March 2013 ASCA News 


Poulson woodcut

First Out, by Rebecca Poulson, wood engraving, 4" x 5", 2012.

from the exhibit Being Here, Fireweed Gallery, Homer, AK, March 2013



In This Issue
A Note from Shannon
Partners in Growth
Artist in Schools FY14 Open
ASCA Notices
Calls for Art and Requests for Proposals
Grants and Funding
Residencies and Fellowships
Professional Development
Openings and Closings
Announcements and Articles of Interest
Employment Opportunities
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 A Note From Shannon

At the end of February I traveled with a Western delegation to Washington, DC for an Arts Leadership Advocacy Seminar hosted by the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF). We had a terrific Alaska delegation, comprised of myself, Annette Evans Smith of the Alaska Native Heritage Center, Gina Luckey of ConocoPhillips and Charlotte Fox. We had great meetings with the offices of Senators Murkowski and Begich and Representative Don Young. All of them were very supportive of federal funding that supports the arts in Alaska through the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). However, sequestration went into effect while we were there, which puts the future of the federal budget into murky territory.


Several of you have emailed to ask about how the sequester will impact the arts. Below is some information provided to us by Laura Scanlan, the director of state and regional partnerships for the NEA.

On March 1, 2013 across-the-board cuts to federal domestic and defense spending went into effect. This is known as sequestration, which, in this case, equates to roughly $85 billion in mandatory federal budget cuts.


What does this mean for the National Endowment for the Arts, the federal governmental arts agency?

The budget of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) will be reduced by 5% (the same as other federal agencies), or roughly $7.3 million.


The NEA plans to implement the sequestration cuts in the following ways:

  • Direct grants to individual nonprofit arts organizations will be reduced by 3.2%.
  • Partnership funds to state arts agencies and regions will be reduced by 2.7%. (The NEA is able to mitigate the effect of sequestration on states by applying funds that were de-obligated in the prior year.)

What does this mean for Alaska?

The reduction to the budget of the National Endowment for the Arts means a 2.7% reduction to the Partnership Agreement grant to the Alaska State Council on the Arts for Fiscal Year 2014 (July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014).


Individual direct applicants to grant programs of the NEA will see a slight decrease in the amount of funds available. However, you should know that 50% of grant applications to the NEA are funded, which means that the more Alaska applications that are submitted, the more that will be funded! When we met with our legislators, they were very interested to learn how much direct NEA money was being brought to Alaska, as this shows we are maximizing the funds that come to our state.


What happens next?

The current Continuing Resolution funding for the federal government is set to expire on March 27, 2013. Congress will need to take additional action to fund the federal government for the remainder of FY2013. Since we do not know yet how Congress will act, the NEA is not able to forecast the impacts that further Congressional action will have on the agency's budget.


We will continue to provide you with updates and information regarding the federal budget for the arts and its impact on state arts agencies, individuals and the arts in Alaska.


For more information:

Sequester Cuts Cultural Agencies:


Sequestration and the Arts: How Cuts at the NEA, Smithsonian, and PBS Will Affect All of Us:


Sequestration and Education: 12 Frequently Asked Questions


Congratulations to the ten Alaska statewide finalists for Poetry Out Loud! This week, the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council announced the state finals for Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. The competition, presented in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition.  


On March 19, at 5 pm, 10 high school students from around the state, will participate in the Poetry Out Loud state finals at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. Of these 10 student finalists, one will go on to represent the state at the National Finals in Washington D.C. on April 29-30, 2013. These students are:


Natalia Spengler from Juneau Douglas High School, Juneau  


Samantha Saige Thomas from Chugiak High School, Chugiak  

Tong Thao from Colony High School, Palmer  


Sarina Montgomery from Lathrop High School, Fairbanks 


Brittni Tully from Revilla Alternative High School, Ketchikan  


Hazel Underwood from Kenny Lake School, Copper Center  


Mark Sawyer Gillilan from IDEA - Region K, Kenai


Thaddeus Steve from Stebbins/Tukurngailnguq School, Stebbins  


Annamarie Pike from Sitka High School, Sitka  


Andrea Irrigoo representing Kodiak High School, Kodiak


Visit the Poetry Out Loud Alaska television ad on youtube, featuring Christy NaMee and Juneau contestant Natalia Spengler here, and don't forget to visit the facebook event for the State Poetry Out Loud finals here!    



