October 2013 ASCA News 

In This Issue
A Note from Shannon
State Writer Laureate at AFN
The Big Dig in Quinhagak
Alaska Poetry Out Loud
ASCA Notices
Calls for Art and Requests for Proposals
Grants and Funding
Professional Development
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 A Note From Shannon

Today I am writing to invite you to participate in three different opportunities for you to engage with ASCA. As you know, ASCA is embarking upon a rebrand of our agency. We have created a fun and whimsical survey to ask Alaskans what they think the "aspirational personality" of ASCA should be. Second, the Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities nominations are now open and online. Third, do you know of a cool, quirky arts project that might catch the interest of national travel, tourism or special interest writers? If so, please share them with me so that I can feature them at the upcoming Alaska Media Road Show! Here's more detail on each:


ASCA rebranding project: We want your input!

The Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA) is working on a project to refresh the branding and identity of the agency. Founded as a state agency in 1966, ASCA has evolved significantly over that time. To continue this forward movement, we are looking to the future and envisioning new ways that the arts can meaningfully enhance our communities and spaces. 

To begin this process, we want to hear from you--our constituents and the citizens of Alaska--to help us shape this bold future. We encourage you to think big about how ASCA can foster a stronger, more vibrant Alaska for us all. Please take a moment to complete this survey to let us know: What is your vision for Alaska, for the future of the arts in Alaska? What type of organizational identity should ASCA have to make that vision a reality? This is your chance to share with us your ideas about ASCA that you would like to have. The survey is brief and should take you no longer than 10 minutes to complete. Go to http://bit.ly/ASCAredesign by October 31st to share your input on the new identity of ASCA!

One lucky survey respondent will receive a free registration to ASCA's Alaska Arts and Culture Conference held in Anchorage, May 1-3, 2014.


Governor's Awards for the Arts & Humanities Nominations are Open

The Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA) and the Alaska Humanities Forum (AKHF) are pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the 2013 Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities. The arts awards are offered in the following categories: Margaret Nick Cooke Award for Alaska Native Arts and Languages, Business Leadership, Arts Advocacy Award and Individual Artist. Eligibility is open to any individual, organization or institution that has made a significant contribution to the arts in Alaska, with the exception of current ASCA Council members, AKHF board members, staff or prior Award recipients.


The deadline for nominations is November 15, 2013. The awards will be presented at the Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities to be held in Juneau on Thursday, January 30, 2014.  Award recipients will be selected by the Alaska State Council on the Arts, the Alaska Humanities Forum and the Office of the Governor, based on nominations submitted by the public. Nominations are now being accepted online at: http://bit.ly/2013GovAwardsAK


Alaska Media Road Show

ASCA is part of the state marketing partnership that is organized through the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development. Each year they organize a delegation of partners to travel to California to pitch Alaska stories to national and international print and media journalists. In late October, I will be participating in the event, titled the Alaska Media Road Show. This year, I want to crowd-source my pitches with YOU! If you have a compelling, quirky or unique arts story, event or activity that you think would be an interesting pitch to the journalists, please share it with us by completing this form by October 21st:  http://bit.ly/AMRS-pitches.


Nora Marks Florendo Dauenhauer, Alaska State Writer Laureate 2012-2014, at Elders & Youth Conference 2013

Nora Marks Florendo Dauenhauer is the first Alaska Native woman to hold the position of Alaska State Writer Laureate. Nora's lifetime of work is tied very closely to this year's theme "We are Our Ancestors". Through poetry and storytelling, Nora will speak about topics drawn from her own experience that will serve to empower youth leadership and inspire pride in cultural identity and heritage.


Nora's presentations are highly inspiring and appealing to all ages. Her poetry is rooted in language, place, culture, family, and memories. Her accomplishments range from the personal -- to teach us subtle, profound understanding of the self and our Alaskan surroundings -- to the vast, for telling a modern Native American story, for bridging two greatly different cultures.


