April 2013 ASCA News 

Tong Thao
Tong Thao of Colony High School in Palmer, Alaska, recites "History Lesson" by Natasha Trethewey during the Poetry Out Loud Alaska State Finals Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at the Juneau Arts and Cultural Center in Juneau, Alaska. Thao is the winner of the 2013 Poetry Out Loud Alaska State Finals. (Seanna O'Sullivan Photography)
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
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 A Note From Shannon

One of the (many) reasons I love working in the arts is that I regularly have the opportunity to see how the arts can transform people's lives and their communities. Earlier this month I spent a week in Juneau. The week kicked off with Poetry Out Loud, ASCA's program--implemented in partnership with the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council--that organizes high school poetry recitation competitions throughout the state, culminating at the Alaska State Finals. We kept the students busy while they were in Juneau, with coaching activities, a tour of the UAS campus and the Governor's mansion, along with visits to their elected officials and being introduced by their Representatives on the floor of the House. But the competition was the highlight--seeing these amazing young adults take the stage with confidence, eloquence and poise was awe-inspiring. These students selected their own poetry (out of a collection assembled by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation), and I was amazed at the diverse and sophisticated group of poems they chose. I believe deeply in the power of the arts to develop well-rounded students that will be the future of our engaged citizenry--and these fine students affirmed that belief fully. You can find more information about the finalists, along with videos and an archive of the competition, below. 

After Poetry Out Loud concluded, ASCA convened its Arts Education Advisory Committee to discuss how we can strengthen our arts education investments throughout the state. We are so grateful to the tremendous leadership of this committee, comprised of leaders throughout the state who want to ensure that our students receive the comprehensive arts education that they deserve. We discussed how to strengthen our partnerships with school administrators, teachers, teaching artists, parents and the greater communities to advance our efforts in arts education. We certainly have big ideas and are working to maximize our limited dollars to have the greatest impact on Alaskan communities! 


Congratulations to Tong Thao of Colony High School in Palmer, the Alaska State Poetry Out Loud Champion. Tong will go on to represent the state at the National Poetry Out Loud competition in April.  


Congratulations also goes to the other nine state competitors representing communities throughout Alaska, whose recitations at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center on March 19th were inspiring to those present, as well as audience throughout the state who were able to livestream the event from 360 North. 


These competitors are: 

  • Brittni Tully (First Runner-up) of Revilla Alternative High School in Ketchikan;
  • Natalia Spengler from Juneau Douglas High School, Juneau; 
  • Samantha Saige Thomas from Chugiak High School, Chugiak;  
  • Sarina Montgomery from Lathrop High School, Fairbanks;  
  • Hazel Underwood from Kenny Lake School, Kenny Lake;  
  • Mark Sawyer Gillilan from IDEA - Region K, Kenai;  
  • Thaddeus Steve from Tukurngailnguq School, Stebbins;
  • Annemarie Pike from Sitka High School, Sitka;  
  • Andrea Irrigoo from Nome, representing Kodiak High School, Kodiak.  

Click here for a full press release on the Alaska Poetry Out Loud Competition.


Click here for the Alaska State Poetry Out Loud website which includes a message from the state competitors, a link to photographs of the competition and the link to watch the competition online.
2013 POL state finalists
Our Alaska State Poetry Out Loud finalists. Photo courtesy Seanna O'Sullivan Photography.
Congratulations to all the winners of the 2013 Alaska Youth Art & Writing Competition. Their works will be on exhibit at the Out North Contemporary Art House through April 14, as well as in the June issue of F Magazine. Two of these Alaska students also received the "Sitka Scholarship Award," which provides scholarships to attend the Sitka Fine Arts Camp to further develop their creative work.