Congratulations to Juneau! The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has chosen Juneau, Alaska as the 11th city for Any Given Child, a program that creates a long-range arts education plan for students in grades K-8.  The program will incorporate existing resources of the Juneau School District, along with those of local arts organizations and the Kennedy Center to create a plan for arts education specific to the city. Juneau joins Sacramento, California; Springfield, Missouri; Portland, Oregon; Southern Nevada; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Sarasota, Florida; Austin, Texas; Iowa City, Iowa; Baltimore, Maryland; and Fresno, California as the newest Any Given Child recipient.

Partners in Growth Arts Business Workshop in Hooper Bay
Field Report from L. Saunders McNeill, Community and Native Arts Program Director
Megan Thomson, Bethel VISTA Coordinator
(all photos courtesy of L. Saunders McNeill)
The Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Bethel Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center have been collaborating on a "Partners for Growth" Program since 2011. The program delivers professional development training to artists in the Yukon Kuskokwim region with the goal to successfully elevate art businesses in the region. To date, more than thirty artists have participated in ASCA's Building a Successful Arts and Crafts Business workshop series. This February our "Partners in Growth" Program Director Reyne Athanas, AmeriCorps Vista Volunteer Megan Thomson and I convened in Bethel to co-host a workshop for Bethel's Best of the West Award recipients. The following day Megan and I flew to Naparyarmiut (Hooper Bay), a bustling Yup'ik village of 1,137 people bolted to the Bering Sea coast, to present two additional workshops.


Steven Stone, artist, community liaison and Coastal Villages Region Fund employee greeted us at the airstrip with a warm handshake and a snow machine. He guided us to the Naparyarmiut Civuliamta Piciryarait Youth and Elder Center where we met with Director Roy Bell. Their work and the gracious support of Hooper Bay School staff all made our community workshops possible. Seventeen artists and community leaders were provided information about local, state and national grant programs, artist resources, creative opportunities, and small business development programs. The group learned about arts marketing and self-promotion skills. Seven artists registered for new Silver Hand permits that authenticate their artwork in the marketplace.

Henrietta Long
Henrietta Long
with her hand painted Elder Youth Signs


 ASCA is investigating how we might combine technological resources like the State of Alaska Online with Libraries (OWL) Project, time-tested universally used VHF (very high frequency) community-based radio communication system, and the expertise of local language speakers to strengthen our outreach and enhance creative placemaking in rural Alaska communities. This kind of formula may help Hooper Bay citizens meet their tangible community arts development dreams to construct a traditional Hooper Bay log and sod house, convert the old washeteria for use as a qargiich or qargi (men's house), and build an Elder and Youth cultural training program that furthers Naparyarmiut traditional skills, language, art and cultural practices.


While ASCA workshops are designed to support artists and community members' creative and artistic endeavors, they represent a much greater investment in rural Alaska's economic environment. For a community like Hooper Bay, which has welcomed nearly 500 infants since the last US Census, and where nearly 45 percent of its citizenry currently live below the poverty line, the need to support local creative efforts that empower relevant place-based economic engines cannot be overemphasized. 

Hooper Bay
Hooper Bay Civuliamta Piciryarait Artist Group



Artist in Schools Grant for 2013-2014 School Year Open!

The Artist in Schools (AIS) grant application for FY14 (2013-2014 school year) is open on the Alaska State Council on the Arts' online grant system at:

Any public or private Alaska school, district, or non-profit organization working in partnership with an Alaskan school or district is eligible to apply. Past grantees must be current on any previous year's grant reporting to receive funding in any new application cycle.

AIS grants will fund artist residencies in a variety of disciplines. Residencies must last two weeks or more per application. Grants are supported with funding from the Alaska State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Rasmuson Foundation. An individual school may apply for up to $5000 with a 1/3 match and a district may apply for up to $15,000 with a 1:1 match. Please note: whether multiple schools from a single district apply individually, or the school district applies on behalf of multiple school sites, districts will be limited to $15,000 total funding for FY14. All activities for an FY14 AIS residency must be completed by May 31st, 2015.