Nora speaks from a place of humility and strength, and knows the exact blend of seriousness and humor to masterfully engage her audience in both Tlingit and English. She is truly a cultural treasure and her message will have significant impact for everyone at the 2013 Elder & Youth Conference, October 21-23 in Fairbanks.


For an agenda and more information about the conference, click here.  

The Big Dig in Quinhagak


The Alaska State Council on the Arts awarded Quinhagak Heritage Inc. a Community Arts Development grant to underwrite Qunihagak's effort to expand their traditional arts activities into a comprehensive and holistic cultural preservation program. The community of Quinhagak encompasses Nunalleq, one of the greatest historically significant Yupik archaeological sites in Alaska. Since 2009, the University of Scotland, Aberdeen and Quinhagak Heritage Inc. have been working in tandem, racing coastal erosion and melting permafrost to excavate the site. More than 15,000 unique artifacts unearthed from the site has revealed a vast, ancient and previously undocumented Yupik material culture. Read the Seattle Times article to learn more. 


Quinhagak elders have corroborated an unbroken historical knowledge of the Nunalleq site and the significance of its discovered artifacts. Anne Fienup Riordan's oral history research with Quinhagak elders has culminated in a bilingual book publication titled Erinaput Unguvaniartut/So That Our Voices Will Stay Alive: Quinhagak History and Oral Traditions. It is scheduled for release this November and will be published by the Calista Elders Council and the Alaska Native Language Center.


The cooperative efforts of the community and the archaeological team to excavate the site and elders' oral history work with Fienup Riordan has ignited intense interest in community arts development and traditional Yupik arts revitalization in the village. The community will use ASCA funds to underwrite two elder planning sessions and a dozen traditional arts training workshops for community members in the next six months. Their program will include at least nine elder artists and culture bearers, focus on acquisition training in more than six traditional arts skills, and involve local youth in the documentation and video production of the workshops. Students will be encouraged to incorporate drawing, graphic design and open-source technology to reinforce their training in traditional Yupik arts. Quinhagak plans to collaborate with their newly established traditional dance group to incorporate traditional performance and song.  


Quinhagak's initial goals are to support and encourage the creation of traditionally made arts, expand the cultural practices associated with these art forms and tool technologies, restore Yup'ik ancestral and cultural knowledge, and provide avenues for Master artists and elders to develop their own practices so they may mentor and train others. Their long term goal is to share their culturally appropriate Yup'ik community arts development model with fellow Yukon Kuskokwim Delta village neighbors. The Alaska State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts are thrilled to help support their work!


More information on the Nunalleq Project at Archaeological Field School in Quinhagak may be found here.



2013 Connie Boochever Fellows Announced!


The Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation recently selected five individuals to receive 2013 Connie Boochever Fellowships in the literary and performing arts. The $2,500 fellowship is for emerging artists, with the disciplines awarded alternating between the performing and literary arts, and the visual arts. 


The five recipients are:

  • Erin Hollowell, Homer, Literary Arts Fellow
  • Lucas Rowley,  Anchorage, Literary Arts Fellow
  • Nicole Stellon O'Donnell, Fairbanks, Literary Arts Fellow
  • X̱ʼunei Lance Twitchell, Juneau, Literary Arts Fellow
  • Allison Warden, Anchorage,  Performing Arts Fellow


The Alaska State Council on the Arts awarded over $52,800 in grants to Alaska artists and arts organizations in its second funding quarter of the year.


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 descriptive list of the projects, or grants by community, contact ASCA at 907.269.6610 or 1.888.278.7424. Grants are also posted at: http://education.alaska.gov/aksca/ 


Career Opportunity Grants



David Rubin



Olena Kalytiak Davis



Da-ka-xeen Mehner



Ryan Conarro



Andromeda Romano- Lax






Worshop Grant



Alaska Art Education Association






Community Arts Development Grants



Girdwood Art Institute for RR Press/Sows Ear Comics 



International Gallery of Contemporary Art



KBC, KPC, UAA for Kachemak Bay Writers Conference



Mat-Su Community Chorus



Pier One Theatre, Inc.