Recognized for Work in Writing:


Honorable Mention

Makayla Clark, 10th grade, Dimond High  



Honorable Mention  

Alex Campbell,  8th grade, Stikine Middle School  

Chase Henderson, 12th grade, Houston High "

Emily Inama,  7th grade, Homer Middle School   

Lauren Livers, 8th grade, Goldview Middle School  

Molly Mitchell, 9th grade, Homer High  

Arianna Rohde, 10th grade, Dimond High  

Joshua Smith, 10th grade, Colony High   

Sawyer SmithVail, 7th grade, Steller Secondary School  

Krista Stapleford, Goldenview Middle School   


Third Place (tied)

Alex Campbell,  8th grade, Stikine Middle School  

Sydney Guthrie, 8th grade, Mitkof Middle School  


Second Place 

Jaliyn Gilbertson-Wyatt, 12th grade, Lathrop High  


First Place 

Sawyer SmithVail, 7th grade, Steller Secondary  School 



Third Place 

Jarrett Oney, 11th grade, Eagle River High  


Second Place 

Audrey Russell, 8th grade, Homer Middle School  


First Place 

Sean Braendel, 12th grade, Eagle River High -


Flash Fiction 

Second Place

Hayley Cavitt, 10th grade, Eagle River High  



Second Place 

Brittany O'Neill, 11th grade, East Anchorage High  


First Place (tied)  

Jacob Fairbanks, 11th grade, Eagle River High  

Hayley Cavitt, 10th grade, Eagle River High  


Novel Excerpt

Third Place  

Sawyer SmithVail, 7th grade, Steller Secondary  School    


Second Place 

Ivy Turinsky, 8th grade, Anchorage Waldorf  School


First Place 

Hannah Brown, 8th grade, Goldenview Middle School  


Short Fiction

Honorable Mention  

Sydney Guthrie, 8th grade, Mitkof Middle School  

Emma Morgan, 8th grade, Goldenview Middle School  

Austyn Pedebone  

Sara Stuart, 7th grade, Connections Home School   


Third Place (tie) 

 Sara Stuart, 7th grade, Connections Home School   

Molly Mitchell, 9th grade, Homer High   


Second Place  

Josh Nanton, 12th grade, East High  


First Place   

Sydney Guthrie, 8th grade, Mitkof Middle School  



 Ivy Turinsky, 8th grade, Anchorage Waldorf School "Rumplestiltskin - the Play"



Hannah Brown, 8th grade, Goldenview Middle School   

"Dreams & Stones"


Recognized for Work in Art:

Honorable Mention

Madelyne Bee,  12th grade, Dimond High  

Brittany Bennett, 12th grade, Lathrop High  

Briana Berner, 12th grade, Lathrop High  

Ginger Cordero, 12th grade, Service High  

Haley Edmondson, 8th grade, Goldenview  Middle School  

Jaden Frazier, 8th grade, Goldenview Middle  School  

Anderson Gajonera, 12th grade, Dimond High 

Maya Heubner, 12th grade, Steller Secondary  School  

Devon Williams Huff, 9th grade, Lathrop High  

Patricia Jackson, 12th grade, Petersburg High  

Whitney Jackson, 11th grade, Dimond High  

Sara Karl, 11th grade, Lathrop High  

Molly Mitchell, 8th grade Homer High  

Diane Murph, 11th grade, Petersburg High  

Makayla Skille, 12th grade, Lathrop High

Thu Tran, 12th grade, Lathrop High  

Ivy Turinsky, 8th grade, Anchorage Waldorf  School   

Allison Welsh, 8th grade - Goldenview Middle  School     

Devon Williams Huff, 9th grade, Lathrop High School  

Sarah Zimmerman, 11th grade, North Pole High   

Third Place 

Maya Heubner, 12th grade, Steller Secondary  School   

Second Place 

Jaden Frazier, 8th grade, Goldenview Middle School



Madison Chan, 12th grade, Dimond High -  

"Self Portrait" work in graphite


Alaska Arts Education Consortium Announces

2013 "Champions of Arts in Education"



The Alaska Arts Education Consortium's Champions of Arts in Education Award was created as a way to formally recognize and honor individuals or organizations from around the State of Alaska who champion arts in education.


The Alaska Arts Education Consortium (AAEC) board of trustees considers this program to be a celebratory action, aimed at highlighting the positive impact of the arts on the lives of our children and youth. The efforts of these individuals in teaching and supporting arts across the curriculum reflects the mission of AAEC, which is "to promote learning in and through the arts for all Alaska students."   


This year the AAEC is proud to announce the names of three Champions of the Arts in Education, Cori Anthony of Fairbanks, Roy Stone of Palmer, and Jennifer Bradley of Bethel - from the Interior, Southcentral, and Western regions of Alaska, respectively. All three, through their teaching and support of the arts, have made the lives of their students better; have contributed to their communities and the State of Alaska.


