December 2013 ASCA News 

In This Issue
A Note from Shannon
ASCA Notices
Presenting and Touring in Alaska
AAEC to hold Administrators Retreat
Calls for Art and Requests for Proposals
Grants and Funding
Professional Development
Education and Youth
Employment and Internships
Announcements and Articles of Interest
Competitions and Nominations
Openings and Closings
Contact Us
Join Our Mailing List!
Quick Links
Looking for Work in the Arts?
Look no further--these sites include listings of available positions and calls for artists in all areas - museums, performing arts and galleries.
And these sites provide information for artists as entrepreneurs, and community arts development.
Do you have a notice for the Communique?
If you have an article, short notice, call for art or request for proposal that you would like us to consider including in our next newsletter, contact Keren Lowell  at
 A Note From Shannon

Greetings from icy Anchorage! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with family, friends and loved ones. The ASCA staff greatly values all of the work that our artists and arts organizations do to strengthen communities throughout Alaska-we are thankful for YOU!


Right now, ASCA and the Alaska Humanities Forum (AKHF) are working hard to ensure that the new format for the Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities will be a great success! The awards will be held in Juneau on Thursday evening, January 30th at the Juneau Arts and Cultural Center (JACC). We'll start with a reception at 6:00 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony that will showcase performances by Alaskan artists. Tickets for the Governor's Awards will go on sale soon.


Because the awards are occurring during the legislative session, we want to take advantage of the influx of arts professionals and supporters to Juneau by providing an opportunity for constituents to meet with their representatives. ASCA and AKHF are working with Museums Alaska to host the inaugural CHAMP (Culture, Humanities, Arts and Museum Partners) Days at the State Capitol on January 29-30, 2014. CHAMP Days will provide a great opportunity for Alaskans who are in Juneau for the awards ceremony to meet with their elected officials and share with them how the state's investment in the arts works to positively impact and strengthen their communities. We will kick off the event with a professional development opportunity for participants at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 29th. We are excited to report that Jamie Bennett, the outgoing Chief of Staff at the National Endowment for the Arts and incoming Director of ArtPlace, will be a featured speaker!


Registration for CHAMP day will be opening soon and there is no cost to participate. If you would like to be notified when the registration has opened, please email Keren Lowell at: Or, simply like our Facebook page to receive ASCA updates in real time. We invite you to join us in Juneau for what will be a terrific event highlighting the tremendous contributions that the arts, culture and humanities make in Alaska!

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.


Governor's Awards for the Arts & Humanities to be held January 30th in Juneau at Juneau Arts and Culture Center  


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


Presenting and Touring in Alaska

On November 11 & 12, the Alaska State Council on the Arts convened a group of 26 representatives from Alaskan arts organizations to discuss performing arts presenting and touring in Alaska. What is presenting and touring? It is the practice of booking performing artists, such as musicians, theatre and dance companies, that are touring in a state or region. Performing arts presenters are the organizations that bring touring artists, from Alaska and beyond, to your community! 

Presenters discuss funding opportunities for presenting and touring in Alaska. Photo courtesy Saunders McNeill.  


In Alaska, presenting and touring can be challenging because of travel logistics and cost. However, presenting and touring provides opportunities for presenters to engage with new and underserved audiences, allows for communities to share common experiences, and encourages arts organizations to engage with partners in their own communities and across the state. Attendees for the convening included representatives from organizations who participate in the Alaska Presenters Consortium. Over the last several years, the Alaska Presenters Consortium has met regularly via teleconference under the leadership of Anchorage Concert Association Executive Director Jason Hodges. One of the goals of the Consortium is to create opportunities for presenters to "block-book" tours of performing artists in the state. Block-booking is a way for more communities to collaborate on a tour, and to leverage resources for both artists and presenters.


