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January 2014 ASCA News 

In This Issue
A Note from Shannon
ASCA Notices
You're Invited!
Bethel Workshops
Calls for Art and Requests for Proposals
Grants and Funding
Professional Development
Education and Youth
Employment and Internships
Announcements and Articles of Interest
Openings and Closings
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 A Note From Shannon

Greetings and Happy New Year! Things have already been busy in 2014 at the Alaska State Council on the Arts as we work with the Alaska Humanities Forum to get ready for the Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities. We are excited to announce the nine awardees that will be honored at a ceremony on January 30th in Juneau. The awardees for 2014 represent the rich artistic and cultural life of our state. I am particularly excited to announce that Ron Senungetuk is being honored with a joint award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts and Humanities. Ron was a founding member of the Alaska State Council on the Arts and over the course of his career he has had a tremendous impact on the arts, and Alaska Native arts, in our state. I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this special honor. 


The recipients of the 2014 Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities are:


Governor's Awards for the Arts

  • Arts Advocacy Award: Cam Bohman, Music Coordinator, Alaska School Activities Association, Anchorage
  • Margaret Nick Cooke Award for Alaska Native Arts and Languages: Martha Galila, Artist and Educator, Goodnews Bay
  • Individual Artist Award: Eowyn Ivey, Writer, Palmer
  • Business Leadership Award: Darl Schaaff, Company Partner/Owner, Art Services North, Anchorage


Governor's Awards for the Humanities

  • Aaron Leggett, Special Exhibits Curator, Anchorage Museum, Anchorage
  • William "Willie" Iġġiagruk Hensley, Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Alaska Anchorage, Anchorage
  • Patricia Ann Relay, Executive Director, Valdez Museum & Historical Archive, Valdez
  • Eva Saulitis, Essayist and Poet, Homer


Governor's Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts and Humanities

  • Ronald Senungetuk, Artist and Educator, Homer


Don't forget to purchase your tickets  for the awards ceremony and reception, and keep an eye out for a special blast next week to include the full slate of events available to those in Juneau for the Governor's Awards. Thank you to all the nominators who put forward these awardees, and thank you to the awardees for the contributions you have made to the lives of all Alaskans.

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.


Anchorage School District Regional Poetry Out Loud Competition--February 7 at the Wilda Marston Theater at the Loussac Library 


Final Quarterly Grant Deadline for FY14-- Deadline March 1

Community Arts Development Grants, Career Opportunity Grants, Master Artist & Apprentice Grants, Workshop Grants and Walker Grants


Alaska State Poetry Out Loud Competition in Juneau--March 11 


Arts Educator Fellowships--Deadline March 15 


You're Invited!

Bethel Fish Skin Workshop and Artists-as-Entrepreneurs

Deadline for application extended to today, Friday, January 10! 


The Alaska Native Arts Foundation invites you to submit an application to participate in a six-day fish skin workshop with Master Artists, Marlene Nielsen (Yup'ik) and Joel Isaak (Athabascan) and Business Training for Artists-as-Entrepreneurs instructed by Alice Bioff (Inupiat).

Master Artists, Marlene Nielsen and Joel Isaak, will mentor a group of Alaska Native artists in fish skin materials and sewing techniques, as well as, learn through presentations, lectures, discussions and safety training. Workshop dates: February 3-7, 2014. 


The Business Training for Artists-as-Entrepreneurs will instruct artists in strategies that include: develop skills in order to learn: expressing personal vision and values, marketing, pricing, business and financial management and exhibiting artwork.


This opportunity to revive and gain knowledge about working with fish skin. Also to learn about incorporating cultural and personal context into your development as an artist. This workshop and training is about empowering Alaska Native artists in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region to gain skills and tools.


There is no cost for the workshop and business training; and please submit all materials requested on the application to be considered to participate. 

Please contact for more information. Click here for the complete application.  


*Alaska Native Arts Foundation partnered with Yup'ik Piciryarait Cultural Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Association of Village Council Presidents and Alaska State Council on the Arts; and is funded in part by The CIRI Foundation and the Alaska State Council on the Arts to create this opportunity for our applicants.


Calls for Artists and Requests for Proposals

The Pratt Museum is accepting Exhibit Proposals for 2015
Deadline: January 15, 2014

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 January 15, 2014. The Pratt exhibits committee will review proposals and  make recommendations in January/February 2014. Click here for the website.

ArtsNW Juried Showcase for 34th Annual Northwest Booking Conference Now Open

Deadline: April 4, 2014


The online Juried Showcase application is now open at . Apply today for consideration as a showcase artist or ensemble for the 34th Annual Northwest Booking Conference in Eugene, Oregon, October 13-18, 2014.