Cori Anthony of Fairbanks is the Vice Principal at Randy Smith Middle School, as well as the President of the Board of the Fairbanks Concert Association and a member of the Fairbanks Art and Culture in Education Committee. As a teacher, she made sure her students had exposure to the arts, and as a Vice Principal, she continues to ensure that her schools have professional touring artists who work directly with the students, and in her community roles, she has expanded her reach to bring the arts to underserved communities.


The second Champion is Roy Stone of Palmer who is an art instructor at Colony Middle School. Described as a true artist, she introduces her students to a variety of media and is always willing to help other art programs, not only in the school, but the district. She teaches district courses, and one of her most recent projects was to produce and film the Mat-Su district's opening day video that features student and staff interviews in every single school.


The third Champion is Jennifer Bradley of Bethel who is an art teacher at Bethel Regional High School. Her classes are robust and rigorous and her students express themselves while learning key concepts. Her students' work is displayed throughout the school, creating a welcoming and inclusive climate for all, and her classroom is a positive lively environment where students are motivated to learn.


AAEC believes that Champions of Arts in Education carry the torch for arts education through high-caliber instruction, arts support, and ongoing arts promotion.   Besides being a wonderful, fun experience for students, the lasting impacts on these kids include becoming more effective communicators and responsible, contributing citizens.  AAEC is an affiliation of 27 school districts, diverse organizations, and dedicated individuals committed to preparing and supporting Alaska's educators so that they can teach the arts across the curriculum.


The board of Alaska Arts Education Consortium salutes these champions as well as the three member districts - Fairbanks, Mat-Su, and Lower Kuskokwim - that recognize the importance of arts in education, and acknowledge the valuable roles their staff play by nominating them for this honor as Champions of the Arts in Education.


Artist in Schools Grant for 2013-2014 School Year is 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: https://alaska.cgweb.org/

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 $5,000 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 in total funding for FY14. 

There are two rounds of applications 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  http://education.alaska.gov/aksca/AIS.html.

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 laura.forbes@alaska.gov


ASCA Notices


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

Cultural Collaborations Arts Excursion and Access Grants are closed until July 1, 2013.  


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

Juried Student Art Exhibition 

UAA Student Union Gallery, 3211 Providence Drive, Anchorage AK 99508

Submission deadline: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 10 am - 7 pm


Works must have been completed within the past 12 months and CANNOT have previously been in a gallery show. $7 entry fee, limit 2 entries per person.
Prizes include $500 for Best in Show, $200 for Juror's Choice, & $100 for Honorable Mention


For more information, click here.


Perseverance Theatre will be holding auditions for the 2013-2014 Mainstage Season

In Anchorage on Saturday, April 13, 2-5pm at Cyrano's Theatre Company, 413 D Street.

In Juneau on Saturday, May 11, 12-4 at Perseverance Theatre, 914 Third Street, Douglas, AK.


The upcoming season includes God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza, Treasure Island by Ken Ludwig, Rush at Everlasting by Arlitia Jones, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams, and a fifth play yet to be announced.


Please contact Shona Strauser to schedule a time slot at (907) 364-2421 ext 232, or shona@perseverancetheatre.org.  For more information about Perseverance Theatre visit our website at www.perseverancetheatre.org.


Percent for Art - Request for Qualifications

Kodiak Near Island Research Administration Facility

Deadline: April 19, 2013

Budget: $150,000 USD


The Alaska State Council on the Arts, on behalf of Department of Fish and Game - Division of Sport Fish, is requesting qualifications from artists for interior artwork to be commissioned for the Department of Fish and Game - Kodiak Near Island Research Administration Facility located in Kodiak, Alaska.


This Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is open to all professional artists residing in the United States. Applications will be accepted online only through CaFÉ at: www.callforentry.org.


Submissions will be judged on a competitive basis. Finalists may be considered for more than one location or site. The art selection committee will choose the final sites and the best possible artwork for each site.


