November 2013 ASCA News 

In This Issue
A Note from Shannon
Nominations for Governors Awards
ArtPlace America
ASCA Notices
Calls for Art and Requests for Proposals
Grants and Funding
Our Town
Professional Development
Residencies and Fellowships
Employment and Internships
Announcements and Articles of Interest
Openings and Closings
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 A Note From Shannon


Tourism is a major economic driver for Alaska, and the arts have an important role to play within Alaska tourism industry efforts. Recently, ASCA and the Alaska Travel Industry Association (ATIA) partnered to co-sponsor a keynote at ATIA's 2014 annual convention in Sitka. The theme of the convention was "The Fine Art of Tourism." Lenwood Sloan, an expert in cultural tourism, gave a passionate keynote titled "The Magic and Chemistry of Placemaking: Formulas for Success" to the 400+ convention attendees. Later in the day I moderated a session with Lenwood, artist Teri Rofkar and Sitka Fine Arts Camp director Roger Schmidt. We had a lively discussion about how creative placemaking and the arts can enrich visitors experiences and deepen their connection to the magical place we call Alaska. 
ASCA is also part of the State of Alaska Marketing Partnership, a collaboration organized by the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development (DCCED). The members of this cooperative are organizations and state entities focused on promoting Alaska--it's wildlife, nature, seafood, locally grown and created products, and the arts. I just returned home from their annual Alaska Media Road Show, which pairs members of the State Marketing Partnership with national travel writers. Over the course of the day, in 15-minute increments, I pitched arts stories to these writers highlighting our summer festivals, handmade arts and crafts, Alaska Native artists, and all kinds of other interesting and unique arts experiences that are on offer in Alaska. I am very hopeful that ASCA's participation in this will result in some great arts coverage nationally!
We are working hard to ensure that the arts are a part of these important initiatives to strengthen Alaska. We look forward to continuing our work with DCCED's State Marketing Partnership and to continuing our partnership with ATIA. And, of course, while we do this we will also continue to identify new partners to strengthen both the arts and the state of Alaska!
Nominations are Open | 2013 Governors Awards for the Arts


The Alaska State Council on the Arts seeks nominations for the 2013 Governor's Awards for the Arts

Nominations are now open for the 2013 Governor's Awards for the Arts 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, staff or prior Award recipients. Deadline for nominations is November 15, 2013. The nomination form is online at:


The Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities ceremony will be held in Juneau on Thursday, January 30, 2014. Award recipients will be selected by the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Office of the Governor, based on nominees submitted by the public.



A very special honor for First Peoples Fund President Lori Pourier 

In celebration of the International Day of Rural Women, it gives us great pleasure to share with you that Lori Pourier, president of First Peoples Fund, has received the 2013 Women's World Summit Foundation Prize for Women's Creativity in Rural Life. She is one of only 10 women to receive the award this year, and the only honoree from the United States.  


Read the special announcement here and please join us in congratulating Lori and First Peoples Fund on this very special honor.  

Alaska Federation of Natives


Alaska Federation of Natives, whose mission is to "enhance and promote the cultural, economic and political voice of the entire Alaska Native community," carries a great burden of responsibility. Each October, Alaska's Native people surge like human tributaries toward a central meeting space to participate in the Alaska Federation of Natives convention. Alaska's Native citizenry appears; parents carrying their infants and toddlers in their arms, hip teenagers, adults and elders. As members of federally recognized Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act villages, they represent the individuals of sovereign nations. Hundreds of artists, great orators, industry and corporation leaders, policy makers, academics and students are given opportunities to participate.


Every Alaskan, whether born and raised here or transplanted from afar, should attend an Alaska Federation of Natives Convention at least once in their lifetime. It's unique among gatherings, and to attend is to witness the complexities of Alaska's Native people and culture.


AFN chose Traditional Family Values as its convention theme this year. The speakers and topics affirmed to the ASCA staff that our programmatic efforts are aligned with Alaska Native communities' deepest needs and desires. Investment in creativity, like supporting the transfer of traditional arts and culture, has the very real potential to save lives, elevate people, bridge intergenerational divides, and reinforce continuity of Native languages.


