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Fishbaugh and Layne announce 2016 retirement plans
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The Montana Arts Council Executive Director job application is online

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Five distinguished Montana artists and arts organizations selected
for the 2015 Governor Arts Awards.

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Artists in Schools and Communities now accepting grant applications for FY17
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MAC to host an Artist in Schools and Communities “Get the Grant” Webinar
Tuesday, February 16 4:00 pm-5:00 pm

Join MAC staff members Emily Kohring and Kristin Burgoyne and get all your questions answered about applying for MAC’s Artists in Schools and Communities grant.  Emily and Kristin will offer basic grant writing tips, show you examples of what works and does not work in a grant application, offer advice on building a partnership with an artist or arts organization, and teach you how to build a workable budget for an AISC grant.  You will have the opportunity to ask questions specific to your proposal. This webinar is ideal for first-time grant writers, or for previously unsuccessful AISC applicants who want to strengthen this year’s application.

A computer with a headset and microphone is helpful, but not essential, to participate.  

Click here to Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android

Or join by phone:
    +1 855 880 1246 (US Toll Free)
    +1 877 369 0926 (US Toll Free)
Enter Meeting ID: 245 201 971

Questions?  Email Emily Kohring, Director of Arts Education,

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Eight Montana artists recieve 2015 Artist Innovation Awards

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Governor Steve Bullock appointed Michael Earl Craig as Montana’s next Poet Laureate. The Montana Poet Laureate is a two-year honorary position created by the state legislature in 2005 and administered by the Montana Arts Council.
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The Montana Arts Council recruited Trudel | MacPherson to conduct two webinars covering trends and best practices in digital communications and social media, specifically designed for and with Montana arts organizations.

The topic is maximizing social media effectiveness by focusing on key platforms and free web analytics tools to track conversations from online to real-world connections.

The first webinar: Casting A Wider Social Net! Strategies for Consistent Effective Digital Communications took place May 6, 2015. It is available here.

The second webinar: So Was It Worth It? Strategies for Sharpening Measurement of Digital Communications to Inform Organization Priorities took place June 17, 2015.
It is available here.


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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.

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Important 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 2014-2019 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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