Rainbow over Quinhagak
A rainbow frames the village of Quinhagak where community members, Aberdeen University archaeologists, and advisors met to consider cultural arts program development based on their Nunalleq site and artifacts.   http://nunalleq.wordpress.com/. ASCA Community and Native Arts Program Director L. Saunders McNeill was there to observe, and shared this image.

September 2013 ASCA News 

In This Issue
A Note from Shannon
Rasmuson Foundation Artist Residency Program
Summer Arts Institutes
Alaska Poetry Out Loud
ASCA Notices
Calls for Art and Requests for Proposals
Grants and Funding
Professional Development
Openings and Closings
Announcements and Articles of Interest
Employment and Internships
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 A Note From Shannon

I think a lot about the future of the arts and how ASCA can best help and challenge our arts organizations to adapt to the new ways that people want to experience and participate in the arts. And the arts are not alone! Newpapers, television, movies and bookstores--content providers, all--are struggling to adapt to a culture where individuals can now "self-curate" their own participation and consumption, they can watch virtually anything they want at the push of a button, using new technologies. While the challenges we face are significant, I have great optimism and am excited about a vibrant future for the arts. 

Yesterday I arrived at the Djerassi Artist Residency in California to participate in a project I have been working on with Barry Hessenius, former director of the California Arts Council and arts blogger. The project is called "The Arts Dinner-vention Party" and it convenes a group of selected national arts leaders who are doing compelling work to envision--and enact!--new approaches to the arts. The dinner guests will participate in a filmed dinner party where they discuss the future of the arts. Each of the participants wrote a brief think piece detailing some of their areas of focus (see links below). Community was a major theme that emerged: How are we authentically working with and serving our community? Are there better customer service practices we should enact--are we really listening to our customers? How do we make the arts more habit-forming? What if we approached potential partners with: "How can we help?" rather than "What can you give us?" Another major theme was Format and Delivery: How can we better connect amateur artmaking with professional arts participation? How can we use technology to broaden our markets? What if we got out of our facilities and went to new and unusual places in our communities? What would a new community arts center look like? 

I encourage you to read the think pieces at the links below, as they outline some terrific ideas and provocative thoughts about the arts today. The video from the Arts Dinner-vention will be posted in the next month or so, and I'll be sure to share the link with you. In the meantime, would you like to see an Alaska-specific dinner party with Alaskan leaders? If so, send me an email at: shannon.daut@alaska.gov

To see the think pieces from the participants in the Arts Dinner-vention, go here:

Lastly, a friend from Hawai'i recently introduced me to this great mural-based Creative Placemaking project: "Centered around a week-long event in Hawaii, POW! WOW! has grown into a global network of artists and organizes gallery shows, lecture series, schools for art and music, mural projects, a large creative space named Lana Lane Studios, concerts, and live art installations across the globe. The central event takes place during Valentine's Day week in February in the Kaka'ako district of Honolulu, and brings over a hundred international and local artist together to create murals and other forms of art." Check out these really terrific videos from the project!

Rasmuson Foundation Artist
Residency Program

Rasmuson color logo Rasmuson Foundation honors the merit and significance of a life dedicated to serious artistic exploration and growth. The Foundation believes that the artist's energy, ideas, and creative drive cannot bear fruit without periods of time devoted to experimentation, education, and personal reflection at various stages of their artistic careers.


With these guiding principles in mind, Rasmuson Foundation launched its Artist Residency Program in 2013. The deadline is coming up soon, on September 15, 2013. There will be an opportunity to learn more about the residencies with the Rasmuson Foundation on September 6, 4 p.m. at the Anchorage Museum and Rasmuson Center and via teleconference. Visit the Facebook event for details.


The Rasmuson Foundation Artist Residency Program will support eight-week residencies for Alaskan artists at Lower 48 organizations, and welcome artists from outside of Alaska to participate in residencies offered by Alaska organizations. Support to the host organizations cover artist travel and stipend, administrative fees, housing and meal costs, materials, and local transportation.