We were awed by seven Tanana Village children who commanded their AFN communities to join them in a pledge to "live, honor and protect myself from any harm, to love my life, my family, my friends and my village. Today we stand together to stop suicide in Alaska." We learned that an Alaska Native Trooper who works with high-risk rural youth on suicide intervention urges students to cultivate their creativity as an avenue toward health and wellness. We also learned that he and many other Alaska Native Troopers are practitioners of traditional Alaska Native arts.


President Obama formally declared November as National Native American Heritage Month yesterday. His proclamation is an affirmation to build cultural and creative resilience.


"From Alaskan mountain peaks to the Argentinian pampas to the rocky shores of Newfoundland, Native Americans were the first to carve out cities, domesticate crops, and establish great civilizations. When the Framers gathered to write the United States Constitution, they drew inspiration from the Iroquois Confederacy, and in the centuries since, American Indians and Alaska Natives from hundreds of tribes have shaped our national life. During Native American Heritage Month, we honor their vibrant cultures and strengthen the government-to-government relationship between the United States and each tribal nation."


Our state arts agency work to recognize and engage Alaska's Living Cultural Treasures and to strengthen traditionally based rural arts and cultural programs is resonating. We intend to stay the course and continue investing with our Native arts advisors, partners and teammates to further expand a statewide creative infrastructure. Every year we depart with a deeper and clearer understanding of Alaska's indigenous people. We look forward to next year's convention and our work toward positive change.



ArtPlace America Launches 2014 Innovation Grant Applications

Are you a part of the growing creative placemaking movement?

ArtPlace America has now opened the application process for its 2014 Innovation Grants. In its fourth round of funding, ArtPlace America will continue to support creative placemaking in communities across America.
ArtPlace America is a collaboration of 13 leading national and regional foundations and six of the nation's largest banks. ArtPlace America also seeks advice and counsel from close working relationships with various federal agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts, the departments of Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, Education, and Transportation, along with leadership from the White House Office of Management and Budget and the Domestic Policy Council.
To date, ArtPlace America has awarded 134 grants to 124 organizations in more than 79 communities across the U.S. for a total of $42.1 million. Past recipients of ArtPlace America grants have demonstrated creative placemaking as a means of investing in art and culture at the heart of a portfolio of integrated strategies to drive vibrancy and diversity so powerful that it transforms communities.
Grants will be awarded to projects that involve arts organizations, artists and designers working in partnership with local and national partners on place-based strategies that can transform communities.
Letters of inquiry must be submitted by December 13, 2013.
ArtPlace America funds in all 50 states and U.S. territories. Certain ArtPlace America funders have a deep commitment to their local communities and have provided funding for specific states or communities.  Currently, these include: Akron, Charlotte, Detroit, Macon, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, San Jose, and St. Paul, as well as communities in Alaska, Arizona, California, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin. Therefore, we particularly invite projects in these areas, although applications are welcome and grants are awarded to projects from all across the US. We continue to expand our funding with the goal of supporting the broadest possible geographic array of communities.
Complete guidelines for applying for an ArtPlace grant can be found at .
Participating foundations in ArtPlace America include Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Ford Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The William Penn Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation, The Surdna Foundation and two anonymous donors. ArtPlace America is also supported by a $12 million loan fund capitalized by six major financial institutions and managed by the Nonprofit Finance Fund. Participating institutions are Bank of America, Citi, Deutsche Bank, Chase, MetLife and Morgan Stanley.
Recent ArtPlace America grant recipients include:
The Anchorage Park Foundation, which is partnering with The Light Brigade in planning, executing and documenting a series of site specific urban art interventions with a focus on the subject of light and dark (themes of special interest to Northern dwellers) to activate public spaces throughout the Anchorage, AK community.
The City of Asylum Pittsburgh, which is employing permanent and temporary public artworks, community-based residencies for international artists, and free multi-lingual literary and jazz performances to create a joyful walkway through their community to draw residents and tourists to the community's soon-to-be redeveloped Federal-North business district and celebrate creative expression.
Capitol Hill Housing, which is transforming a 29,000 sq ft surface parking lot on Seattle's Capitol Hill into the new 12th Avenue Arts building, a vibrant mixed-use development combining arts, housing, retail and public safety uses.
Creative Time, which is partnering with Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn, NY to present a multi-faceted exhibition of installations and collaborations between artists and local organizations that engage Weeksville's themes of sustainability, agency, and self-determination alongside public programming that supports longer-term neighborhood development and revitalization.
Detroit Economic Growth Association's REVOLVE Program, which is matching designers and artists with local university students, residents and entrepreneurs to activate vacant storefronts and public spaces with pop-up art installations, businesses and events to transform Detroit's historic Livernois "Avenue of Fasion".
International Sonoran Desert Alliance, which is completing its Sonoran Desert Retreat Center, launching an artist residency program at the retreat center featuring traditional and contemporary Tohono O'odham and Mexican artists, and creating a tri-national border-themed community arts installation in Ajo, AZ.
The Town of Prattsville, NY, which is turning a flood-damaged building into the Prattsville Art Center and Residency to engage artists-in-residence in town planning and design as well as public exhibitions and events to reimagine the future of the rural town as it recovers from a natural disaster.
A complete list of past ArtPlace America grant recipients can be found 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.


