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Welcome to the North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA)!

It is our mission to promote, preserve and perpetuate the arts in North Dakota. NDCA's promise is to use the power of the arts to enhance the vitality of North Dakota through: Cultural Traditions in North Dakota; Pre K-12 Academic Success; Accessibility for All Citizens; Economic Development; Quality Art Experiences; and to Support Artists and Arts Organizations.

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~ The 2015 Statewide Arts Conference and Governor's Awards for the Arts takes place March 31, 2015 at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck. Artists, arts leaders, and arts advocates often work alone.  And yet, there are common goals, common needs, and a shared impact that can be experienced when those in the arts work together.  This year’s conference is geared towards producing a more effective and collaborative arts leadership, both within local communities and within the state.

~ Governor Jack Dalrymple has chosen the recipients of the 2015 Governor’s Awards for the Arts. They are as follows: Individual Achievement: Keith Bear of New Town; Linda Christman of Bismarck; and Chuck Suchy of Mandan; Arts in Education: Marilyn Johnson of Bismarck; and Annette Rorvig of McVille.


~ The North Dakota Council on the Arts’ work reaches across the state of North Dakota, benefiting citizens of all ages and communities of all sizes. Enjoy this brief video highlighting the partnership between the arts and state government in five critical areas: Sense of Place/Quality of Life; Economic Development; Education; Health and Wellness; and Heritage and Culture.


~ Join NDCA's Email List! By joining, you will receive NDCA's monthly e-newsletter filled with the latest local and national arts-related news.


Book coverNDCA's groundbreaking compilation, receives national recognition as an American Library Association Notable Document! Sundogs and Sunflowers: Folklore and Folk Art of the Northern Great Plains is a groundbreaking compilation thirty years in the making celebrating the proud folk heritage of the Northern Great Plains.  Published by the North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA), it is compiled and edited by North Dakota State University Professor Emeritus Dr. Timothy J. Kloberdanz and NDCA folklorist Troyd A. Geist. Published collections of North American folkways seldom include folklore texts or representative traditions from the Great Plains region. Invariably, much attention is given to such areas of the country as New England, Appalachia, the Ozarks, and the Deep South. Duncan Emrich’s Folklore on the American Land, for example, runs more than 700 pages but other than for a few black-and-white photographs taken in the 1930s and 1940s, it is nearly impossible to find folklore examples from the northern plains.  Sundogs and Sunflowers represents a concerted effort to remedy this oversight and to focus long overdue attention on the folk traditions of North Dakota and the Northern Great Plains. This 352 page, coffee-table-size, full color, hardcover volume features more than a thousand examples of folklore and folk art, as well as more than three hundred images. NDCA invites you to take a look at the following short online video promotion below, or via this link: The book is only $34.95 plus tax! For further information, or to order in time for the holidays, contact the NDCA at (701) 328-7590, or via email at You can also find the book at: Elizabeth’s on Broadway in Williston; Books on Broadway in Williston; KB Jeweler’s in Hettinger; Main Street Books in Minot; Books to Go in Devils Lake; Jamestown Fine Arts Association in Jamestown; Photo Frame Gallery in Jamestown; Valley Drug in Valley City; Barnes County Historical Society in Valley City; Eagle’s Nest Book Store in Valley City; Germans from Russia Heritage Center in Fargo; NDSU Memorial Union Bookstore in Fargo; NDSU Bookstore in downtown Fargo; Plains Art Museum in Fargo; Zandbroz Variety in Fargo; Barnes & Nobles stores in Minot, Bismarck and Fargo; ND State Historical Society’s gift shop in Bismarck; Germans from Russia Heritage Center in Bismarck; Western Edge Books in Medora; Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation in Washburn; Hunter C & I Bar in Hunter, ND; Neumann Drug in Cando; Ho-den-attes On Main in Lisbon; Bookhaven in Wahpeton; Historical Society of Clay County in Moorhead, MN; and at Timber Lake Area Museum in Timberlake, SD.

NDCA's Special Edition Ornaments

8th Annual Special Edition OrnamentNDCA's 8th Annual Special Edition Ornament

**Looking for a unique piece of art? Would you like to help support the arts in North Dakota? Then be sure to check out NDCA's Annual Special Edition ornaments, limited quantities of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th edition ornaments are still available for purchase! These ornaments make a great gift for yourself or someone special!**

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6th Annual OrnamentNDCA's 6th Annual Special Edition Ornament (SOLD OUT)

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North Dakota Council on the Arts
1600 East Century Avenue, Suite 6
Bismarck, ND 58503-0649
(701) 328-7590
(701) 328-7595 (fax)

Hours of business are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on national holidays.

The North Dakota Council on the Arts is a service and program agency of the state, established in 1967 by the State Legislature to develop the arts and to promote and support the arts in North Dakota. Grant funds are made available by the National Endowment for the Arts and appropriations from the state of North Dakota. It is the mission of the North Dakota Council on the Arts to promote, preserve and perpetuate the arts in North Dakota.

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