Fish School Bus
A Ship Creek Fish Hatchery public art crew stopped by the ASCA offices in the ADF&G stocking truck, pictured here. The "Fish School Bus" art is part of the 1% Public Art Commissions for the Hatchery. Ray Troll (R) is the chief artist for the project. His assistants are (from R to L) Guillermo Jauregui, Allie Cunningham and Hollis Swan. ASCA staff also got to meet Don Bee--a retired fish culturist, an advisor, and one of the drivers of the
Fish School Bus (not pictured).

August 2013 ASCA News 

In This Issue
A Note from Shannon
Regional Accessibility Institute
ASCA Notices
Calls for Art and Requests for Proposals
Grants and Funding
Residencies and Fellowships
Professional Development
Alaska Summer Festivals
Summer Camps
Openings and Closings
Announcements and Articles of Interest
Employment and Internships
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 A Note From Shannon

I hope you have been enjoying this spectacularly sunny and warm summer and have been able to participate in some of our amazing arts festivals! Today, I am very pleased to make a couple of exciting announcements. First, the Alaska State Council on the Arts and our partners at the Alaska Humanities Forum have been talking over the past year about how we might re-imagine the Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities. After extensive consideration, we have decided to move the ceremony to Juneau next year, to take place during the legislative session. The awards will take place on Thursday, January 30th and will feature art and performances from Alaskan artists! We will also be coordinating a day on the hill for the arts and humanities, so if your organization or community is planning a 2014 legislative fly-in, we encourage you to get in touch with us so that we can join efforts. Nominations will open in September, so check back here for more information!


Second, we are very excited to announce that the 2014 statewide arts conference will take place in Anchorage on May 1-3. We have already begun brainstorming fun arts activities, energizing national speakers and unique session topics and formats. As always, let us know if there is a particular topic you would like us to include in the conference. The conference will also offer both pre- and post-conference workshops. One of these is the Creative Capital Professional Development Program for individual artists from a variety of disciplines. This will take place May 2-4. Because space for this session will be extremely limited, ASCA will be posting a call for applications later this fall. 


Please plan to join us for what is surely a not-to-be-missed opportunity to connect with your peers, learn valuable tools and nourish your creative energy! 

Report from the Regional Accessibility Institute

WESTAF weblogo The Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) and the National Endowment for the arts convened a peer group of state agency ADA coordinators and arts accessibility program visionaries in the beautiful mile high city of Denver in early June. NEA Logo


WESTAF and the NEA embedded three goals within the framework of the Regional Accessibility Institute. First was to gather western states ADA coordinators to connect closely with the NEA's new director of the NEA's Office of Accessibility. Second was to "encourage the development of an effective network of ADA coordinators" in the western states region. Third was to introduce the peer group to accessibility resources outside of the arts field that have crossover applications with state arts agency programs.


The Institute gave Alaska State Council on the Arts staffer Saunders McNeill and our WESTAF-hosted guest partner, Jason Burke, State of Alaska Department of Administration ADA Coordinator, a unique opportunity to join in an engaging discussion about a paradigm shift in the world of accessibility in the arts. In broad terms, every state arts agency is charged with ensuring that our grant recipients comply with federal ADA law. The Institute illuminated what all state arts agency ADA coordinators already know, that the arts and culture field has greatly expanded on the original intent behind ADA law.


What was originally viewed as a legal provision that all citizens be provided equal opportunity for dignified access to arts and culture venues has evolved. Increasingly, ADA arts coordinators and atypical partners work collaboratively to propel our citizen's ethos beyond simply ramps, lifts and elevators, and toward visionary arts accessibility programs. Authentic inclusion, full participation, and complete creative engagement are the hallmarks of true arts accessibility.