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


November 15, 2013: Deadline for Governor's Awards for the Arts & Humanities nominations:


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 


Go to to find out about ASCA opportunities, events and intriguing arts-related articles from across the web.


Calls for Artists and Requests for Proposals

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  


Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute Seeks Youth Orchestra Applicants 

Each summer, Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute brings together 120 of the brightest young players from across the country to form the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America. Following a two-week training residency with leading professional orchestra musicians, these remarkable teenagers embark on a tour to some of the great music capitals of the world and serve as dynamic musical ambassadors.


In 2013-NYO-USA's inaugural season-the ensemble traveled to Washington, DC, Moscow, St. Petersburg, and London for performances with famed maestro Valery Gergiev and renowned violinist Joshua Bell. Summer 2014 will feature a coast-to-coast US tour with dynamic conductor David Robertson and virtuoso violinist Gil Shaham.  Applications are now being accepted for NYO-USA€™s 2014 season. Find out more about how to apply for this free program


Island Institute Collaborative Residencies in Sitka

Deadline: December 1, 2013  

The Island Institute is inviting applications from writers who are interested in pursuing a collaborative project with another person-another writer or someone from a different discipline. The collaborators will come to Sitka for a month and be provided accommodations (including a kitchen) and a stipend for groceries. Community activities will be an integral part of each residency. The next application deadline is December 1 for a four-week residency between March 15 and April 30, 2014; applicants may select four weeks within that time frame that best suit them. Further information, including application forms, is available at 


Call to Artists: Public Art at the Homer Public Library

Entries due: December 2, 2013


Homer Public Library looking for artists within the Homer Public Library service area to exhibit two-dimensional work in the Fireplace Reading Room at the library at 500 Hazel Avenue, Homer. Looking for experienced, emerging and beginning artists. Deadline is 5pm on December 2, via email. Details about the space and instructions on how to respond at or via email at Click here for more information.   


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 (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.


American Music Abroad Cultural Exchange Program

Deadline: January 6, 2014


American Music Abroad (AMA), a cultural exchange program that uses music as a means to engage audiences worldwide, has opened the application round for the 2014-15 season. Bands and ensembles are encouraged to apply at . AMA is a partnership between American Voices and the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The deadline for applications is January 6, 2014.


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.  


Theatre in the Raw's 8th Biennial One Act Playwriting Contest

Deadline: December 31, 2013

Entry Fee: $25


All submissions must be an original unpublished, unproduced one act play, 10-30 double-spaced typed pages/30-35 length. Cash prizes.


Contact or Phone 604-708-5448.

