Archive for January, 2008

KY: Find an artist for your school

January 30, 2008

Today’s State Agency Database Highlight comes to us from Kentucky:

Arts ToolKit– From the web site: “This directory is searchable by artist last name or the name of the organization for quick information reference. It is also searchable by Kentucky Department of Education regions, arts discipline and level of expertise. Each listing will include contact information, specialty areas within a discipline and a narrative of services available.”

Here is a sample record from the database:

Name: Richard Albin
Address: 1020 Eden Avenue, S.E.
City, State, Zip Atlanta GA 30316
Phone: 404-627-1320
KDE Service Region: Statewide
EMail: dra@dramuse.com
Arts Discipline: Music; Storytelling; Theatre;
Specialty:
Level of Expertise: 4-Master Instructional Artist

Narrative:
KAC ROSTER ARTIST My “Creative Storytelling” workshop uses storytelling to teach the basics of creative writing and performing. It is an excellent way to help writers and performers understand plot, character and setting. I use lecture/demonstrations and performance in combination with hands-on experience. Typically, each class meets daily. The residency begins with a lecture that illustrates an approach to character, plot or setting. Then the students work in small groups or individually to create a story that they will then perform. The basics—Who, What, When, Where, Why and How are covered. By seeing how character (Who), plot (What) and setting (Where and When) interact and depend on each other, the students are given the tools they need to write and then perform their own stories. “Creative Storytelling” is designed to work with the information the students have already been given by their teachers. As a musician, I “Explore Music” using simple techniques to help students understand rhythm, melody and meter. I play the banjo, lap dulcimer, mouth bow and guitar. My musical workshops include experiments in song writing, musical memory and the uses of music. I include not only western musical notation but ways other cultures use mnemonic devices to pass rhythms from one player to another. Asking a child “How do you use music?” is a great way to introduce music’s place in history. This workshop explores how songs and musical instruments came to America from Europe, Africa and Asia and how people adapted their cultures to fit their new lives in America. Many of the educational goals we have set for ourselves in Kentucky are addressed through these workshops. I will be happy to talk with individual teachers about how the workshops fit into the curriculum units and can be tailored to meet their needs—in fact, this is essential. In-service programs are also available. CREATIVE STORYTELLING I offer a residence that uses storytelling to teach creative writing. The residence can be from one to four weeks long depending on the goals of the teacher. I also do concerts of stories and folk music. I play the banjo, lap dulcimer and guitar. MUSIC, LANGUAGE ARTS, HISTORY, SOCIAL STUDIES. Music classes can use this presentation to introduce folk music. The presentation demonstrates musical scales and rhythms. Several musical instruments are played and their origins are discussed. CULTURE: Land/habitat Food Customs and beliefs, religion, myth Ways of doing things/folklore Houses/architecture Pottery, baskets, tools, quilts, musical instruments, weapons, etc. Crafts Clothing/costume design Transportation/road building/canoes, wagons, cars, trains, etc. Laws/rules folk ways Stories/writing & performance Games/ chants, rhymes and poetry Songs and instrumental music Painting/visual arts Ceremony Dance Theater For sample lesson plans, please contact: Dick “Richard” Albin Humorist/Storyteller/Musician Phone or fax: (404) 627-1320 dra@dramuse.com http://www.dramuse.com

The Kentucky page of State Agency Databases Across the 50 States is maintained by Glen McAninch.

For more databases from more states, please visit State Agency Databases Across the 50 States.

KS: State Services

January 28, 2008

Today’s State Agency Database Highlight comes to us from Kansas:

Kansas Services Directory – “The Kansas Services Directory was created to provide Kansas Citizens with easy access to information about services and programs. The directory is made possible because of a partnership of state agencies.”

Here is a sample database record:

Hearing Screening
Enhancement of health of women and children
Phone: 785-368-7167
Email: CNelson@kdhe.state.ks.us
Agency: Department of Health and Environment

The Kansas page of State Agency Databases Across the 50 States is maintained by Bill Sowers.

For more databases from more states, please visit State Agency Databases Across the 50 States.

IA: Prisoner Locater

January 26, 2008

Today’s State Agency Database Highlight comes to us from Iowa:

Offender Information Prisoner locator service is searchable by name, birth date range, gender, location, and county of commitment. Inmate records include name, offense (while incarcerated), state identification number, holding facility, and projected release date.

The Iowa Page of State Agency Databases Across the 50 States is maintained by Julie Thomas.

For more databases from more states, please visit State Agency Databases Across the 50 States.

IN: Lesson Locater

January 24, 2008

Today’s State Agency Database Highlight comes to us from Indiana:

Lesson Locator Database – Guided search of detailed lesson plans by grade, subject and Indiana state standard. See this sixth grade lesson on heating things up as an example.

The Indiana page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States project is currently without a volunteer. If you have good knowledge of Indiana state government and would like to expand and maintain this page, please contact Daniel Cornwall, project coordinator at dnlcornwall “AT” alaska.net.

For more databases from more states, please see State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States.

IL: Just the Facts

January 22, 2008

Today’s State Agency Database Highlight comes to us from Illinois:

Illinois Facts – Search for business and quality of life information about Illinois. Areas that can be searched include agriculture, energy and recycling, film, industry, taxes, technology, and transportation.

The Illinois page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States project is currently without a volunteer. If you have good knowledge of Illinois state government and would like to expand and maintain this page, please contact Daniel Cornwall, project coordinator at dnlcornwall “AT” alaska.net.

