February 2013 ASCA News 

MK MacNaughton in process
Juneau artist and New Executive Director of the Alaska Arts Education Consortium, MK MacNaughton at work. See a profile of MK, below. Photo courtesy Mary Vanderjack.



In This Issue
A Note from Shannon
ACAB 2013 Call for Art
Meet MK Macnaughton
Anchorage Teaching Artist Academy
Arts Curriculum Development Workshop
ASCA Notices
Calls for Art and Requests for Proposals
Grants and Funding
Residencies and Fellowships
Professional Development
Competitions & Nominations
Openings and Closings
Announcements and Articles of Interest
Employment Opportunities
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 A Note From Shannon
I am writing from warm and sunny Florida, where ArtPlace's inaugural Creative Placemaking Summit has just concluded. It was a transformational convening, with attendees comprised of policymakers, foundation officers, and the grantees from ArtPlace's second round of funding. We had a terrific Alaska delegation attend, including myself, Jayson Smart (Rasmuson), Roger Schmidt (Sitka Fine Arts Camp), Ed Bourgeois (Alaska Native Heritage Center), Julie Decker (Anchorage Museum) and Dawnell Smith (Out North). We all took home a lot of ideas and inspiration on how to make Alaska even better through the arts! 
So, what is Creative Placemaking? From their website: "ArtPlace is investing in art and culture at the heart of a portfolio of integrated strategies that can drive vibrancy and diversity so powerful that it transforms communities." In a nutshell, the idea is that arts, culture and creativity have significant power to transform and activate public spaces. When working with partners that are outside of the arts sector, artists and arts organizations can be a lever with which ordinary projects and activities can become extraordinary. This approach can also expand the market for the arts and serve as effective educational and advocacy tools. Creative Placemaking illustrates the power of the arts to improve citizen's quality of life, advance economic development efforts and make us feel more connected to both our environment and our communities. 

From Fairbanks' "Looking for Love" project with artist Candy Chang, to the citizens of Sitka coming together to restore the Sheldon Jackson Campus, Alaska is rife with opportunities to enhance our communities through Creative Placemaking. How are the arts transforming your communities? Please share with us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/ArtsAlaska!

We've heard from a lot of Alaskan artists and arts organizations who are interested in learning more. As a result, ASCA will be partnering with Rasmuson to hold a follow-up teleconference or webinar to provide an update on the Summit and where we can go from here. Please stay tuned for more information about this opportunity to participate and learn more. ONWARD!


Homer Council on the Arts Made their 2012 Annual Art Awards on January 25 at the Annual Meeting. Awards include a posthumous Arts Lifetime Achievement Award, in memory of beloved Homer artist and supporter of the arts, Gaye Wolfe. Visit www.homerart.org for more information.

  • Arts Leadership/Advocacy- Bunnell Street Arts Center
  • Arts Education - Carol Swartz
  • Youth Artist of the Year - Drew Turner
  • Artist of the Year - Marian Beck
  • Arts Lifetime Achievement - Gaye Wolfe
  • Business Arts Patron - Era Alaska

ArtPlace Finalists 

105 applicants in 72 communities in 33 states (and the District of Columbia) have been named finalists for grants from ArtPlace, an initiative to accelerate creative placemaking across the U.S. through grants and loans, research, communication and advocacy.


The selected applicants represent the best of the 1,225 letters of inquiry from across the country. Inquiries came from 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and American Samoa.


Finalists were chosen for their potential to transform communities through placing art and culture at the heart of portfolios of integrated strategies that drive vibrancy and diversity. Click here for a complete list of finalists.  


The finalists from Alaska are:

  • Nome - Alaska Native Arts Foundation
  • Anchorage - Anchorage Park Foundation
  • Homer - Bunnell Street Arts Center
  • Douglas - Perseverance Theatre, Inc
  • Juneau - Sealaska Heritage Institute
    Congratulations to all of our finalists!

    Rasmuson Foundation Cultural Collaborations  

    Round II Project Grant Awardees FY2013  

    administered by the Alaska State Council on the Arts

  • Kuinerrarmiut Elinaurviat School, Quinhagak, $5,200 
  • Kodiak Historical Society/Baranov Musuem, Kodiak, $5,200 
  • Friends of the Sutton Library, Sutton, $3700 
  • Native Village of Kotzebue School-Nikaitchuat Illisagviat, Kotzebue, $5,900 
  • Floyd Dryden Middle School, Juneau, $1780 
  • Seward Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula, Seward, $3,700 
  • Alaska Children's Institute for the Performing Arts, Kenai, $4,300 
  • Copper River Watershed Project, Cordova, $5,200   

  • ASCA Round II Artists in Schools Grant Awardees FY2013 
  • Gustavus School, Gustavus, AK, $1,820 
  • Kasuun Elementary PTA, Anchorage AK $2,490 
  • Nikiski Middle and High School, Nikisiki, AK $1,860
  •  K-Beach Elementary School, Soldotna, AK $1,550
  • St. Paul and St. George/Pribilof School District , St. Paul Island and St. George Island, AK,  $3,390  

    Alex Combs Award  

    Bunnell Street Art Center's Alex Combs Award Committee has awarded Homer painter, Kathy Smith with $1500 to support the cost of tuition, materials and workshop fee for her to study Encaustic Monotype Printmaking with Paula Roland in Santa Fe, New Mexico in November.


    The Alex Combs Award was established in 2009. Private donations and proceeds from the sale of his paintings, donated by his estate, support this annual award for Alaskan painters, ceramists and sculptors to participate in art workshops and mentorships. The award honors the influence of the late painter and sculptor and teacher, Alex Combs.  