Grants and Funding

New Music USA Project Grants
Deadline: November 4, 2013   


New Music USA will provide between 100-150 musicians with project grants ranging from $250-$20,000 each to support music projects that involve premieres of new music through a live performance or recording. Requests can come from individuals or organizations, and projects can take place up to two years past the deadline or up to six months prior. New Music USA is especially interested in funding artists directly for their work, whether that involves creating, engaging, performing, or something else. Click here for information.   


VANS Custom Culture Grants  

Deadline: November 15, 2013


VANS Custom Culture Grants are available to public high schools (including charter schools) serving grades 9-12 that have allowed arts education to thrive in their school community. The grants are intended to encourage the inclusion of the arts as an integral component of an excellent education, and to support activities that are consistent with local and national learning standards for arts education. Ten schools across the country will each receive a $2,000 grant to support their work in providing high-quality music and/or visual arts instruction for students. Apply here by November 15. 


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


Jack Kent Cooke Foundation: Graduate Arts Awards 

Deadline: November 26, 2013

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation seeks high-achieving college seniors or recent college graduates with financial need who plan to begin a graduate degree program in the performing arts, visual arts, or creative writing. This award offers up to $50,000 per year for up to three years study at an accredited graduate institution in the United States or abroad. In 2014, the Foundation will select up to 20 recipients for this award. Click here for more information.   


Ethel Montgomery Scholarship Application Available For Museum Studies

Application deadline: November 30, 2013


The Friends of the Alaska State Libraries, Archives & Museum in conjunction with the Alaska State Museum, has announced the availability of the Ethel Montgomery Scholarship.  Applicants for the $2,000 scholarship must be enrolled in an Alaskan federally-recognized tribe and pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in museum studies. Applications may be obtained by emailing Jackie Schoppert, Chair, Ethel Montgomery Scholarship Committee, at  (907-321-5652) or Marjorie Menzi, (907-723-9156). 


A Blade of Grass: Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art 
Deadline: December 2, 2013.  


A Blade of Grass (ABOG) provides resources to artists who demonstrate artistic excellence and serve as innovative conduits for social change. ABOG is inviting letters of interest for its Fellowship for Engaged Art to promote art as a catalyst for social change. Project proposals in which co-creation with non-artists are highly encouraged. Artists may not currently be enrolled as students and must be legal residents of the United States or U.S. citizens and at least 25 years of age. Click here for more information.    


Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Accepting Grant Applications
Deadline: December 2, 2013


The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting applications in each of its museum grant programs. The application deadline for each of these programs is December 2, 2013. For more information about these funding opportunities, including program guidelines, contacts, and webinar access information, click on one of the following links:

Anchorage Municipal Arts Grants Funds Available

Application deadline: December 5, 2013


The Municipality of Anchorage invites local community arts organizations to apply for approximately $137,500 in grant funding to promote public-private cooperation in the arts.

Applications must be received in the Mayor's Office by Thursday, December 5, 2013. The Municipality's Arts Advisory Commission reviews grant applications in January and makes funding recommendations to the Mayor. Applicants are encouraged to attend a question and answer session after the Commission's regular meeting on November 4. The regular meeting begins at 5:30p.m. It's anticipated that the Q and A will begin around 6:30p.m. The meeting is in the Assembly Conference Room (#155) in City Hall.


The grant application and guidelines are available at: 


National Endowment for the Humanities Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections 
Deadline: December 12, 2013

U.S. nonprofit institutions with humanities collections may apply for planning and implementation projects that focus on managing relative humidity, temperature, light, and pollutants in collection spaces; providing protective storage enclosures and systems for collections; and safeguarding collections from theft and from natural and man-made disasters. The grant program encourages sustainable strategies that balance preservation goals, costs, and environmental impact.


NEH encourages applicants to discuss project ideas with program officers. Draft proposals are also still being accepted. Contact us by email to or call 202 606-8570.


Guidelines, FAQs, and sample narratives from successful applications are on the NEH Web site:

A list of previous awards can be found here: 



USArtists International 2014

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


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


Questions about USArtists International should be directed to Brigid Zuknick, at 


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 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.