Quinhagak Heritage Inc.






Valdez Museum and Historical Archive






New Visions



Bering Strait School District


Bering Strait SD

Kodiak Island Borough School District


Kodiak Island Borough SD

Sitka School District





The Alaska State Museum has been awarded a $78,439 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  The award falls under the federal agency's Collections Stewardship category and will provide for assistance in packing objects and vacating the existing museum building.  This will make way for the new State Libraries, Archives and Museum facility.


The State Museum will provide hands-on professional development for 27 staff from twelve Alaskan museums and cultural centers to aid in the move of the museum's 32,000-object collection.  State Museum staff will train participants to assist in one of three project phases: move preparation; the move; and unpacking and rehousing. 


The project will prepare participants for collection moves in their own facilities while enabling the State Museum to safely move the collection within a tight timeframe.  The museum will use the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Incident Command System to manage the complex move into the new facility.


Project updates and results will be shared through social media, online museum chats, and the Alaska State Museum's website and monthly Bulletin.


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. In some communities, partner organizations help to organize and implement POL programs.  To register for Alaska POL by October 15th, click here.

The timeline for Poetry Out Loud this year is:


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.


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


October 21, 2013 - Deadline for Alaska Media Road Show pitch ideas: bit.ly/AMRS-pitches


October 31, 2013: Deadline for ASCA Redesign Survey:  bit.ly/ASCAredesign  


November 1, 2013 - FY14 Round II Deadline - Artists in Schools Grants & Statewide Teaching Artist Roster (STAR) deadline 


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


November 14, 2013: Deadline for Governor's Awards for the Arts & Humanities nominations: bit.ly/GovAwardsAK


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

Alaska Dance Theatre Pre-Professional Company Auditions  

Sunday, October 6th from 1:00-3:00 pm.  


The panel of judges will include current as well as guest faculty members. Each dancer participating in the audition will take part in a multi-disciplinary audition including Ballet, Modern, Jazz as well as Hip Hop to showcase their versatility and willingness to study multiple dance forms. Performance opportunities with Pre-Professional Company will include various outreach opportunities in and around Anchorage, guest features in Anchorage Youth Orchestra Performances as well as Alaska Dance Theatre's production of One Love One Stage in February in collaboration with Momentum Dance Collective and Underground Dance Company.  


For information regarding audition eligibility requirements please visit www.alaskadancetheatre.org  

or call 907-277-9591 


Emerging Artist Invitational Exhibit

Deadline: October 28 - Artwork due at Homer Council of the Arts
Art opening November 1: 5-7pm, First Friday Art Walk

$10 per entry due at submission


Experience the process of preparing for an art exhibit, and receiving recognition for your talent!

Homer Council on the Arts invites those who wish to show their emerging talent, and receive recognition by their peers, and have not previously shown in a juried art show, to join the multiple-artist invitational exhibit during the month of November. Homer Council on the Arts, 355 West Pioneer Ave, Homer, AK, 99603. For more information, click here


Show Off! Wearable Arts Show 

Submission deadline: November 9


Bunnell Street Arts Center and the Homer Fiber Arts Collective (HFAC) are joining forces to reintroduce to you 2013's Wearable Arts Show, Show Off! 


Submissions must be delivered to Land's End on November 9th , 12-5pm OR mailed to Bunnell Street Arts Center by that date. No more than three submissions will be accepted per artist. Ensembles may be sold after the show, or you can participate just to Show Off!  There will be models provided.  All artists interested in submitting work for the show please respond by contacting Kari Multz at 299-1695. Mailing address for entries: Bunnell Street Arts Center, 106 W Bunnell, Suite A, Homer, AK 99603


Show Off! will take place Saturday November 16th at the Land's End Resort on the Homer Spit, with two showings at 6:30 and 9pm$25 admission, $20 for Bunnell members  


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.  


