

Deadline: March 11 for new applicants. For more information see www.samhsa.gov/grants/2005/nofa/sp05002two_dfc.aspx.

Informal Science Education (ISE – NSF)

The National Science Foundation, Directorate for Education and Human Resources, Division of Elementary, Secondary and Informal Education requests proposals for the ISE program. The ISE Program invests in projects that develop and implement informal learning experiences designed to increase interest, engagement, and understanding of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by individuals of all ages and backgrounds, as well as projects that advance the theory and practice of informal science education. Projects may target either public audiences or professionals whose work directly affects informal STEM learning. ISE projects are expected to demonstrate strategic impact, collaboration, and innovation.

Deadlines: The preliminary proposal due date (required) is March 18. The full proposal deadline is June 13. Project details are available at www.nsf.gov/pubsys/ods/getpub.cfm?nsf05544.

NIST 2005 Small Grant Programs
Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Grants and Agreements Management Division

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), through the Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Grants and Agreements Management Division announces that the following programs are soliciting applications for financial assistance for FY 2005:

  • Electronics and Electrical Engineering Laboratory Grants Program, which will provide grants and cooperative agreements for the development of fundamental electrical metrology and of metrology supporting industry and government agencies in the broad areas of semiconductors, electronic instrumentation, radio-frequency technology, optoelectronics, magnetics, video, electronic commerce as applied to electronic products and devices, the transmission and distribution of electrical power, national electrical standards (fundamental, generally quantum-based physical standards), and law enforcement standards;
  • Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory Grants Program, which will provide grants and cooperative agreements in the following fields of research: Dimensional Metrology for Manufacturing, Mechanical Metrology for Manufacturing, Intelligent Systems, and Information Systems Integration for Applications in Manufacturing;
  • Chemical Science and Technology Laboratory Grants Program, which will provide grants and cooperative agreements in the following fields of measurement science research, focused on reference methods, reference materials and reference data: Biotechnology, Process Measurements, Surface and Microanalysis Science, Physical and Chemical Properties, and Analytical Chemistry;
  • Physics Laboratory Grants Program will provide grants and cooperative agreements in the following fields of research: Electron and Optical Physics, Atomic Physics, Optical Technology, Ionizing Radiation, Time and Frequency, and Quantum Physics;
  • Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory Grants Program will provide grants and cooperative agreements in the following fields of research: Ceramics; Metallurgy; Polymer Sciences; Materials Reliability; and Neutron Scattering Research and Spectroscopy;
  • Building Research Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program will provide grants and cooperative agreements in the following fields of research: Structures, Construction Metrology and Automation, Inorganic Materials, Polymeric Materials, HVAC & R Equipment Performance, Mechanical Systems and Controls, Heat Transfer and Alternative Energy Systems, Computer Integrated Building Processes, and Indoor Air Quality and Ventilation; and
  • Fire Research Grants Program will provide funding for innovative ideas in the fire research area generated by the proposal writer, who chooses the topic and approach.

Deadline: Sept. 30 - All applications, paper and electronic, must be received no later than 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Proposals received between July 1 and Sept. 30 will be processed and considered for funding under this solicitation, but if selected, proposals may be funded in the next fiscal year, subject to the availability of funds. See  http://fedgrants.gov/Applicants/DOC/NIST/GAMD/2005-SGP-01/Attachments.html#upload4221 for details and specific instructions.

Literature Fellowships: Creative Writing Fellowships

Fellowships in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) or poetry are available to published creative writers of exceptional talent though funds made available by the National Endowment for the Arts, Grants & Partnerships. Fellowships enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. This program operates on a two-year cycle with fellowships in prose available in FY 2006 and fellowships in poetry available in FY 2007. Individuals may apply only once each year.
Competition for fellowships is extremely rigorous. Potential applicants should consider carefully whether their work will be competitive at the national level. Creative writers who meet the publication requirements that are listed below are eligible to apply.

Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

You are eligible to apply in the fiction category if, between Jan. 1, 1998, and March 1, 2005, you have had published:

  • At least five different short stories, works of short fiction, or excerpts from novels in two or more literary journals, anthologies, or publications which regularly include fiction as a portion of their format; or
  • A volume of short fiction or a collection of short stories; or
  • A novel or novella.

You are eligible to apply in the creative nonfiction category if, between Jan. 1, 1998, and March 1, 2005, you have had published:

  • At least five different creative essays (such as personal essays, memoirs, etc.) in two or more literary journals, anthologies, or publications; or
  • A volume of creative nonfiction.

You are eligible to apply in the poetry category if, between Jan. 1, 1999, and March 1, 2006, you have had published:

  • A volume of 48 or more pages of poetry; or
  • Twenty or more different poems or pages of poetry in five or more literary journals, anthologies, or publications which regularly include poetry as a portion of their format. Up to 16 poems may be in a single volume of poetry of fewer than 48 pages. This volume, however, may count as only one of the required five places of publication.