The four arts centers in Alaska and four arts centers in the Lower 48 that will host the artist residencies are paired for compatibility based on discipline expertise and related factors. The organizations are:


Bunnell Street Gallery, Homer, AK  

Zygote Press, Cleveland, OH


Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, Anchorage, AK  

McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC


Alaska Native Arts Center, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK

Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM


Island Institute, Sitka, AK 

Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Woodside, CA


For Alaska Artists seeking residencies Outside:

Lower 48 host organizations make final selections from applicants who complete an online application through Rasmuson Foundation. Only artists who have previously received a Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Award are eligible to apply. The application deadline is September 15, 2013 for residencies taking place during 2014.   


For Artists outside of Alaska seeking Alaska residencies:

Alaska host organizations make final selections from a pool of nominees developed by the corresponding Lower 48 arts organization in consultation with United States Artists Fellows who participated in AK Air. In 2013, residencies will take place from September 15 to November 15.  


See How to Apply and FAQs for more information.  


For more information, contact Program Officer Jayson Smart: (907) 297-2882; (877) 366-2700 toll-free in Alaska; or email jsmart@rasmuson.org.

Summer Arts Institutes for Alaska's Teachers


As school begins for the 2013-2014 year, we look back on summer and take a moment to highlight the work of one of our critical partners in arts education. The Alaska Arts Education Consortium (AAEC) is a group of member districts and partners from across the state. The AAEC mission is to promote high achievement for all Alaskan students in and through the arts; preparing and supporting educators through professional development is one of the cornerstones of AAEC's mission. The AAEC's Arts Institutes are in their 10th year, and 11,800+ Alaska students are now receiving more arts education from teachers trained at AAEC institutes. AAEC has documented and reported the longitudinal progress of its model in three reports: Lasting Impact, Lasting Impact II and III 

At the AAEC's Sitka Basic Arts Institute, participants were able to see the arts in action with young people from the Sitka Fine Arts Camp. Photo courtesy Dr. Annie Calkins.
At the AAEC's Sitka Basic Arts Institute, participants were able to observe and learn with students participating in the arts at the Sitka Fine Arts Camp. Photo courtesy Dr. Annie Calkins.  


This summer there were two Basic Arts Institutes (Nome and Sitka) and one Special Topics Institute on Alutiiq Cultural Arts (Kodiak).


Nome teacher Lisa Leeper attended the Basic Arts Institute in Nome and writes of the experience, "Much of the arts institute will resonate in my teaching practices. Connecting arts to brain development and learning was a powerful way of saying that arts integration is needed in all subject areas. I will be doing several Alaska Native cultural art projects and will try to model how to do these activities, rather than explain with written or oral directions. It is more culturally relevant to quietly work and be observed, and that is what I will try to do as often as possible." 


According to the third report from the AAEC Lasting Impact III, "The Institute had a strong, positive impact on increasing teacher confidence-and consequently willingness-to teach the arts no matter the grade or subject area. It gave participants a pedagogical rationale and strategies for teaching drama, movement, music, story-telling, Native arts and the visual arts-both as discrete subjects and integrated with other disciplines" (2012). Leeper said that the impact of the Nome BAI is already being felt in Nome Public Schools. "At our first two days of in-service, participants were invited to integrate arts into the agenda.  All our artwork from the institute hung around the wall and on tables. We sang to get the group to cue to lessons, we made art cards to trade throughout the day, created a time-lapse of our coffee break to demonstrate how easily a lesson could be turned into digital art, we practiced Inupiaq words for movements around the room, and we showed the community video which advocates for arts integration."


Kim Sweeny is the art program coordinator for Bering Strait School District, an ASCA New Visions District, AAEC Board Member, and one of the organizers of the Nome BAI. Sweeny shared with me some of the experiences from the two-week institute just completed in early August, and advice she would give to anyone providing this kind of intensive training for teachers. The key is to develop a strong plan with clear goals, and then to be flexible. "Sometimes what a presenter feels drawn to sharing is just what the audience wants to hear, even though it's not on the program."