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.


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



Bunnell Street Arts Center presents Old Town Artist in Residence and Old Town Public Art, opportunities for visiting artists from Alaska and the United States Arts Center's space and/or the surrounding outdoor neighborhood sites of Homer's Old Town.   

The deadline for both programs is December 1, 2013.  One-month residencies will be scheduled for February 1, 2014-June 30, 2014. Public Art installations must be complete by September 1, 2014.   


Interested artists can now apply online through CaFEAn artist may apply for both calls, using a residency to create public art. Bunnell has also joined the Alliance of Artist Communities  
to list Old Town Artist in Residence.    

Old Town Public Art 

 (permanent or ephemeral public art). Ephemeral projects may include but are not limited to music, dance, installation, multi-disciplinary and performance art.   

Old Town Artist in Residence 

 (all media)   


For additional questions, please contact Michael Walsh, Artist in Residence Coordinator 

Old Town ArtPlace, a one-year project, is supported by a grant from ArtPlace America.


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.

Gallery 440 9th Annual Small Works Show 

Deadline for submissions:  Friday, November 8, 2013  


Entry Fee: $35 for 1-3 works, $5 for each additional work

December 12, 2013 - January 12, 2014   
For the entire prospectus, click here.


Click here for a link to VSA Artist Opportunities, a quarterly offering of calls for art, professional development opportunities, and exciting upcoming events.  



Grants and Funding


Museums Alaska is pleased to announce the launch of the new Collections Management Fund!
Application deadline: Thursday, October 31, 2013.


This year, $100,000 in grants will be available to museums and cultural centers in Alaska for collections management supplies and activities. The goal is to build capacity for managing collections through professional expertise, training, and conservation materials and supplies.

Applicants must be 501(c)(3) nonprofit, government, tribal entities or equivalent organizations that hold collections in the public trust, such as a museum or cultural center. Small, rural-based organizations are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to projects that are collaborative or cooperative in nature. Emergency conservation projects will be given priority. Membership in Museums Alaska is encouraged but not required.


 Collections Management Fund Guidelines 

Collections Management Fund Application 


Questions? Email Museums Alaska at grants@museumsalaska.org.

Heather Beggs, Executive Director, Museums Alaska, PO Box 3004, Homer, AK 99603, director@museumsalaska.org, www.museumsalaska.org 


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


National Endowment for the Arts Releases Our Town Grant Guidelines

Deadline: January 13, 2014


Guidelines and application materials are now available for Our Town, the National Endowment for the Arts' primary creative placemaking grants program. Pending availability of funding, grants will range from $25,000 to $200,000. Our Town application guidelines are available in the Apply for a Grant section on arts.gov. The application deadline is January 13, 2014 at 11:59 PM ET.  


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


Application deadlines

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 


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


Native Arts Studies Program at the Totem Heritage Center in Ketchikan

Fall 2013 - Spring 2014


Course offerings include Introduction to Power Tools, Beginning and Intermediate Northwest Coast Design, Tool Making for Carvers, Cedar Bark Weaving, Spruce Root Weaving, Bentwood Box Construction, Mixed-Level Ravenstail Weaving, and the History of Northwest Coast Art. The class schedule, with course descriptions, registration fees and more can be found here.


The University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan Campus provides university credit for many Totem Heritage Center classes. Call 907-225-5900 for more information.