    Alaska Contemporary Art Bank
    2013 Call for Art

    ASCA's Alaska Contemporary Art Bank (ACAB) call for art is accepting applications from Alaskan artists. The deadline is March 1st and we encourage you to apply! If you want your artwork to be considered for purchase for the Alaska Contemporary Art Bank, check out this handy introduction to getting your work onlne with Call for Entry.org. This call for art is made through CaFE, and once you have your profile and portfolio uploaded, you can apply for this and many other calls for art. You can find the ACAB call, along with many others, at www.CallforEntry.org.


    Meet MK MacNaughton: Executive Director of the AAEC

    The Alaska Arts Education Consortium (AAEC), a statewide non-profit organization whose mission it is to promote high achievement for all Alaskan students in and through the arts, has a new Executive Director. MK MacNaughton of Juneau was hired in January to lead the organization as it continues its work in Alaska. Recently, MK spoke with us about her professional path to this work, her own experience in the arts and education, and what she hopes for the future of Arts Education in Alaska.


    MacNaughton has been working in social services, art and education in Juneau and Alaska for 23 years. Like so many adventurers, she came to Alaska for the summer . . . and stayed. She is a visual artist at the core, but has diverse experiences in the arts. She credits her early experiences in the arts with her willingness to work outside any box.


    MK MacNaughton working on an art project with young people in Juneau. Photo courtesy Michael Penn of the Juneau Empire.

    "My love of arts began when I was a child. I realize now, I had wonderful influences. I was encouraged and never told I couldn't try any medium, so I spent a lot of time making inventions and drawing and felt that kind of magical connection to losing yourself in the art. I also learned, teaching in schools, that art is a wonderful medium for all children, of all abilities-there are lots of different mediums, and different kids are attracted to different kinds of art. Some like drama and movement, some like really tactile arts. That led me to working with people who experience developmental disabilities, and expanded my scope as a teacher."


    MacNaughton spent six years as director of The Canvas in Juneau. The Canvas is a multi-discipline, mult-generationally focused, art studio that provides a supportive environment to foster creativity and inclusion of adults with disabilities through shared art experiences and exhibitions. MacNaughton has also ventured into the performing arts in Juneau with organizations such as Perseverance Theatre.


    "With my involvement in Perseverance Theatre as an emerging actor, I've been lucky to watch  experienced actors and one of the main things I've learned from them is that they go for it. They let themselves go for it. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't, but it's always fun to watch. And that is a great gift that the arts give us."


    "Often we're attracted to things that are a little bit of a challenge for ourselves. I think that can be a good stretch, and I probably was--I know I was--a very shy student in school, so I became involved in dance. I learned, as a shy student, to speak publicly, as well. That's an important job skill, and not necessarily one we always learn in school. The arts have given me some of the most important work skills that I have," MacNaughton said.  


    With a background in visual art and psychology, MacNaughton has also seen how the arts can support the field of social services and strengthen communities. Her career has encompassed work with survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault. "Arts are a wonderful way to get conversation going. In working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault--sometimes in a support group--it's hard to start with the words and art can open the door to conversation."


    Most recently, MacNaughton has taken a year to focus on her own artistic process. It is not uncommon in Alaska to find artists whose practice includes a diverse range of pursuit: studio work, education, administration and commercial work. As entrepreneurs, Alaskan artists are some of the most creatively energetic, resourceful and diversely skilled citizens of the state.


    "I've been working as an independent artist for the last year, to focus on increasing my own bodies of work. That has been a great treat...the AAEC schedule is part time, so I'm going to be able to continue keeping my studio alive. I have several shows planned in the upcoming year, and I'm excited to start connecting with AAEC."


    So what is MacNaughton looking forward to as Executive Director of the AAEC?


    "I've learned to respect and learn from my predecessors--the people who already work in the field--and so I'm hoping to enter this position with the same respect for the board. Within our communities there are artists and elders who have a lot to share, so as an organizer, I hope to tap into and learn about what's happening on a statewide level."


    The AAEC is an affiliation of school districts, organizations and individuals committed to preparing and supporting educators so that they can teach the arts across the curriculum, and is now in its second decade. As it has grown-the membership of the AAEC is largely comprised of Alaska school districts and other partners-the organization has built several programs through which it works to accomplish its mission and purpose. The Summer Institutes for teachers have developed in communities across the state: Juneau, Fairbanks, Anchorage, Kenai and this summer institutes will be offered in Sitka, Nome and Kodiak. On March 22nd, the AAEC will convene an afternoon symposium in Juneau for school administrators and board members interested in how the arts can support and enrich education.


    "I'm heartened by what I see happening in Alaska. I recently was invited to Unalakleet by the Bering Strait School District, to do an inservice for teachers on the weekend, about integrating the arts in school. Teachers from villages around Unalakleet came in, and I learned that the Bering Strait School District had a couple of teaching positions and decided to fill them with art teachers. I think that's really exciting," MacNaughton told us.


    "The arts are a great way to keep kids engaged in school--a reason to come to school, and to stick with school--and I think in Alaska there are a lot of people who recognize that...who are finding ways to integrate the arts into different kinds of learning-math, literature, social studies--and also for the pure love of enjoying art experimenting."


    To learn more about MK MacNaughton's work, you can visit her website. To see what's happening at the Alaska Arts Education Consortium, click here.


    Anchorage Teaching Artist Academy February 15, 16, 17 and March 2

    Register Now! 

    The Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA) is offering a Teaching Artist Academy in Anchorage on Friday-Sunday, February 15-17 and Saturday, March 2 at the ASCA offices at 161 Klevin Street, Ste 102 in Anchorage.