Percent for Art - Request for Qualifications 

K-12 Amaqigciq Elementary/Caputnguaq High School

Deadline: April 19, 2013

Budget: $159,000 USD


The Alaska State Council on the Arts on behalf of the Lower Kuskokwim School District (LKSD) is requesting qualifications for exterior artwork to be commissioned for the K-12 Amaqigciq Elementary/Caputnguaq High School in Chefornak, Alaska.


ALASKA ARTISTS ONLY.  Deadline for Entries: Received by Friday April 19, 9:59pm Alaska Daylight Savings Time. This RFQ is open to all professional artists residing in Alaska. Applications will be accepted online only through CaFÉ at: www.callforentry.org.


Submissions will be judged on a competitive basis. Finalists may be considered for more than one location or site. The art selection committee will choose the final sites and the best possible artwork for each site.


Exhibition Proposals wanted for Upcoming Exhibit Season Summer 2013 - Spring 2014

UAA Student Union Gallery, 3211 Providence Drive, Anchorage AK 99508


Deadline: April 19 at 5 pm

To view the proposal application, click here.  


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 curator@cordovamuseum.org 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 

Art of Pollination

Deadline: April 30


A beautiful book of art featuring pollinators of Alaska will be published early this summer in advance of National Pollinator Week, June 17-23, 2013. Artists are encouraged to submit their work in any style or media. There is no fee for submission. Go here to apply. For questions, contact Marie Wagner, Executive Director of the Chugach Arts Council, at 623-703-8890, or  



 For information about this and other creative opportunities, go to www.ChugachArtsCouncil.org.  


Looking @ Democracy 

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 http://lookingatdemocracy.org/   


ARTSparks (a partnership between Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs) is seeking proposals for temporary art projects for Occidental Square during June through September. All arts disciplines, collaborations or simultaneous projects are welcome to apply.

Projects must activate the park for a least one week in duration and may extend to several weeks. Applicants must have demonstrated experience in producing public arts events or installations. Priority will be given to applicants with experience producing programs in outdoor, public settings in collaboration with one or more sponsoring organizations.

The goal of ARTSparks is to help bring a lively and creative atmosphere to our downtown parks, converting them into showcases for the imagination where, simply by entering the park, people are encouraged to experience, question, interact with, investigate and respond to art-for free and as a natural part of daily, downtown life.

Proposals are due 5 p.m., Friday May 10 (Pacific Daylight Time). Go here

for details and application guidelines.  


440 Gallery

440 Sixth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215, www.440gallery.com, (718) 499-3844

Annual Theme Show: EARTH 

June 27 - July 28, 2013 

Juror: Jill Conner

Deadline for submissions: Sunday, May 19, 2013


440 Gallery is hosting its annual Theme Show. This juried exhibition will feature any art work which references our planet Earth. The exhibition will run from Thursday, June 27, through Sunday, July 28, 2013, with an opening reception on June 27, 6:00-9:00 pm.


Eligbility: Open to U.S. resident artists at least 18 years old. Eligible works include oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, drawings, printmaking, mixed media, photography, sculpture in any medium, and digital media.


Entry Fee: The fee is $35 for 1 - 3 works, $5 for each additional work up to 6 works total. Entry fees are non-refundable.


Entry Requirements: All entries must be submitted electronically. Click here for online submission form.


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

Federal Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination Grant Program

Department of Education--Office of Innovation and Improvement

Deadline: April 22, 2013


This program supports models that integrate the arts into the core elementary and middle school curricula; strengthen arts instruction; and improve students' academic performance, including their skills in creating, performing, and responding to the arts.  


For information and application on grants.gov, click here.


Alaska State Museum Grant-in-Aid for FY14 Open Online

Deadline: June 3, 2013


The application process for Grant in Aid is now open. There are 3 grant programs this year:

* Regular Grant-in-Aid for projects up to $10,000

* Mini-Grant-in-Aid for projects up to $2,000

* Internship Grant (amount determined by the review committee)


Museums can only apply for one category of funding per institution per year. For the mini-grant and the internship grant programs, contact Scott Carrlee, Curator of Museum Services, at 1-888-913-6873 to discuss your proposal before submitting the application.


Grant-In-Aid applications must be emailed to scott.carrlee@alaska.gov by 4:30 pm AKST Monday June 3rd 2013 or postmarked on or before Monday, June 3rd, 2013.