There are two rounds for application during FY14. The first deadline is on April 15th, 2013 and the second deadline is on November 1, 2013. Check out the current AIS roster artists and the AIS school guide on our website at

To participate in an Artist in Schools Informational Teleconference with Alaska State Council on the Arts staff on Thursday, March 14th at 3:30 p.m., please RSVP to This teleconference is particularly recommended for those who have not applied to the Artist in Schools Program in the past. Schools, districts and organizations that have not applied for an AIS grant in the past, are required to contact the Arts Education Program Director before applying.

For more information contact the Alaska State Council on the Arts, Arts Education Program Director Laura Forbes, at (907) 269-6682 or


ASCA Notices


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 available at   


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


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Calls for Artists and Requests for Proposals

Percent for Art - Request for Qualifications for Interior Public Artwork

Department of Fish and Game, Division of Sport Fish

Kodiak Near Island Research Administration Facility (KNIRAF)  Kodiak, Alaska


Deadline for Entries: 9:59pm on Friday April 19, 2013 (Daylight Savings Time)

Total Art Budget $150,000 USD


This Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is open to all professional artists residing in the United States. Applications open Monday March 11 and will be accepted online only through CaFÉ at


Poems in Place

Deadline: March 15, 2013


Seeking poems!  Poems in Place, a unique collaboration between Alaska Center for the Book, Alaska State Parks, a steering committee of poets and writers, and residents of Alaska, will place a poem written by an Alaskan writer in each of the seven regions of the Alaska State Park's system in the coming years.  


Poems in Place will be accepting poems, both original work and nominated 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.


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.

Whitefish Review Call for Submissions 

Deadline: March 15.


Montana's Whitefish Review invites you to submit your best work for the Summer 2013 Issue, Lucky #13-guest edited by Pam Houston. Pam's most recent book is Contents May Have Shifted, published in 2012, by W.W. Norton.  There is no entry fee to submit fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art or photography.


In this issue we'll explore LUCK - both good and bad, superstitions, the one leftover or left out, the "unlucky" object or person, the luck of the draw, the human fear of the unknown. Submissions accepted via  


Alaska Hummingbird Festival Juried Art Show

April 5 - May 31, 2013

Deadline: Friday, March 29, 2013


Artwork must include birds, avian habitat and/or migratory bird patterns from the list provided

on the back page. Artwork must be recent, original and not previously exhibited in Ketchikan, Alaska. Open to all Alaskan artists working in all media with a maximum of two entries per artist.

Proceeds benefit the artist (65%) with 25% going to SEADC educational programs including this juried art show and 10% to Alaska Geographic Association. Cash prizes. Mailed entries must include return postage. For questions contact Leslie Swada at 228-6220 or 


Submit your work to

Southeast Alaska Discovery Center

50 Main Street, Ketchikan, Alaska 99901

c/o Hummingbird Festival


2013-2014 Humanities & Art Series: Call for Art Proposals

Deadline: March 31, 2013


The Alaska Humanities Forum is accepting proposals for its 2013-2014 Humanities & Art Series, which runs from September 2013 to May 2014. Visual and performance artists are invited to submit proposals by March 31, 2013. The mission of the Alaska Humanities Forum is "to use the wisdom and methods of the humanities to enrich the civic, intellectual and cultural life of all Alaskans." Proposals that use the Humanities element as a point of departure will be highly considered. In addition to exhibiting work at the Forum, the artist or artists are asked to give a short and informal discussion of their work relating to the Forum's mission.


The Forum provides a First Friday reception with food and libations, show posters and publicity via press releases, email blasts, blog posts and social media, as well as a beautiful exhibit space in a dynamic Ship Creek location.


Email submissions to: by Sunday, March 31 at midnight (Alaska Time)

Please include a letter of interest that presents your proposed concept and preferred month to exhibit, your resume, 6-10 images representing your body of work (please make sure your images do not exceed 1MB each), a list with information about images (titles, media, size, year and price/value)

For questions and more information, please contact Susy Buchanan at, or (907 272-5373.