The Nome BAI included guest presenters: ocean researcher Julie Raymond-Yakobian shared results of her three-year research project on ocean currents-giving the group a chance to discuss the interweaving of local culture and science. Guitarist Sarah Hanson visited with the teachers. She had been in Gambell on a grant-supported residency to bring music and guitars after another suicide in the village. "We were able to discuss the place and importance of music in our schools and our communities." As a last minute opportunity, the King Island Dancers also visited the Nome Institute. "The dancers invited us to dance to several of their dances enabling participants to hear and feel the powerful drumbeat and dance alongside professional native dancers," Sweeny said.  


KI in Nome
The King Island Dancers visit the AAEC's Nome Basic Arts Institute in August. Photo courtesy Kim Sweeny. 

Dr. Annie Calkins, a project evaluator and advisor for the AAEC, shared some key points that have served the AAEC in building this model:

  1. Two week duration, so that participants can practice and reflect on the art forms they are learning, and figure out how to integrate into their teaching style and local curriculum.              
  2. Centralized Teacher Leader selection process and planning session, ensuring continuity and fidelity across the state and over the years. When a teacher from urban Anchorage is talking to one from a rural, remote village school and says he/she has been to a Basic, they both know what that means and can immediately share their experiences.
  3. Commitment to keeping brain research and theory central to the experience.
  4. Doing art....not just presenting about it, describing it. "Showing, not telling."
  5. Mix of urban and rural teachers from across the state sharing the institute experience and their teaching contexts - in our far flung state this is important, according to the evaluation data we collect and analyze.
  6. Travel stipends - funded by districts and/or federal grants - for rural teachers.

The Alaska State Council on the Arts is fortunate to have such dedicated partners in support of providing equitable access to high quality arts education in Alaska. We are grateful to the AAEC for all that they do to support teachers in Alaska, and encourage anyone interested in finding out more about these institutes to contact them through their website.


Alaska Poetry Out Loud Timeline | Informational Teleconferences Scheduled
Are there some poems that are always available to you because you memorized them, perhaps years ago in your English class? Are there poems that made you love the sound of language, those that made you feel the emotions and ideas of the poet as the words flowed out of you? Through  Poetry Out Loud (POL), teachers, administrators and communities have an extraordinary opportunity to share this experience with high school students in Alaska.  
POL builds on the recent resurgence of poetry as an oral art form, as demonstrated by the slam poetry movements and the immense popularity of rap music. The program encourages youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance, which helps them master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and internalize our rich literary heritage. The program is open to students in all kinds of high schools - public, private, parochial, independent and charter.
The Alaska State Council on the Arts, in partnership with the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council,  will hold two POL informational teleconferences: Sept. 24 and Oct. 1 at 3:30 p.m. Any public or private school that includes grades 9-12 is eligible to participate in POL. In some communities, partner organizations help to organize and implement POL programs. In these teleconferences, we will spend time orienting both new and previous participants to the POL timeline and resources, answer questions about the program and logistics, and open discussion for groups to share their ideas about how to make the program work in diverse community situations. To RSVP for one of these teleconferences click here. To register for Alaska POL by October 15th, click here.


The timeline for Poetry Out Loud this year is:

Sept 24, 2013: POL Informational Teleconference 1 (3:30 p.m.--RSVP required)
Oct 1, 2013: POL Informational Teleconference 2 (3:30 p.m.--RSVP required)
Jan. 23, 2013: Rural School Competitions completed
Jan. 24, 2013: Postmark deadline: Mail videos of rural school winners to POL Coordinator in Juneau
Feb 7, 2014: Deadline - All regional competitions must be completed
Feb 10, 2014: Deadline - All state finalist names to Juneau
March 11, 2014: Alaska POL Recitation Contest in Juneau
March 21, 2014: Deadline - State Winner to register for National Competition
Apr 29-30, 2014: National POL Recitation Contest in Washington, DC


Ten students from urban and regional competitions will move on to the State POL Finals in Juneau, and one Alaskan student will move on to the National Finals in Washington D.C. Student transportation and accommodations are provided for state finalists to attend the Alaska State competition, and the Alaska State Champion and a chaperone are provided transportation and accommodation for the National Finals. $50,000 were awarded at the National Finals in 2013. For more information about Poetry Out Loud in Alaska click here: http://jahc.org/arts-education/poetry-out-loud/ or visit the national website at http://www.poetryoutloud.org/. To see a video about the program from the 2013 Alaska State POL Finalists, click here.  