Creative Capital Fall Webinars

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


Artists Talk Tech, with Eve Mosher & Matthew Deleget
Wednesday, October 9, 7:00-8:30pm EST


 Applying for Grants & Residencies: Strategies for Writers, with Ethan Nosowsky
Monday, October 14, 7:00-8:30pm EST

 Backs-Ups & Passwords for Busy Artists, with Steve Lambert
Tuesday, October 15, 7:00-8:30pm EST

 Visual Arts Round Table: Writers, with Claudia La Rocco & Matthew Deleget
Wednesday, October 23, 7:00-8:30pm EST

 Web Site, Blog & Email Essentials, with Steve Lambert
Monday, October 28, 7:00-8:30pm EST


Visit PDP's Online Calendar  for a complete list of upcoming webinars and dates. Learn more about our Online Learning Program on our website or email Matthew Deleget at matthew@creative-capital.org.
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

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.
Opportunities for Students and Teachers

President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities

Does your school have a successful STEAM program?-one that integrates the arts into STEM education? If so, you may be eligible to win $10,000 as part of the 2013 innOVATION awards. Ovation TV, the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, and Americans for the Arts are partnering to recognize and support schools that have developed model STEAM programs. Please share this notice with anyone who may be interested and follow the link for full details: http://bit.ly/innOVATION.


Alaska Art Education Association Conference  October 11-13 at Alyeska Resort in Girdwood 

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/ 


Real World Design Challenge is Open

Registration is open for the 2013-2014 Real World Design Challenge in Engineering, an annual aviation design competition for teams of high school students.  The challenge is free for students and teachers.  Each teacher that signs up a team will receive professional engineering software as well as access to mentors from industry, government, and academia.  Teams can register at www.realworlddesignchallenge.org.  The team's teacher/coach should do the registration.


Teams will compete within the state for the state trophy, and the winning team will travel to Washington, D.C. (all expenses paid) to compete in a national event.  All teams receive access to advanced design software worth more than $1 million.


This year there are two new developments to encourage more teams to participate: a revamped and more robust tech support structure to better support teams, and each student on the National Champion team will receive a $50,000 scholarship provided by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. For more information, contact EED Science Coordinator Bjorn Wolter at bjorn.wolter@gmail.com.


Fairbanks Children's Museum Will Be Featured at UA Museum of the North

The Fairbanks Children's Museum will open in the auditorium of the University of Alaska Museum of the North for the winter. The long-term exhibit is designed to encourage curiosity and discovery through play and creativity.


Monthly Creativity Center themes will draw on the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development's early learning guidelines. They range from fiber arts and simple machines to artistic math. The children's museum will feature bi-weekly Super Sundays, featuring resources from across the community to teach core concepts to kids. The children's museum is taking reservations for field trips. The installation opens to the public on October 1 and runs through April 30, 2014. See  www.fairbankschildrensmuseum.com/  


Museum of the North Offers Workshops for Children and Teens

The University of Alaska Museum of the North is offering a series of workshops that explore the art and science of Denali. Designed for kids, caregivers and teens, the programs take place October 4 and October 6. Participants will examine Denali rock science and experiment with texture and size through paint and printmaking. Space is limited, and reservations are required at  www.uaf.edu/museum/education.  


Career and Technical Education Conference Set for October 28-30

Registration is open for the fall Alaska Association for Career and Technical Education Professional Development Conference.It will be held October 28-30at the downtown Marriott Hotel in Anchorage.

Register online at: http://www.actealaska.org/annual-conference. Information and questions: Karen Martinsen, Conference Coordinator, at edu@ak.net.


Association of Performing Arts Presenters Creative Campus Project
In 2007, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters embarked on a journey, with the support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, to explore the potential of the "creative campus" concept to deepen learning and interdisciplinary collaboration through the arts.  A case statement and online resources, now available at http://toolkit.creativecampus.org/ shares what has been learned from innovative projects at 14 campuses across the U.S.  A power point presentation is included for arts presenters and colleagues to initiate dialogues with campus and community leaders on how together they can leverage the arts to effectively engage students and faculty in 21st century education.


Public Review of National Arts Standards Opening Soon

The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) will conduct a public review of substantive portions of draft high school national core arts standards for dance, media arts, music, theatre and visual arts beginning September 30 and ending October 21, 2013. To find out how to participate in the review process and to view all public documents related to the arts standards, visit http://nccas.wikispaces.com.