Former grantees must have submitted acceptable final report packages by the due date(s) for all Arts Endowment award(s) previously received.

Funds are not available for:

  • Individuals who previously have received two or more creative writing or translation fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.
  • Individuals who have received any creative writing or translation fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts within the 10 years prior to the application deadline.
  • News reporting.
  • Scholarly writing. (Writers who are engaged in scholarly work should contact the National Endowment for the Humanities.)
  • Vanity publication or self-publication.
  • Work toward academic degrees.

Deadlines: This program operates on a two-year cycle with fellowships in prose available in fiscal year (FY) 2006 and fellowships in poetry available in FY 2007. The deadline for FY 2006 (prose) is March 1, 2005; the deadline for FY 2007 (poetry) is March 1, 2006. For detailed information or to apply go to www.arts.gov/grants/apply/Lit06/index.html.

Grants for Arts Projects/Challenge America: Reaching Every Community
Fast-Track Review Grants (NEA)

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announces Grants for Arts Projects that support exemplary projects in dance, design, folk and traditional arts, literature, local arts agencies, media arts, museums, music, musical theater, opera, presenting, theater, visual arts, and multidisciplinary art forms.

Challenge America: Reaching Every Community Fast-Track Review Grants: will enable organizations, particularly those that are small or mid-sized, to extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations – those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. An expedited application review allows applicants to learn whether they have been recommended for a grant more quickly than in the Arts Endowment’s other categories. An organization may submit only one application under Grants for Arts Projects. This application may be submitted under Access to Artistic Excellence or Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth or Challenge America: Reaching Every Community Fast-Track Review Grants.

Deadline: June 1. See www.arts.gov/grants/apply/Artsed.html for details.

Grants for Arts Projects/Access to Artistic Excellence

The National Endowment for the Arts Grants for Arts Projects supports exemplary projects in dance, design, folk and traditional arts, literature, local arts agencies, media arts, museums, music, musical theater, opera, presenting, theater, visual arts, and multidisciplinary art forms.

Access to Artistic Excellence: To foster and preserve excellence in the arts and provide access to the arts for all Americans. This category encourages and supports artistic creativity, preserves our diverse cultural heritage, and makes the arts more widely available in communities throughout the country. Typical projects include the commissioning and development of new work, the presentation of performances or exhibitions at home or on tour, the documentation and preservation of significant art works or cultural traditions, the publication and dissemination of work important to the field, and the professional training of artists. The Arts Endowment is particularly interested in projects that reach and involve new audiences.

An organization may submit only one application under Grants for Arts Projects. This application may be submitted under Access to Artistic Excellence or Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth or Challenge America: Reaching Every Community Fast-Track Review Grants.

Deadlines: There are two application deadlines: March 14 and August 15. More information is available at www.arts.gov/grants/apply/index.html.

Summer Schools in the Arts Program (NEA)

The National Endowment for the Arts - Summer Schools in the Arts program supports rigorous, challenging summer arts education programs that enable children and youth to acquire knowledge and skills in the arts as well as gain lifelong interests in the arts and culture.

A summer school in the arts is one that:

  • Provides summer instruction in one or more arts disciplines.
  • Offers a comprehensive curriculum where participants actively create and/or perform as well as respond to the arts.
  • Culminates in public performances, exhibitions, or other demonstrations of the participants’ achievements in the arts.
  • Measures the extent to which students gain knowledge and skills according to national, state, or local arts education standards through pre- and post-assessment tests.
  • Offers instruction to the same group of students over a minimum of 90 contact hours.
  • May provide free or subsidized tuition for students of limited financial resources.
  • Serves children and youth generally between the ages of 5 and 18.

As part of this program, grantees will be required to participate in an evaluation and assessment training workshop. Each organization will send at least one person – either the project director or evaluator – to attend a one-day session in Washington, DC.

Organizations are limited to one Statement of Interest and, if invited, one application. An organization may submit only one application on its own behalf (including a Statement of Interest under this program) for FY 2006 funding under either this Summer Schools in the Arts program or the Arts Endowment’s other funding opportunities including Grants for Arts Projects. For example, an organization that submits a Statement of Interest in response to this announcement (whether or not it results in an invitation to apply), may not apply to the Arts Endowment under the Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth category (June 13 deadline) or the Access to Artistic Excellence category (March 14 or August 15 deadlines).

Deadlines: All organizations that are interested in applying must submit a Statement of Interest through Grants.gov, the federal government’s on-line application system. The Grants.gov system will accept Statements of Interest through May 23. Following review of these statements, it is anticipated that no more than 100 organizations will be invited, by July 18, to submit formal applications. Formal applications must be submitted through Grants.gov and will be accepted through Sept. 12. See http://fedgrants.gov/Applicants/NEA/NEA/NEA/NEA-SS-2006/Grant.html for the full announcement.

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