Institute guest performer, Lynn Manning, the co-founder and Artistic Director of Watts Village Theater Company embodies this philosophy. Tim Carpenter, Founder and Executive Director of EngAGE described how his non-profit organization addresses creative and healthy aging programmatically. Their holistic mission supports artistic creativity, wellness, lifelong learning, community building and inter-generational programs for thousands of seniors. Carpenter describes the structure and impact in his TEDxSoCal talk. University of Colorado Boulder Instructor Meredith Banasiak with the Environmental Design Program shared stunning cognitive research findings. In the context of accessibility in the arts she challenged the ethics behind creating built environments that purposefully disrupt and antagonize sensory experience. Her work with the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture, whose mission is to promote and advance knowledge that links neuroscience research to a growing understanding of human responses to the built environment, challenges contemporary architects' deliberative motivation to design space that negatively impacts human cognitive function.


The Alaska State Council on the Arts is thrilled that the WESTAF Regional Accessibility Institute more than accomplished its triad of goals. The ultimate goal of full creative inclusion and true arts accessibility are inevitable outcomes of an interdisciplinary approach that braids together visionary arts programming, neuroscience, and civic engagement.




Alaska State Council on the Arts Awards Grants to Alaska Artists and Arts Organizations


The Alaska State Council on the Arts awarded over $528,000 in grants to Alaska artists and arts organizations in its first funding quarter of the year.


ASCA awarded $369,940 in Operating Support grants, $89,085 for Artists in Schools Round 1 grants, $43,750 in Community Arts Development grants, $7,794 in Career Opportunity grants, $6,800 in Workshop grants and $3,000 for Master Artist & Apprentice grants.


Three artists were added to the Statewide Teaching Artist roster: Kristin Link, Drew Michael and Adam Ottavi Schiesl. The Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation also awarded $1,000 for a Helen Walker Performing Arts Fund grant.


The Alaska State Council on the Arts is funded by the Alaska State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts, with support for arts education grants from the Rasmuson Foundation. All grant funding is contingent on the State of Alaska's appropriation.


For a complete list of the projects, or grants by community, contact ASCA at 907.269.6610 or 1.888.278.7424. Grants are also posted at


Award Recipient



Operating Support - Annual Grants ($50,250)

49 Writers, Inc.



Alaska Arts Education Consortium



Alaska Children's Institute for the Performing Arts



Alaska Youth Orchestras



Anchorage Classical Ballet Academy



Anchorage Community Theatre



Denali Arts Council



Fairbanks Drama Association/ Fairbanks Childrens Theatre, Inc.



Greater Sitka Arts Council



Operating Support-First Year Biennial Grants ($168,190)

Alaska Arts Southeast, Inc.



Alaska Junior Theater



Alutiiq Heritage Foundation



Anchorage Concert Chorus



Anchorage Opera Company



Fairbanks Arts Association



Fairbanks Concert Association



Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival



Homer Council on the Arts



Juneau Arts & Humanities Council



Juneau Symphony



Kodiak Arts Council



Sitka Summer Music Festival



Operating Support-Second Year Biennial Grants ($151,500)

Anchorage Concert Association



Anchorage Museum Association



Bunnell Street Art Center



Fairbanks Symphony Association



First City Players



Homer Society of Natural History, Inc.



Juneau Jazz & Classics



Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council



North Star Dance Foundation



Out North



Perseverance Theatre, Inc.



Artist in Schools Round I Grants ($89,085 awarded)



Aleutians East Borough School District

Sand Point, King Cove


Bering Strait School District

BSSD Region


Bunnell Street Arts Center

Kenai Peninsula


Copper River School District



Cottonwood Creek Elementary School



Fairbanks Arts Association



Hoonah City Schools



Juneau Arts & Humanities Council



Kodiak Island Borough School District

Kodiak Island





McNeil Canyon Elem School



Nome School District



Community Arts Development - 1st Quarter Grants ($43,740) 

Alaska Dance Theatre, Inc.



Alaska Theatre of Youth



Anchorage Symphony Orchestra



Calypso Farm and Ecology Center



Kenai Peninsula Orchestra Inc



Museums Alaska



Seldovia Arts Council



Sitka School District for Sitka Jazz Festival



Southeast Alaska State Fair



The Island Institute, Inc.