"In Alaska, we are so isolated from other parts of the world and parts of our own state. Presenting and touring allows us to bring other parts of the world to our local communities and experience moving, transformational, and entertaining performances. The great distances between cities in Alaska make the collaborative effort extremely important.  Flight costs, artist fees, and equipment costs can all be shared, which creates huge potential savings. What this means is that artists with higher fees will become more affordable for smaller communities. Suddenly an artist that looks way too expensive can play some of the smaller and more isolated parts of the state. In a collaboration, everyone wins!" said Hodges of presenting and touring in Alaska. Hodges co-presented a session at the convening with Karen Hanan of Arts Northwest on block-booking a tour. Arts Northwest, located in Washington state, is a northwest regional association of presenters, artists, booking agencies and other partners. ASCA provides an umbrella membership in Arts Northwest for Alaska Presenters as a way to further connect organizations with opportunities.


Along with the nuts and bolts of presenting and touring, the convening featured presentations and discussion on how presenters might collaborate with community partners in unique ways, engage with audiences through technology and social media platforms, build more

sustainable organizations and access grant

Guests enjoy the reception and showcase at Anchorage Community Works.  Photo courtesy Keren Lowell.

resources within the state and the region. On day one at the Anchorage Museum, guest speakers included Douglas McLennan of, Devon Smith of Threespot, Inc. On day two we heard from Laurie Wolf of Foraker Group, Jayson Smart of Rasmuson Foundation and our own Shannon Daut who talked about the future of audience engagement and participation. The cohort also had a chance to visit the Anchorage Community Works to see a new, collaborative space in Anchorage, and was treated to a "mini-showcase" of Southcentral performing artists. The goal of the showcase was to open a conversation between presenters and Alaska performing artists who are interested and ready to tour.


Thank you to all the partners and organizations that came together for this convening, and we look forward to more discussion at the Alaska Arts and Culture Conference May 1-3 in Anchorage. For more information on how the Alaska State Council on the Arts is supporting presenting and touring in Alaska, about the Harper Arts Touring Fund, or the Alaska Presenters Consortium contact Laura Forbes at (907) 269-6682. 


Alaska Arts Education Consortium to hold
Administrators Retreat

AAEC Logo The Alaska Arts Education Consortium (AAEC) invites, principals, district administrators and school leaders to attend the 2014 AAEC Administrators Retreat.


"The arts have broadened our educational objectives. The arts have given us a wider perspective from which to gauge the growth of our students and a broader platform from which to teach. Teachers have reported that the arts have enhanced the strategies they use when working with students. This is a direct consequence of the training they have received."


-WALT BETZ, Principal, Kwigillingok School, Lower Kuskokwim School District


Registration for the 2014 AAEC Administrators Retreat is now open. The retreat will focus on "Integrating 21st Century Skills through the Arts" for principals and school leaders, January 23-25, 2014 in Homer Alaska. Click Here to register throught the AAEC website.


  • Begins: Thursday, January 23rd, 2014, noon
  • Ends: Saturday, January 25th, 2014 10 am
  • Registration Cost: $150 (includes all meals except one dinner)
  • An optional Administrators credit is available through UAA- Kenai Peninsula College (additional cost)
  • Group room rate available at Ocean Shores Hotel ($59 night 2 queen beds)

Join the AAEC for a look at inspiring programs throughout the country and within our state, including a tour of classrooms at West Homer Elementary School integrating the arts into the curriculum, nationally recognized speakers and promising practices, a visit to the Homer Arts Council, and many exciting examples of outstanding teachers and leadership valuing the arts in education in Alaska.


Administrators attending this retreat will have a special advance notice and registration for teachers in their districts interested in attending a Special Topics Arts Institute that AAEC will be hosting in Kenai, Alaska in the summer of 2014 dedicated to working with students who experience physical and cognitive disabilities: "All Abilities: How the arts can help all students succeed in school."


This program is provided under a contract with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The Alaska Arts Education Consortium is supported, in part, by a grant from the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Calls for Artists and Requests for Proposals



First City Players will hold auditions for Moonlight and Magnolias on December 9 and 10 at 6:30 pm at the 335 Main Street, Ketchikan. Callbacks will be December 11. Needed: three men ages 35 -50, one woman age 31-60. Rehearsals begin in January, with production dates March 7-15. Performances are held at the Kayhi Auditorium. Contact, 907-225-4792.