  • You or your agent must be a current member of Arts NW
  • Application fee: $100 (non-refundable)
  • Confirmation fee: $85 (if selected)
For more information or to apply, please visit our Click on the Conference 2014 tab.

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


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.


Ketchikan Area Arts & Humanities Council Call 2014-2015 Call for Artists & Curators

Deadline: March 3, 2014


Ketchikan Area Arts & Humanities Council's Main Street Gallery hosts 12 exhibits a year from September through August, and displays a wide variety of mediums from local and national artists, as well as traveling exhibits.  Artists are invited to submit proposals for solo or group exhibitions of their work for the Main Street Gallery's 2014-2015 season. Curators are invited to submit proposals to curate a group, invitational or open call exhibit based on unique themes or genres.

The Main Street Gallery is a community art gallery committed to artist development through:

  • hosting exhibits by emerging local artists
  • hosting exhibits of work outside the commercial mainstream by established local artists
  • hosting exhibits of visiting artists when the exhibit and/or workshops by the artist can make a valuable contribution to the local art culture
  • providing open and invitational exhibits that inspire local amateur and professional artists to step forward and participate in a public dialogue through their art
  • providing open and invitational exhibits that inspire local and amateur artists to expand the range of their media
Applications can be found at Deadline for applications for the 2014-2015 Season is Monday, March 3, 2014.


Alaska Railroad Annual Art Print / Poster  

Deadline: February 21, 2014


Each year, the Alaska Railroad Corporation commissions an artist to produce artwork that is the basis for a limited edition print, poster and lapel pin and other gifts and materials. The annual Alaska Railroad artwork is a favorite among rail fans and Alaska art collectors. These collector's items are available for sale through the Anchorage Historic and Fairbanks depots, as well as the online Gift Shop. The Railroad has traditionally produced 750 signed and numbered prints, 4,000 posters and several thousand lapel pins.  

Beginning November 1, 2013, the Alaska Railroad is soliciting submissions from Alaska artists who wish to compete in the upcoming Alaska Railroad Art Print Contest. Depending upon submissions, the Alaska Railroad my choose artists to create artwork for 2015 and 2016. Click here for information on how to submit.  


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.    


Chamber Music America: Request for Proposals for New Jazz Presenters Grant Program
Deadline: February 7, 2014.  


Chamber Music America announces a Request for Proposals for the 2014 Presenter Consortium for Jazz, a pilot grant program to provide support to consortiums of U.S. presenters that collectively engage up to three professional U.S. jazz ensembles to perform at each presenter's venue. A consortium consists of one lead presenter, two presenter partners, and up to three ensembles. To be eligible, each of the three presenting organizations in a consortium must be based in the U.S. or one of its territories; be located in three separate locations at least 50 miles apart; be 501(c)(3) organizations or otherwise eligible for charitable contributions; be CMA Organization-level members. The program will fund up to 75 percent of eligible expenses up to a maximum of $10,000 per consortium partner/$30,000 per consortium. Click here for more information.


Grants and Funding

National Endowment for the Arts Announces Guidelines Available for Fiscal Year 2015 Funding Programs

Washington, DC-The National Endowment for the Arts is pleased to announce that application guidelines are now available for Art Works and Challenge America Fast-Track at the NEA's website, These guidelines are for projects anticipated to take place in 2015. The Art Works and Challenge America Fast-Track programs constitute 75 percent of the NEA's annual direct grantmaking.

The impact of

the NEA's direct grants is significant. Projects funded in fiscal year 2013 are anticipated to:

  • Reach more than 38 million people attending live arts events through NEA-supported programs (exclusive of television and radio broadcast audiences), including nearly 7 million children and youth
  • Impact almost 16,000 communities engaged in NEA-supported projects, many benefiting from touring and outreach initiatives
  • Generate roughly $600 million in matching support, which is more than a 9:1 ratio in matching federal funds, far exceeding the required 1:1 match
  • Include partnerships between grantees and more than 6,500 organizations such as schools, colleges and universities, religious organizations, non-profit and for-profit organizations, foundations, and other government entities

For the complete release on information including project types, deadlines, and how to apply for NEA funding for FY15, click here


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      


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 

Harris Theatre Grants for Small and Mid-sized Theatres
Deadline: January 15, 2014.

Aurand Harris Theatre Grants fund nonprofit small and mid-sized theaters in the United States. Harris Theatre Grants have served a wide variety of needs such as the premiere of an important and promising new play for children/youth, the costs of fees and expenses of a noted guest artist, expenses to enable a playwright to participate in rehearsals and attend the performance of his/her play, and/or special production needs. Small theaters, established for at least three consecutive years, with operating budgets under $250,000 and mid-sized theaters, established for at least 10 consecutive years with an annual operating budget of not less than $250,000 are welcome to apply Click here for information. 