Valley Performing Arts, Inc.



Wrangell Mountains Center



Career Opportunity - 1st Quarter Grants ($7,794)

Adam Schiesl



Amy Johnson



Andrew Bailey Arend



Dubraskha Arrivillaga



Gretchen Sagan



K N Goodrich



Loralie L. Heagy



Lucas Rowley



Sarah Maria Conarro



Workshop - 1st Quarter Grants ($6,800)

Alaska Photographic Center



Alaska Watercolor Society



Bunnell Street Art Center



Friends of Tuzzy Library Inc.



North Star Dance Foundation



Rainforest Festival



Sealaska Heritage Institute



Master Artist/Apprentice Grants - 1st Quarter Grants ($3,000)

Holly Churchill (A) with Dorica Jackson (M)



Crystal Rogers (A) with Clarissa Rizal (M)



AACF Walker Grant ($1,000)

Triumvirate Theatre (Alaska Children's Institute for Performing Arts

Kenai Peninsula



ASCA Notices

The Connie Boochever Fellowship Application is Open! 


The Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation invite emerging literary and performing artists to apply for this fellowship opportunity. The deadline for this fellowship is Friday, August 30, 2013. You can find the application on CaFE at this link: 


About the Fellowship: In 2001, after her death, Connie Boochever's family established the fellowship to honor and reflect the spirited passion for the arts Mrs. Boochever consistently demonstrated during her life. Connie Boochever was an avid performer, director, and producer of community theater, and a lifelong patron and advocate of the arts. Her crusading efforts gave the arts a voice in Alaskan government and she played a key role in advocating for passage of legislation mandating Percent for Art in Public Places. Connie's legacy can be seen in art installed in public buildings around the state.


In the 2013 cycle, a select number of $2,500 fellowships will be awarded to individual artists working in literary or performing arts disciplines: Musicians, Composers, Choreographers, Dancers, Playwrights/Screenwriters, Actors/Directors, Writers and Poets. 


Past recipients include:



  • Anne Coray, poet, Port Alsworth
  • Joan Kane, writer, Anchorage
  • Yngvil Vatn Guttu, musician and actor, Anchorage
  • Schatzie Schaefers, playwright, Anchorage


  • James Adcox, visual artist, Nome
  • Michael Conti, photography and video, Anchorage
  • Ben Huff, photography, Juneau
  • Wendy Gingell, ceramic artist, Anchorage

For more information, contact the Alaska State Council on the Arts at 1.888.278.7424 or 907.269.6610. The Fellowships are funded through the Connie Boochever Endowment and the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation, and administered by the Alaska State Council on the Arts.


Cultural Collaborations Arts Excursion and Access Grants
are available for arts education projects in the 2013-14 school year, on a rolling deadline. Contact Laura Forbes for more information.  


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


September 1, 2013 -  FY14 2nd Quarter Grant Deadlines - Community Arts Development, Career Opportunity, Master Artist and Apprentice, Workshop and Walker Arts Grants 


November 1, 2013 - FY14 Round II Deadline - Artist in Schools Grants


December 1, 2013 - FY14 3rd Quarter Grant Deadlines - Community Arts Development, Career Opportunity, Master Artist and Apprentice, Workshop and Walker Arts Grants


December 1, 2013 - FY14 Round II Deadline - Cultural Collaborations Project Grants 


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Calls for Artists and Requests for Proposals


Mark Your Calendars−A Call to all Artists and Artisans!

2013 Sitka Artisans Market, December 6-8, 2013

Application deadline: August 28, 2013


The annual juried Sitka Artisans Market is a community-enhancing retail fair now professionally managed by the Greater Sitka Arts Council. The event will fill much of Sitka's Harrigan Centennial Hall and will run for three days from Friday December 6th, through Sunday December 8th and is expected to draw over 2,000 shoppers.