Application and information available on the Alaska State Museum Website here.


Click here to read about the application process and the categories for application in FY14.  


Elevate the Arts Grants Contest

American Girl & Americans for the Arts  

Deadline: May 31, 2013


American Girl's 2013 Girl of the Year, Saige Copeland, is a spirited and imaginative young girl who loves painting. When budget cuts take away art class at her school, Saige draws on her talents, mobilizes others, and takes action to bring the arts back.

To support Saige's message about the importance of preserving arts programs in U.S. schools, Americans for the Arts and American Girl are proud to announce the Elevate the Arts grants contest.

Elevate the Arts will provide $45,000 in grants to elementary school art programs across the country. Teachers can enter to win one of the grants by submitting a digital image of a hot air balloon-themed art project and a short statement on why the arts matter. Entries must be received by May 31, 2013. Grant awards will be announced in October 2013.


Visit Elevate the Arts for information and application. 

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.


Creative Arts Exchange

U.S. Dept. of State--Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs  

Deadline: May 6, 2013


Creative Arts Exchange initiatives are arts-based international people-to-people exchanges that support and further U.S. Department of State foreign policy objectives. The Cultural Programs Division determines eligible themes under the Creative Arts Exchange Open Competition annually. The FY2013 themes:

  1. Economic Statecraft and the Arts ($500,000) An exchange program to send abroad small delegations of recognized American creative and business experts to provide a 360° perspective of a creative industry and contribute to the sustained development of a creative economy in emerging democracies and markets.
  2. Arts in Collaboration ($800,000) An international exchange program in urban arts and hip hop that incorporates artistic collaboration, professional development and outreach to youth to explore and address conflict resolution strategies.
  3. Community Engagement through the Arts ($500,000) An exchange program to send American artists abroad to collaborate with local youth and underserved populations on community-based art projects in the mural arts and/or new media arts. Applicants can submit a proposal for up to $500,000 that incorporates mural arts and new media arts or submit a proposal for $250,000 that identifies either mural arts or new media arts.
  4. Professional Development in the Arts ($155,000) To implement short-term, in-depth professional development, cultural exchange projects for international participants in the U.S.

For information visit Creative Arts Exchange. Apply at www.grants.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.


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.  


2014 Artist in Business Leadership

Call for Applications

Grant amount: $5,000

Application deadline: September 1, 2013 (postmark deadline)     


The 2014 Artist in Business Leadership Program is an independent business arts fellowship program that features a working capital grant of $5,000 to be used to support a one year marketing plan/strategy or business goal as defined by the artist applicant. Artists will receive technical assistance, a professional network of peers, as well as travel funds to participate in FPF's individualized professional development workshops. The fellowship also provides a focus on new works to stimulate creativity and a renewal of energy in Native art expression.


Eligibility Requirements: NEW!

Artist applicants must be in mid career (5+ years) in their experience in marketing their art at Indian art markets, galleries, and have wholesale experience. Artists will have chosen art as a means to obtain economic self-sufficiency for their family and to establish themselves as independent, credible artists with viable community based businesses. Must demonstrate a strong vision and articulated plan for implementing effective market strategies over the one-year fellowship period and will effectively use this opportunity to explore New Works and demonstrate marketing initiative effectively. Alaska Native and affiliated Canadian First Nations artist applicants are eligible.


Click here for the application. 


For more information please visit our website at www.firstpeoplesfund.org or call (605)348-0324
Email at miranne@firstpeoplesfund.org 



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

2014 NACF Artist Fellowships
Deadline to Apply: May 3
Application: http://nacf.us/2014-fellowships

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:



Recipients will be announced in November 2013. For questions about this opportunity, contact Program Director Reuben Roqueñi: reuben@nativeartsandcultures.org 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 Caldera believes that 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: http://www.calderaarts.org/caldera/arts-in-residence/ 


Contact:  Elizabeth Quinn at (541) 610-9662, elizabeth.quinn@calderaarts.org, www.calderaarts.org


Professional Development

Alaska Robotics Gallery Workshops with Scott C. And Kate Beaton

Alaska Robotics Gallery, 220 Front Street, Juneau, AK.  
907- 523-0303, email crew@alaskarobotics.com