ASCA Notices

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 11, 2013 - Artist in Schools Informational Teleconference, 3:45 p.m., RSVP here


September 24, 2013 - Alaska Poetry Out Loud Informational Teleconference, 3:30 p.m., RSVP here.

September 26, 2013 - ASCA Teleconference, 12:00 noon- 1:30 pm


October 1, 2013 - Alaska Poetry Out Loud Informational Teleconference, 3:30 p.m., RSVP here.  


October 15, 2013 - Deadline for Alaska Poetry Out Loud Registration 


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


November 11 & 12, 2013 - Alaska Presenting & Touring Convening - Anchorage 


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 


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


Calls for Artists and Requests for Proposals


Big Feat Little Feet

On September 14, Pulse Dance Company releases three prompts to the public in an annual creative community challenge. Performers have one week to create new work utilizing the prompts, and perform on September 21. Winners will be selected via a judge's panel, audience favorite, and enjoy $300 CASH + prizes. 


This challenge is open to all artists, solos, groups and talents. Watch the BFLF promo video here, RSVP on Facebook and email Pulse to register!  


Pupil + Paper: A Benefit for the Children's Lunchbox at the Anchorage Museum

Design Sessions: September 14, October 9 and 29

Performance Event: November 9, 2013


If you are an artist who wants to participate, click here for more information.Teachers with students who are interested, click here. Interested sponsors, click here.  


Homer Council on the Arts Emerging Artist Exhibition Call
Deadline to submit confirmation of interest: September 20

If you have never shown your work in a juried show, Homer Council on the Arts invites you to join our multiple-artist exhibit during November. Works submitted for the Emerging Artist exhibit will not be selected by a jury, but will be reviewed by our exhibition committee.   

Click here for submission criteria. For more information contact Homer Council on the arts at 907-235-4288 or email hcoa@homerart.org.

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 joyce.kuhn@arcadis-us.com 


National Indian Child Welfare Association 2015: Call For Artists

Deadline: October 7, 2013


NICWA invites Native American and Alaska Native artists to participate in a call for artists. NICWA is excited to provide an opportunity for artists to showcase their talents in support of the 2015 Protecting Our Children Conference in Portland, Oregon. For more info, visit the website.


Bunnell Street Arts Center Visual Arts Exhibition Program open

Application deadline: October 31st 


Bunnell is now accepting applications for the 2014 - 2015 Visual Art Exhibition program. Applications in all media and formats including solo, group and interdisciplinary arts are welcome. Work need not be for sale. Preference is given to Alaskan artists.

To apply please submit for review by the Exhibitions Panel:

  • artist statement and letter of intent for the exhibit
  • one page artist resume
  • 5 digital images (not larger than 2MB each, please) of work that has been completed in the last two years and is representative of the intended exhibit
Questions or submissions may be sent to asia@bunnellstreetgallery.org.


Breast Show Ever

Submission Deadline: Friday, October 4, 2013, 5pm


Colleges Against Cancer at UAA presents an interactive show featuring hand-decorated bra art submitted by UAA students, staff, faculty, and the Anchorage community. Bra art will be sold via silent auction throughout the show to raise money for the fight against breast cancer! Breast Show Ever will also feature artwork created to further awareness of breast cancer or to remember survivors and loved ones lost.


The 28th Annual No Big Heads
Submission Deadline: Monday, October 28, 7pm


A national, juried self-portrait competition of limited size. Eligible entries are 12 inches maximum in all directions, including framing. There are multiple prizes and the winner will not only receive a monetary value, but will be given an opportunity to do an exhibition in the summer of 2014!