The annual Sitka Artisans market provides an opportunity for Alaskan fine artists and artisans to showcase original, distinctive, carefully crafted wares to the public before the holidays. The Artisans Market provides a unique sales venue for fine artists and artisans and one-of-a-kind retail experience for Sitkans and visitors from outlying communities. The Market is also an opportunity for Sitka merchants to discover new products for their stores.  


The application deadline for juried booth space is due August 28th, 2013. Space rental fees range from $105 to $300 per booth. For vendor applications, information, questions or concerns please call Sarah at 907-738-5234 or visit the Greater Sitka Arts Council website at or call (907)-747-ARTS (2787). Email us at or Snail mail: PO BOX 564 Sitka, Alaska 99835. Come by our office on the Sheldon Jackson Campus YAW building (Room 108) and pick up an application in person or from our drop-box.

Call for Public Art - The Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council (KAAHC),  

on behalf of the City of Ketchikanrequests concept proposals to replace the community's rain gauge and to surround or incorporate the adjacent electrical components into artwork. The budget amount of $100,000 is the total for purchase and installation of artwork and cost and installation of an information plaque. The full RFP can be downloaded by clicking here.  


Contact:  Kathleen Light, Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council 

Deadline:  August 30, 2013

Aesthetica Art Prize 2013

Deadline: August 31, 2013


The Aesthetica Art Prize 2013 is now open for entry, offering both budding and established artists the opportunity to showcase their work to a wider, international audience. Prizes include up to £1000 in cash, a group exhibition and editorial coverage in Aesthetica Magazine, which has a readership of 140,000 worldwide.


Categories are Photographic & Digital Art, Three Dimensional Design & Sculpture, Painting & Drawing and Installation & Performance. Please visit for more information.

Snow Screen: A Northern Film Festival
accepting Nominations for videos with a Northern theme
Northern Initiative of the Anchorage Museum
Deadline: Sept. 21, 2013

The Anchorage Museum is now accepting nominations for Snow Screen: A Northern Film Festival. Anyone, anywhere can send the Museum a nomination of YouTube videos with a Northern theme. Nominate a video filmed in Alaska to be featured in the "local" segment of the festival, or submit a video clip to one of several other categories. Eligible entries must be publicly available on YouTube.  The festival screens at the Anchorage Museum on November 1st, First Friday, from 6 - 9 p.m. in both the Museum's atrium and auditorium. Click here for more information.


Request for Proposal: Art Procurement, Kenai, AK 

Deadline: September 30, 2013, 4:30 pm


The Kenaitze Indian Tribe is seeking Requests for Proposals (RFP) for art concepts from artists and artist teams for design, fabrication and installation of a suspended artwork for the interior Gathering Space of the new Dena'ina Wellness Center currently under construction in Kenai. This RFP is open to all artists. Members of the Kenaitze Indian Tribe, Alaska Native and American Indian artists are encouraged to submit.


Potential proposers must register to receive a copy of RFP documents by contacting Joyce Kuhn at (907)276-8095 or email 

The Szpilman Award

Deadline: September 30, 2013 (postmark) 


The Szpilman Award is awarded to works that exist only for a moment or a short period of time. The purpose of the award is to promote such works whose forms consist of ephemeral situations. 

Everyone can apply. Worldwide! There is no participation fee. For all information and the application form, click and apply


Mystery Build Challenge

Submission Deadline: October 20, 2013


Create a work of art using ONLY the materials in a Mystery Build Kit. Upload photos and/or videos of what you make to compete for cash prizes. The theme for this year's contest is "Re-Invent a Work of Art"   


The Twist: You don't know what's inside the kit! While the specific materials will be unknown to you at the time of purchase, you can expect to find some common sculpting materials like wood, clay, metal, fiber, and plenty more! All Mystery Build Kits contain the same materials.


The Payoff: Fortune and Fame. Judges and voters will select the winners of $15,000 in cash awards! 