    This professional development program will include sessions on connecting to curriculum, lesson planning, classroom management and preparation, building a professional teaching artist practice and development of strong arts education partnerships in schools. Workshop leaders are from the fields of education, non-profit arts and individual artists.


    Whether you are an experienced teaching artist seeking ongoing professional development and a cohort of arts educators or an emerging artist exploring the idea of what it means to be a teaching artist in Alaska, this program will address current issues in arts education for all participants. This is the second Anchorage Teaching Artist Academy and one of several occurring throughout Alaskan communities. These programs were developed in response to the need for professional development and networking opportunities for teaching artists, and to prepare teaching artists who are considering becoming involved with school residencies such as the ASCA Artist in Schools program.

    • Gain an understanding of current educational practice as it applies to the work of teaching artists across disciplines;
    • Work with professionals to develop their ideas for arts education programs as applied to their own artist practices;
    • Discuss what works with a diverse group of artists and educators at different points in their careers, with focus on a variety of disciplines in the visual and performing arts;
    • Explore a variety of ways to present themselves and build a professional teaching artist practice in Alaska;
    • Earn a certificate of completion to add to their professional qualifications.

    *Cost: $50 for all sessions (includes lunch on Saturday, February 16th, light refreshments during other sessions, and all printed materials) A limited number of scholarships for those unable to afford the workshop fee are available. Please ask about these opportunities when you contact us.  

    • Friday, February 15 - 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Keynote Presentation and Session Introduction with workshop leaders B. Hutton (Independent Teaching Artist) and Laura Forbes (ASCA Arts in Education Program Director)
    • Saturday, February 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
    • Sunday, February 17 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, March 2 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    For more information and to register for the Anchorage Teaching Artist Academy contact Laura Forbes at (907) 269-6682 or  laura.forbes@alaska.gov 



    Annual Arts Curriculum Development Workshop to be Held in Anchorage
    February 22 & 23 - Travel Assistance Stipends Available!

    Does your school district have a standards-based, sequential, arts curriculum? February 22 and 23, the Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA) will convene the third annual Arts Curriculum Development Workshop in partnership with the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development (DEED).


    "The Department recognizes that the arts are an important component of a well-rounded education, that the arts enhance student learning by engaging students in creative thinking. The arts help students to problem-solve, take intellectual risks and work collaboratively with their peers. Most importantly the arts engage students and often keep them in school."


    "In addition to ensuring that Alaskan students have a rich, comprehensive education, the Department is committed to helping districts balance the emphasis on tested content areas and the presently 'non-tested' areas. This is the third Arts Curriculum Development Workshop presented in partnership between the DEED and the Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA). This convening grew out of the realization that, according to the 2009 publication On Thin Ice, 72% of responding Alaskan districts did not have any arts curriculum to guide instruction. An arts curriculum provides a basis for ongoing arts instruction over the course of a student's education. An arts curriculum offers resources and guidance for both arts specialists and classroom teachers in the provision of the arts as part of instruction over the long term."


    To access the entire invitation memo from the DEED Deputy Commissioner and the ASCA Executive Director, including the agenda, and registration information, click here .


    Travel stipends of up to $500 per district, provided by the Alaska DEED, will be awarded with preference to Alaska Arts Education Consortium Member Districts and those who submit their requests in a timely fashion. Each interested district must submit a registration form  and a completed  SOA W-9 to ASCA either via email to laura.forbes@alaska.gov or fax to (907) 269-6601. All parties to this application will receive a confirmation email from ASCA once the application and travel stipend has been approved.


    Each district is responsible for the arrangement of travel and lodging (if necessary) for each district representative. After the workshop, ASCA will reimburse the district up to $500.


    ASCA Notices


    Operating Support Grant Applications to open in January  

    Alaska State Council on the Arts' Operating Support Annual and Biennial Grant applications will be open in mid-January with a deadline of March 1, 2013. Grant applications may only be submitted electronically through ASCA's CultureGrants Online site https://alaska.cgweb.org/. If you are a first time applicant or your organization intends to shift Operating Support grant categories you must contact ASCA staff prior to applying. Grant guidelines and eligibility criteria and staff contact information is posted on the Culture Grants Online site.


    Fairbanks Regional Poetry Out Loud Competition - February 5th, 6 p.m. at the Noel Wien Library in Fairbanks


    Poetry Out Loud Regional Competition Deadline - February 8th (Click here for POL information


    Quarterly Grant 4th Quarter Deadline - March 1st: Community Arts Development, Workshop, Master Artist and Apprentice, Walker Arts, Career Opportunity Grants (please contact ASCA to confirm funding availability in these categories before applying) 


    Alaska Contemporary Art Bank Call for Art Deadline - March 1, 2013 www.callforentry.com

    Arts Educator Fellowship  - March 15th (Click here for application and guidelines

    Teaching Artist Roster Application Deadline - March 15, 2013

    ASCA Quarterly Teleconference Meeting
    - March 15, 2013 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.   


    Poetry Out Loud Statewide Competition - March 19th


    FY14 Round I Artist in Schools Grant Application Deadline - April 15 (application open March 1 at https://alaska.cgweb.org/  


    Harper Arts Presenting and Touring Fund Grants are still available, on a rolling deadline. Contact Laura Forbes for more information.  


    Have you liked us on Facebook yet?  If you haven't, go to www.facebook.com/ArtsAlaska to make sure that you stay up to date on ASCA opportunities, events and intriguing arts-related articles from across the web.   


    Calls for Artists and Requests for Proposals


    FBX: BOMB is a new ongoing projection art installation space.