Submit entries to the Breast Show Ever and No Big Heads to the UAA Student Union Gallery, 3211 Providence Dr., Student Union 218, Anchorage, AK  99508, phone: (907) 786-1052 gallery@uaa.alaska.edu 



Call for Entries

2014 Pacific Northwest Photography Viewing Drawers  

Blue Sky/Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts in Portland, OR

Submission deadline: Friday, Dec. 20


Any photographer who is a current resident of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, British Columbia, or Alaska is invited to submit work for consideration. Please provide exactly 10 images (no watermarks) from a single series or body of work created within the last five years. If an applicant has previously been featured in the Drawers, the submission must be of new or different work. Submitted images must be the same as the original prints intended for inclusion in the Drawers. Only one entry per artist is permitted. 


Blue Sky is accepting submissions for this call via www.callforentry.com (follow link for complete submission guidelines). Deadline for submissions is 11:00 PM (PST), Friday, December 20, 2013. There is no entry fee. Call Contact: Zemie Barr at 503-225-0210 with questions.


Grants and Funding

National Endowment for the Arts: Research Grants Available

Deadline: November 5, 2013 


The NEA encourages applications from diverse research fields (e.g., sociology, economics, anthropology, psychology, medicine and health, education, communications, and urban and regional planning) in addition to projects that address topics concerning the value and/or impact of the arts.


The NEA is interested in supporting projects that can be described as value-oriented research, that examines one or more characteristics or conditions of the U.S. arts ecosystem, or research on impact, that investigates the direct and indirect benefits of arts participation on health and well-being, cognitive capacity, learning, creativity, community livability, or economic prosperity.


The NEA anticipates awarding up to 25 grants in the range of $10,000 to $30,000. The deadline for application submission is November 5, 2013 for projects that can begin as early as May 1, 2014. For grant application information and guidelines, click here. To register in advance for an informational webinar on September 18, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. ET, click here.  


USArtists International 2014

USArtists International provides support for American dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo artists invited to perform at significant international festivals anywhere in the world outside the United States and its territories. For a copy of program guidelines click here. To access the revised 2014 application, click here.  


Application deadlines

September 6, 2013 - for projects taking place between Nov. 1, 2013 and Oct. 31, 2014
December 6, 2013 - for projects taking place between Mar. 1, 2014 and Feb. 28, 2015
April 18, 2014 - for projects taking place between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015

Questions about USArtists International should be directed to Brigid Zuknick, at brigid@midatlanticarts.org 


National Artist Teacher Fellowship Program

Deadline: Online Letters of Intent are due November 18, 2013 | Applications available online by September 27, 2013 


The Center for Arts in Education invites arts teachers from public arts-focused high schools to apply for funding for artistic development through its National Artist Teacher Fellowship Program. The program offers teachers the opportunity to immerse themselves in their own creative work, interact with other professional artists, and stay current with new practices.


The NATF program provides grants of $5,500 to enable selected arts teachers from all disciplines to rejuvenate their own art-making. A complementary grant of $1,500 is awarded to each Fellow's school to support post-fellowship activities in the classroom.

Eligibility for NATF:

  • Schools must be an arts-focused public, magnet, or charter high school with the primary mission of fostering the development of artistic talent.
  • The 2014 NATF program is now open to arts teachers at Title 1 schools grades 6-12 that have demonstrated a commitment to using the arts to improve student engagement and achievement.
Applicants must be minimally in their fifth year of teaching arts at the high school level, and plan to continue as an arts teacher in their school for the 2013-14 school year. Previous Surdna Arts Teachers Fellowship recipients cannot re-apply. Download the NATF brochure, here.

National Art Education Foundation Grants Program

Deadline: October 1, 2013  


The National Art Education Foundation (NAEF) is accepting applications for its annual grants program. As an independent, philanthropic organization, NAEF assists with efforts to represent the teachers of art in America; improve the conditions of teaching art; promote the teaching of art; encourage research and experimentation in art education; sponsor institutes, conferences, and programs on art education; and publish articles, reports, and surveys about art.