Winning artists get nationwide exposure on our website


Grants and Funding

NEA Artworks Grants for All Disciplines including Arts Education and Folk and Traditional Arts

Deadline: August 8, 2013

Artworks Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts are given to support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. Within this category, all Arts Education projects will have Learning as their primary outcome. Innovative projects are strongly encouraged. Grants generally range from $10,000 to $100,000. 


For an overview of the NEA's funding opportunities, please see the NEA Grants Workshop presentation.


The series of Arts Works guidelines webinars for each discipline has now concluded. All of the sessions are archived on NEA's YouTube channel.


For information and application, visit the website at   


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.


2014 Artist in Business Leadership

First Peoples Fund 

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.


Click here for the application. 


For more information please visit the website at or call (605)348-0324 or email 


2014 Cultural Capital Grant

First Peoples Fund

Grant amount: $5,000 

Application deadline: September 1, 2013 (postmark deadline)     


The 2014 Cultural Capital Program provides tradition-bearers of tribal communities the opportunity to further their important cultural work. The program is designed to support previous year Community Spirit Award recipients, allowing them to commit more time to teach and share their ancestral knowledge and practices with others who want to learn.


The grant program will help artists develop local networks for leveraging other resources and will provide technical assistance and capacity-building support as needed by the master artist/teacher.   


Click HERE for an application


For more information please visit the website at or call (605)348-0324 or email 

Residencies & Fellowships

Wrangell Mountain Center 2013 Summer Programs in McCarthy, AK


Lichen Identification | Jessica Allen, Aug. 16-18  

Plein Air Painting | Linda Infante Lyons, August 20-24

Natural History Field Sketching and Journaling | Kristin Link, August 20-24


Visit for complete details about our mission and summer programs. Register soon and receive an early bird registration discount. WMC members receive a 10% discount on program registration.


Professional Development
Technically Art
Juneau Arts & Humanities Council, Perseverance Theatre and Juneau Community Schools
Lighting Design, Back Stage Tech Crew, Stage Managing, Producing Events, Volunteering for Events Workshops: August 9-11

This is an exciting new FREE training opportunity that has come out of a collaboration between Perseverance Theatre, Juneau Arts and Humanities Council and Community Schools that we are calling "Technically Art." For all the Sessions at Juneau Douglas High School Auditorium, meet up in the Commons Area. The sessions at Perseverance theatre are in the Phoenix Room.


There will be several series available during the weekend that interested volunteers can sign up for:


SERIES A: INTERACTING WITH AUDIENCES - Instructors Nancy DeCherney and Kari Groven will focus on front of house, back of house, concession and box office best practice among other topics. Participants may choose to attend the full series, or sign up for individual sessions.


SERIES B: BEHIND THE SCENES - In section one, instructor Bo Anderson will focus on the fundamentals of stage crewing. In section two, instructor Art Rotch will focus on stage lighting design and tech.


SERIES C: TAKING A LEAD - Instructors Kathleen Harper, Nancy DeCherney and Kari Groven will focus on event production and management, as well as production, stage and house management.


For a full schedule and a link to registration, click here.

Grantsmanship Training Program®

Juneau Arts and Humanities Council, Juneau, Alaska      

August 12-16, 2013


In this comprehensive, hands-on training program, you'll learn and practice: 

  • Using the Grantsmanship Center's proven model for developing a proposal - a model so effective that many funders use the same structure for their grant applications
  • Developing a budget that answers the questions all funders ask
  • Identifying grantmakers who are most likely to fund your programs
  • and much, much more!

Full participation in the Grantsmanship Training Program is applicable for up to 33.0 continuing education points in Category 1.B - Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification. You'll receive 12 months of follow-up support from The Grantsmanship Center, including one proposal review and full access to the Center's databases of foundation, corporate, and government grantmakers!  


To learn more about this training, click here.  

For location and contact information, click here.


The tuition for this training is $895. To reserve a place in this training, click here, or call The Grantsmanship Center's Registrar at 800-421-9512.  


2013 Creative Placemaking and Public Art Webinar Series
Date: September 12 - December 5, 2013

Registration closes August 15.