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.


Sundance Institute: Native American Filmmakers Fellowship Lab
Deadline: February 3, 2014.  


The Sundance Institute's Native American and Indigenous Program has created a fellowship to provide direct support to emerging Native American, Native Hawaiian, and Alaskan Native film artists working in the United States. The program is designed to support filmmakers working to strengthen their craft, develop their voice, and advance current projects toward production. The Native Lab Fellowship is a two-stage development opportunity for filmmakers with short film scripts. Click here for information.  


Doris Duke Charitable Foundation: Fund for National Projects in Dance, Jazz, Theater
Deadline: February, 28, 2014.  


Organizations are encouraged to submit letters of inquiry for projects that strengthen the national infrastructure of the professional nonprofit dance, jazz, presenting and/or theater fields, or that improve conditions for the national community of performing artists in dance, jazz and theater. The Fund will award a total of up to $1 million in grants to support key national projects in the professional nonprofit dance, jazz, presenting and/or theatre fields. Grants range from $60,000 to $200,000 and cannot exceed 50 percent of a project's total cost. Click here for information. 



Professional Development

Registration for the 2014 AAEC Administrators Retreat is now open.  

We are very pleased to offer an in-depth retreat focused on Integrating 21st Century Skills through the Arts for principals and school leaders.  

April 30-May 1, 2014 at the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage, Alaska.


Registration Cost: $150


An optional Administrators credit is available (additional cost)


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.


Register at 


RISD will Host Design Science Symposium STEM to STEAM thru Synergy


PROVIDENCE, RI - The Fourth Biennial Design Science Symposium, STEM to STEAM thru Synergy: Bridging Morphology, Biomimicry, Sustainability and Synergetics, will convene January 31 - February 2, 2014, Metcalf Auditorium at the Chace Center and at the Edna Lawrence Nature Lab, on the RISD campus.


The Symposium will be a highly interactive meeting of makers, thinkers, practitioners, and educators, who will gather in order to explore the multidisciplinary field of Design Science. There will be presentations, panel discussions, workshops, a film screening, tours, and an exhibit.


Keynote speakers will include RISD's Interim President, Rosanne Somerson, Dayna Baumeister, PhD, Biomimic & Co-founder of Biomimicry 3.8, Dennis M. Bartels, PhD, Director of the San Francisco Exploratorium, and Richard Bresnahan, Master Ceramicist and Artist in Residence, St. Johns University.


For more information and to register for this symposium, visit the

Synergetics Collaborative website.


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.


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.



Poles, Posts and Canoes: the Preservation, Conservation and Continuation of Native American Monumental Wood Carving.--Symposium and Call for Papers 


July 21st - 22nd, 2014, Hibulb Cultural Center and Natural History Preserve, Tulalip, Washington (Opening Ceremony and Dinner, July 20th, 2014)


This two day symposium (preceded by an opening ceremony and meal on the evening of July 20th) will gather Native and non-Native museum professionals, tribal members, and contemporary Native carvers to discuss the challenges of preserving and exhibiting historic monumental wood carvings from both a Native and Non-Native view point.  It will also serve to connect Native carvers and the museum community in the hope that the resulting dialogue will help support the continued development of this traditional art form.  The format of this gathering is aimed at encouraging discussion, so presentations will be relaxed and brief, and an equal amount of time will be scheduled for general discussion of the topics addressed.


Registration will open January 21st, 2014, and a provisional program will be available at that time.


Further information and details about the conference will be posted at


Education and Youth

Deadline Nears for Aviation Art Contest

The Statewide Aviation Art Contest deadline for submission is January 17. All submissions should be sent to Aviation Art Contest, AK DOT Aviation, P.O.. Box 196900, Anchorage, AK 99519-6900. Submissions will be judged according to the rules, which may be found here: The top three winning submissions will be sent to the National Art Contest Competition in Washington, D.C.


After School Art at the Sitka Fine Arts Camp

Don't miss our third session of After School Art classes! The session begins the week of January 20th and features classes for students of all ages. Check out the list of classes on the website and call the Fine Arts Camp to register!  


For class descriptions, dates, and prices visit our website here


To sign up call the Sitka Fine Arts Camp office at 907-747-3085


The Homer Council on the Arts presents ArtQuest with Katy Countiss

Ages 10 and older  $60 / $50 members


Two-dimensional art - Tuesdays: 3:45 - 5:15 p.m. - January 14 - February 18

Three-dimensional art -
Thursdays: 3:45 - 5:15 p.m. -January 16 - February 20


Register online here, or at 355 W. Pioneer Ave. More ArtQuest 2-D and 3-D classes begin in March.