National Endowment for the Arts Releases Our Town Grant Guidelines    

Deadline: January 13, 2014 at 11:59 PM ET


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 at     

NEA Webinar | How to Apply to Our Town Grant Program

NEA Director of Design Programs Jason Schupbach and design specialist Jennifer Hughes will present a webinar on Monday, November 4, 2013 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET about applying to Our Town, the NEA's primary creative placemaking grant program.


Our Town grants fund creative and innovative projects in which communities, together with arts and/or design organizations and artists, seek to:

  • Improve quality of life;
  • Encourage greater creative activity;
  • Foster stronger community identity and sense of place; and
  • Revitalize economic development.

The webinar will start with a presentation that covers the basics of the Our Town program, including eligibility requirements, how to select work samples, and advice on preparing a strong application. The presentation will be followed by an open Q & A session. Our Town guidelines and application materials for FY 2014 are on the NEA website along with frequently asked questions and responses.


The Our Town web section features a map with project information for all three years of the program. Additional features include podcasts, articles, reports, and publications that focus on creative placemaking. Sample application narratives are also available.


Applications to Our Town are due on January 13, 2014.


How to Join the Webinar

Please register in advance here. You may listen using your computer's speakers or dial-in to 1-877-685-5350 and use participant code: 739587. Attendees will be muted but able to type in questions and comments through a Q & A text box.


In Case You Can't Attend

An archive of the webinar will be available on the NEA's website shortly after the event.

To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at For questions or information about Our Town, contact Victoria Hutter,, 202-682-5692


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.


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 College credit is available for an additional fee. To register for credit, call KPC at 907 235-7743

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.
Residencies and Fellowships


The Island Institute is inviting applications from writers who are interested in pursuing a collaborative project with another person-another writer or someone from a different discipline. The collaborators will come to Sitka for a month and be provided accommodations (including a kitchen) and a stipend for groceries. Community activities will be an integral part of each residency. The next application deadline is December 1 for a four-week residency between March 15 and April 30, 2014; applicants may select four weeks within that time frame that best suit them. Further information, including application forms, is available at  



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.


Employment and Internships

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:    


Announcements and Articles of Interest


The Alaska Native Visionary Awards to be held on November 15, 2013 in Anchorage

Alaska Native Heritage Month organization and the Alaska Native Arts Foundation are partnering to host an exciting cultural event in November. The Alaska Native Visionary Awards and "Wear Art, Thou?" Fashion Show will showcase a modern celebration during Alaska Native Heritage Month.

The Alaska Native Visionary Awards recognizes individual perpetuating and preserving Alaska Native cultures in a unique way. Past honorees have come from a variety of backgrounds, including literary, visual and performance arts, culture bearers, videographers and musicians.


Click here for more information.    


Michael Naab, Director of the City of Ketchikan Museums Department since 1997, will retire on October 15th. Michael was instrumental in re-activating the Tongass Historical Society board soon after his arrival and was instrumental in the creation of a new board. He was an active spokesperson and advocate for both the Museum and Historical Society. Click here to read more in the Ketchikan Museums newsletter.


Americans for the Arts announces white paper on Arts Across the Military

The new white paper, Arts, Health, and Well-Being across the Military Continuum - White Paper and Framing a National Plan for Action, is the culmination of three years of work by the partners of the National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military. It explores how the military can collaborate with civilian agencies, including local arts agencies, to use the arts as a way to address the key health issues our military personnel face. Artists and arts organizations are uniquely positioned to help service members and veterans use art as a form of expression that builds bridges through shared experiences in a community. We encourage you to read the white paper and let us know what you are doing in your community to open a dialogue, engage in partnerships, or provide programs and support. Please visit our webpage,, for more information.   


Lights Out

8 p.m. to midnight Friday, Nov. 8

Revel in winter like a true Northerner at Lights Out, Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center's late-night creative blowout celebrating Alaska's long winter nights. Ticket are $30. The evening includes LED dancers, DJ Spencer Lee, glow-in-the-dark art projects for grown ups, food trucks, wintery films and planetarium shows, indie rock by The Jephries and Turquoise Boy, demos on the astounding science of fluorescence, a Skinny Raven/Her Tern footwear fashion show and more. This event is for ages 21 and older. Proceeds benefit the museum's exhibitions and programs. Learn more and purchase tickets at


Openings and Closings


Alaska Humanities Forum

161 E 1st Ave, Door 15, Anchorage | 907-272-5341 |    


November 2013

6122' |  Sheila Wyne

First Friday opening November 1, 5:30 - 8 p.m.