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.


Bellevue Arts Museum Biennial 2014 Knock on Wood Call for Artists

Submission Deadline: December 21, 2013


Bellevue Arts Museum is seeking artists, craftsmen, and makers in the Northwest (AK, BC, ID, MT, OR & WA) working in the medium of wood to apply to the BAM Biennial 2014: Knock on Wood (October 31, 2014 - March 29, 2015).


John & Joyce Price Award of Excellence $5,000 cash, plus solo exhibition at BAM

Samuel & Patricia Smith People's Choice Award $5,000 cash



Greg Bell, Senior Curator at Vulcan Inc., Seattle, WA

Stefano Catalani, Director of Art, Craft, & Design, Bellevue Arts Museum (WA)

Albert Lecoff, Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Art in Wood in Philadelphia, PA

Heather Sealy Lineberry, Senior Curator and Associate Director at Arizona State University Art Museum in Tempe, AZ


Entrants are invited to take a creative approach to the medium and pursue the Biennial as an opportunity to push the boundaries of their vision and skill. Proposals for new work are encouraged.  
Download the prospectus for more details.  

Download the Application here. 

Pratt Museum Open Call for 2015 Exhibition Proposals

Deadline: December 31, 2013


The Pratt Museum is now accepting exhibition proposals for the 2015 calendar year. Whether you're dreaming of a solo, group, or multimedia art installation, or taking a scientific, historical, or interdisciplinary look at this place we call home, we want to hear your proposals and ideas. Proposals should fit within the museum's mission and values, and explore the culture, science and art of the Kachemak Bay region and its place in the world. Please download and complete the Exhibition Proposal Form by December 31, 2013. The Pratt exhibits committee will review proposals and make recommendations in January 2014.


The submission form can be found at and is accessible from the Pratt's homepage, For more information, contact   

Scott Bartlett, Curator of Exhibits, at (907) 435-3335.


Luminescence: The 28th Annual Wearable Art Show

January 30 - February 1, 2014

Evening Shows at 8:00pm, Saturday Matinee at 2:00pm
Doors open one hour prior to show.
Ted Ferry Civic Center, Ketchikan, AK

Artists of all media are invited to create functional-and not so functional-pieces of wearable art. You are encouraged, but not required, to create pieces along the theme. Black lights will be installed on parts of the stage or runway, so feel free to factor in glow in the dark and black light reactive materials in your piece. 


Applications due January 6, 2014.

2014 Artist Applications 

For more information, call the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council at 907-225-2211


Craft Alaska 2013

February 21, 22, 23 and March 1 from 10 am - 6 pm daily at Sunshine Plaza/4th Avenue Marketplace/Ship Creek Center, 333 West 4th Avenue, Anchorage AK.


Sign up for vendor tables. $80 per day, $288 for all four days. Click here for table reservation form and floor plan. Contact Property Management Office, 411 West 4th Avenue, Suite 200, Anchorage


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.


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.


City of Homer Request for Proposals
Incorporating Art on the Homer Spit Trail Project, Phase II, Homer, Alaska

Deadline: January 23, 2014


Proposals to incorporate art in the "gateway area" intersection of Freightdock Road and Homer Spit Road on the Homer Spit Trail Project, Phase II on the Homer Spit, will be received at the Office of the City Clerk, City Hall, City of Homer, 491 East Pioneer Avenue, Homer, Alaska, until Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. For more information, go online here, or click here for full details.


Left Coast Annual Juried Exhibition

Sanchez Art Center, 1220 Linda Mar Blvd., Pacifica, CA 94044    

April 11 - May 18, 2014


Entry Deadline: Tues Feb 11, 2013, 11:00 pm PST

Open to all California, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska Artists

All Fine Arts Visual Media

 Awards: two artists receive $250 and an exhibition in 2015; two artists receive $250


The juror is Jenny Gheith, Assistant Curator of Painting & Sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art,. Artists may enter online through the CaFE entry system.  CaFE provides artists with an easy-to-use system to create a profile with contact information, upload digital images of your artwork, and apply to a number of open calls for entry at one time.  There is no cost to register your profile, and you can update it at anytime.  Visit our Call for Entries prospectus now and obtain complete entry information by clicking here.  


