International Music Camp receives NDCA grant

DUNSEITH – In support of their efforts to provide arts programming in their community and surrounding area, the International Music Camp has been awarded an $11,000 Institutional Support grant by the North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA) annually for the next three-year granting cycle.

The music camp was among 56 recipients of the most recent Institutional Support grants awarded by the NDCA. The Institutional Support grant program is designed to benefit arts organizations, artists and the general public. The program provides support for qualifying arts and cultural organizations that have proven they have strong management and leadership, quality artistic programming and services and are an important part of the arts infrastructure in their communities. A total of $420,000 was awarded during this grant round.

The grant will help to provide funds to the music camp for summer programming that brings together over 2,000 youth and adult campers from around North America and the world. Over 50 percent of campers come from North Dakota. Of the 247 individuals employed by the music camp, more than 50 percent are N.D. residents.

The music camp was founded in 1956 and currently offers over 40 programs in the fine arts including music, theater, dance and visual arts. The music camp has other supporters, including community sponsors and local patrons.

“We are very proud to be able to be an integral part of the thriving arts community that exists in North Dakota,” said Christine Baumann, camp director. “This financial support from the North Dakota Council on the Arts allows us to continue to provide accessible, high quality arts experiences and a safe, positive learning environment for our campers.

NDCA is the state agency responsible for the support and development of the arts throughout North Dakota through disbursement of funding received from the state Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.