The new Creative Placemaking and Public Art Webinar Series offers practical tools for professionals to assess and implement creative placemaking and public art projects to enhance a community's sense of place. The series is intended to provide a step-by-step process for public art professionals and artists; designers; and business improvement, tourism, community, and development professionals. The webinar series includes six, 90-minute live webinars as well as one conference call group discussion. The series is limited to 50 participants so register before it fills up. You must be a member of Americans for the Arts to register.   


For more information, please contact Public Art Manager Program Manager Liesel Fenner at See the full schedule for more information on each webinar in the series.


Introduction to the Alexander Technique with Lori Schiff
Presented by Northern Culture Exchange at Inner Dance Yoga
Workshops: August 25 - 29, Registration Deadline: August 1

This series of workshops include a 101 workshop, a series for Body Workers and a series for Musicians. the Alexander Technique is a practical method for learning how to use your Self: it teaches you how to improve awareness of yourself and of how you move through your daily life, regardless of profession, activities, age and abilities. Sign up by email to, or by calling (646) 675-4737.

Powered by Community
National Arts Marketing Project Conference | Portland, OR
November 8-11, 2013

Community empowers your art. What does it take for your arts organization to deeply connect with the people that matter? At the 2013 National Arts Marketing Project (NAMP) Conference in Portland, OR, you'll learn the marketing strategies that your organization needs to revolutionize the way communities engage with your organization. Join  us in a city infused with a DIY atmosphere and a strong collaborative spirit, where you'll embrace the interactive tools and forward-thinking strategies needed to create a sense of community around your work. For more information and registration, click here.
Alaska Summer Festivals
It's that time of year, when community festivals abound across the state. Below are the festivals for July, and  click here for a full summer listing. Summer festivals support artists, musicians and communities across the state. If we've missed your community festival, contact Keren Lowell with information and we'll add you to our list! Enjoy the summer in Alaska.



Augtoberfest-August 2 & 3-49th State Brewing company in Healy 


Blueberry Arts Festival-August 2-4-Ketchikan various venues 


Salmonstock-August 2-4-Kenai Peninsula Fair Grounds in Ninilchik 


Kenai Peninsula Orchestra Summer Music Festival-July 29-August 10-various locations on Kenai Peninsula  


Alyeska Resort Blueberry Festival-August 10 & 11-Hotel Alyeska in Girdwood  


Sitka State Fair-August 11-Harrigan Centennial Hall 


Tanana Valley State Fair-August 2-11-Tanana Valley State Fair Grounds in Fairbanks 


Kenai Peninsula Fair-August 16-18-Kenai Peninsula Fair Grounds in Ninilchik 


Alaska State Fair-August 22-September 2-State Fairgrounds in Palmer 


Seward Music & Arts Festival-September 27-29-Alaska Railroad Cruise Ship Terminal in Seward 

Summer Camps
Theatrical Combat Intensive Training
Alaska Theatre of Youth
August 12-18

Learn/review Rapier & Dagger as well as unarmed fighting techniques for the stage. A course for adults and teens presented by Dueling Arts International and hosted by Alaska Theatre of Youth. Test fights on the final day are eligible for national review by D.A.I. for recognition (professional endorsement) as a Level 1 Actor/Combatant

Tuition $225/course (seven 4.5 hour workshops) Class is limited to 10 participants. Classes held at ATY Rehearsal Hall, 610 W Fireweed Lane. Contact 338-4901 for registration information.

Circus Arts Camp
Homer Council on the Arts
August 12-16

Trapeze, silks, acrobatics, juggling and clowning of all kinds with Morgan Langham and Daniel Sloan of Roustabout Circus. Location: Christian Community Church gymnasium on Bartlett St.  


Ages 6-8: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Ages 9-14: 2 - 4 p.m.
Ages 10 and older (Aerials): 4-5 p.m.   


Roustabout Circus Performance: Friday, Aug. 16, 7 p.m.  Details/registration through HCOA. Or call 907.235.4288.