Like a Tom Waits Song - National Juried Exhibition

May 3, 2014 - June 21, 2014


Deadline: February 23, 2014
Payment of $35 per entry. An entry consists of one to three submissions of pieces or images.

This open call is for all artists who have found themselves deeply moved, enraptured, bemused or inspired by Tom Waits. Click here for more information. 

Grants and Funding


Reminder: ArtPlace Applications Due in One Week!
ArtPlace America is currently inviting letters of inquiry regarding its 2014 Innovation Grants applications and the application deadline is Friday, December 13.  For more information on applying for a grant, please visit: 


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      


Individual Artist Grants: The Adolph And Esther Gottlieb Foundation
Deadline: December 15, 2013.   


The Gottleib Foundation encourages artists in a mature phase of their art for at least 20 years to apply for its individual support grant. In addition to the maturity requirement, eligibility for an individual support grant is determined by the applicant's current financial need. Artists must work in the disciplines of painting, sculpture, or printmaking. Twelve grants are awarded each year.  


The Big Read

Application deadline: January 28, 2014


The Big Read is accepting applications from non-profit organizations to develop community-wide reading programs between September 2014 and June 2015. The Big Read is a national program designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment.


Organizations selected to participate in The Big Read receive a grant, access to educational and promotional materials, and online training resources and opportunities. Approximately 75 organizations from across the country will be selected.

To review the Guidelines and Application instructions and discover two new titles available for selection this year, visit .

Save the Date! On February 3, Creative Capital will begin accepting online Letters of Inquiry for awards in Moving Image and Visual Arts.  

The Inquiry Form will be open until February 28 at 4:00pm EST.

Creative Capital seeks to support work that is artistically rigorous, articulates an original vision, takes risks and has the potential for great impact. Visit to read the award guidelines and learn more about the application process, or attend an in-person or online information session


To be eligible to apply, an artist must be:

A U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident

At least 25 years old

A working artist with at least five years of professional experience

Not a full-time student


Creative Capital is an impact-driven arts organization that supports adventurous artists across the country through funding, counsel and career development services. Visit  or email


Grants for Nonprofit Publishers: J.M. Kaplan Fund
Deadline: March 1, 2014.  


The J.M. Kaplan Fund's Furthermore program supports nonfiction book publishing related to the urban experience; natural and historic resources; art, architecture, and design; cultural history; and civil liberties and other public issues. The program seeks work that appeals to an informed general audience and demonstrates evidence of high standards in editing, design, and production. Individual grants range from $500-$15,000 and may be used to support writing, research, editing, design, indexing, photography, illustration, and/or printing and binding. Applicants must be 501(c)(3) organizations.

Professional Development


First City Players Jazz and Cabaret Workshops  

January 6 - 19, 2014 with performances January 17, 18 and 19.


First City Players Productions, 335 Main Street, Ketchikan AK. Call 907-225-4792 or email for more information.


Native Arts Studies Program at the Totem Heritage Center in Ketchikan

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.


NEA Art Works Guidelines | Changes for 2014 | Learn about the changes with upcoming webinars.  


Changes are coming in how you will apply to the NEA's Art Works and Challenge America Fast-Track categories. New guidelines will be posted on our website in January 2014.


Highlights of the Changes for 2014 and What They Mean to You

For Art Works:

1) The arts education discipline has added a new project type for Collective Impact Grants. Archived webinars on collective impact can be found here and here.


2) We've also clarified that we won't make grants for less than $10,000, and we've added language to define what we mean by fiscal sponsorship.


For Art Works and Challenge America Fast-Track:

1) The application deadlines and process have changed. You will continue to submit your application material both through and the NEA GrantsOnline™ System (NEA-GO), as previous applicants have done.


However, next year you will submit the substantial part of your application through NEA-GO rather than To implement this new process, the application deadline dates are earlier this year, so please mark your calendars!