Saturday, April 13th | 12:00pm - 2:00pm | Hang out and draw at the Alaska Robotics Gallery
Thursday, April 18th | 7:00pm - 9:00pm | Evening lecture - Kate & Scott talk about their art and experiences - Location TBA
Friday, April 19th | 4:30pm - 7:00pm | Gallery party time, signing books, hanging out, eating cheese


Brainstorming!!! - Saturday, April 20th - 10am - 12:30pm
Location: Rockwell's Backroom
Intrepid explorer, Scott Campbell, will lead a workshop on brainstorming!!!  He'll help you find ideas, meaning and backstory.  Imagine all the exclamation points in the word "brainstorming!!!" made of happy lightning bolts.

Find your Visual Voice - Saturday, April 20th - 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Location: Rockwell's Backroom
Kate Beaton, award-winning awesomeness, will teach a workshop on drawing gestures and expressions.  This class will help people learn to loosen up and nail the faces and poses they are looking for in their illustrations and comics.
Workshops are $15 each or $25 for both. Scholarships available.


Registration for Teacher Summer Institutes Extended
Alaska Arts Education Consortium 

Registration Deadline: April 15th, 2013


Kodiak- Special Topics: Alutiiq 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


Nome - Basic Arts Institute, July 28-Aug 9, 2013


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 dmblankenship@uas.alaska.edu, or contact Jeff Budd at 907-747-4821 or by e-mail at jbudd3500@yahoo.com .


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


Artist Marketing and Portfolio Development

Brigette Ellis and Shelley Stallings, Instructors

April 17-27, 2013


For more information about classes and registration, click here.

Final WYAK writing contest for 2012-2013 School Year
49 Alaska Writing Center/Write Young Alaska
Deadline: Friday, April 19, 2013 

Can you HAIKU? How about laughing in a LIMERICK? Free form poetry, rhyming or not, is welcome too. Poetry provides a great opportunity to speak from your heart and play with the sound of words as they rub up against each other.


The winner in each of three age categories will be published in Alaska Out Loud, the WYAK online zine, and receive advice from a published poet, in addition to a book of poetry.

Submit work on the WYAK website. Visit WYAK on facebook here.   

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

Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center

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


Portrait Alaska: Clark James Mischler

April 20 - September 28, 2013

Artist Lecture/Book Signing April 20, 2:00 pm 

"Portrait Alaska: Clark James Mishler" features more than 200 portraits of Alaskans taken during the past 20 years.


International Gallery of Contemporary Art

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

April 5 - 27, 2013. First Friday reception April 5, 5:30 - 7:30 pm.


Center Gallery: The BOLT Project: a slow performance by Keren Lowell.

North Gallery: Explorations in Sculpture, works by UAA advanced sculpture students.

South Gallery: City and the Elements, a series of photographs featuring a study of ravens and other glimpses of life, by Carmen Bydalek.

Guest Room: C4: Ceramic, Curated by Esther Hong. Ceramic artworks by Bill Jamison, Caitlin Smith, Chelsea Ruwe, Emily Longbrake.


Bunnell Street Art Center

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



Underfoot Paintings: work by Carla Klinker Cope

April 2013, First Friday reception April 5, 5 - 7 pm, Artist Talk 6 pm

Demo workshop April 6, 12-2 pm

April Artist in Residence: Adam Ottavi Schiesl


Alaska Humanities Forum

161 E First Avenue Door 15, Anchorage, AK 99501, 907-272-5341


Life in Spenard: new works by Angela Ramirez

April 2013, First Friday reception April 5, 5:30 - 7:30 pm.

Alaska Native Arts Foundation

500 West 6th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501, 907-258-2623


When the Land Forgets You, How Can You Carry On?, a collection of prints by Nicholas Galanin

April 2013, First Friday reception April 5, 5 - 8 pm.


UAA Student Union Gallery

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


Juried Student Art Exhibition

Opening Reception: Tuesday, April 16, 5-7pm
Midday Reception: Thursday, April 18, 1:30-3pm
Juror Lecture by Julie Decker: Monday April 15, 2013, 7:30-8:30pm in the UAA Consortium Library room 307

Alaska State Museum

395 Whittier, Juneau, AK, Phone (907) 465-2901 Fax (907) 465-2976


April 5 - October 12, 2013


Playing with Lightning: Ravenstail Weavings by Kay Field Parker

Rainforest Warriors: Tlingit Armor by carver Tommy Joseph. 