NAEF invites applications for the Ruth Halvorsen Professional Development Grants, Mary McMullan Grants, NAEF Research Grants, SHIP Grants, and Teacher Incentive Grants. Grants range from $500 to $10,000 depending on the grant category. The project year for these grants is July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015. The postmarked deadline for submissions is October 1, 2013.  Download the 2014 NAEF Grant Guidelines.  


Our Nation's Spaces Grant Program

The success of the program--with its innovative way of bringing artists and organizations together for collaboration--propelled the Ford Foundation to once again partner with First Peoples Fund to offer a new set of competitive grants. Find out how you can get a grant now by clicking here.  


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.


Professional Development

NEA Live Webinar: How to Build Collective Impact Initiatives

September 11, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. EDT


As the benefits of using a common agenda to solve complex social problems become better understood, the concept of using collective impact to advance arts education continues to gain traction. In a follow-up to the Spring 2013 webinar that provided an overview of the topic, the NEA will host a public webinar on how to begin and build collective impact initiatives on Wednesday, September 11, 2013, at 3:00 p.m. EDT. NEA Arts Education Director Ayanna Hudson will be joined in the conversation by two leaders in the field: Giselle "Gigi" Antoni, president/CEO of Big Thought in Dallas, Texas, and Denise Grande, director of Los Angeles County's Arts for All initiative. Presentations will be followed by a Q&A discussion.  

Click here for information and Registration.  


Out of a Jam Web Design Workshop

September 14th and 15thm 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies , 708 Smoky Bay Way, Homer, AK 

$499 for two days


For more information, click here.

Museums Alaska / Alaska Historical Society Annual Joint Annual Conference

Haines, September 25-28, 2013. 


Join Museums Alaska in Haines for engaging programming and active learning opportunities with state-wide benefits to museums, libraries, and historical agencies across Alaska.  Exciting sessions, constructive workshops, keynote speakers, and informative local tours around Haines and Klukwan village!


For more information about this year's conference program and events, visit http://sheldonmuseum.org/Conference/conference.htm  or http://museumsalaska.org/conferences/annual-conference-2013/.


Christina Baskaya, Interim Director, Sheldon Museum & Cultural Center, P.O. Box 269, Haines, AK 99827, 907-766-2366, director@sheldonmuseum.net , 

Then It's For Winter: An Exploration of Dena'ina History and Culture

Saturday, Sept. 14, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  


A one-day symposium at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center on Dena'ina history and culture. This event is held in conjunction with "Dena'inaq' Huch'ulyeshi: The Dena'ina Way of Living," the first major exhibition ever presented about the Dena'ina Athabascan people. Lunch included. Register online by September 10. $25.

ArtsNW Annual Northwest Booking Conference

October 17-20 | Tacoma, WA


This will be the largest gathering of artists, their management and presenters of the performing arts in the region.  Attendees will enjoy activities including dynamic performance showcases, an expanded roster of late night showcases, keynote speakers, professional development seminars, workshops, block-booking sessions, networking opportunities, a packed exhibit hall, sales spotlights and social events, all adding up to four highly productive and professional days. Presenters of the performing arts will discover untapped resources, ideas and inspiration. Performers / artist's management have a medium that allows them access to the presenting organizations and individuals throughout the northwest, and helps get them in front of the audience most capable of booking them into the western U.S. market! All attendees must be current Arts Northwest Members. 


Click here for information and registration. 


Teaching Artist Training Academy in Homer

November 8-10 at Kachemak Bay Campus

$50 fee


Keynote speaker and lead presenter: Alison Marshall, PhD 

Alison Marshall, Ph.D., is a teaching and performing artist, choreographer, and arts consultant who designs and presents dance and theatre based learning programs in schools and communities. 


Register at info@bunnellstreetgallery.org. College credit is available for an additional fee. To register for credit, call KPC at 907 235-7743

Alaska Art Education Association Conference
October 11-13 at Alyeska Resort in Girdwood
Early bird registration deadline: September 15, $165

Interested in cross-curriculum collaboration?