Upcoming Webinar

We'll be conducting a series of webinars on the new guidelines and application process. Please join us for the arts education webinar on January 14, 2:30-3:30, Eastern Time. Arts Education staff will be available to answer your questions.


To join the webinar, click here. If you're unable to make the webinar, it will be archived on   

 our website here. 

SPHINXCON 2014: Diversity in the Performing Arts
February 21-23, 2014.

SphinxCon brings together leaders discussing solutions to the challenges surrounding diversity in the performing arts. This year, Americans for the Arts Vice President of Local Arts Advancement Clay Lord and Americans for the Arts Board member Abel Lopez will present as guest speakers at the conference. Join them, founder of Sphinx Aaron Dworkin, and many other leaders from top nonprofit arts organizations in Detroit, MI. Featured speakers include Adrian Anantawan, Nigel Lythgowe, Rip Rapson, and Simon Shaheen. Early registration is now available.

NYTI/Summer Conservatory 

June 22 - August 1, 2014  


Summer Conservatory is a 6 week, 5 day a week intensive that focuses on the development of new plays and the collaborative process. Theatre artists, college age and older, come to NYC to work cross-genre as actors, writers and directors. Instructors and guest artists come from the ranks of the Ensemble Studio Theatre, the oldest new play development organization in NYC. Students offer three public presentations at EST and see their work published in the NYTI Collective series available on as well as attend numerous readings of works in progress across the city. We welcome mid-career educators and artists who want to focus more deeply on their work and international artists eager to come to the US and connect with the NY new play development theatre scene.


More information is available on the website or by emailing us at An early registration discount is available until April 1, 2014. Professional development college credit and some scholarship assistance available for the summer program.


Education and Youth


Homer Council on the Arts Youth/Teen Musical Theatre  

December 10 - February 27

Tuesdays and Thursdays / 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Performances February 28 and March 1, 2014


Become a playwright, lyricist, choreographer. A bad guy/girl, good girl/guy. A brilliant person, a fool. A musician and lots more as you create a classical form of theater known as . . . MELODRAMA. 



$150 General / $130 HCOA members. Ages 8 - 18 Scholarship assistance may be available.       

Register online or at 355 W. Pioneer Ave., Homer, AK. Email for more information. 


Scholastic Art and Writing Contest  

Alaska Region, sponsored by Young Emerging Artists, Inc.  

Submission deadline: January 5, 2014.

Submission fee: $5 per individual submission (no limit), $20 for portfolios (limit one per individual)


The contest is open to students in Grades 7-12 in public, private or home schools in Alaska. Applicants must register and registration is free. Students and teachers are encouraged to register as soon as possible. Each submission must identify an adult as an associated "educator". Please read submission guidelines carefully. There are many categories for art and writing, as well as special and sponsored categories. Click here for details.


In addition to awards given for outstanding work, YEA plans to publish an ebook of the best writing and an online gallery of all submissions, award scholarships, and hold a two-week exhibit at UAA.

For questions please contact the President of YEA, Ben Ball, at or, if you have a contest specific question, write to  


Annual Statewide Poetry Contest

Submission deadline: January 31st, Friday, 5 pm,


The Annual Statewide Poetry Contest Reading and Awards will be held Saturday March 8th, 6pm, at the Bear Gallery, 3rd Floor, Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts, Pioneer Park, Fairbanks AK and is free of charge.


Grade, Middle and High School: $3 per poem or $10/four poems,

Adults: $4 per poem or $13/four poems

Judge: Susanna Mischler

For more information, click here. Please send electronic submissions to 


Chugach Arts Council is gearing up for its second year of Art of Conservation projects.

Artists of all ages, abilities and mediums are invited to submit art to be included in beautiful books of art to be published next year in connection with National Pollinator Week, Endangered Species Day and World Oceans Day.


There is no fee for members and a small fee for non-members.See our website under "Creative Opportunities" for details.