For more databases from more states, please see State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States.

ID: Drivers License Database

January 20, 2008

Today’s State Agency Database Highlight comes to us from Idaho:

Interactive Driver’s License Record (DLR) Search – This application allows businesses, individuals and government agents who meet the eligibility criteria set forth under Idaho law, I.C. § 49-202, § 49-203 and Administrative Rule No. 39.02.41, to perform real-time searches of the Idaho Transportation Department’s driver’s license database. The database is designed to allow private citizens to audit their driver’s license record as maintained by the Idaho Department of Transportation. Receipt of a printable copy of your DLR costs $5.50. A DLR (Driver License Record) is a computer generated list of convictions and actions (including suspensions, restorations, driver’s license data, and points assessed) incurred by the motorist while driving in any state. A citation issued in another state will be shown on the driving record if it was for a citable offense in Idaho.

The Idaho page of State Agency Databases Across the 50 States is maintained by Christine Gray.

For more databases from more states, please visit State Agency Databases Across the 50 States.

GA: Crime and Family Violence

January 18, 2008

Today’s State Agency Database Highlight comes to us from Georgia:

Crime Statistics Database provides annual and monthly data since 1980 for counties and the entire state. The separately searchable Family Violence Statistics include “the names, sex, date of birth and relationship of the parties involved; the time, place and date of the incident; whether children were involved or whether the act of family violence was committed in the presence of children; the type and extent of alleged abuse; the existence of substance abuse; the number and types of weapons involved; the existence of any prior court orders; the number of complaints involving persons who have filed previous complaints; the type of police action taken; and any other information that may be pertinent.”

The Georgia page of State Agency Databases Across the 50 States is maintained by Rich Gause.

For more databases from more states, please visit State Agency Databases Across the 50 States.

FL: Gift Givers Guide

January 16, 2008

Today’s State Agency Database Highlight comes to us from Florida:

Gift Givers’ Guide – A Guide to Charitable Giving in Florida is searchable by keywords in an organization’s name. Results include percentage of expenses allocated to program service costs, administration costs, fund-raising costs, and payments to affiliates.

Here is a sample record from the database:

Business Name RED BARN THEATRE (Charitable Organization)
City/State KEY WEST, FL
Registration Number CH23521
Registration Expiration Date 08/28/2008
Revenue Source IRS 990 w/ Sch.A (10/31/2006)
Total Revenue $489,784.00
Program Services Cost $379,013.00 (80% of Total Expenses)
Administrative Cost $97,241.00 (20% of Total Expenses)
Fund-Raising Cost $0.00 (0% of Total Expenses)
Payment to Affiliates $0.00 (0% of Total Expenses)
Total Expenses $476,254.00
Surplus/Deficit $13,530.00

The Florida page of State Agency Databases Across the 50 States is maintained by Rich Gause.

For more databases from more states, please visit State Agency Databases Across the 50 States.

DC: Property Taxes

January 14, 2008

Today’s State Agency Database Highlight comes to us from the quasi-state of the District of Columbia:

Real Property Tax Database Search – From the website, “The Office of Tax and Revenue’s (OTR) real property tax database provides online access to real property information that was formerly available only through manual searches and at various DC public libraries. You can obtain property value, assessment roll, and other information for more than 180,000 parcels using the links below.” Interesting search by neighborhood gives you a quick sense of property values.

Here is a sample record from the database:

Property Detail
   
Address: 2708 VIRGINIA AV NW
SSL: 0002 0803
Record Details
Neighborhood: FOGGY BOTTOM Sub-Neighborhood:  
Use Code: 65 – Vehicle Service Station-Vintag Class 3 Exception: No
Tax Type: TX – Taxable Tax Class: 002 – Commercial
Homestead Status: ** Not receiving the Homestead Deduction
Assessor: LESTER MORTER
Gross Building Area:   Ward: 2
Land Area: 5,625 Triennial Group: 2
Owner and Sales Information
Owner Name: HUMBLE OIL & REFINE COMPANY C/O J L WINDLINGER
Mailing Address: PO BOX 53; HOUSTON TX77001-0053
Sale Price: Not Available
Sale Date: Not Available
Instrument No.:  
Tax Year 2008 Preliminary Assessment Roll
Current Value Proposed New Value (2008)
Land: $900,000 $928,130
Improvements: $72,670 $77,520
Total Value: $972,670 $1,005,650
Taxable Assessment: * $0 $0

The District of Columbia page of State Agency Databases Across the 50 States is maintained by Carrie Ansell.

For more databases from other states, please see State Agency Databases Across the 50 States.

DE: Minority/Women Owned Businesses

January 12, 2008

Today’s State Agency Database Highlight is from Delaware:

Minority and Women Business Enterprise Directory – Searchable by business name, business type, NAICS code and product/services keyword. Records include contact information and industry classifications.

Here is a sample record:

Knight Industrial Supplies, Inc. sales@kis-inc.com

ATTN: Kathleen Eckert
225 Louisiana Street
Buffalo, NY 14204
716-852-7955 Telephone
716-852-6499 Fax

NAICS Code: Adhesive Manufacturing
NAICS Code: Abrasive Product Manufacturing
NAICS Code: All Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing

The Delaware page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States project is currently without a volunteer. If you have good knowledge of Delaware state government and would like to expand and maintain this page, please contact Daniel Cornwall, project coordinator at dnlcornwall “AT” alaska.net.

For more databases from more states, please see State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States.