Gathering Clouds Call for Submissions

Deadline: April 6, 2013


Gathering Clouds, a quarterly, in-print and online magazine of contemporary are is seeking submissions for our next issue:  In our next issue, "The Series" we are seeking submissions based on an idea or theme that has sustained your interest over a long enough period of time to create a body of work, or "a series".  The cost is $20.00 for up to 7 images 


Fish Follies 2013 Call for Artists

Cordova Museum, National Juried Art Exhibit, June 13-Sept. 1, 2013

Deadline: April 20, 2013 (postmark)


Open to all artists in all media.  Subject is anything "fishy" or marine related.  Limit of two entries per artist.  Juror: Photogpaher Hal Gage.  No entries may have been previously exhibited at the Cordova Historical Museum. All works must have been executed in 2011, 2012 or 2013. All accepted works must be for sale.  $25 application fee to be included.  For information and full prospectus please contact:  Cordova Historical Museum, Fish Follies Exhibition, PO Box 391, Cordova, AK 99574 or or phone (907) 424-6665. 



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 


MacArthur Foundation

Submission Deadline: April 30th, 2013  

The Looking@Democracy challenge is offering a total of $100,000 in prize money for short, provocative media submissions designed to spark a national conversation about how we can all come together to strengthen American democracy.  Submissions can come in many formats such as short videos, audio stories, animation, music videos, public service announcements, infographics, graphic art, even Facebook and iPhone apps. They all just need to be digital so they can be shared electronically- the rest is up to YOU!  Looking@Democracy is looking to hear from independent media makers, investigative reporters, students, graphic designers, artists - anyone with creative ideas to help engage Americans and shift the political discussion in a fresh and engaging way.


For the full program description visit   


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


Grants and Funding

Target is Accepting Applications for K-12 Arts Education Programs  

Deadline: April 30, 2013 annually 


Arts, Culture & Design in Schools, a charitable initiative of national retailer Target, is accepting applications from schools and nonprofit organizations for programs that bring arts and cultural experiences directly to K-12 students. The company awards grants of $2,000 for programs that enhance the classroom curricula by bringing the arts and cultural experiences to schools via in-school performances, artist-in-residency programs, workshops, and so on. Programs must take place between September 2013 and August 2014. Grants are restricted to K-12 educational institutions and organizations with tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Applications are accepted between March 1 and April 30 each year, with grant awards announced in September. For more information, visit the Target website here.


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


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 


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 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.


Building Bridges: Campus Community Engagement Program
APAP (Association of Performing Arts Presenters)
Application Deadline: April 24, 2013

Building Bridges awards up to 8 grants of $100,000-$200,000 each to performing arts presenting organizations within or partnering with colleges or universities that raise awareness and understanding of Muslim societies through unique campus and community collaborations. The full application will be available online in the coming weeks;

Review the Building Bridges Program Guidelines here.
Click here
for the program home page.  

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 Contact Terri Campbell at 907-465-8719 or 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.


Website grants easier access to education funding

A new website, GetEdFunding 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

360 XOCHI QUETZAL: Free Artist Residency in Central Mexico

May 1 - 31, 2013

Application deadline: March 16, 2013


360 XOCHI QUETZAL is a FREE artist residency located in Chapala, Mexico on the shores of the largest lake in Mexico. Fiber artists, writers, visual artists, musicians and scholars will find inspiration from the beauty of the lake and surrounding mountains. Apply through CAFÉ for a residency in May 2013. For more information:


2014 NACF Artist Fellowships
Deadline to Apply: May 3

2014 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Artist Fellowships.


The $20,000 fellowships awarded by the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) recognize the creativity and expression of exceptional Native artists who have made significant impact in the field. American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian artists are encouraged to apply for this unique national fellowship honoring excellence by Native artists in six disciplines: dance, filmmaking, literature, music, traditional arts and visual arts.


Artists who are members of federally and state-recognized U.S. tribes, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian communities can review criteria in full and apply by the May 3 deadline at:


 We will announce recipients in November 2013. For questions about this opportunity, contact Program Director Reuben Roqueñi: or 360-314-2421.