National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards  

Deadline: February 10, 2014   


The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is inviting applications for the 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. The twelve award-winning programs will receive $10,000 and an invitation to accept their award from the President's Committee's Honorary Chairman, First Lady Michelle Obama at a ceremony at the White House. In addition, winners will receive an award plaque, the opportunity to attend the Annual Awardee Conference in Washington, DC in the summer of 2014, and will be featured on the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award website.


After-school and out-of-school time arts and humanities programs sponsored by museums, libraries, performing arts organizations; educational institutions (e.g., preschools; elementary, middle, and high schools; universities; and colleges), arts centers, community service organizations, businesses, and eligible government entities are encouraged to consider submitting an application. Programs applying for the award must meet all of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award's Eligibility Criteria.


Please click the following link to access the online 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards Application: APPLY NOW. Completed applications will only be accepted via the online process. The deadline for application submissions is Monday, February 10, 2014, 5:00 p.m. PST.

Call for Artwork: Yo Soy...Je Suis...I Am...My Neighborhood

Submission deadline: July 1, 2014  


The 2014 International Art Program for Children with Disabilities is now open for entries!

Children with disabilities are encouraged to create a portrait that illustrates themselves in their neighborhood. What makes their neighborhood awesome? Cool houses? Fun neighbors? A great park or playground? Student-artists are encouraged to illustrate all the important people, places, and landscapes of their local space that shape who they are and who they will be in the future. Parents or educators of children with a disability, ages 5 to 18, are eligible to submit. A selection of artwork from the online entries will be chosen for a live exhibition in Washington, D.C.!

Click here for more information and to submit an entry.

Teachers:  Download our free Teacher Resource Guide here.

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.  


F Magazine 4th Annual Alaska Statewide Youth Art and Writing Competion

Deadline: December 16, 2013


Winners will be published in F Magazine, showcased in a gallery, and attend Sitka Fine Arts Summer Camp! 


Creative teens in grades 7-12 are invited to submit work in a number of categories in art or writing.

In March, the statewide winners of the 2013 competition will have their work showcased at at an Alaska gallery, and a public awards ceremony will be hosted.  Winning artists will have their work displayed and writers will have their work read aloud by experienced readers and actors and the entire event will be streamed online for students who are unable to attend. For the fourth year in a row, the statewide art and writing winners will be published in an issue of F Magazine, and one writing and one art winner will be chosen to receive full scholarship and airfare for two weeks at the Sitka Fine Arts Summer Camp in Sitka, AK.


Application Guidelines and Entry Forms available on the F Magazine website at   


Vans Custom Culture 2014 Contest
Registration Opens: January 6, 2014.  


Americans for the Arts is pleased to announce that we will be partnering again with VANS on its 2014 Custom Culture Contest! This national contest offers high schools from all across the United States the chance to compete for a $50,000 grand prize to support their art programs. Mark January 6, 2014 on your calendar and make sure your local high school is among the first to register to compete. A total of 2,000 registrations from U.S.-based public or private high schools will be accepted; registration closes on February 14, 2014. Registered schools will receive four pairs of blank sneakers to be customized in four themes-Art, Music, Action Sports, and Local Flavor-and submitted to Vans by April 7, 2014. Vans staff will select a group of 50 semifinalists (10 schools per region, five total regions), and public voting online will narrow this group of 50 down to the final five who will receive an all-expense paid trip to New York City in June 2014 where the grand prize winner will be announced. For more information about how to register, check out this step-by-step video guide on YouTube!  


VSA Playwright Discovery Competition

Deadline: June 1, 2013 11:59 pm Pacific time


The VSA Playwright Discovery Competition invites middle and high school students to take a closer look at the world around them, examine how disability affects their lives and the lives of others, and express their views through the art of script writing. Writers may write from their own experience and observations, or create fictional characters and settings. Scripts can be comedies, dramas, or even musicals-be creative! Young writers with and without disabilities are encouraged to submit a script.  


Entries may be the work of an individual student or a collaboration by a group of students. The competition has two divisions: grades 6-8 and grades 9-12 (or equivalents). Learn more about the competition including the rules for entry and the full submission process.   


VSA also has an innovative and Free Resource Guide for Teachers to help guide teachers and

students through the playwriting process.