Openings and Closings

Alaska Humanities Forum

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


Praising Thoth | Donald Ricker

First Friday opening October 4, 5:30 - 8 p.m.


International Gallery of Contemporary Art

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


October 4 - November 3, 2013

Center Gallery | Gretchen Sagan

North Gallery | Vickie Clark & Rhonda Horton

South Gallery | Mineko Hummel

Guest Room | 100 x 100

First Friday opening October 4, 5:30 - 7:30 pm


Anchorage Community Works

349 E. Ship Creek, Anchorage, AK 99501 http://anchoragecommunityworks.com/


First Friday Late Salon:

Art by Ted Kincaid

Music by Hot Club of Nunaka

October 4, 8-11 pm

21+, $5 -10 suggested donation


Bunnell Street Arts Center

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


October 4 - 29, 2013

Melissa Daubert

First Friday opening reception October 4, 5 - 7 pm


Homer Council on the Arts  

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

The Masters Art: Through the Eyes of Children

Opening October 4, First Friday opening reception 5-7 p.m.


Pratt Museum

3779 Bartlet Street, Homer, AK 99603 | 907-235-8635 | http://www.prattmuseum.org/


October 4 - 30, 2013

Ritz at the Moulin Rouge Art Preview Exhibit

Opening October 4, 2013 5 - 7 pm


Ritz 2013: Moulin Rouge - dinner, music, art & experience auctions

Saturday, November 2, 2013 6:30-10 pm at Wasabi's


Alaska Pacific University

4101 University Drive, Anchorage, AK 99508


October 4-27, 2013

Lake Series | Brenda K. Jaeger

Leah J. Peterson Gallery - APU Carr Gottstein Building

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


October 4-27, 2013      

Above the Surface | Susan Delgalvis

ConocoPhillips Gallery - APU Grant Hall


Alaska Native Arts Foundation

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


October 2013 

Infinite Horizons | Anna Hoover

First Friday reception: October 4, 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 


October 2013

The 28th Annual 64th Parallel Juried Art Exhibition

First Friday reception October 4, 5-7 pm


UAA Student Union Gallery

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



Breast Show Ever | work presented by Colleges Against Cancer
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 10, 5 - 7pm
Midday Reception: Monday, October 14, 1:30 -3pm


Hugi Lewis Studio

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


Filters | curated by Tommy O'Malley

Music by Northern Lights Jazz

First Friday opening: October 4, 2013, 5:00 - 10:00 pm


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



October 4, 2013 - January 5, 2014 

Earth, Fire and Fibre XXIX

First Friday Opening: October 4, 6-9 pm


October 4, 2015 - February 9, 2014

39th Annual Watercolor Scoiety Juried Exhibition

First Friday Opening: October 4, 6-9 pm


Floating | Annette Bellamy Solo Exhibition

through Nov. 10, 2013


Alaska State Museum

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


Closing October 12, 2013

Playing with Lightning | Kay Field Parker solo exhibition

Rainforest Warriors | Tommy Joseph solo exhibition

Fish in the Water. Bird in the Tree. Vase by the Wall | The Canvas at REACH artists exhibition:

The State of Being, Displaced | Nicholas Galanin solo exhibition

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

October 4-25, 2013
Poetryscapes: Ink on Ink | Jim Guenther

First Friday opening Sept. 6 at 5:00 p.m.



Employment and Internships
The Sitka Historical Society and Museum, a 57-year-old Alaska 501(c)3, is re-advertising for a new Executive Director to report to a nine-member volunteer board. This is a full-time exempt position, salary range $40,000-43,000 DOQ plus a 20%-of-salary "cafeteria" plan. Applications are invited from professionals interested in Alaska's Tlingit, Russian and American histories and with administrative and fund-development experience. The Society has a $200,000 annual operating budget including curator and store clerk positions. SHSM is working with the city to construct a new museum addition.. The ideal candidate is a receptive, results-oriented team builder; understands the dynamics of a remote community; is a creative problem solver; communicates well and has strong supervisory and budget skills.