    The first project is a text based participatory "projection bomb." Future projects may be video art pieces, short films, and whatever else people can think of. FBX: BOMB welcomes submission inquiries.


    site: www.fbxbomb.com



    19th Annual Statewide Poetry Contest

    Fairbanks Arts Association

    Deadline: February 11, 2013

    Fairbanks Arts Association's Literary Arts Committee is now accepting entries for the 19th Annual Poetry Contest. The purpose of the contest is to encourage, publicize and reward the writing of high quality poetry. Divisions include Adult, High School and Elementary/Middle School. Visit http://fairbanksarts.org/ for more information.


    Poems in Place

    Alaska Center for the Book/Alaska State Parks

    Deadline: March 15, 2013

    Poems in Place will be accepting poems written by Alaskan writers and submitted by appreciative readers, for Totem Bight State Historical Park, Ketchikan, and Chena River State Recreation Area, Fairbanks. For  more information, contest rules and entry form please visit Poems in Place at http://www.alaskacenterforthebook.org/id112.html


    OFF THE PLAIN: Contemporary NW Photography

    Place Gallery, Pioneer Place Mall, Portland, OR


    Submission Deadline: February 17th

    Entry Fee: $10, up to 6 images per artist (fee used for any associated printed material)

    Open to All Northwest-based Artists: OR, WA, ID, AK, MT + NoCal

    For more information, go to http://offtheplain.tumblr.com 


    'Off the Plain' will feature up to a dozen Northwest-based contemporary artists who have developed photographic works that stretch beyond traditional two-dimensional formats. The exhibit will be in the gallery from mid-April through June 2013. Each artist included will be represented by up to five pieces each (depending on scale and context) in the sizable exhibition space - all created within the past three years. The public will be invited to a round table discussion about the "geometric ergonomics of photography in the 21st century" - artists from the exhibition will be selected to participate.


    Arc Gallery's "Mayhem" National Juried Exhibition

    May 4 - 25, 2013

    Deadline: February 24th, 2013

    $35 entry fee for up to three pieces. 60% of sale goes to artists, 40% to Arc.

    Arc Gallery, 1246 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

    For more information, click here.


    Join in our madness, mischief, and monkey business with the aim to create pandemonium, chaos, and discord at Arc Gallery's "Mayhem" National Juried Exhibition. No jewelry, video, film, performance, installations, works requiring external electrical source. Opening on May 4th 7-10 pm, Artist Talk on May 25th 12-2 pm.


    West Seattle Fire Station Call for Art

    Deadline: February 22, 2013 

    The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Department of Finance and Administrative Services and the Seattle Fire Department, seeks an artist to develop a permanent site-integrated or free-standing artwork for Fire Station 32 in West Seattle.


    Information: http://www.seattle.gov/arts/publicart/calls_for_art.asp#fs32  

    Link to the Fire Station call:  https://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=1245  


    Rochester Contemporary Art Center Benefit  

    Artwork Entries Due: April 21 or postmarked by April 20

    Global Online Preview Begins: May 24 @10am
    Exhibit Dates: June 1 - July 14, 2013

    Opening Party & Artwork Sale: June 1, 6-10pm (admission: $5)
    Global Online Purchasing Begins: June 4 at 10am


    Artwork Purchase Price: $20 each 
    For more information and an informative list of FAQ's visit our website at http://www.roco6x6.org


    Earth, Fire & Fibre XXIV

    Anchorage Museum

    Deadline: July 1, 2013


    This popular, biennial juried art exhibition was established to encourage Alaska artists to create new works in traditional craft materials such as fibre, clay and wood. This year's juror is Andrew Glasgow, retired executive director of the American Craft Council. Artworks are chosen based on an artist's superb skill and forward-thinking concepts. The winner of the Juror's Choice Award receives a $1,000 prize.


    "Earth, Fire & Fibre" opens Oct. 6 and is on view through Jan. 5, 2014 at the Anchorage Museum. After it closes in Anchorage, the exhibition will tour the state for one year. Interested artists can learn more and apply at callforentry.org.


    Grants and Funding


    Suicide Prevention Grants

    Department of Education & Early Development

    Grants up to $25,000 per year will be awarded.

    The closing date for this competition is 4 p.m. Alaska time on March 11, 2013. Letters of Intent to Apply are encouraged by February 1, 2013. See the application packet for further details. Applications are at http://education.alaska.gov/tls/suicide/.


    The grant provides an opportunity for schools to support programs, practices, and policies related to the State Suicide Prevention Plan Goals and Strategies. The department intends to award approximately 10 grants, if state funding is available.  These awards will be made to Alaska school districts only. The department will host one technical assistance opportunity; details are on the website listed above. If you have questions, please contact Sharon Fishel at 907-465-6523 or sharon.fishel@alaska.gov 


    Capacity Building for Charitable Organizations (CBCO) Grant Program

    Alaska Community Foundation 

    Up to $15,000 with typical grants ranging between $3,000 and $5,000

    www.alaskacf.org or call (907) 334-6700.


    Eligible 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations located in the state of Alaska can apply for grants to build capacity in the areas of leadership development, organizational development, program development, collaboration and community engagement, and effectiveness evaluation.


    The Big Read 2013 from the National Endowment for the Arts

    $2,500  to $20,000 

    Application Deadline: February 5, 2013

    Programming Dates: September 1, 2013-June 30, 2014

    Approximately 75 organizations will be selected



    The Big Read supports organizations across the country in developing community-wide reading programs which encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences. These programs include activities such as author readings, book discussions, art exhibits, lectures, film series, music or dance events, theatrical performances, panel discussions, and other events and activities related to the community's chosen book or poet. Organizations selected to participate in The Big Read receive a grant, access to online training resources and opportunities, and educational and promotional materials designed to support widespread community involvement. Eligible organizations may apply for grants ranging from $2,500 to $20,000. Grants must be matched 1 to 1 with nonfederal funds.