First Friday opening reception April 5, 4:30 - 6:30 pm, followed by a 7 pm tour with Kay Parker

Artist lecture by Tommy Joseph Saturday April 6, 2 pm. The lecture is free and open to the public.


 Announcements and Articles of Interest 


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 here.  


First City Players of Ketchikan has developed a short survey that will take 15-20 minutes to complete.  The information will be used to improve current programs and service and aid in the planning for future programs. Please note, the survey will be open for responses from Noon on Sunday March 24th until Noon on Sunday April 14th.  All answers are confidential.  You cannot leave the survey and return later to finish it, so please allow 20 minutes to complete once you begin.  If you have any questions, comments, or would like a paper survey to fill out, please call Elizabeth Nelson, Artistic Director at 907-225-4792.


The Kumin Family Foundation Awards Anchorage Opera a $10,000.00 Matching Grant

Anchorage Opera has been awarded a $10,000.00 matching grant from the Kumin Family Foundation. With this award the next $10,000.00 raised will be matched up to four times. This means for every $100.00 raised, the matching dollars add another $300.00 for a total of $400.00. Please consider making a gift to Anchorage Opera.



Alaska State Museum, Juneau, AK

Saturday April 27

Art viewing: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Lunch: 1:00 PM - 2.00 PM
Slow Art Day is a worldwide celebration of art that encourages people to look at art SLOWLY - and thereby experience art in a new way. You can see more about Slow Art Day and the mission behind it on this website.


Once a year, Slow Art Day asks museumgoers to look at five works of art for 10 minutes each, practicing the kind of visual analysis more often taught in art history programs than art museums. After the viewing, Slow Art Day participants will meet to talk about their experiences over lunch. "The goal is to focus on the art and the art of seeing," explains their mission statement.


For more info, check out the Alaska State Museum's website. Questions about Slow Art Day? Call Visitor Services at 907-465-2901 or email Mary Irvine


Springboard's Artists Healthcare Program model now available to communities nationwide


Springboard for the Arts is excited to announce that the award-winning Artists' Access to Healthcare (AAH) program is now available to communities across the country to replicate! Demand from arts and community groups inspired Springboard to create an Artists' Health Fair and Guide to Healthcare Replication Toolkit. The Toolkit, which helps groups connect their communities to healthcare resources, can be downloaded for $40 at www.springboardforthearts.org/health.
AAH is a free program that leverages existing resources to help artists in the Twin Cities and Fergus Falls, Minnesota, get the healthcare they need. In the past seven years, Springboard for the Arts' AAH program has directly served over 5000 artists. A short animated video released today at http://bit.ly/AAHVideo features the story of Jane, an uninsured artist who used the AAH program to receive a life saving check-up.


For more information about Springboard for the Arts' Artists' Access to Healthcare (AAH) program, please contact nikki@springboardforthearts.org or visit  http://www.springboardforthearts.org/health/.   




Employment and Internships

The Canvas Art Studio & Gallery, in Juneau Alaska is accepting applications for art instructors.  The Deadline for the application process is Monday, April 15th, 2013. For a full job description visit: www.canvasarts.org.  The position is an excellent opportunity to be an integral part of Juneau's vibrant art community.  For questions/information about the position, contact Chris Taylor, Artistic Coordinator at the Canvas, 907.586.1750


Perseverance Theatre offers season-long internships in the following areas: artistic, technical direction (carpentry, electrics, paints, props), stage management, production management and arts management.


Perseverance also offers a summer-long internship in the area of education. This person works closely with our Director of Education on the summer programming including STAR and ASTI. Season internships generally run August through May. The summer education internship generally runs May through August. A stipend and housing will be provided.


Applications should include a resume, cover letter, and two letters of recommendation. Applications may be submitted by mail to 914 Third Street, Douglas, AK 99824, or via email to amy@perseverancetheatre.org. Deadline is April 15th.


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.


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 info@wrangells.org or call 907-244-7717


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.alaska.gov/aksca/ 


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