Here is a great professional development opportunity to connect Science, Technology, Engineering, ART and Math! Alaska Art Education Association invites you to attend their Fall conference in Girdwood, Alaska, for an educational and artful weekend of workshops.  A one credit course will be available through the University of Alaska system.


For additional information please visit: http://alaska-aaea.org/


Alliance of Artists Communities Annual Conference
October 22 - 25, 2013 | San Jose, CA

Join arts leaders, funders, policy-makers, board members, educators, artists, and others from around the country and across the globe this fall to explore the ways in which we advance today's artists. All are welcome!  One part passion and two parts innovation, San Jose is a growing nexus of dynamic arts organizations, rich cultural centers and the world's premier technology industry. Come explore the bustling SoFA arts district, GORE Park (an award-winning outdoor arts lounge), ZERO1's technology think tank, and some of the region's most scenic and inspired residency programs.  


This year's keynote speakers include acclaimed performance artist, writer, and activist Guillermo Gómez-Peña, the artists behind Los-Angeles based collaborative Fallen Fruit and Alaskan native artist and weaver Teri Rofkar.  

Full conference information and registration available at the Alliance of Artists Communities.

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.

Openings and Closings

Alaska Humanities Forum

161 E 1st Ave, Door 15, Anchorage | 907-272-5341 | http://www.akhf.org/   


It is the Human Condition: Mindscapes by Indra Arriaga

Frist Friday opening Sept. 6, 5:30 - 8 p.m.


International Gallery of Contemporary Art

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


Sept. 6 - 28, 2013

All Galleries | 50/50, work by Don Decker

First Friday opening Sept. 6, 5:30 - 7:30 pm


Bunnell Street Arts Center

106 West Bunnell, Suite A, Homer, AK 99603 907-235-2662 www.bunnellarts.org 


Sept. 6 - Oct. 2, 2013

Karla Freeman

First Friday opening reception Sept. 6, 5 - 7 pm


Homer Council on the Arts

355 W Pioneer Ave, Homer | 907-235-4288 | www.HomerArt.org  


Peter Alfiche | Winter Works 

Opening Sept. 6, First Friday opening reception 5-7 p.m.


Alaska Pacific University

4101 University Drive, Anchorage, AK 99508


Sept. 6 - 29, 2013

K N Goodrich | The Lighthouse Inn, Abandoned

Leah J. Peterson Gallery - APU Carr Gottstein Building

First Friday opening reception Sept. 6, 5:30 - 7 pm


Sept. 6 - 29, 2013      

Laura Faeo | Intuitions

ConocoPhillips Gallery - APU Grant Hall

First Friday opening reception Sept. 6, 5:30 - 7 pm


Alaska Native Arts Foundation

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

September 2013 

Water Collection | a series of garments by Alaska Native designers

First Friday reception: Sept. 6, 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 http://fairbanksarts.org 


Sept. 6 - 28, 2013

Firebird Costumes

First Friday reception Sept. 6, 5-7 pm


UAA Student Union Gallery

3211 Providence Dr., Student Union 218, Anchorage, AK  99508
Phone: (907) 786-1052, gallery@uaa.alaska.edu 



Through Our Eyes | work from UAA's Camera Club members
Opening Reception:Wednesday, September 18, 5 - 7pm
Midday Reception: Thursday, September 19, 1:30 -3pm


Hugi Lewis Studio

1008 W. Northern Lights Blvd., Anchorage AK 99508, 907-561-1614


World School | photography exhibit www.worldschool.org 

First Friday opening: Sept 6, 2013, 5:00 - 10:00 pm


Bear Tooth Theatre 

1230 W 27th Ave  Anchorage, AK 99503, 907-276-4200, www.beartooththeatre.net   


World School | a film by Mary & Corin Katzke

Film Screening and Q & A

September 16, 2013, 5:30 pm


Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center
625 C Street, Anchorage, Alaska 9950, 907-929-9200



Floating | Annette Bellamy Solo Exhibition

Sept. 6, 2013 through Nov. 10, 2013

First Friday opening, Sept. 6, 6 - 9 p.m.