    Indigenous Film Projects Supported  
    National Geographic All Roads Film Grant Program   


    $1,000 - $10,000 grants available

    Application deadline: March 1, 2013.


    The National Geographic All Roads Film Grant Program funds film projects by and about minority-culture filmmakers worldwide. The grants are for the development and production of a feature film, long documentary, short documentary, shorts, animation, or music video. This program is open to indigenous and under-represented minority culture filmmakers, as well as filmmakers who can demonstrate that they have been designated by indigenous or minority communities to tell their stories. Requests are reviewed quarterly. Visit the National Geographic website to submit an online application.


    The Citizens' Institute on Rural Design Issues (CIRD) Request For Proposals to host workshops

    The RFP is on the new CIRD website at www.rural-design.org.

    Grant applications due March 5, 2013


    Citizens' Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) is issuing a request for proposals to rural communities facing design challenges to host local workshops in 2013. Successful applicants will receive a $7,000 grant and in-kind design expertise and technical assistance valued at $35,000. 


    CIRD will offer three free application-assistance calls to answer questions and guide interested applicants in assembling their proposals. The first of these calls will take place on Wednesday, January 23, the second will take place on Thursday, February 7, and the third will take place on Thursday, February 28, 2013. Participation in each call is free but registration is required. To register, visit www.rural-design.org/application-assistance. 


    Grant Opportunity for After-School Programs

    Deadline:  4 p.m. Alaska time on March 29, 2013.

    Letters of Intent to Apply are suggested by February 8, 2013.  


    Applications are available at http://education.alaska.gov/21cclc/. Contact Terri Campbell at 907-465-8719 or terri.campbell@alaska.gov with questions.


    The Alaska Department of Education & Early Development is accepting grant applications for funds to support out-of-school-time programs. These awards will be made to organizations, school districts, parochial schools, or other public or private agencies The 21st Century Alaska Community Learning Center Program is designed to target funds to high-need communities that have low-achieving students and high rates of poverty but lack the resources to establish after-school centers. . Awards are contingent on congressional funding.


    Rasmuson Foundation Offers Individual Artist Awards
    Deadline (postmark and online): March 1, 2013



    The Rasmuson Foundation is accepting applications for its Individual Artist awards grant program in the disciplines of choreography, crafts, performance art, folk and traditional art, literary arts/scriptworks, media arts, multidiscipline/new genre, music composition, presentation/interpretation, and visual arts.


    Website grants easier access to education funding

    A new website, GetEdFunding http://www.getedfunding.com/ offers a searchable database of available education-funding streams for education technology and curriculum programs. The site, which is updated daily, offers information about 750 active grants and awards. For an article on GetEdFunding from EdTech magazine, click here.  


    Residencies & Fellowships


    Voices of the Wilderness Artist Residency

    US Forest Service, National Park Service, US Fish & Wildlife Service

    Deadline: February 18, 2013 (postmark), March 1, 2013 (email)

    For more information, contact Barbara Lydon at (907) 783-0090, e-mail: blydon@fs.fed.us  


    Residency period: June through August 2013; dates vary, 7-9 days

    Ten wilderness areas currently participate in the Voices of the Wilderness program. They range from the towering old growth rain forests of the Tongass National Forest to the sweeping arctic valleys of Western Arctic National Parklands. In each residency, the artist travels alongside a ranger and is exposed to public lands stewardship projects.Residencies are open to visual artists and art professionals in all media, musicians, singers, composers, filmmakers and writers.


    Woodstock Artist in Residence

    Three to six week residencies June-Sept. 2013

    Deadline: Wednesday, February 28, 2013

    Center for Photography at Woodstock, 59 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY 12498

    To download an application form, visit www.cpw.org


    Woodstock A-I-R provides artist workspace residencies to artist of color working in photography and related media who currently reside in the United States. In 2013 CPW will provide seven residencies for photo-based artists and one residency for a critic/scholar. Residents receive workspace, critical and technical support, housing, stipends for food, travel and honoraria.


    Artist-in-Residence Opportunities at the Vermont Studio Center

    for American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian Visual Artists

    Deadline: February 15, 2013

    Artists may apply online here , or by mail. Go here for a printable application.


    The Harpo Foundation Native American Fellowships Program at the Vermont Studio Center was established in 2011 to support the development of artists and the potential for inter-cultural dialog. Each year, the foundation awards two residency fellowships to Native artists at the Vermont Studio Center. Each Fellow receives a one-month residency, which includes room and board, a private studio, access to VSC's distinguished visiting artists, and a $500 travel stipend.


    Two Fellowships are awarded annually to Native artists who demonstrate:

    - Strong artistic ability
    - An evolving practice that is at a pivotal moment in its development
    - A practice that engages a dialogue between the artist's indigenous world and the
    surrounding culture.


    To learn more about the Harpo Foundation Native American Fellowship Program, contact David Grozinsky at 802-635-2727 at the Vermont Studio Center.

    Professional Development


    AAEC Symposium for Administrators  

    The Alaska Arts Education Consortium is planning an afternoon symposium on Friday, March 22nd for school administrators and board members interested in how the arts can support and enrich education. Please mark your calendars for a luncheon and afternoon presentation at the Baranof Hotel in Juneau, Alaska. More information and registration will be available on the web  by February 1, 2013. Please feel free to contact AAEC Executive Director MK MacNaughton with questions.