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: extended to January 18, 2014 


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 closes February 14, 2014.   

Entries due April 7, 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

State Museum Seeks Chief Curator

The Alaska Division of Libraries, Archives & Museums is seeking a Chief Curator for the Alaska State Museum.  The position is responsible for the daily operation and administration of all programs and activities within the Alaska State Museums, and provides leadership to the museums team. The incumbent is responsible for coordinating, implementing, and managing museum planning, development, and activities statewide for both the Alaska State Museum in Juneau and the Sheldon Jackson Museum in Sitka. 

The position closes Tuesday January 21. Visit and do a keyword search for "chief curator" or visit

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

The Alaska Arts Education Consortium seeks Nominations for Champions of the Arts


Each year the Alaska Arts Education Consortium (AAEC) honors individuals or organizations from around the State of Alaska who champion the arts in education. This celebratory action highlights the positive impact of the arts on the lives of our children and youth. The efforts of these "champions" in teaching and supporting arts across the curriculum allow Alaska's students the opportunity to become effective communicators and responsible, contributing citizens. AAEC Champions of Arts in Education carry the torch for arts education through high-caliber instruction, arts support, and ongoing arts promotion. Please consider the following criteria when nominating a person or organization:


A Champion of Arts in Education nominee has...
...made an impact on arts in education in Alaska,
... been involved in a project or program with a substantial contribution to the arts in Education,
...positively influenced a community through arts in education,
...positively affected the lives of students in Alaska through the arts


Nomination forms are on our website at: 


Creative Economies in Native Communities

First Peoples Fund (FPF), an organization that supports First Peoples artists and culture through grants, professional development and technical assistance, has published a report making the case for art as an economic driver of rural and urban Native communities. The position paper, Establishing a Creative Economy: Art as an Economic Engine in Native Communities, is based on data collected through the American Indian Creative Economy Market Study Project, a survey undertaken in 2011 by FPF, an anthropologist from Colorado State University and Artspace, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit that develops affordable artist spaces. The research was funded by the  Northwest Area Foundation and LINC. (Notice included in January 2014 NASAA News & Notes)


How Cities Can Nurture Cultural Entrepreneurs

According to the Kauffman Foundation, since the Great Recession mayors and city councils throughout the United States have increased investments in the creative economy in efforts to improve citizens' quality of life and to attract new residents, businesses and tourists. These cities have had to rethink their work-force and business development plans to incorporate support for the creative class. In a new paper, How Cities Can Nurture Cultural Entrepreneurs, the foundation presents a framework of seven strategies for growing creative economies based on successful programs employed in various cities. It also recommends that cities not import generic solutions, but rather focus on building off their distinctive attributes. (Notice included in January 2014 NASAA News & Notes)   


The Northwoods Book Arts Guild Website has launched!


What does Northwoods Book Arts Guild do?

How can I join Northwoods Book Arts Guild?   

When and where is the next Guild meeting?  

Where can I learn about the BOOKS AS ART exhibition?

What's the latest news from Northwoods Book Arts Guild?

Where can I see pictures from our last meeting?


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Openings and Closings


International Gallery of Contemporary Art

427 D Street | Anchorage, AK 99501 | 


Jan. 03 - Feb. 01, 2014

All Galleries | Annual Member Artist Exhibition 

Guest Room | Figure Studies by Taos artist Neatha Stynes 


Alaska Native Arts Foundation

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


January 2014

Honoring my father, Milo Minock | Patrick Minock (Yup'ik)


Fairbanks Arts Association

Bear Gallery, Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts

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


January 2014

Patterns of Influence: Golden Memories

Opening Reception:Jan. 17,  5-7 pm - Awards presented by Mayor Luke Hopkins at 6 pm


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


through February 9, 2014

39th Annual Watercolor Society Juried Exhibition


Alaska State Museum

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


Jan. 17 - Feb. 28, 2014 

Quill 3 | Nancy Burnham solo Exhibition 


Cyrano's Theatre Company

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


The Syringa Tree by Pamela Gien 

Jan. 9 - Feb. 2, 2014 


Perserveance Theatre

914 Third Street | Douglas AK 99824 | 1.855.462.TIXS |   

Rush at Everlasting by Arlitia Jones, Directed by Bostin Christopher


Jan. 10 - Feb. 2, 2014 at Perseverance Theatre in Juneau

Feb. 14 - 22, 2014 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage 


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)

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