Artist-in-Residence Studio (A.I.R. Studio) in Paducah, Kentucky, is accepting applications from visual artists, writers and composers for its 2013-14 program year. We welcome self-motivated, focused artists working in a range of traditional and non-traditional media.The duration of the residency is two weeks to three months. Collaborative artists and emerging artists are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be 21 years of age or older.


Caldera 2014 Artist in Residence Program 

Application deadline: June 15, 2013


Caldera is pleased to announce a call for applications for its 2014 Artist in Residence program. Every winter from January through March, creative individuals and collaborative groups from all over the world are welcomed to Caldera Arts Center in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains near Sisters, Oregon for one-month long residencies. Because we believe a range of backgrounds enhances the communal experience, residencies are open to national and international artists of any discipline, as well as creative think­ers in engineering, design and the sciences who have emerged and established themselves beyond university training.


To apply for a residency at Caldera, applicants must submit a formal application (available for download or through an online submission manager) by June 15, 2013, along with a project description, work samples and the application fee. All applications are reviewed by an admissions panel made up of professionals in the various disciplines. The awards will be announced in early September. To apply go to: 


Contact:  Elizabeth Quinn at (541) 610-9662,,


Professional Development

Alaska Arts Education Consortium (AAEC) Offering Summer Institutes

Deadline for registration is March 31, 2013.


AAEC began offering a Basic Arts Institute  in Juneau in 2003. Basic Arts Institutes, now offered statewide, are two-week intensive, summer opportunities for educators to learn how to use the arts to motivate and increase student learning.

Participants at Institutes -

  • Learn how to integrate the arts (visual, drama, music & Native cultural arts) into their school curriculum
  • Work with and learn from Alaska Native Elders
  • Understand the impact of the arts on student performance, motivation and brain activity
  • Experience the production, criticism & appreciation of art
  • Form a cadre of teachers in the arts across Alaska
Kodiak- Special Topics: Alutiig Cultural Institute, May 28-June 4, 2013


Sitka- Basic Arts Institute in collaboration with the award-winning Sitka Fine Arts Camp,  

June 2-14, 2013

Fairbanks - STEAM, June 3 - 14, 2013 more information about registration coming soon.  

Contact MK MacNaughton with questions:

Nome - Basic Arts Institute, June 30-July 14, 2013


Visit the AAEC website for information and registration at  


AAEC Symposium for Administrators  

$35 registration fee (includes luncheon)


The Alaska Arts Education Consortium (AAEC) is pleased to host a symposium on integrating the arts in Alaskan schools and districts. Keynote Speaker Denise Grande, Director of Arts Education from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission will share her experience with Arts for All, a collaborative initiative working to restore quality, sequential arts education in all 81 school districts located within the Los Angeles County. Ms Grande brings over 20 years of experience in implementing system-wide change in public schools.


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

Where: Baranof Hotel, Juneau, Alaska


Contact: Visit the AAEC website at, 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.


Arts, Education, and the Next America

Arts Education Partnership Annual Forum

Registration Deadline: April 4, 2013


The America of the future should be one in which all students have equal access and opportunity to high quality public education that includes the arts as an essential component. With so many changes in education, AEP National Forum attendees will be challenged to re-envision how they address students' diverse and individual needs, to be innovative in their approach to new academic standards and practices, and to cultivate deeper connections with the communities they serve.


General Registration: $250; Now -March 16 (midnight EST)

Late Registration: $280; March 17-April 4 (midnight EST)

Visit the AEP website or click here for registration and information. 

Klukwan Summer Program in the study of Tlingit Arts and Culture

University of Alaska Southeast

Registration Deadline: June 14, 2013 


This week-long arts and Tlingit cultural camp takes place in the Chilkat Indian Village of Klukwan, Alaska, located 22 miles north of Haines and 100 miles northeast of Juneau. College credits are available in two programs, and professional development credit is available for teachers:


  • Salmon Camp --students learn how to prepare salmon in the traditional way and carve a traditional canoe paddle (credit available for ART S285 Northwest Coast Carving and ED S593 Northwest Coast Salmon Cultural Camp).
  •  "Lynn Canal Sampler" -- students get outdoors to explore the area with bikes and experience this beautiful part of Southeast Alaska (optional credit for PE S103 Outdoor Recreation).
To learn more about the program and to receive a brochure, contact Denise Blankenship at 907-747-7714 or by e-mail at, or contact Jeff Budd at 907-747-4821 or by e-mail at .