    When: Friday, March 22 from Noon - 5 p.m.

    Where: Baranof Hotel, Juneau, Alaska


    Contact: Visit the AAEC website at http://akartsed.org after February 1, or email Executive Director MK MacNaughton for more information. Tickets to Perseverance Theatre's play Seminar that evening are available at a reduced group rate for symposium participants. 

    2013 Community Arts Education Leadership Institute "CAELI"  


    The National Guild for Community Arts Education

    Application Deadline: April 11, 2013

    • A seven-month program for current and aspiring leaders, June - December 2013
    • Leadership development seminar, July 23 - 27, 2013, Bryn Mawr College, Philadelphia

    The National Guild for Community Arts Education is pleased to announce the

    2013 Community Arts Education Leadership Institute (CAELI). CAELI provides an intensive, transformative experience through which current and aspiring leaders advance their skills by engaging with top leadership trainers and nationally renowned community arts education practitioners. CAELI is ideally suited for those in executive positions or preparing to move into such positions. Click here for more information. 


    NEA Art Works Webinar


    In order to offer potential applicants the highest level of technical assistance, the NEA has scheduled webinars covering the basics of the Art Works funding category, how to apply to the NEA, how to select work samples, and how to prepare a strong application. After each presentation, there will be time for Q and A with NEA staff. The schedule follows with all times Eastern Standard.

    • Artist Communities: February 6, 2:30-3:30 
    • Arts Education: February 12, 1:00-2:00
    • Dance: February 5, 4:00-5:00
    • Design: February 6, 4:00-5:00
    • Folk & Traditional Arts: February 12, 2:30-3:30
    • Literature: February 5, 2:30-3:30
    • Museums: February 6, 1:00-2:00
    • Theater & Musical Theater: February 12, 4:00-5:00
    • Visual Arts: February 5, 1:00-2:00 

    To join any of the webinars, go to  http://arts.gov/podweb/webinars.html.

    Free Webinars for Collections Care

    Image Permanence Institute 

    1/3/2013 - 9/4/2013 - Each webinar will be presented on a Wednesday from 2:00 to 3:30 Eastern Standard Time. Webinar presentations will focus on broad environmental challenges and provide useful and effective suggestions for dealing with them. You can get additional details and register for webinars at www.ipisustainability.org. If you have any questions contact Patti Ford at 585-475-2843 or pafpph@rit.edu  


    Workshops and Classes at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center

    625 C Street, Anchorage AK  99501, (907) 929-9231

    Alternative Printmaking

    Jan. 12-Feb. 16, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays

    Taught by artist Craig Updegrove. $210 member/$230 non-member

    Night Photography

    Jan 14-Feb. 25, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays

    Taught by photographer Kerry Tasker. $170 member/$190 non-member

    Beginning Drawing

    Jan. 23-Feb. 27, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays,

    Taught by artist Shanley McCauley. $170 member/$190 non-member

    Portrait Oil Painting

    Feb. 4-Mar. 18, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., Mondays

    Taught by artist Linda Infante Lyons, $170 member/$190 non-member


    For more information, go to the Museum's website


    Totem Heritage Center Native Art Studies Program

    601 Deermount, Ketchikan, AK, 907-225-5900

    Intermediate Ladle Carving

    Feb. 11-19, Monday - Friday 6-9 pm, Saturday 10-4, Sunday 1-4, $225

    Advanced Regalia: Button Robes

    Feb. 18 - Mar. 6, Monday - Friday 6-9 pm, $225

    Cedar Bark Weaving

    Mar. 25 - Apr. 5, Monday - Friday 6-9 pm, $150, materials fee $45 - $95

    Intermediate and Advanced Northwest Coast Carving: Feast Trays

    Mar. 29 - Apr. 6, Monday - Friday 6-9 pm, Saturday 10-4, $150


    For more information about classes and registration, click here.


    Encaustic Demo Workshop by Susan Delgalvis, February 2, 1-3 pm   

    Bunnell Street Art Center, 106 West Bunnell, Suite A, Homer, AK 99603 907-235-2662

    www.bunnellstreetgallery.org  Email info@bunnellstreetgallery.org to register. 


    Competitions  & Nominations


    2013 National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Awards

    The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services

    Deadline: February 4, 2013


    Visit www.nahyp.org/how-to-apply  for information and application.


    The 12 winning programs will receive $10,000 and the opportunity to accept their awards from First Lady Michelle Obama at a ceremony at the White House. Afterschool and out-of-school time arts and humanities programs sponsored by museums, libraries, performing arts organizations, educational institutions, arts centers, community service organizations, businesses, and eligible government entities are encouraged to consider submitting an application.


    Vans Custom Culture Art Competition for High School Students Open

    Registration begins January 2nd, 2013 and closes on February 11th, or when the cap of 1,500 schools is reached.


    Registration: http://www.vans.com/customculture/  

    Information:  http://www.vans.com/customculture/about/ online.


    Custom Culture invites art teachers to lead their students in the customization of four pairs of blank Vans sneakers. Teachers will upload photos of their students' finished sneakers to our website and after an internal selection and round of public voting, a group of five finalist schools will be flown to New York City where the winning school will receive a $50,000 donation to their art program and the chance to have their shoes produced and sold in Vans stores.


    Call for 2012 EdCom Excellence Awards Nominations

    Application Deadline is February 4, 2013.


    Since 1983, EdCom has recognized outstanding contributions to museum education by individual practitioners, by museums offering distinguished programs and publications, and by those individuals demonstrating leadership within the entire museum community and beyond.