International Gallery of Contemporary Art

427 D Street | Anchorage, AK 99501 | 


November 1 - December 1, 2013

All Galleries | Alaska Photographic Center Rarified Light 2013

Guest Room | Cuptemporary Membership Drive

First Friday opening November 1, 5:30 - 7:30 pm


Anchorage Community Works

349 E. Ship Creek | Anchorage, AK 99501 |


First Friday Late Salon

Art by Lucas Elliot

Music by Crimeface Nelson

November 1, 8-11 pm

21+, $5 -10 suggested donation


Bunnell Street Arts Center

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


November 1 - 27, 2013

Melissa Daubert

First Friday opening reception November 1, 5 - 7 pm


Show Off | Wearable Art Show at Land's End

November 16, 2013 6:30 pm and 9:00 pm

$20 members | $25 non-members


Homer Council on the Arts  

355 W Pioneer Ave, Homer | 907-235-4288 |


November 2013    

Emerging Artists

Opening November 1, First Friday opening reception 5-7 p.m.


Pratt Museum

3779 Bartlet Street | Homer, AK 99603 | 907-235-8635 |


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

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


November 8 - December 29, 2013


When Crab was King: Faces of the Kodiak King Crab Fishery 1950-1982


Opening Reception Friday


Alaska Pacific University

4101 University Drive | Anchorage, AK 99508


November 1 - 31, 2013

Interpretations - New Works in Fiber | Linda Brady Farr, Susan Schapira, Monica Jenicek Lyall

Leah J. Peterson Gallery - APU Carr Gottstein Building

First Friday opening reception November 1, 5:30 - 7 pm


November 1 - 30, 2013

Botanical Drawings | curated by Judith Hoersting

ConocoPhillips Gallery - APU Grant Hall

First Friday opening reception November 1, 5:30 - 7 pm


Alaska Native Arts Foundation

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


November 2013

I Am Alaskan | Brian Adams

First Friday reception November 1, 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 


November 2013

Music in the Garden | Tammy Phillips

21 Bottles of Bear on the Wall | Steve Cross

First Friday reception November 1, 5-7 pm


UAA Student Union Gallery

3211 Providence Drive | Student Union 218, Anchorage, AK  99508
Phone: (907) 786-1052, 


No Big Heads
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 31, 5 - 7pm
Midday Reception: Monday, November 4, 1:30 -3pm


Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center
625 C Street | Anchorage, Alaska 99501 | 907-929-9200


through January 5, 2014 

Earth, Fire and Fibre XXIX


through February 9, 2014

39th Annual Watercolor Scoiety Juried Exhibition


Floating | Annette Bellamy Solo Exhibition

through Nov. 10, 2013


Alaska State Museum

395 Whittier Street | Juneau | 907-465-2901 |   


Ten Years of Alaskan Art

David Rubin solo exhibit

Dick Benedict solo exhibit

First Friday Opening Reception 4:30 - 7:00 pm


Clausen Museum

203 Fram Street | Petersburg, AK 99833 | 907-777-3349

November 1-30, 2013

Sidelines | Susan Christensen solo exhibit

First Friday reception, November 1, 5 - 7 pm


Cyrano's Theatre Company

413 D Street | Anchorage AK 99501 | 907-274-2599 | 


Come to Me, Leopards by Arlitia Jones

Through November 17, 2013


First City Players

335 Main Street | Ketchikan, AK 99901 |  907-225-4792


Damn Yankees

November 1 - 10, 2013


Perseverance Theatre

914 Third Street | Douglas AK 99824 | 907-364-2151 |


Treasure Island

November 8 - December 8, 2013


Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council
Main Street Gallery | 330 Main St, Ketchikan | 907-225-2211 |

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

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



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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