Openings and Closings

International Gallery of Contemporary Art

427 D Street, Anchorage, AK 99501


August 2- Sept. 1, 2013

Center Gallery | Lacie Stiewing

North Gallery | Susan Murrell

South Gallery | Wanda Seamster

Guest Room | Peter Graziano


Bunnell Street Arts Center

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


Aug. 2 - Sept. 4, 2013

Unalaskana | Rachel Mulvihill, Angela Ramirez, Duke Russell and Michael Walsh

First Friday opening reception Aug. 2, 5 - 7 pm, artist talks 6 pm


Alaska Pacific University

4101 University Drive, Anchorage, AK 99508


August 2 - 25, 2013

Karla Moss Freeman | Nature Remembered

Leah J. Peterson Gallery - APU Carr Gottstein Building


August 2 - 22, 2013

Brigid Marlin | Secret Techniques of the Old Masters

ConocoPhillips Gallery - APU Grant Hall

First Friday opening reception Aug. 2, 5:30 - 7 pm


Alaska State Museum

395 Whittier, Juneau, AK 99801, 907-465-2901, 

The History of Northwest Coast Native Armor and Early Ceremonial Robes |

A talk by Steve Henrickson, Curator of Collections

August 2, 2013, 6 pm


Alaska Native Arts Foundation

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

August 2013 

Drew Michael (Inupiat/Yup/ik) and Elizabeth Ellis (Alutiiq) | Aggravated Organizms

First Friday reception: August 2, 2013 5:00 - 8:00 pm


Fairbanks Arts Association

Bear Gallery, Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts

Pioneer Park, 2300 Airport Way, 3rd floor, Fairbanks, AK 907-456-6485 


August 2 - 31, 2013

In a Time of Change: Trophic Cascades

First Friday reception August 2, 5-7 pm


Pratt Museum

3779 Bartlett Street, Homer, AK 99603, 907-235-8635,


August 2 - Sept. 29, 2013

Beneath the Surface | 

paintings by Rebecca Crowell and artifacts from the Pratt Museum Collection

Opening reception Friday, August 2, 5-7 pm

Artist's talk 5:15 pm


Alaska Arts Education Consortium

at Nome Beltz RC in Nome


Meeting of the Waters: A Confluence of Arts, Curriculum & Community |

Featuring performances, digital and visual creations and Inupiaq arts and dance 

by teachers from Nome, the Bering Strait region, and throughout the state 

as they showcase two weeks of collaboration and learning in arts education 

for Alaska's students. 


Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 7 p.m.  


Pier One Theatre

Theatre on the Spit, Homer, 907-235-7333,  


July 27 & 28, August 1, 4, 9 at 7:30 pm

Swimming in the Shallows | Adam Bock

directed by Marc Oliver


Cyrano's Theatre Company

413 D St in Anchorage, 907-274-2599,    


August 16 - September 8, 2013  

Miss Witherspoon


Perseverance Theatre
914 East 3rd Street, Douglas, AK 99824, 907-364-2151,


King Lear | William Shakespeare
Saturday, August 3, 2:00pm
Wednesday, August 7, 7:30pm
Saturday, August 10, 7:30pm


Guys and Dolls Jr. | Frank Loesser

Friday, August 2, 7:30pm
Thursday, August 8, 7:30pm


Saturday, August 3, 7:30pm
Sunday, August 4, 2:00pm
Friday, August 9, 7:30pm


For more information about these STAR performances, contact Shona Strauser at (907) 364-2421, ext 232, or  


Fairbanks Drama Association

Riverfront Theatre, 1852 2nd Avenue, Fairbanks, AK 99701 (907) 456-PLAY  


The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn | adapted from the Mark Twain novel by Timothy Mason

Directed by Buffie LaRocca

August 2 & 3 at 7:30 pm, August 4th at 2 pm 

 Announcements and Articles of Interest 

Nominations for NEA Jazz Masters open for 2015
The NEA is currently accepting nominations for the 2015 class of NEA Jazz Masters. The deadline is
October 1, 2013. Fellowships are awarded to living individuals on the basis of nominations from the public including the music community. Nominees must demonstrate a significant contribution to the art form through their publicly recognized and accessible body of work in the field of jazz. Visit the NEA's website for more information and to submit a nomination.