    Apply online at www.edcom.org or www.aam-us.org/awards

    Questions? Contact Hassan Najjar at hnajjar@huntermuseum.org.

    Americans for the Arts Opens Nominations for the


    2013 BCA 10: Best Companies Supporting the Arts in America

    Deadline: Friday, February 15, 2013


    Companies large and small that support the arts in the United States are eligible. Tax-exempt nonprofit organizations are ineligible. You are asked to submit a 600-word nomination statement. This statement should address how the company supports the arts including: leadership, long-term commitment, impact, addressing community needs, employee and customer involvement, and encouraging other companies to support the arts. For information and nomination form click here.


    Openings and Closings


    KENNY LAKE STORIES: what makes this place home

    Friday, February 1, 2013

    2pm at the Kenny Lake School gym 

    a play by Kenny Lake Elementary students, with Ryan Conarro

    created from interviews with the community

    The performance will be followed by a Community Arts Workshop with Ryan Conarro and Katie Basile from 3 to 4pm. Please bring a personal object to the workshop - something of sentimental value to you, or something you happen to have in your pocket that day.


    UAA Student Union Gallery

    gallery@uaa.alaska.edu, 907-786-1219 www.uaa.alaska.edu/activities

    ClayBody, January 30-February 14

    Functional and sculptural ceramic works by students created during the 2012 school year.


    UAA Fine Arts Building 

    "Invisible in America"  

    February 19 - April 5, 2013

    Reception April 3, 1:00 pm 

    The UAA/APU books of the year - inspired art exhibition will be on view on the 3rd floor of the arts building.Themes from the book of the year, The Working Poor, will be displayed as a revolving weekly exhibit showcasing the work of graduating art students utilizing a variety of mediums and interpretations of the show's theme.


    Bunnell Street Arts Center

    59° North: work by Susan Delgalvis  

    February 1 - 26, 2013

    Opening reception Feb. 1, 5-7 pm, artist talk 6 pm

    Bunnell Street Art Center, 106 West Bunnell, Suite A, Homer, AK 99603 907-235-2662



    Alaska Junior Theater's Annual Benefit

    Saturday, March 23, 2013, 6:00 pm, Anchorage Marriot

    San Jose Taiko

    Table sponsorships and tickets available. Call 272-7546.


    Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center

    625 C Street, Anchorage, AK 99501, (907) 929-9231, www.anchoragemuseum.org


    "Recent Acquisitions"

    On view through Feb. 10, 2013

    "Recent Acquisitions" showcases more than 140 new museum holdings, including paintings, ethnographic objects, photographs, sculptures and historical objects. Highlights include unique caribou skin masks from the Nunamiut poeople of Anaktuvuk Pass, paintings by beloved Alaskan artists Sydney Laurence, Eustace Ziegler and Colcord "Rusty" Heurlin; a contemporary button blanket by Shgen George; and sculptures by Art Oomittuk and Earl Atchak.


    "Reflex: Stron Softi Solo Exhibition"

    On view Feb. 1 through April 14, First Friday reception Feb. 1,

    Ketchikan artist Stron Softi employs video, kinetic sculpture and traditional media to explore how people minimize the violence associated with destroying a living being. Stron Softi is the pseudonym adopted by Stephen Paul Jackson, who learned traditional carving techniques from his father, renowned Tlingit carver Nathan Jackson.


    International Gallery of Contemporary Art

    First Friday opening, .5:30 - 7:30 pm

    427 D Street, Anchorage, AK 99501 www.igcaalaska.org


    All Galleries: Object Runway Season 4

    Designs from the sellout show featuring 64 works by 49 artists with winners selected by judges Joshua McKinley (designer from Project Runway Season 9 and All Stars 2), Shyanne Beatty and Steve Godfrey.  


    New England Fish Co.: a 1930 Photo Album

    Tongass Historical Museum, 629 Dock Street, Ketchikan, AK 99901

    January 4 - February 23, 2013, Opening Reception Friday, January 4, 5-7 pm


    "New Skin" at the Alaska Native Arts Foundation

    500 West 6th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501, 907-258-2623, www.alaskanativearts.org

    An exhibit featuring new works of art by artists and students instructed in a synthetic paint skin workshop with mixed media artist Sonya Kelliher-Combs


    Alaska Pacific University, 4101 University Drive, Anchorage, AK 99508 

    Sara Tabbert The Forest

    February 1-24, 2013 5:30 - 7:00pm  

    Leah J. Peterson Gallery - APU Carr Gottstein Building

    First Friday Opening Reception Friday, February 1, 5:30 - 7:00 pm


    Ward Hulbert, Shallow Pools Where Spirits Dwell

    February 1-24, 2013 5:30 - 7:00pm  

    ConocoPhillips Gallery - APU Grant Hall

    First Friday Opening Reception Friday, February 1, 5:30 - 7:00 pm


    Out North Contemporary Art House
    3800 DeBarr Road, Anchorage AK 99508
    907.279.8099 | art@outnorth.org 


    Under: 30 minutes  - Revival

    GeorgeAnne Sprinkle, Thomas Higgins, Julius Rockwell, Richard Benevides

    Fridays and Saturdays, Feb. 1,2 & 8,9 at 8:00pm

    $20 General Admission/$15 seniors/students/military


    Raven Returns: a story by Jack Dalton

    The entire history of the yup'ik culture...in just two hours.