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. 


Totem Heritage Center Native Art Studies Program

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

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.


Creative Capital Professional Development Program

Art Business Management, with Jeffrey Gibson  

Monday, March 11, 7:00-8:30pm EST 


Applying for Grants and Residencies: Strategies for Writers, with Ethan Nosowsky

Monday, March 18, 7:00-8:30pm EST  

Visual Arts Round Table, with Saul Ostrow & Matthew Deleget
Monday, March 25, 7:00-8:30pm EST  


Webinars are $25 each. All webinars are interactive and allow time for participants to ask questions.
To participate, all you need is access to a computer with speakers and an Internet connection (hard-wired preferred). There is no special software needed.

Learn more about our Online Learning Program on our website, or email Matthew Deleget at  


Perseverance Theatre Spring Break Onstage
March 18-22, 2013.


A camp for students age 8-18 at Perseverance Theatre in Douglas. Students can choose from three different workshops:

Creative Dramatics (ages 8-11) develop acting skills with exercises, play, and scene work

Musical Theatre Workshop (ages 12-18) classic and contemporary musical theatre songs and choreography

Actor's Intensive (ages 12-18) learn realistic acting methods including body work, and develop vocal capability and capacity.


The fee for the week-long camp is $150. For more information or to register, click here, or contact Shona Strauser at (907) 364-2421, ext. 232, or email


PEEPS Annual Youth Art Contest and Exhibition


The Kenai Birding Festival in conjunction with the Keen Eye Birders and The Peninsula Art Guild are hosting the bird inspired art contest for artists 18 years of age and under.  Art pieces can be of any medium and format (2-D/3-D, mixed media, photography, sculpture, etc).  The deadline for the contest is late April so there's plenty of time for a bad weather home project or a scout/classroom project with individual pieces. Download the information packet here.  


All art submissions will be on display during the month of May at the Kenai Fine Arts Center.


Artists and the general public are invited to view the submissions throughout May as well as at two special events:


PEEPS Exhibition Kick-Off

May 2nd, 6-8pm

Kenai Fine Arts Center


PEEPS Exhibition Awards Ceremony

Kenai Birding Festival Reception

May 16th, 7pm

Kenai Visitor's Center

Openings and Closings

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.


Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center

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


Reflex: Stron Softi Solo Exhibition

On view through April 14, 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

427 D Street, Anchorage, AK 99501

March 1 - 30, 2013


Center Gallery: Kevin G. Smith, Kusko Living

North Gallery: Ted Herlinger, Time

South Gallery: Swedish artist Andreas Andersson, Symptoms of a Blown Head Gasket

Guest Room: British artist Cleo Pettitt, Future Nostalgia.


Whitmore Hall, Sheldon Jackson Campus, Sitka  

The Mission: an interactive art installation by Rebecca Poulson

Sound, images, video and artifacts in a historic mission school building telling the story of Sheldon Jackson High School and College, of missionary philosophy, student experience, and the strong emotions after the school closed.

Preview Thursday, March 14th, 2013 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. 
Opening Friday, March 15th, 2013 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. 
Saturday, March 16th, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. 
Sunday, March 17th, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. 


3rd Annual Alaska Statewide Youth Art & Writing Competition Awards Celebration!

Gallery Opening: March 15, 5:30-7:00pm
Awards Celebration: March 16, 5:30-7:30pm

At Out North Contemporary Art House, 3800 DeBarr Road, Anchorage, AK 99508, 


Hundreds of students from all over the state, grades 7-12, submitted their art and writing to F Magazine's 3rd Annual ASYAW Competition. Come see the work of this year's art finalists in the Out North Main Gallery and hear the top winning writing pieces interpreted and read aloud by professional/experienced public readers and actors. This year, two winners will be awarded full scholarship and airfare to Sitka Fine Arts Summer Camp.