Employment and Internships

Alaska Library Network Seeks Executive Director

In 2007, the Alaska Library Network took its first steps in becoming a recognized non-profit, tax-exempt, membership-based organization.  The Board of Directors of the Alaska Library Network (ALN) is recruiting for a full-time Executive Director.  The position requires a master's degree from an accredited college in library or information science, media services, or a closely related field. The University of Alaska Anchorage is the hiring institution. Salary: minimum $60,000 annually; health and life insurance, tuition waiver benefits; represented by bargaining unit. See


Posting Number: 0067864.    Quicklink  

Summer 2014 Arts Institutes Teacher Leader Applications Now Being Accepted

The Alaska Arts Education Consortium welcomes applications for Art Teacher Leaders to instruct at one of our 2014 summer art learning opportunities for K-12 teachers: Basic Arts Institutes in Mat Su (July 28 - Aug 7, 2014) and Ketchikan (August 4-15, 2014). If you are a leader in arts education, share your knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm to Alaska teacher this coming summer.


The deadline for Teacher Leader applications is Sunday, December 22, 2013.  If you have applied before, you need only complete the first section of the application and send an updated resume.  All applicants will be notified by January 13, 2014. 


Teacher Leader application 2014  

2014 Summer Institute Overview


Each summer, AAEC assembles a team of skilled artists and educators to train and support a cadre of classroom teachers and other educators. Our goal is to provide them with a unique opportunity to develop and expand their local arts education programs and to learn new ways of integrating the arts across the curriculum. AAEC's institutes mix art activities, reading, research, discussion and standards-based effective teaching strategies with lots of active participation. We hope you will be able to join us. We know from past leaders that this can be a life-changing experience for you and your teacher students.


If you have questions or any problems with the application process, please contact:

MK MacNaughton, AAEC Executive Director, 907-957-2061

Anchorage Museum of History and Art


Visitor Services Assistant (Part-time/Regular)
There are two (2) part-time/regular positions open. Under general supervision of the Visitor Services Manager, this position performs cashier duties and provides information to visitors of the Museum. Incumbents work variable scheduled hours conforming to the seasonal hours of the facility.


School Group Coordinator
The Education and Public Programs Department is seeking a dynamic administrative professional to join their team as the School Group Coordinator. Under the general direction of the Director of Education & Public Programs the School Group Coordinator is responsible for departmental support and the scheduling, logistics and administrative functions specific to teacher and student group visitation.


Exhibits Technician
The Anchorage Museum is currently seeking an Exhibits Technician. Under the direction of the Lead Exhibits Technician, this position has responsibility for assisting with the production, fabrication, installation, and maintenance of exhibits for the museum. Such items may include creating exhibit structures, furniture, crates, artifact mounts and graphics according to exacting, specialized production and fabrication techniques.   


Click here for more information.  


Announcements and Articles of Interest

U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and National Endowment for the Arts Release Preliminary Report on Impact of Arts and Culture on U.S. Economy
The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) released prototype estimates today from the new Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account (ACPSA). This is the first federal effort to provide in-depth analysis of the arts and cultural sector's contributions to current-dollar gross domestic product (GDP), a measure of the final dollar value of all goods and services produced in the United States. According to these new estimates, 3.2 percent -- or $504 billion -- of current-dollar GDP in 2011 was attributable to arts and culture. In comparison, BEA's estimated value of the U.S. travel and tourism industry was 2.8 percent of GDP. Click here for the full release from the NEA website.

Jamie L. Bennett has been appointed Executive Director of ArtPlace America, to lead the second phase of ArtPlace's strategic plan to support a national Creative Placemaking Movement, effective January 6, 2014. Read more here.  

UAA Crafts Fair  

University of Alaska Anchorage. Student Union, Providence Drive, Anchorage

December 7, 2013 10 am - 5 pm


Handmade crafts, woodwork, glass, jewelry, bath products, fiber art, pottery and more. Call 786-1214 for more information.