    February 14-17 -- Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm & Sunday at 3pm

    $20 General Admission/$15 seniors/students/military


    Oscar Shorts: Documentaries

    February 21-23 -- Thursday, Friday at 8:00pm & Saturday at 9:00pm

    $7.50 General Admission, $5 stu/sen/mil



    January 18 - February 10

    Gallery Hours: Monday through Friday 12:00pm- 6:00pm

    Free and Open to the Public

    featured Artists: Shelley Giraldo, Owen Lee, Jason Quinsenberry and Robin Farmer

    Curated by Craig Updegrove


    Art Gone Viral: Exhibit - A Survey of Contemporary Alaskan Art

    Alaska Humanities Forum

    161 E First Avenue Door 15

    Anchorage, AK 99501

    First Friday Reception, February 1, 2013 5:30 - 8:00 pm


     Announcements and Articles of Interest 


    Collections committee seeks two members

    Two seats on the Anchorage Museum Collections Committee open in February. Ideal candidates are knowledgeable about Alaska art, history or ethnology. Committee duties include reviewing possible acquisitions and evaluating museum collection policies. For more information about the committee or how to apply, click here.  


    NPS announces new Cultural Resources website "Connecting with Native Americans." 

    The Associate Director, Cultural Resources, Stewardship and Science, has announced the launch of a new website meant to connect Native Americans with National Park Service cultural resources programs. The site, "Connecting with Native Americans,"www.nps.gov/tribes, brings together information about programs and policies that affect Native Americans and the NPS. Included on the website are "Quick Guides for Preserving Native American Cultural Resources" authored by NPS cultural resource program managers.


    UAF Science Cafes

    Beginning in 2013 until 2016, STEAM will offer non-residential, two-week summer academies and a series of science cafés in Fairbanks and Tucson, Ariz. The program is designed for sixth to eighth graders, but parents, teachers, youth leaders and members of the public are encouraged to attend.

    "Project STEAM: Integrating art with science to build science identities among girls" is a new four-year program led by UAF director Laura Connor and funded by a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The application process for students interested in the Colors of Nature academy begins in early 2013. Contact Laura Conner at ldconner@alaska.edu to be placed on the mailing list for information about applying to the academies and for the science cafe schedule. For more information about the program, click here.


    The Alaska Native Heritage Center received an Administration for Native Americans (ANA) grant to revitalize indigenous languages for urban Alaska Native residents. You can help the ANHC staff gather information about existing Alaska Native language programs to build a foundation for ANHC classes and language learning projects. Learn more about the exciting new program at ANHC here  and on facebook, here. ANHC invites you to help them build the program and connect Alaska Native language learners with Alaska Native language programs around the state by completing this survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/anhclanguagesurvey   


    The Anchorage Museum has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and a $40,000 grant from The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, both to support "Gyre." The Gyre project, a collaboration with the Alaska SeaLife Center, addresses the problem of marine debris through a 2013 scientific expedition and a 2014 contemporary art exhibition. In summer 2013, an international team of artists, scientists and educators will travel the Alaska coastline to observe, document and collect marine debris. In February 2014, a 7,500-square-foot exhibition at the Anchorage Museum will tell a global marine debris story through the work of more than 20 artists. An exhibition section specific to Alaska will feature the 2013 expedition's resulting scientific discoveries, as well as art created from the marine debris gathered on Alaska's beaches during the journey.





    William E. Davis Internship  The Atwood Resource Center is seeking enthusiastic applicants for this year's William E. Davis Internship. This summer internship position is funded by the Cook Inlet Historical Society and the Anchorage Museum Association. The recipient will receive a stipend of $3000. Housing, benefits and transportation are not provided. Training may include assisting with library and archival work, including processing and describing photograph collections, creating finding aids, and reference services.

    Deadline to apply: April 30, 2013. For more information , visit the Anchorage Museum's website here.


    Job Opening: Executive Director

    Alaska Youth Orchestras (Anchorage Youth Symphony Association)

    The Executive Director's duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to the

    following: artistic operations, marketing, community relations, development, financial and administrative operations. For more information or to discuss this position, please contact Robert Harris, President, Anchorage Youth Symphony Association. To be considered for this position, please send your resume, a cover letter addressed to the AYO Executive Director Search Committee, a list of three references, and a writing sample to rharris@alaska.net.


    Contact Us

    Shannon Daut, Executive Director
    (907) 269-6607  shannon.daut@alaska.gov  

    Saunders McNeill, Native & Community Arts Program Director
    (907) 269-6603 saunders.mcneill@alaska.gov  

    Andrea Noble-Pelant, Visual and Literary Arts Program Director
    (907) 269-6605 andrea.noble-pelant@alaska.gov  

    Gina Signe Brown, Administrative Manager
    (907) 269-6608 gina.brown@alaska.gov  

    Keren Lowell, Office Assistant
    (907) 269-6610 keren.lowell@alaska.gov 

    Laura Forbes, Arts in Education Program Director
    (907) 269-6682  laura.forbes@alaska.gov 

    Janelle Matz, Alaska Contemporary Art Bank Manager
    (907) 269-6604 janelle.matz@alaska.gov


    Roy Agloinga (Anchorage)
    Adelheid "Micky" Becker (Anchorage)
    Benjamin Brown CHAIR (Juneau)
    Diane Borgman (Homer)  
    Peggy MacDonald Ferguson (Fairbanks)
    Nancy Harbour (Anchorage)
    Robyn Holloway (Juneau)
    Aryne Randall (Wasilla)
    Josie Stiles (Nome)
    William F. Tull (Palmer)
    Kes Woodward (Fairbanks)

    For additional information, please visit our web site: http://education.state.gov/aksca/ 


    Copyright © 2013, Alaska State Council on the Arts, all rights reserved.