Wintermoot Augmented Reality Festival

presented by The Institute for Speculative Media

March 7th - March 31st

March 7th: special preview at Out North starting at 5:30 pm.
March 16th: 3rd Friday opening at Out North, 5:30-7:30.


Wintermoot is a guerrilla festival of augmented and mixed reality art by several local and international new media artists in Anchorage, Alaska during the month of March 2012. It is being sponsored by the Out North Contemporary Art House.Free and open to the general public in several locations around Anchorage, with two major groupings in Airport Heights around Out North and in Spenard/Midtwon.


To view the works, download the Layar application for free to your iPhone, iPad, Droid or Nokia smartphone and search for the Wintermoot layer. To view some of the videos and installations associated with the festival around Anchorage, please visit Out North Contemporary Art House in Airport Heights at the intersection of Bragaw and DeBarr. For more information, contact


Bunnell Street Art Center

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

Work by Suzanne Dvorak and Emily Longbrake

March 2013


Alaska Pacific University

4101 University Drive, Anchorage, AK 99508

Don Kolstad, Oil and Water Do Mix

Leah J. Peterson Gallery - APU Carr Gottstein Building

Tami Phelps, Serving Art

ConocoPhillips Gallery - APU Grant Hall

March 1-31, 2013


Tongass Historical Museum

629 Dock Street, Ketchikan, AK 99901

Reflections: Paintings and Prints from the Permanent Collection

March 8 - April 13, 2013

Opening reception Friday, March 8, 5-7 pm


Alaska Humanities Forum

161 E First Avenue Door 15, Anchorage, AK 99501


Cell Phone Photo Contest Winners

through March, 2013


Alaska Native Arts Foundation

500 west 6th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501


Elizabeth Ellis (Alutiiq), Symbolic Multiplicity

through March, 2013


UAA Student Union Gallery,, 907-786-1219

2D & 3D Student Invitational

March 21-April 4

Opening reception: Thursday, March 21, 5-7 pm

Midday reception: Monday March 25, 1:30 - 3 pm


 Announcements and Articles of Interest 

NEA Arts Magazine Focuses on Arts and Technology


From the printing press to the camera, advances in technology have always influenced the arts. Today, the rapid expansion of digital technology is changing the art world in entirely new ways. It's no surprise that arts organizations are making use of the new technologies to further their missions, and in this issue we look at some of the more interesting ways in which technology is being used in the arts: from the Smithsonian's mobile strategy to the use of video games for learning to creating a transmedia platform for theater, from the effect of e-books on literature and the publishing industry to the creation of "location-aware" music that changes as you change locations.  Click here to see the online magazine. 


2013 Andrew P. Kashevarof Memorial Winter Lecture Series:

Exploring the Archaeology of Alaska's Colonial Russian Settlements

Thursday, March 14, 12:00 noon


The public is invited to the Alaska State Museum in Juneau for a presentation from State Archaeologist Dave McMahan of the Office of History and Archaeology, as the final presentation of the Alaska Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums' 2013 Andrew P. Kashevarof Memorial Lecture Series. Admission to the lecture is free and visitors are welcome to bring a lunch to eat during the presentation.


The close geographic and cultural links between Russia and Alaska, along with shared history during the colonial period, have been the catalyst for several important archaeological research projects over the last two decades.  Archaeological information often provides details of daily life and sources of supply not found in the archival record.  McMahan will explore some of the archaeological projects that have been undertaken at colonial Russian sites, both in Alaska and Russia, and how these studies have influenced our understanding of life in Alaska's Russian settlements.


For more information, contact the State Museum, 395 Whittier, Juneau, AK

Phone (907) 465-2901 Fax (907) 465-2976


Anchorage Museum's Annual Gala Fundraiser

6 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13, 2013

Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center


Step back into Alaska's golden age of travel - a time of adventure, glamour and heroics - at the Anchorage Museum's annual gala. The fundraiser, from 6 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center, includes an elegant dinner, jazz by Jackie Schafer and the Standard Deviations, and live and silent art auctions.