Competitions and Nominations


Homer Council on the Arts: Arts Awards

Nomination deadline: December 20, 2013


 Each year, the Homer Council on the Arts Board of Directors confers the Arts Awards on individuals and businesses who have contributed significantly to the arts in our community. The 2014 Categories are Arts Leadership/Advocacy, Arts Education, Youth Artist of the Year, Artist of the Year, Arts Lifetime Achievement, Business Arts Patron.

The winners will be announced in January, and awards will be presented at the HCOA Annual Meeting on Friday, January 24, 2014. 

Click here for the nomination form. You may submit the form by mail or in person to the HCOA office at 355 West Pioneer Ave., Homer, AK 99603. You may also complete the form online, save it as a PDF, then e-mail it as an attachment to


Alaska Railroad Art Print Contest.

Submission deadline: February 21, 2014, 5:00 p.m.


Artist ideas must have an Alaska Railroad theme to be considered.  The focus for the 2015 print is train service or railroad infrastructure in Portage, Whittier or along the Whittier Branch (Portage to Whittier). Artists chosen to design the artwork as the basis for a print are paid $3,000, and are 

given 10 artist proofs and 20 posters. The artist must agree to participate in sale-and-signing events in Anchorage and in Fairbanks, typically organized in December.  Additional community locations may be added depending upon the print subject. The Alaska Railroad will pay for the artist's travel expenses. The Alaska Railroad retains all and exclusive rights to the artwork.


Artist submissions should be presented as a single thumbnail sketch no larger than 11" x 17". Mail or deliver submissions in person to Stephanie Wheeler, Alaska Railroad Corporate Affairs, P.O. Box 107, Anchorage AK 99510-7500 or ARRC Headquarters, 327 West Ship Creek Avenue, Anchorage, AK 8 am - 4:30 pm. For more information, call 907-265-2671 or email 


Openings and Closings


Alaska Humanities Forum

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


December 2013

layers; veils: a solo exhibit |  Enzina Marrari

First Friday opening December 6, 5:30 - 8 p.m.


International Gallery of Contemporary Art

427 D Street | Anchorage, AK 99501 | 


December 6 - 28, 2013

All Galleries | Paint/Draw/Sculpt

Guest Room | Linda Lucky

First Friday opening December 6, 5:30 - 7:30 pm


Anchorage Community Works

349 E. Ship Creek | Anchorage, AK 99501 |


Art by Craig Updegrove

Music by Kurva Choir

First Friday Late Salon December 6, 8-11 pm

21+, $5 -10 suggested donation


Bunnell Street Arts Center

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


December 6 - 30, 2013

Dwell | Eleanor Jensen

First Friday opening reception December 6, 5 - 7 pm

Artist Talk 6 pm


Pratt Museum

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


through December 29, 2013


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


Alaska Pacific University

4101 University Drive | Anchorage, AK 99508


December 6 - 29, 2013

Alaska Photographic Center Members' Exhibition | Celebrating 30 Years   

and Remembering John Reeder

Leah J. Peterson Gallery - APU Carr Gottstein Building

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


December 6 - 29, 2013

Alaska Photographic Center | Juror's Choice Exhibition

ConocoPhillips Gallery - APU Grant Hall

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

Alaska Native Arts Foundation

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


December 2013

Interwoven | Susan Ringstad Emery (Inupiat)

First Friday reception December 6, 2013 5:00 - 8:00 pm


Infante Lyons Studio

3701 Mountain View Drive, Studio #103, Anchorage, AK 99508


Lyons & Lyons | Cheryl Lyons and Linda Infante Lyons

First Friday reception, December 6, 5:00 - 10:00 pm


Fairbanks Arts Association

Bear Gallery, Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts

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


December 2013

Alaska Photographic Center's Rarified Light 2013

First Friday reception December 6, 5-7 pm


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 Society Juried Exhibition


Alaska State Museum

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


through January 4, 2014  

Ten Years of Alaskan Art

David Rubin solo exhibit

From Out | Dick Benedict solo exhibit


Cyrano's Theatre Company

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


A Wrinkle in Time

November 29 - December 22, 2013



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:  


Copyright 2013, Alaska State Council on the Arts, all rights reserved.