Dena'inaq' Huch'ulyeshi: The Dena'ina Way of Living

Sept.15, 2013 - Jan. 12, 2014

Opening Celebration Sunday, Sept. 15, 1 to 3 p.m.


Light Brigade Performance 

Saturday, Sept. 21, 9:30 p.m. (This event is held outdoors. Free.)


Alaska State Museum

395 Whittier St, Juneau | 907-465-2901 | http://museums.alaska.gov/asm/asmhome.html   


Chairs with Attitudes: paintings by MK MacNaughton
First Friday opening September 6th, 4-6pm

Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council
Main Street Gallery | 330 Main St, Ketchikan | 907-225-2211 | http://ketchikanarts.org/

The Art of Biology: an invitational exhibit
Sept. 6-27 | First Friday opening Sept. 6 at 5:00 p.m.


 Announcements and Articles of Interest 


NASAA Survey on Working Artists: Correction


In our August newsletter, we incorrectly identified the National Association of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) as the leader of The Survey on Working Artists Initiative. The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) leads this initiative. We apologize to our readers, NASAA and the NEA for the error, and encourage our readers to check out the research available from both organizations.


NEA Arts Research Home: http://www.arts.gov/research/index.html  


NASAA Arts Research Clearinghouse: http://www.nasaa-arts.org/Research/index.php


Museum Collections Committee Candidates Sought


The Alaska State Museums (Alaska State Museum in Juneau and Sheldon Jackson Museum in Sitka) www.museums.alaska.gov are seeking candidates for appointment to the Museum Collections Advisory Committee (MCAC). The MCAC is responsible for approving donations, acquisitions, and deaccessions for the Alaska State Museums. Members serve a three-year term without compensation. A minimum of two teleconferences are held annually, in the spring and fall. Candidates should have knowledge and significant experience in at least one of the following areas: Alaska history, fine arts, natural history, archaeology, anthropology, or museology. Interested individuals should send or email a letter of interest and resume by September 12 2013, to Robert Banghart, Alaska State Museum, 395 Whittier Street, Juneau AK 99801-1718, phone (907) 465-2901 fax (907) 465-2976 bob.banghart@alaska.gov.


Other News


For a good read in Hypoallergic about Trickster Company, founded by Rico Worl, about using skateboard culture to preserve formline, click here.  


Three 2013 Community Spirit Award Ceremonies to be held in Alaska, Maine and North Dakota.  
"The resolve and determination shown by each of the individuals to pass down Native traditions touches us in ways that are often difficult to express," said Lori Pourier, president. "It was a joy to meet each of these three recipients personally and to be among them in their communities."
Read about the ceremonies here.
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.
Employment and Internships

The Anchorage Museum has the following opening.


Collections Internship
The Anchorage Museum is seeking applicants for a Collections Intern. This internship is funded by the Alaska State Museums Grant-In-Aid program. The recipient will receive a stipend of $5,200.00. Housing, benefits, and transportation are not provided. Under general supervision of the Collections Registrar and Collections Manager, this position will assist with the inventory, documentation and implementation of a series of improvements in the current storage of objects in the Anchorage Museum's permanent collection. Deadline to apply: September 15, 2013. To review more details related to this internship, please click here.


Alaska Junior Theatre seeks a Marketing & PR Associate

Applications are due by September 15th. Check out the AJ website to learn more, and click here to download a job description.


Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center in Haines accepts applications for full-time  

Museum Director candidates.

This position is responsible for overall administration of all museum programs, financial strategies, bookkeeping, daily operations and maintenance of the Museum, maintaining the professionalism that earned the Museum accreditation.  The deadline is September 30 at 5:00, Alaska Time.


This is a Haines Borough position.  You can find information and the application at http://www.hainesalaska.gov/museum/museum-director. Please follow the application instructions in the Borough's job ad.  For questions about the museum, e-mail director@sheldonmuseum.net or visit the website www.sheldonmuseum.org.  You can find more information about Haines at http://www.haines.ak.us/.  
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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