More than 100 prominent Alaska artists are creating new work specifically for the gala auctions. This year's featured artist is Ron Senungetuk, an Iñupiat artist from Homer who has had two solo exhibitions at the Anchorage Museum and is represented in the museum collection. Other auction items include trips, hotel stays and gift certificates.


The evening's theme is Arctic Flight, in honor of the museum's current exhibition of the same name. Dress is black tie with an aviation twist.


The museum's annual gala is the nonprofit organization's largest fundraising event, supporting the museum's educational programs, public events, exhibitions and more. Tickets are $150 and available at


The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council and Perseverance Theatre announce

"The pARTnership"


The two entities have been meeting together with municipal and state officials, as well as potential funding sources to work together towards the creation of a new theatre complex for Alaska's capital city, an addition to the existing Juneau Arts and Culture Center building in Juneau's Willoughby neighborhood and is tentatively named the Willoughby Arts Complex  


Alaska Hackathon

Applications due March 29, 2013


The Anchorage Economic Development Corporation, with support from Pango Media, AK Community Land Trust & Campfire USA, is looking for non-profit organizations to participate in the upcoming Alaska Hackathon. The Hackathon is meant to encourage programmers and developers to use government and non-profit data sets to improve the lives of the surrounding community by solving a problem with software. The data set can be anything from the location of all the cities fire hydrants to a list of all the parks in the city with their acreage or hours of operation. Even if your organization has little data but a good problem that can be solved by technical means, the Hackathon can help.


Applications are due on 3/29/2013. If your organization is selected then you will be asked to put together a 4 minute presentation on your data and project (or possible ideas for a project) to the Hackathon participants. The presentations will be a week before the Hackathon, on 4/13/2013.


For questions about these guidelines or the Application,  contact the AEDC representatives at,, or Geoff Wright via 907-727-9397.





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.


The Juneau Symphony is seeking an Executive Director to begin in June 2013.

Deadline to submit Letter and Interest and Resume or Vitae: March 18, 2013


Primary responsibility is producing the Juneau Symphony's concert season. This includes concert preparation, coordinating fund-raising efforts, writing grants, bookkeeping, scheduling publicity, and performing general office duties. The candidate should have customer service or sales experience, outstanding oral and written communications skills, excellent computer skills, proficiency with MS Office suite and database management, experience with marketing and social media, a positive attitude and a passion for music. The person must be well-organized and able to work independently with minimal supervision.


The Executive Director must have strong interpersonal skills to work collaboratively with the music director, the Juneau Symphony Board, musicians, part-time staff, volunteers and the public. Preference will be given to someone having a successful history of working with non-profit groups and/or the performing arts. This person must have the desire and energy to be an ambassador for the Juneau Symphony in the community and to work cooperatively with various arts groups as well as businesses and government agencies. For additional information visit This position has a starting salary range of $32-$35K with some benefits.The Juneau Symphony is an equal opportunity employer.


Application Instructions

Please mail cover letter, resume, 3 references and a writing sample to:

Bev Smith, President

Juneau Symphony

PO Box 21236

Juneau, AK 99802


Wrangell Mountain Center is hiring now for year round and seasonal jobs! All positions have been redesigned in light of exciting new organizational changes.


Open year-round positions: 

Executive Director

Program Development Coordinator 


Open seasonal positions:

Summer Operations Manager 

Kitchen Coordinator

Head of Maintenance

Farming Intern

Work Trade Volunteer positions


Download position descriptions and learn how to apply on our website 

Email or call 907-244-7717


Contact Us

Shannon Daut, Executive Director
(907) 269-6607  

Saunders McNeill, Native & Community Arts Program Director
(907) 269-6603  

Andrea Noble-Pelant, Visual and Literary Arts Program Director
(907) 269-6605  

Gina Signe Brown, Administrative Manager
(907) 269-6608  

Keren Lowell, Office Assistant
(907) 269-6610 

Laura Forbes, Arts in Education Program Director
(907) 269-6682 

Janelle Matz, Alaska Contemporary Art Bank Manager
(907) 269-6604


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: 


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