Find the job description and application at sitkahistory.org. Closing date: Nov. 1, 2013.

Submit a completed application form, letter of interest, resume/CV and three references to:

ED committee
c/o John Stein, Board President
Sitka Historical Society & Museum
330 Harbor Dr
Sitka, AK 99835    

The Canvas Art Studio & Gallery in Juneau is seeking a part time Art Instructor to teach three 3-hour classes per week, from January through December, to a group of 6-12 adult artists who experience developmental and/or intellectual disabilities. This position offers other possible opportunities such as: a
showcase of work in the Gallery,additional hours of work for Canvas events, workshops, as well as the possibility to teach community art classes in the evening. This position

is an excellent opportunity to be an integral part of Juneau's vibrant art community.   


Pay Rate $20-25 an hour, depending on experience.

Deadline for Applications: Friday, November 15th


For a full job description visit: www.canvasarts.org/jobopportunities.html    


Denali Arts Council currently has an opening for a part time Operations Manager. This  

20 hour/week position requires at least three years of office management experience and proficiency with computers & technical equipment.  A passion for the arts and a desire to work with the public is also required. For a complete job description please click here.


Please mail your resume and cover letter to Denali Arts Council, P.O. Box 404 Talkeetna, AK  99676 or email to info@dnaliartscouncil.org. If you have any questions, please call 907-733-7929.


Resumes are due before November 1st. Position will remain open until filled.  

Denali Arts Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Announcements and Articles of Interest

Americans for the Arts seeks nominations for the Arts Network Councils


Network Councils give back to the field and gain national leadership experience while using their expertise to influence Americans for the Arts programs and services.


The following Networks are accepting nominations for council members:

Network Council Members advise staff on programs and services to build a deeper connection to the field and network membership. Their job is to connect the national work of Americans for the Arts to the local level. Council members serve a three-year term, from January 1, 2014-December 31, 2016 and must be available to attend two mandatory in-person meetings. For more details and requirements, visit the council elections webpage.


Nominations close Wednesday, October 9, 2013, so act fast! Please remember: nominees must be members of Americans for the Arts.


Americans for the Arts staff and current council members will select final candidates from the nominees. Then we will ask you to cast your ballot to determine the final council rosters. Voting runs Monday, November 4, 2013-Wednesday, November 20, 2013 and is also restricted to members of Americans for the Arts.


Members will receive their ballot via e-mail and all elected council members will be notified of their standing on Wednesday, December 13, 2013. New council members will be announced to the public on Wednesday, January 8, 2014.



Please join friends of Gaye Wolfe for an open house, Friday, October 4, 5-7 p.m., at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. Work by the late Gaye Wolfe is on display in the hospital's gallery. This exhibit features 14 acrylic and mixed media portraits of prominent local visual and performing artists. 


Born January 16, 1945, Gaye Wolfe was a gifted and prolific artist as well as one of Homer's strongest advocates for the arts and art education. She died on October 14, 2012. 


The gallery at South Peninsula Hospital is a cooperative effort of the hospital and Homer Council on the Arts. 


NOTE: A retrospective exhibit of Gaye Wolfe's work opens at the Bunnell Street Arts Center on Friday, October 4, and will be followed by a celebration and silent auction of her work on October 5. 



Nora Marks Dauenhauer and Richard Dauenhauer

Alaska State Writer Laureates Read From Their Work

Friday, October 18, 7pm

UAA/APU Consortium Library, Lib 307


Nora Marks Dauenhauer was born in Juneau. Her first language is Tlingit, and

she has worked extensively with Tlingit oral literature, doing fieldwork,

transcription, translation and explication. Her own poetry, prose, and drama have

been widely published and anthologized.


Richard Dauenhauer's poetry,translations, and essays have also been widely published. With Nora Dauenhauer, he has co-authored and co-edited Tlingit grammars and bilingual editions of oral literature. Both Nora and Richard are free-lance writers and independent scholars.



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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