NASAA Survey on Working Artists

There are 2,081,735 artists in the United States, identified by the occupation to which they which devoted the most hours in a given week. These artists fall into one of 11 occupations, and together they compose 1.35 percent of the total workforce.


A survey from NASAA 'National Statistics about Working Artists 2006-2010' features micro-geographic coverage (including data for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, metro and micro areas; counties; and "places"), detailed occupations (including self-employed workers), demographic and socioeconomic variables (including age, gender, race and ethnicity, citizenship, disability status, industry affiliation, earnings, education level, employment status, place of residency, and place of work). Click here for survey results.  


Artists: do you have health insurance?  

If not, why not? Nonprofit artist groups are conducting an online survey from July 17 - Aug 31 to assess how many US-based artists have health insurance on the eve of the Affordable Care Act. Click here to participate in this survey.Your answers are anonymous and confidential, and the survey should take about 10 minutes to complete. We urge you to participate so we can really understand the health insurance needs and priorities of the artist community.


Prior surveys have found that artists of all types - dancers, actors, musicians, visual artists, filmmakers - are less likely to be insured than the general working population. With the rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) this year and next, we want to know: how many artists are presently insured? What are the factors that make it difficult to get insured under current conditions? What are artists' expectations about the ACA, and will its rollout change their behaviors about health insurance coverage in the future?


This is a critical moment to capture some baseline data from US-based artists about their access to health insurance.  Help spread the word about the survey and encourage your artist members to participate. Post a message on your website/blog, Facebook or your Twitter feed. Connect the survey to your current services.  Use it as a platform to discuss ACA's impact. Results will be out in September.


Employment and Internships

The Anchorage Museum has the following job openings.

Associate Registrar
Under the supervision of the Director of Collections, this position is part of the Collections department. The incumbent provides registrarial functions for a variety of projects including temporary exhibitions or displays. Along with the Exhibit Manager/Registrar, the incumbent will administer the loans of objects for temporary exhibitions, pack objects for travel, and monitor loans while in the museum building. The registrar will coordinate with other museum staff on exhibit projects. 

Visitor Services Assistant (Part-time/Regular)
There are 6 part-time/regular positions open. Under general supervision of the Visitor Services Manager, this position performs cashier duties and provides information to visitors of the Museum. Incumbents work variable scheduled hours conforming to the seasonal hours of the facility.


Animal Care/Exhibits Technician
Under the general direction of the IDC Manager/Assistant Curator, the Animal Care/Exhibits Technician provides oversight of the Imaginarium Discovery Center's (IDC) live animal program, including daily care and maintenance, implementation of policies and procedures, training staff and volunteers, assisting with creating and maintaining live animal exhibits and interpreting the live animals to visitors. The technician provides and ensures routine maintenance and cleaning of all aspects of the live animal exhibits and the marine mechanical room. Position requires flexible work schedule, and regular weekend shifts.


The Alaska Design Forum is looking for an Executive Director. A copy of the job description can be found here. Contact Lindsay Glick , Program Assistant, Alaska Design Forum, P.O. Box 101916, Anchorage, AK 99510 , 406.451.5202, 


Alaska Dance Theatre is looking for an Executive Director. Application deadline is Aug. 9, 2013. More information on this position available at or click here. All materials may be submitted to:


The Alaska Humanities Forum is currently seeking the following:  


Director of Finance to perform essential accounting and financial duties at the forum. Click here to download a complete job description and application guidelines for the Director of Finance position. 


Project Manager for its Leadership Anchorage program. Click here to download a complete job description and application guidelines for the Project Manager position.  


Project Associate for its Rose Cross Cultural Exchange  and C3 projects. Click here to download a complete job description and application guidelines for the Project Associate position.


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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